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Estate Gifts for Cornell Botanic Gardens


How do I establish a bequest or estate designation for Cornell Botanic Gardens?



Contact us about your gift intentions. We can assist you in identifying a designation for your gift that best meets your interests and our needs, and provide you or your attorney with suggested language or estate planning considerations.


Bequest or Trust Designation: Create a new Will or trust, or modify your present Will by adding a codicil. Sample language, which you can share and edit with your attorney, is available from Cornell Botanic Gardens or the Office of Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning.

Other planned gifts: Designate Cornell Botanic Gardens as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or insurance policy. Call or e-mail a Cornell gift planning officer if you need assistance in obtaining and filling out the forms provided by your plan administrator.


Notify Cornell  Botanic Gardens or the Office of Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning about your intentions. This gives us the opportunity to invite you to join the Cayuga Society and encourage others to follow your example. If you wish, we will keep information about your plans entirely confidential.


Provide Cornell Botanic Gardens or the Office of Trusts, Estates and Gift Planning with a copy of your Will or beneficiary designation (or that portion that references your gift). This will allow our trust officers to ensure that your intentions will be administered accurately and efficiently. Your future gift also can be officially recognized in Cornell’s gift records as a pledge.

Cornell’s Office of Trusts, Estates & Gift Planning

Our gift officers are charitable planning specialists and have resources available to fully support both your investigation and implementation of gift planning techniques. Cornell's services are professional, confidential, collaborative, and provided without cost or obligation. We encourage you to call on us to assist you, your family, and your advisors in exploring financial, estate, and charitable planning.