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KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY INC

Today, Tomorrow, Forever...

aka Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden   |   Key West, FL   |  keywest.garden
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KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY INC

EIN: 65-0084855


Mission

To preserve, develop, and expand the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge, habitat and educational center for threatened, endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna, both resident and migratory, of the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin; and it shall serve as a center for the study of and research into such flora and fauna so as to encourage the conservation and promote the benefits of native plants and wildlife.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Mr. Misha D. McRAE

General Manager

Mrs. Karen Frank-Noll

Main address

5210 College Rd

Key West, FL 33040 USA

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EIN

65-0084855

Subject area info

Natural resources

Botanical gardens

Environmental education

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Families

Non-adult children

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Addressing and educating the public on the need to protect, preserve and conserve native habitat in the lower keys is the main problem our organization is working to address. With knowledge there is power, and the protection of our environment is paramount to our health, wellness and future generation.

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?

Preservation

Preserve, develop, and expand the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge, and habitat.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Educate public about the threatened, endangered and endemic flora and fauna of the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Non-adult children

Educate children about the threatened, endangered, and
endemic flora and fauna of the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin. Educate children about eh importance and the
benefits of native plants and wildlife. Educate children about natural sciences in their local environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Conduct conservation programs to understand and propagate threatened and
endangered endemic species of native flora and fauna.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

APGA 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of paid admissions

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Age groups, Family relationships

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Public Awareness

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Increasing

Total number of free admissions

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Public Awareness

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Increasing

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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Age groups, Family relationships

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Youth Education

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Increasing

Number of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

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Youth Education

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Increasing

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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Youth Education

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Increasing

Number of multi-year grants received

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Youth Education

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Increasing

Number of new grants received

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Public Awareness

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Increasing

Number of press articles published

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Public Awareness

Type of Metric

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Increasing

Number of IUCN Red List species with habitats in areas affected by operations

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Preservation

Type of Metric

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Increasing

Number of public events held to further mission

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Public Awareness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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Holding steady

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Conservation

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization

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Conservation

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of critically endangered species in the region that have their conservation needs assessed

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Conservation

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Increasing

Number of organizational partners

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Conservation

Type of Metric

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Increasing

Total number of species of native plants in the area(s)

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Conservation

Type of Metric

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Increasing

Number of overall donors

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Conservation

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Increasing

Number of countries represented by visitors

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Conservation

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Total dollars received in contributions

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Conservation

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Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Preservation

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Decreasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

To preserve, develop, and expand the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden as an arboretum, botanical garden, museum, wildlife refuge, habitat and educational center for threatened, endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna, both resident and migratory, of the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin; and it shall serve as a center for the study of and research into such flora and fauna so as to encourage the conservation and promote the benefits of native plants and wildlife.

Starting at the earliest age then forward to continued education, provide the knowledge concerning the plight of our environment and the pressure placed on natural habit preservation and make it a priority. By addressing and educating the issues, we garner a vested interest in not only the future of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, but for native habitat world wide. Once one is vested, they are more inclined to do something about it: actively, politically and consciously.

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden applies for and has received grants in support of our 2 educators that reach over 3500 Keys area and other states school children through hands on and virtual public, private, charter and home school programs. Starting with 'Toddler Storytime' on Tuesdays, to school children classes in our 'Living Lab' science and environmental studies, we expand upon it with our Garden Guardian (adult) and Garden Companion (children) Programs to learn about the flora and fauna of the area and how to care for it, then onto our children summer programs. For adult education, the 'Speaker Series', a once a month December - June, provides presentations from keynote speakers both in and out of our county on current environmental topics that include gardening, birding, butterfly conservation, horticulture, sea level rise, wildlife conservation and more. Our Docent Program provides an intense 6-week workshop every other year to train interested individuals on the flora and fauna of our collection who then share their knowledge with our Guardians.\nThe organizations 4 signature community events, GardenFest Key West (annual education and plant sale), Migration Mania (children's program), A Screaming Green Halloween (children's fall event), Key West Art in the Garden (recycled materials into art) and the Lower Keys Fall Migration Mania (adult education) fulfills the mission and invites key conservation officials, Colleges and organizations into our efforts.

