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Annual Fund

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Plants not only bring beauty; they have the power to sustain and enrich life. That’s the mission of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and your gift helps to fund iconic horticultural displays, the conservation of plants, ground-breaking scientific work, and education at every level.

With your generous support, the Chicago Botanic Garden can remain one of the great gardens in the world.
Thank you. All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible.

Donors of $250 or more to the Annual Fund are members of the Garden and receive exclusive benefits and privileges. Consider joining our community of supporters. For more information, contact the Membership Desk at (847) 835-8215.

Donate to the Annual Fund

Thank you for your support!

Additional ways to give to the Garden:

President's Circle

Click here to find out additional information about the President's Circle benefits and events.

Members who support the Chicago Botanic Garden's Annual Fund with a leadership gift of $1,500 or more enjoy the following President's Circle benefits:

Founding Member $1,500 – $2,499
All the benefits of the Director's Circle, plus:

  • Invitations to exclusive events, previews, lectures, travel opportunities, and special programs
  • Advance registration for Camp CBG, as well as a member discount
  • Recognition on the Donor Wall in the Visitor Center

Sustaining Member $2,500 – $9,999
All the President's Circle Founding Member benefits, plus:

  • Opportunities to personalize Garden visits, including private golf-cart tours of the gardens and greenhouses
  • Advance registration for select programs, including certain events and travel opportunities

Laureate Member $10,000 – $24,999
All the President’s Circle Sustaining Member benefits, plus access to intimate events with special guests and curators

Chairman's Circle $25,000
All the President's Circle Laureate Member benefits, plus a home garden consultation with a Garden horticulturist

Director's Circle

Ambassador $250 - $999

Patron $1,000 to $1,499

  • Free year-round parking for two cars
  • Ten percent discount at the Garden View Café with proof of membership
  • Keep Growing, seasonal member magazine and program guide
  • Ten percent discount at the Garden Shop
  • 20 percent discount on select classes
  • 20 percent discount on select family programs, including Camp CBG
  • Members-only free days for the outdoor Model Railroad Garden and tram tours, plus discounts during normal visitor hours
  • Checkout privileges in the Lenhardt Library
  • Ten percent discount at selected area nurseries and our Do North partners through the Garden Value Discounts program
  • Free admission to more than 200 botanic gardens and arboreta nationwide
  • Members-only hours for select Garden events
  • Facility rental privileges
  • Discounts at many Chicagoland garden retailers and our Do North partners through the Garden Value Discounts program

Invitations to special previews and exclusive donor events
Recognition in the Annual Report at the giving level