Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.

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Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.

EIN: 22-2614286


The Mission of the Awbury Arboretum Association is to preserve and interpret Awbury's historic house and landscape, thereby connecting an urban community to nature and history.

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Executive Director

Ms. Sara Stevenson

Main address

1 Awbury Road The Francis Cope House

Philadelphia, PA 19138 USA

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Subject area info


Bird preservation

Plant biodiversity

Environmental education

Agricultural education

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Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

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Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

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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?

Community Events

Awbury provides a number of free community events each year, a Welcome Spring Opening & Egg Hunt, outdoor summer concerts, a fall Harvest Fest, a winter Holiday Open House & Greens Sale.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Field Studies is a environmental education enrichment program at Awbury Arboretum providing field trips to the Arboretum for schools, day cares, community centers, faith-based organizations, and homeschoolers since 1976. Sessions engage preschool- to high-school-aged children with the natural world at Awbury through ecology, biology, agriculture, and horticulture, with the environment as an integrating context for learning. Through our Field Studies Public School Partnership, Awbury provides free lessons to all public schools in the Philadelphia School District. In 2022, as Philadelphia slowly climbed out from under the pandemic, we served over 13 organizations; 83% of students served received free lessons.

Population(s) Served

Awbury Adventures Day Camp at Awbury Arboretum are 1- and 2-week sessions for children ages 5-17 that run from mid-June through mid-August. Led by credentialed adult educators with years of experience, our camps have a low camper to counselor ratio, and are designed to encourage outdoor exploration, creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking while engaging different types of learners. Camps are structured around themes and incorporate elements of a traditional sleep-away camp (fire-building, archery, survival skills, team-building, group games), as well as engaging children in environmental science, culinary arts, agriculture, and imaginative play. To ensure that families of all financial means have access to Awbury’s summer camp programming, we make it a priority to provide over 1/5 of our Summer Adventures camp slots through scholarships/subsidies to underserved children in our local zip codes. Summer Adventures Camps serve over 300 children a year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Starting in 2017, Awbury Arboretum has chosen a theme for each calendar year. This theme provides the basis for a year-round series of classes, workshops, and lectures for adults and families based on that theme and relating to environmental sustainability, experiences in nature, arts and crafts, ecology, horticulture, history, and healthy living. 2023 is the Year of Trees and includes monthly tree identification hikes along with the lectures and workshops.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Awbury regularly hosts 6 free public art exhibitions a year – both within the parlors of the Francis Cope House, and outside in the Arboretum’s landscape – and music and dance performances. Recent highlights include "Facets" by Laura Madeleine, "The Garden of the Mind" by Tom Judd, " "Drawn from Nature" by Kiki Gaffney, “Instability” by Laurie Beck Peterson, and “Rooted in Me” by Yolanda Ward. Awbury has also hosted music festivals, outdoor circus arts performances, and dance performances.

Population(s) Served

Awbury offers free wellness walks twice a week (more in summer), and fee-based and donation-based classes in yoga (including chair yoga for people with mobility/strength issues), martial arts, and forest bathing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
People with physical disabilities
Low-income people

Every Sunday from April through late October, The Farm at Awbury hosts a farm market with local organic produce and crafts vendors. On the first Sunday of those months, Awbury hosts Sunday Fundays, which offer variety of free activities, crafts, games, walks with goats, children's scavenger hunts, agricultural demonstrations, cooking workshops, nutritional workshops, poetry workshops, open air concerts, wellness classes, children's science demonstrations, and presentations/demonstrations by our Partners. These monthly happenings attract up to 300 people on those Sundays that they occur.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Artists and performers

