EIN 86-0136925

Desert Botanical Garden

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As a living museum, the organization's purpose is for advancing excellence in education, research, exhibition, and conservation of Desert plants of the world with emphasis on the southwestern united states, and engaging in any lawful act or activity n...
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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 2021, cactus clubhouse reopened to pilot safety protocol in antipcation of a fall fy 2022 launch. During april & may (8:00am-1:00pm) cactus clubhouse was open for 8 days serving 419 children & families. The cactus clubhouse admission was included with Garden admission and memberhsip. School programs, teens in the Garden & girl scout programs paused during the pandemic. Children & family programming shifted to a 'your Garden at home' weekly blog that provided nature based activities for families to enjoy at home. Research and conservation - investigating the biology, ecology, and conservation of Desert plants and their environment. The Garden has an extensive herbarium housing over 93,220 plant specimens and a library with more than 9,700 book titles and 500 Botanical journals and newsletter titles to assist the public and researchers in their studies. The Garden is also a primary research center with a permanent research staff conducting ongoing research projects in deserts of the u.s. and several other countries. During the current year, Garden researchers authored or co-authored 29 peer-reviewed papers, and gave 8 presentations at professional meetings. The Garden further supports global conservation of Desert plants by serving as host institute for the international union for conservation of nature's cactus and succulent plants specialist group.

Who funds Desert Botanical Garden

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Desert Botanical Garden FoundationGeneral Support$748,971
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable TrustSupport the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (Cazca) and Further Implement the Regional Open Space Strategy for Maricopa County Parks and Preserves$250,000
Arizona Community FoundationProgram Support$74,700
...and 50 more grants received totalling $1,652,818

Personnel at Desert Botanical Garden

Margie BurkeChief Financial Officer
Kenneth J. SchutzExecutive Director$566,536
Halee WilliamsonSenior Director of Facilities and Operations
Dana TerrazasDirector of Marketing Communications
James GentileDirector of Information Technology
...and 17 more key personnel

Financials for Desert Botanical Garden

RevenuesFYE 09/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$7,884,947
Program services$9,418,578
Investment income and dividends$352
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$177,385
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$1,539,790
Miscellaneous revenues$22,455
Total revenues$19,043,507

Form 990s for Desert Botanical Garden

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-092021-04-13990View PDF
2019-092020-09-18990View PDF
2018-092020-07-09990View PDF
2017-092019-03-15990View PDF
2017-092018-10-16990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s

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The Marie Selby Botanical GardensSarasota, FL$9,404,607
Norfolk Botanical GardenNorfolk, VA$8,006,251
New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)Bronx, NY$87,624,994
Holden ArboretumKirtland, OH$9,847,993
Denver Botanic GardensDenver, CO$21,735,027
Lewis Ginter Botanical GardenRichmond, VA$8,744,655
Brookgreen GardensPawleys Island, SC$10,302,831
Los Angeles Arboretum FoundationArcadia, CA$6,345,384
Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 6 new grant, including a grant for $50,000 from The Virginia M Ullman Foundation
September 28, 2021
Received grants
Identified 23 new grant, including a grant for $748,971 from Desert Botanical Garden Foundation
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
August 20, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 13 new personnel
June 24, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
Nonprofit Types
Horticultural organizationsMuseumsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanitiesEnvironment
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General information
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Metro area
Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ
Maricopa County, AZ
Website URL
(480) 941-1225
Facebook page
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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
Parent/child status
Central organization
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