Grants for botanical gardens

257 botanical gardens and arboreta received at least $8.1 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 1,083 grants made from 882 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 882 foundations, 89% made just a single grant to botanical gardens, and 2% made grants to four or more botanical gardens. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$8,141,672
Total grant dollars given to botanical gardens
1,083
Number of grants made annually to botanical gardens
882
Number of grantmakers funding botanical gardens
$1,000
Median grant size to botanical gardens

Foundations that support botanical gardens and arboreta

Out of all grants made to botanical gardens, 79% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 78% of the dollar-value of grants to botanical gardens. Foundations funding botanical gardens also made grants to art museums, theaters, history museums, land conservation groups, and high schools.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
698
Medium
 
112
Large
 
72
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
17
Private
 
799
Corporate
 
42
Other
 
24

Grants made

Grants made to botanical gardensNumber of grantmakers
1
 
788
2-3
 
76
4-10
 
16
11+
 
2

Top 10 foundations supporting botanical gardens and arboreta

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to botanical gardensNumber of grants made to botanical gardensMedian grant size
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.1%34$1,000
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.0%11$400
Community Foundation of North Central WiWIMetro0.6%10$2,095
Community Foundation of Collier CountyFLNational0.1%9$1,500
Community Foundation for the Greater Capital RegionNYMetro0.6%7$5,000
Baird FoundationWINational0.1%7$100
J Frank Schmidt Family Charitable FoundationORNational3.7%6$1,275
Seattle FoundationWAState0.0%6$1,000
Hampton Roads Community FoundationVAMetro0.0%5$1,000
Tilia FoundationNYMetro24.1%5$500

Botanical gardens and arboreta grantees

Botanical gardens with more than $5 million in total revenues received 86% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 49% of all botanical gardens.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
1,082
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
1

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,500
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
160
Illinois
 
112
Florida
 
99
California
 
78
Other
 
634

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
151
Chicago
 
113
Naples
 
42
St. Louis
 
38
Other
 
676

Top 25 grants made to botanical gardens

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)$6,187,500Support for Scientific Research, Horticulture and Living Collections, Audience Development, and Visitor Services and To Add To the Recovery and Restoration Fund.LuEsther T Mertz Charitable Trust
Ganna Walska Lotusland$5,000General SupportThe Susanne and Gary Tobey Family FND
Inniswood Garden Society$5,000ConservationThe Columbus Foundation
Old Westbury Gardens$5,000Environmental PreservationAinslie Foundation
Holden Arboretum$5,000Non Restricted OperatingLincoln Electric Foundation PFDN 20-1205380
School of the Garden State Ballet$5,000To Provide the Much Needed Scholarship Support for Minority Youngsters in Our SchoolGeraldine R Dodge Foundation
Tucson Botanical Gardens$5,000Support Horticultural and Ecological EducationElizabeth Read Taylor Foundation
Bartram's Garden$5,000General OperatingMiller Walter J TW
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation$5,000General Operating SupportJ M Kaplan Fund
The Morton Arboretum$5,000General SupportThe Couch Family Foundation
Green Bay Botanical Garden (GBBG)$5,000Program SupportMorley - Murphy Foundation
Wave Hill Incorporated$5,000CharitableThe Mills Family Foundation
Chicago Botanic Garden$5,000General SupportTAWANI Foundation
Norfolk Botanical Garden$5,000General FundShearwater Foundation
Chicago Botanic Garden$5,000General PurposesMartin and Mary L Boyer Foundation
Cape Fear Botanical Garden$5,000To Support Charitable MissionCarolyn Riddle Armstrong Family Foundation
New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)$5,000GeneralMichael Tuch Foundation
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG)$5,000Nature ConservationThe Mcgregor Smith Foundation
Iowa Arboretum$5,000EducationRobert and Rebecca Shaw Foundation
Denver Botanic Gardens$5,000Covid Emergency Response GrantsBonfils-Stanton Foundation
Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion- State Historic Park$5,000Support for Local Nonprofit OrganizationFinger Lakes Area Community Endowment
Grassroots Gardens of Western New York$5,000Growing Tomatoes and Potatoes in Food Deserts ProgramJM McDonald Foundation
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden$5,000Matching GiftEqt Foundation
Friends of the Gardens of Spring Creek$5,000General & UnrestrictedLouis and Anne Abrons Foundation
Carpenter Art Garden$5,000General - OperatingKemmons Wilson Family Foundation
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Botanical gardens" category for this page is determined by the "C41: Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, and Botanical Organizations" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.