In order to continue to maintain and develop the Gardens, “Cheyenne’s Treasure,” as some like to call us, we ask that you consider the Gardens in both lifetime gifts and in estate planning.
This is by far the most important single thing you can do to support the Gardens. There are many wonderful benefits to a Cheyenne Botanic Gardens membership. Click here to learn more about memberships.
Once the needs of your family have been considered, we hope you include the Gardens in your estate plans. Your attorney should assist you with the wording so your wishes are met. Even a small amount can have a big impact over time.
Charitable bequests may also be used to support specific gardens and projects. For example, the Paul Smith Children’s Village received substantial funding through a gift from the Paul Smith Trust. Thanks, in part, to this support, this project became a reality.
Guidelines and suggested language
Full legal name: Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
Taxpayer identification number: 83 – 0302260
A gift of appreciated securities such as stocks, mutual funds, bonds or real estate is another giving option. 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.
An endowed gift is permanently invested, and only a portion of the earnings is withdrawn. The principal is never spent. A gift to the Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens endowment not only helps today but also builds future stability by enabling us to plan projects, because the gift is a permanent one.
Many of us have life insurance. Some have had policies for years, and the life insurance is no longer needed for personal or financial reasons. In these cases, it may be an opportunity to make a significant gift to the Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.