EIN 86-0136925

Desert Botanical Garden

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Desert Botanical Garden advances excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Sonoran Desert. It propagates and maintains a living plant collection of over 50,000 desert plants, particularly those inhabiting the Sonoran Desert - many of which are endangered species. The program also works to preserve desert plant life outside the garden.
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Program areas at Desert Botanical Garden

Horticulture - propagating & maintaining a living plant collection of over 50,000 Desert plants with particular emphasis on those inhabiting the sonoran Desert, many of which are endangered species. This program also works to preserve Desert plant life outside of its collection by educating the public regarding the beauty, variety and fragility of Desert plant life by displaying and interpreting its collection for the public at its Garden in phoenix, az which in the current year attracted approximately 495,000 visitors from all over the world. Education - provides programming for children, adults, and educators that promote greater enjoyment, understanding and stewardship of the sonoran Desert. Children's programming at the Desert Botanical Garden promotes a scientifically and environmentally literate community through hands-on, nature-based learning, and Garden staff and resources. These place-based experiences inspire a connection to the unique wonders of the sonoran Desert, encourage conservation of the natural world, and ignite a life-long appreciation for the environment. Informal programs span the ages of infants to teenagers alongside their caregivers through inquiry-based investigations that incorporate art, science, music, and much more. In fy 2022, cactus clubhouse opened in the fall for weekend programming (fri-sun, 9:00am-4:00pm). Over the winter holidays, and then starting fully in spring 2022 (february-may), the clubhouse opened 7 days a week. The cactus clubhouse welcomed 19,436 visitors, including over 8,100 children. Cactus clubhouse admission was included with Garden admission and memberhsip. School programs, teens in the Garden & girl scout programs paused during the pandemic. Reintroducing these programs has been a progressive effort. Field trips remained cancelled through fy22; outreach programming has been reintroduced, with several thematic units being taken out to schools. There were 13 off-site visits to schoos, providing science-based units highilghting the biology of the sonoran Desert. Eleven high school students participated in the teens in the Garden program as it was reintroduced post-pandemic. Each month, students engaged in various volunteer, research, and career development opportunities with Garden staff and community partners.

Who funds Desert Botanical Garden

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Desert Botanical Garden FoundationGeneral Support$713,864
The Sprouts Healthy Communities FoundationProviding Oversight and Operations Expertise To the Team Building Out Spaces of Opportunity Urban Farm in South Phoenix.$625,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$142,956
...and 51 more grants received totalling $2,278,930

Personnel at Desert Botanical Garden

Margie BurkeChief Financial Officer
Kimberlie McCueChief Science Officer$146,562
Elaine McGinnChief Experience Officer$162,656
Kenneth J SchutzExecutive Director$339,679
Halee WilliamsonSenior Director of Facilities and Operations
...and 15 more key personnel

Financials for Desert Botanical Garden

RevenuesFYE 09/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$16,268,300
Program services$17,806,225
Investment income and dividends$11,203
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-6,851
Net income from fundraising events$2,403,648
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$2,725,344
Miscellaneous revenues$-273
Total revenues$39,207,596

Form 990s for Desert Botanical Garden

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-092023-03-28990View PDF
2021-092022-02-15990View PDF
2020-092021-04-13990View PDF
2019-092020-09-18990View PDF
2018-092020-07-09990View PDF
...and 10 more Form 990s
Data update history
July 6, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 5 new vendors, including , , , , and
June 15, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
June 12, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 6 new personnel
June 9, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 5 new vendors, including , , , , and
May 27, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 4 new vendors, including , , , and
Nonprofit Types
Horticultural organizationsMuseumsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
MembershipsFundraising eventsNational levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Metro area
Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ
Maricopa County, AZ
Website URL
(480) 941-1225
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
C41: Botanical Gardens, Arboreta, and Botanical Organizations
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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