Planned Giving

There will come a time when there are no more lots and niches available in Hollywood Cemetery, but the preservation of these hallowed grounds must continue. Likewise, Hollywood's riverside location, natural beauty, and evocative setting give it the potential to be the place of respite and reflection that its creators envisioned.

You can ensure that the beauty of Hollywood's monuments, green spaces, and architecture will remain, not only for you and your family, but also as symbols of history in the community.


Your gift will ensure the future of Hollywood Cemetery for generations to come.

We offer you the opportunity to join The Legacy Society of Friends of Hollywood Cemetery, a 501(c)(3) organization that secures funds for The Hollywood Cemetery Company's use perpetuating Hollywood's unique contributions to Richmond, to Virginia, and to the United States.

Your estate gift to Friends of Hollywood will be set aside by Hollywood Cemetery Company (a non-profit cemetery company) in its endowment for the days when Hollywood is no longer a working cemetery, but still frequently visited by descendants, tourists, historicans, and the local community.

With your help, we can ensure that the beauty and history of Hollywood Cemetery remain for generations to come.


It's simple to include Hollywood Cemetery in your life legacy.

Make a bequest

Including Friends of Hollywood Cemetery in your will is simple with your attorney's help, and costs you nothing during your lifetime. Give either a specific amount in cash, or a percentage of your estate.

Establish a revocable (living) trust

A revocable trust both (1) puts key assets in the hands of a trusted manager during your lifetime, and (2) at death distributes assets to Friends of Hollywood and to your loved ones, as you direct.

A charitable remainder trust: income for you, and a legacy for Hollywood

This type of trust distributes either variable or fixed income payments to your beneficiaries for a lifetime(s) or time period of your choosing. At the end of the trust, the remaining assets go to your chosen charities, including Friends of Hollywood.

Save income taxes by giving an IRA or other retirement plan

Make Friends of Hollywood a beneficiary of the final balance of your IRA, 401k, or other retirement account and take advantage of substantial income tax savings.

A charitable lead trust: a legacy for Hollywood, and greater inheritance for your family

This trust ensures that valuable income-producing property will pass to your family at greatly reduced estate tax, after making several years of substantial payments to places like Friends of Hollywood.

Give now or later through a life insurance policy

Naming Friends of Hollywood owner of a permanent policy makes a gift of the policy’s cash value, bringing an immediate tax deduction. Making Friends of Hollywood a beneficiary of such a policy can ensure a legacy gift.


This information is provided for educational purposes only and not as legal, accounting, or other advice. A financial advisor can help you decide which planned giving method is best for you and your family.

If you would like to receive a planned giving brochure in the mail, please email Kelly Wilbanks, Executive Director, at kwilbanks@hollywoodcemetery.org.

If you are planning to include Hollywood Cemetery in your plans, please fill out the form below OR print and mail in the following PDF: (PDF) Response Sheet.