Mead Botanical Garden Inc.
PO Box 1227
Winter Park FL 32790
Contact Information
Address PO Box 1227
Winter Park, FL 32790
Phone (407) 599-2800
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card http://WWW.MEADGARDEN.ORG
Delighting in nature in Mead Garden
Mission
Mission Mead Botanical Garden Connects People to Nature.

Mead Botanical Garden, Inc.’s Mission: To enrich the community through the discovery, enjoyment and celebration of nature.
Mead Botanical Garden is one of Winter Park’s most valuable community assets. The serene and unspoiled expanse is an anomaly amidst the thriving Central Florida metropolis. When Mead Botanical Garden first opened to the pubic in 1940, it showcased the horticultural collection – orchids, palms, amaryllis and caladiums - of the late Theodore L. Mead.
The excitement and promise of Mead Botanical Garden continues. The transformation of the Garden is happening under the direction of Mead Botanical Garden, Inc. Mead Garden today is a magnet for activity and exploration as well as solitude and serenity, drawing an estimated 47,500 visitors annually. It is a living botanical museum, a vibrant outdoor classroom, and an ecological learning lab. It’s widely popular summer camp served 350 children this past summer. Mead is a place for people of all ages to see plant collections, pollinators and otters at play. It is a special spot for memorable occasions, community gatherings and cultural events such as the annual holiday concert by the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.
MBG Inc. collaborates with the City of Winter Park, horticultural and wildlife groups, environmental experts, dedicated volunteers, civic leaders, businesses and organizations.
MBG Inc.’s Trustees and Staff are united in their commitment to:

Transform Mead into a spectacular asset with natural areas, gardens, programs, facilities and garden art in keeping with the quality, cultural focus and historic character of Winter Park through its Master Planning Process.Raise funds to achieve the vision and support the mission of MBG Inc.Work with nationally recognized experts in the botanic garden world along with environmental experts and our local partners to guide the process and create the programsEnsure that children and people of all ages and abilities have a place to learn, play and experience nature.Tell the historic, inspiring and multi-faceted story of T.L. Mead the man, of the garden and of its foundersRespect the wildlife and habitats found within the gardenProvide interesting, high-quality environmental learning and cultural experiencesContribute to Winter Park’s economic development by attracting visitors to the garden through its programs, facilities and special community eventsWith continued planning, programming and investment, Mead Garden is uniquely positioned to enrich the quality of life of Winter Park residents in a way no other community asset can.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Cynthia Hasenau
Board Chair Jeffrey Blydenburgh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Jeffrey Blydenburgh Architect, LLC, President
History
IRS Ruling Year 2003
Former Names
NameYear
Friends of Mead Garden2011
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $715,518.00
Projected Expenses $379,636.00
Statements
Mission Mead Botanical Garden Connects People to Nature.

Mead Botanical Garden, Inc.’s Mission: To enrich the community through the discovery, enjoyment and celebration of nature.
Mead Botanical Garden is one of Winter Park’s most valuable community assets. The serene and unspoiled expanse is an anomaly amidst the thriving Central Florida metropolis. When Mead Botanical Garden first opened to the pubic in 1940, it showcased the horticultural collection – orchids, palms, amaryllis and caladiums - of the late Theodore L. Mead.
The excitement and promise of Mead Botanical Garden continues. The transformation of the Garden is happening under the direction of Mead Botanical Garden, Inc. Mead Garden today is a magnet for activity and exploration as well as solitude and serenity, drawing an estimated 47,500 visitors annually. It is a living botanical museum, a vibrant outdoor classroom, and an ecological learning lab. It’s widely popular summer camp served 350 children this past summer. Mead is a place for people of all ages to see plant collections, pollinators and otters at play. It is a special spot for memorable occasions, community gatherings and cultural events such as the annual holiday concert by the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.
MBG Inc. collaborates with the City of Winter Park, horticultural and wildlife groups, environmental experts, dedicated volunteers, civic leaders, businesses and organizations.
MBG Inc.’s Trustees and Staff are united in their commitment to:

