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.

MY WORK

Grant strategy, development and management:

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society hired me to support and manage grant writing and the institutional funding program for three years. My support included working with program managers to develop program strategies, grant proposal and report writing and grants planning and management. My grant work focused on raising funds for the Garden’s year-round educational programming including environmental education for children and youth, plant collections planning and infrastructures, and a popular summer music festival, Flower Piano.

IMPACT

During my first year with the 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 led to the successful renewals of grants as well as new funding for the Garden’s programs. I also supported transitions on the development team and helped the new team to develop the capacity to take the management of the institutional funding program in-house.

“Christine is an expert in fundraising, grant writing and communications. Her writing is compelling and articulate – essential attributes when developing copy to create excitement and interest around a funding need. I leaned on Christine heavily to work with program staff to identify institutional funding opportunities and manage our grants calendar. She always maintained a high level of organization, and personal initiative and responsibility. I would happily hire Christine again and recommend her without reservation.”

  • Lillian Archer, Former Director of Development, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
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