Your Balboa Park

Forever Balboa Park is dedicated to addressing Balboa Park’s most pressing needs using expertise, advocacy, and resources that will allow the park to be enjoyed for generations to come. Your support is critical for ensuring a more sustainable, accessible, and extraordinary Balboa Park for all of our visitors and community members. Our donors and supporters are vital to help make Balboa Park the best it can be. Watch the video below to see your Balboa Park through the lens of park lovers like you.

Help us make balboa park better

Forever Balboa Park invites you to join us in creating a sustainable future for this national treasure. Every inch of our beautiful park needs care and attention, making your support vitally important. Your tax-deductible donation, in any amount, will make a difference. Help us ensure Balboa Park will be enjoyed by generations to come.

Show Your Love for Balboa Park

Choose what’s right for you.

You’ve made memories here. Explored museums, hiked trails, walked dogs, smelled roses, crossed finish lines, hugged trees, and snapped a million selfies. You love this park as much as we do. And now you can be an Advocate for Balboa Park. For as little as $10 a month become a Champion and receive a bevy of insider benefits. Remember, this is your park, choose what’s right for you.

Conservator’s Circle

Building a sustainable and robust revenue stream is critical to an organization’s growth and impact. To that end, the Forever Balboa Park launched the Conservator’s Circle in September 2016. Conservator’s Circle members give a minimum of $1,000 each year, for a commitment of five years. This group of donors is dedicated to the strength and vitality of Forever Balboa Park. All contributions go toward the unrestricted operating funds of the Forever Balboa Park.

For questions regarding the Conservator’s Circle, please contact Christine Abrell, Annual Giving & Stewardship Specialist, at (619) 331-1115 or


$1,000 – $9,999 Annually
The first giving level, “Cultivators​” is a pledge of $1,000 each year for five years, which is approximately $83 per month. Your gift allows us to grow our robust volunteer corps, including Garden Stewards, Park Ambassadors, Tree Stewards, Info Desk Volunteers, and more.


$10,000 Annually
Next, our “Builders​” level is a pledge of $10,000 a year for five years. Your support​ allow us to revitalize, restore and enhance Balboa Park’s historic gardens, landscapes and public spaces towards best in class conditions.


$25,000+ Annually
The last level, “Visionaries” is a pledge of $25,000 a year for five years. This kind of support enables us to provide a world-class visitor experience through creative placemaking, maps, guides, tours, information, and critical amentiries in the House of Hospitality.

Join the Conservator’s Circle

Our Donors

Thank you to all our donors for dedicating their time and resources to supporting our work and ensuring a bright future for Balboa Park.

Sustaining Donors

These donors have committed ongoing gifts either annually or monthly to the Forever Balboa Park’s general operating fund.

Cecile Abel*
Barbara Alderson
Tony & Sue Alessandra
Jeanette Barrack
Stephanie Becerra*
Diane & Richard Beckman
Marsha A. Bedwell
Vivienne Bennett
Nancy Bentivegna*
Laurie Black*
Indra G. Bowers*
George Cameron
Steve Cologne & Vicky Carlson
Roger Conlee
Marijean Crow*
Charlene Dackerman
Cheryl Daily
Nicholas DeCorso*
Alice & Doug Diamond
Michael & Heather Dietsch
Katherine Difrancesca*
Marianne Ericsson
Ellis Family Foundation
Alyssa Gardner*
Elizabeth Gonzales*
Frank Green*
Bobbi Hardiman*
David Israel*
Sy John Iverson*
Christina Iwane Dunn*
Keely Jeters*
Wesley Jones
Kimberly Ketron
David & Julie Kinney
Leslie S. Klein
Leslie Krallim*
Ann Kuhn
Russell Lail
Rachel Laing
Martin Levine
Vonnie Madigan*
Michael Madsen
Jordan Malavar*
Lisa Mann*
Sue Marberry*
Julianne & Greg Markow
Stefania Marzano*
Katherine Matlack & Lloyd Price
Brian Matthews
Robert & Ardelle Matthews
Barbara Metz
Mary Mitchell
Rhonda & Michael Mona
Loretta Monareng*
Kotaro Nakamura
Fern Nelson*
Tavette Neskorik*
Phuoc Nguyen*
Ana Nosal*
Jeraldine Young Oborn
Jimmy & Sonya Parker
Jolyn B. Parker
Sandra Perlatti
Krista Powers
Lynn Rasic*
Anne & Bob Rast
Mary M. Rathbun*
Victoria Reed*
Grant Reeder & Scott Williford
Carol Rosas*
Jessica Rounseville*
John & Bonnie Rush
Robert Salt*
Gary Schwendig*
Bonnie Scott*
Craig Scott
Dave Smith
Spurlock Landscape Architects
Ellen Starr
Jean Stein
Susan Stein*
Ann Stice*
Dylan Swisher*
Glee Thomson*
Abby Weiss
Scott Williford*

