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The Jekyll Island Foundation exists to help make sure what makes Jekyll Island special for us today continues to make Jekyll Island special for future generations. Help us preserve and conserve Jekyll Island’s historic and natural resources through your continued financial support. Without you, many of the special ingredients that make Jekyll Island so unique could suffer and disappear. Diamondback terrapins and Wilson’s Plover are species in need of our protection, and the historic district has over $20 million in deferred maintenance needs. Jekyll Island receives no state funds for operating expenses and private contributions are necessary to ensure Jekyll Island’s uniqueness for future generations. The Foundation and the Jekyll Island Authority have identified specific projects in need of immediate attention, which are shown below. Please show your commitment and care for Jekyll Island by contributing to the project of your choice. Your gift will pay enjoyment dividends for years to come.

For General Donations

Memorial Tribute Program

• Memorial Bench • Legacy Trees • GSTC Walkway

Memorial Bench

Memorial Bench

Memorialize your friends or loved ones
Are you looking for a special way to mark the birth of a child, grandchild or celebrate a special birthday? Having trouble finding a unique wedding or anniversary gift? Looking for a way to memorialize a loved one who has passed or to acknowledge a special person or group? Our heritage bench and tree programs offer wonderful options for your consideration. Give a gift that will be a lasting tribute for years to come. Naming a heritage bench on Jekyll Island is a remembrance of the past and at the same time a living tribute going forward.

  • Historic District
  • Ocean View
  • River View

Bench naming rights:

  • Offer the opportunity to recognize an individual or individuals with a lovely teak bench located in one of Jekyll Island’s most scenic and unique locations
  • Provide loving tributes to those whose lives have created cherished memories and fostered lasting attachments to this special Island
  • Can be inscribed to honor or remember family, special occasions, loved ones and other sources of inspiration
  • Are a great way to recognize children, grandchildren, marriages or other special events and also make unique gifts
  • Locations offer serene vistas and natural beauty
  • Includes a brass plaque placed at each bench site with an inscription of your design (sizes vary depending upon location)

Memorial Bench Plaque

Interested parties may initiate the Memorial Bench Program process by contacting the Jekyll Island Foundation at 912.635.4402 or If you would like to see the currently available and endorsed benches and their individual scenic views, click here. If you are specifically interested in the Convention Center location, please email


Brick Program

Memorialize Your Friends or Loved Ones
Brick ProgramGeorgia Sea Turtle Center Walkway
Are you looking for a special way to mark the birth of a child, grandchild or celebrate a special birthday? Having trouble finding a unique wedding or anniversary gift? Looking for a way to memorialize a loved one who has passed or as tribute to a special person or group? Our memorial bench, tree and brick programs offer wonderful options for your consideration. Give a gift that will last several lifetimes. Purchasing a brick in the Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s Walkway to Wonder is a remembrance of the past or tribute going forward.

Options: Walkway Brick
Line One
Line Two
Line Three

Options: Mosaic Border Brick
Line One
Line Two
Line Three

Options: Turtle Brick
Line One
Line Two
Line Three

Plant a New Tree

Live Oak Tree

New Live Oak Tree – $1,500

  • A living gift that keeps growing for many generations.
  • New plantings are for a 4” to 6” Live Oak Tree. Planting season is designated October 15 – April 15. During the establishment period (approximately 3 years) Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) staff will closely inspect, monitor and maintain the trees, replacing any that are damaged or dead. Over time, trees are transitioned and attended to in accordance with JIA landscape management policy. Recommended locations are maintained by JIA staff and located within or near an irrigation system. Each location is a pedestrian friendly environment with prominent exposure to residents and guests.
  • Receive the following: 4″x 6″ bronze, in-ground plaque, certificate, photo of tree, tree tag corresponding to tag on tree and location map.

Adopt an Existing Tree – 3 Options

Cabbage Palm Tree – $500

  • Give a lovely island landmark for a gift of tribute or remembrance.
  • Receive the following: 3″x 6″ brass plate on tree, certificate, photo of tree, tree tag corresponding to tag on tree and location map.

Signature Tree
Signature Tree – $5,000

  • A stately Live Oak makes an impressive tribute or memorial of the past while at the same time celebrating life for future generations. As symbols of peace, life, growth and hope for the future, trees are essential to life on earth.
  • Signature Trees are Live Oaks 16” in diameter or larger.
  • Receive the following: 6″x 8″ bronze, in-ground plaque, certificate, photo of tree, tree tag corresponding to tag on tree and location map.

