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Seattle Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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A hiker smiles at the camera while in a mountain meadow with sharp rock faces in the background.

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

A person crouching on the ground being licked by a large dog while another dog pants next to him.

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

A person with a bike helmet and a person in a baseball hat smiling while in the mountains in the summertime.

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

Parks Legacy Circle

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. Learn about all the ways we honor these generous donors.

We hope you’ll consider joining them.

The following types of gift commitments qualify you for membership in the Parks Legacy Circle:

  • 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

Benefits of membership:

  • Your name on the Parks Legacy Circle roster in our biannual printed newsletters and strategic mailings from our CEO and President*
  • Invitations to select Seattle Parks Foundation events and tours throughout the year

*We respect the privacy of members who wish to remain anonymous and not be included in any listings of the Parks Legacy Circle.

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

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Sally Bagshaw, member since 2012
Thatcher Bailey, member since 2015
Ross Baker, member since 2017
Jane Ballard, member since 2017
Kathy and Keith Beiver, members since 2011
Lynn Bursten, member since 2012
Allegra Calder and Gabriel Grant, members since 2017
Karen Daubert, member since 2015
Ann Fagan, member since 2016
Barbara Feasey, member since 2011
Brian Giddens and Steve Rovig, members since 2013
Don Goldeberg and Gail Resnik, members since 2018
Roy Hamrick, members since 2011
Mary Jayne and Jay Jones, members since 2014
Patricia Killam and Richard Wenger, members since 2017
Phyllis Lamphere, member since 2018
Pamela and Bob McCabe, members since 2011
Steven McCoy and Larry Henderson, members since 2015
Roger Nyhus, member since 2018
Ben Streissguth, member since 2016
Dan and Ann Streissguth, members since 2012
Jean Sundborg, member since 2014
Chris and David Towne, members since 2018
Tom and Lyn White, members since 2017
Rick and Debbie Zajicek, members since 2011

Become a Member of the Parks Legacy Circle

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.

Legacy gifts allow Seattle Parks Foundation to provide support and fiscal sponsorships to community-based groups that are spearheading public space projects across the city.

Here are a few ways to get started:

  1. Explore our Planned Giving pages and read about donors who are making a legacy gift.
  2. Contact us 206.332.9900 or donations@seattleparksfoundation.org for additional information or to chat about options for making a bequest.
  3. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor about including Seattle Parks Foundation in your will or estate plan.
  4. View our sample bequest language.

If you are interested in designating your gift, please contact our Planned Giving team to confirm that Seattle Parks Foundation can meet your wishes.

Sample Bequest Language

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 Community Parks Fund was established in 2013 by a generous bequest from Stim Bullitt. Since that time, about $1.8 million from the fund has been distributed to more than 30 community-led planning, capital, stewardship, and park activation initiatives.

The fund also makes investments to encourage private-sector philanthropy and public funding of parks projects.

Past investments include:

Cheasty Trails
An innovative forest restoration project is adding a bike and pedestrian trail system to a previously inaccessible 44-acre parkland on Beacon Hill above the Rainier Vista neighborhood.

Seward Park Torii
Rebuilding a beloved icon of international friendship given to the City of Seattle by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in 1934 to honor Seattle’s role as a gateway to Asia.

Concord International Elementary School
Enhancing safe access to school for students in the South Park neighborhood and creating schoolyard raingardens and butterfly gardens.

Georgetown Vision Plan
Supporting community led planning for a system of green, connected public spaces throughout this heavily industrialized neighborhood.

Urban Parks Activation Partnership
A groundbreaking partnership between the Downtown Seattle Association, Alliance for Pioneer Square, Friends of Waterfront Seattle and Seattle Parks and Recreation to transform and activate downtown parks so they are safe, beautiful, and welcoming spaces for all residents.

Tiny Trees Preschool
Startup capital for preschool classrooms in parks throughout the city with deep commitment to accessibility and affordability for all Seattle families.

Seattle Parks Foundation

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.

If you are interested in supporting a specific project, group or area of the city, please contact our Planned Giving team to confirm that Seattle Parks Foundation can meet your wishes.

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. Call us today at 206.332.9900 or email donations@seattleparksfoundation.org.

Fill out our Legacy Gift Intention form.

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Sample Bequest Language

An excellent way for you to support Seattle Parks Foundation’s mission is to leave us a bequest in your will, or living trust or with a codicil. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue using the property during your lifetime.

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