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FRIENDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO BOTANICAL GARDEN

To honor and preserve connections with Nature.

aka San Luis Obispo Botancial Garden   |   San Luis Obispo, CA   |  www.slobg.org
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FRIENDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO BOTANICAL GARDEN

EIN: 77-0248682


Mission

To honor and preserve our connection with nature Our botanical garden propagates and displays the diverse plant life of mediterranean climate zones. We serve the people of San Luis Obispo County and visitors, by providing nature education, opportunities for community interaction, an events space, water conservation demonstrations, a fire- safe landscape display, children’s exploration, life celebration gardens, outdoor recreation, botanical research, a horticultural library, connection to indigenous culture and artistic endeavors.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Ms. Chenda Lor

Founder, Board President

Eva Vigil

Main address

3450 Dairy Creek Rd.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 USA

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EIN

77-0248682

Subject area info

Cultural awareness

Education services

Environment

Botanical gardens

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Young adults

Families

Academics

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our botanical garden displays and preserves the diverse plant life of Mediterranean climate zones. We serve the residents of San Luis Obispo county by providing nature education, fire-safe garden practices, a community event space, youth programs, water conservation demonstrations, children's gardens of exploration, life celebration gardens, outdoor recreation, botanical research, a plants library, connection to native Chumash Indian culture, and celebration of the arts. We also contribute to the economy of SLO County by serving as a tourist destination for visitors.

Our programs

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

Adult Tours

Knowledgeable docents will lead your group on a fascinating tour through our two-acre Garden or our Sustainable Facilities. Tours generally last about an hour and must be scheduled in advance.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Journey through the Garden as knowledgeable docents guide your hands-on learning experience. All K-6 school tours are aligned with the State of California Content Standards.

Each trail is rich with botanical samplings of mediterranean climate plants and offers countless opportunities for exploring natural wonders. The Garden reflects the beauty and diversity of plant life that thrives in the similar climatic conditions of the five mediterranean climate zones of the world; the Mediterranean Basin in Europe, Central Chile, Cape Province of South Africa, South and Western Australia and our own region in California.Nestled along a natural riparian woodland, the Preview Garden is an ideal setting for outdoor learning activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Get outside and PLAY! We’re making connections with nature, one child at a time.

With a goal of “education through exploration,” the Garden is dedicated to teaching children of all ages about the natural environment, rules of ecology, sustainability, where food comes from and how to eat healthfully. Our children’s garden was built to work with nature to help conserve water and help plants grow properly. The entire garden is made of edible plants that can be used for medicinal teas, spices or a side dish for dinner.

Population(s) Served
Families

Garden Fresh Family Cooking
This is a great class for children and guardians to discover the joy of cooking fresh-from-the-garden meals, and features local, organic produce.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each summer children play, explore and Investigate the natural world one week each summer. Children enjoy the outdoors and explore the five mediterranean climates of the world through hikes, gardening, art, music, cooking, live animals and hands-on activities. Campers discover the relationship between people and plants. Camp is for 2nd-6th grade.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Saturday at the Garden is a monthly educational program held on the second Saturday of each month. Speakers cover a wide range of topics from plants structures to sustainable garden design.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This is more than just a plant sale! It is an opportunity to learn more about your climate region and see a multitude of plant species that thrive in such a climate. San Luis Obispo is in one of the five mediterranean climate zones spread throughout the world and you will find plants from these zones showcased in our beautifully landscaped garden. Plants from these mediterranean zones are well suited to our climate and are drought resistant, so be sure to wander through our Garden to get inspiration for your own landscaping!

Get expert advice– Are you having specific plant problems? Do you need advice for your garden? Come talk with our experts and find out what plants would work best for your situation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Public Garden Association 2022

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 volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To honor and preserve our connection with nature.

Our botanical garden propagates and displays the diverse plant life of mediterranean climate zones. We serve the people of San Luis Obispo County and visitors, by providing nature education, opportunities for community interaction, an events space, water conservation demonstrations, a fire- safe landscape display, children’s exploration, life celebration gardens, outdoor recreation, botanical research, a horticultural library, connection to indigenous culture and artistic endeavors.

We are a treasured local, national, and international resource for nature education, outdoor recreation, community interaction, celebration of the arts, health and wellness activities, world-class botanical collections, horticultural research, plant propagation, creative inspiration, local history, indigenous culture, and delight.

We have grown our staff and increased our volunteer capacity (including over $100k of donated labor) to maintain 150 acres of demonstration gardens, a propagation center, a children's education garden, and recreation trails.

