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RBG Giving Programs

By supporting Royal Botanical Gardens, you give the children of today and tomorrow the gift of nature.

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature.

Giving Program Options

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Mark Runciman Tribute Fund 

After 36 years with Royal Botanical Gardens, Mark Runciman, CEO, has announced he is retiring on December 31, 2020. Mark has led RBG through a period of renewal and growth with many new developments, which transformed RBG to a year-round attraction. His latest accomplishment and perhaps his greatest lasting legacy is the recent development of RBG’s 25-year Master Plan. Mark has made a big impact at RBG and in the community and will be missed by all. 

To celebrate Mark’s legacy, RBG has created the Mark Runciman Tribute Fund.  The fund will support RBG during this difficult pandemic year and focus on RBG’s vital projects such as plant propagation, aquatic revitalization, habitat protection and RBG’s many conservation and education programs, including our new RBG at Home digital education program for children and educators. 

Princess Point Restoration Project

With your support, we will build a new, accessible observation platform and replant native species to protect and restore this fragile environment. The new platform combined with trail upgrades will allow visitors to appreciate one of the top five lookouts in Cootes Paradise without trampling plants and eroding the shoreline. 

Children Smelling Bird Of Paradise Flower

Supporting RBG During COVID-19

You and your loved ones rely on plants for food and the air we breathe. Plants power many aspects of our economy and define and sustain our planet’s ecosystems and habitats. Beyond these undeniable practical benefits for life, plants accomplish something more. They bring meaning and inspiration to life.

By supporting Royal Botanical Gardens, you ensure that Canada’s largest botanical garden remains an essential place to help people connect and care for plants and nature.

Growing Up Green

You can help us Plant Seeds for Life! With a donation to Growing up Green, you can ensure an active, vibrant and healthy future for the children of today and tomorrow through our horticultural and conservation projects and award-winning educational programming.
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Green Angels

You can be a Green Angel to a child in need today! Your donation will provide the helping hands that guide disadvantaged, special needs and new Canadian children to that magical place where they can explore, learn and let their imagination grow in a safe environment – the natural world of Royal Botanical Gardens.
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Tribute and Memorial Program

Tribute gifts are a meaningful way to cherish today’s events and yesterday’s memories. Is there someone in your life that you would like to honour, celebrate or commemorate, or is there a special occasion for which you would like to say, “you are in my thoughts,” like a birthday, anniversary or a shared memory? Let someone know that you are thinking of them by making a donation to Royal Botanical Gardens.

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Legacy Giving Program

Royal Botanical Gardens depends on its members, donors and volunteers to continue our important charitable work. Our Legacy Program is a way to show your commitment now, without affecting your income today. Legacy gifts can take many forms: a bequest, charitable gift annuity, RRSP/RRIF or life insurance policy. Each of these options can provide a significant tax advantage and RBG recommends donors seek legal and financial planning advice when making such a gift.

To learn more about how you can make a planned gift and/or other tax-saving giving options, please call 905-527-1158 (1-800-694-4769), ext. 295.

How to Donate

Donate Online

Donating online with a credit card is quick, easy and secure.

Donate By Phone

To place a donation over the phone, please contact us at: 905-527-1158 or 1-800-694-4769 ext. 514

Donate By Mail

To make a donation by mail, please download and print the Donation Form. Complete the form and mail it along with your cheque, payable to Royal Botanical Gardens, or your credit card information, to: Royal Botanical Gardens PO Box 399 Hamilton, ON L8N 3H8.

Your Gifts at Work

Read our 2019 Donor Accountability Report to see how your generous donations supported RBG’s mission-based initiatives.

Contact the Development Team

Do you have a question about donating to Royal Botanical Gardens, or are you interested in setting up an estate gift? Fill out the form below and a member of our team will get back to you.