Wildlife  •  Education  •  Planetarium
Contact Us | Directions | Hours of Operation


support us


planned giving

Planned gifts are a way of giving to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in order to secure the future of the Center. There are many vehicles available for making a planned gift that may provide significant tax savings to you. Please review the descriptions below and be sure to consult with your attorney or financial advisor for details related to individual circumstances.

1950 Legacy Society

LENSC has created the 1950 Legacy Society to recognize the ongoing value of planned gifts. Membership in the legacy society is open to all those who invest in the future of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center by making a planned gift today. Members are recognized on the Center’s donor wall, in the annual report, all written communication pertaining to the society and receive special invitations to events at the center. Interested in membership? Please call our Development Coordinator at 440-471-8354.

bequests in your will

You can make a gift to the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center through your will or a codicil to your will. This is called a bequest. You can bequeath a specific amount of money, a percentage of your estate, or specific property. A bequest enables you to make a legacy gift to the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, while retaining full control of your assets throughout your life and can reduce estate taxes.

For further information on bequests, wills, and estate planning, consult your financial advisor today and please call our Development Coordinator at 440-471-8354.

gifts of appreciated stock

Many people have stocks which have greatly increased in value since their purchase. By using these stocks for some of your charitable giving, you can conserve cash for other uses and maximize the value of your charitable gifts. You can deduct the fair market value of qualified non-cash property and you pay no capital gains tax on gifts of long-term appreciated property (held for at least a year and a day.) This can dramatically reduce the cost of making a charitable gift or increase the amount you can afford to give.

Consult your financial advisor today and please call our Development Coordinator at 440-471-8354. For your convenience, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s information is provided below.

PNC Investments
433 Dover Center Road
Bay Village, Ohio 44140
Phone: 440- 871-7750
DTC number: 0226
Account number: 091280925

gifts of retirement plans

You may have accumulated funds in your company pension plan, Individual Retirement Account, or other private fund which are beyond your needs or potentially subject to the federal excise tax on over-funded retirement plans. It may be convenient and tax wise in such a case to make a current or future charitable gift from those accounts. Please consult your tax advisor or retirement plan administrator to determine if this type of charitable gift meets your planning needs.

Consult your financial advisor today and please call call our Development Coordinator at 440-471-8354.

charitable trusts & gift annuities

Charitable Remainder Trusts provide you with an income, a charitable tax deduction and other special benefits. The trust may be a charitable remainder annuity trust or a charitable remainder unitrust.

Charitable Lead Trusts are the reverse of charitable remainder trusts in that a stream of income is first paid to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for a term of years, after which the asset returns to the donor or a named beneficiary.

Life Insurance

There are several ways life insurance can be used to make a gift to the Center. You may name the Center as owner and beneficiary of a policy. Donors may also wish to consider gifts of paid up policies that are no longer needed.

Charitable Gift Annuities

Is an arrangement whereby the Center will contractually guarantee to pay a specific annual sum to your and/or another beneficiary. The amount of the annual fixed income payment is determined by the age of the beneficiary (ies) at the time of the gift. A gift annuity may qualify for a charitable income tax deduction and portion of the income received each year may be exempt from federal tax.

Deferred gift annuities are similar to charitable gift annuities, except that the payments are deferred to a future date. A deferred gift annuity is an excellent way to make a gift and receive immediate tax benefits while providing income for the future.


Investment Income from the Center’s endowment provides critical funding for the Center each year. An endowment gift can be designated towards a specific project or as an unrestricted gift for the Center’s most important annual needs.

Back to Top