Legacy Giving

Eagle Creek Thrives Because of Legacy Giving

Over many generations, Eagle Creek has become one of the best urban parks in this nation due to generous legacy giving.  You, or a loved one, can join the ranks of J.K. Lilly Jr. and thousands of others who became part of this great tradition in three unique ways:

Planned Giving

Planned giving encompasses a variety of philanthropic strategies that help you provide for charity while advancing your own financial and personal objectives. Planning your gift is a way for you to take advantage of the tax, financial, and estate planning benefits of philanthropy. It can be made with almost anything—cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, and even property such as artwork, boats, vehicles, and royalties.


If you’re considering a future gift to the Eagle Creek Park Foundation, we recommend you consult with your tax advisor and attorney in regards to the tax treatment, and to receive options on how to structure your planned giving to best meet your goals.

If you’d like to name the Eagle Creek Park Foundation in your will, please include the following language:

I give (_____dollars/____ percentage or the entire residue of my estate) to the Eagle Creek Park Foundation, an Indiana 501(c)(3) charitable organization, for the benefit of Eagle Creek Park (for a specific purpose, or general support).

Leaving your retirement plan or IRA (or a portion of it) to the Eagle Creek Park Foundation is a tax-wise gift. Naming the Foundation as the recipient of your retirement plan after your lifetime (or at the death of the survivor of you and your spouse) could potentially minimize estate and income taxes on the plan assets designated to the Foundation.

Planned gifts can also be given through a direct bequest, charitable remainder or lead trust.

Questions about the Planned Giving Process?

Honor someone special with a permanent, dedicated bench in Eagle Creek Park.

The Eagle Creek Park Bench Dedication Program is a great way to honor someone special, and to contribute to the enhancement of our Park for generations to come! Your contribution will provide park visitors a place to relax and enjoy all that Eagle Creek Park has to offer.

Cost: The price is $3,000-$3,500 (depending on choice) which includes the cost of the bench, labor & materials for installation, and the commemorative brass plaque.
Placement: Desired bench locations include: the Marina, along the 56th St trail, and Lily Lake. Other areas will be considered and must be approved by Park Management.
Installation: Depending on the time of year as well as the location of the desired bench, installation may not occur for several months.

View our interactive map to choose your location. Complete the form to begin the dedication process.

In Memoriam / In Honor

If you have fond memories of time spent in Eagle Creek Park with a loved one, or someone who had a special connection to the park, please consider a gift to the Eagle Creek Park Foundation in their memory. You can commemorate special occasions like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries with a gift in their honor, as well.  Your gift will be used to promote, preserve, protect, and enhance the park as it relates to restoration projects, environmental education, and improvements.

Besides from our online donation process, you may also write a letter along with a check to payable to Eagle Creek Park Foundation.  Please be sure to indicate the In Memoriam / In Honor recipient in your letter.

Click on the button to go to our online giving process:

DAF (Donor-Advised Fund) Donations

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) donations are another way you can create a legacy at Eagle Creek Park. Philanthropically-minded members use their DAF gifts to help fund the various projects and upkeep needed to preserve the unique experience of Eagle Creek. We appreciate your gifts. Please use the widget below to complete your DAF donation:

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Bench Dedication Form