Your Contribution, Our Future

Planned Giving

Since 1891 The New York Botanical Garden has been a leading force in advancing knowledge about plants, preserving biodiversity, and enhancing lives for countless visitors who come to the Garden for its natural beauty.

When you include the Botanical Garden in your estate plans, you help sustain the Garden's mission and provide support for its acclaimed collections and programs for generations to come. A legacy gift can take many forms. You can name The New York Botanical Garden as a beneficiary in your Will, life insurance, IRA, or retirement plan.

You can also establish a gift that will provide you payments for life by funding a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust.

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Gifts of Insurance

A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to The New York Botanical Garden. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making a gift of your insurance policy to The New York Botanical Garden. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children and they are now financially independent adults.

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Benefits of gifts of life insurance

  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction
  • If The New York Botanical Garden retains the policy to maturity, you can receive additional tax deductions by making annual gifts so that we can pay the premiums
  • If The New York Botanical Garden cashes in the policy, you will be able to see firsthand how your gift supports our charitable work
  • If we retain the policy to maturity, or you name us as a beneficiary, once the policy matures, the proceeds of your policy will be paid to our organization so that we can use the proceeds to further our charitable work

How to make a gift of life insurance

To make a gift of life insurance, please contact your life insurance provider, request a beneficiary designation form from the insurer and include The New York Botanical Garden as the beneficiary of your policy.

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If you have any questions about making a gift of a life insurance policy, please contact us. We would be happy to answer questions that you have.

Please let us know if you have already named us as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.

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