Your gift plays a critical role in ensuring the future of the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens’ programs, as well as the Gardens. Invested over time, any size gift can make a significant impact.  Gifts tailored to unique circumstances have become increasingly important because they provide long-term support yet save estate, gift and income taxes.  Gifts to the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens include Bequests, Lifetime Gifts and Gifts of Life Insurance.

Wills and Estate Plans
The simplest and easiest method of making your gift is through your will.  Gifts of cash, securities, annuities and retirement provide a strong and ever growing source of support for the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, who in turn enhance the plant collections of Boerner Botanical Gardens and provide the highest quality educational programming for children and adults.

Gifts of Life Insurance
May be given as a direct gift or as an estate gift by designating the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens as the beneficiary of all or part of your policy.

Legacy Society
Enables you to leave a legacy of beauty. The Legacy Society was created by the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens to recognize and thank donors during their lifetime, who remember the organization in a will or with a legacy gift. When you make this type of gift, you create a legacy of support that lasts through your lifetime and beyond. In addition, it becomes a permanent asset of the Friends' endowment fund. Each year, the earnings from your gift, along with other contributions to the fund, ensure the Friends are able to continue its mission to support the Gardens and provide educational opportunities for generations to come.

Corporate and Foundation Grants and Scholarships
Grants play a significant role to ensure that the Gardens remain an educational resource for generations of children and adults. The Friends see the long-term value of programs that teach students and teachers basic science principles that are essential to the understanding of the natural world in which we live. We welcome the opportunity to establish partnerships with the corporate and foundation community.

Corporate Matching Gifts
Many area employers will match your gift to the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, effectively doubling or tripling the size of your gift, depending upon their policy. Obtain a matching gift form from your personnel, human resources or charitable giving office.

For further information about giving opportunities, contact the Development Office via e-mail or call (414) 525-5653.



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