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We are proud to support The Peoria Park District and help make an impact on those who live, work or play in our District. Our work in the Foundation helps the Peoria Park District in their efforts to help our citizens continue to prioritize their health and wellness while making connections within the community and helping them learn about the importance of environmental stewardship. The programs the Peoria Park District offers, the trails, golf courses, and the parks you enjoy would not be possible without the Foundation.

Barbecues, hikes, reunions, festivals, concerts, trips to the Zoo are just a few things that make summer one of our favorite seasons! We are grateful to be the backdrop for these activities and more for everyone in our community. It is an honor for us at the District and in the Foundation to help you create treasured memories and build new friendships! We hope that we can continue to make such wonderful programs and activities, and that you will support us to help ensure the these wonderful traditions can continue.


There is so much that the Peoria Park District offers our community, and in the Foundation, we are proud to help with financial support to make the above programs, spaces, and places possible for you and your loved ones. There are many ways to give back, and whether that’s through financial contributions, the gift of time through volunteering, or even simply shopping at amazon or Kroger, you can make a huge impact. 

The Legacy Fund is a joint effort between the Peoria Park District and the Peoria Park District Foundation to ensure our trails, parks, open spaces, and nature preserves are well-maintained for future generations. Now, more than ever, we need each other. As we are experiencing the critical need to preserve the important role nature and parks play in our lives, we at the Peoria Park District and the Foundation are committed to being the best possible stewards of our environmental and public resources. We are committed to preserving them for those who live, work, and play in our community today and for generations to come. And that is why we created the Legacy Fund. During the Covid-19 Pandemic our parks, trails, and nature preserves served a vital role in promoting health and well-being of our community. The Legacy Fund helps to continue this mission.

A gift to the Legacy Fund would be a terrific way to show your love and your respect for the trails, the parks, the open spaces, and the nature preserves that makes the Peoria Park District such a special and unique treasure within our community. We hope you will join us in demonstrating that our collective commitment to the environment is stronger than ever. There has never a better time to make your mark and leave your legacy than today.

Please join us in preserving the future of our parks, trails, and our green spaces by clicking the button below to make a gift. 

Parks are the backdrop for making memories. They host weddings, family reunions or even daily walks with friends or family. A tribute gift is a great way to honor or remember a loved one, commemorate a milestone, or recognize someone special in our life.

Your tax-deductible gift to the Peoria Park District Foundation is not only a thoughtful way to honor or remember others, but it also supports a cause that has a lasting impact. We will gratefully acknowledge your tribute gift by notifying the person or family member you designate with a special card, or when relevant, information about the trail or acreage you’ve adopted in their honor.

To view our Tribute and Memorial Gift Guidelines and Opportunities or inquire for more information, please click the buttons below.

Today’s planned gifts truly are the gifts that keep on giving. When given to the Peoria Park District, a planned gift can have ripple effects that touch millions of lives over time. Make a statement and ensure that your gift leaves a legacy that supports the health and vibrancy of our community!

A planned gift is one of the most meaningful ways to continue to support an organization that is dear to you and help to ensure that the things you love now will continue to be available well past your lifetime. Through a planned gift, you are also able to increase the impact of your commitment. You can make your planned gift today and provide a source of life-long income for you and your family, or you may wish to use your estate or tax plans to benefit the Peoria Park District and minimize taxation on your estate in the future.

Deciding whether to establish a planned gift and who to support is a difficult task. We are here to help and can work with you to tailor a plan that allows your gift to support your favorite part of the Park District, Whether that’s parks, trails, or one of our facilities and programs. YOUR intent will lead the way!

There are many ways to support the Peoria Park District with NO cost to you now, but will have a lasting impact later. Check these tools out:

The easiest way to support the Peoria Park District now with no cost to you while getting to see your dollars put to use today!

If you are 72 years or older, you may rollover funds directly from your IRA to the Peoria Park District Foundation, up to $100,000 per year, per individual IRA owner. Talk to your financial planner to set this up. 

A charitable bequest is one of the easiest and most flexible ways that you can leave a gift to the Peoria Park District that will make a lasting impact.

A few examples of Bequests include:

  • Percentage bequest – make your gift equal to a percentage of your estate
  • Specific bequest – make a gift of a specific dollar amount or a specific asset
  • Residual bequest – make a gift from the balance or residue of your estate

Give appreciated stock in lieu of cash, resulting in tax savings.

It’s never too early to put the Peoria Park District in your plans. Regardless of your age, you can support the District today without spending a dime!

How can you do that?

  • Name Peoria Park District Legacy Foundation as beneficiary of IRA or 401K.
  • Designate us to receive all or a percentage.
  • Balance passes to us after death.

Why Plan Today for the Future?

  • Double the return on Savings
  • Take Lifetime withdrawal

What Are the Tax Benefits of a Planned Gift?

  • Double your return on Savings
  • Your planned gift can help ensure the future healthof the organization.
  • Planned gifts offer substantial tax savings to donors
  • Giving a planned gift allows part of the estate to avoid the probate process.
  • Planning for the financial needs of a spouse or loved one, providing inheritances for your heirs at a reduced tax cost, diversifying investment portfolio
  • Through a Charitable Gift Annuity, you establish a meaningful gift to the Peoria Park District while providing yourself with income.
  • By including the Peoria Park District in your future plans, you are ensuring we are able to use your gift to continue to serve our community in the ways that you loved during your lifetime.

Play It Forward Peoria gives children the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of youth sports participation. The program collects new and gently-used sports and playground equipment from the local youth sports community.

Here are the steps:

Jon Buckley was killed by a tragedy and has left behind family and friends, just like so many others in our Peoria area who have left loved ones behind. As a result of these tragedies, this Garden will stand as a reminder and is surrounded by the love that still exists in this community. It is shaped in the form of a heart to be a constant reminder for us to value life, as we remember those killed by tragedies and who are left forever in our hearts.

Jon Buckley Memorial Garden has a colorful selections of perennials and annuals. Park benches are donated by individuals and the benches are engraved with the name of the donor. It is located behind the RiverPlex at 600 NE Water Street in Peoria, Illinois.

Learn more about the Garden by visiting their Facebook page.

To discuss any of these options or to get recommended language to use to make the Peoria Park District a beneficiary, please contact [email protected], or call us at 309.681.2861.

Please note the Peoria Park District Foundation cannot offer legal advice, but we are more than happy to start the conversation, provide resources, and connect you with financial professionals.

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