Endowment Giving

A gift to the endowment lasts forever

Your support ensures the growth and continued improvement of the arboretum for generations to come. Contributions made to the Brenton Arboretum Endowment are a wonderful option to memorialize a friend or family member or leave a lasting legacy. Whatever your special reason, you know you are helping to forge a lasting connection between people and the natural world of trees.

We can accommodate gifts to the endowment in several ways. Please read on to choose the option you prefer.

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If you have questions or would like to discuss these or other options please feel free to call or email Melissa Burdick , Executive Director, at 515-992-4211 ext 3 or melissa@thebrentonarboretum.org.

The Brenton Arboretum is a 501(c)3 organization, EIN #31-1578089. All donations are tax deductible.


To Make a Donation Online follow the link below:

Use a credit or debit card to make a donation through our secure online giving form.


This includes all donations made by check; including personal checks, charitable funds distributions, retirement distributions, etc.

Make your check out to “The Brenton Arboretum” and note that your gift is for the “endowment” in the memo line or in the letter accompanying the check.

Mail your donation to: The Brenton Arboretum; 25141 260th Street; Dallas Center, IA 50063


Planned giving is an excellent way to support the institutions that are important to you. We recommend first talking to your financial advisor to coordinate leaving the Arboretum in your estate. Then notify us of your generous intentions by completing the letter of intent form linked below.

If you’d prefer to talk to an Arboretum representative directly to explore options or have information mailed to you, please call Melissa at 515-992-4211 ext. 3.


The Brenton Arboretum can accept gifts of stock or securities. Please relay the following Stock Transfer Instructions to your broker:

  • DTC #901
  • BNY Mellon
  • For a/c 207944 – Bessemer Trust
  • FFC to a/c #8H7146 – Brenton Arboretum Operating Custody account

It is important to also contact Melissa at The Brenton Arboretum of your impending gift and its intent for the endowment. Upon receipt of the stock, it will be immediately liquidated and the funds will be deposited into the Arboretum’s Permanent Endowment. You will receive an acknowledgement for a donation in the amount of the funds received from the sale of the stock.


The Brenton Arboretum holds an Endow Iowa Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. Gifts to this facet of the Arboretum’s endowment have additional associated tax benefits that you or your accountant might prefer.

To learn more about the Endow Iowa Fund or to initiate a gift to The Brenton Arboretum’s Endow Iowa Fund, please reach out to the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines via the link below: