Nov. 14th is Give to the Max Day 2019


Help us continue our important work of keeping Sig Olson's legacy alive in the world today!


Give to the Max is Minnesota’s annual charitable giving holiday. Thursday, November 14th is the day, and early giving begins on November 1st. 

90% of our funding comes from donors like you! 

Listening Point Foundation helps people foster their own connection to wilderness through the writings and philosophy of Sigurd F. Olson. Youth, students, and people of all ages and backgrounds have come to visit Listening Point since the foundation was established in 1998. We not only educate through place-based experience, but we continue to do important preservation work of these important historical places. 

Every dollar really does make a difference, so please consider us in your Give to the Max giving plans!

You can even go ahead and donate today, either on our GiveMN profile page or right here.

Thank you for helping us keep Sig’s legacy alive!


“I named this place Listening Point because only when one comes to listen, only when one is aware and still, can things be seen and heard. Everyone has a listening-point somewhere. It does not have to be in the north or close to the wilderness, but some place of quiet where the universe can be contemplated with awe.”


~Sigurd F. Olson, Listening Point, 1958


About Sigurd F. Olson


A writer with a deep, lifelong passion for the importance of wilderness to the human spirit, and the desire to share it with the world.

Sigurd Olson (1899-1982) was a well-known environmentalist, award-winning conservation activist, and best-selling author. Though he lived in Ely, Minnesota and took numerous trips within the Quetico-Superior wilderness, he traveled widely and influenced the creation and preservation of natural areas across the country. Learn more about Sigurd Olson here.

About The Foundation


The Listening Point Foundation works to preserve Listening Point and promote the legacy of Sigurd F. Olson in the world today.

Founded in 1998 by Sig’s younger son, Robert K. Olson, the Listening Point Foundation continues to promote Sigurd F. Olson’s legacy. Located in Ely, MN, the Foundation headquarters in the Olson family homestead, and continues to preserve Sig’s Writing Shack and the Listening Point property, along with providing educational tours and opportunities to the community. Learn more about the Listening Point Foundation here.

Keep the legacy alive by donating

We are working hard to create a sustainable financial future for the Listening Point Foundation.

Your donation helps us keep the mission alive and the Foundation moving forward. You can also make a lasting impression by donating a brick to our patio engraved with a message of your choice. Learn more by clicking below!