Investing in Education, Engaging our Community, Sustaining the Environment
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization actively involved in conserving and researching one of the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world – the Alpine Tundra. The Gardens is funded through memberships, individual donations, memorial and tribute gifts, grants, corporate support and planned giving. Join in our stewardship by donating today! Tax deductible contributions at any level are sincerely appreciated.
Memberships allow Betty Ford Alpine Gardens to be free, accessible to the public and provide a wide variety of educational programs for children and adults. Become a member and receive free admission to nearly 300 public gardens. For more information on the reciprocal benefit, please visit AHS.org/gardening-programs
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Please consider a year-end gift and help us grow into the premier alpine botanical garden in the world. For non-members, gifts of $50 or more will also receive a garden membership.
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Your legacy will support our future – the Perennial Partners
Once the needs of your family have been considered, we hope you include the Gardens in your estate plans.
The Perennial Partners recognizes those who have made or pledged lasting gifts to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens that extend beyond a lifetime. You may become a member of the Perennial Partners by notifying us that you:
- Have made a planned gift that benefits Betty Ford Alpine Gardens;
- Have included the Gardens in a future bequest;
- Or, make a gift of $10,000 or more to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Endowment Fund.
Membership is voluntary and without obligation. If you choose, you will be recognized in Betty Ford Alpine Gardens annual report and invited to special gatherings and events. For more information on becoming a Perennial Partner please call the development office at 970-476-0103 ext. 5.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Endowment Fund
An endowed contribution is permanently invested, and only a portion of the earnings is withdrawn. The principal is never spent. Endowment gifts ensure the legacy of the Gardens for future generations. Betty Ford Alpine Gardens has an actively managed investment portfolio to ensure that our investments are protected and allowed to grow. There are many different ways to consider supporting the Endowment Fund:
Bequest by Will. You can designate a gift from your estate to the Gardens Endowment Fund and in some cases receive a substantial reduction in federal gift and estate taxes.
Charitable Gift Annuity. You can make a gift of cash or appreciated stock to the Endowment Fund now and get immediate tax benefits while ensuring that you or a loved one receives fixed income payments for life.
Charitable Remainder Trust. You can place cash or property in a trust that pays annual income to you for life. After death, the remainder of the trust transfers to the Endowment Funds at the Gardens. You receive income tax benefits the year that you establish your trust.
Charitable Lead Trust. You can place cash or property into a trust that pays a fixed amount to the Gardens Endowment Fund for the number of years that you select. Once this time ends, the assets held by the trust are transferred to the beneficiaries you name. In some cases you receive a substantial reduction in federal gift and estate taxes.
Life Insurance If a life insurance is no longer needed for personal or financial reasons, it may be an opportunity to make a significant gift to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. Federal Identification Number – 74-2395097
Appreciated Securities A gift of appreciated securities you have owned for more than one year such as stocks, mutual funds, bonds or real estate offers tax advantages and is another way to support the Gardens. Excellent tax advantages exist if you donate appreciated assets you have owned for more than one year. An outright gift of long-term appreciated assets may avoid capital gains taxes and qualifies for a charitable income tax deduction equal to the market value of the securities.
You attorney can advise you about these options or call the Gardens and we can help you find answers.