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Chicago Botanic Garden

Program areas | Form 990s | Financials | Vendors | Personnel | Peers

Chicago Botanic Garden is a botanical garden based in Glencoe, IL that was founded in 1890. As of 2019 they had $49 million in revenue and $249 million in assets.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum situated on nine islands featuring 27 display gardens and surrounded by four natural areas.

Previous legal names or variations of their name include: Chicago Horticultural Society Chicago Botanic Garden.

(847) 835-5440
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Program areas at Chicago Botanic Garden

Horticultural programs - the Garden comprises 385 acres, including 81 acres of lakes and waterways, a 15 acre Illinois prairie, and 100 acres of native woodlands. There are 27 display gardens representing unique designs, such as the english walled Garden, the japanese Garden, and the fruit and vegetable island. In 2018, the plant collection of the Garden totals 2,649,852 living plants. The total number of active accessions (acquisition records) is 27,061 with taxa in the permanent collections numbering 13,325. A total of 267 families are represented. The plant collections department at the Garden oversees the acquisition of plants and seeds from nurseries, arboreta, Botanic gardens, plant breeding programs and collecting expeditions to many foreign countries.

Plant conservation - the Garden is recognized as an important player in international plant conservation and a leader in ornamental plant development. Its plant breeding, evaluation, and introduction efforts are creating new and improved plants for midwest gardens, and its division of plant science and conservation is working on the most pressing environmental issues of our time, including invasiveness, loss of plant species biodiversity, and habitat conservation.

Educational programs - through the joseph regenstein, jr. school of the Chicago Botanic Garden and a variety of educational and community outreach programs, the Garden seeks to become the nation's preeminent teaching Garden, with programming for students of all ages, including camp cbg (for ages 2-12), nature preschool, and science first, windy city harvest youth farm, and college first (for middle and high school students). College students and post-graduates participate in various intern programs, some in partnership with area universities. Finally, hundreds of classes, workshops, symposia, and eleven professional certificate programs are available through the joseph regenstein, jr. school. Each year approximately 150,000 are reached through these programs.

Form 990s for Chicago Botanic Garden

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Dec 6, 2019990View PDF
2017-12Feb 21, 2019990View PDF
2016-12Dec 28, 2017990View PDF
2015-12Feb 6, 2017990View PDF
2014-12Jan 27, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Chicago Botanic Garden

Total grants, contributions, etc.$34,776,517
Program services$10,910,777
Investment income and dividends$1,763,343
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$2,189,825
Net income from fundraising events$-323,455
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$49,317,007

Vendors for Chicago Botanic Garden

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
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...and 10 more vendors

Personnel at Chicago Botanic Garden

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Jean M. FranczykPresident and Chief Executive Officer$419,167July 14, 2019
Thomas NisslyExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer / Executive Vice President , Finance and Admin and Chief Financial Officer / Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer$255,879Dec. 6, 2019
███████ ██ ███████Chief Scientist and Negaunee$189,150July 14, 2019
█████ █ ████████Executive Vice President , Marketing and Development$219,097Dec. 31, 2018
███ ████████Executive Vice President, External Affairs-July 14, 2019
████ ██ ██████Vice President, Human Resources$204,537July 14, 2019
████████ ███████ ███████Vice President, Learning and Engagement$134,959July 14, 2019
████ ██████████Senior Director , Marketing and Communications$141,995Dec. 31, 2018
█████ ██████Senior Director , Plant Science and Conservation$135,350Dec. 31, 2018
███████ ███████Vice President, Visitor Experience and Business Development$167,076July 14, 2019
...and nine more key personnel

Peer botanical gardens and arboreta

1New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)501(c)(3)$109 millionBronx, NY
2Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society501(c)(3)$21 millionDallas, TX
3Atlanta Botanical Garden501(c)(3)$25 millionAtlanta, GA
4Desert Botanical Garden501(c)(3)$16 millionPhoenix, AZ
5The Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens501(c)(3)$75 millionSan Marino, CA
6Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens501(c)(3)$15 millionPittsburgh, PA
7Denver Botanic Gardens501(c)(3)$33 millionDenver, CO
8Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art501(c)(3)$13 millionNashville, TN
9The Morton Arboretum501(c)(3)$55 millionLisle, IL
10Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park501(c)(3)$15 millionGilroy, CA
11And Sculpture Park501(c)(3)$22 millionGrand Rapids, MI
12Missouri Botanical Garden Board of TRUSTEES501(c)(3)$50 millionSt Louis, MO
13Catalina Island Conservancy501(c)(3)$14 millionAvalon, CA
14Land and Garden Preserve501(c)(3)$21 millionSeal Harbor, ME
15Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens501(c)(3)$21 millionJacksonville, FL
16Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS)501(c)(3)$28 millionPhiladelphia, PA
17Bishop Museum501(c)(3)$12 millionHonolulu, HI
18Winterthur Museum Garden and Library501(c)(3)$42 millionWinterthur, DE
19Zoological Society of Cincinnati501(c)(3)$62 millionCincinnati, OH
20Newfields501(c)(3)$42 millionIndianapolis, IN
21Chicago Historical Society (CHM)501(c)(3)$15 millionChicago, IL
22Museum of Contemporary Art501(c)(3)$20 millionChicago, IL
23The Adler Planetarium501(c)(3)$16 millionChicago, IL
24Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University501(c)(3)$22 millionChicago, IL
25Chicago Architecture Center (CAC)501(c)(3)$26 millionChicago, IL