Planned Giving to Make a Lasting Impact on The Garden

When you include Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in your estate plans, you help support and sustain the Garden’s mission while ensuring the long-term stability of your personal finances. Planned gifts include bequests, charitable gifts , life insurance and gifts of retirement plan assets, charitable gift annuities, real estate and other assets.

Steady and sustainable financial resources—such as those provided by planned gifts—are central to the Garden’s programs in horticulture, conservation, and education, and to the world-class experience our visitors respect. With proper planning, you can minimize your estate’s tax obligations while maximizing your legacy to your heirs and the Garden.

You will also become a part of the tradition of the thoughtful giving that brought the Garden into being and keeps it flourishing today.


Ways you can support the Garden through Planned Giving:


Receive potential tax savings for your estate by including Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in your will or trust for a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or another type of provision. If you prefer to restrict your gift to a particular program or area of the Garden, please let us know.

Retirement plan assets

You can receive a charitable estate tax deduction when you name Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as a percentage beneficiary of your retirement plan assets and your estate will.

Charitable gift annuity

To establish a charitable gift annuity, a donor makes a gift of cash or appreciated securities to the Garden. In exchange, the donor is eligible to receive a charitable income tax deduction and receives annual (or quarterly, or semiannual) payments for life. Payment amounts may be made to the donor or to another person and are based on the age of the person receiving the payments.

Charitable remainder trust

A charitable remainder trust allows the donor or another person to receives payments from the trust for life or for a term of years (not exceeding 20). At the end of the lifetime or term of years the assets pass to charity.

Charitable lead trust

A charitable lead trust allows the donor to arrange for one or more charities to receive payments from the trust. At the end of the trust term, the assets pass to the donor or family members.

Honor a Loved One with a Garden Memorial

Dedication items such as benches and pavers are available.

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