Charles Deering Endowment Fund


Charles Deering amassed the original 330 acres of the property that today makes up the Deering Estate at Cutler that was left vacant after the Town of Cutler shifted west from Biscayne Bay to be nearer to the expansion of Henry Flagler’s Railroad through South Dade. He engaged the most accomplished architects and botanists of his day to help him build the magnificent Stone House, out buildings and boat turning basin creating a singular oasis, full of natural and manmade treasures.

After his death in 1927, his heirs owned the Estate for more than half a century. The property was put up for sale after his daughter, Barbara Deering Danielson, died in 1982. As opposed to allowing the Estate to slip in to the hands of developers, the family embraced a deal brokered by the Nature Conservancy in 1985 that allowed the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County to purchase the property for far less than its market value.

The Deering Estate Foundation’s Endowment Fund is appropriately named in Charles Deering’s honor and its objectives consistent with those of the family in preserving his legacy. Its purpose is to provide financial sustainability to the Foundation as the Estate’s perpetual partner in preservation, education and recreation. The principal of contributions made to the endowment fund are intended to remain in the fund and invested in perpetuity while the funds earnings are made available to serve the current and future development needs of the Foundation.

Donors are encouraged to review the Deering Estate Foundation’s Investment Policy Statement. Endowment Policy and Gift Acceptance Policy when considering a gift to the endowment fund. Contact the Foundation’s Executive Director for further information.

Donations may be sent to:
Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.
Att: Mary Pettit
16701 SW 72 Ave. Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
305-235-1668 x 266
305-233-5074 (Fax)