FRIENDS OF BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS

Growing a greener tomorrow

aka Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc.   |   Birmingham, AL   |  www.bbgardens.org

Mission

Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens (formerly known as the Birmingham Botanical Society) is a mission-driven membership organization created to extend the reach and impact of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The nonprofit seeks to protect, nurture, and share the wonders of Birmingham Botanical Gardens by serving the Gardens, serving its visitors, serving the community, and inspiring a passion for plants, gardens, and the environment.

Ruling year info

1964

Executive Director

Tom Underwood

Main address

2612 Lane Park Rd

Birmingham, AL 35223 USA

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EIN

63-0495111

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Garden Support & Enhancement

Through fundraising, membership, volunteer efforts, and operational support, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens plays a critical role in supplementing Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ operational needs and ensuring the ongoing stewardship and enhancement of this beloved community treasure.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families

The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens provides a vibrant source of on-site and digital plant, gardening, wellness, and environmental education and outreach programming created to share the bounty and wonders of the Gardens with a broad audience. Designed for adults, children, and families, FBBG programs provide a meaningful connection to nature and inspire participants to grow their green thumbs while also helping grow a greener tomorrow.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families

Through on-site tours, award-winning print and digital communications, special events, landscape enhancements, and a horticultural library, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens welcomes local residents and visitors from across the region and around the world to explore the Gardens’ botanical treasures, enjoy nature, and learn about plants, gardening, and the environment.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of visitors welcomed to the Gardens in 2021

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Strategic Institutional Imperatives for 2017-2022

1. Pursue organizational development for improved effectiveness and efficiency

2. Continue focus on crystallizing and communicating a clear FBBG identity

3. Set the stage for the advancement of major Gardens enhancement projects

4. Position the Gardens and the Friends for continued success, growth, relevancy, and sustainability

5. Raise the bar for maintenance of the Gardens and other physical assets

6. Enhance programmatic offerings, grow membership, and build organizational capacity to fulfill our mission

7. Seek out and embrace best practices in nonprofit leadership, management, and governance

8. Establish and maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders

9. Identify and embrace opportunities to improve business processes

10. Cultivate and engage a broad audience that reflects the rich diversity of our community

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Friends serve the local community, as well as visitors from across the nation and around the world.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are building a new mobile friendly website to enhance the user/visitor experience.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FRIENDS OF BIRMINGHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wally Evans

D. C. Coston

Brian Barr

Emily Bowron

John Smith T

Norm Davis

Larry Thornton

Kirk Forrester

Caroline Little

Janet Kavinoky

Lee McLemore

Jesse Vogtle

Sharon Sherrod

Martha Sims

Beverley Hoyt

Evelyn Jones

Sharon Brown

Derick Belden

Uday Bhate

Stephanie Cooper

Bob de Buys

Eleanor Estes

Wendy Evesque

Helen Harmon

Leigh Haver

Blevins Naff

Tiffany Osborne

Milan Ballard

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2022

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