San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
Since 1955, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society has been building communities of support for the San Francisco Botanical Garden, a world class living museum. As a part of the historical group of museums and cultural institutions in the east end of Golden Gate Park, the 55-acre Garden instills a deeper understanding of the necessity to respect the environment and conserve Earth’s biological diversity. The Garden is home to more than 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, with almost 30 percent of the species wild-collected and many rare and endangered. For example, the golden fuchsia, a native of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, was saved from extinction through cultivation at the San Francisco Botanical Garden and two other U.S. botanical gardens. The Andean Cloud Forest at the Garden is known for being the most comprehensive collection of high elevation palm species known in any botanical garden in the world. The Garden is also proud to be recognized as having the world’s fourth most significant collection of Magnolia species for conservation purposes.
Grant strategy, development and management:
In December 2015, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society hired me as the new grants consultant after the Garden’s grant writer of 15 years retired. My support includes working with program managers to develop program strategies, grant proposal and report writing and grants planning and management. My grant work focuses on raising funds for the Garden’s year-round educational programming including environmental education for children and youth as well as a popular summer music festival, Flower Piano.
During my first year with the Botanical Garden, I hit the ground running by setting up systems to track funder outreach and to ensure a seamless continuation of the grant program, including the management of grant proposal and report deadlines, grant-related research, the identification and qualification of new opportunities and the development of new proposal and report content. This has led to the successful renewals of grants as well as new funding for the Garden’s programs.