The work of the Friends is funded primarily via donations, gifts and memorials made to the Friends. Virtually all such funds received go toward fulfilling our stated purposes of advancing, promoting and safeguarding the interest of the garden. Our work has two components: Education and material projects.
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Educational: Past educational endeavors have involved funding for the Garden Guidebook, for resource material and the donation of books to the Garden Library. An ongoing undertaking is the Student Transportation Grant Program in which The Friends provide transportation funds to bring school age children to the Garden for an educational experience.
Garden projects, such as refurbishment, special or general plantings, major repair and special programs have been funded by the Friends. Use the “Friends Funded Projects” link in the left menu bar to see Garden projects funded fully or partially by the Friends. Projects are developed in cooperation with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and the Garden Curator.
Memorials are a loving way to remember someone. Families who have lost a loved one frequently request that memorials be made to the Friends, particularly if the loved one appreciated the beauty and serenity of the Garden.
In Honor of: A gift to the Friends "in honor of" can simply be a means of honoring a living person or some group.
Tax deductible: As the Friends of the Wild Flower Garden has been an IRS approved 501-c(3) non-profit organization since 1953, all donations and memorials are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by Minnesota and Federal law for gifts to charitable organizations. All donors will receive written acknowledgment from The Friends of their gift. IRS Confirmation letter is linked at left.
Friends’ discretion. It is not possible for the Friends to dedicate donations, gifts and memorials to specific projects or objects as funds are used at the discretion of the Friends Board - unless donations are solicited for a particular project.
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