Guide to Giving

fall_familyHelp build the foundation for Oglebay’s future and support the world’s most outstanding municipal park system. When you make a gift to The Oglebay Foundation, you become part of a community of people who care passionately about neighbors, family, youth, conservation, health, and the beauty of this special place.

Generous contributions from individuals like you help provide the funds necessary to operate, maintain, and grow Oglebay and Wheeling Park. Your gift today is tomorrow’s legacy.

Gifts may be made online as a one-time gift or as a monthly sustaining gift. You may mail a check to The Oglebay Foundation or contact The Oglebay Foundation at 304-243-4166 to make a gift over the phone. These gifts can be designated toward a specific program or facility in the parks or may be given in honor or memory of a loved one.

If you are interested in learning more about planned gifts, bequests, sponsorships, naming opportunities, please contact The Oglebay Foundation by phone at 304-243-4166 or via email: foundation@oglebay-resort.com for more specific information.


Benefits of Giving (Back to Top)

Oglebay0042Generous financial contributions from individuals like you help provide funds necessary to operate and grow Oglebay and Wheeling Park. Friends of Oglebay are people who believe in the importance of parks as places of discovery that build community. We encourage you to make a gift to The Oglebay Foundation today.

“The parks have always been outstanding and so efficiently run. When you give a gift to the parks, you know it will go entirely toward the project for which it was meant.”

– Dr. Robert Sonneborn on his family’s long relationship with Wheeling’s parks.

Membership Benefits
Individuals and organizations donating $25 or more a year receive an annual subscription to the quarterly newsletter, Among Friends, an annual calendar of events, and reports of progress at the park. Donors of over $100 annually receive additional benefits including priority service, special invitations to periodic receptions and events. These donors are invited to join one of our Donor Societies:

  • 1925 Founder’s Club
  • Waddington Farm Society
  • W. E. Stone Circle

For more information about benefits of giving to The Oglebay Foundation, please call 304-243-4166 or email foundation@oglebay-resort.com.


Annual Giving (Back to Top)

In 1924, the first Wheeling Park Commission annual campaign was formed to purchase Wheeling Park and develop the property into a public space. Over 6 days, 170 individuals raised $352,845 ($5 Million in today’s dollars) toward the purchase of the park. The goal was reached at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Wheeling Park opened May 30, 1925. Over the past nine decades, gifts from a wide range of supporters that believe in Oglebay and Wheeling Park’s power to transform lives and improve community have been crucial to the success and growth of the parks. Thanks to thousands of contributors, annual fund campaigns have resulted in the construction and renovation of major park facilities including the White Palace, Good Zoo, and Bissonnette Gardens. Today, your annual gifts are more important than ever.

“I have believed for a long time that one of the greatest needs of our community was a public park… The last available space for a project of this character, that is conveniently located, and that is easily accessible to the city as a whole, is this tract of land known as Wheeling Park; and, unless advantage is taken of the offer referred to in the newspapers, the opportunity to obtain this site will be lost to our city forever.”

– W.E. Stone, December 19, 1924, at the time of his $100,000 gift that launched the first campaign

Annual donors are recognized as Friends of Oglebay – a growing group of dedicated people who share the pride that Oglebay and Wheeling Park are unique and extraordinary. As members and contributors to the annual fund, the Friends of Oglebay ensure that our parks are accessible to everyone and preserved forever.

Annual gifts have an immediate impact in the lives of local youth, in the natural beauty of the parks, and the future growth of park programs.

Join with the thousands of other friends who annually support the relationships that provide for an unparalleled living and learning experience by making your gift now. To give an annual gift to The Oglebay Foundation, call 304-243-4166 or email foundation@oglebay-resort.com.


Special Gifts (Back to Top)

"My mother’s favorite pastime was walking at Oglebay, which she did almost every day. It is appropriate that income from the Wheeler Cottage will go to future upkeep and maintenance of the Susan Wheeler Trail System" – Bruce Wheeler, son, at the dedication of the Susan Wheeler Estate House (pictured above)

“My mother’s favorite pastime was walking at Oglebay, which she did almost every day. It is appropriate that income from the Wheeler Cottage will go to future upkeep and maintenance of the Susan Wheeler Trail System.”
– Bruce Wheeler, son, at the dedication of the Susan Wheeler Estate House (pictured above)

With millions of annual visitors, thousands of educational programs, over 100 buildings and historic structures, dozens of recreational facilities (including swimming pools, tennis courts, athletic fields, golf courses, ice rinks, and ski slopes), and miles of roads and trails, there is a need to continue the tradition of significant gifts for development, renovation, endowment, and support.

