Giving to the Gardens
Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems and to preserve public access to the coast.
As a non-profit organization, our goal is to provide a setting for plants and visitors to thrive. We do this through conservation, education, and inspiration.
How You Can Make a Difference
We have many opportunities for you to join us in our mission. Here are a few options:
- Tax-deductible charitable contributions
- Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)
- Matching gifts
- Donate to our Annual Appeal
- Estate planning
- Naming and dedications
- Memorials and tributes
- Endowment building
- Event sponsorship — Art in the Gardens — Festival of Lights
- Shop AmazonSmile
Please phone 707-964-4352 ext 10 for more information.
Qualified Charitable Distribution
Looking for ways to reduce your taxes through charitable giving, but finding your traditional charitable contributions are no longer deductible as of 2018? A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) allows IRA owners over the age of 70 ½ to transfer part or all of their annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) directly to a qualified charity such as the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Click here for more details.
GRATITUDE FROM THE GARDENS
William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation
You may have noticed some commotion around the historic farmhouse at the east edge of our Vegetable Garden. Funding from the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation allowed us to repurpose the farmhouse into an education center. Plenty of work was required to renovate the 100+ year old building including work on the foundation, floors, windows, and stairs. Walls were removed to create a large meeting space and the first floor is now ADA accessible. We thank the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation for supporting the Gardens and encouraging us to increase our educational offerings to the community.
The Education Center will be used for workshops, lectures, and events. Be sure to join us for one of the upcoming educational happenings in the newly refurbished 1890's farmhouse. The William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation is dedicated to providing philanthropic support to worthy causes, primarily in the areas of education and medicine.
Community Foundation of Mendocino County
The Community Foundation of Mendocino County recently awarded $103,500 in local grants. Twenty-three “Community Enrichment” grants will fund projects from across Mendocino County. Among the focus areas in this year’s grants are programs that will provide healthy food, increase access to outdoor recreation, beautify community spaces, preserve local history, and enhance opportunities to improve people’s lives. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens received $5,000 for the purpose of repairing five bridges within the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to create a more usable and visitor-friendly atmosphere. The repair of these five bridges will be a huge asset creating a safer and more sustainable network of trails allowing visitors full access to the Gardens... all the way to the ocean. We plan to dismantle the bridges and repurpose the useable planks and rails. MCBG wants to thank the Community Foundation of Mendocino County's staff and dedicated board of directors for your continued support!
The Bishoff Fund is a "designated fund" established within The Community Foundation of Mendocino County to support specific organizations, such as a school or nonprofit group, through a perpetual endowment.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens used the 2017 Jack T. and Chatter C. Bishoff Fund funding toward the purchase of new donor management software, DonorPerfect. The Gardens uses the Donor Perfect database to track donations, members, donors, and volunteers. The switch to a cloud-based donor database provides Gardens staff with a more user-friendly and intuitive system. The new software has automatic updates and offers the capability to communicate with other platforms such as point of sale systems and Quickbooks.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens used the 2016 Bishoff Grant funding toward the purchase of mulch and newly planted specimens in the Heath & Heather Collection and Entry Garden.
Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and Friends of the Gardens
You may have noticed a vibrant new addition roaming the Gardens... The Kubota UTV is a narrow four-wheel-drive utility vehicle with a 4,000-pound capacity winch, and a large cargo bed featuring a hydraulic bed lift. The Kubota UTV offers exceptional maneuverability for safe and efficient hauling of garden materials. The acquisition of this new equipment was made possible by a grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and funds provided by Friends of the Gardens. THANK YOU!!!!
- Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a unique botanical treasure that can only be maintained, strengthened, and shared through the philanthropic support of our donors.
- Membership at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens preserves habitat, educates the public, and keeps the Gardens growing.
- Volunteers at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are the lifeblood of this organization. It truly takes a village of volunteers to maintain this garden.
- Honor your loved one with a Memorial Bench at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.
- Friends of the Gardens (FOG) is a separate non-profit support organization for Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. FOG supports the Gardens' development and, as such, is the largest contributor to the growth of the Garden.