Leaving a Legacy

Legacy gifts to the Elkhart County Parks can provide an important source of funds to ensure recreational, cultural, and outdoor education opportunities for future citizens of Elkhart County. Your bequest can be general or specific to a particular park or purpose. Gifts can help establish an endowment fund for perpetual sustainability of your favorite park or facility.

Legacy gifts can help the Elkhart County Parks and Recreation Board build a stronger park system. Large gifts can help fund projects such as:

  • Playground development
  • Building an interpretive center
  • Land acquisition
  • Expand trail systems
  • Park facility improvement
  • Boardwalk replacement
  • New/renovated shelters
  • Programs and events

There are various types of planned gifts, including those through a will or trust, life insurance beneficiary designation, charitable remainder trusts and more. We recommend that you work with your financial advisor to determine which type of gift is most appropriate for you or your family. We also have the option of gifts and endowments to be granted through our non-profit partner, the Friends of the Elkhart County Parks.

Leaving a Landscape

Do you have a large parcel of land you would like preserved? Elkhart County Parks prides itself in the conservation and preservation of natural habitat as part of its mission. We strive to keep our parks 80% natural and 20% developed. If you are considering a gift of land or real estate, please consider the following:

  • Is the land adjacent to an existing park or natural area?
  • Does the land contain wildlife habitat, forest, wetlands, prairie or river ecosystems?
  • Is the land home to a rare or endangered plant or animal? Or unique feature?
  • Would you be willing to endow the park so that it can be developed sooner?

If you wish to gift a parcel of land to the Park Board in your will, please communicate your desire with the Elkhart County Parks. Potential donations are evaluated by staff and the planning committee of the Park Board prior to the donation acceptance to ensure they meet the requirements of our mission.

If you own a small lot or a home and you still want to support the mission of the Elkhart County Parks, there is an option for the capital from the sold real estate to be used for future land acquisition. This option is another great way to help the Elkhart County Parks fulfill its mission.

If you are considering a gift to the Elkhart County Parks, we would be delighted to discuss your questions. If you have already included the Elkhart County Parks and Recreation Board in your plan, please let us know so that we can thank you. To schedule an appointment to meet with the Director about the legacy you wish to leave, please call 574-535-6458 or parksinfo@elkhartcounty.com