San Damiano Monona


How your support helps—

Why give to San Damiano?

The need for nature and outdoor recreation has never been more evident. Outdoor green spaces and recreation play an essential role in our physical and mental well-being. Your tax-deductible contribution will enable us to conserve & develop an outdoor recreational destination and experience second to none. With your help, we also can restore and protect San Damiano’s natural beauty, and support regional water and wildlife health. Your financial support is critical to conserving this one-of-a-kind asset.

Gifts to San Damiano will go towards the purchase of the property, the development of a site master plan, and any future improvements; support for these efforts will come almost exclusively from private donations. Your support is essential. Together, we will honor the rich historical, cultural, environmental, and recreational values of San Damiano that make it so special.

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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.

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:

Wes Mosman Block, President
Friends of San Damiano

IRA Distributions and Planned Giving Information

Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution from Your IRA
A qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from an IRA is a very tax-efficient way to make charitable gifts for those who are over the age of 70½. Many advisors refer to these gifts as "IRA charitable rollovers." The transfer must be made directly to the charitable organization. If you have an IRA checkbook, you can write the check directly to Friends of San Damiano. Please be sure to attach a note that this check is from your IRA. You can give up to $100,000 per year, and your spouse can also give up to $100,000 from his or her IRA. 

Estate Planning
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 Wes Mosman Block at

Our partners—

Thank you to our community partners.

We thank our partners and our generous community for the gifts that will enable us to conserve San Damiano for public use and enjoyment.

Evjue Foundation
Clean Lakes Alliance
Madison Community Foundation
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.

Conserving San Damiano is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the Friends of San Damiano can't wait to determine how this iconic site can be 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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