Transform Mead into a spectacular asset with natural areas, gardens, programs, facilities and garden art in keeping with the quality, cultural focus and historic character of Winter Park through its Master Planning Process.Raise funds to achieve the vision and support the mission of MBG Inc.Work with nationally recognized experts in the botanic garden world along with environmental experts and our local partners to guide the process and create the programsEnsure that children and people of all ages and abilities have a place to learn, play and experience nature.Tell the historic, inspiring and multi-faceted story of T.L. Mead the man, of the garden and of its foundersRespect the wildlife and habitats found within the gardenProvide interesting, high-quality environmental learning and cultural experiencesContribute to Winter Park’s economic development by attracting visitors to the garden through its programs, facilities and special community eventsWith continued planning, programming and investment, Mead Garden is uniquely positioned to enrich the quality of life of Winter Park residents in a way no other community asset can.
Impact With the help of other not for profit organizations and the City of Winter Park, MBG accomplished the following goals in 2015:
Restoration and construction projects: Completed Phase 2 of the Lake Lillian wetlands & habitat restoration project including a section of the boardwalk. Remodeled the Wetlands Education Building. Installed Phase I of the new Trail Project, added ADA trail around the Discovery Barn.  Planted hundreds of trees, restored sections of the sand pine habitat with Florida native plants and expanded the T.L. Mead Legacy area around the greenhouse and camellia collection and clay pit. Consulted with nationally known botanical garden planners and with garden administrators from other highly regarded both near and very far.Education: Served over 300 “Young Naturalists” in the 2015 Summer Camp. Developed a strategic plan for expanding youth learning year round in the garden.Organizational Capacity:  Hired consultant, Rick Daly, to develop viable business plan for long-term success and sustainability.  Added assistant director, Heather Caldwell. Fund and Friend Raising Events: Great Duck Derby, Orange Audubon Bird Walks, Camellia Show, Backyard Biodiversity Day, Scout camps, Winter Park Chamber events, GROWvember Plant Sale and Glorious concerts by youth orchestras in the Grove.Institutional Awareness: Held a momentous 75th Anniversary Celebration honoring Thad Seymour as our first recipient of the Ed Grover Award. Introduced a new colorful logo with professional ancillary materials2016 Goals
Continue to create a place for learning, a refuge for wildlife; a botanical garden emphasizing nature, sustainability, environmental learning and nature appreciation. Together we assess the needs of the community, develop plans with community engagement and raise funds to achieve the vision.
Infrastructure: a) engage nationally respected master planner to design garden of 2025; b) move forward with interim facilities to provide good visitor experiences as we design for the future; c) beautify the entrance and approach to the garden and; d) design and install way-finding signage and visitor information; d) revitalize the Little Amphitheater and bride’s room building.
Membership: Implement a new membership program for the purpose of expanding institutional expertise and support, engaging a more diverse and extensive team of volunteers and raising funds for the garden.
Programming: a) Expand and promote MBG's environmental education programs; b) to be an academic partner for Rollins College as a location for labs, classes and internships, c) to develop partnerships with cultural organizations.
Wetlands and Horticultural Initiatives: a) complete Phase III of the Lake Lillian wetlands restoration and boardwalk improvement project; b) engage a horticulturalist to direct garden restoration and planting initiatives c) continue to plant new trees in the garden with emphasis in The Grove, Upland Pine and Historic Amphitheater areas.
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? No
Needs Master Plan with 2030 vision: Contract with a nationally esteemed Botanical Garden Master Planner for the garden of our future based on the vision, mission and the decade of extensive research of the property, community, the MBG organization and its partners. Estimated need: $100,000 - $150,000
Staffing: Intentionally transition from volunteer to professional staff in critical areas: Development (membership and philanthropy), Program/Events management, Horticulture, Education, Administration, Conservation/science, and Facilities (planning, construction and maintenance) Estimated need: $75,000 this year and increasing each year as capacity grows.
Funding: Create a Development department with professional staff to coordinate volunteer efforts in membership, annual giving, capital campaign planning, planned giving and grants. Estimated need: $110,000
Business Planning: Verify and accept the 2015 consultant Rick Daley’s business plan. Implement interim strategies to be ready for ‘year one.’ Identify and expand earned revenue streams for on-going support of garden restoration, infrastructure improvements and program development. To be determined
Marketing and social media: Get expertise to leverage our new logo and branding package to promote the MBG organization and optimize our digital presence for maximum visitor and volunteer communication and experience. Estimated funding: $25,000
