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Denver Botanic Gardens


Original Business Start Date: 01/01/1951


This BBB Accredited Charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Name: Denver Botanic Gardens
Phone: (720) 865-3500
Address: 909 York St
Denver, CO 80206-3751
Website: www.botanicgardens.org
Report Creation Date: December 19, 2013
Report Expiration Date: December 19, 2015
Original Business Start Date: January 1951
Principal: Mr. Brian Vogt, CEO
Customer Contact: Mr. Brian Vogt, CEO - (720) 865-3500 or
Email Address:
Incorporated: January 1951, CO
Type of Business: Charity - Local, Charity - Arts & Culture

Stated Purpose

Denver Botanic Gardens mission is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone.


Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated according to the 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. This organization meets all those Standards and is a BBB Accredited Charity.


Programs

Adult education programs cover every conceivable activity related to plants, from growing exotic orchids to identifying rare plants, all backed by one of the finest botanical libraries in the region. Our conservation programs play a major role in saving species and protecting natural habitats as a resource for future generations. Our other sites, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, and our interpreted trail on Mt. Goliath, extend our programs of delight and enlightenment into other parts of the community and complement our activities at York Street.

Total Program Expenses:$12,760,791

Governance

Chief Executive Officer:Brian Vogt
Chair of the Board:Nancy Schotters
Board Size:22
Paid Staff Size:124 Full Time. 27 Part Time.

Fund Raising

Fund raising events, grant proposals, planned giving and direct mail.


Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


Financial

According to Denver Botanic Gardens's Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2012:

Income
 Total Income:$15,310,454
 
Expenses  % of total
Expenses
% of total
Income
 Programs:$12,760,791 85.55%83.35%
 Fund Raising:$731,325 4.90%4.78%
 Administrative:$1,423,585 9.54%9.30%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$14,915,701
 
Excess of Income over Expenses$394,753
Ending Net Assets:$24,451,531

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.


Charity Licensing

All charitable organizations soliciting contributions in Colorado -- with a few specific exceptions listed in the Charitable Solicitations Act at 6-16-104(6)(a)-(c), C.R.S. -- must submit an initial registration statement with the Secretary of State and receive a registration number. After the initial registration, annual registration statements must be renewed each year by the 5th day of the fifth month after the close of the organization‪s fiscal year. In addition, all solicitation campaigns utilizing paid solicitors as defined at 6-16-103(7), C.R.S. must be listed on separate Solicitation Notices, which should be filed online by the paid solicitor.

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Industry Tips

Charitable Giving Tips

Whether charitable organizations use their employees, volunteers or professional fund- raisers to solicit donations by phone, mail, or in person, consider the following precautions to ensure that your donation dollars benefit the people and programs you want to help.

-Ask for written information, including the charity's name, address, and telephone number. A legitimate charity or fund- raiser will give you materials outlining the charity's mission, how your donation will be used, and proof that your contribution is tax deductible.

-Ask for identification. Many states require paid fund-raisers to identify themselves as such and to name the charity for which they're soliciting. If the solicitor refuses, hang up and report it to local law enforcement officials.

-Call the charity. Find out if the organization is aware of the solicitation and has authorized the use of its name. If not, you may be dealing with a fraudulent solicitor.

-Watch out for similar sounding names. Some phony charities use names that closely resemble those of respected, legitimate organizations.

-Know the difference between "tax exempt" and "tax deductible." Tax exempt means the organization doesn't have to pay taxes. Tax deductible means you can deduct your contribution on your federal income tax return. Even though an organization is tax exempt, your contribution may not be tax deductible. If deductibility is important to you, ask for a receipt showing the amount of your contribution and stating that it is tax deductible.

-Know that a 501(c)(3) organization must make a copy of its annual returns, (Form 990 or Form 990EZ) for the last three years and its exempt status application and supporting documents available for you to view during business hours.

-Be skeptical if someone thanks you for a pledge you don't remember making. If you have any doubt whether you've made a pledge or previously contributed, check your records. Be on the alert for invoices claiming you've made a pledge when you know you haven't. Some unscrupulous solicitors use this approach to get your money.

-Ask how your donation will be distributed. How much will go to the program you want to support, and how much will cover the charity's administrative costs? If a professional fund-raiser is used, ask how much it will keep.

-Refuse high pressure appeals. Legitimate fund-raisers won't push you to give on the spot.

-Be wary of charities offering to send a courier to collect your donation immediately.

-Consider the costs. When buying merchandise or tickets for special events, or when receiving free goods in exchange for giving, remember that these items cost money and generally are paid for out of your contribution. Although this can be an effective fund-raising tool, less money may be available for the charity.

-Be wary of guaranteed sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a contribution. You never have to donate anything to be eligible to win.

-Avoid cash gifts that can be lost or stolen. For security and tax record purposes, it's best to pay by check. Use the official full name of the charity - not initials - on your check. Avoid solicitors who want to send a courier or use an overnight delivery service to pick up your donation.

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ID: 34000666
Report as of August 28, 2015 11:30
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