The 9th Annual Corn Maze, hosted by Denver Botanic Gardens takes place at our Chatfield location in Littleton.  The purpose of this event is to create a fun, family environment through connecting people with plants. We do this through creating 8 acres of winding, twisting, trails among 12 foot stalks of corn.




This summary chart will give you a quick overview of many of the planned giving options available to you. Please keep in mind that your individual circumstances need to be considered before taking any action. As with all tax and estate planning, please consult your attorney or estate specialist.

A primary question to consider first is have you made out a will? If you have not yet written a will, regardless of your charitable intent, please consider this.

If your goal is to:

Then you can:

And your benefits may include:

Make a quick and easy gift.

Make a gift through our secure online process. An income tax deduction and immediate impact for us.
Avoid tax on capital gains. Contribute long-term appreciated stock or other securities. A charitable deduction plus no capital gains tax.
Defer a gift until after your lifetime. Put a bequest in your will (donate cash, specific property, or a share of the residue of your estate). Your donations are fully exempt from federal estate tax.

Receive guaranteed fixed income that is partially tax-free.

Create a charitable gift annuity.

Current and future savings on income taxes, plus fixed, stable payments.

Reduce taxable income when receiving mandatory IRA distributions. Direct your IRA or Roth IRA administer to contribute directly to the Garden. No increase in taxable income.
Make a gift of real property, such as coins, stamps, antiques or art. Donate tangible real property to us. A charitable tax deduction and the possibility of income for life if done through a trust or to set up an annuity.
Give your personal residence or farm, but retain life use. Create a charitable gift of future interest, called a retained life estate. It gives you tax advantages plus use of the property.
Make a large gift with little cost to you. Contribute a life insurance policy you no longer need. Current and possibly future income tax deductions.

Secure fixed payments for life while avoiding market risks.

Create a charitable remainder annuity trust.

It gives you tax benefits and often boosts your rate of return.

Give income from an asset for a period of years but retain the asset for yourself or your heirs. Create a charitable lead trust. Asset is returned to the donor or heirs with federal estate tax savings and income tax deductions for income donated.
Secure fixed payments for life with a hedge against inflation over the long term. Create a charitable remainder unitrust. Variable payments for life plus tax benefits.
Make a revocable gift during your lifetime. Name us as the beneficiary of assets in a living trust. Full control of the trust terms for your lifetime.
Avoid the twofold taxation on IRA or other employee benefit plans. Name us as the beneficiary of the remainder of the retirement assets after your lifetime. It lets you leave your family other assets that carry less tax liability.
Avoid capital gains tax on the sale of a home or other real estate. Donate the real estate to us, or sell it to us at a bargain price. A charitable tax deduction with the possibility of reducing or eliminating capital gains tax.

For more information about planned giving options, or if you would like an illustration of life income to address your particular situation, please contact the Director of Development at 720-865-3517 or e-mail

Please note, individual financial circumstances will vary. The information on this site does not constitute legal or tax advice. As with all tax and estate planning, please consult your attorney or estate specialist. All material is copyrighted and is for viewing purposes only. The content in this Planned Giving section has been developed for Denver Botanic Gardens by Future Focus. Please report any technical problems to Future Focus webmaster.


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