Background The Friends of Mead Garden (FMG) was founded in 2003 to bring back to life an important 47.5 acre green space in Winter Park, Florida. The Friends of Mead Garden launched a visioning session that resulted in the formation of a large and very active volunteer group which worked to clean the Garden, add features, raise funds, hold events and, generally, increase the interest in the Garden. We saw the need for a community-wide effort to engage all stakeholders in a visioning and planning process that would ultimately lead to a focused strategic plan.
The planning included two phases: First, a Friends-funded strategic planning effort by EMD Consulting Group of St. Louis from January through August, 2004.  This effort included stakeholder interviews, a series of three focus groups to determine the interests of residents in the area, educators, volunteers, and those interested in gardening.  Second phase was a community survey sent to 1,000 residents plus a day-long planning session,on August 9, 2004, with the board of Friends of Mead Garden, City staff from Parks and Recreation, and interested community leaders.
The resulting plan focused on the revitalization of Mead Garden and its role in the Winter Park community. In late 2004, three devastating hurricanes hit the garden hard with the loss of more than one-third of its tree canopy and most of its understory shrubbery.  The storms were followed by accelerated invasive vine growth, and the need for revitalization became even more acute.
As a result of the Friends of Mead Garden's strategic planning effort, the City of Winter Park funded, and completed for City Commission acceptance, an initial Mead Botanical Garden Master Plan. We raised awareness of the Garden among City officials and leadership, brought people to the Garden through events and cleanup activities, began a re-greening program within the garden, initiated our first phase of capital improvements, and added a highly popular new environmental education program...the summer Nature Camp.
The Friends organization, now renamed Mead Botanical Garden, Inc., has accomplished a great deal since its founding yet so many opportunities remain.  Two events in 2009 opened a floodgate of ideas: 1) The City agreed to move their maintenance operations from the barn in the heart of the property.  2) The Orange County Public Schools cut funding for the environmental education center that had served county 5th graders for over 30 years.  These two events open the possibility for MBG and several partners to develop a first class botanical garden and nature center to serve all ages and populations.  Building these partnerships, and designing and funding the center and ongoing restoration of the garden continue as challenges for the coming years.
CEO Statement Mead Botanical Garden is a truly unique green space. It's an urban oasis and a "wild place" tucked just a few blocks from a bustling transportation corridor as the southern boundary of Winter Park. It is known as a birder's paradise as well as the place to see camellias at their finest during the blooming season. Mead is a wonderful spot to escape for reflection, to wander along a creek's edge, to hike a boardwalk through a wetland area, to enjoy the beauty of both native and ornamental plantings or to discover the remnants of a 75 year old botanical garden.
Equally, Mead is a platform for learning. Given our environmental and horticultural programs combined with the Winter Park Garden Club's workshops and lectures, the Garden is a place to expand your interests, knowledge and skills. It is also a place to where people gather to celebrate and remember. The historic amphitheatre is the site for weddings, recitals and memorial services. The Grove is host to concerts and cultural performances.
Mead Botanical Garden Inc's Board of Trustees and staff are committed to ensuring this historic botanical garden thrives in a number of areas:
- as a place to escape and explore
- as a place to learn and laugh
- as a place where community is built and an opportunity for achievement exists
- as a place where a diverse range of people of all ages and abilities can experience nature and celebrate the great outdoors.
I am especially driven to ensure that young people have an opportunity to engage with nature, to fall in love with the environment and learn about sustainable initiatives.
Our goals are ambitious, inspiring and realistic! I invite you to join us in this exciting and impactful work.
Sincerely,
Cynthia Hasenau
Executive Director
Board Chair Statement We are now at the tipping point to realize the natural potential of Mead Garden again - for ourselves and tomorrow’s generations. Our efforts have been thoughtful and deliberative to ensure a sustainable, broad-based initiative. Mead Botanical Garden, Inc. (originally Friends of Mead Garden) has been a responsible steward of its founding individual and corporate donors, now ready to breathe life into our well-laid plans.
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Primary Organization SubType Natural History, Natural Science Museums
Secondary Organization Type Environment
Secondary Organiztion SubType Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation & Management
Tertiary Organization Type Education
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Orange
Mead Botanical Garden is a free public garden in Winter Park, Florida, that attracts regular visitors from contiguous neighborhoods, the Central Florida region plus national and international visitors. Besides birders and garden lovers the garden also provides Young Naturalist Nature Camp experiences for children during the summer with expanding programs all year round, a community garden, a greenhouse with surrounding Legacy Garden consisting of varieties collected by T. L. Mead, many varied opportunities for volunteers to make meaningful differences and events such as the family-fun day called The Great Duck Derby.
Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Why we do what we do: Nature renews us, teaches us, and embraces us.

