Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Inc.
811 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota FL 34236-7726
To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the world leader in the cultivation, study and display of epiphytic plants and the premier bayfront urban attraction connecting people with nature.
  • Strategically steward and expand our living and preserved plant collections to enhance Selby’s leadership position as the world renowned authority on epiphytic plants.
  • Build Selby's Visitor Engagement model by launching a Major Exhibition Program and leveraging our world-class, unique features including Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest Garden.
  • Foster a diversified Revenue Model that will yield sustainable funding for the institution by significantly increasing earned and contributed revenue, engaging new individuals and philanthropic institutions, and building upon existing relationships.
  • Attain national and international visibility for Selby Gardens by building and strengthening our institutional branding and global positioning.
  • Provide the physical and network infrastructure for staff to carry out the institution's mission.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer O. Rominiecki
Board Chair Michael J. Wilson Esq.
Board Chair Affiliation Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
General Info
Organization DBA
Selby Gardens
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1973
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Exempt 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Other Documents
Strategic Plan 2016-2021View
Impact Statement

During FY2017, Selby Gardens accomplished the following:

● Completed its transition to a “Living Museum” business model
● Opened two new major exhibitions—Selby’s Secret Garden and Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams.
● Welcomed more than 200,000 visitors, a 12% increase over the previous year
● Increased membership to 12,000+ member households
● Served more than 6,000 school children
● Increased earned revenue by 26% over FY2016
● Successfully completed the American Alliance of Museums’ re-accreditation process and were awarded accreditation, the highest national recognition
● Announced a partnership with New College of Florida, this reads strangely because other work has been done with higher-ed??
● Added a new Ph.D. Botanist, Dr. Sally Chambers, to the full-time staff
● Hosted three scientific plant conferences, participated in research expeditions in Belize and Brazil, and carried out three inventory conservation projects in Florida
● Achieved 1,059 press mentions and averaged 2 articles per week
● Paid off debt and invested in the Gardens' future
● Developed a Master Site Plan to increase visitor access to the Gardens and its collections and enhance the protection of Selby Gardens’ irreplaceable collections for future generations
During FY2018, Selby Gardens will:
● Open two major exhibitions: The Orchid Show: Earth, Air, Fire and Water and Warhol: Flowers in the Factory
● Move forward with implementation of fundraising toward its Master Site Plan designed to provide improved visitor amenities and better protect the Gardens’ world-renowned plant collections
● Introduce a new program, “Family Togetherness at Selby Gardens,” to provide multiple opportunities for underserved children and their families to participate in the Gardens’ fun and educational family events and programs
● Release a new issue of the Gardens’ juried scientific journal, Selbyana, featuring a major work on the orchids of Bolivia by Selby Gardens founder Dr. Carlyle Luer and edited by Orchid Research Center Curator Dr. Antonio Toscano de Brito
Needs Statement
  • Program Funding: $10,000 will underwrite field trips by 10 classes from Title I schools, including pre- and post-visit activities, hands-on activities, and busing; $5000 will underwrite the cost of removing and replacing one large tree; $2500 will help to underwrite ongoing research activities including expeditions and collections care.
  • Endowed Research Chair: $2,500,000. Selby Gardens is among the elite institutions that employ field botanists and taxonomists. Research and botanical knowledge are at the heart of the Gardens’ programs.
  • Master Site Plan: Selby Gardens is in the early stages of planning for a 10-year redevelopment of its 15-acre bayfront property. The proposed Master Site Plan will enhance visitor amenities, ensure the security of our world-class collections, incorporate the latest green technology, and serve as a template for the botanical gardens of the future. Naming opportunities are available.
Background Statement

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the world's only botanical garden specializing in epiphytes: plants that grow upon other plants, usually in the tree canopy, without harming them, such as orchids and bromeliads. The Gardens has recently completed its transition to a “Living Museum” model of operations, which offers rotating exhibitions, events and programs designed to attract new audiences and give tourists and members reasons to visit frequently. This new operating model has resulted in significant increases in earned revenues, allowing the Gardens to develop new programming, upgrade its facilities, hire new staff, and pay down debt. In late 2017, Selby Gardens debuted a proposed new Master Site Plan that would provide better visitor amenities, properly house and display the Gardens’ world-renowned collections, increase green space by 50%, and serve as a demonstration site for the latest green building technology.

Selby Gardens was established in 1973 with the gift of Marie Selby’s home and property to the people of Sarasota to create a garden for the enjoyment of the people. The Gardens opened to the public on July 7, 1975. This lovely oasis furnishes visitors with a place to ease the stress of everyday life, celebrate, gather, heal, and learn. Through conservation activities, botanical research, education programs for all ages, and beautiful horticultural display, Selby Gardens strives to inspire a passion for preserving the Earth’s biodiversity with a focus on plants.

The Gardens is a private, not-for-profit research and cultural institution in the heart of Sarasota. Purchases of adjacent property have enlarged Marie Selby’s original seven acre estate to fifteen acres on the shores of Sarasota Bay. Lushly-landscaped, waterfront display gardens surround two historic homes. Thousands of “hothouse” plants, including world-renowned orchid and bromeliad collections, are cared for in eight greenhouses, and these beautiful, fascinating, and rare plants are exhibited in the Tropical Conservatory as they come into bloom.

