The Garden Club of America

Garden. Create. Advocate.

New York, NY   |  www.gcamerica.org

Mission

The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.

Ruling year info

1954

President, 2019-2021

Mrs. Deborah Edwards

Main address

14 East 60th Street 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10022 USA

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EIN

13-1626773

NTEE code info

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

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GCA Scholarships

The GCA offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in the areas of horticulture and its related disciplines which include medicinal and tropical botany, native bird habitat, conservation and ecological restoration, desert studies, landscape architecture, urban forestry, garden history and design, coastal wetlands, and pollinator research. Club-sponsored awards are given to recognize outstanding volunteer outreach that nurtures children in the appreciation of nature. gcamerica.org/scholarships

Population(s) Served
Students

A key priority of the GCA is to recognize both members and non-members whose accomplishments and efforts further the GCA purpose. Through various philanthropies, the GCA encourages new talent and rewards achievements of mutual interest.

The Founders Fund Award is a monetary gift given to a club-sponsored project that undergoes a rigorous and thorough proposal process. Granted annually since 1936, it is the only GCA award that is voted on by the entire GCA club membership.

The Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award, named for a member of the Ridgefield Garden Club, is given to individuals involved in the early environmental education of children. This financial award is administered by the GCA's Civic Improvement Committee.

The Montine McDaniel Freeman Horticulture Medal is unique among GCA awards as it is, in fact, given annually to a plant, not a person or organization. Chosen by the GCA Horticulture Committee, the winner of this prestigious award is known as the GCA Plant of Year.

The GCA awards up to 10 National Medals a year to nationally or internationally recognized leaders in their fields of study or achievement. From floral design to garden restoration, from rose culture to conservation education, these awards are as varied and prestigious as their recipients. Winners have included Rachel Carson, The PepsiCo Corporation, Ima Hogg, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Rockefeller Family, Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Rene Dubos, Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson, Walt Disney, Helga and David Dawn, and Lila Acheson Wallace. Visionaries all, passionate and influential, these men, women and organizations have left a profound and lasting impact on the issues that are most important to The Garden Club of America. The GCA is proud to honor them.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The GCA targets outreach to communities through support for civic improvement projects across the country.

Partners for Plants supports the work of garden clubs who work to monitor and conserve rare plants, restore native habitats and remove invasive weeds on federal, state and local public lands. Partners for Plants volunteers have partnered with land agencies to conserve a variety of natural open spaces throughout the United States. Since the program's beginning in 1992, there have been over 470 projects nationwide.

The Restoration Initiative funds efforts to restore gardens and parks damaged by a climate related disaster. Member clubs arrange the efforts for the restoration, often in partnership with other community-based organizations.

Founders Fund grants provide significant financial support in local communities for community projects in natural spaces.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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The purpose of The Garden Club of America is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence, and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.

Founded in 1913, The Garden Club of America is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization comprised of 200 member clubs and approximately 18,000 club members throughout the country. GCA members passionately devote their energies and expertise to a wide array of projects in their communities and across the nation.

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The Garden Club of America

Board of directors
as of 7/19/2021
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Board chair

Debra Oliver

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

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