Grow Your Legacy

Whether you come here to find peace and solitude, deepen your connection to nature, or spend time with loved ones, you recognize the importance of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the community. By including the Garden in your financial or estate plans, you can sustain our mission.


In 1926, Grace Arents imagined a botanical garden that would enrich the lives of people in Richmond and the surrounding counties. Her generous bequest made Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden possible. As a nonprofit, we are grateful for the thoughtful and forward-thinking benefactors who have built upon this dream. Thank you for ensuring the Garden’s impact will continue well into the future.



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

Retirement accounts can be subject to double taxation. In planning your estate, consider leaving your retirement plan assests to the Garden, and leave more favorably taxed assests to your loved ones.

Life Insurance

Life insurance allows donors to leverage their resources while providing an extraordinary legacy gift to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. You can donate your existing policy by making the Garden the owner or name the Garden as a beneficiary.

Donor Advised Funds

Consider setting up a Donor Advised Fund (DAFs) to strategically manage your charitable giving. DAFs are easy to set up and receive immediate tax benefits upon contributions. Once set up, you can recommend grants to support Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Charitable Gift Annuity

To establish a charitable gift annuity, a donor makes a gift of cash or appreciated assests to the Garden. In exchange, the donor is eligible to receive a charitable income tax deduction and receive periodic payments for life. After the death of the last annuitant, the balance of the annuity will pass to the charity.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A charitable remainder trust allows individual beneficiaries to receive payments from the trust for life or for a term of years. At the end of the lifetime or term of years the assets pass to the charity.

Charitable Lead Trust

A charitable lead trust allows the donor to arrange for the chairty to receive payments from the trust. At the end of the trust term, the assets pass to the donor or loved ones. This structure provides a tax-advantaged method of supporting the Garden for life or a set number of years, with a potentially significant future tax-free distribution to family and other heirs.

Qualified Charitable Distributions

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) allow individuals aged 70½ or older to make tax-free distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) directly to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The QCD is an excellent way to show your support for the Garden and maximize tax benefits.


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Honor a Loved One with a Tribute Gift

Gifts can be made to the Garden in honor, memory or recognition of special people and moments in your life.

Make a gift

For more information about these and additional giving options, please contact:

Chelsea Mahaffey, Director of Planned and Leadership Giving
804.262.9887 x221
[email protected]