Planned Giving

The Idaho Botanical Garden sincerely appreciates forward-thinking donors who make charitable gifts to the Garden through their will or estate-plans. Planned giving gifts help the Garden fulfill our mission and secure our future. In addition, they give you the opportunity to create a legacy at the Garden. There are several types of planned gifts to choose from, some which may provide tax benefits.

The Idaho Botanical Garden honors those who have made gifts through bequests, trusts and other planned gifts through membership in the Legacy Society. The generosity of each Legacy member ensures the continued vitality and growth of the Garden from one generation to the next. They make extraordinary, living gifts to loved ones and future guests to our community. If you have named the Idaho Botanical Garden in your plans, you are already a member of the Legacy Society.


A bequest is a transfer of cash, securities, or other property through a will or living trust. Bequests can be a specific amount, percentage of your estate, percentage of your residua estate or specific property. You can decide if you want to support the Garden as a whole or a specific area or program. A bequest is private and you may change it at any time. Giving a bequest costs nothing now, yet it may give you a great deal of satisfaction to know your future gift will live on.

Retirement Assets

You can name the Idaho Botanical Garden as a primary or contingent beneficiary on the beneficiary designation form for your retirement plan. This may be the most tax efficient way to give a gift to the Garden. Please check with your tax consultant for details.

Life Insurance

Consider giving life insurance policy new life with a charitable purpose. Naming the Idaho Botanical Garden the beneficiary or transferring ownership of your life insurance policy provides  you the satisfaction of making a generous donation and leveraging the value of your policy.

Additional options include Charitable Annuity Trust, Charitable Remainder Trust and Charitable Lead Trust.

If you are considering a legacy gift, please consult your estate attorney or tax preparer to determine the best way to realize your philanthropic goals. All information is kept in the strictest confidence.

If you have already included the Idaho Botanical Garden in your estate plans, please let us know by contacting Christine Wiersema, Development Director, at 208-343-8649 or