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Planned Giving

Cleveland Metroparks planned giving provide a unique way to serve as a steward of the region’s natural landscape. By including Cleveland Metroparks in your estate plans, you can help preserve and expand the “Emerald Necklace” while you plan for your own financial future.

A planned gift benefits both you and Cleveland Metroparks. You benefit from the satisfaction of knowing that your gift furthers conservation, education and recreation within Cleveland Metroparks. An additional benefit may be substantial tax savings, proportionate to the size of the gift. Cleveland Metroparks benefits from additional financial resources to continue and expand its high standard of excellence in conservation, education and recreation.

For example: A bequest to Cleveland Metroparks helps to reduce estate taxes and allows children to experience nature first-hand through the outstanding programs offered at nature centers. A charitable remainder trust earns income for the life of the donor and helps Cleveland Metroparks acquire additional land to preserve wildlife. The remainder of an IRA account adds scenic miles to Cleveland Metroparks extensive walking trails and prevents it from becoming a liability to your estate. A charitable lead trust reduces tax payments and helps to fund natural resource research programs for a specified number of years.

A gift to Cleveland Metroparks may be given without restrictions or specified for a program or facility that you find personally compelling.  Unrestricted funds support ongoing special initiatives within all aspects of Cleveland Metroparks to maintain its high level of quality.  All planned gifts provide donors with the opportunity to establish a permanent partnership with Cleveland Metroparks that creates an enduring legacy.

Emerald Necklace Fellowship

The Emerald Necklace Fellowship recognizes and honors those who have included Cleveland Metroparks in their estate plan. Members of the Emerald Necklace Fellowship are recognized annually in the February, June and November Emerald Necklace newsletter and the Gift of Nature (PDF) annual report.

If you have already included Cleveland Metroparks in your estate plan, we would like to include you as part of the Emerald Necklace Fellowship. Please contact Cleveland Metroparks Manager of Gift and Donor Development at 216-635-3217 or

Thank you for supporting Cleveland Metroparks!