A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

December 4, 2017

Philanthropy Dig Deeper

A Mission Born and Sustained by Philanthropy

The Arnold Arboretum is a public-private partnership of the City of Boston and Harvard University, but derives all funding from past and present philanthropy. Indeed, the Arboretum was founded through the bequests of two donors, farmer Benjamin Bussey and whaling merchant James Arnold. Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent, whose donation of 6,000 volumes established the Library and Archives, solicited friends and neighbors to support the institution as members of The Friends of the Arnold Arboretum. Contemporary funds created by Arboretum supporters sustain such programs as our Field Studies Experiences for schoolchildren, opportunities for student scientists, and our summer internships in horticulture. Help the Arboretum continue its mission by making a gift to the annual fund.

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