About the Foundation
The Springfield Parks Foundation (SPF) was formed in 1991 as a not-for-profit fundraising organization dedicated to enhancing the use, growth, and preservation of our parks. Springfield has nearly 40 neighborhood, community, and regional parks. The Foundation works closely with the Park Board, the City of Springfield, other state and local agencies, the business community, and individuals to provide support and funding for many park projects. Foundation projects include park restoration, landscape improvement, and commemoration.
The Foundation supports projects for our parks and recreation not typically supported by property taxes. Parks and recreation is an important asset to the community, providing activities and services for all ages. It is well documented that communities with an excellent park district have lower adolescent crime rates and increased property values.
Ways to Contribute
The simplest way to contribute to the Springfield Park District is through cash gifts to the Springfield Parks Foundation. Creative gifts of assets can also include stocks, bonds, real estate, and personal property.
Your gift gives you the satisfaction of supporting work to preserve and enhance our parkland, natural resources, and historic sites. Depending on the arrangements you choose, you can also:
- Reduce your income taxes
- Avoid capital gains tax
- Retain payments for life
- Achieve no-cost, worry-free asset management
- Increase your disposable income
Creative gifts of assets can also include stocks, bonds, real estate, and personal property.
Various forms of requests to the Springfield Parks Foundation can be used that will give your estate a charitable deduction and guarantee that your legacy lives on in our community's park system. Life-income gifts, such as gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and pooled income funds, can provide you with an income stream, significant tax savings, and the satisfaction of supplying our parks with vital long-term resources.
You may consider using retirement plan benefits to make a significant gift to the Springfield Park District through the Springfield Parks Foundation. The cost of your gift to your estate and heirs is often relatively small.
Two types of life insurance can be donated to the Springfield Parks Foundation for the benefit of our cherished parks: existing or paid-up whole and universal life insurance policies, and newly issued whole and universal life insurance policies.
Go to the Springfield Parks Foundation Website to learn about all the ways you can donate and get involved to impact your local parks, neighborhoods, and recreation facilities!