Cranbrook Legacy Society

An Invitation to Join the Cranbrook Legacy Society

Once you complete your estate plan, please let us know. Cranbrook would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the Cranbrook Legacy Society, our honorary society for friends of Cranbrook who have made future plans for our community through estate, trust, or other future gifts. The Cranbrook Legacy Society honors the vision and spirit of philanthropy demonstrated by Cranbrook’s founders, George and Ellen Scripps Booth. In 1927, the Booths established the Cranbrook Foundation to endow and support the continued institutional development of Cranbrook. Over the years, the Booths deeded all of Cranbrook Estate to Cranbrook School and the Foundation. Eventually, in 1944, George and Ellen gave Cranbrook House and its remaining contents and surrounding property to the Foundation, living out their lives there, not as owners, but as life tenants under the terms of an enduring planned gift.

With more than 175 members, the Cranbrook Legacy Society represents the power of vision so valued by George and Ellen Booth. Your membership involves no dues or obligations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made—and it may inspire generosity in others.

Membership Qualifications

Cranbrook welcomes you to the Cranbrook Legacy Society if you have:

  • Included Cranbrook in your estate plan through a will or living trust.
  • Created a charitable remainder trust that names Cranbrook as the remainder beneficiary.
  • Named Cranbrook as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan.

Become a Member

If you’ve already included Cranbrook in your estate plan, thank you! We’d appreciate hearing of your gift so that we can update our records and properly thank you for your support and generosity. Please complete this short online form or contact Kristin A. Hermann, J.D., CFRE, at 248.645.3272 or, to let us know of your plans for a future gift to Cranbrook. The specifics of your gift will remain confidential.


We gratefully acknowledge our current Cranbrook Legacy Society members.


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