Our vision is to be a botanical oasis of learning, culture, and recreation, using gardens, wetlands, natural plantings, and support facilities. MBG will be both a public park where visitors can enjoy themselves in a natural environment, and a gated learning center for botanical and cultural purposes.

In the next five years, Mead Botanical Garden will be transformed through these projects:

• Ongoing careful restoration of the major garden ecosystems: Creek, Wetlands and Upland.
• New access and outdoor festival event center
• Upgraded Gathering Pavilion to support the Grove
• The TLMead Pavilion with classrooms, greenhouse, visitor center, exhibit space, bookstore, and cafe and offices

The TLMead Pavilion will be the Garden’s interpretative center with admission fee to help support the MBG teaching, research, and cultural activities.
Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Mead Botanical Garden is a true community effort, an ultimate community garden. It is programmed, designed, operated and largely funded by the citizens of Winter Park and the Central Florida region. Mead Botanical Garden, Inc. has the primary role of directing the efforts and bringing together a broad range of programmatic and funding partners to accomplish the goals.
Our content — program — comes from the knowledge organizations in the community: horticulture, environment, culture, and education. Individuals and groups provide the content and the talent to organize and mobilize programming, and input to determine the kind of infrastructure to support the programming.
Our Triple A board—ambassadors, advocates, and askers—develop financial support from the community to fund the necessary capacity in infrastructure, gardens and facilities, and manage funds to operate the facility.
Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? Our Board of Trustees and staff links to a network of partners to help carry out this endeavor. The primary infrastructure partner is the City of Winter Park. MBG has a renewable lease with the city. As lessor they provide support in engineering, programming, scheduling, maintenance, insurance. As the lessee, MBG operates the garden, providing design, management, programming, and overall operations of the 47-acre property. In addition to the partnership with the city, we have Horticulture Partners—Native Plant, Wild Flower, Camellia; Educational Partners—Valencia, Orange County, Rollins, preschool and private schools; Cultural Partners—FSYO and a host of community partners including Bach Festival, Casa Feliz, Winter Park Playhouse, the Orange Audubon Society.
Indicators
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Indicators for progress:
Membership, foundation support and private financial support are three key indicators of our progress in fund raising. In each of these categories, our numbers have grown since our founding in 2004.


