Ways To Donate
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is dedicated to preserving and maintaining the uniquely beautiful 30-acre public park known as Laurelwood Arboretum. Donations are vital to helping us achieve our mission.
Contributions from individuals and businesses are used to replace damaged trees and plantings, enhance the horticultural displays, maintain the bridges and pathways, and promote horticultural education through a menu of tours, programs and activities. None of this would be possible without the support of our generous donors.
Give the Gift of Green Campaign
Our ongoing Gift of Green Campaign allows us to continue to preserve Laurelwood Arboretum as an historic site and to develop new and innovative programming for all ages.
Many businesses have a matching gift program for their employees. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for doubling the value of your donation to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.
Donations “in memory of” or “in honor of” are a thoughtful way of expressing condolences or congratulations while at the same time supporting FOLA’s efforts to preserve and maintain Laurelwood Arboretum. We will send the person you name a note to let them know of your gift.
Click here to download a donation form to fill out and send in with your check to FOLA, PO Box 2433, Wayne, NJ 07474-2433.
Patio Paver Project
You can help Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum create a beautiful outdoor patio at the Knippenberg Center for Education by donating an engraved paving stone. The patio is located in the area between the Knippenberg Center’s main building and the educational greenhouse.
Commemorate an occasion, honor a special person or organization, or memorialize someone by donating an engraved paving stone for the outdoor patio and walkways at the Knippenberg Center for Education.
Paving stones are available in four sizes: 9” x 4”; 9” x 9”; 9” x 13” and 19” x 19”.
A limited number of 19” x 19” paving stones for the front plaza may be reserved for a donation of $1500 each.
Questions? Please call 973-831-5675 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to donate an engraved paver.
A limited number of bench sites are available for placement in Laurelwood Arboretum as memorials or in honor of a person or event. We will acknowledge a donation for the purchase of a bench with a personalized plaque. You may tour the arboretum with a FOLA representative to select the location of your bench from the available sites.
Traditional teak wood bench $5,000.
Your donation will include the cost of the bench, delivery and installation. We will help you plan a dedication ceremony, should you wish one, after the bench is installed.
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Bequests – a Gift for the Future
Remembering Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum in your will ensures that generations to come will benefit from the preservation of 30 acres of unique natural habitat that is home to treasured woodlands, plantings, and wildlife.
At the present time, bequests can be made in the form of a specific gift of cash or a percentage of the remainder of an estate. Retirement assets or life insurance may be included in a bequest.
The arboretum will use bequests as you designate. If you specify it, a bequest of more than $25,000 can be treated as an endowment, and the funds will be invested to grow over time. We suggest that you contact your attorney, financial advisor, or estate planner to determine the most prudent way for you to make a charitable bequest.
The Laurelwood Arboretum Legacy Society
The Laurelwood Arboretum Legacy Society honors donors who have chosen to support the arboretum through a bequest in their will or through a planned gift. Anyone can make a bequest to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.
As a Laurelwood Arboretum Legacy Society member, you will enjoy the following benefits:
- The satisfaction of being an important part of the arboretum and supporting its mission
- Lifetime membership in Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum
- An invitation to a personal tour of Laurelwood Arboretum
- Recognition in special arboretum publications, including the Annual Report (unless a member prefers not to be listed)
- Honored by having your name acknowledged at the arboretum upon receipt of the gift
- Invitations to future arboretum events held especially for our donors
How to Make a Bequest
It is important to give your attorney our full name and address, as well as specifying that the gift is to go to the distinct mission of the Arboretum. An example of appropriate language follows:
“I bequeath the sum of $ _ (or _ % of my residuary estate) to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum for its distinct mission.”
For additional information, please contact us by calling 973-831-5675 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Gifts in Kind
Donations of material goods or professional services can be very helpful in supporting FOLA’s mission. In-kind gifts can provide budget relief and help us extend our community outreach programs.
Examples of products and services that may be accepted include:
- Horticultural tools, supplies, and plant materials
- Heavy-duty equipment for use in the arboretum
- Printing services
- Advertising, public relations, or graphic design services
- Food and catering services
To discuss in-kind donations, please contact us by calling 973-831-5675 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Gift cards from area hardware stores and nurseries
- Bottled water for volunteers
- Garden carts for plant sales
- Garden tools for volunteers
- Lawn mower
- Printing services
- Canopy for outdoor events
- $100 provides perennial plants or Spring-blooming bulbs
- $250 funds an educational program
- $500 provides plants for the Sensory Garden
- $1,000 pays for a summer intern
- “History” sign in the Knippenberg Center vestibule – $3,500
- Braille sign/map for Sensory Garden – $4,000
- Bob Cat – $20,000
For more information on donating to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, call us at 973-831-5675 or send an email to email@example.com.
Your gift will be used to develop programs and activities at the Knippenberg Center for Education and will allow us to continue to preserve and beautify Laurelwood Arboretum.
Dues and donations are deductible for income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.