by Gabrielle J. White, Attorney at Law and member, FOG Board of Directors
Making a donation to the Close Memorial Park, via Friends of the Garden, helps achieve the plans that have been so painstakingly developed to bring the botanical park vision to the residents of Springfield and Greene County, now and into the future.
1. Donations: What to get your mother, husband, sister or in-law who has everything? You can give them a gift membership in the Friends of the Garden in their honor for a small fee ($25.00) and they will receive the newsletter and other great benefits. But what you may not have thought about it a donation in honor of someone’s wedding, anniversary, graduation, retirement or other momentous occasion. Funds to run the day-to-day work of the garden are always appreciated and help to pay for the daily necessities that are present in any project of this size.
2. Annual Giving: If you would like to make a more substantial gift to the Friends of the Garden and the Botanical Center, you should consider annual gifts to the Friends of the Garden. In 2011, you may give up to $13,000.00 per year, per doanee without the necessity of filing a federal 709 gift tax return. A husband and wife can join together and raise the exclusion to $26,000, even if only one owns the transferred property, through a concept called "gift splitting".
3. Estate Legacy. Another wonderful way to make a lasting contribution to the community, Friends of the Garden and to the botanical center is though the use of a testamentary gift in a Last Will and Testament, a specific devise in your revocable Trust Agreement or a gift from a family foundation. Gifts like these allow the Friends of the Garden to build an endowment which can provide operating funds now and far into the future.
4. Charitable Trusts. If you or your family has land or another asset that cannot be sold without incurring significant tax penalties, you should consider a Charitable Lead Trust or Charitable Remainder Trust. These kinds of estate planning tools allow the family to donate the property to the Charitable Trust, take an income tax deduction in the year the donation was made, and the Trustee can sell the property without the unfavorable capital gains tax. The family retains a right to payment of a percentage for the life of the Donor and the Friends of the Garden receive the benefit at the death of the Donor(s). While somewhat more complicated, in the right situation this can be an enormous help to both a family and to the charitable group.
5. IRA Charitable Rollovers. The IRS has given charitable organizations a gift that ends December 31, 2011: IRA Charitable Rollovers. The rollover allows up to $100,000.00 in otherwise taxable IRA distributions during 2011 to be directed to a charity and the IRA owner can exclude the mandatory distribution from inclusion in gross income for 2011. There are specific rules that apply, so please consult your tax professional for further information prior to contacting your IRA custodian.
Just like the actual gardens that Friends of the Garden creates and tends for the community, you can plant the gift of sustaining funds to ensure that this public garden has the support it needs to continue to grow and thrive.
Make checks payable and mail to Friends of the Garden, P.O.Box 8566, Springfield, MO, 65801
If you are considering any tax or estate planning strategies discussed here you should consult with a tax and/or legal professional prior to making any gifts or changes to your estate plan.
Tribute gifts are an excellent way to honor a friend, colleague, loved one, to mark a special occasion – celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, an engagement or wedding, a graduation, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a holiday, a special memory, or simply to say thank you – while supporting the mission of Friends of the Garden.
Use this form to make an honor or memorial (tribute) gift:
Honor and Memorial Gift (Tribute) Form (160.39 kB)
$50 Inscribed Brick Paver - A brick paver is engraved according to your wishes and placed in the perennial pathway located in our beautiful White Garden. Please print or type up to three lines of inscription, 16 characters per line including spaces, on a note along with your contact information. Mail your note and a check payable to Friends of the Garden, P.O. Box 8566, Springfield, MO 65801.
$250 Plant a Shrub - A granite stone is engraved according to your wishes and placed next to a shrub located in one of our beautiful garden. As an option you may help select a suitable shrub to be placed to become an addition to one of the gardens.
$500 Plant a Tree - A granite stone is engraved according to your wishes and placed next to a tree located in our beautiful arboretum. As an option you may help select a suitable tree to be placed to become an addition to the arboretum.
For complete details on processing Tree or shrub tribute gifts please contact Bob Childress 417.838.9454 or Nancy Hopkins 417.425.9859.
We will notify the honoree or honoree’s family with a letter describing the memorial or honor gift. The acknowledgement is sent to the family or individual, without reference to the size of the gift. If you prefer to hand deliver the commemorative letter notifying the honoree of your gift, please let us know. Your special gift is also noted in our Friends of the Garden Newsletter. We will send you a receipt to acknowledge your tax deductible donation.
Tax deductible contributions can be made payable to:
Friends of the Garden
PO Box 8566
Springfield, MO 65801
Or make a donation with a major credit card using the secure PayPal payment service.
For Membership Information: CLICK HERE
Friends of the Garden, Inc. PO Box 8566 Springfield, MO 65801 417.891.1515 | EMAIL
The Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center2400 S. Scenic AveSpringfield, MO 65807
The Friends of the Garden mission is to "inspire the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature by creating and maintaining gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park and by supporting the mission of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Park Board."