Leave a Legacy

It is never too early to plan . . . never too late to leave a legacy.

BY PROVIDING FOR THE FRIENDS OF SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER IN YOUR WILL, YOU HELP TO ENSURE THAT YOUR GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN CAN EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF SILVER LAKE FOR YEARS TO COME.

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT
THE FRIENDS OF SILVER LAKE ENDOWMENT FUND

Donation Now!

If you wish to support Silver Lake in perpetuity, the options are all yours!

NATURE CENTER UNRESTRICTED

The Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center Board of Directors will apply the interest generated annually by your gift to the project or expense that represents the greatest need at that moment in time.

CARE OF THE GROUNDS – ECOGARDEN

The EcoGarden Fund assures the continued development of educational and aesthetic landscaping near the Silver Lake Nature Center building. This includes the water garden, the amphitheatre, the butterfly gardens, and landscaping around the building. In the future we anticipate that more gardens will be developed both for natural beauty and to enhance our 235 acre outdoor classroom. Your gift will support this effort forever.

JOHN HERBERT RUDOLPH FUND FOR EDUCATION

Our oldest fund, established in memory of John Herbert Rudolph, supports worthwhile educational purposes. In recent years, this fund has been effectively used to promote staff development, helping our teaching staff to attend workshops, seminars and classes.

CREATE YOUR OWN — SPONSORING A FUND FOR THE FRIENDS OF SILVER LAKE

You can create a new one. There are currently two endowed funds for the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center, the J. H. Rudolph Fund and the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center Endowment Fund that supports general operations. Ideally, the Center could use endowed positions as suggested below. Support for the position underwrites that salary in perpetuity. An endowed fund of $300,000 would provide $15,000 in income annually, which would be enough to fund a ¾-year of internships or a half position.

The four positions that would greatly benefit the Center include in priority order:

  • An Intern position(s) – People from around the world who work and learn at the Center for three-month periods.
  • The Volunteer Coordinator position – Someone to coordinate our volunteer program.
  • An Education position – Someone who will provide educational programs for groups and the public.
  • A Naturalist position –Someone with an extensive knowledge of nature to help manage the Center’s habitats, lead field trips, assist with groups and answer the questions of the public.

A bequest can also support a program, facility development, education, or outreach to a specific population or school system. It could be designed to support for an internship, a special study, an educational or research function, or anything you can think of that would be of lasting benefit to the mission of Silver Lake. It is up to you.

Contact Robert Mercer to arrange a private consultation at 217-785-1177 or via email.

View the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center’s Donor Policy

Please contact your financial advisor or attorney to include the Friends of Silver Lake in your estate plan. Below is some suggested wording.

Specific Bequest
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center $________ (state sum of money or otherwise describe security or property) to be placed in the Nature Center’s endowment fund. The Friends of Silver Lake, federal tax employee identification number (EIN) 22-2469083, is located at 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007. A representative can be reached at 215-785-1177.”

Residuary Bequest
“I give, devise, and bequeath to the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center all (or ___%) of the residue of the property owned by me at my death, real and personal and wherever situate, to be placed in the Nature Center’s endowment fund. The Friends of Silver Lake, federal tax employee identification number (EIN) 22-2469083, is located at 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007. A representative can be reached at 215-785-1177.”

Contingent Bequest
“If any of the above named beneficiaries should predecease me, I hereby give his or her share of my estate to the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center to be used for its general uses and purposes. The Friends of Silver Lake, federal tax employee identification number (EIN) 22-2469083, is located at 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007. A representative can be reached at 215-785-1177.”