Opportunities exist to permanently link a donor’s family name or honored name with the proud tradition and quality of excellence which have been synonymous with Oglebay and Wheeling Park.

Named Endowment Funds are popular ways both through significant annual gifts and bequests to ensure that popular and historic park facilities remain for future generations.

To discuss making a special or naming gift to the Oglebay Foundation, contact Eriks Janelsins at 304-243-4160 or email ejanelsins@oglebay-resort.com.


Gift Planning (Back to Top)

Gifts through wills and bequests can provide you with the opportunity to honor and sustain your family name and legacy in conjunction with The Oglebay Foundation’s name recognition program. The Oglebay Foundation will work with you and your attorney to ensure that your intentions are clearly expressed.

You may make a gift of cash, securities, real estate, or other assets by providing in your will or living trust for a bequest to The Oglebay Foundation. Your gift may be a specific bequest of a designated sum or asset, or it may be a percentage of your residuary estate.

The value of your bequest to The Oglebay Foundation is fully deductible for estate-tax purposes. You may also establish an income-producing planned gift for the benefit of others through your will, thereby reducing your taxable estate. A bequest, whether outright or to fund a planned gift, can be a useful and advantageous addition to your estate plan.

 

Bequests
The following includes several examples of suggested bequest wording to benefit Oglebay and Wheeling Park through The Oglebay Foundation. Each individual situation is unique and, therefore, these examples include only some of the possible gift opportunities. We encourage you to share your final will provision with Oglebay Foundation staff to ensure that your wishes will be properly followed and recognized. If you have any questions about the examples, contact Eriks Janelsins at ejanelsins@oglebay-resort.com or 304-243-4160.

To The Oglebay Foundation for Unrestricted Purpose
“It is my desire to make a charitable bequest, and I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to The Oglebay Foundation, Inc., of Wheeling, West Virginia,__________________ percent (%) of my entire estate. It is my desire that the bequest that is made to the Trustees of The Oglebay Foundation be used by the Trustees in such a manner as in their sole discretion may determine for the care, maintenance, and improvement of Oglebay and Wheeling Parks and its facilities.”

Specific Amount for Unrestricted Purpose
“It is my desire to make a charitable bequest, and hereby I give, devise, and bequeath to The Oglebay Foundation, Inc., of Wheeling, West Virginia, the sum of _______ dollars ($) as an unrestricted gift to be used in the area of greatest need at the time the gift is received. It is my desire that the bequest that is made to the Trustees of The Oglebay Foundation be used by the Trustees in such a manner as in their sole discretion may determine for the care, maintenance, and improvement of Oglebay and/or Wheeling Park and its facilities.”

Specific Amount for a Specific Purpose
It is my desire to make a charitable bequest, and I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to The Oglebay Foundation, Inc., of Wheeling, West Virginia, the sum of __________ dollars ($) to be used for ______________________at (Oglebay and/or Wheeling Park). It is understood and agreed that should the purpose for which this bequest is instituted cease to exist, then the Trustees of The Oglebay Foundation may devote said bequest for such other uses and purposes as it determines to be in accordance with my original intent in making this gift.

 

Life Insurance
Life insurance can play a very important part in planned charitable giving. Life insurance for charitable purposes can be accomplished by 1) the transfer of ownership of an existing policy to The Oglebay Foundation, or 2) the purchase of life insurance which names The Oglebay Foundation as the beneficiary and/or owner.

 

Life Income/Charitable Trusts
Charitable Trusts and charitable gift annuities offer an opportunity to make a substantial gift to The Oglebay Foundation without forfeiting the annual income produced by these assets. You can retain income for your life and the life of your spouse. This gift can also be structured to create a substantial tax benefit over a period of years.


Matching Gifts (Back to Top)

Matching gifts make your donation go further! Over 5,000 employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to The Oglebay Foundation may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Please contact The Oglebay Foundation by calling 304-243-4166 or emailing foundation@oglebay-resort.com.