The fiscal stability of the Desert Botanical Garden is dependent in large measure on the friends, volunteers and members who designate the Garden as a beneficiary of their estate plans. Legacy gifts support operations and provide for special projects. They also build the Garden's endowment, a perpetual fund from which earned income annually provides essential financial support for our exhibits, programs and services. We recognize the commitment of these visionary donors through membership in the Sonoran Circle.
This circle of on-going support has been created to honor legacy donors for their commitment to the Desert Botanical Garden's mission: to the advance excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants of the world.
Through a charitable provision in a will, trust or gift annuity contract, or by designation of a future gift of insurance or retirement assets, each Sonoran Circle Member ensures the continued vitality and growth of Garden from one generation to the next. These supporters make an extraordinary, living gift to loved ones, future visitors and to our community.
We salute our Sonoran Circle benefactors!
Your Lifetime Benefits
As our thank-you to members of the Sonoran Circle, The Desert Botanical Garden extends lifetime benefits that include:
- Invitation to an annual social event created especially to honor Sonoran Circle members
- Invitations to private receptions, special Garden events, and educational opportunities throughout the year
- Recognition, with your permission, of your name as a member of the Sonoran Circle on the Desert Botanical Garden entryway Swanson Donor Wall and in The Sonoran Quarterly "In Appreciation," the Garden's quarterly magazine
To Become a Member
If you have already provided for the Desert Botanical Garden in your will or trust, you are already a member of the Sonoran Circle! We hope you will inform us of your gift so that we may celebrate it during your lifetime. Should you wish to remain anonymous, we will respect those wishes. Any details of your gift are held in strictest confidence.
Please let us know your plans. We want to thank you and express to you the importance of your gift to the future of the Garden.
If you've just begun the process of planning your estate, we would be pleased to provide assistance. Members of our Planned Giving Committee are available to talk with you and your professional advisors. Free, non-obligation estate planning materials are available here on our website or by contacting the Desert Botanical Garden Gift Planning Officer at (480) 941-3507.
The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results. Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.