Help Support Brooklyn Botanic Garden
As we continue to bear the significant economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, your generosity is critical. Thank you! Every contribution helps ensure the well-being of the Garden, the collections, our community, and staff.
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Sustaining Staff, Collections and Community
Brooklyn has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and now more than ever the Garden must be open and accessible for all, especially those who need it most.
These realities place BBG at a moment of institutional challenge and need unlike any other in its history. The closure of the Garden this past spring and early summer will result in an income loss of $10 million—40% of the core funds required to support annual operations.
In response, the Garden’s Board of Trustees has implemented an emergency financial plan that puts staff, collections, and long-term financial security on equal footing. With this, the Garden is still projecting a $4.5 million end-of-year deficit.
The trustees have also launched and contributed to the BBG 2020 Emergency Fund: Sustaining Staff, Collections and Community. The fund supports the priorities that continue to guide us in our response to the crisis—keeping the staff and public safe; protecting the collections and site; and being there for the city and community.
BBG is also honored to have a received an extraordinary $1 million Challenge Grant from the Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust to encourage increased support in response to ongoing revenue loss as a result of COVID-19. The challenge set forth by the Trust is that BBG must raise $3 million in new and increased support by the end of 2021. We can’t do this without you!
Please make a donation today to help BBG meet this challenge and receive the $1 million gift! Your gift will ensure that everyone has access to safe and inspiring outdoor space and programs that nurture the next generation of environmental stewards.
What Does Your Gift Support?
Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 12,000 different plant species and cultivars, including 500+ rare or endangered species. In addition, our horticulturists curate 14 specialty gardens and 5 climate-controlled plant ecosystems.
The Garden’s talented Horticulture team brings the seasons to life with dynamic displays and year-round care of the plant collections. BBG’s work is a model for leading-edge sustainability in horticulture and operations and demonstrates innovative, green practices to inspire individuals, organizations, and cities to adopt best practices for the future.
Each year, more than 130,000 people participate in BBG’s environmental and STEM education programs (offered free or at low cost) that help adults and children of all abilities develop a relationship with nature. Currently, due to COVID-19, on-site classes and programs have been paused and the Education team has pivoted to developing and delivering remote programming for the schools, students, teachers, and communities who depend on the Garden’s essential education and information services.
From the friendly faces of Visitor Services, to programmatic staff in Education, Community Greening, and Public Programs, to our teams in Horticulture, Facilities, and Security, and so many more—BBG staff are hard at work to bring the beauty, knowledge, and inspiration of the Garden to you at home and safely on-site.
Exhibits and Installations
BBG inspires and delights visitors with special exhibits and permanent on-site interpretation to tell the stories of plants and our relationship with the environment.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden reaches over 70,000 residents and community gardeners annually, providing free assistance and advice in gardening, composting, and street tree care to help strengthen communities. While urban gardener symposiums and workshops have been paused due to COVID-19, Community Greening has become a vital communication hub and resource point offering webinars and practical how-to blogs via BBG @ Home, and advising on special projects while connecting gardeners to free plant resources.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ Home
To stay connected with a vast local and international audience, the Garden is sharing featured bloom photos, video tours, classes, performances, and ways to celebrate the spirit of the Garden at home via social media, weekly e-newsletters, and bbg.org.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. A portion of membership fees and benefit event tickets, and 100% of contributions are tax deductible.
The full legal name and address of the Garden is
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Corporation
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
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