Another indicator is the number of visitors to the garden and program participants. As a free public garden, with four points of entry, it is impossible to track the actual number of visit. Program participation and attendance at events is growing. The 2015 Young Naturalist Summer Camp expanded to 7 weeks to accommodate more campers. It sold out a full month before camp began and a waiting list was maintained. The Spring and Fall Birdwalks and Backyard Biodiversity Day attracted larger crowds than prior years.


Quantitative Measures: Number of e-news readers, Facebook check-in and ‘likes,’ number of participants in programs, number of volunteers and hours given, number of students and youth counselors in summer camp, number of donors and amount given, income from rental venues. All have grown over the recent years.


Qualitative Measures: Profile and engagement of Trustees, partner organizations and gardens; Quality of programs and the impact on student success, Beauty of the Gardens.


Important milestone of recent past was the crafting of a lease agreement describing the dynamic partnership between the City and MBG, Inc. An upcoming Key Milestone that signals significant progress will be the development of a Master Plan built on the diligent study and research of the past 9 years -- a refinement of the Concept Master Plan of 2019. The business plan of the future Botanical Garden was developed at the end of 2015. That plan assumes that the Master Plan is developed and approved in the next year. Interim strategies are being developed to be ready the implement the plan in 3 to 5 years.

Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? Accomplishments
Developed aLong-range Financial Business Plan
Consulting with Nationally Renowned Garden Planner for Master Garden Plan Updates
Developed a Marketing Plan with strategies to generate more pubic awareness, visitation, community partners and rental income. Planned and implemented strategies funded by $19,000 grant from Winter Park Community Foundation awarded in Spring 2015 (notified of grant selection in fall 2014.)
Celebrated the Garden's 75th Anniversary. MBG hosted celebration honoring the garden's founders and long-time connection with Rollins College raised $40,000 (donations and celebration sponsorship). Over 50% of the funds raised were from new donors.


Invasive plant removed; continued spraying
Restoration of native plants in specific areas
Camellia Garden properly pruned and 400+ new donated camellias planted
Greenhouse restoration and surrounding collections of TL Mead plants
The Grove performance venue (FSYO partnership)
The Barn repurposed for summer camp and other programs
Partnerships with special interest (expert) groups
Lease agreement with the City
City Annual Support in budget
Summer Camp’s outstanding leadership and full enrollment
Executive Director and support staff skilled, wise and dedicated
Increased budget, sound fiscal procedures in place
Database management updated and sustainable


The leadership of MBG has learned that progress requires creativity and planning with the engagement of many resources in the community. MGB provides the glue and the medium for cooperation, collaborative design and commitment.

Programs
Description

The Board of Mead Botanical Garden recognizes that children spend little time outdoors and even less time exploring a natural environment. Our programs are designed to educate and excite children about nature, establish in them a lasting love for the natural world so they will become informed citizens who help preserve and protect the earth and its creatures. The current Mead Young Naturalist Summer Camp program focuses on exposing children to the plants, wetlands and wildlife that co-exist in the garden.   Our goal is to establish year-round programming.

 
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Adults
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Our summer programs will feature challenges for youth that they:
- spend at least 5 hours less a week watching TV or playing video games and using that time to play, ride bicycles, playing games, etc. outside in their neighborhoods or in parks,
- ensure their families are using good ecological conservation in their homes,
- register their pledge fulfillment on our Mead Garden website.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Our goal is that 100% of our youth participants will pledge and fulfill the giving of at least 15 community service hours per year to an environmental cause AND demonstrate conservation behavior changes through commitments to reduce water, energy consumption and making personal contributions to mitigate others' negative contributions. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Youth program pledges and fulfillment measures will be collected through our program communications and related success/progress communicated on our website.
Description
Mead Garden Young Naturalist Summer Camp was born out of the 30-year-old field trip program for Orange County Public School elementary students. The Friends of Mead Garden asked the school year Environmental Education staff to adapt their program for week-long summer camp and funded the first summer camp in 2004.  Since then, the program has grown to  six one-week sessions during June and July, serving 35 children per week.
 
