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COVID-19 Related Garden Closure March 2020 Survey Results

In late March 2020, 324 Association member gardens responded to a survey. Survey results indicated sweeping closures that occurred suddenly and caused profound earned revenue-related losses and other economic impacts to garden business operations.

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4/13/20
Scaling Social Impact: A Literature Toolkit for Funders

Despite all the important work accomplished by nonprofit organizations over the last hundred years, significant growth or scaled impact has remained an elusive goal for most of them. Even the most effective mission-driven organizations face the...

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10/15/19
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
Growing Smarter, Not Harder: Managing Growth in a Changing World

Growth is vital for any organization to be successful but many institutions do not strategically plan how, why, and where they invest resources to grow strategically. Whether large or small, managing your growth is critical to make sure your garden's...

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7/9/19
BGCI Technical Review: The economic, social and environmental impacts of botanic gardens

For the purposes of this study, we have broadly categorised the results of the activities of botanic gardens into economic, social and environmental impacts. Wherever possible, this Technical Review has highlighted case studies where impact evaluation...

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9/26/18
Room to Grow: A Field Guide to Maximizing Earned Revenue

Did you miss the Finance & Operations Symposium in March? A few of the symposium speakers brought their earned revenue focus presentations to the annual conference. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn more. 

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6/22/18
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
Artist Agreements at Bellevue Botanical Garden Society

Bellevue Botanical Garden Society has generously provided samples of artist/performer agreements for one-time events and annual events sponsored by thier partner group (updated annually). 

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3/16/18
The Triple Bottom Line and Sustainable Economic Development Theory and Practice

The triple bottom line refers to economic, environmental, and social value of an investment and is related to the concept of sustainable development. The triple bottom line is increasingly salient to economic development related disciplines, yet...

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1/29/18
The Economic Impact of Greater Philadelphia Gardens

Greater Philadelphia Gardens (“GPG”) is a consortium of more than 30 public gardens, arboreta, historical landscapes and supporting organizations located within 30 miles of Philadelphia.The dual purpose of this report is to understand and articulate...

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11/21/17
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
Change Ahead: How Two Gardens Revamped Their Membership Programs

Learn how two gardens evolved their membership programs in 2016. Longwood Gardens originally launched their membership program in 2007. The program was not able to support future growth, had capacity challenges, no distinction in benefits, and was...

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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
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
Membership by the Numbers

Data and metrics run our lives today. Membership in the botanical garden and arboreta world is no different. In this session, participants will learn that metrics drive our industry in acquisition, renewals, online communications and member...

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2/27/17
Develop, Launch, & Sell Private Label Products in the Public Garden World

Your gift shop has the potential to be more than a retail space that sells magnets, pens, and hats with your institution’s logo. Private label products in your gift shop can be a fiscally beneficial extension...

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9/24/16