Create a thriving Midwest for tomorrow by supporting Delta today.

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. Your charitable contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Delta Institute is a recipient of the 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, a nationally recognized charity watchdog.

Feel free to grab a cup of coffee and visit our Guidestar charity overview to learn why Delta Institute is a top-rated charity. You may also download our charity summary.

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.


Bookmark this link and support our efforts helping Midwestern communities thrive today every time that you shop for daily necessities, or that periodic splurge. Go on, treat yourself–and Delta Institute at the same time.

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

Please take a moment to review our financial and transparency documents. We fully respect your gift and personal information, and we will never sell or share your data. Ever. For more information on our commitment to 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 at 312-651-4344 or

Thank you for helping us make the Midwest a thriving place to live and work.