Each day, Young Naturalist campers explore Mead Garden's unique wildlife habitats, play games and engage in age-appropriate arts & crafts and outdoor adventure.  Campers learn about wildlife, wetlands, plants, insects, ecology and environmental awareness through fun activities and expert guest visitors to the camp. 
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Description
The Mead Community Garden is located in the Northwest corner of Mead Garden. The Mead Community Garden offers members the opportunity to plant and tend to their own raised vegetable garden beds.  Quarterly educational programs are conducted to expand the member's gardening knowledge and expertise.  The Community Garden has been supported by a generous grant from the Winter Park Health Foundation.
 
The garden includes beds devoted to growing food for Second Harvest Food Bank. The Community Garden has served as a field trip destination for nearby pre-schools and Kindergartens.  Children have the opportunity to taste vegetables fresh out of the ground and to harvest crops grown for the food banks.  
 
Population Served Adults
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Orange County Master Gardener Volunteers mentor participants in the Demonstration Community Garden and will be excellent role models to encourage volunteerism from other organizations throughout Orange County.

Description
Near the entrance to the Mead Botanical Garden is the Greenhouse and Legacy Garden area.  This area is the central hub for the volunteer horticultural team. A "learning garden" consisting of several planting beds has been created here. Established by Horticultural Director Randy Knight,  volunteers come together every week to maintain and care for the plants and beds.
 
 A beautiful, informal Butterfly Garden can be found beside the historic pole barn, near the entrance to the board walk.  This garden is tended by Ann Clement, Alice Mikkleson and other volunteers ensure garden pollinators have a place to thrive.
 
Population Served
Comments
CEO Comments
Challenges and opportunities are as follows: funding for restoration of the Garden's historic botanical collections and restoration of the wetlands, Lake Lillian and Howell Creek.  Funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has been committed, and additional funds are being sought to restore this vital area of the garden.  Other challenges/opportunities are increasing public awareness of the Garden and its wonderfully unique features... encouraging children and adults to explore this incredible urban oasis. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Jeffrey Blydenburgh
Company Affiliation Jeffrey Blydenburgh Architect, LLC, President
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Jeffrey Blydenburgh, Pres 2014-17 Jeffrey Blydenburgh Architect, LLC, PresidentVoting
Carol Cavanaugh retired Orlando Health Volunteer ManagerVoting
Phyllis, Secretary Dotherow Retired Administrator, Community VolunteerVoting
Sue Foreman Community Volunteer/Retired EducatorVoting
Ashley Fraebel WP Chamber of Commerce, Director of EventsVoting
Peter Gottfried Natural Systems Analysts IncVoting
Bobby Hartnett Pres/CEO -Transportation Expressway Authority Members of Florida /Frmr FL LegislatorVoting
John Holland City of Winter Park Director of Parks and RecVoting
Charlene Hotaling, Vice President VP, Branch Mgr, Floridian BankVoting
Linda Keen Community VolunteerVoting
Beverly Lassiter Retired Community Relations, Jax Electric Authority (Former WP Garden Club President)Voting
Susan League Retired Art AdministratorVoting
Thomas McMacken AECOMVoting
Beverly McNeil Fannie Hillman AssociatesVoting
Nora Miller, Esq. Grey-Robinson Attorneys at LawVoting
Lyzette SanGermain, Esq. Mediation Atty practices in Spanish & EnglishVoting
Bill Weir, Treasurer, 2012-14 Pres. Retired ManufacturerVoting
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu,
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Other (if specified) 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Board Governance
Finance
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
Advisory Board
NameCompany Affiliation
Troy Attaway City of Winter Park, Public Works Director
Mark Ausley VHB
Catherine Bowman Florida Native Plant Society, Tarflower Chapter
Dr. Paul Butler Retired Educator, University of Oxford (Science)
Ann Clement Retired (Garden Palette)
Bill Cullina Ex Dir, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden
Dru Dennison City of Winter Park Arborist
Tim Egan City of Winter Park/Lakes & Waterways Division
Tom MacCubbin Florida's Plant Doctor - Former UF Extension
Larry Martin Audubon Society, Orange County
Forest Michael Michael Planning, Inc.
Alice Mikkleson Trustee Emeritus
Brenda Miller Education Consultant - Na. Early Care and Education Collaboration
Sarah Sprinkel Commissioner, City of Winter Park
Comments
CEO Comments In our conscious effort to move from a Stage I to Stage II board, we began  amending our governance systems in 2014. We continue to research best and appropriate practices through participation in the Rollins Philanthropy Center and attending professional conferences such as ANCA and American Public Garden’s Association. We have adapted and implemented organizational strategies as we are able to hire professional staff to take on the roles originally established and filled by volunteer board and community members.
We've also taken advantage of the Rollins consultation and from various experts in the non-profit governance field. We recognize that the garden's long term success depends on our getting the people relationships right.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Cynthia Hasenau
Term Start Feb 2012
Email cynthiahasenau@yahoo.com
Experience Cynthia L. Hasenau is MBG Inc.'s Executive Director. Cynthia’s has over 25 years of experience managing organizations and leading large-scale projects and volunteer initiatives. Prior to joining MBG, she was with Rollins College where she served as Director of Management & Executive Education. Previously, she was a human resources manager at the Orlando Sentinel, responsible for training & development, employee relations & environmental health & safety.