Added a free, 1 once a week Toddler Storytime as a community outreach opportunity to our education program. Turned our focus on 3rd - 5th grade STEM based curriculum in the sciences and environment and added a summer children's program for at risk youth.\nGarnered and maintains a strong partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the lower Keys and the Monroe County Library in Key West.\nProvide 5 Speaker Series presentations annually\nPublished a 2nd edition 80th Anniversary Garden Guide of the Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden's collection on display.\nSustained damage and facilitated recovery from Hurricane IRMA (on-going).\nTrained and expanded our Docent Program from 6 to 9 trained Docents for education, garden maintenance and private tours.\nProtected and maintained 3 areas of critical concern for 83 years celebrated in 2019.\nAdded 2 ECO-Travel programs

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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

7.56

Average of 12.50 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11.8

Average of 11.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 13% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY 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 -$514,216 $155,722 -$122,418 -$107,379 -$82,372
As % of expenses -93.2% 38.2% -22.6% -23.1% -18.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$527,532 $128,228 -$150,072 -$138,736 -$113,964
As % of expenses -93.4% 29.5% -26.4% -27.9% -23.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $327,550 $444,164 $760,932 $366,584 $454,901
Total revenue, % change over prior year -69.0% 35.6% 71.3% -51.8% 24.1%
Program services revenue 15.2% 17.3% 8.6% 30.9% 26.3%
Membership dues 4.2% 4.6% 2.5% 5.6% 6.2%
Investment income 7.9% 4.8% 2.3% 3.2% 1.1%
Government grants 20.8% 4.6% 6.6% 10.0% 27.6%
All other grants and contributions 51.3% 64.0% 79.3% 32.9% 34.4%
Other revenue 0.5% 4.7% 0.8% 17.3% 4.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $551,644 $407,291 $541,344 $465,647 $444,884
Total expenses, % change over prior year 28.1% -26.2% 32.9% -14.0% -4.5%
Personnel 46.9% 68.6% 56.3% 61.1% 61.7%
Professional fees 17.5% 9.2% 4.8% 5.0% 5.7%
Occupancy 6.3% 8.3% 7.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 29.3% 13.9% 31.8% 33.9% 32.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $564,960 $434,785 $568,998 $497,004 $476,476
One month of savings $45,970 $33,941 $45,112 $38,804 $37,074
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $179,327 $58,557 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $790,257 $527,283 $614,110 $535,808 $513,550

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.4 10.3 14.1 11.9 11.8
Months of cash and investments 6.4 10.3 14.1 11.9 11.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0 2.9 -0.6 -3.9 -6.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $293,541 $348,547 $634,513 $463,481 $438,462
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $14,584 $3,208 $24,090 $735 $49,170
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,033,382 $2,091,940 $2,095,159 $2,071,775 $2,071,775
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 89.5% 88.3% 89.5% 90.2% 91.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 9.5% 2.1% 9.4% 3.8% 5.0%
Unrestricted net assets $213,458 $341,686 $191,614 $52,879 -$61,085
Temporarily restricted net assets $5,252 $3,928 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $881,905 $741,041 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $887,157 $744,969 $1,055,575 $1,225,861 $1,212,027
Total net assets $1,100,615 $1,086,655 $1,247,189 $1,278,740 $1,150,942

Key data checks

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

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Mr. Misha D. McRAE

Misha McRae has been in a leadership position within the Garden since 2000.  He was promoted to Executive Director in August 2012.

General Manager

Karen Frank-Noll

With and extensive history in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, Mrs. Frank-Noll brought the necessary skills to the organization since April 2017. Formerly employed as the CFO and Director of Human Resources for Island Home Care, she was responsible for all day-to-day financial, HR and office management functions including Social Media platforms. \nA resident of Key West since August of 2006, she found herself a regular visitor to the Botanical Gardens through many of its programs over the years: “locals” Sundays, the Native Plant Nursery plant sales for her yard, attended weddings, fundraising events, and, as a member of Key West Comparsa has performed for fundraising events on occasion.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

KEY WEST BOTANICAL GARDEN SOCIETY INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 02/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Ed Cunningham

No Affiliation

Term: 2017 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms. Joy Taylor

No Affiliation

Term: 2016 - 2022

Carole DeHart

No Affiliation

Audrey Thompson

No affiliation

Bernard Rasch

No Affiliation

Joy Taylor

No Affiliation

Ed Cunningham

No Affiliation

Susan Beale

No Affiliation

Dick Rezba

No Affiliation

John Rouge

College of the Florida Keys

Mary Chandler

No Affiliation

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 4/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.

Contractors

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