For more than 20 years Delta Institute has addressed environmental and economic issues throughout the Midwest. Our work takes us to cities like Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee; to communities such as Hobart, Indiana; to coastal towns like Sebewaing, Michigan.

It’s quite likely that you—or someone you know—live, work, or pass through a community that Delta has shaped over the past two decades.

Please join us today, so that our region thrives tomorrow.

Delta Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID: 36-4210191) in good standing with numerous charity evaluation organizations, giving you peace of mind when you invest in our impactful programs. Your charitable contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Delta Institute has received the Platinum Seal of Transparency for four years in a row from Candid/Guidestar, a nationally recognized charity watchdog. Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and review our Candid/Guidestar charity overview to learn why Delta Institute is a top-rated charity for transparency.


Delta Institute is also proud to announce that our strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency has earned us Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator. This rating designates Delta as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that our organization is using its donations effectively. Delta was rated for the first time in February 2023, with our first rating of Four-Stars indicates our ongoing efforts to ensure accountability, transparency, and best financial controls to our donors and partners. Please take a moment to read through our Charity Navigator listing.

Leaving a Legacy

As you plan your philanthropic legacy, please consider including Delta Institute as a beneficiary in your will, retirement account, or life insurance policy so that our shared vision for a thriving Midwest carries on for generations to come. Learn More >

Stock Giving

Delta is equipped to easily and smoothly receive gifts of appreciated stock; please contact us if you would like to transfer shares to our organizational brokerage account to reduce your capital gains tax burden.

Providing a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA

Decrease your capital gains tax by directly rolling over a charitable gift from your IRA. We have easily downloadable letters and information for you or your wealth advisor. Learn More >

Matching Gifts

Your employer, or your spouse’s employer, may match your donation to Delta —sometimes even triple the amount that you donate. Please contact your employer’s Human Resources, Community Engagement, or comparable department to determine if your company has a matching gift program. Typically a matching gift entails a short form that you fill out as the donor, which you then mail to Delta for our staff to complete and submit—thus doubling or tripling your generous gift!

A Letter from our CEO

My grandfather worked for a paper mill, my father was a potato farmer, and my mom worked at a food processing plant. Everything that they did in their careers was connected to natural resources–and was critical for a thriving community and economy.

While growing up, I remember my mom would push me to get out of the house each weekend – leading me to find something to do with my friends outdoors. Usually that meant getting on our bikes, going into the forest, forging across dams, and finding new ways to connect to the natural world around us. I got to see firsthand how we impacted the environment, and also how we needed it. Ever since then, I’ve had a passion for the intersection of the environmental and economy, and the natural and human systems that influence us all. The air, the soil, the water, the plants, and the animals, including us, all play an important part.

This is what leads me to serve as CEO for Delta Institute. I hope that the meaning I find in our work resonates with the meaning you look for in your charitable giving and impact. Have questions about our projects underway throughout the Midwest? Shoot me a quick email, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for taking some time to get to know us, and I hope to get a chance to know you too. Connect with us,

Bill Schleizer

Our Commitment To You

Please take a moment to review our financial and transparency documents. We fully respect your giving and personal information, and we will never sell or share your data. Ever. For more information on our commitment to, and respect for, your privacy, please review our Donor Privacy Policy.

Delta Institute shares updates on how we use your donation through monthly emailed newsletters. If this is your first donation to Delta, thank you! Please look forward to receiving our next newsletter soon! If you prefer not to receive email communications, unsubscribe at any time or contact Sidney (Sid) Freitag-Fey, CFRE, at 312-554-0900 ext. 15 or

Thank you for helping us make the Midwest a more resilient and sustainable place to live and work.