Leaving a Legacy: Legacy Gifting and the Bob Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Has watching the Decorah Eagles, the Decorah North Eagles, the Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, or the Mississippi Flyway made a difference in your life? A legacy gift has a profound impact on how we fulfill our mission and is a tribute to your care for the wildlife, wild places, and friends you’ve come to love. We know that the excitement and joy of watching eagles and falcons raise their young can be a motivational factor to get up every day. It is humbling to know that bringing bald eagles and our other raptors to the public can have such an impact on people’s lives, friendships, and families. If you are interested in leaving a lasting legacy, contact our planned giving representative Jeff Worrell at 651-212-3026 or [email protected].

In memoriam

Willard Holthaus loved sharing the Decorah Eagles that nested above his garage.
What a profound contribution he made to our program and Decorah Eagle fans
everywhere! He was a great partner and very generous with his time and helping
kick off the Decorah Eagle Livestream. He shared his garage willingly and what
a Command Central it has become! We will miss him, his smiling face, and the
difference he made for eagle fans around the world.

Dave Laninga donated his time and talent to our Decorah Eagle Education Program,
serving as both a chat moderator and a camera operator. As a former Army helicopter
pilot, he shared common ground with the eagles in his lifetime, spending many hours
hovering and soaring through the skies. He would watch the eagle cam by the hour
and teach anyone willing to listen about their behavior and nesting habits. You are
missed by many.

Jim Womeldorf happened to spend a good portion of his life living just north of
the Decorah Eagles’ nests. When we were looking for a detailed history of where the
eagles had nested or their progression of life in the hatchery valley, Jim was the person
to talk to. He loved following the Decorah Eagles and helped bring them to the world
by setting up a digi-scoping system in 2013 after they suddenly vacated N1 and built a
new nest south of his home (N2). Thanks for your friendship and contribution to our
eagle family.

Robert Anderson Memorial Scholarship

The Raptor Resource Project created the Robert Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor our founder’s passion for raptors and to support students on their way to environmental conservation careers. The endowment fund is self-sustaining at this point thanks to your generous contributions!

In 2022 we awarded our fourth scholarship of $1,500 to Luther College’s Environmental Studies program. With time, we may be able to offer additional scholarships or increase the support amount. Help us grow this program. What a wonderful way to honor Bob’s lasting legacy!

The scholarship fund is managed by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, awarded to students at Luther College, and funded by your contributions, bequests, charitable trust remainders, and other gifts directed to the Fund. Recipients are selected for positive environmental activism, environmentally-focused community involvement, or independent studies and projects related to environmentalism. To donate to the Robert Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa at 319-287-9106 or go to https://www.cfneia.org/giving/find-a-fund/712-as.