San Damiano Monona


How your support helps—

Why give to San Damiano?

As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to transform our access to and use of the spaces around us, the need for nature and outdoor recreation has never been more evident. Parks play an essential role in our physical and mental well-being. Your tax-deductible contribution will enable us to develop an outdoor recreational destination and experience second to none. With your help, we also can restore and protect San Damiano’s natural beauty, support regional water and wildlife health, and put carbon back into the ground. Your donation will serve as both a critical and lasting opportunity to “shop local.”

Gifts to San Damiano will go towards the purchase of the property and the development of a site master plan; support for these efforts will come almost exclusively from private donations. The sooner we generate the funds necessary to create the San Damiano Master Plan, the sooner we can transform it into a dynamic, accessible, and family-friendly outdoor destination.

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Driveway into San Damiano Monona with autumn leaves.
Sunset viewed from San Damiano against Madison skyline.
How to give.

Give online

You can give securely online by credit card.  The Friends of San Damiano is the official gift-receiving organization for the San Damiano project, and will handle all financial transactions, stewardship of the funds, and gift receipts.

Donate online

Give by mail

Mail a check (payable to the Friends of San Damiano) to:

Friends of San Damiano
P.O. Box 6647
Monona, WI 53716-0647

Please include complete contact information and a description of your gift intent (if desired).

Give securities

The Friends of San Damiano, in collaboration with Monona Bank, is pleased to accept gifts of securities or other similar appreciated assets. If this is of interest, please contact:

Andrew Kitslaar
President, Friends of San Damiano

Planned giving

To include San Damiano in your estate plan, please use the following legal name and ID number:

Friends of San Damiano
P.O. Box 6647
Monona, WI 53716-0647
Federal Tax ID: 85-2595886

For further information, or to discuss your charitable goals, please contact Andrew Kitslaar at or call 608-222-2525.

Our partners—

Thank you to our community partners.

We thank our partners and our generous community for the gifts that will enable us to save and develop San Damiano.

City of Monona
Dane County

Interested in partnering with us?

The City of Monona will assume principal ownership of San Damiano, and its leadership is committed to maintaining the property as a public recreational asset in perpetuity. However, as a small City, Monona cannot shoulder the purchase and transformation of the property alone. The City already has received a $2M commitment from Dane County, and will take the lead in securing other public funds.  

The Friends of San Damiano is leading all private efforts in support of the purchase, master planning, and site revitalization.  

Contact us today to discuss partnership opportunities.

Be part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Preserving San Damiano is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the Friends of San Damiano can't wait to transform this iconic site into a recreational, historic, and cultural gem for all to enjoy.

But we can't do it alone. Please join us in creating a lasting legacy for those in Monona, Madison, and beyond.
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