You can create a legacy of parks and green space for future generations by including the Fairfax County Park Foundation in your will, as an insurance beneficiary or other planned and estate giving vehicle. This information is not intended as tax or legal advice. Consult with your attorney or financial advisor before taking any action that affects your estate.

Suzanne and Kevin Holland.
“Whether promoting outdoor play, leading environmental programs, volunteering, or supporting a woodland tree sculpture, we’ve always been inspired by the natural connections at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Everyone can help ensure the future of stewardship through a Fairfax County Park Foundation financial legacy gift. Please join us!”
-Kevin Holland, FCPF Legacy Circle Founding Member (pictured with his wife Suzanne)

Legacy Circle

Legacy Circle logo.Heartfelt appreciation is extended to each of the following Legacy Circle Members. Individuals listed below have pledged to create a lasting legacy for the future of parks by including the Fairfax County Park Foundation as a beneficiary in their Will or other Planned Gift.

Our Legacy Circle members who have passed are commemorated with a leaf Legacy leaf.. The park improvements and outreach programs are made possible through their estates. This thoughtful largesse continues to benefit thousands of children and adults who enjoy Fairfax County parks! Scroll down to see their enduring stories.

Other individuals listed below have pledged their intent to create a lasting legacy for the future of their parks.

Fairfax County Park Foundation legacy brochure cover.Learn how you can make a lasting difference as described in the Grow Your Legacy in Fairfax County Parks brochure.

Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Each gift plays a vital role in caring for our parks.

Ways to Leave Your Legacy

Give by your Will or Trust

Contributions may be made by bequeathing a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your residual estate to FCPF.

In addition to monetary funds, appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and real estate can be included in your Will.

A simple statement is all that’s needed to enrich Fairfax County parks for years to come. Here is that sample language to share with your attorney.

“I give [a specific dollar amount; ___ percentage of my estate; remainder of my estate; or property] to the Fairfax County Park Foundation, Inc., a charitable organization located in Fairfax, Virginia, Tax ID 54-2019179, to benefit [the most critical needs of Fairfax County parks; or name of FCPA park or park program].

See more examples of statements to match your desires through a will or trust.

Once your Will or Trust is signed, retain a copy for your files.

Share with the Fairfax County Park Foundation so we may recognize your Legacy Gift (by name or as anonymous) and document your future wishes.

Give by Beneficiary Designation

Naming the Fairfax County Park Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement account, life insurance policy, certificate of deposit, brokerage or bank account is an easy way to leave your legacy. Designating FCPF as beneficiary of some or all remining contributions in your donor-advised fund is also possible.

Ask for a Beneficiary Form from your insurance agent, retirement plan administrator, broker or financial institution.

Here is that sample language to include on the beneficiary form.

“Fairfax County Park Foundation, Inc., Fairfax, VA, Tax ID 54-2019179, as [sole, partial or continent] charitable beneficiary of your account.”

Return the signed form to your administrator; retain a copy for your files.

Share with the Fairfax County Park Foundation so we may recognize your Legacy Gift (by name or as anonymous) and document your future wishes.

Discuss these and other giving methods with your attorney, accountant or other financial advisor. You may be surprised to find that planned gifts can have significant tax benefits for both donors and heirs.

Complete our Letter of Intent to make a Planned Estate Gift to notify the Park Foundation in advance of your wishes.

Gifts resulting from an estate settlement may be recognized in the Park Foundation’s Legacy Circle. This is a fitting way for family or an executor to honor the life of someone who loved Fairfax County parks.

For more information or to inform us of your decision to include the Fairfax County Park Foundation in your estate plans, contact:

Roberta A. "Bobbi" Longworth, Executive Director
Fairfax County Park Foundation

Susan G Akroyd.
Susan G. Akroyd was a retired principal at Parklawn Elementary, a Title I school. Susan is memorialized in the Moon Gate garden at beautiful Green Spring Gardens where she enjoyed conversations and many walks with her dear friend, Victor E. Schwartz, Esq.

Ralph Apton.

A generous gift was made from the Estate of Ralph Apton for a memorial bench and support of FCPA’s Riverbend Park along the banks of the Potomac.

Judith Ann Bailey.
Judith Ann Bailey’s legacy continues by funding the Stewardship Education Center’s Animal Attraction and Observation Area at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park.

Olander Banks Sr.
Olander Banks, Sr. gifted his family homestead that is now the Olander Banks, Sr. and Margaret Lomax Banks Community Park in Springfield, VA. He thoughtfully requested memorial gifts to the Park Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Julie Clemente.
Julie Clemente partnered with husband Dan and FCPF to raise initial funds to build the accessible Clemyjontri Park. Her legacy continues with gifts made in Julie's memory.

Judith Currier.
Judith ‘Judy’ B. Currier left a special legacy through her estate to benefit Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA.

LeRoy Eakin Sr.
LeRoy ‘Daddy Roy’ Eakin, Sr. donated 14.5 acres that became Fairfax County’s first parks, Eakin Community & Eakin Mantua parks in Fairfax, VA.

Jim Hawthorne and Heidi Allen.
Jim Hawthorne inspired his step daughter, Heidi Allen, (pictured) to support natural resource management as a continuation of his legacy through a generous estate gift.

Helen L. Kafka.
Helen L. Kafka included FCPF as a beneficiary of her IRA. Her thoughtfulness helped fund meaningful park outreach programs and endowing future needs of FCPA parks.

Adele Lebowitz.
Adele Lebowitz gifted land to create Clemyjontri Park in McLean, VA where every child can play.

Ruthanne Lodato.
Ruthanne G. Lodato of Alexandria taught piano, fostered creativity, confidence and personal growth and instilled a lasting love of music. Donations made in her memory allowed children without means to receive FCPA music classes. Piano classes were chosen by each of the awardees.

Dog playing.
Margaret M. Loveless bequeathed funds to help Westgrove Off Leash Dog Area where canines and owners socialize and play in Alexandria, VA.

Elisabeth Guerry Newton funded the accessible Treehouse that inspired Chessie’s BIG Backyard and more at Lee District Park in Franconia, VA.

Eugene ‘Gene’ C. Nivera included a special unrestricted legacy gift to the Park Foundation in his will to support priority projects that enrich Fairfax County parks.

Arleen Richmond.
Arleen B. Richman bequeathed a generous gift for birding and other naturalist programs at Huntley Meadows Park, in Alexandria, VA.

Lt. Col. Gary Smith.

Lt. Col. Gary F. Smith was at the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 struck. His legacy includes the Lt. Col. Gary F. Smith Memorial Field at Grist Mill Park and the FCPA Honoring America’s Veterans outreach program.

Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Eakin Walsh.
Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Eakin Walsh included a bequest to help Eakin Park as well as undesignated support to the Park Foundation to help where needed most.