Meet Our Donors

Janet and Rev. Dr. Walter Wieder
Janet became a volunteer in the Garden, VIG as we like to say, in 2005 as an instructor aide. From that first moment, she has served the Garden with much gusto, contributing more than 800 annual hours in recent years as a docent, guest guide, membership envoy and instructor aide. More

Jeff and Lexine Hebets
Jeff Hebets embodies the spirit of philanthropy. Jeff credits this philosophy to his parents, Mel and Peggy Hebets, who were “exceptional at giving their time and energy to social programs.” More

Kathy and Bruce Weber 
Kathy and Bruce Weber planted themselves firmly in the Desert Botanical Garden immediately upon moving to Arizona. After their first visit they became members, enrolled in volunteer botany training and enlisted as volunteers. More

Marilyn Wolfe
"The Garden is beautiful, fabulous — it was calling to me!" A first Luminaria visit persuaded Marilyn Wolfe and her husband to become Garden members. More

Diane and Mike Kulow
"The Garden is filled with beauty, a sense of calm and it's a wonderful place to learn about native plants and enjoy with friends. It's a peaceful oasis that we hope will be here forever!" More

Pam Cooper & Margaret Wilson
Pam Cooper and Margaret Wilson are without doubt a couple who enjoy the Garden with gusto. They've been loyal members, very generous donors and volunteers of the Desert Botanical Garden since 2002.More

Donna Dehn
Donna is an unbelievable resource for the Garden," says Plant Physiologist Kevin Hultine. Donna Dehn, who has a Ph.D. in molecular toxicology, an MPH and an MS in plant ecology, came to the Garden as a volunteer in 2011.More

Jane Jozoff
Jane has been investing in the Phoenix arts and cultural community for decades, chairing successful events and serving on the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission. More

Dedrie and Matt Cohen
Year after year, Sonoran Circle Members Dedrie and Matt Cohen find new ways to get involved with the Desert Botanical Garden. Garden photography classes attracted Matt, providing fascinating botanical subjects along with new friends.More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Desert Botanical Garden a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Desert Botanical Garden, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the Garden or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Garden as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Garden as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the Garden where you agree to make a gift to the Garden and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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