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QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY INC

AKA  Queens Botanical Garden; QBG
Flushing, NY
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Basic Organization Information

QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY INC
Also Known As: Queens Botanical Garden; QBG
Physical Address: Flushing, NY 11355 4742
EIN: 11-1635083
Web URL: www.queensbotanical.org 
Blog URL: queensbotanical.wordpress.com/ 
NTEE Category: C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C41 Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A20 Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C60 Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs
Ruling Year: 1948 
How This Organization Is Funded: New York City Department of Cultural Affairs - $1,556,633
Foundation Grants - $240,724
Corporate Grants - $99,585


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Mission Statement

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: July 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $3,919,988
Total Expenses $3,889,840

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Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

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Ms. Susan Lacerte

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Susan Lacerte has served as Executive Director of the Queens Botanical Garden since 1994. She has been responsible for leading the transformation of a much-loved 39-acre garden in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the country into a model of cultural expression and sustainable design. Since the adoption in 1997 of a new vision for the Garden—to be the place where people, plants and cultures meet—she has worked with board, staff, and community members to develop programs and landscapes that speak to the diverse interests of 200,000 annual visitors.

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Program: HSBC Children's Garden (GuideStar Exchange,
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Children Only (5 - 14 years)
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Program Description:

HSBC Children’s Garden at Queens Botanical Garden is a hands-on program for children, ages 5-12, that teaches about plants, gardens, and nature while kids have fun playing in a beautiful environment.

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Program: The NYC Compost Project at QBG (GuideStar Exchange,
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The New York City Compost Project at Queens Botanical Garden works to educate Queens and the rest of New York City on the many benefits of composting, which include bringing nutrients back to our city soils, reducing solid waste and sanitation costs, and creating a sustainable and healthy environment. The Compost Project teaches and promotes composting to adults, families, gardeners, and teachers through public workshops, teacher training, exhibitions, tabling at community events, answering helpline calls, sustaining a compost demonstration garden, and selling compost bins. We also work with landscapers and other professionals, such as ground maintainers at housing sites, hospitals, and universities. In 1993, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) created the NYC Compost Project, which established compost programs at the City’s four botanical gardens. Today, DSNY’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR) funds and manages compost projects in all five boroughs and also maintains a comprehensive website on composting. Established in 1994, the NYC Compost Project in Queens operates under QBG’s Education Department.

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Program: Environmental Education Workshops (GuideStar Exchange,
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Each year, more than 19,000 area school children, Pre-K to grade 8, participate in hands-on Environmental Education Workshops on-site at QBG.  The workshops are designed to fulfill city, state and federal science education requirements while providing a fulfilling and inspiring experience for youngsters.

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Program: Green Jobs Training Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$362,058
Category:
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Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
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The Green Jobs Training Program is offered free to unemployed workers seeking employment in the emergent "green" sector.  Launched in September 2011, as of January 2013 the program had trained more than 250 workers, 65% of whom have since found employment.  The Program is a collaboration with LaGuardia Community College, which assists with job readiness skills and job placement services.

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Program: Intergenerational Garden & Food Pantry Project (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$54,000
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Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

QBG's Intergenerational Garden & Food Pantry Project launched in the spring of 2012.  Through it, a committed core of a local gardeners, from a cross section of ages and ethnic backgrounds, grow vegetables not just for their own use but also to supply local food pantries and soup kitchens with fresh produce.

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Over the past year, QBG welcomed more than 200,000 visitors to enjoy the botanical displays, take part in educational programs, and enjoy public performances and festivals.  Our programs included Environmental Education Workshops for more than 19,000 school students, professional development in science education for 450 teachers, a Green Jobs Training Program that trained 347 unemployed workers, 63% of whom found jobs, and the second successful season of our Intergenerational Garden & Food Pantry Project that brought an ethnic and generational cross section of volunteers together to provide fresh produce to needy organizations in the community.
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