FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lori Hoke – Desert Botanical Garden Interim Director of Marketing
Phone: 480 481.8101
Stacie Beute – Central Arizona Conservation Alliance Program Lead
Phone: 480 481m8187
Desert Botanical Garden has received a grant totaling ($135,000) from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
“This grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust ensures that the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, a Garden-led consortium of more than 50 stakeholders across the Valley, can advance our mutual goals of studying, restoring, and promoting the desert mountain preserves of metro Phoenix, one of our community’s most treasured resources,” said Ken Schutz, The Dr. William Huizingh Executive Director of the Garden.
The Central Arizona Conservation Alliance was first established by the Garden with initial funding from the Trust. In its first three years, the Garden and its Alliance partners bridged critical gaps in regional conservation, and made inroads towards improved environmental conditions through increased community involvement and implementation of best practices by land managers. The Trust’s recent grant will give the Alliance additional resources to continue the on-the-ground programs already in place and to work collectively towards a regional conservation strategy for open spaces in Maricopa County. When complete, the strategy will provide the roadmap for achieving the highest priority of the Alliance: a sustainable system of preserves that supports healthy ecosystems and provides beautiful, safe open spaces for healthy communities.
“During her career, Nina Mason Pulliam shared her financial success and business leadership skills with many charities. She had a keen awareness of challenges that face our community and would take great pride in the outstanding work being done by organizations like Desert Botanical Garden," said Carol Schilling, Trustee chair. "Through her Trust, we continue to build on her legacy, which clearly reflects her heart for philanthropy."
The grant to Desert Botanical Garden represents one of 26 awarded to non-profit organizations in Arizona by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust during the first of two grant cycles this year. Since the Trust began its grant making in 1998, it has awarded more than $260 million to 933 nonprofit organizations in its home states of Arizona and Indiana. For more information about the Trust and its programs visit www.ninapulliamtrust.org.
Central Arizona Conservation Alliance
The Central Arizona Conservation Alliance works to ensure the recreational and ecological sustainability of the mountain parks and preserve system in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Alliance unites a network of land managers, scientists, educators, community members, and conservation-based non-profit organizations to coordinate a wide range of activities and programs focused on community engagement, research, restoration, and promotion of our mountain parks. For more information about the Alliance, visit www.mymountainparks.org.
Desert Botanical Garden
A “Phoenix Point of Pride,” the Desert Botanical Garden is one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums. It is a privately funded, non-profit organization and depends on revenues from admissions and gift shop sales, as well as contributions from individuals and businesses to fund its programs of environmental education, plant conservation and research. For more information about the Garden, visit www.dbg.org.