Financials

FRIENDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO BOTANICAL GARDEN
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

0.82

Average of 4.48 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.4

Average of 7.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

22%

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

FRIENDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO BOTANICAL GARDEN

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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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FRIENDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO BOTANICAL GARDEN

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of FRIENDS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO BOTANICAL GARDEN’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 $43,463 -$72,487 -$71,762 $175,547 -$46,217
As % of expenses 22.1% -24.0% -23.6% 40.3% -5.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$9,322 -$125,688 -$125,210 $122,250 -$118,922
As % of expenses -3.7% -35.4% -35.1% 25.0% -13.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $232,275 $232,815 $231,770 $609,657 $847,883
Total revenue, % change over prior year 22.8% 0.2% -0.4% 163.0% 39.1%
Program services revenue 8.6% 13.8% 12.1% 9.2% 10.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 7.4% 7.4% 6.7%
Investment income 0.6% 0.5% 0.4% 0.0% 1.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 1.7% 13.8% 7.3%
All other grants and contributions 78.7% 65.8% 71.0% 55.9% 50.9%
Other revenue 12.1% 19.9% 7.4% 13.7% 23.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $196,706 $302,228 $303,532 $435,858 $805,031
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.6% 53.6% 0.4% 43.6% 84.7%
Personnel 58.8% 54.0% 65.0% 60.1% 57.7%
Professional fees 2.9% 7.6% 7.2% 7.5% 1.9%
Occupancy 7.3% 4.6% 5.6% 2.5% 4.2%
Interest 2.2% 1.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 28.8% 32.8% 22.1% 29.4% 36.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $249,491 $355,429 $356,980 $489,155 $877,736
One month of savings $16,392 $25,186 $25,294 $36,322 $67,086
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $30,203 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $132,673 $110,255
Total full costs (estimated) $265,883 $380,615 $382,274 $688,353 $1,055,077

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 11.5 3.3 7.1 4.7 6.4
Months of cash and investments 11.5 3.3 7.1 4.7 6.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.6 1.7 -2.6 3.4 4.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $188,468 $83,873 $179,481 $169,114 $429,451
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,200 $0 $0 $4,107 $250
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,178,316 $2,152,887 $2,188,451 $2,321,124 $2,431,379
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 33.6% 36.4% 38.3% 38.4% 39.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.7% 1.2% 14.4% 10.8% 27.1%
Unrestricted net assets $1,537,515 $1,411,827 $1,286,617 $1,408,867 $1,289,945
Temporarily restricted net assets $21,419 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $21,419 $24,493 $24,493 $22,745 $111,814
Total net assets $1,558,934 $1,436,320 $1,311,110 $1,431,612 $1,401,759

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
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Chenda Lor

Chenda Lor was born in Cambodia and immigrated to the Chicago in 1980 with her family. She graduated with a BA in Biology, Honors in Geology, and a minor in Studio Art from Bates College. Chenda moved to the Central Coast in 2001 from Bainbridge Island, WA to be closer to family. In SLO, she owned and operated Better Builders Inc. with her ex-husband for 12 years; has coached over 40 youth sports teams; and has traveled to many countries. She's lived all over the world and is happy to call the Central Coast home. She enjoys parenting her four young adults and being part of the San Luis Obispo community. She loves dogs, learning something new each day, gardening, surfing, traveling, painting, hiking, volunteering in the community as a Rotarian, and playing with power tools. Between 2014 and 2018, she was the Business Manager for Taylor & Syfan Consulting Engineers. In 2018, she became the Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden which is her dream job.

Founder, Board President

Eva Vigil

Eve attended UC Berkeley but her degree in liberal arts did not satisfy her passion for science. When her husband accepted a job at California Polytechnic State University in Environmental Engineering, Eve got a second degree in Ornamental Horticulture. In her senior year she landed a summer job with Los Padres National Forest as the horticulturist for the Vandenberg Urban Forest project. The emphasis on drought tolerant landscaping and the role of Mediterranean plants sparked Eve’s interest in sharing this knowledge with others. Eve Vigil started the garden her senior year at Cal Poly as her senior project when discovering the need for a display garden illustrating Xeriscaping. At the time, California was in the throes of a severe, multi-year drought. The challenge facing Eve was to develop a list of plants that were both “beautiful” and “drought tolerant”. Xeriscape became the model that Eve explored to replace the plants that require extensive irrigation and water.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

Eve Vigil

President, Founder

Term: 2020 - 2022

Eva Vigil

Retired

Ke-Ping Tsao, M.D.

Physician

Gaby Levine

Retired

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
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Disability

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There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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