Frederik Meijer Gardens& Sculpture Foundation

Gifts that grow
and bloom forever

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation is a single-purpose foundation established in 1992. The Foundation exists to build and maintain an endowment fund to support the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Your support of the Foundation helps Meijer Gardens maintain its world-class botanical gardens, sculpture collection, amphitheater, art and educational programs.

The Foundation offers many ways to give to the endowment with gifts that will grow and bloom forever. Please consider your role in the Foundation and your legacy in perpetuity.

Giving Options

Be part of the beauty by donating a gift of cash or a planned gift.

Gift of Cash

A lifetime gift of cash is the most immediate and simple way to give to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation. This donation may be claimed as a charitable deduction by those taxpayers who itemize their deductions.

Gift of Appreciated Securities

A lifetime gift of an appreciated security, which has been owned for more than one year, gives the donor a charitable deduction for the full market value of the security by those taxpayers who itemize their deductions. This strategy also avoids capital gain taxes on the growth of the security.

Gift at Death

A gift at the donor's death by way of an estate pledge, by will or by Trust, to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation may reduce a donor’s estate subject to tax.


Susan A. Andrews
Daniel W. Miller & Susan L. Wright-Miller
Matthew & Sharon Berger
Robert Zylstra
Stuart & Lynn White
Kenneth & Laurel Beukelman
Gil & Tinker Judson
William and Charlene Bylsma
Win & Kyle Irwin
Alan Langlois
T. Shawn Miner
Katrina Jensen
Martin & Cheryl Luchtefeld
Joanne Becker & Thomas Brennan
Barbara Fisk
Doug Meijer & Kendall Meijer Foundation
Dave & Rosemary Heerdt
F. Phillip Van Eyl Family
Jack & Susan Smith
Jim & Sheryl Jurries
James B. & Gail M. Fahner
Mary D. B. Taylor
Scott E. Andrews
Dr. Jeffrey & Sheila Frank
Edwin & Nancy Barnes
Mark & Barbara Gerson
Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids
The Works Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation
Alan & Debbie Abraham
Robert S.* & Phyllis G. Rood
Barbara P. Marcus
Thomas & Dianne O'Brien
Donald & Sara Boerma
John L. & Carroll D. Wiener
Estate of MaryAnn Frances Pagano Hensley
Gasper J. Amodeo*
Milt & Barbara Rohwer
Eileen DeVries Family Foundation
Tim & Kim Zeitter
Linda J. Dodge
Doug & Pat
Spectral Enterprises & Northland Express Transport
M. Lynn Martin
Congressman Vernon* & Johanna* Ehlers
Jay & Adriana Kilpatrick
Sandra Swanson
Janet Krueger & Bruce Goodman
Lexy McCulloch
Commerce Corporation
Dean & Sandie Bull
Donor Advised Fund of Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Bob, Lois & Sara Jean* De Boer
Frederik* & Lena* Meijer
A.G.* & Mary* Morrison
Donald Klopcic, Sr*
Pat* & Armen* Oumedian
Katherine Keane
Robert L. Bytwerk*
Marilyn Titche
Harvey Lemmen*
The Ferguson Valore Family
In Memory of Seth Soleil Thomas
Albert Preston*
Daniel & Kathleen Molhoek
John & Kate McGarry
Tom & Sally Kyros
Ping & Tim Liang
Julie Haveman
Ken Betz & Pat Brewer
Carter* & Mary Bacon
Rita Champion Balczak*
F. Martin & Dorothy A. Johnson Family Fund
James N.* & Joy S. DeBoer
Woods Construction
Rosalyn Stuart*
In Memory of Don & Dorothy Hoyt Pingree
Stuart B. Padnos* & Jean W. Barkin
John & Mary* Morrison
Frank & Sharon Van Haven
Charles R. & Linda H. Johnson
Helen & Fred Tallmadge
Chris & Deanna Eckert
Dirk & June Hoffius
Rich* & Sheri Brolick
The Tassell-Wisner-Bottrall Foundation
Jesse & Gia Budrick
Gillett Family Foundation Trust
Donald* & Kathleen Maine
Ed* & June Prein Family
Karl F. & Patricia J. Betz
Hank & Liesel Meijer
Peter* & Joan Secchia
Michael & Teresa Gaudino
Richard G. & Maureen J. Morrison
Marsilje Foundation
The McCuistian Family
Jack & Katie Klomp
Rachel Ruser
Lisa, Greg, Asher & Avy Lockwood
Kelly Ballor

Join a Society

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation offers two societies for those who have made significant contributions to the Foundation. Members of the societies qualify for permanent recognition by the Foundation, have opportunity to establish a named fund and are invited to the annual Donor Recognition event.

Bonsai Society

For those who have cumulative monetary and/or pledges in estate plans of $100,000 or more.

Perennial Society

For those who have cumulative monetary and/or pledges in estate plans of $10,000 or more.

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The Matthews

Bruce and Candace Matthews are the living embodiment of servant leadership. Since meeting and marrying in 1999, they’ve been building their life’s legacy together. To support the exponential growth of Candace’s revered career as an executive of multiple Fortune 500 companies, like Coca- Cola,…

James Keane Jr.

James Keane Jr. was just 9 years old when he made his first donation to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation, making him by far the youngest donor in the history of the organization. Today, at 29 years old, he has become the youngest member of the Perennial Society. As a young boy,…


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