Milestone met: Botanic Gardens hits Longwood goal early

Laura Walter | Coastal Point | September 23, 2016

DBG organizers proved their mettle with donations and a bunch of multi-year pledges.It’s a garden party unlike any other. The Delaware Botanic Gardens haven’t opened their gates yet, but they’re making big strides as they create southern Delaware’s first garden attraction.

Organizers announced that they’ve surpassed their most recent fundraising goals six months early, according to Raymond Sander, DBG vice president.

Last winter, the Longwood Foundation agreed to donate up to $750,000 (that’s $500,000 upfront, plus another $250,000 when DBG raises another $500,000).

The Delaware Botanic Garden met their matching goal by raising a half-million dollars by the night of the Farm Dinner, although they had until March of 2017 to meet Longwood’s deadline.

“We felt we really needed to go full-blast and use the Longwood Foundation grant as a spur [to fundraise],” Sander said. “It’s really a wonderful demonstration of how much enthusiasm and local support we have of the project.”

“So it was creative philanthropy,” Sander said.

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Sheryl Swed, Peter Carter, Gregg Tepper, and First Lady Carla Markell celebrated the organization's successful fundraising. Photographs by Tyler Valliant, Coastal Point

Sheryl Swed, Peter Carter, Gregg Tepper, and First Lady Carla Markell celebrated the organization's successful fundraising. Photographs by Tyler Valliant, Coastal Point

Thumbnail photograph by Tyler Valliant, Coastal Point: First Lady Carla Markell, left, spends time with Sheryl Swed at the annual Farm Dinner at Good Earth Market on September 15.