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.A little seed money goes a long way in Granny’s Gardens.


It costs about $100 per student per year (about $4 per student per class) to provide the program. About 20% of that amount is raised through in-kind donations (donations of goods/services). About 55% of our funding comes from grants and donations from foundations and individuals outside of Loveland, such as the Meshewa Farm Foundation.   Granny’s Plant Sale (first Saturday in May) generates about 10%. We count on GGS Boosters, Bouquet Club memberships, and other generous donors to make up the difference.

Though based on school grounds, Granny’s Garden School is not funded by the school districts we serve.  The reality is that if we depended on schools to fund Schoolyard Nature Education Gardens, they would not exist – not because administrators do not value them but because they cannot afford them. Granny’s Garden School is recognized as a  separate 501 (c)(3) non-profit organized by the United States Treasury and is funded by donations, grants and various fundraisers.  Granny’s Garden School is an efficient, cost-effective organization that is known for getting the most out of every resource at our disposal.

We consider our supporters as direct partners who help us make it possible for kids to benefit from connecting with and learning from their environment.

100% of donor contributions go directly to Granny’s Garden School programs.

Our Transparency

We invite donors to visit the gardens, assist with a class and witness the impact of their contributions firsthand.  Meet with us and learn how our operations run and where each dollar is spent.

  • We have 13 staff members – all but two are part-time/seasonal.  The hours of our part/time seasonal personnel are equivalent of two full-time people.
  • We rely heavily on volunteers for many support positions, including more than 1,000 corporate, high school and college students  each year to help maintain the education gardens and discovery trails and work special events,  (6,000 – 8,000 hours – the equavilent of three full time people.).
  • Most of our supply and service needs are met with in-kind donations

990 Financial Reports

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