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The Morton Arboretum

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The Morton Arboretum is a botanical garden based in Lisle, IL that was founded in 1922. As of 2019 they had $55 million in revenue and $289 million in assets.

To collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes for people to study and enjoy, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment; to encourage the plant...

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Program areas at The Morton Arboretum

Plant collections: curated collection of 222,000 trees and other woody plants encompassing taxonomic and geographic groups suitable for The climate of northern Illinois. Maintained 1,700 acres of landscapes, specialty gardens, and natural areas throughout woodlands, wetlands, and prairie. Managed The grounds including 16 miles of trails and 9 miles of roads. Conducted operations involving living plant collections, plant production, new plant development, horticulture, landscape architecture, and natural areas. Maintained outdoor and indoor facilities and equipment to support The Morton Arboretum overall; upgraded where necessary to improve The visitor experience and institutional sustainability.

Science and conservation: collaborated with regional, national and international partners on initiatives to advance planting and care of trees, health of urban forests and protection of endangered trees. Through The center for tree science, furthered scientific research studies in aboriculture, conservation biology and genetics, dynamics of forested ecosystems, global change biology, natural history of trees, oaks, plant biodiversity and evolution, plant-soil interactions, tree-breeding and improvement and urban forests. Developed strategies through The chicago region trees initiative for urban forest improvement in The seven-county area of The city and surrounding suburbs. Served as an advocate for trees in 275 Illinois communities. Facilitated arbnet interactive community of arboreta and related accreditation program, supporting goals of tree-focused public gardens. Authored papers for professional publications, hosted major conferences, and delivered presentations to share knowledge with industry peers and others who benefit from information. Managed labs dedicated to tree science and herbarium (collection of preserved ...

Education and information: fostered public appreciation for trees by motivating tree conservation practice, improving natural science literacy, and enabling access to relevant, expert information. Offered classes in subjects such as conservation and restoration, trees and ecology, gardening and horticulture, green living, nature art and photography, and woodland stewardship. Served adults, youth and families. Held summer science camps; hosted school field trips and scout programs. Provided outreach resources to schools and teachers. Children's garden, plant clinic, library collection of botanical literature and art, and interpretive displays enhance audience knowledge and engagement. Held major exhibitions titled "troll hunt and "illumination: tree lights at The Morton Arboretum". Coordinated and supported tree-awareness activities on-site and in The chicago region in conjunction with The signature holiday of arbor day.

Form 990s for The Morton Arboretum

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Jan 22, 2020990View PDF
2017-12Feb 21, 2019990View PDF
2016-12Dec 21, 2017990View PDF
2015-12Feb 25, 2017990View PDF
2014-12Jan 27, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for The Morton Arboretum

Total grants, contributions, etc.$15,160,121
Program services$7,892,504
Investment income and dividends$5,808,133
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$864,256
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$20,388,135
Net income from fundraising events$-117,119
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$5,469,952
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$55,465,982

Vendors for The Morton Arboretum

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
DrupalContent management system software2020-06-18
█████████Marketing software2020-06-18
█████████Fundraising software2020-06-18
██████ ███ █████ ████Audit accounting; Tax accounting2020-04-25
██████ ████ ███████ ███████████Insurance2019-12-31
███ ████████ █████Recordkeeping and information management (computing, tabulating, data processing, etc.), Investment management, Participant loan processing$6,5082019-12-31
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...and 14 more vendors

Personnel at The Morton Arboretum

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Gerard T. DonnellyPresident and Chief Executive Officer$433,528Jan. 27, 2018
James S FawleyVice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer$196,661Dec. 18, 2018
████████ █████████Vice President - Marketing and Communication$184,760Dec. 31, 2017
█████ ██████Vice President of Education and Information$175,234Jan. 27, 2018
████████ ██████Vice President of Development$160,097Jan. 27, 2018
████ ████████Vice President of Collections and Facilities$160,026Jan. 27, 2018
██████ ████████Vice President of Science and Conservation$162,238Jan. 27, 2018
███ ████████████Director - Information Technology$126,361Dec. 31, 2017
████████ ██████Controller-May 1, 2019
████ █████Past Vice President - Development$208,608Dec. 31, 2017
...and six more key personnel

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