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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation was established as the Michigan Botanic Garden Foundation in 1993. It is a single-purpose foundation with the goal of providing an endowment fund to support the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Target demographics: provide an endowment fund to support the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Direct beneficiaries per year: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Geographic areas served: Grand Rapids, MI

Programs: horticulture and art education; garden, sculpture and facility maintenance.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation is a single purpose Foundation with the goal of building and maintaining an endowment fund to support the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. The Foundation’s support is significant to the Gardens and its Board is truly dedicated to assuring that gifts to the Foundation ‘grow and bloom forever’ to allow an increase in the amount of support provided the Gardens. Gifts to the endowment are a way for donors to leave a legacy and are essential for meeting the needs of the Gardens. I am honored to serve as the Executive Director of the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation under the leadership of its Board of Directors.

Susanne T. Veeneman

Board Member

Rating: 5

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a remarkable treat for all ages and backgrounds. It is a thrill each time I visit the Gardens to see the diversity of the adults and children enjoying the beauty of the Gardens, both Horticultural and Sculpture. It is also nice to know that the managemnt of the Gardens is diong such an outstanding job of properly managing the finances and providing excellent stewardship of the funds available. This is a jewel for the entire Midwest region of the United States.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My clients wanted to provide their children with monthly cash that they could rely on for their respective lives. After discussing the use of trusts, including charitable remainder trusts, they decided that Charitable Gift Annuities for each of their children with the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation was the answer. It provides certainty (each child will receive the same amount on the same day of each month), security (the Foundation is substantial enough to make the payments it agreed to make), and simplicity (no investment plans to review). Even more important, it will provide an eventual benefit to the charity they have come to love: the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. The fact that there were tax benefits to both the donors and their children was just a bonus.

Dirk Hoffius


Varnum
333 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504