We invite you to consider a contribution to Wing Haven as a meaningful and lasting way to memorialize or honor a family member or friend, or to acknowledge special events like Mother’s Day, retirement, anniversaries and birthdays.  Friends of the garden often designate Wing Haven in an obituary as the recipient of directed memorial gifts.  As well as commemorating a friend’s or loved one’s passing, these donations can make a significant impact on the health of our organization and we are very grateful for this consideration.  

How are the contributions used?  Unless otherwise specified, tribute gifts are used to support our garden's mission in the community and help to ensure the health and beauty of the garden.  However, we also welcome gifts that are designated for a special remembrance within the garden, to support a favorite project or educational program, or to contribute to the challenges of maintaining an historic site.  As “old” Charlotte continues to crumble around us, Wing Haven’s architectural and horticultural integrity become more important every day.

All gifts can be made online or mailed in to 260 Ridgewood Ave. Charlotte, NC, 28209, with a completed form and check made payable to "Wing Haven".  

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Elizabeth and Eddie Clarkson at home in their garden, 1979 (c) Andrea Sprott

Elizabeth and Eddie Clarkson at home in their garden, 1979 (c) Andrea Sprott

Other Ways to Contribute

Legacy Gifts to Wing Haven: The Clarkson Society

Through a planned or deferred gift you can make a significant impact on the preservation of this treasured piece of Charlotte’s history and culture. Legacy gifts are used to support the endowment, fund a special project or educational program, or contribute to general operation of Wing Haven in ways that will permanently support and sustain this remarkable garden.

For more information on how to make your lasting legacy with Wing Haven, contact Development Director Susan Evans, 704.331.0664 ext 108, or view THE CLARKSON SOCIETY brochure.


In-Kind Contributions

Programs, projects, maintenance and repairs to the homes and grounds often require products and services that have a significant impact on our operating budget.  Through the generosity of businesses and individuals, in-kind gifts that support these activities can help reduce our expenses, allowing us to focus our spending in other areas such as improved educational programs and expanded community outreach.  Following are some suggestions of in-kind gifts that can help us save dollars that can be used elsewhere:

  • Garden supplies and materials, including bird seed and mealworms

  • Frequent Flier miles for speakers and staff attendance at conferences

  • Hotel accommodations for speakers (usually January, February and March)

  • Construction services, especially masonry, carpentry and painting

  • Product and gift certificate donations for door prizes and other uses

  • Catering and food preparation services for special events

  • Floral arrangements and other amenities for special events


Corporate Sponsorship

Wing Haven’s long standing in the Charlotte community and its prominence as a cultural, environmental and educational resource combine to create an attractive opportunity for corporate sponsorship.  Established businesses as well as new businesses seeking to make an impact are ideal corporate partners.

Sponsorships are available in a range of levels to support the Wing Haven Lecture Series, Tea Time in the Garden, Gardeners’ Garden Tour, Farm to Table Dinner, Symposium and other special events. Businesses that focus on landscape design, “green” products and practices, leisure/active clothing and equipment, outdoor entertainment, construction, and gardening and birding supplies among others would be natural partners with Wing Haven.

SEED Wildlife Garden: Gardens that Inspire Children

We need YOUR help to launch the new SEED (Student Environmental Education & Discovery) Wildlife Garden and expanded Children’s Garden at Wing Haven! Many years of thoughtful planning for the formerly unused ¾-acre parcel beyond the current Children’s Garden and Rose Garden, and adjacent to the Wood Duck Pond, has resulted in the SEED garden design meant to inspire generations of children and their families. In keeping with the tradition of the Clarksons historic garden as bird and wildlife sanctuary, this new garden area incorporates a variety of learning and play environments to help children learn from and observe nature. Environmental educational materials will reference from and utilize exciting new SEED garden areas including a green tunnel, a bird-watching treehouse, an ozone garden, a pollinator garden, an outdoor classroom, a pump and dry stream bed, and much more.

The cost to build and landscape the new SEED garden, reconfigure the existing Children’s Garden, and create the new educational programs is $250,000. Another $1,000,000 will be raised in designated endowment to support the new space and expanded educational programs. You can help build the new SEED garden for the children of our community with a donation to help us reach our total goal of $1,250,000 in garden construction, education program funds, and designated SEED Endowment.

For information about designated gifts, stock gifts or planned gifts to the SEED Wildlife Garden, please contact Development Director Susan Evans, 704.331.0664 ext. 108.

SEED donation

For more information, please review our Student Environmental Education & Discovery document and our SEED design plan

Wing Haven is a 501(c)(3) organization and your contribution is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919.807.2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State. For additional information, please see Wing Haven's State of the Haven annual report, recent audited Financial Statement and Form 990.

If your company will match a gift, please submit your form with your gift to Wing Haven Foundation, 260 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte, NC 28209.