Planned Giving

The 1916 Society

Leaving a Legacy to our National Parks

The 1916 SocietyThe 1916 Society was established to show our appreciation to those who have created a future legacy gift with the National Park Foundation. Named for the founding year of the National Park Service, 1916 Society members enjoy benefits during their lifetime, and connect with other passionate park lovers.

There are many ways to make a lasting impact:

  • Leave a gift in your will or living trust
  • Designate the Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, life insurance policy, or other financial account
  • Create a gift that provides income for life, such as a charitable gift annuity or trust

Benefits of the 1916 Society

As a member you will enjoy special benefits and unique access to our work.

  • You will receive invitations to exclusive events and travel opportunities.
  • You will be recognized in an annual listing.
  • You will receive insider updates from the National Park Foundation’s online newsletter, Go Parks, along with our twice-annual Impact Report.
  • You will have the opportunity to request enhanced visits at national parks.
  • You will receive an exclusive lapel pin and certificate.
  • Most importantly, you will feel good knowing that you are making an even bigger impact than you thought possible on the parks you love.

Join the 1916 Society

Becoming a 1916 Society member is simple. If you have already completed your plans, simply confirm in writing that you have included a future gift to the National Park Foundation. For ease, you can fill out our online form, or download our Estate Gift Notification Form.

We also have a team of gift planning specialists who are always available to answer your questions or assist you in selecting the gift that is best for you and your family’s future.

For more information or assistance, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at (202) 796-2500 or

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