Support The Friends and the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Different Ways to Support the Friends and the Garden
Become an annual member supporter or continue your annual membership support for the Wild Flower Garden and be part of a diverse group who have recognized the value of this small patch of land and wish to honor the vision of an extraordinary woman, Eloise Butler, who first sought to preserve it over a century ago. A pledge of $25 or more annually is appreciated.
For our latest news - see the "2023 What's Happening Page"
Boardwalk - a joint Friends/MPRB project
Help us with the Student Transportation Grant Program to bring school age children to the Garden.
Help us with Garden projects such as refurbishment, special or general plantings; plantings are fully or partially funded by the Friends and are developed in cooperation with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Garden Curator.
Help us maintain our reserve funds that are used when necessary to fund major projects.
We Also Accept Donated securities, Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs, Distributions from Donor Advised Funds.
Students on Garden field trip
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 be a means of honoring a living person(s) or some group OR use this as an alternate type gift for a holiday, a birthday, an anniversary, etc. We will inform them of your gift and send information about the Garden and the Friends - perhaps they will become a supporter just like yourself.
Remember the Garden in Your Estate Plan.
Please consider a gift to benefit the Garden in your estate plan. Estate gifts can be made through your will or revocable living trust by a provision such as this:
"I give $_____ to The Friends of the Wildflower Garden, Inc. to benefit the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary."
You can also leave a gift by naming the Friends of the Wildflower Garden, Inc. as a beneficiary of a portion of your life insurance or retirement account.
Garden Shelter-built with gifts to the Friends
Volunteer opportunities are managed by the Friends or by the Garden Staff.
Have a topic you would like to write about and publish in our newsletter? Contact us for information.
Want to volunteer some time to help direct the work of the Friends or work on committee activities? On social media? On the Friends Board of Directors? Contact us for information.
Visit our VOLUNTEER Page for full details about Welcome Kiosk Greeters, Shelter Docents, Invasive Plant Removal Group and Legacy Stewards.
Friends volunteer appreciation event
ADDRESS OR E-MAIL CHANGE? OR JUST A NOTE: Send e-mail
The work of the Friends is funded primarily via annual support donations, other individual donations, gifts in-honor-of someone and memorials. Administration and fund raising expenses of the Friends are small and are covered by non-donation resources, thus all of your support money goes to our mission to protect, preserve, and promote the interests of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary.
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Tax deductible: As the Friends of the Wildflower 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 if the donors address is provided. IRS and FRIENDS organization documents.
Friends’ discretion. It is not possible for the Friends to dedicate donations, gifts and memorials to specific projects or objects other that the specific funding needs outlined above. General donations are used at the discretion of the Friends Board unless choices are provided during the payment process.
Garden theme sale items by the Friends