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Planned Giving

Planned Giving

In her will, Lydia Thompson Morris donated her estate, Compton, to the University of Pennsylvania and provided an endowment for the newly-created Morris Arboretum. Since it first opened to the public in 1933, generations of Arboretum members and visitors have continued to benefit from Lydia’s legacy.

Planned gifts enable donors to make significant gifts to the Morris Arboretum in ways that complement their personal financial planning. Such gifts provide for endowments and internships, for new or renovated landscapes and gardens, and for new programs critical to the Arboretum’s mission of education, outreach, research and horticultural display. Properly constructed gifts can help donors reduce or eliminate capital gains or estate taxes, obtain significant income tax deductions and provide annual income.


Bequests

Bequests or gifts made by will are one of the Arboretum’s most important sources of individual support. Bequests can be made in the form of a specific gift of cash, securities or other property, or a percentage of the remainder of an estate. Retirement assets or life insurance may be included in a bequest.


Life Income Gifts

These planned gifts may generate immediate tax deductions and may also provide lifelong income to the donor while naming the Morris Arboretum as the eventual beneficiary of the gift. From the simplest form of gift annuity to the more complex forms of charitable trusts, planned gifts can be of help in providing for individual needs and for the future of the Morris Arboretum.


The Lydia Morris Legacy Society

Once you have informed the Morris Arboretum in writing of your intention to remember the Arboretum with a bequest or a planned gift, you are invited to become a member of the Lydia Morris Legacy Society. You will be invited to special Arboretum events held for donors; your planned gift will be acknowledged in the Annual Report.


For more information please contact:
Mira Zergani, Director of Development at mzergani@upenn.edu.


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Alerts & Updates


COVID-19 Response

In response to the unprecedented public health crisis related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Morris Arboretum will close to the public as of March 14, 2020 until the University of Pennsylvania feels that is it safe to re-open. Learn more about the Univerisity's response on the University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu. Please know that this decision was made after careful deliberation and that our priority is to do all we can to ensure the safety and well being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. Information pertaining to public health is rapidly evolving and, as such, it is not yet known when we will reopen. We will be vigilant in our efforts to keep our website up-to-date and we will communicate directly to members and class registrants via email with the latest details.

The following information is provided in anticipation of some of the questions you may have relative to the following categories:

Individuals who have registered for a class
It is our intention to provide a refund to individuals who have registered for a class that occurs during this temporary closure. We are working as quickly as possible to process your refunds in the manner in which you paid. If you have questions, please contact education@morrisarboretum.org.

Annual Membership
We appreciate your patience at this time. We know that early spring is the most natural time to come out to the Arboretum for a walk in the gardens to enjoy the fresh air, but maintaining public health must be our priority. We look forward to seeing you in the gardens just as soon as we are reassured that it is safe for all of our visitors to return. We will keep you updated on any developments, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your membership, please contact members@morrisarboretum.org.

Planned Events
Any individuals that have planned events will receive outreach directly from a staff member to discuss your options.

We will continue to update the community as soon as information is available and is consistent with the evolution of this dynamic situation. Questions may be directed to info@morrisarboretum.org.

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times and we thank you for your support. Please stay connected with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website.

Resources
Center for Disease Control (CDC): cdc.gov/coronavirus
University of Pennsylvania’s dedicated Coronavirus website: coronavirus.upenn.edu

Unfortunately, Out on a Limb will be closed on Wednesday, January 29th through Friday, January 31, 2020 due to scheduled maintenance.

The Garden Railway will not be operational from 2:00 PM Friday (July 19) through the weekend (July 20-21). The trains will open for normal operation on Monday, July 22nd. Our Train Master reported that the trains will not operate in the excessive heat, citing electrical, track and rolling stock failures.

The Arboretum is open as usual. Click here for hours.

Garden Railway trains are not running Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th due to inclement weather.

Please note: The Rose Garden is closed for maintenance every Thursday morning until noon.

Weather conditions may limit garden access to certain features even if the garden is open – please check the web site or call (215) 247-5777 for updates before visiting. Our visitors’ safety in the garden is our top priority. Therefore when inclement weather is predicted, we will make decisions about closing the garden accordingly.

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