Make an Impact

As West Virginia’s top tourist destination, the 6th largest employer in the Ohio Valley, and the center of many community and family celebrations, Oglebay and Wheeling Park represents the best of Wheeling.

The parks provide in excess of $50 Million in direct economic activity to local businesses, significant measurable health benefits to the youth, adults, and senior citizens who enjoy the recreational programs and facilities, and the conservation of the West Virginia hills, forests, meadows, and streams that serve as diverse ecological centers of the community.

Your gift to The Oglebay Foundation is an investment in building healthy community and a place for organizations, groups, families, neighbors, and colleagues to gather to play, learn, and celebrate. Explore the Guide to Giving and Naming Opportunities page to learn more about ways your gift will impact the parks and community and leave a legacy for future generations.

Impact of Contributions

Why Your Annual Contribution is Important
Annual support through Friends of Oglebay is important because your gift, no matter what size, is added to many others to be used where it is needed most and currently, to help fund the Access to the Parks program. It is a way you can be a part of the parks’ success story even if you are not in a position to consider a major donation at this time.

Friends initially raised money to start the renovations at Bissonnette Gardens in the late 1980s. When Access to the Parks was started in 1999, most annual gifts were put toward this innovative program that provides quality recreation experiences for local youth who do not have the financial means to pay facility fees. Today, depending on your interest, you can designate your annual gift for Access, America’s Future Trees, the Good Zoo, skiing upgrades or wherever it is needed most.

If you make a contribution online, you can choose to make an annual gift or sign up to give on a sustaining basis by having a specified amount debited from your checking or savings account each month. You can track your giving on our website and also designate memorial gifts and company matches.


How to Make a Good Gift Better
Many of you who make an annual gift to Friends of Oglebay ask about planned giving and major gift options available through The Oglebay Foundation.

We are pleased to tell you that the following are all available for your consideration: a gift provision in your will, distributions from your retirement account (now or after-death), charitable trusts, or in-kind gifts such as securities, life insurance and real estate. Your gift may be used to set up an endowment fund that will pay out income to benefit the parks each year and provide a permanent connection in the way you feel will help the most.

For a certain period of time, you may consider extending your annual giving to establish a Named Endowment Fund for $25,000 or more. This type of fund is permanent and provides annual income to carry out the purpose you specify. You also choose the person(s) to be honored in this special way.

There may be other options that would work for you, so it is important to contact Foundation officials or your financial advisor or tax attorney if you wish to consider a major gift to the parks. Please call 304-243-4166 or email for more information.