Strengthening the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Proposal Summary

Your sponsorship of the Dallas Arboretum Plant Trials Program will help us offset the annual costs of the following key areas:

  • Plant Trials Field Day
  • Upgrading and maintaining trial grounds
  • Funding to visit CAST, OFA and other business trips
  • Internship program
  • Website, software, computer, camera, and other technology
  • Maintenance of our greenhouse and growing areas

*If you have specific area you would like to sponsor please contact me directly.

Benefits & Sponsorship Levels

As a Trials Program Sponsor of any amount you will be listed as a sponsor of the Dallas Arboretum Plant Trials Program on our website, as a Field Day Sponsor and on our donor sign in our Main Trial Garden. As our sponsor you are licensed to list your advertising as a sponsor of the Dallas Arboretum Plant Trials Program for 1 year. Additional benefits are free memberships, advertising in newsletters, and free rentals (dependent on the amount given).

Please see donor levels below:

$500 – Copper Sponsor

  • 6 complimentary Arboretum admission passes
  • 2 complimentary Field Day admission passes
  • Employee volunteer opportunities

$1,000 – Bronze Sponsor

  • 10 complimentary Arboretum admission passes
  • 4 complimentary Field Day admission passes
  • Employee volunteer opportunities
  • Donor recognition in Arboretum newsletter
  • Sponsorship recognition in Arboretum quarterly entertainment guide
  • Sponsorship recognition in Arboretum website

$1,500 – Silver Sponsor

  • 25 complimentary Arboretum admission passes
  • 4 complimentary Field Day admission passes
  • 4 one-year complimentary Family memberships, including year-round admission for up to 6 people per visit per membership and complimentary parking
  • Employee volunteer opportunities
  • Donor recognition in Arboretum newsletter
  • Sponsorship recognition in Arboretum quarterly entertainment guide
  • Sponsorship recognition in Arboretum website

$2,500 – Gold Sponsor

  • 25 complimentary Arboretum admission passes
  • 6 complimentary Field Day admission passes
  • 4 one-year complimentary Family memberships, including year-round admission for up to 6 people per visit per membership and complimentary parking
  • 5 minute talk at Field Day
  • Employee volunteer opportunities
  • Donor recognition in Arboretum newsletter
  • Sponsorship recognition in Arboretum quarterly entertainment guide
  • Sponsorship recognition in Arboretum website

$5,000 – Platinum Sponsor

  • 50 complimentary Arboretum admission passes
  • 10 complimentary Field Day admission passes
  • 6 one-year complimentary Family memberships, including year-round admission for up to 6 people per visit per membership and complimentary parking
  • 5 minute talk at Field Day
  • Employee volunteer opportunities
  • Donor recognition in Arboretum newsletter
  • Sponsorship recognition in Arboretum quarterly entertainment guide
  • Sponsorship recognition in Arboretum website
  • Promotional sponsorship opportunities: in press releases for sponsored event, on promotional materials for sponsored event and corporate signage at the Arboretum plaza entrance (gift must be received by print deadline)
  • Complimentary rental of the Camp House or Rosin Hall (Sunday through Thursday, as available) for up to 200 guests*
  • 5 complimentary invitations to the annual Corporate Appreciation Dinner

*In-Kind donations receive benefits at 50% value

Employee participation

Many of the Arboretum’s volunteers come from participating corporations, and we invite your employees to join in the year-round effort. Volunteers provide a wide variety of services – taking tickets, selling in the gift shop, assisting with children’s classes, recording research data and even planting. Naturally, Autumn at the Arboretum will provide enjoyable activities for employee participation. The Arboretum will be happy to work with your firm to arrange special employee volunteer options for these events.

Importance of Corporate Support

Incorporated in 1974 as a nonprofit organization, the mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is to build and maintain a public garden that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for earth sciences education and research. The Arboretum was established at Everette DeGolyer Estate in 1977 and expanded to the adjacent Alexander Camp Estate in 1980. The combined 66-acre garden, wholly owned by the City of Dallas and managed by the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, Inc., opened to the public in 1984.

It takes substantial private support, including gifts from generous corporate partners, to build and maintain the Dallas Arboretum as a valued asset for North Texas. The annual $15 million budget is funded by ticket sales and earned income (48 percent), philanthropy (40 percent), and the City of Dallas (less than two percent). Careful stewardship of financial resources has allowed the Arboretum to operate with a balanced budget for 19 consecutive years, but it takes substantial private support to offer the Plant Trial Program.

Summary

We are very grateful for the support.   We share your love for our city, and value your help in providing a beautiful garden for those who live and visit here. We appreciate your consideration of continuing our partnership in 2014.

NOTES:
Complimentary Venue Rental up to 200 guests. Over 200 guests, incremental fees will apply.
Direct expenses may include, but are not limited to:
Tables: No charge for standard tables/chairs normally available within the Arboretum’s inventory at the specific venue site. Other tables or chairs can be rented on the client’s behalf for an additional cost.
Linens: Will be provided up to the Arboretum’s existing inventory for a fee of $21 per drape. Any linens out of inventory will be rented at sponsor’s expense.
Client must use Dallas Arboretum approved catering, and some locations have food/beverage restrictions.
Any equipment not included in the Arboretum’s inventory will be charged at market rate.
Valet parking: At the Camp House, valet parking is not required for events with 75 guests or less. For events with 75 or more guests, valet is a requirement.
Estimated 2012 valet cost: $25 per valet attendant per hour; minimum of 4 hours per valet
Rental site manager: $50 – required for coordination of event
Set-up fee: $50-$250, depending upon venue and extensiveness of setup
Event facilitator(s): $25 per hour (minimum of two hours). Required for setup, duration and breakdown of event.
Gate attendant: $25 per hour (minimum of two hours)
Dallas Police Officer: $52 per hour (required with functions serving alcohol or evening functions; minimum four hours)