Bees. The superheroes of the environment. They work tirelessly, pollinating plants to ensure that we are surrounded by beauty and have food to eat. Bees are dedicated to helping our natural world survive and thrive. Here at The Gardens at Heather Farm, we are inspired by this tiny superhero, working with that same tireless commitment to ensure the survival of our beautiful green spaces and educational programming for the community.
But after COVID-19, our survival is under threat. Every aspect of operation for our nonprofit has suddenly become more difficult and uncertain. Our building and offices have remained closed since March 13. We have refunded over $200,000 in rental deposits for weddings, meetings and other events that we were unable to host. Our education programs were shuttered in March when schools closed, eliminating our other major source of revenue. A bright spot was the re-starting of our preschool Nature Explorers program from July through November for half the number of students we usually teach to meet current safety mandates. It was a pleasure to watch these pint-sized scientists learn about nature in our outdoor garden classroom.
Even with our doors closed, we are doing everything we can to keep the Gardens up and running. We continue to offer online plant sales with contactless curbside delivery. The small staff that we have kept on the payroll are performing a multitude of tasks with their characteristic cheerfulness. We continue to support the 82 families that are growing their own nutritious organic food in our community garden. We will do our best to find new ways to stay connected and uplifted.
And yet, despite the small successes, the COVID-19 crisis is having a severe financial impact on our nonprofit organization. Next year will be the 50th Anniversary of The Garden at Heather Farm, and we surely want to be here to celebrate it.
“Bee” our hero. Following the example of this tiny superhero of nature, please partner with us to ensure the survival of The Gardens, a community treasure. Bring hope to our team, our clients, our visitors, and all those who need us.
The only way we will survive this crisis is through the generosity of our donors and community. There are brighter days ahead, thanks to heroes like you.
Other Ways to Give
Did you know that there are MANY different ways you can provide financial support to The Gardens at Heather Farm? From memberships and individual gifts to corporate donations and grants, you can help The Gardens grow. See the various donation options listed below.
At the core of The Gardens’ community is a group of dedicated supporters — our Members — who truly care about our work. For an affordable annual contribution, Members receive discounts on classes and plants sales, discounts at local garden retailers, and other select benefits. Join or renew your membership today!
Become a sponsor for one of our fundraising events. Our annual fundraisers, including Teddy Bear Tea in December, are extremely popular public events that host hundreds of attendees each year. Fundraising events offer corporate sponsors broad-based visibility while serving to support our gardens and programs. Learn more about sponsorship.
Corporate and Foundation Grants
Grants play a significant role in The Gardens’ future. Such funding provides sustainability to the gardens and our programs. We welcome the opportunity to establish new partnerships with the corporate and foundation community.
Designating your gift to your favorite program ensures it will grow into the future. Designated gifts have helped us renovate garden displays, develop new educational programs for schools and youth, and purchase new books for the resource library. Upcoming special projects include tree pruning, path graveling and updating teaching materials.
Donor Advised Funds
As your clients seek advice and counsel, please consider recommending the Gardens at Heather Farm as a beneficiary. We are happy, of course, to honor the donor’s preferences including, for example, maintenance or renovation of a particular demonstration garden, educational signage, support for our children’s environmental education programs, or sponsorship of our artist-in-residence program, or funding for a traveling garden exhibit. We can answer your questions and provide further information for individual donors, families, advisers and financial institutions. Set up a gift via donor advised funds.
Gifts of Stock and Other Securities
Giving appreciated stock, mutual funds or other securities can help you avoid capital gains taxes while providing important support to the Gardens. To give a gift of appreciated stock, call the The Gardens or contact Jim Titus our representative at Charles Schwab at (415) 667-6219.
Honorary and Memorial Gifts
Consider making a gift in memory of a friend or loved one. Gifts in any amount are accepted for your special dedication. You may also make an honorary gift to commemorate a person or special occasion with an Engraved Brick placed in the Cowden Rose Garden. Order your engraved brick online now, or click here to download a printable order form to mail in with a check.
Matching Gifts and Giving Campaigns
If your employer sponsors a Matching Gift Program or participates in a company giving campaign (such as United Way) – please designate The Gardens as the beneficiary.