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Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Receives $75,000 Matching Gift for The Garden Fund

An anonymous donor has committed $75,000 to match gifts on a 2:1 basis made to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s 2011-12 annual fund, The Garden Fund, according to Executive Director Patrick Larkin.

Richard Grant, chair of the Board of Trustees, noted that the donor emphasized that the gift is intended to signal clear and enthusiastic support of the non-profit organization. In addition, the Board of Trustees has also made a unanimous pledge of support for The Garden Fund to demonstrate the Trustee’s confidence in Susanna Bixby Bryant’s vision for the Garden she established in 1927 and their desire to perpetuate the organization’s mission to preserve, protect and study the native flora of California.

“My colleagues on the Board of Trustees of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are members of the Garden, and we volunteer our time and skills to help support and promote the mission of the Garden,” said Grant. “I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has made a 100 percent commitment to support The Garden Fund. I invite you to join us in this important endeavor so that the Garden will be our treasure to pass on to many generations.”

Common misconceptions are that the Garden receives enough funding from membership and admission fees, or that it is supported by federal, state or local government funds or that the Garden is supported by The Claremont Colleges.

The Garden Fund, an annual giving campaign, produces funding for ongoing general operations and programs at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Typically, funds from The Garden Fund are unrestricted and help close the nearly $1 million gap between income, which includes Garden admission fees, and the operating costs of the organization.

Your participation will enable us to achieve this important goal and put these funds to immediate use to support the critical research by resident scientists, graduate students endeavoring to pursue careers in botany, the dedicated volunteers and staff who see to it that the Garden’s collections are preserved and that visitors’ experience at the Garden is fulfilling.

“This matching gift makes it possible for donors, in essence, to triple their impact this year,” said Rebecca Lerback, director of development at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. “Gifts to The Garden Fund can also be made in honor of someone special, which makes a great green gift for the holidays.”

The Garden Fund helps RSABG in several ways. It ensures that we can continue to provide educational and entertaining programs for the public, help provide a venue where people can discover ecologically responsible and attractive landscaping ideas, share the value of the botanic world and the vital role plants play in our lives and the sheer wonder and beauty of the Garden and the natural world. RSABG welcomes broad-based support of this matching opportunity, and encourages the community to contribute by visiting www.rsabg.org/annualgiving.