Matching Gift Challenge Met

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s $75,000 Matching-Gift Challenge is Met with Enthusiasm by Garden Donors

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden has come one step closer to its goal of raising $1 million in annual fund donations this year through The Garden Fund, the non-profit’s 2011-12 fundraising campaign. The non-profit organization is celebrating the completion of a $75,000 matching grant which tripled donors’ contributions to The Garden Fund.

“With great success, we fulfilled the potential of this generous Matching Gift program,” said Patrick Larkin, executive director. “The matching gift incentive really inspired our community of supporters to give generously and give early in the annual fund campaign.”

An anonymous donor committed the $75,000 to match gifts to The Garden Fund on a 2:1 basis in November 2011. Supporters took advantage of the opportunity to triple their gifts and, at the same time, help Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden continue to promote its mission to display, document and conserve the native flora of California.

“The ongoing work of the staff and scientists at the Garden depends almost entirely upon memberships and private donations to underwrite our vitally important work,” said Larkin. “Support of The Garden Fund is absolutely fundamental to securing both our financial future and our work in promoting the use of and protecting California native plants.”

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden relies on private philanthropic support for nearly $1 million of its $5 million annual operating budget, thus the need for The Garden Fund. RSABG receives funding from membership and admission fees; it is not wholly supported by federal, state or local government funds or by The Claremont Colleges. RSABG welcomes broad-based support from gardening enthusiasts, conservationists, and encourages the community to contribute by visiting www.rsabg.org/annualgiving.

The Garden Fund enables RSABG to serve the community in several ways: by continuing to provide educational and entertaining programs for the public, such as hands-on environmental education for K-12 students, and providing a venue where people can discover ecologically-responsible and attractive landscaping ideas. At Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, visitors can discover 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.