Bequests and Estate Planning

You do not need to have a fortune to give a lasting gift to BBG. Planned gifts, both large and small, play a critical role in securing the future of BBG. Invested over time, any size gift can make a significant impact.

Planned gifts tailored to an individual’s unique circumstances provide important long-term support to BBG while saving donors significant amounts in estate, gift, and income taxes.

“I wanted my values to be reflected in my future plans. BBG will always be at the forefront of New York’s cultural institutions.”
–Connie Thatcher

How can you help to ensure the vitality of the Garden’s programs? By including BBG in your estate and financial plans in one of the following ways.

Include BBG in Your Will

Cherry blossoms in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

A bequest in your will is the simplest way to leave a gift to the Garden.

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Charitable Gift Annuities

Fall foliage in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Receive regular fixed payments for life in exchange for transferring assets to the Garden.

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Charitable Trusts

The visitors center in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Benefit the Garden and your heirs while taking advantage of special tax benefits.

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Life Insurance & Other Assets

Water lilies in the Lily Pool at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Leaving a life insurance policy, real estate, or other financial account to the Garden can provide simple, tax-efficient benefits.

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Join the Forsythia Society

Join the Forsythia SocietyThe Forsythia Society was established to honor BBG’s loyal supporters who have made a planned gift or included a bequest to BBG in their wills. In 1940, at the urging of BBG benefactor Mrs. Edward C. Blum, forsythia was proclaimed the flower of Brooklyn and imbued with the message of brotherhood, unity, and understanding. It is a perennial shrub whose golden color announces the arrival of spring each year. Forsythia Society members enjoy benefits that include recognition at an annual Forsythia Society event and invitations to special BBG programs.

If you have made a bequest to Brooklyn Botanic Garden or included BBG in your estate plans in other ways, please let us know so that you can be recognized as a member of the Forsythia Society and we can keep you apprised of upcoming Forsythia Society activities.

For more information about any of these planned gift options or the Forsythia Society, please call 718-623-7246 or email rosullivan@bbg.org.



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