How to Donate

Donations are made to Friends of Stark Parks, a charitable 501 (c) (3) organization.  Friends of Stark Parks supports Stark Parks as a partner in preserving and protecting the quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Stark County.

Family hiking in wetlands

Contributions and Donations

Your tax-deductible gift to Friends of Stark Parks will be used to support Stark Parks' effort to be the community leader in promoting the responsible use of Stark County’s natural resources; in educating our community and enlisting its involvement in conservation education; and in supporting facilities and programs.


Your tribute gift honors the importance of someone special in your life and creates a lasting contribution towards the future of Stark Parks.  Donating in tribute in lieu of flowers or at a family’s bequest is an impactful way to support Stark Parks while honoring someone’s life.

Make an impact on Stark Parks or trails with amenity donations like a bench, planting a ¼ acre pollinator field, a tree, or other amenities. More information and amounts can be found in the Giving brochure.

Celebration Garden Layout

Celebration Gardens

Molly Stark Park will be a designated Celebration Garden program site.  A habitat and/or wildlife area will be established and will feature natural areas with native plants, as opposed to traditional flower gardens. The site will be indicated with signage and will direct visitors to this area of the website to access information about those who have contributed or are being honored. 

Leave a Legacy

Did you know that you can give to Stark Parks in a variety of ways? Not just by volunteering, but in creative ways that allow you to use your assets?  Thanks to our Permanent Endowment Fund through the Stark Community Foundation, Friends of Stark Parks supporters can make charitable contributions to benefit Stark Parks. Your tax-deductible gifts to benefit the Stark Parks Endowment Fund or the Wildlife Conservation Center building fund can include: 

  • Cash
  • Publicly Traded Securities
  • Real Property
  • Tangible Personal Property
  • Other Property
Tall trees at Deer Creek Reservoir

Friends of Stark Parks can also accept planned gifts to the endowment fund to assure the mission of Stark Parks will continue into the future.  Planned gifts accepted can include:

  • Bequests
  • Life Estates
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Life Income Programs
  • Retirement Plan Gifts
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Lead Trust