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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG)

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is located in Coral Gables, Florida. Their mission is to save tropical plant diversity by exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants.
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Program areas at FTBG

Plant introduction and horticulture- the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula has a Tropical monsoonal climate unlike any other in the usa. With year-round warmth and rainy summers, Fairchild can grow many of the world's most important, beautiful, unusual, and endangered Tropical plants. The Garden includes a rainforest, desert gardens, ponds and lakes, rare plant conservatories, a Garden for native butterflies, a conservatory for exotic butterflies, a nature trail, and special sections exhibiting palms, vines, and Tropical trees. Separate from its main campus, Fairchild operates a plant nursery and a 20-acre Tropical fruit farm. Key collections include palms, cycads, Tropical fruit trees, and orchids. Beginning with expeditions led by dr. david Fairchild in the 1930s and 1940s, the Garden's scientists have acquired new species of Tropical plants from all over the world. The best of these plants earn a permanent spot in Fairchild's living collection and are shared with local gardeners and the broader horticultural community. Today, Fairchild works with organizations and nations worldwide to exchange specimens and bring new plants into cultivation. Recent acquisitions include plants from the caribbean region and southeast asia, along with orchids from all parts of the tropics. During 2020, Fairchild had a particular focus on building its collection of rare rainforest plants. Since 1940, Fairchild has offered special distributions of rare plants to its members and the public as a way to improve Tropical horticulture. Traditionally operated as in-person plant sale events during a few days each year, in 2020 Fairchild's plant distributions were migrated to an online sales platform that now operates year round.
Education: continuing education, school programs, interpretation & publications, volunteer & visitor services programs- Fairchild is the region's leading source of botanical education, connecting the broader community with the world of plants and related topics in science, technology, engineering, and math (stem).the Garden offers a diversity of award-winning programs for school-age students, credit and non-credit courses for university undergraduates and graduates, professional development for educators, and continuing education opportunities for adults. The award winning, interdisciplinary, environmental science competition, the Fairchild challenge, is designed to engage students of diverse interests, abilities, talents, and backgrounds to explore the world of plants. Reaching over 125,000 students annually, the program has been recognized as a benchmark for exceptional stem education and for empowering prek-12th grade students to become the next generation of scientists and advocates for plants. The Fairchild challenge has become a model beyond south Florida, influencing programs nationally and internationally. Fairchild's field trip programs engage thousands of students from hundreds of schools each year. The programs immerse young people in hands-on activities as they experience the science and beauty of Fairchild. During fiscal year 2020, Fairchild began offering virtual field trips online to local schools as well as schools from other parts of the nation and world. More than 2,000 participants attend Fairchild's continuing education classes each year. With a portfolio of over 50 different classes, topics include Tropical gardening, cooking, art, and wellness. During 2020, the majority of these classes were held online for remote audiences. Since 2014, Fairchild has hosted biotech @ richmond 9-12, a public magnet high school that allows students to specialize in botany. The only program of its kind in the world, the school uses Fairchild as a venue for hands-on learning and independent research.
Science and conservation- Fairchild's living collection, herbarium, library, and laboratories support a unique set of research projects that advance knowledge of Tropical plants and help save rare plants and ecosystems. A diverse team of staff, students, and volunteers collaborate on field biology, molecular research, micropropagation, and biodiversity studies. Fairchild's team is constantly teaching and learning from visitors, members, students, volunteers and the community of scientists worldwide. Current science and conservation projects include studies of orchid ecology and restoration, the evolution and classification of palms, restoration of south Florida and caribbean ecosystems, the evolution of plants on Tropical islands, and interactions among birds, insects, and Tropical plants. Fairchild stands out among the world's botanical institutions in its high level of citizen science, having several projects that engage the broader community in addressing important questions in plant biology. Fairchild has three large citizen science programs: (1) connect to protect, distributing rare south Florida native plants to local residents, businesses, and schools to increase the representation of native flora in urban landscapes and study broader ecosystem benefits; (2) million orchid project, working with students, educators, volunteers, and scientists, to study strategies for bringing south Florida's native orchids back from the brink of extinction; and (3) growing beyond earth, Fairchild's partnership with nasa that engages hundreds of school classrooms nationwide in research to improve plant growth and food production in space.
Community outreach- Fairchild is a leading regional cultural institution and favorite visitor destination for both tourists and local residents. Events such as the international mango festival, the international orchid festival, and the international chocolate festival include a strong education component. During fiscal year 2020, Fairchild adapted its events to allow for social distancing, extending single-day and weekend events over longer periods of time. Infrastructure- during fiscal year 2020, a mile of the Garden's aging asphalt roadway was replaced with durable poured concrete. The improved roadway provide access throughout the landscape via motorized trams, allowing visitors of all abilities to experience the Garden. During 2019 and 2020, the Garden's fleet of diesel trams was replaced with entirely electric trams. Other infrastructure improvements included new irrigation, with a high pressure fog system installed in Fairchild's conservatories and rainforest to create cloud forest conditions. These conditions make it possible to grow plants from some of the world's most diverse and threatened habitats.

Who funds Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Batchelor FoundationGeneral Operations$300,000
Paul J. DIMARE FoundationArts$300,000
H Angela Whitman FoundationGeneral Charitablle$115,000
...and 53 more grants received totalling $1,334,405

Personnel at FTBG

Nannette M. ZapataChief Operating Officer$155,787
Marina GuzmanChief Financial Officer$99,079
Bruce W GreerPresident$0
Carl LewisPast Executive Director$126,456
Joyce J. BurnsSecretary$0
...and 6 more key personnel

Financials for FTBG

RevenuesFYE 10/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$8,416,649
Program services$811,756
Investment income and dividends$208,286
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$146,743
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-92,246
Net income from fundraising events$-56,145
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$75,912
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$9,510,955

Form 990s for FTBG

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-102021-09-14990View PDF
2019-102021-04-06990View PDF
2019-102021-02-17990View PDF
2018-102019-11-25990View PDF
2017-102019-02-21990View PDF
...and 8 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 6, 2023
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $300,000 from Paul J. DIMARE Foundation
August 14, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
August 3, 2022
Used new vendors
Identified 4 new vendors, including , , , and
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 10 new grant, including a grant for $39,310 from The Miami Foundation
January 4, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 6 new personnel
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Horticultural organizationsMuseumsCharities
MembershipsFundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
10901 Old Cutler Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33156
Metro area
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL
Miami-Dade County, FL
Website URL
(305) 667-1651
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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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