How to Help

The Blue Ridge Parkway needs your support to ensure it remains the magnificent park we all know and love. Join us in our mission to help protect this remarkable place. 

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You can make a difference by committing to a monthly donation, purchasing a Blue Ridge Parkway specialty license plate, creating an endowment or fund, or giving through your workplace. With any choice, your dollars cultivate the programs and projects that reflect your vision for the Parkway. 

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Bequests & Planned Giving

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By naming the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA, a life insurance policy, or in your will, you create an enduring legacy that protects this special place for generations to come.

IRA / Insurance Beneficiary information:
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
717 S. Marshall St., Suite 105B
Winston Salem, NC  27101
Tax ID: 31-1512730

Bequest language example: “I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (Tax ID:  31-1512730), [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

With a planned gift, you become a member of The André Michaux Society, which honors the French botanist and explorer who enlightened others about the natural wonders of our mountains. Members receive a personalized certificate recognizing their dedication to the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, e-mail Jordan Calaway or call (866) 308-2773, ext. 245, or e-mail George Ivey or call (866) 308-2773, ext. 408.

Make a Gift of Stock

Gifts of stock represent a two-fold savings opportunity. Donors avoid paying capital gains taxes on the increased values of their stocks. In addition, donors receive a tax deduction for the full market value of the stock on the date of the gift. The majority of stock gifts are made through a simple electronic transfer from your broker to the Foundation. To complete a stock transfer, please:

  1. Contact Jordan Calaway at (866) 308-2773, ext. 245, or e-mail her to notify us of your intention to make a stock gift.  Please include your name, the name and amount of the shares being transferred, the expected date of the transfer, and the purpose for which the gift is to be used. Failure to notify us with donor details could result in filing the stock gift as anonymous.  
  2. Give the following information to your broker:
    Foundation broker: Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
    DTC number: 8862
    Account number: #78802083
    Send to the attention of:
    Beverly Burke
    Phone number: (336) 721-3221
    Foundation Tax ID number: 31-1512730

With proper notification, receipt letters to donors will indicate the number and types of shares, date of the transfer, and value of the gift. For valuation purposes, the donor of publicly traded stock will be credited with the fair market value of the stock which is determined by averaging high and low trading prices on the date of the gift.

Another option is to use DonateStock. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is partnering with DonateStock to enable our supporters to make stock donations in 10 minutes or less. Please follow the links below to facilitate your gift through a secure portal. 

Become a Parkway Protector

You are invited to join our community of supporters, the Parkway Protectors, by making your contribution to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in the form of a monthly, tax-deductible gift. As a member of the Parkway Protectors, you are an essential part of protecting and preserving the future of the the 469-mile scenic route. 

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Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds are a tax-efficient way to manage charitable donations. Donor Advised Funds allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction, and then recommend grants from the fund over time. This giving option is a wonderful way to support the park you love.

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Parkway Partners logoBecome a Parkway Partner

The Foundation is fortunate to have many great partners along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including lodging, dining, and retail establishments that give back to the scenic route. We invite you to learn more about becoming a partner and contact us to start your journey of protecting the Parkway.

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Get Your Blue Ridge Parkway License Plate

Show your support for the Blue Ridge Parkway everywhere you go with a Virginia or North Carolina specialty license plate.

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Volunteer on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Joining the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Volunteer Corps is rewarding way to make a lasting difference for visitors, wildlife, the land, and future generations. There are many opportunities to lend a hand! We’d love to match your interests with an exciting assignment.

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Create a Facebook Fundraiser

Facebook is making it easy to celebrate your birthday by giving back to the Blue Ridge Parkway. For your next special occasion, you can “host” a fundraiser to show your support for the scenic road. You can designate gifts for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, set a goal, and let your friends know you’d like them to give. It's even better than birthday cake.

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Host a Speaker or Fundraising Event

Bringing people together to protect and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway is key to its future. You can help by hosting a speaker for your group or a fund-raising event.

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Share Your Journey

The Blue Ridge Parkway gives each of us special memories. We invite you to share the story of your journey.

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