Heritage Tree
Heritage Tree – $10,000

  • These treasured heirloom oaks are Jekyll Island’s signature trees and offer an extraordinary opportunity to recognize and memorialize individuals, companies, social and or fraternal organizations.
  • Heritage Trees are Live Oak trees with historical significance.
  • Receive the following: 8″x 10″ bronze, in-ground plaque with optional bas-relief or etched photo, certificate, photo of tree, tree tag corresponding to tag on tree and location map.

Interested parties may initiate the memorial tree process by contacting the Jekyll Island Foundation by phone 912-635-4100 or email All donations to the Jekyll Island Foundation are for the conservation, preservation and enhancement of Jekyll Island.


Diamondback Terrapins

Help Us Protect Our Diamondback Terrapins!

Diamondback TerrapinsHundreds of diamondback terrapins are killed or injured each year by motor vehicles on the Jekyll Island Causeway. Sadly, the same is true for other causeways going through the salt marsh habitats leading to St. Simons, Tybee Islands and those up and down the eastern seaboard.

Male diamondback terrapins rarely leave their aquatic environment, but female terrapins come out of the marsh from late April through July to lay their eggs. They look for the highest, driest ground they can find, which is usually near the side of the road. Terrapins often cross the road on the causeway in search of a preferred nesting habitat and are prone to be hit by automobiles. On the Jekyll Island Causeway alone, our conservation team has documented 800 adult female diamondback terrapin deaths since 2007.

Something must be done. The Jekyll Island Foundation needs your help to fund a $50,000 cooperative Georgia Sea Turtle Center/University of Georgia diamondback terrapin conservation, research, management and education program on Jekyll Island. Our goal is to create a roadside management plan to reduce terrapin mortality on Georgia’s causeways and elsewhere, as high levels of terrapin mortality cannot be sustained. This project will include research and management strategies that will ultimately be a model for other sites and hopefully provide greater protection for the terrapins.

We are blessed to share this unique environment with these remarkable creatures. We need YOU to help give our children and grandchildren the same opportunity. Please help us ensure our diamondback terrapins survive by making a tax-deductible donation TODAY!




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Jekyll Island Foundation
P.O. Box 13002
Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527
Phone: 912-635-4100

Dion Davis
Executive Director
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Phone: 912-635-4100

I chose to leave a legacy in my will for the Jekyll Island Foundation to help preserve Jekyll Island for the future. I made this decision in 2010 after consideration of my estate and how I wanted my funds to be dispersed. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center has been dear to my heart because of the fantastic work that they do and the care the staff gives to the animals.

Please know that through my bequest I want to continue the work that the center does to protect an endangered species and to provide for their treatment and wellbeing. I wish you and the Foundation much success now and in the future.

Jan Russ

Jan’s bequest ensures that her intent is known through her will and that her love for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center lives on after her. A bequest is one of the easiest gift options to make and is simply a written bequest directing a gift to your qualified exempt charity of choice after your death. An attorney or advisor will help you include the particulars of the gift you wish to make in your will or we can provide you with bequest language upon request.

You’re invited to help ensure the Jekyll Island we love and treasure today will be here for the enjoyment of future generations. Please consider including the Jekyll Island Foundation in your estate planning. There are many ways your planned gift can sustain the Foundation’s work and concurrently offer substantial tax benefits for you and your family or other beneficiaries.

In addition to outright, tax deductible cash gifts, here are other ways to give: A bequest in your will

Beneficiary designations which include gifts of life insurance, stocks, retirement plans and other assets.
For information on the gifts below that pay you income please call 912-635-4100.

  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder
  • Unitrusts
  • Charitable Remainder Trust

With any planned donation you may specify that your gift be used to support a specific project or program at the Jekyll Island Foundation.

Please consider making a planned gift to the Jekyll Island Foundation that will enable you to combine your charitable giving goals with your estate and financial planning goals.

Leave an enduring legacy for Jekyll Island in your Estate Plan. For more information, call or email the Jekyll Island Foundation at 912-635-4100 or email us.

The Foundation’s mission of conservation, historic preservation and appreciation of Jekyll Island is made possible by the generosity and support of people like you who treasure Jekyll Island.