Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc. DBA Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Birmingham, AL)


  • Name:Drew Rickel

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  • Organization Name:Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc. DBA Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens
  • Address:2612 Lane Park Road
    Birmingham, AL 35223
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:205-414-3955

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  • Mission:
  • Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens promotes public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment and receives, raises and administers resources for these purposes.

  • Overview:
  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a partnership between the City of Birmingham and Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, an organization of 2,700 family and individual members who support The Gardens. Through funding and advocacy, The Friends further restoration, preservation and development of The Gardens as a resource for everyone in the community. The Friends promote knowledge and appreciation of plants and the environment with educational offerings to over 350,000 visitors annually.
    To achieve its goals, The Friends provides free science-based education programs to more than 10,000 schoolchildren annually, grows 3,000 pounds of food annually that is donated to local food banks, offer free weekend programming to families and people of all mental and physical capabilities, and more.

  • History:
  • In 1960 Birmingham Mayor James W. Morgan spearheaded the movement to establish Birmingham Botanical Gardens on 69 acres east of the city's zoo in Lane Park, on the south side of Red Mountain. "Morgan was interested in developing the city he loved, and the city would not have developed the same way without him," explained James A. Head, former chairman of the campaign to locate the zoo at Lane Park. Despite objections from the Park & Recreation Board, Mayor Morgan went to Montreal to inspect the greenhouses at the Montreal Botanical Gardens and ask their curator, Dr. Henry E. Teuscher, to design a master plan for Birmingham. Morgan envisioned Birmingham's Gardens as "the biggest attraction of this type in the Southeast."

    In 1964, The Birmingham Botanical Society, Inc., a non-profit corporation, was founded as a "membership organization to support and improve The Gardens." From that day forward the society's volunteers, fundraising efforts and support staff helped maintain and develop The Gardens. Today both the City of Birmingham and Birmingham Botanical Society are committed to the continuing growth of The Gardens. This public/private partnership began in October of 1964, one year after the official opening of The Gardens. The City of Birmingham provides Birmingham Botanical Gardens with financial and operational commitments on an annual basis. Currently, The Gardens is part of the Birmingham Parks & Recreation Board under the auspices of Director Melvin Miller. Birmingham Botanical Society dba Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Friends is a member and donor based organization that supports and improves The Gardens. In November 2001 Friends hired its first paid Executive Director and CEO, Mr. Frederick R. Spicer, Jr. The executive director links the City and Friends of The Gardens by working with both the Birmingham Parks & Recreation Board and the non-profit Board of Directors.

  • Year established:1964
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:27
  • Staff size:18


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:63-0495111

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:630495111
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  • Organization Address:2612 LANE PARK RD
  • Organization City:MOUNTAIN BRK
  • Organization State:AL
  • Organization Zip:35223-1802
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1964
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):402, 059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other activity aimed t combating community deterioration, Other school related activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C114
  • Asset Amount:$16,499,262
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,438,355
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,074,158
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:35:55 pm

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