Cynthia holds a Masters degree from Rollins College in Human Resource Management and is a graduate of Kansas State University.
CEO Salary Range $50,001 - $75,000
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
NameStartEnd
Mr. Jeffery Blydenburgh June 2011Feb 2012
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 513
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Senior Staff
Title
Experience/Biography

Summary of Qualifications

· Fundraising, Special Events, Non Profit Management, Personnel Management, Budget Analysis, Volunteer Management, Database Management, Portfolio Management, Grant Management

· Establish relationships with area organizations to maintain professional involvement and integrity with community partners.

Relevant Experience

Fundraising Development.

· Organize annual fundraiser with actual donations of $55,000+.

· Event planning including community outreach to secure high-level sponsors and participants, delegating volunteer responsibilities & securing appropriate venue/vendors.

· Managing community visibility in person and through social media/media outlets.

· Post-event evaluation to analyze anticipated v actual donations, community interest & media outreach to maximize anticipated fundraising goals.

Executive Office Management.

· Managed and directed up to 350 volunteers at special events. Organized volunteer events with United Way and Hands On Orlando. Currently, manage up to 15 volunteers daily.

· Periodic report processing including month-end reports etc.

· Established and maintain social media presence up-to-date to interest.

Employment Summary

Girl Scouts of Citrus, Orlando, Florida

Director of Development, November 2014 to September 2015

Winter Park Day Nursery, Winter Park, Florida

Director of Administration/Volunteer Coordinator, 2009 to November 2014

Apex Marketing and Network Solutions, Orlando, Florida

Administrative Assistant, 2009 - 2010

Point 2 Inc, Orlando, Florida

Owner/Operator of AT&T Call Center, 2009

Skills

· Advanced in Microsoft Office, Social Media Marketing, Database Development, IT/Web Content, HTML, Application Development, Internet Information Server

· Customer Service and Relationship Management, Data Entry, Document Creation and Maintenance

· Confidentiality Assurance, Problem Solving, Project Coordination/Management, Medical Documentation

· Confidential Correspondence and Data

Organizations

· Association of Fundraising Professionals – Board member

· Winter Park Executive Women – Committee Member

· Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

· Leadership Winter Park – Class 23 & Alumni Association

Other
CEO Comments Mead Botanical Garden consists of 47-acres of beautiful uplands, wetlands, garden areas and park amenities. It is open to the public year round, without admission.

- MBG Inc. has a core group of devoted financial supporters, in addition to the annual operating and capital funding provided by the City of Winter Park. Developing additional revenue streams to further financial sustainability is a top priority for the organization.

