Making Donations

We do not inherit the land,
we borrow it from our children.

-Native American Proverb

Everyone can make a difference in assuring the quality of our community’s parks. Small donations and gifts-in-kind demonstrate community pride and ownership of our outstanding park resources. Major gifts leverage government funding and leave a lasting legacy for future generations of park users.

Your gift gives you the satisfaction of supporting work to preserve and enhance our parkland, natural resources, and historic sites. Depending on the arrangements you choose, you can also:

  • Reduce your income taxes
  • Avoid capital gains tax
  • Increase your disposable income
  • Retain payments for life
  • Achieve no-cost, worry-free asset management

Ways to contribute include:

The simplest way to contribute to Montgomery County Parks is through cash gifts to the Parks Foundation. Creative gifts of assets can also include stocks, bonds, real estate, and personal property.

Various forms of bequests to the Parks Foundation can be used that will give your estate a charitable deduction and guarantee that your legacy lives on in our community’s park system.

Life-income gifts, such as gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and pooled income funds, can provide you with an income stream, significant tax savings, and the satisfaction of supplying our parks with vital long-term resources.

You may consider using retirement plan benefits to make a significant gift to Montgomery County Parks through the Parks Foundation. The cost of your gift to your estate and heirs is often relatively small. 

Two types of life insurance are typically donated to the Montgomery Parks Foundation for the benefit of our cherished parks: existing or paid-up whole and universal life insurance policies, and newly issued whole and universal life insurance policies.

Many thanks to the National Parks Foundation for allowing us to adapt their Ways to Give information. Visit their web site at or telephone (202) 785-4500.