Planned Giving

The Parks Legacy Circle honors people who have made an investment in our city’s parks and public spaces, by establishing a future gift through their will, trust, or other planned giving. Join the Parks Legacy Circle today.

Photo of Karen Daubert, former Executive Director of Seattle Parks Foundation, hiking. Photo credit unknown.

Parks have always been near and dear to my heart, and I want future generations to be able to connect with neighbors and with family and friends in our unique public places.

Karen Daubert

Parks Legacy Circle Member

Photo of man with two dogs. Photo provided by Roger Nyhus.

Our parks and public spaces are the soul of our great city, and preserving this legacy is even more important as we grow. As the godfather to four boys, a dog owner, and frequent visitor of our parks, I joined the Parks Legacy Circle to protect and enhance this vital connection to nature in our city.

Roger Nyhus

President & CEO of Nyhus Communications and Capitol Hill resident

Photo of Allegra Calder and Gabe Grant cycling in nature. Photo credit unknown.

We believe parks are essential to cities. As urban dwellers, we consider parks our backyard and our front porch. They provide a place for community connection, recreation, and calm, and they regularly remind us how beautiful and diverse a place Seattle is. We joined the Parks Legacy Circle because we want to make sure that Seattle can care for and add to its terrific park spaces as it continues to grow.

Allegra Calder and Gabe Grant

Parks Legacy Circle Members

Become a member of the Parks Legacy Circle

Legacy gifts allow Seattle Parks Foundation to thoughtfully plan for the future of our organization, while providing support and fiscal services to community-based groups that are spearheading public space projects across the city. Your planned gift will leave a legacy in Seattle’s parks for years to come.

Our Funds

Seattle Parks Foundation supports networks of community, philanthropic, and public-sector partners to create and sustain a thriving system of public spaces throughout the city. It also advocates for public policies and investments that improve the health and happiness of all Seattle residents.


Your unrestricted legacy gift helps us further this mission and vision for our city and provides us with the flexibility to allocate your gift where it is most needed.

Community Parks Fund

The Community Parks Fund is a vehicle for legacy gifts that support community-led and civic partnerships that increase access for all residents to great public spaces across Seattle. The fund also makes investments to encourage private-sector philanthropy and public funding of parks projects.

The Community Parks Fund was established in 2013 by a generous bequest from Stim Bullitt. Since that time, close to $2 million from the fund has been distributed to more than 30 community-led planning, capital, stewardship, and park activation initiatives. Past investments include:

Notify Us of Your Legacy Intention

To notify Seattle Parks Foundation of your intention to leave a legacy, please complete the following form.

Gift Details
Check All Plans that Apply

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Gift through a will or living trust
  • Beneficiary designation on a variety of assets, including IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, qualified retirement plans, life insurance, brokerage accounts, bank accounts (checking or savings), and real estate
  • Life income arrangement [charitable remainder trust]
  • Charitable lead trust
  • Remainder interest in your home
  • Other planned gift arrangements
  • Specific bequest. A gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car or other property or a gift for a specific dollar amount. For example, you may wish to leave your home or $10,000 to Seattle Parks Foundation.
  • Percentage bequest. Leaving a specific percentage of your overall estate. For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your estate to Seattle Parks Foundation.
  • Residual bequest. A bequest made from the balance of an estate after all specific bequests have been fulfilled. For example, you may wish to leave 30% of the residue of your estate to Seattle Parks Foundation.
  • Contingent bequest. A bequest made only if a primary bequest cannot be fulfilled. For example, you might choose to leave a vacation home to a relative, but specify that if the relative is not alive at the time of your death, the vacation home will go to Seattle Parks Foundation.
Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor about including Seattle Parks Foundation in your will or estate plan. It can be as simple as including specific language in your will.

Our Legal Name and Federal Tax ID
Legal Name: Seattle Parks Foundation
Address: PO BOX 3541, Seattle, WA 98124-3541
Federal Tax ID Number: 91-1998597

Sample Bequest Language
To make a bequest to Seattle Parks Foundation, consult your legal advisor about including it in your estate plan. The following basic bequest language can assist you and your legal advisor. You can name a specific dollar amount or a piece of property, such as a home or securities.

Suggested wording:
I give to Seattle Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization located at PO Box 3541 Seattle, WA 98124-3541, Federal Tax ID #91-1998597, the sum of $_______. Or, you can leave a residual gift to us — a percentage of what’s left of your estate after you take care of your loved ones.

Suggested wording:
I give to Seattle Parks Foundation, a nonprofit organization located at PO Box 3541 Seattle, WA 98124-3541, Federal Tax ID #91-1998597, ____ per cent of the residue of my estate.

Let us know! Understanding the planned gifts that are established for Seattle Parks Foundation helps us plan for the future.

Thank you for considering such a visionary gift! We invite you and your professional advisors to contact us. We can provide more information, answer any questions you may have, and provide consultation to ensure your planned gift arrangement is right for you. All inquiries are held in the strictest confidence and there is no obligation.

Our Parks Legacy Circle Members

Recognizing extraordinary donors whose estate plans include legacy gifts to Seattle Parks Foundation.

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Sally Bagshaw
Thatcher Bailey
Ross Baker
Jane Ballard
Lynn Bursten
Allegra Calder and Gabriel Grant
Barbara and James Crutcher
Karen Daubert
Ann Fagan
Barbara Feasey
Don Goldberg and Gail Resnik
Roy Hamrick
David James
Mary Jayne and Jay Jones
Patricia Killam and Richard Wenger
Thomas Mathers
Roger Nyhus
Mike and Edith Ruby
Janice Sears
Jean and Pierre Sundborg
Chris and David Towne
Tom and Lyn White

The Estate of:
Anonymous (1)
Barbara Bailey
William M. Black
Majorie Boetter
Lloyd Douglas
Julie Gerrard
Gretchen Hull
Betty Jane Kreager
Phyllis Lamphere
Larry Rand


The information provided is not a substitute for professional financial or legal advice. Consult your financial or legal advisor to determine which options are best for you and your family, and to maximize the tax advantages of your gift.

Send a check

To make a donation by mail, please send a check payable to Seattle Parks Foundation to:

PO Box 3541
Seattle, WA 98124-3541

If your gift is intended for one of our community partners, please add their name in the memo line or with an accompanying note.

A tax receipt will be mailed to you upon receipt of your contribution.

Thank you!

Donate Your Car

Have an old car taking up space in your driveway?

Donate it to Seattle Parks Foundation!

We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, heavy equipment, and other motorized vehicles. All or part of your donation may be tax deductible.

To get started, simply complete the online donation form or call 855.500.7433 or 855.500.RIDE to speak to a representative. You can also read more at

Have an old car taking up space in your driveway?