Support the Garden

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a private, non-profit, research, conservation and education institution offering enriching experiences to the public.

image of SBBG 'Donate Now' buttonContributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations are essential to support our core operations, and to build and maintain our outstanding collections and unique California-native garden displays.



You can help us achieve our current goals with your gifts:

Annual Giving

Special Projects

  • Campbell Bridge - the bridge spanned Mission Creek and burned in the Jesusita Fire. It was a critical crossing enabling visitors to make a loop through the canyon rather than retrace steps or cross over uneven boulders.  The Garden raised $100,000 needed to replace this bridge.  Construction began in December 2012 and was completed in February, 2013.
  • Replace Server & computer stations - the Garden struggles to stay current with computer equipment. Currently the Garden's server is in danger of crashing and needs to be replaced. Additionally, a number of staff are using computers that are greater than 5 years old. These computers will not permit access to many of the programs and databases we use today and thus limit and hinder staff ability to achieve our mission. We estimate $20,000 needed to replace the server and upgrade enough computer stations to bring the Garden's computer system up to today's needs.
  • Renovate public restroom to ADA compliance - the Garden has devised a cost effective means to provide handicap accessible restrooms, an item in high demand and unavailable in over 85 years of service to the public. We will convert half of the men's restroom into a family facility that is handicap accessible for a cost of $15,000.

In-Kind Gifts

Gifts of goods and services help support our horticulture, education, and research efforts and may provide you with a charitable gift deduction. Contact us for more information on these giving opportunities.

Donate Your Car to the Garden

Mother Nature's carHave an unwanted car you would like to donate to support the Garden? The process is easy thanks to our new partner, CARS. They will handle the pick-up and sale of your vehicle plus all the associated paperwork. You receive a tax deduction for your donation, and the Garden receives a check for 80 percent of the net sale proceeds.

For more information and to schedule a pick-up that’s convenient for you, call 855-500-RIDE (7433) or click here to complete your donation online.  Not sure?  Call or send an e-mail to Nina Dunbar in the Garden’s Development Office to discuss what works best for you (805-682-4726, ext. 151).

Shop AmazonSmile

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is enrolled in the Amazon Smile program

This program gives you a simple and automatic way to support SBBG and California's native plants every time you shop! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the Garden.


Confidentiality Statement

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is committed to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of our donors. We value the trust you place in us by giving to our institution and take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard the integrity of the information you provide us.

Our Use of Personal Information

From time to time, Garden staff will request you provide personal information to us. This information includes, but is not limited to, your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. This information is considered private and is used for internal purposes only. We restrict access to your personal information to those employees who process your donation and provide you with our services. All employees sign a confidentiality statement as a condition of their employment. Under no circumstances will we share, loan, barter, or sell information about you to any third party. If you authorize us in writing to provide your information to a trusted third party such as your accountant or attorney, we will oblige. Lastly, there may be times we disclose information because we are legally required to do so pursuant to a subpoena or court order.

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through
our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices.