Ways to Contribute to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum

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There are many ways to give to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum—and we are grateful for each and every gift.

Membership: Join/Renew

Becoming a member benefits you and us! Your membership dues help us to keep Laurelwood Arboretum beautiful and provide you with discounts at Laurelwood’s annual plant sale and at local garden centers. Membership also entitles you to free or discounted admission to over 300 gardens in North America. Click here for the Membership Page.

Gift of Green

Our Give the Gift of Green Campaign allows us to preserve and beautify Laurelwood’s gardens and develop new and innovative programs for all ages. Click here to donate online or click here to download a donation form.

General Donations

To make a general donation please click here to donate online or click here to download a donation form.

Tribute Gifts

Tribute gifts are a unique way to celebrate and honor people who make a difference and occasions that matter — a family member, special friend, or business colleague; a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or retirement. We will send the person you name a note to let them know of your generosity. Click here to donate online or click here to download a donation form.

Donate a Bench

Laurelwood Arboretum is a walker’s paradise, with its winding paths and beautiful scenery. It is also a wonderful place for visitors to sit and enjoy their surroundings. There were a few benches in the arboretum, but visitors have told us there weren’t enough. Our Donate-a-Bench program is easing this shortfall by offering an opportunity for donors to select either a beautiful hand-hewn rustic bench by artist David Robinson or a contemporary teak bench for placement in the arboretum.

There are many reasons to donate a bench—to celebrate a milestone in life, to honor a friend or to memorialize a loved one, to name just a few. Your bench will display a plaque inscribed with your tribute.

Click here to watch David Robinson talk about our Donate-A-Bench program.

In addition to the rustic benches, there is also an opportunity to donate contemporary teak benches — at a lower cost — that will be placed near the Knippenberg Center for Education.

Click here for information about the teak benches in our Donate-A-Bench Program.

Memorial Gifts

Gifts made in memory of a loved one are a wonderful way to recognize a special person who was a significant part of your life. Click here to donate online or click here to download a donation form.

Patio Pavers

Commemorate an occasion, memorialize a loved one or simply show your support by donating a paver inscribed with your message for the patio of the Knippenberg Center for Education. Click here to download a Paver Order form.

Naming Opportunities

A number of naming opportunities are available for the Knippenberg Center for Education, the greenhouses, and other special places in the arboretum.

Underwrite an Event

Laurelwood organizes and hosts a variety of events, activities and programs for adults and children, which may be underwritten with appropriate publicity or supported with raffle prizes or other donations.

Advertise in our Publications

Advertisements in our annual newsletter reach more than 900 contacts on our mailing list.

Charitable Bequests — a Gift for the Future

Remembering Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum in your will ensures that generations to come will continue to enjoy this unique natural preserve. Bequests can be made in the form of a specific gift of cash or a percentage of the remainder of an estate. Retirement assets or life insurance may be included in a bequest. If you specify it, a bequest of more than $25,000 can be treated as an endowment, and the funds will be invested to grow over time. We suggest that you consult your attorney, financial advisor, or estate planner to determine the most prudent way to make a charitable bequest.

To donate securities, please call 973-831-5675 for information about making a transfer to the Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum brokerage account.

Charitable IRA Distributions

Individuals who are 70 1/2 or older can instruct their IRA administrator to make a distribution directly to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. Such gifts count toward the required minimum distribution for IRAs and the amount of the gift is excluded from gross income for federal tax purposes including Social Security and Medicare.

Matching Gifts

If your employer or your spouse’s employer has a matching gift program, your gift may be doubled or even tripled.

Gifts in Kind

Donations of needed goods or professional services help to defray our expenses and allow us to focus our spending on the arboretum and our programs and activities.

Please contact us at info@laurelwoodarboretum.org or 973-831-5675
to learn more about donating to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.

Donations to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum may be made in cash, in securities or in kind.

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