Planned Giving

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad was built on the foundation of preservation and philanthropy. The founders of CVSR gave their time, talent and treasure to ensure its legacy, and today, we invite you to consider a planned gift to make a lasting impact for future generations.

There are a variety of ways to include CVSR in your estate plans, including:


Designate Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad as the beneficiary of your assets by will, trust or beneficiary form.

Life Insurance

Make CVSR the beneficiary of an existing policy or create a new policy with CVSR as the beneficiary.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Transfer cash or property in exchange for fixed annuity payments (based on age) for the rest of your life.

Charitable Lead Trust

Establish a trust that provides income payments to CVSR for a fixed period of time, after which the trust assets are paid to the grantor or non-charitable beneficiary.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

The inverse of a charitable lead trust, whereby a trust is established to provide income payments to you during your lifetime, after which the remainder of the trust assets are transferred to CVSR.

IRA Rollover

Donors over the age of 70 ½ may distribute up to $100,000 from their IRA to CVSR tax free.

Endowment Funds

CVSR has established endowment funds at both Akron Community Foundation and The Cleveland Foundation. To donate directly to these funds, please visit the following links:

    Cuyahoga Valley Preservation and Scenic Railway Association Fund at Akron Community Foundation

   Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Fund at The Cleveland Foundation

For more information about making a planned gift, please contact the development office at 234-759-0092 or . If appropriate, CVSR will connect you to gift planning staff at Akron Community Foundation or The Cleveland Foundation. We also encourage you to consult your estate attorney and professional advisor to determine the best option for meeting your philanthropic goals.

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