“We exist temporarily through what we take.  But we live forever through what we give.” ~Barbara Bush

What began as a grassroots effort of a small number of midcoast resident who envisioned ornamental gardens, protected natural landscapes, cutting-edge botanical research and education for all ages and abilities is now 248 acres of spectacular gardens, native forest, massive ledges and nearly a mile of tidal shorefront.  Because Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely primarily on charitable donations, admissions, membership dues, and gift shop and cafe sales to support our yearly operating budget of $1.75 million.  Donations come in three primary forms:  Annual Gifts provide all-important operational support;  Major Gifts support crucial capital needs and endowment; and Planned Gifts provide endowment, operational and capital support necessary for the long-term financial health of the Gardens.

View Our Most Recent Financial Statements and IRS Form 990.

Annual /  Memorial / Commemorative Gifts

Annual gifts are the lifeblood of every nonprofit. These unrestricted dollars provide current operating support.  Thousands of friends of the Gardens make their best gifts, which the leadership team uses to support day-to-day operations including staff salaries, heat, light, water and overhead necessary to keep the Gardens open on a year-round basis.  Memorial and tribute gifts are also welcomed for those who wish to honor family, friends, or special occasions.  Donors who make annual gifts receive beautiful screensavers that feature special photographs of the Gardens.  We depend on annual gifts and are enormously grateful to our donors who know that every gift matters and every dollar counts!


Successful Completion of $24.5 Million Capital Campaign

Thanks to the generosity of thousands of large and small gifts from friends who believe that Maine deserves a world-class botanical garden, the “Planting a Living Legacy” Capital Campaign that began in 2003 raised more than $24.5 million in donations.  On December 31, 2012, the Capital Campaign actually exceeded its final goal of $24.5 million.  Not only have these gifts built the Gardens, but they also help to endow the future.  Among the impressive milestones achieved by the Capital Campaign are:

  • A $900,000 Board Challenge that was matched in fewer than sixty days and raised a grand total of $1.8 million to help design and construct a dozen gardens.
  • Two Kresge Foundation matching grants that enabled us to build the Visitor Center and to create a building reserves fund for the long-term maintenance of the Bosarge Family Education Center (a LEED Platinum structure and the “greenest” building in Maine).
  • Donations from individuals, corporations and foundations allowed us to create the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden, the Rose & Perennial Garden, the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses, Slater Forest Pond, the Burpee Kitchen Garden, the Shoreland Trail, the Giles Rhododendron Garden, the Haney Hillside Garden, the Vayo Meditation Garden and the Woodland Garden.

Kresge Challenge

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has been the proud beneficiary of two challenge grants from the Michigan-based Kresge Foundation. The first challenge grant was issued in 2005 and was met the following year. Late in 2011, a second Kresge Challenge was issued to create a $1 million building reserve fund. Creating a $1 million building reserve fund is an essential step in the long-term capitalization strategy of the Gardens. The ultimate impact of this fund will allow the Gardens to allocate more monies to gardens,  landscaping, educational programming and botanical research by ensuring that funds are readily available for  planned and unexpected major repairs or replacements. More than half of the Kresge Challenge has already been raised. 


Planned Gifts

Planned gifts take various forms but the most common is a bequest in a will.  Planned gifts are among the most important ways you can have a lasting legacy at the Gardens.  We are happy to answer your questions about ways to remember the Gardens in your will or estate plan. We will also provide information at your request on other types of planned or deferred gifts to the Gardens.

Giving Securities

Gifts of securities to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are welcome and encouraged.

We maintain an account with Fidelity Investments.  Delivery of securities to our account can be made either electronically (via DTC) or in certificate form (with proper endorsement or a stock power):

DTC Eligible Securities:
DTC #0226
FBO Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Inc.
Account #X20 178 071

In Certificate Form:
Fidelity Investments
FBO Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Inc.
Account #X20 178 071
Attn: TOA Receive
PO Box 770001
Cincinnati, OH 45277-0036


In order to credit the gift to the proper donor, when the gift is sent to Fidelity Investments, please contact the Gardens (see information below) with the name of the security, number of shares, and donor’s name. Thank you.

Give Through Your IRA

  • Are you 70.5 years or older?
  • Do you have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)?
  • Would you like to make a tax-free donation?

If the answer to ALL of these questions is YES, then please consider making a donation directly from your IRA.

The American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012 extends the IRA Rollover Provision through December 31, 2013.  This provision allows donors age 70.5 years or older to give charities such as Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (CMBG) up to $100,000 per year from their IRA’s, tax-free.

To make a donation, contact your IRA administrator by letter with the following information:

  • Amount
  • Payable to CMBG
  • CMBG’s Tax ID #: 01-0476545
  • Address:

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
PO Box 234
Boothbay ME 04537


The Office of Philanthropy at the Gardens is here to answer your questions and provide assistance to you with donations or bequests.  For assistance, please contact Dorothy Freeman, Director of Philanthropy via e-mail or at 207-633-4333, ext. 149.