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San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

Gardens of Golden Gate Park

aka Gardens of Golden Gate Park   |   San Francisco, CA   |  gggp.org
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San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

EIN: 94-6050168


Mission

The mission of Gardens of Golden Gate Park is to connect people to plants, the planet, and each other.

Ruling year info

1959

Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Linder

Main address

1199 9th Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94122 USA

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Formerly known as

Strybing Arboretum Society

EIN

94-6050168

Subject area info

Biodiversity

Environmental education

Parks

Botanical gardens

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mission: The Gardens of Golden Gate Park connect people to plants, the planet, and each other. Vision: All people have access to beautiful public gardens and experience the intrinsic value of plants to life and culture for a healthy community and planet. Problem Statement: Nature deficit disorder, plant awareness disparity, and shrinking biodiversity threaten the health and wellbeing of people and the planet. Theory of Change: Expanding people’s understanding of the value of plants to human and environmental health inspires awe, activism, action, and advocacy. GGGP is uniquely situated and qualified to deliver key messages about biodiversity in the heart of the city while also directly contributing to global plant conservation efforts. The shared experiences of gathering, celebrating, exploring, meditating, volunteering, and learning in these extraordinary places builds deep relationships and strengthens community.

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?

Plant Collections, Propagation & Garden Support

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (SFBGS) funds garden improvements and provides curatorial and plant collections management services. As of June 30, 2022, there were 12,098 accessions in the Garden’s living collections, comprised of 7,732 different kinds of plants, 12% of which are of wild collected origin. The plant propagation program is on hold as construction of a new plant nursery is currently underway. Beginning July 1, 2022, SFBGS is also working to support the plant collections and conservation efforts at the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden through an expanded public/private partnership with San Francisco Recreation & Park.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

SFBGS maintains a horticultural library, offers year-round educational and community programming, and manages an extensive volunteer program. Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, SFBGS hosted 12,345 children interacting with nature through school-year, summer and family programs. SFBGS also had 410 volunteers who contributed 10,583 hours to virtually every aspect of the Garden’s operations. Beginning July 1, 2022, SFBGS, DBA Gardens of Golden Gate Park, is also providing educational opportunities at the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, the Botanical Garden welcomed 539,294 visitors, 58% of which were free of charge. SFBGS operates the Garden bookstore and gift shop and manages all community outreach efforts on behalf of the Garden. Beginning July 1, 2022, SFBGS began doing business as Gardens of Golden Gate Park as the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden were added the the lease and management agreement between SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation & Park.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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.

Annual visitation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Visitor Experience & Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total annual visitation to the Gardens of Golden Gate Park per fiscal year. Starting in fiscal year 2023, data reflects combined visitation to all three Gardens of Golden Gate Park.

Number of volunteers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Starting in fiscal year 2023, data includes all three Gardens of Golden Gate Park. Building back the program after the pandemic.

Total number of organization members

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Starting in fiscal year 2023, membership is for all three Gardens of Golden Gate Park.

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

Charting impact

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

Gardens of Golden Gate Park seeks to establish itself as one of the premier botanical and horticultural
institutions in the country. The new partnership seeks to integrate and elevate the three gardens to
provide:

● A smoother, more cohesive experience for visitors and volunteers at each location
● More diverse gardens with new and improved plant collections and facilities
● Expanded global plant conservation efforts protecting biodiversity in the face of climate change
and the extinction crisis
● Upgraded accessibility and improved garden designs, pathways, and maintenance
● More public programs with existing and new community partners
● Improved interpretation and educational resources including new digital tools
● Enhanced educational opportunities that provide access to all
● Implementation of major capital projects that include community and stakeholder input

Five Pillars - each have several specific strategies

1. People - The Gardens of Golden Gate Park are Everybody's Gardens. We are public public gardens, and our priority is being accessible and welcoming to everyone.

2. Plants - Our climate and facilities allow us to grow and display an extraordinary diversity of plants from around the world. These plants are essential elements of the historical and cultural landscapes of the Gardens. Our living
collections create opportunities for conservation and education and a platform to teach the public about
ethnobotany, botany, horticulture, and ecology.

3. Place - We are place-based stewards, entrusted with preserving, improving, managing, maintaining, activating,
protecting, promoting, and caring for iconic beloved public spaces. The Gardens themselves bring joy, peace,
awe, wonder, and inspiration to more than a million people annually.

4. Planet - Our roles in addressing climate change and environmental sustainability are: to lead by example with
sustainable and regenerative horticultural practices and organizational operations; conserve rare and
endangered plant species that are increasingly threatened by climate change and development; and educate
and activate the public around biodiversity loss and sustainable gardening.

5. Partnerships - We recognize that this is an ambitious plan and that multiple partnerships will be critical to our success. Strategic partnerships will help us advance our mission, expand our reach, diversify our stakeholders, enhance our expertise, generate revenue, and achieve our shared goals.

The Gardens of Golden Gate Park (GGGP) is a public/private partnership between a community-based
nonprofit organization, the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (SFBGS), and the San Francisco
Recreation & Parks Department (RPD). A Lease & Management Agreement between RPD and SFBGS,
approved by both the Recreation & Park Commission and the Board of Supervisors, sets the terms of
the partnership. The agreement is a cooperative management agreement that outlines the roles and
responsibilities for each partner.

