#GivingTuesday – Nov. 29, 2022

#GivingTuesday, the global generosity movement, is a time to celebrate and support the noble work of nonprofit organizations. We hope you will consider making a gift to Holy Wisdom Monastery on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

Unite with us to support the sisters and their mission, vision and ministries at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Together, our collective gifts help to sustain Benedictine spirituality, inclusive communities, environmental restoration and offer a welcoming place for all.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 from 125 people. 

Double Your Impact

A generous, anonymous community member has offered $15,000 to match all gifts dollar-for-dollar, regardless of size! This gift matching opportunity allows you to double the impact of your gift. Please help us meet the match.

In addition to our $15,000 match being offered, a generous donor has offered to make a $10,000 gift if we’re able to meet our goal of 125 donors for #GivingTuesday. That’s a new total of $25,000 available in challenge and matching funds!

As of 4:30 pm CT, 118 people have given $69,454 to Holy Wisdom Monastery for #GivingTuesday! We only need 7 more people to give a #GivingTuesday gift to unlock the $10,000 challenge gift. Click here to see our list of donors.

If you have any questions or would rather give your gift with a credit card over the phone, please contact Nick Traxler, interim director of mission advancement, at 608-836-1631, x124.



“Somehow the work we do touches a dream within others. It helps others find deeper meaning and it allows each of us to change into our better selves. This is why people give so generously because it is important and meaningful work.”

–Sister Mary David Walgenbach, OSB

Give Today!

Strategic Aspirations & Giving Examples

These aspirations and examples offer a glimpse of past needs and an ideal future for what Holy Wisdom Monastery and the community of communities need to achieve their aspirations and to serve the people of your community.


We aspire to be a beacon of Benedictine spirituality. The Rule of Benedict envisions a community that supports each person’s relationship with God and others.  The Rule highlights a balance of daily work and prayer.  All work is valued, provides service to others and is an opportunity for personal development.

The examples below offer a sample of areas your gifts will bless:

  • $16,500 provides spiritual experiences for young women interested in monastic life
  • $3,600 covers tuition for two sisters to participate in professional development conference
  • $1,000 maintains organ and piano for the year
  • $500 per week provides AV technology and maintenance for live streaming
  • $100 provides a stipend to a Sunday Assembly presider

We aspire to be sustainable in all of the monastery’s essential resources – human, natural, financial, and facility, which means that the monastery and prairie will be here for you as well as succeeding generations.  This includes the sisters’ community, Sunday Assembly, Oblates, Friends of Wisdom Prairie, coworkers, neighbors, and all supporters of the monastery and the sacred grounds.

As we look to the past needs and future aspirations, these areas depict a sampling of areas your gifts will bless:

  • $20,000 allows for purchase of a previously-owned work truck
  • $3,000 provided two touchless eco-friendly water bottle fountains for guests and volunteers
  • $1,000 per month allows us to acquire and maintain equipment, as well as supplies for worshiping and gathering spaces
  • $600 provides funding to replace each Retreat and Guest House mattress
  • $125 provides custodial supplies each month

We aspire to live ever more deeply into diversity, inclusivity and equity, so all may be one.  We can truly become one by living in right relationship with each other and the earth.

As we look to the past needs and future aspirations, these areas depict a sampling of areas your gifts will bless:

  • $1,900 supports four orphans in India through the SARTHI child-rights organization
  • $500 provides a retreat experience to leaders through our new social justice initiative: Community Respite & Resiliency fund
  • $350 provides 150 meals to Luke House guests
  • $300 supports one family in the Hispanic Family Christmas Sharing Project

The Monastery without Walls brings liturgies, prayers, presentations, concerts and other programs to the comfort and safety of your home. Access to the deep well of the Holy Wisdom community becomes accessible wherever you are.

As we look to the past needs and future aspirations, these areas depict a sampling of areas your gifts will bless:

  • $6,000-$150/retreat or event covers speaker fees for local, national and international speakers
  • $500 sponsors one month of musical concert offering
  • $400 covers one year of One License, a liturgical music copyright license for Sunday Assembly and daily prayer
  • $130 covers a weekend retreat scholarship
  • $80 provides one month of worship streaming and license

The 192 managed acres of prairie, woodlands, and Lost Lake, provides a natural environment which refreshes and deepens your spirit. The natural setting is also a serene outdoor learning lab for ecological education.

    • $15,000 provides controlled annual burns of the prairie lead to renewed growth
    • $10,000 sustains maintenance of our 4+ mile trail system
    • $5,000 covers quarterly repair and replacement of restoration and preservation equipment
    • $2,500 offers brush clearing and oak savanna restoration for one month
    • $1,500 provides installation of informational kiosk at prairie entrance
    • $1,500 provides snow removal per snow event (typically 35-40/season)
    • $1,150 provides a controlled burn for 10 acres (60 acres are scheduled in the 2021 land management plan)

  • $250 covers cost of educational lecturer
  • $170 provides one week of lawn care for the monastery grounds

Thank You! Your Gift Makes a Difference

Thank you #GivingTuesday supporters for your generous gifts to Holy Wisdom Monastery!

Currently, 118 people have given $69,454 to Holy Wisdom Monastery for #GivingTuesday! We only need 7 more people to give a #GivingTuesday gift to unlock the $10,000 challenge gift.

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Robin Alpenglow

Amy Alstad

Bernice Anglin

Greg Armstrong and
Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong

Carroll Bross

Robert and Linda Bruck

Nancy Burke

Valerie and Tony Cappozzo

Bill Conway

Jean and Victor Delisle

Patricia Donovan

Hildegard Dorrer

Diana and Bill Ducett

Marilyn Dulin

Lara Dulin and Christopher Perez

Nancy Enderle

Mary Ann Erdtmann

Marge Ferstl

Leslie Fischer

Lisa Fordyce

Gerri Framburg

Katy Golden

Carol and Brian Grannon

Mary Hampton

Colleen and Kent Hartung

Steve and Susan Hawk

Kathy and Neil Heskin

Peter Hoff and Paul Patenaude

Drew and Jan Howick

John Hughes

Louise Johnson

Ellen Joyce

Warren Kmiec

Mary Kohlman

Kerry Koopmann

Kathy and Norbert Krusiec

Jeff Kuchenbecker

Catherine Lawler

Sharon Lindner

Jean Lindsay

Brooke Livingston

Phyllis Lobdell

Susan Lueloff

Sally and Thomas McCoy

Patrick and Michel McGettigan

Car McGinley

David and Alison Mckee

Charles McLimans and
Richard Merrion

Nancy Meyer

Colleen Mortell

Jayne Neuendorf

Jane Niebauer

Tom and Rita O’Connor

Christine Parchem

Caleb Parker

Kelly Parks-Snider

Lou Ann Petersen-Noltner and Edward Noltner

Steven Powell

Kathy Schlimgen and Bob Fillingame

Heather Lee Schmidt

Robin Schmoldt and
Adam Wiesenfarth

Sharon and James Schwarz

James Sedwick and
Martha King-Sedwick

James and Sheryll Smith

Reverend Mike A Smith and
Jie Wu

Eileen Smith

Margaret Sommers

Aggie Steichen

Kate Stel

Therese and Michael Stevens

Pam Sulima

Nancy and David Topp

Nicholas J. Traxler and
Murilo Alves Zacareli

William and Barbara Urbrock

Valerie Vervoort

Marian Wasierski and
Pastor Ronald Ballew

Les and Jeannie Weber

Helen Weber-McReynolds

Sally Wedde

John J. Whalen

Steve Zwettler and
Barbara Brummer