Ridges Receives Matching Challenge Gift

The Ridges Sanctuary announced the anonymous offer of a generous matching challenge gift to help the organization complete its capital campaign, Bringing Nature to Life, to raise money for a new interpretive center.

The donors, longtime supporters of The Ridges, will match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations and pledges up to $350,000 received between now and the end of the year.

“This extraordinary gift is the largest matching gift in the Sanctuary’s history,” noted Ridges Director Steve Leonard. “It presents a singular opportunity for members and donors to double their gifts and make twice the impact. Donate $50, and the campaign will receive $100. Donate $1,000, and the campaign will receive $2,000. What a way to add momentum to our efforts!”

All gifts and pledges must be made by Dec. 31, 2013, and will be matched on a first-come, first-served basis until the $350,000 level is reached. Multi-year pledges of up to three years are welcome. There is no upper limit on the size of a single gift that will be matched.

To date, the Bringing Nature to Life campaign has raised $2,660,170 in gifts and pledges – more than 75 percent of the $3.5 million goal.

For additional information, contact Leonard or Development Director Judy Drew at 920.839.2802 or visit