*= Champions, sustaining monthly donors, ongoing

Donors (Jan – Dec 2019)

A.O. Reed
Mary Consalvi Alario
Allied Integrated Marketing
Deirdre Alpert
Mutual of America
Douglas Arbon
Phillip Baker
Aaron Ball
Yoli Banda
Michael & Arlene Bardin
Stephen & Barbara Barnes
Thomas & Claudia Basso
Pamela Baumgart
Frank & Joy Belock
Marla Bennett Memorial Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation
Lisa Leslie Risser-Berry
David Bevilaqua
Beyster Family Foundation
Vic & Linda Bianos
Rita & Jerry Bierman
Marilyn Bintz
David Bjorndal
Sue Strom Blitz
John Bloomberg-Rissman
Randy and Barb Boesch
Susan Boiko & Martin A. Schwartz
Anastasia Brewster
Bradley Brown
Richard Brown
Pamela Bruder
Elizabeth Butler-Hellewell
Theodore H Butz & Suzanne B Butz Fund
California Coast Credit Union
Ana Mercedes Castillo
Helen Cheng
City National Bank
Garet & Wendy Clark
Beverly Codallas
Tom Cohen
Molly Conser
Cubic Corporation
Helaina Costello
Karen Coutts
COX Communications
Susy Creamer
Charles Crew
Christine & Jim Cunning
Anna M. Curren
Stephanie Davis
Una Davis
Edmund Deaton
June Dodge
Marie Draper
Sr. Raymonda DuVall
John Earl
Bertram Edelstein
Gwen Edwards
William F. Ehlers
Mary Erlenborn & Tom Templeton
Derek Evans
Rockette & Robbi Ewell
The Favrot Fund
Anne Fege
Richard Feinberg
Teri Fenner
Ryan Figley
Financial Executives International
Gaidi Finnie
Steven Fisher
Yara Fisher
Jacobs Family Foundation
Derek Fox
Krisan Fromm
Andrea L. Fuller
Rob Furey
Kirsten Gallacher
Constance Gallagher
Donna Garcia
Bradley C. Gerbel
Wendy Gilman
Amy Ginnow
Summer Girgis
Colleen Golden
Irene Grumman
Jeremy Harris
Linda L. Harris
Rik Hartman
Carrie Hayes
Lance Haynes
Elizabeth Helming
Barbara & Kirk Henry
Janis Heppell
S. Dale Hess
Higgs, Fletcher & Mack
Scott Hilkene
Wayne Holtan
Jane Hopkins
Michael Hopkins
Chinyeh Hostler
Ken Hull
Bill & Katie Hunter
Tom Hutchings
Crooks Analytics, Inc.
Katherine A. Johnson
Cecile Jordan
Kaiser Permanente
Lesslie Keller
Andrew Kemal
Ann & Joe Kilrain
Elizabeth Kind
Kiwanis Club of San Diego
Rhea & Armin Kuhlman
Susan Leonard
Maggie Leone
Paul F. Levin
Mary Limoges
David Lubs
Catharine Marckwardt
Gary Marcus
Joseph Mayer
Peggy McCarberg
John McGann
Donna McGill
Stan Miller
Modern Times Beer
Rachel Moore
Robert Morris
Barbara Morton
Mahpareh Mostoufi
Britt Mueller
Laurie Munday
Myrt Niesley
James O’Grady
Old Town Trolley Tours
Carole Ortiz
Carole A. Outhouse
Dean & Sharon Popp
Charles Puksta
Katherine Rainey
Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club
Redfern Family Trust
Laura Reinert
Susan Reynolds
David Robertson
RSM Design
Jeffrey Rule
Pasha Saberi
San Diego Floral Society
San Diego Woman’s Club
Andrew Sanchez
Brian Saute
Elsa Saxod
Susan G. Schuyler
Tim & Luci Serlet
Lari Sheehan
Adam Sherry
Connie Sherry & Jeff Shipman
Rene Smith
Myrian Solis Coronel
Lee Somerville
Richard Spero
Dana Springs
Fern Steiner
Jody Stern
Julie Stone
Chris & Ann Swisher
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Carolina Romero-Thompson
Rose Ting
Richard Scott Trujillo
Rachelle Tubongbanua
Anne Turhollow
Justine Turner
U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management
Denise & Peter Walsh
Don Weast
Patricia Webb
Diana S. Weinrieb
Ji-Yun Winfree
Janet Wingert
Richard Winter
Brenda Wolfe
Mike Wright
Victor Yamauchi
Yellow Line Digital

 Your Park, Your Legacy.

