Name the Garden in Your Will

Donors who have made bequests to the Garden provide critical and lasting support for Brooklyn's very own horticultural treasure.

A bequest, one of the simplest ways to provide for the Garden's future, can take different forms and be easily modified to address your changing needs.

Bequests can be unrestricted, allowing BBG's trustees to apply the gift where the need is greatest. They may also be earmarked for special purposes. If you are considering restricting your gift, however, we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your ideas, and the language you plan to use, before you finalize the gift.

You may wish to leave the Garden a Simple Bequest, which lists the Garden as recipient of a specific dollar amount; a Residual Bequest, which leaves BBG a percentage of the remainder of your estate after other obligations are met; or a Contingent Bequest, which takes effect only if your heirs predecease you.

You can also add a codicil (an addition that modifies or revokes part of an existing will).

Sample Language for a Simple Bequest

“I give, devise, and bequeath to Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation, located at 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11225, (the sum of $_______) or (____% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, real and personal) for its general charitable purposes.”

Sample Language for a Residuary Bequest

“I give, devise bequeath, [all, or ___percent of] the rest, residue, and remainder of the property, both real and personal, wherever situated, which I may own or be entitled to at my death, to Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation for its general charitable purposes.”

Sample Language for a Contingent Bequest

If (insert name) is not living at the time of my demise, I give, devise, and bequeath to Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation, the sum of $ _______ (or all or a percentage of the residue of my estate) to be used for its general charitable purposes.”

Charity Info

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. A portion of membership fees and benefit event tickets, and 100% of contributions are tax deductible.

The full legal name and address of the Garden is

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

BBG's federal tax identification number (TIN) is 11-2417338.

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Join the Forsythia Society

  • Join the Forsythia Society

    The Forsythia Society, named for the official flower of Brooklyn, was established to honor Brooklyn Botanic Garden's loyal supporters who have made a planned gift or included a bequest to BBG in their wills. Forsythia Society members enjoy benefits that include recognition at an annual Forsythia Society event and invitations to special BBG programs.

    If you have made a bequest to Brooklyn Botanic Garden or have included BBG in your estate plans in other ways, please let us know so that you can be recognized as a member of the Forsythia Society and be apprised of upcoming Forsythia Society activities.

Contact Us

For more information about any of these planned gift options or the Forsythia Society, please call 718-623-7246 or email

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