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                How you can help

           The DownRiver Waterfront Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

There are many ways you can support the Conservancy's work and be a part of the development of the DownRiver waterfront. Each year the nonprofit Conservancy seeks support to further its many worthwhile purposes:

  • Developing a vision and long-term plan for the development of parks, promenades and other green spaces along the DownRiver waterfront designed to enhance access and connections to the waterfront and respect ecological and conservation standards.

  • Achieving a broad-based community understanding of, and support for, this vision.

  • Implementing the vision through the acquisition and control of the necessary waterfront land and the design and construction of improvements thereon.

  • Programming activities designed to foster broad-based community participation in activities and events that contribute toward achievement of the vision.

  • Encouraging consistent and integrated planning for the economic development of adjacent property.

The DownRiver Waterfront Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Gifts made to the DownRiver Waterfront Conservancy will be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

Kindly see specific gift receipt for estimated Fair Market Value of any benefits associated with your gift.  You may wish to consult your tax advisor for further guidance. If you wish to waive your benefits, you may indicate this when making your gift.  EIN:  83-3396745. 

  • Give a Gift

  • Legacy & Planned Gifts

  • Corporate Support

  • Community Partnerships 


  • If you have questions about any of the Ways to Help listed above or to make a donation over the phone, please contact DRWC Treasurer Ed Nykiel at (734) 775-5990 


  • Support of the DownRiver Waterfront Conservancy will help to undertake the establishment, improvement, operation, maintenance, and conservation of area public parks, current and future open spaces, promenades and other public spaces along the DownRiver waterfront, to facilitate the development, recreation and enjoyment of the general public.  This shall include the economic redevelopment of adjacent properties for future business opportunities consistent with its purpose and mission.

  • Your generous support helps us expand our footprint, programs, and positive impact to our precious waterfront areas. Our levels of giving provide access to unique experiences and benefits while supporting our vision for the future of the DownRiver waterfront.

  • Please see our giving levels below and scroll down to make your gift:

  • FRIENDS $1-$499

  • ACTION MEMBERS $1,000-$4,999

  • ADVISORY COUNCIL $5,000-$9,999 

  • BEQUEST SOCIETY  $10,000-$24,999

  • LEGACY CIRCLE $25,000+

  • Memorial & Honorary Gifts

  • Honor a friend, family member or colleague with a gift that creates a living legacy enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people each year.

  • To establish a Memorial program please contact DRWC Treasurer Ed Nykiel at (734) 775-5990

  • Gift Planning

  • Legacy or "planned" gifts help support the DownRiver Waterfront Conservancy for generations to come. Donors can choose from a variety of creative ways to contribute, including:

  • Estate planning/bequests — a great way to include the Conservancy in your will

  • Gifts that pay you or your loved ones an income

  • Gifts of appreciated stocks or other assets

  • Because of the way planned gifts are structured, they often enable donors to make larger gifts than would otherwise be possible. Some planned gifts even provide significant income and tax benefits to the donor.

  • For more information, kindly contact DRWC Treasurer Ed Nykiel at (734) 775-5990

  • Legacy Giving

  • Legacy gifts are those that take effect after our journey on earth has ended. They are often the most significant gifts we may ever make, and their importance to the work of the DownRiver Waterfront Conservancy cannot be overestimated. There are several legacy gifts for you to consider:

  • Through a Will or Trust: You can leave a bequest to the Conservancy in your will or trust. It can be for a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or whatever remains after all other bequests are satisfied.

  • If you are considering a bequest for the DownRiver Waterfront Conservancy, we encourage you to share this language with your attorney, tax professional or investment professional:

  • "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the DownRiver Waterfront Conservancy [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."
    Specific suggested bequest language for an endowment or a particular purpose can be prepared for you by contacting DRWC Treasurer Ed Nykiel at (734) 775-5990

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  • Other bequest options: 

  • Through a Retirement Account: You can name the Conservancy as beneficiary of all, or a portion of, your retirement account assets such as your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Keogh, or another qualified plan.

  • Through an Insurance Policy or Annuity: You can name the Conservancy as first, second, or as contingent beneficiary of a life insurance policy or annuity.

  • Through a Life Income Gift: Life income gifts come in several varieties, the most popular of which is the Charitable Gift Annuity. Both the donor and the Conservancy can greatly benefit from these arrangements.

  • A Legacy Gift is one of the most powerful ways to support the mission of the Conservancy. Upon notification that you have included the Conservancy in your estate plan through a planned gift - you will become a member of The Legacy Society, a distinguished group of individuals who affirm their commitment to the Conservancy with a documented planned gift.

  • The information on this site is not intended as legal, tax or investment advice. For definitive advice, please consult an attorney, tax professional or investment professional.

  • Official title and address for legal documents: 

  • DownRiver Waterfront Conservancy
    2836 W. Jefferson Ave., Ste. 115
    Trenton, Michigan 48183
    (734) 775-5990
    For further information about ways to give to the Conservancy, please contact DRWC Treasurer Ed Nykiel at (734) 775-5990 

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