 Planned Giving is a Perfect Way to Support Balboa Park

When you make a planned gift to Forever Balboa Park you are helping to ensure that Balboa Park is not only maintained but brought to its full world class potential for future generations to enjoy.  When creating your will or trust, you can choose how to include Forever Balboa Park as a beneficiary of your estate. We always recommend working with a financial advisor and estate planning attorney for making such decisions. Please see below for some suggested language.


Legal name: Forever Balboa Park

Address: 1549 El Prado, Ste 1, San Diego, CA 92101

Federal Tax ID number: #33-0849518

Phone Number: 619-331-1920



A bequest is one of the most meaningful ways to express your love for Balboa Park. Your giving leaves a marked impact on Forever Balboa Park’s ability to sustain, enhance and envision Balboa Park. In addition, making a bequest has no out of pocket cost, and the value of the bequest can reduce your taxable estate. 


Please know that if you choose to restrict your giving for a certain purpose, it increases the chances that the specific program you’ve designated may not be as relevant or as vital at the time of your gift disbursement, as it is today. It’s best to contact Forever Balboa Park directly to ensure that your intentions can be executed as intended. 


The following is language suggested by Forever Balboa Park to make a bequest:

I give to Forever Balboa Park or its successor organization, a nonprofit 501c3 organization located, in San Diego, California, the sum of $(Amount) or (Percentage)% of my estate, or all the residue of my estate, which I own at the time of my death.


Charitable Gift Annuity

For persons over 60, a Charitable Gift Annuity is a great way to guarantee income to you, and also benefit Forever Balboa Park. Based upon your age and set formulas, you will receive annual income. You also receive a tax deduction, and a portion of your annual payment will likely be tax-free. At your death, the remainder of the annuity is distributed to The Legacy Fund for the benefit of Forever Balboa Park.  


Retirement Plans

Naming Forever Balboa Park as a beneficiary of your IRA or other type of retirement plan is a meaningful way to support Balboa Park. When you name Forever Balboa Park as a beneficiary (either a percentage or sole beneficiary), you will avoid both income and estate taxes for that percentage of the plan. 


Life Insurance 

Did you know that you can designate Forever Balboa Park as a beneficiary or contingent beneficiary of your life insurance? This is often an easy way to leave a legacy. If you have a life insurance policy with a cash value, you might consider changing Forever Balboa Park to be the owner of the policy. You receive a tax deduction for the value of the policy, and payments you make to us to pay the ongoing premiums are also tax deductible.


Gifts During Lifetime
An outright gift of cash, stocks, or other assets will always be appreciated and you can watch how the Park has benefitted during your lifetime! We encourage you to consult your own financial and/or legal advisors to discuss the best way to make a charitable gift while realizing your tax and estate goals. 

Thank you for helping sustain, enhance and envision Balboa Park for generations to come. We encourage you to consult a financial advisor to confirm the benefits and restrictions that may apply to you.




Sarah E. Beckman

Director of External Relations



Elizabeth Porter, CPA

Director of Finance and Human Resources


Here We Grow

Revitalizing Balboa Park’s Botanical Building & Gardens

Plans to restore the historic Botanical Building & Gardens to their original glory are well underway. Your support is essential to preserving the legacy of the iconic building and ensuring the future for this horticultural and architectural wonder.

Become a Corporate Partner

Align your business with the nation’s finest urban cultural park. We have opportunities for corporate partnerships that strategically place your brand and your team in the heart of the park through events and ongoing programs, volunteer projects and a wide array of powerful social media opportunities.

We can create tailored opportunities for team building through volunteering, private tours, and unique VIP park experiences for your staff, partners and clients. We have opportunities for partnerships in environmental sustainability, horticulture, education, arts and culture, tourism, events, history, architecture, business and much more. Contact to begin a conversation and arrange a tour.