I Can Tell that We are Going to be Friends
By partnering with us, you can make a difference in Des Moines now and for future generations. There are many ways to support and no matter the size, your gift makes a BIG difference!
Become an Outsider to give where you live and support where you play! Your stewardship will ensure our thriving park system continues to meet the needs of visitors for generations to come.
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$50 donation supports 10 youth recreation scholarships or swim lessons
$100 would build 5 new blue bird or bat house for our environmental conservation initiatives
$250 supports new E-911 trail signage
$500 plants a new tree to replace canopy lost in Derecho
$1000 provides new hand tools and pandemic safety supplies (masks) for up to 25 volunteers that are critical to keeping our parks and trails clean.
$5000 would sponsor up to 12 free movies in our parks for all of the families struggling financially and unable to attend a movie due to the pandemic and economic decline
Honor and remember a loved one with a memorial gift in their name. You may use the link below to complete an online donation or mail a check to our offices.
MEMORIAL BENCH PROGRAM
Dedicating a park bench is a beautiful way to honor a loved one for all park visitors to enjoy - all the while supporting the Foundation, enhancing the park system, and leaving a lasting memory.
A TREE FOR THE FUTURE
Commemorate a special occassion, memorialize a loved one, or honor an accomplishment by planting a memorial tree. These trees will help beautify
Des Moines for years to come!
SUPPORT A PROJECT
Help us preserve and improve our system for future outsiders. We support multiple projects throughout the year, including swim lessons, special events, trail improvements and park renovations. Read more about our current project list and ways you can support them.
MacRae Park was purchased by the city in 1897. Current renovations to the park began in 2017 and the final phase of improvements will take just over a year to construct and are anticipated to be completed in 2022. We are grateful for the generous support of our many park stewards.
LEAVE A LEGACY
Include the Des Moines Parks Foundation in your estate plan.
For more than one hundred years Des Moines has benefited from a legacy of park visionaries. Be a part of preserving that legacy by naming the Parks Foundation a beneficiary of your estate or trust. Your gift will sustain the park system’s excellence and ensure quality service and programming for future generations. Please let us know of your plans. We would like to be able to thank you.
To talk about your planned giving options, please contact:
DONOR ADVISED FUND (DAF)
The Friends of Des Moines Parks is a certified 501(c)3 organization. We encourage grants from donor advised funds, and are eager to customize and coordinate with many specific donor goals. Please contact Sarah Lohmeier. ()
Des Moines Community Foundation Fundholders:
To give with your DMF fund to Friends of Des Moines Parks:
To give with your Credit Card to Friends of Des Moines Parks Fund:
EMPLOYER MATCHING GIFTS
You can double or even triple your gift. Many employers (big & small) match your donation! Please contact your HR department to see if your company matches donations.
The Friends of Des Moines Parks is a certified 501(c)3 organization and qualifies for most employer matching programs.
THIRD PARTY GIVING OPTIONS
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