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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Queens Botanical Garden Society

A BBB Accredited charity


  • Meets all standards

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Queens Botanical Garden Society
43-50 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
Year, State Incorporated:
1948, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Queen's Botanical Garden Society meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.



Environmental Leadership: Dedicated to promoting environmentally-sustainable practices, in 2007, QBG opened its 16,000 square-foot Visitor & Administration Building which was awarded Platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Using geo-thermal heating and cooling, and zero oil or natural gas, it consumes 40% less energy and 80% less water than a comparably-sized conventional building. This theme extends to the innovative Parking Garden, opened in spring 2011, where native plants, permeable pavers and other features form a beautiful and functional landscape that manages storm water runoff on site and helps mitigate urban heat island effect.

Botanical Exhibits: Our horticulture staff works devotedly to maintain and improve our plant displays. Recent renovations include expansion of the Herb Garden, Woodland Garden, and a Rose Garden that focuses on sustainable care and pest-resistant cultivars. New gardens include the Ornamental Grass Garden which highlights the beauty and diversity of plants in the grass family.

Education: The Garden is the primary source of botanical education for children and adults in Queens. Environmental Education Workshops serve more than 16,000 school children each academic year, and demand continues to grow.

Teacher Training: QBG's Professional Development staff works with NYC public school districts to provide professional training in science, technology, engineering, and math courses, and to offer teachers customized science content courses. Since 2008, QBG's training program has reached over 3,000 teachers.

Urban Advantage: The Garden is a founding partner in the Urban Advantage program, a citywide science education initiative that connects middle schools, their teachers, students, and families with the excitement and process of scientific discovery and learning.

Green Jobs Training Program: Utilizing the technologies embedded in the Visitor & Administration Building and years of experience in environmental education, in fall 2011 QBG launched a "green collar" job training program in partnership with LaGuardia Community College. Targeted to unemployed workers, the program has to date an impressive 64% job placement rate.

Public Programs: Art Exhibitions, Concert Series, 4 Seasonal Festivals, Workshops, Tours. QBG's public programs bring tens of thousands of people to the Garden every year to enjoy special events of every kind.

Compost Project: QBG is leader in helping community members learn about the benefits of composting and teaching them the best methods to do so.This past year, staff presented 70 workshops, educating 1,700 children and adults about why and how to compost in an urban environment.

HSBC Children's Garden: In sessions covering 3 seasons, children learn to prepare soil, select and plant seeds, care for and harvest vegetables, flowers, and herbs using organic gardening practices.

Intergenerational Garden and Food Pantry Project: Launched in spring 2012, the Intergenerational Garden and Food Pantry Project has recruited a committed core of local gardeners who grow vegetables not only for their own consumption, but also to supply local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Community Engagement: QBG hosts multiple groups of community members who come to the Garden through organizations such as the Summer Youth Employment Program, the Korean Community Service Society, the Lexington School for the Deaf, AARP, Catholic Charities, and many others."


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Susan Lacerte, Executive Director
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Frank Mirovsky
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Manager, Airport Maintenance Services / Laguardia Airport Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (Retired)
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet
Fund raising costs were 5.3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $3,164,556, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Queen's Botanical Garden Society's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

New York City appropriations


Foundation grants


Other grants




New York State grants


NYC Department of Sanitation grant


Rental of facilities


Fundraising events, net of expenses of $26,503


Other NYC grants


Individual contributions


Admission fees


Corporate grants




Parking fees


In-kind contributions


Gift shop and other sales


Net investment income


Other income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Education and public programs


Ground care and security


Visitor services


Planning/capital projects and research

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 86%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative 10% 
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Beginning net assets $20,369,360
Ending net assets 20,216,694
Total liabilities 1,851,098

Total assets



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