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November Lunch and Learn: Creating Year End Fundraising Appeals

Did you know that more than 2/3 of charitable giving in the U.S. happens between November 15 and December 31 each year?  If you don’t offer your donors the chance to support your garden in that window, they will not have the chance to say “Yes!”  Is it...

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11/3/21
Raising Funds in the COVID-19 Era

Join our virtual panel where you will hear from nonprofit leaders at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), the American Red Cross, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO), and Candid that have experience mobilizing funds during moments of...

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7/30/20
Community Foundations as a COVID-19 Resource: How to Leverage Donor-Advised Funds

Community foundations play a key role in the development of local communities. The San Francisco Foundation, the Denver Foundation, and Candid discuss how their donor-advised funds (DAFs) are creating a positive impact in their communities. The...

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7/30/20
Changing Tides: The Next Generation of Giving

All generations are not created equal. Are you optimizing your outreach and fundraising opportunities to connect with each group? The Next Generation of American Giving reveals multichannel preferences and charitable habits of Generation X, Generation...

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7/29/19
Unconventional Ways to Generate Revenue and Impact the Bottom Line!

Beyond gift shops, wedding rentals, and one-off plant sales, every garden has unique assets that could be leveraged to achieve the institutional mission and creatively generate revenue for the organization or reduce expenses. Identifying those assets...

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7/9/19
Diversity through a Different Lens: Governance and Audience Engagement by Parks, Zoos, and Other Green Spaces

Green spaces (zoos, city parks, and urban farms) and cultural institutions are capturing our gap audiences—racial minorities, youth and young adults, and people of lower socioeconomic status. Come find out why it is important to engage and collaborate...

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7/9/19
Creating Doors and Rooms: Taking Risks, Engaging Marginalized Communities, and Challenging the Status Quo

Despite the resonant theme of plant biodiversity inherent in the public garden sector, institutions grapple with a staggering lack of human biodiversity in their staffs, member base, donors, and audiences. To achieve inclusivity and maintain relevance...

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7/9/19
Breakthrough Design Initiatives for Your Public Garden

Award-winning landscape designer, author, and thought leader Julie Moir Messervy shares her design studio’s visioning process that allows stakeholders to collaborate in creating special gardens of beauty and meaning for their public gardens. With an...

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7/9/19
Negotiated Bidding: A Friendlier, Cheaper Way to Build

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens just completed a new 30,000-square-foot visitor center. Our goal was to build to passive building standards with quality construction for under $275 sq/ft. A better process saved us millions and everyone left as friends...

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6/28/19
Grow Your Corporate Support

Learn ways to identify, cultivate, and steward corporate and business partnerships. Win donor support by leveraging the things most important to them. Walk away with materials from two gardens sharing their sponsorship opportunities, corporate giving...

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3/13/19
New Botanical Gardens: Balancing Growth and Innovation

Learn about new botanical gardens projects under development in Fort Collins, Pittsburgh, and Santa Fe, cities of diverse populations, geographic regions, and cultural histories. Executive Directors from these institutions will discuss strategies for...

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6/21/18
CRM, POS, OMG! Navigating Data and Systems to Realize Your Institution’s Fuller Potential

We are living in a day and age where big data is discussed in every newspaper, trade publication, or blog we read. Public gardens need to connect more with our customers, deepen loyalty, and generate more earned revenue. But how? This 60-minute, multi-...

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6/20/18
Building Your Base for a Capital Campaign

Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Atlanta Botanical Garden have engaged in successful capital campaigns to grow their gardens. Learn how to build and think creatively about a robust capital campaign from their successes and lessons learned. This presentation...

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6/19/18
Private Sector Involvement in Conservation Action

As President of the Wildlife Habitat Council, Margaret O'Gorman helps companies find value in natural resources conservation and mainstream biodiversity across operations.  She works with multinational corporations to develop integrated...

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3/16/18
Successful IMLS Grants: A Tale of Three Gardens

The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers a variety of grants that are great resources for public gardens. The grant application process can be rigorous, and managing grant projects successfully requires careful planning and resource...

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7/9/17
Accepting and Embracing Plant Collection Donations

Presenters will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of accepting large plant-collection donations. Three institutions have tackled this challenge in recent years and will discuss how they brought in large collections, some with...

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7/9/17
The Role of the CEO in Fundraising

Fundraising is a team sport. What is the role of the Executive Director in fundraising? How does s/he engage the appropriate key players, the chief development officer and other development professionals, in building a highly effective partnership? It...

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2/27/17
It Doesn't Take a Magician: Corporate Sponsors

Corporations can be the most difficult of relationships to cultivate - and keep. A CEO, a Campaign Consultant and Executive Director discuss the entire process. Learn how to qualify your corporate prospects and create a meaningful case for support. You...

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2/27/17
Shaken, Not Stirred: Rethinking Donor/Volunteer Engagement

In 2015, The Morton Arboretum decided to shake things up with a full assessment of volunteer engagement in fundraising programs. Kathleen will discuss the benefits of Arboretum efforts to “shake up, not just stir” long-standing volunteer committees....

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2/27/17
The Major Gifts Pipeline Across Generations

A robust major gift program begins with a strong mid-level giving program. Building your annual gift pipeline will include connecting with new donors, good stewardship, willing leadership volunteers, informative data and a strong organizational plan....

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2/27/17

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