Help Our Garden Grow!
The public educational and outreach programs at the GBG are funded by your donations and public grants. The garden would not exist without help from all of our supporters and volunteers. The public benches, artwork, landscape designs, specialty gardens, interpretive signs, some student internships, and more are funded by you!
The Garden donation program is under the umbrella of the UA Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, and donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Code.
There are many ways to direct your gift to the botanical garden:
General Endowment Fund (est. 1996)
The general endowment fund is a savings account for the botanical garden for long term stability and growth. It is managed by the UA Foundation and its Board of Trustees. Investment strategies and fund availability are described on their web site.
We have not tapped into fund earnings since our fund was established. Our goal is to use the earnings to support student internships, although with recent UAF budget cuts, we may have to redirect those funds to pay staff salaries.
The Dorothy Beistline Endowment Fund (est. 1998)
The Dorothy Beistline Endowment was established by Ms. Kathy Nussbaumer and the Beistline Family to honor Kathy's mother, pioneer Alaskan and florist, Dorothy Hering Beistline (d. 1996). For many years, Dorothy owned and operated the Daisy A Day Flowers in Fairbanks and was an active member of the Fairbanks Garden Club. The garden in her memory is all about cut flowers. Anything that can be grown as a cut flower in Fairbanks is planted there. It is surrounded by a fence made of a new composite material but the design is definitely Gold Rush Era. The original may be seen in early Alaska photos of the Dunham house, downtown Fairbanks. A couple of giant dredge buckets are located in the garden to commemorate the long mining history of the Beistline family. There will also be a demonstration of gravity-feed irrigation system and lots of raised beds.
The Ohlsen Family Garden Endowment (est. 2006)
The endowment for the Ohlsen Family Garden honors long time Fairbanksans, Floyd and Jeanne Ohlsen and was established by their daughters, Roxann Valentine, Heidi Olson and Lori Gorsline. It supports the sustainable food garden. Jeanne was an active supporter of local garden clubs, and the family always had a big home garden. Our garden has a large patio with experiments in container gardening, research and demonstration plots for all kinds of vegetables, and the most popular attraction in the garden-- accessible raised bed gardens. Look closely and you will always see some carrots, a few pansies and a bit of diamond willow in the garden, memories from the Olson family scrapbook.
In addition, the Georgeson Botanical Garden Society is a community program dedicated to the support and promotion of the botanical garden. This organization is an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Their current activities raise funds for the construction of the James and Marilyn Drew Amphitheater. Checks to GBGS may be mailed to P.O. Box 81777, Fairbanks, AK 99708.
For online donations, you will be directed to a secure site at the UA Foundation. Specify on the form that you wish to donate to the Georgeson Botanical Garden, and include the memorial or project name, if any in the comments box. Then email or call to share your good news with us.
Thank you so much for your support!