Key areas of responsibility for SFBGS include volunteer engagement, education, visitor experience,
philanthropy, membership, marketing, and other functions. RPD has primary responsibility for
horticulture and facility management and maintenance, master planning and capital improvements
conducted in collaboration with SFBGS, as well as other functions. Together, RPD and SFBGS
collaborate on collections management within the Gardens.
This strategic plan for the Gardens of Golden Gate Park was intentionally developed, and shall be
implemented, in alignment with RPD’s strategic plan, the Golden Gate Park Master Plan, and RPD’s
Racial Equity Action Plan.

We have successfully completed the first year as the Gardens of Golden Gate Park and are now among the most visited public gardens in the country. We've expanded, diversified, and strengthened our board and leadership team. Membership and volunteerism is growing. A $20 million endowment fund was established. We've amended and renewed our lease and management agreement with San Francisco Recreation & Parks.

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.

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Financials

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum
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

8.60

Average of 11.10 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

15

Average of 6.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

13%

Average of 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

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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San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum’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 -$1,106,068 -$984,551 -$408,713 $1,085,801 $98,102
As % of expenses -25.9% -18.7% -8.5% 31.4% 2.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,137,786 -$1,019,055 -$447,042 $1,042,095 $62,845
As % of expenses -26.5% -19.2% -9.2% 29.8% 1.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,392,106 $3,963,763 $4,007,001 $25,187,583 $7,447,772
Total revenue, % change over prior year -17.9% 16.9% 1.1% 528.6% -70.4%
Program services revenue 23.4% 29.8% 28.7% 6.2% 20.9%
Membership dues 8.0% 6.3% 7.2% 1.5% 5.5%
Investment income 8.9% 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 1.8%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 3.6% 1.8% 5.4%
All other grants and contributions 49.5% 53.5% 52.8% 88.9% 60.3%
Other revenue 10.2% 10.1% 7.6% 1.6% 6.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $4,265,012 $5,278,734 $4,822,791 $3,453,963 $4,142,967
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.7% 23.8% -8.6% -28.4% 19.9%
Personnel 56.1% 49.9% 50.2% 67.2% 60.4%
Professional fees 17.2% 10.5% 12.4% 4.6% 12.4%
Occupancy 2.8% 2.4% 2.5% 3.7% 3.2%
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 24.0% 37.3% 34.9% 24.5% 24.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,296,730 $5,313,238 $4,861,120 $3,497,669 $4,178,224
One month of savings $355,418 $439,895 $401,899 $287,830 $345,247
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $61,400 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $41,256 $43,926 $1,233,218 $2,853,150
Total full costs (estimated) $4,652,148 $5,794,389 $5,306,945 $5,080,117 $7,376,621

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.2 10.1 9.8 17.7 15.0
Months of cash and investments 14.8 10.1 9.8 35.0 51.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.5 5.3 4.7 6.1 -2.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,134,197 $4,464,913 $3,922,926 $5,081,721 $5,176,363
Investments $4,118,101 $0 $0 $4,985,784 $12,570,921
Receivables $793,452 $316,230 $370,293 $15,249,024 $5,605,688
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,360,030 $1,349,458 $1,385,539 $2,616,307 $5,475,647
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 43.1% 42.2% 43.3% 24.5% 12.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.9% 12.3% 18.3% 5.5% 6.5%
Unrestricted net assets $4,147,729 $3,128,674 $2,681,632 $3,723,727 $3,786,572
Temporarily restricted net assets $2,232,498 $1,902,078 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $42,500 $42,500 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,274,998 $1,944,578 $1,537,501 $22,185,320 $22,644,323
Total net assets $6,422,727 $5,073,252 $4,219,133 $25,909,047 $26,430,895

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

Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Linder

Stephanie Linder joined the organization in 2018, bringing a commitment to successful public-private partnerships. She has been both a national and local San Francisco Bay Area park advocate for much of her career, with more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector including leadership and advancement roles at conservation and park organizations. She came back to San Francisco from Santa Barbara Botanic Garden which is dedicated to research, education, and conservation of California native plants, where she was Director of Development and Communications overseeing philanthropic relationships, membership, marketing, communications, and events. She has also served as Advancement Director at the national office of the Sierra Club, Director of Board Affairs at The Trust for Public Land, and has worked with organizations dedicated to women’s health. She holds a Master of Arts in American History from Binghamton University in New York.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Sarah Ryan

Jennifer Petersen

Don Baldocchi

Tish Brown

Claire Myers

Ruth Wilcox

Joseph Barbaccia

Joanne Whitney

Stephanie Linder

Lisa Serwin

Mary Ellen Hannibal

Saul Nadler

Sarah Ryan

Delle Maxwell

Jane Chin

Susan Hunter

Carol Izumi

Vanessa Handley

Joseph Rothleutner

Zane Gresham

Lucy Fisher

Cristina Jones

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 1/4/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
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