- The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra presented Mead Garden with an extraordinary opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Central Florida community through construction of the Grove performance pavilion. Now complete, this beautiful outdoor venue requires expertise to oversee its programming and marketing to maximize benefits to the community - in education,cultural events, entertainment and corporate events.

- A revised master plan for the garden was approved by the City of Winter Park in 2011. Executing this master plan is a high priority for MBG Inc. Board of Trustees. Elements of this plan include designing the paths and walk-ways throughout the acreage, designating placement of tended garden areas, realigning the driveway and planning of other facilities.

- Expansion of horticultural and educational programming beyond the existing garden classes and Mead Young Naturalist Summer Camp is a priority. Improvements to the Discovery Barn and renovation of the existing environmental lab building where programming occurs are planned.
State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Apr
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2016
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
20152015 990
2014990
2013MBG Inc 990 2013 Signed
2012990 unsigned
2012990 signature page
2011990 GS
2010990
2009990
2008990
2007990
2006990
2005990
Audit Documents
YearDocument
20152015 Audit
20142014 audit
2013MBG Inc. 2013 Audit
2012Audit
2011MBG Inc. 2011 Audit
2010Audit
2009Audit
2008Audit
2007Audit
2006Audit
IRS Letter of Determination
MBG IRS 501(c)3 Letter - updated name
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$5,000
Government Contributions$185,000$0$200,000
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$200,000
Unspecified$185,000$0$0
Individual Contributions$56,000$119,787$51,837
$0$0$0
$91,027$68,166$38,361
Investment Income, Net of Losses$205$7$11
Membership Dues$845$739$780
Special Events$0$6,204$8,243
Revenue In-Kind$14,722$0$26,734
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$168,118$71,232$50,000
Administration Expense$46,551$54,916$31,521
Fundraising Expense$45,911$22,159$16,373
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.331.313.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%48%51%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%18%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,096,952$966,765$879,217
Current Assets$299,211$207,402$247,236
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$14$5,406$4,011
Total Net Assets$1,096,938$961,359$875,217
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment $185,000Individuals $119,787Government $200,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $56,000Earned Revenue $68,166Individuals $51,837
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $91,027Special Events $6,204Earned Revenue $38,361
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities21372.2138.3761.64
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments The FMG board operated conservatively in the beginning, raising charter member and member dollars since 2003, without significant disbursement until plans were ready for garden revitalization. Now after the successful master planning process, we have begun to utilize and expend funds for campaign readiness, education programs, garden improvements and membership development.
 In Fall 2011, the City of Winter Park made a multi-year financial commitment to provide the Mead Botanical Garden with $200,000 in annual funding for operating and capital expenses.  

In 2016, as move the Master Plan forward, we anticipate greater capital expenditures.  We're also aggressively expanding the garden's educational and cultural programs because of significant site and corporate capacity improvements.  We are on the verge of a great leap forward in reaching our ultimate goals and the budget shows it.

MBG conducts an annual appeal campaign, along with two other fund-raising events:  the Great Duck Derby and the GROWvember Plant Sale. In late 2014, the Winter Park Community Foundation awarded MBG a "challenge" grant associated with obtaining 50 new donor/members.   MBG is well on its way to achieving this goal with its 2014 year end appeal and new initiatives in 2014, and looks forward to accepting the $19,000 grant.  The grant also provides $2,000 for training/development for MBG's Executive Director.  

Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990. 990 and audit are reconciled.
2012: Audit not yet available from firm.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Documents
Nonprofit Mead Botanical Garden Inc.
Address PO Box 1227
Winter Park, FL 32790
Primary Phone (407) 599-2800
Contact Email info@meadgarden.org
CEO/Executive Director Cynthia Hasenau
Board Chair Jeffrey Blydenburgh
Board Chair Company Affiliation Jeffrey Blydenburgh Architect, LLC, President
Year of Incorporation 2003