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Create a Lasting Legacy

Consider a Planned Gift

Making a planned gift to the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum is one of the best ways you can leave a legacy that will last. Investing long-term in our mission—which focuses on tree planting, gardening making and environmental education—ensures that you are also investing in Nebraska's ecological future for generations to come.  

We partner with two foundations: The University of Nebraska Foundation and the Nebraska Community Foundation. Planned gifts of securities, real estate, retirement assets, cash, life insurance, Ag Commodities, stock or tangible property can be given through both foundations.

We would love to have a conversation with you about where your passion for the Earth and the environment meets our mission. Contact NSA Executive Director Hanna Pinneo to start a conversation at 402-472-2945 or at Or click the button below for more information and additional resources. 

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Legacy Society

Join these members of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum's Legacy Society, founded by Dorothy and Joseph Young, by designating the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum in your will. We honor the following generous individuals who have made a planned gift to support our mission.

Richard “Dick” Dam* 
Bud & Betty Dassenbrock* 
Nance Harris 
Katja Peppe 
Gene Petersen* 
Don Riggenbach* 
Gregg Schmadeke* 
Dorothy & Joseph Young* 
Julie & David Zahn 

*Donor is deceased.

Why Legacy Society Members Give

Gene Peterson

Gene Petersen was a supporter of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and spent many hours walking Maxwell Arboretum on UNL's East Campus, as well as many other arboretums and natural places across the state. He took great pride in cultivating a sizeable prairie on his acreage, and he also served as administrator of a Facebook group dedicated to native plants of the Midwest, where he was greatly appreciated for his vast knowledge. Gene's passion for Nebraska native trees and plants was something he loved to share with others. 


Nance Harris

NSA gives me a very strong feeling of belonging. I feel like I am part of something, and that is a really valuable connection. I've given a legacy gift to NSA because as the organization continues to grow, I want others to be able to feel this same connection. And I trust that the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum will be improving the environment and our communities for years and years to come.