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Hamblen Society

Leaving a Legacy to Spokane Parks Foundation

A Gift We Treasure. A Trust We Preserve. A Legacy We Leave.

Members of the Hamblen Society have made the Spokane Parks Foundation a part of their estate or long-term giving plan. Though Hamblen Society members come to us from all walks of life, they all share one thing in common – the firm belief that parks are a vital and much-needed part of life, and that Spokane’s parks must be protected, nurtured and strengthened.


If you have included the Foundation in a planned gift, please call Terri at (509) 7103033 so that we can add you to the Society. If you are interested in the Hamblen Society, we are more than happy to meet with you and your advisors to talk about the Foundation.


Named for long time Foundation Director Herbert M. Hamblen who served from 1959-1993.    The original Spokane Parks and Recreational Foundation members who were tasked with creating the foundation in 1951 were led by A. William Morris, and included Thomas J. Meenach and Joel E. Ferris to provide support for parks and recreation. 


By May of 1952 the Spokane Park and Recreational Foundation had received our first gifts, and we were off and running.


Since then, we have invested nearly $4.1 million in parks throughout Spokane County -

including new park structures, park enhancements and programs that keep parks viable.


Today, the Spokane Parks Foundation, as we have come to be known, is involved in projects not only in City of Spokane, but throughout Spokane County, supporting park-related endeavors for municipalities throughout the County.


As an independent, non-partisan advocate we fill the gap between what our parks need to thrive and what annual budgets can provide. We currently serve 110 parks – providing the dollars to ensure that everyone can enjoy these valuable community assets for generations to come. 

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"Tom and I have supported many charities in this community over the years; and now, with a different option available to us, we decided to make a contribution to the Spokane Parks Foundation through an IRA. It was simple, efficient, and had several tax benefits allowing us to do more than we thought possible. Try it! It’s painless. Just be sure you (and your advisor) follow the rules!"-- Carol Neupert