Since the Central Park Conservancy's founding in 1980, both the organization and Central Park have benefited greatly from thoughtful friends who've included the Conservancy in their wills and other estate gifts. Regardless of your stage of life—whether you're starting your first job, welcoming your first child into the world, or enjoying retirement—it's never too early or too late to create an estate plan to care for loved ones and remember organizations that mean so much to you.
The Conservancy is pleased to offer its friends free access to Giving Docs, an independent online platform that makes it simple to provide for the future of loved ones and those organizations you hold dear by leaving gifts through your will and other estate planning vehicles. With this easy-to-use platform, you can create a will or learn about other ways to make plans for the future in just a few minutes. And once you're done, you can revise or update your documents for free at any time. There’s no obligation and you are not required to leave a gift to the Conservancy or any other organization in order to create a will. Get started today!
JOIN THE OLMSTED VISIONARIES
The Olmsted Visionaries help secure Central Park’s future by including the Conservancy in their estate plans through a bequest or other legacy gift. In the mid-19th century, Frederick Law Olmsted, Calvert Vaux, and New Yorkers of remarkable foresight had the vision to create a great park in rapidly growing Manhattan. Today, our Olmsted Visionaries carry on the noble tradition of looking to the future by creating special gifts that will benefit generations of Park users to come. If you have already named the Conservancy as a beneficiary of your estate plans, please let us know. Olmsted Visionaries receive unique benefits, including invitations to our Annual Olmsted Visionaries Tea, and much more. For more information on the Olmsted Visionaries, visit our website at www.centralparknyc.org/giving/olmsted-visionaries.
“Legacy gifts for the benefit of Central Park are special because they are an expression of a lifetime of love and enjoyment of this special place. No matter what the size, these remarkable gifts provide reliable support, ensuring that future generations will enjoy the Park as we do today. The beauty and health of our verdant urban escape will forever stand as a lasting monument to the vision and generosity of those who remember the Conservancy in this most selfless way.”
- Elizabeth W. Smith, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy
Most simply put, your last will and testament is a formal document that specifies your wishes for the transfer of your property when you pass away. If you do not have a will, the government will determine how your belongings and property are transferred, as well as how your children and pets are placed among your living family.
Giving Docs advises that once you have had your will witnessed and notarized, it will be legally binding. Giving Docs will give you detailed instructions on how to do so in order to ensure that your will carries out your wishes. Giving Docs securely keeps your information in your profile so that you can quickly and easily update your will whenever you need to.
This offer and access to the Giving Docs platform is free to you for life, compliments of the Central Park Conservancy (the Conservancy).
No. While the Conservancy covers the cost of providing this service to our friends and supporters, Giving Docs is an independent third-party platform, completely separate from the Conservancy. The Conservancy is not liable for the platform’s use. Giving Docs is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. Your use of the platform is subject to Giving Docs' Terms of Service, which we encourage you to review.
Giving Docs advises that a will prepared with Giving Docs is valid in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. If you live outside of the U.S., you may use the Giving Docs process to outline your wishes in preparation for speaking with an attorney in your jurisdiction.
Yes. Giving Docs makes it easy to leave gifts to your favorite organizations, but you are not required to leave a gift to the Conservancy or any other organization in order to create a will on the Giving Docs platform. The naming of specific beneficiaries is entirely up to you.
Wills created on the Giving Docs website cover typical estate planning needs. If you have a particularly complicated estate with multiple properties and/or complex assets, or would like to discuss alternative ways of making a gift, we recommend consulting an attorney and/or financial advisor.
The Giving Docs platform also provides guidance on the process of naming an individual or an organization like the Conservancy as the beneficiary of a retirement account, bank account, or other beneficiary designation which transfers upon death.
The Conservancy does not share your personal information with Giving Docs or any other party. Giving Docs only receives the information you provide to them once you activate a Giving Docs account. Giving Docs’ Terms of Service prohibit the sale or rental of usernames or other personal information.
You are not required to leave a gift to the Conservancy or any other organization in order to create a will using Giving Docs, and any bequest provision you choose to include is completely revocable by you at any time and for any reason. Simply log back into your account to update your will and follow the instructions for signatures and notarizations.
While the Central Park Conservancy covers the cost of providing this service to our supporters,
Giving Docs is an independent third party platform, completely separate from the Central Park Conservancy.
Its services are provided without review from the Central Park Conservancy, and the Central Park Conservancy is not liable for its use.
Giving Docs is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. Your use of the platform is subject to Giving Docs' Terms of Service, which we encourage you to review.