Planned Giving

The Sugarloaf Legacy Society

The Legacy Society of Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association was established in 2017 to:

  • Help secure the long-term future of the Cove and the surrounding North Shore Forest
  • Give strength and stability to the Sugarloaf organization as it grows.
  • Recognize the receipt of a generous lead gift and several gift commitments in recent years.


Governor Elmer L. Andersen, his daughter Emily, and stalwart supporters Steven Pihlaja and Lorrie Stromme imagined the Sugarloaf Interpretive Center Association to protect a special place on the North Shore. This seeding and continuing attention to Sugarloaf Cove was cap stoned in a bequest from Governor Andersen and his wife Eleanor upon their passing. By the establishment of this Society, we honor this family’s work and their generosity as lead Legacy Society members.

The Sugarloaf Interpretive Association (SICA) was founded in 1993 to protect and restore beautiful Sugarloaf Cove, provide educational access, and promote the restoration and preservation of the entire North Shore.

SICA was renamed Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association in 2005 to recognize the needs of the greater North Shore coastal landscape, while redoubling commitment to oversee the Cove site— a very special place on the North Shore. The Association is responsible for conserving the site to make it available to an interested public and, foremost, to protect its natural state in perpetuity. It is, and always will be, the organization’s primary responsibility. It is a moral commitment.

The Sugarloaf Legacy Society creates a special opportunity for people who care about the Cove and the North Shore landscape and want to see them protected and preserved. 

How the Society Works

Creating a legacy can be as simple as amending your will or changing the beneficiary of your IRA, retirement plan, or life insurance policy. We are grateful for your gift of any size. We are ready to provide more information or meet with you at your convenience. We encourage you to discuss your interests with an attorney before making a commitment.

Upon acceptance of a gift commitment by the Board of Directors of Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association, the donor(s) will be identified in Association publications as members of the Legacy Society (unless anonymity is requested).

Current Sugarloaf Legacy Society Founders

  • Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen
  • Emily Andersen
  • Russ Baker
  • Margit Berg
  • Dee Ginthner
  • Anne McKinsey
  • Jerry Meigs
  • Michael and Rosanne Monten
  • James and Fran Mullin

Leaving a Gift is Easy

Thank you for your interest in the long-term future of Sugarloaf Cove and its 501(c)(3) Association. To make a gift commitment to our permanent fund that is invested for the long term, to arrange a meeting to discuss your interests, or for more information, please contact:

Molly Thompson
Executive Director

Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association
6008 London Road
Duluth, MN 55804

(218) 525-0001

Federal Tax ID: 41-1730982