Benefits of Giving

Generous financial contributions from individuals like you help provide funds necessary to operate and grow Oglebay and Wheeling Park, whether that support occurs now or in the future.

It’s important that we have the opportunity to say thank you for that support because of its impressive impact on the Parks.

For support in the current year, our Donor Societies are listed below.

For those whose future support will assure the best recreational opportunities for everyone over time, the Earl W. Oglebay Legacy Society is also explained below.


“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.


Annual 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



You are invited!

What Earl W. Oglebay started through the memorable gift in his will of his 750-acre farm that became a world-renowned park is something that any of us may support through our own estate plan gift.

You are cordially invited to become a member of the Earl W. Oglebay Legacy Society today if you have made one of the following gifts:

  • –  a gift provision in your will or revocable trust for the Oglebay Foundation.
  • –  named The Oglebay Foundation the future beneficiary of a retirement account or a charitable remainder trust.
  • –  changed the ownership of a paid-up whole life insurance policy to The Oglebay Foundation.

The charter period for membership is January 1 through December 31, 2019. No minimum gift amount is required. We hope to add many special supporters during 2019.

It’s easy to join and we hope you will soon!


For more information about benefits of giving to The Oglebay Foundation, please call 304-243-4166 or email