Second Century Challenge

Tips for Year-End Giving

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Tips for Year-End Giving

Make a gift to celebrate 100 years of trees and people as The Morton Arboretum kicks off a yearlong centennial celebration. Your gift could make an even bigger impact through the Second Century Challenge. New or increased gifts of $500 or more could be matched by the Hamill Family Foundation’s $1 million matching gift opportunity.

This year, in recognizing the Arboretum’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, we encourage all donors to give online. If you prefer to make a contribution by mail, please consider mailing your gift soon to avoid postal service delays. Below are important details on how you can make your annual contribution to the Arboretum or renew your support in 2021.

Don’t wait! Your 2021 contribution must be received in one of the following ways:

  • By mail: Checks must be postmarked by Friday, December 31, and received by January 5, 2022.
  • Online: Renew or increase your level of support or make a special centennial gift. Gifts must be submitted with a credit card by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31, 2021.
  • In person: Checks must be received at the Visitor Center Membership Desk before 3:00 p.m. on December 31.
  • By wire transfer: Gifts must be received by the Arboretum as a wire transfer or ACH from your financial institution before 4:00 p.m. CST on December 31.

Give securities, stock, or mutual funds: For assistance in making these contributions and for transfer details that can be shared with your financial institution, please contact or call 630-725-2027.

Contribute from a charitable gift fund: For transfer details that can be shared with your financial institution, please contact or call 630-725-2027.

Support the Arboretum with a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA: If you are 70½ or older and have an IRA, consider making a gift from your IRA directly to The Morton Arboretum. A gift made directly from your IRA to the Arboretum not only fulfills your philanthropy goals, but may also satisfy your required minimum distribution–all without generating taxable income. Gifts to all charities combined may not exceed $100,000 per taxpayer for the year. Gifts must be made directly from the IRA to the Arboretum, postmarked by December 31, 2021, and received by January 5, 2022 to qualify for the 2021 calendar year. For more information, contact or call 630-725-2027.

Include the Arboretum in your estate plans: To learn how you can make the Arboretum part of your legacy, please contact Jessica Anderson, major and planned giving officer, at or 630-725-2146 for more information.

Please mail all checks to:
The Morton Arboretum
Development Office
P.O. Box 773368
Chicago, IL 60677-3368

For any other questions, please email us at or call 630-725-2027.