Bigelow Society We created The Bigelow Society in 2009 to recognize donors who have made legacy gifts. The Society is named for Edward Manning Bigelow (1850–1916), Pittsburgh’s first Director of Public Works. Bigelow created the Pittsburgh park system, persuading Mary Schenley to donate 300 acres to the City to be used  for a park. Bigelow then made other strategic purchases and established Schenley Park and Highland Park. His legacy is the transformation of Pittsburgh to one of America’s greenest cities.

Plant your legacy in Pittsburgh's parks Planned Giving Possibilities

"I wish I could do more."

We hear this all the time from park stewards. A legacy gift allows you to increase your support for Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy without impacting your current needs. These gifts are not hard to make.

The simplest way to make such a gift is through your will. There are also other options, such as making a gift through your IRA plan or life insurance. You can protect the parks you love for future generations. Please consider the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the parks you love as part of your plans. If you don't have a will, we can help you get started with some of our resources

Hear From A Bigelow Society Member Leaving a Legacy

“I've always lived close to one of Pittsburgh's parks and taken them for granted. I grew up playing in Highland Park and now walk regularly in Schenley and Frick. I became an annual donor long ago because I use the parks so much and appreciate the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's work. Over the years, as so many friends, family, and colleagues visiting from across the United States and Europe exclaimed over our parks and said how fortunate we are to have them so close to home, I realized how exceptional our park system is and how important it is to Pittsburgh's future as well as its present. That's when I made a provision for PPC in my will, to help our parks remain as special to the next generations of Pittsburghers as they are to me.” - Dr. Millie Myers


If you would like to name us in your will, please refer to us as follows:

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation with principal office at 317 East Carson Street, West Tower, Pittsburgh, PA. 15219

Tax Identification number: 23-2882145

Date of incorporation: 12/17/1996

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy uses charitable gifts to support its operations and program and project priorities in public parks throughout the City of Pittsburgh.


Tom & Marjorie Armstrong

Kyle T. Costello

Shawn Fertitta

Phyllis Genszler*

Arthur D. Hellman

Carol & Nathan Hershey

Tom & Robbee Kosak

Sherry Helfant Malone

Dr. Soumyo D. Moitra

Gary & Greer Mulholland

Mildred S. Myers

Christina M. Schmidlapp

Erin Tobin


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for more information, please contact:

Alana Wenk

Director of Advancement