A planned gift to Cleveland Metroparks is a personal way for you to serve as a steward of the region’s natural landscape. By including Cleveland Metroparks in your estate plans through one of the following ways, you can help preserve and expand the Emerald Necklace while you plan for your own financial future:
Planned gifts benefit both you and Cleveland Metroparks. You receive the satisfaction of knowing that your gift furthers conservation and education for future generations. An additional benefit may be substantial tax savings, proportionate to the size of the gift. Cleveland Metroparks benefits from additional financial resources to continue and expand its high standard of excellence in conservation and education. For example:
- Your bequest to Cleveland Metroparks helps to reduce estate taxes and allows children to experience nature first-hand through the outstanding programs offered at nature centers.
- Your charitable remainder trust provides income for you now and helps Cleveland Metroparks acquire additional land in the future.
- The remainder of your IRA account may add scenic miles to Cleveland Metroparks trails and prevents it from becoming a liability to your estate.
Planned gifts may be given to Cleveland Metroparks without restrictions or specified for a program or facility that you find personally meaningful. Unrestricted funds support ongoing special conservation and education programs throughout Cleveland Metroparks. All planned gifts provide donors with the opportunity to establish a permanent partnership with Cleveland Metroparks that creates an enduring legacy.
Emerald Necklace Fellows
Cleveland Metroparks recognizes and honors those who serve as stewards of Cleveland Metroparks by including Cleveland Metroparks or the Emerald Necklace Endowment Fund in their estate plan. Emerald Necklace Fellows are recognized annually in the Emerald Necklace newsletter and the Gift of Nature annual report.
If you have already included Cleveland Metroparks in your estate plan, we would like to recognize you as an Emerald Necklace Fellow. Please contact Karen Kannenberg, CFRE, manager of gift and donor development, at 216-635-3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on planned gifts, please contact Karen Kannenberg, CFRE, at email@example.com or 216-635-3217.