Your support allows The Holden Arboretum to advance its mission to advance and inspire a deeper understanding of plants to enhance life, helping us to create vibrant green communities and diverse native forests in the Great Lakes region that will flourish and sustain life. Use the link below to explore possible giving options.

Planned Giving

Join our distinguished Albert Fairchild Society, which honors donors who have provided for the future of The Holden Arboretum through their estate plans. When you include Holden in your estate plans, you are part of the Albert Fairchild Holden Society, entitling you to invitations to special programs and to be listed with other legacy donors in Holden’s publications with your permissions. Unless otherwise designated, planned gifts are placed in the endowment fund.

Holden’s Planned Giving Program

Here are several ways you can become a member of the Albert Fairchild Holden Society:

Wills and Bequests

  • A bequest is a gift made by a provision in your will. Bequests can take the form of cash, securities, personal property or real estate. Regardless of the size of your estate, a bequest of Holden is not subjected to federal or state estate taxes.

Charitable Gift Annuity

  • A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between you and The Holden Arboretum. In exchange for your gift cash, securities, or other property, Holden agrees to pay you a fixed rate annuity for your lifetime and/or the lifetime of another person.

Additional Ways to Make a Planned Gift

  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Charitable lead trusts
  • Gifts of appreciated securities.
  • Life insurance and tax-deferred retirement plans
  • Gifts of real estate and conservation easements

For additional information on planned gifts, please contact Kim Conrad at 216.707.2862.

Holden Forests & Gardens Tribute and Memorial Program

Holden Forests & Gardens offers its members, donors and friends an opportunity to honor and remember friends and loved ones through the Tribute and Memorial Program. These gifts also support the mission of Holden Forests & Gardens to advance and inspire a deeper understanding of plants to enhance life.

A gift to the Tribute and Memorial Program is a meaningful way to remember all occasions including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations, b’nai mitzvah, the birth of a child or grandchild, or as an expression of sympathy and remembrance. Notification of gifts will be sent to all honorees or a designated family member as long as contact information is provided. Individual gift amounts will remain confidential.

There are several ways to help you celebrate or honor someone special:

Commemorative Gifts

Donations in any amount are a wonderful way to celebrate a significant milestone or remember a family member or friend.

Dedicate a Daffodil Bulb ($50)

Honor a loved one by sponsoring a daffodil bulb. Every spring the campus comes alive with the delightful glow of daffodils. Your gift will be used for the planting and maintenance of one of these bulbs.

Dedicate a Planter ($500 and above)

Dedicating a planter is a unique way to pay tribute to a special person or occasion. Your inscription will bring to life memories and celebrations that add a lovely sentiment to the fabric of our gardens.

  • Work with staff to choose an existing planter and wording for your personalized plaque.
  • Dedications are maintained for a period of 5 years.

Dedicate a Tree

A tree dedication serves as a living memorial to a beloved friend or family member. All trees are chosen in consultation with the Horticultural Staff to ensure Holden Forests & Garden’s mission. You may choose between the following options:

  • $1,500 – A young tree, 1-3 years old
  • $3,000 – An established tree, 4-6 years old
  • $7,500 – A mature tree, 7 years or older
  • $25,000 and higher – Signature trees, named gardens and garden beds.

All tree dedications include a personalized plaque.

Dedicate a Bench ($7,500)

A bench dedication provides a serene place to enjoy time with family and friends or to rest and reflect while enjoying the grounds.

  • Choose from a list of pre-determined locations.
  • Dedications are maintained for the life of the bench.  Teak benches last approximately 15 years


To speak with someone about the Tribute and Memorial Program, please contact Kim Conrad at 216.707.2862 or by email at