This 9-month course covers an introduction to 40+ plants from a range of cross-cultural traditions, weaving together the wisdom from many hands and many lands that includes cultivated, wild, and native medicines of our Philadelphia bioregion on the ancestral indigenous territory of the Lenni Lenape / Wingohoking. Participants tend a medicinal herb garden and learn to make salves, tinctures, electuaries, syrups, and teas for health uses. Wild Wisdom is a pop-up wild foraging class that meet four times a year and teaches students the delicious foods that grow wild on our grounds.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.58 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $166,449 $303,732 $19,928 $55,187 $349,746
As % of expenses 24.6% 38.8% 3.5% 9.1% 42.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $101,864 $230,943 -$59,345 -$33,377 $251,836
As % of expenses 13.7% 27.0% -9.1% -4.8% 27.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $949,991 $1,068,341 $591,345 $630,586 $1,055,916
Total revenue, % change over prior year 22.9% 12.5% -44.6% 6.6% 67.4%
Program services revenue 30.6% 27.2% 39.5% 33.1% 33.7%
Membership dues 14.0% 5.9% 20.1% 31.5% 21.2%
Investment income 2.4% 0.3% 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Government grants 1.3% 1.2% 0.0% 0.0% 25.2%
All other grants and contributions 51.7% 65.5% 38.3% 33.6% 19.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 1.6% 1.3% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $677,447 $783,222 $576,136 $606,434 $818,495
Total expenses, % change over prior year -40.2% 15.6% -26.4% 5.3% 35.0%
Personnel 48.9% 54.9% 57.4% 55.9% 52.1%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 4.1% 3.4% 4.3% 3.3% 2.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.2% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 46.9% 41.5% 38.2% 40.6% 45.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $742,032 $856,011 $655,409 $694,998 $916,405
One month of savings $56,454 $65,269 $48,011 $50,536 $68,208
Debt principal payment $84,951 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $148,604 $273,497 $0 $199,951 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,032,041 $1,194,777 $703,420 $945,485 $984,613

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.3 1.3 4.5 5.0 5.6
Months of cash and investments 6.2 3.5 7.6 8.8 8.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.7 3.7 4.2 1.2 4.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $240,645 $87,785 $215,086 $251,301 $381,660
Investments $112,030 $142,054 $148,526 $195,403 $199,401
Receivables $34,467 $103,200 $37,243 $72,227 $39,137
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $929,469 $1,062,059 $1,123,484 $1,323,435 $1,401,560
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 38.5% 27.2% 33.3% 35.0% 39.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.9% 7.2% 15.5% 30.4% 18.5%
Unrestricted net assets $781,272 $1,012,215 $952,870 $919,493 $1,171,329
Temporarily restricted net assets $160,239 $162,437 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $160,239 $162,437 $162,594 $164,735 $23,000
Total net assets $941,511 $1,174,652 $1,115,464 $1,084,228 $1,194,329

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Sara Stevenson

Sara Stevenson is the principal planning and administrative officer of Awbury Arboretum. She works to ensure that the Arboretum is both a physical and programmatic asset to the community, and she supervises Arboretum personnel to ensure the highest standards of a quality workplace are being observed. Starting at the Arboretum in December 2022, Ms. Stevenson came to us from the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, a hub within Cornell University dedicated to fighting climate change, where she served as Communications and Content Manager. Before that, she was the Director of Audience Development at Mt. Cuba Center, a botanical garden in Hockessin, DE focused on promoting the value and use of native plants. A Philadelphia native, Ms. Stevenson earned a BA in Classics from Colorado College, an MA in Latin from the University of Washington, and an MS in Public Garden Management from the University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Shanna Halpern


Term: 2021 -

Sydelle Zove

SHARE Food Program

Adam Hill

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Shanna Halpern

Retired, Writer, Environmental lawyer for the EPA

Mike Gillum

Senior Director, Individual Giving & Donor Relations

Sara Robbins

Fiber artist; Retired from CHOP

Sheryl Wright

Library Assistant; Youth Development Consultant

Camille Charles

Univ. of Pennsylvania; Prof of Sociology

Loretta Tate Crump

Healthcare Professional

Linda Owens

Retired; Manager of State of PA Office of Children, Youth & Families

William Reaume

School counselor

Michael Drennan

Co-owner, Carolyn's Shade Garden

Pauline Taylor

Retired; City of Philadelphia & Philadelphia International Airport Human Resources Director

Jason Hall

Biologist, Merck

Justin Jackson

Landscape Architect, fieldoperations

Barbara Johnson

Retired, School District of Philadelphia

Alan Metcalfe

Architect, Metcalfe Architecture & Design

Ian Pappajohn

Owner, Pappajohn Woodworking

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 2/9/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2023

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.