Selby Gardens is a true botanical garden: it has a documented scientific collection, assembled on more than 200 expeditions, widely recognized as the world’s best collection of epiphytes. The Gardens also holds a world-class, scientifically-documented collection of orchids and is the most biodiverse per acre of any botanical garden in the world.

In addition to its living collection, the Gardens has an excellent research library, more than 130,000 herbarium specimens, the world’s second-largest spirit collection (plants preserved in fluids), a DNA lab, and the Orchid, Bromeliad, and Gesneriad Research Centers. Selby Gardens botanists conduct expeditions (currently focused in Brazil & Belize) and Florida programs including botanical inventory of environmentally sensitive lands. Selby Gardens’ science activities supply critical baseline data necessary for conservation.

The Botany department works locally with Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, New College of Florida, the Elling Eide Foundation, and Lemur Conservation Foundation. National research affiliations include Harvard University, Missouri Botanical Garden, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Smithsonian Institution, and the Gardens also collaborates with Brazil’s Universidade Federal do Paraná, Field Museum in Chicago, and Caves Branch Botanical Gardens in Belize.

Selby Gardens educators offer a wide range of learning opportunities including tours, docents, and a school field studies program based on Florida education standards. The Gardens serves more than 6,000 students and teachers annually and partners with Title I schools and other nonprofit organizations to ensure access to those who otherwise could not visit. The Gardens also presents a music series, art and science-based exhibitions, a lecture series, and other programs.

Areas Served
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments The Gardens serves local families and individuals from Southwest Florida and visitors from around the world.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Environment
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Science & Technology
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

I feel immensely privileged to act as the Chair of Selby Gardens’ Board of Trustees, particularly at such an important moment in the Gardens’ history. As beautiful and inspiring as these Gardens were when my wife and I married here in 2003, they have grown even more lovely and impressive.

Today, Selby Gardens is going through a period of exhilarating change, including exceptional new programs and the prospect of a beautiful and innovative new campus. We have some tremendous challenges ahead of us, but this community is known for achieving what seems impossible, and I am confident that you will once again rise to the occasion and astound us with your support for one of Sarasota’s most beloved institutions.


Board Chair
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


I am delighted with the incredible progress we have made at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in the last few years. The Gardens is on a terrific upward trajectory thanks to the hard work of our board, our staff, our volunteers, and our many supporters. We could not have achieved such amazing growth without this breadth of community support..

We continue to advance our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, and the results of closely adhering to that plan are phenomenal. For instance, since 2015, admissions revenues have increased by 36%, the number of member households has increased 29% to more than 12,000, and overall revenues are up by 26%. We have made significant progress against the strategic goals set by the strategic plan, including stewarding and expanding our world-renowned collection of epiphytes; building visitor engagement by creating a major exhibitions program; diversifying our revenue model; securing our brand and global position; and creating the infrastructure for our future.

It is important that we build upon our history to arrive at a sustainable future for Selby Gardens. The proposed Master Site Plan introduced in mid-2017 is an exciting example of how our Gardens can grow. It will ensure that every visitor enjoys an unforgettable experience, that our community benefits from hosting a world-class attraction, and that our unrivalled collections and Marie Selby’s legacy are well maintained for the future. The new Selby Gardens also will set the bar for what the botanical gardens of the future should be—a stunningly beautiful Bayfront campus that highlights our plant collections while demonstrating up-to-the-minute green building technology.

President and CEO


Selby Gardens is the world’s only garden specializing in epiphytes–plants that attach to other plants without harming them. Nestled on 15 verdant, bayfront acres, Selby Gardens is a Living Museum of colorful and exotic plants, a beautiful escape, a place to celebrate, reflect, learn, and be inspired.
Explore gardens such as the Ann Goldstein Children's Rainforest Garden, Koi Pond, Bonsai Exhibit, Steinwachs Family Foundation Mangrove Walkway, and magnificent trees dripping with epiphytes. Eight greenhouses are filled with rare and unusual species seldom seen outside their native habitats. As they bloom, these astounding plants are displayed in the Tropical Conservatory with its lush rainforest atmosphere. Guests enjoy spectacular plant displays during Gardens-wide exhibitions such as The Orchid Show: Earth, Air, Fire and Water and Warhol: Flowers in the Factory.
Two historic homes are on site: the Selby House, home to the Café and the Kids Corner; and the Payne Mansion, home to the Museum of Botany & the Arts, which offers botanically-themed art exhibitions that celebrate the natural world.
Budget $1,220,600
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified US US& International
Short Term Success


During FY2018, Selby Gardens’ Horticulturists will:

  1. Open a major six-week Orchid Show and create plant displays inspired by the artist for Warhol: Flowers in the Factory, opening in February, 2018
  2. Expand and care for Selby Gardens’ world-class living collections of plants
  3. Collaborate with Gardens educators and botanists on programs including botanical expeditions, lectures, education programs, and tours
  4. Use survey data measuring guests’ satisfaction with their visit to improve all aspects of the visitor experience
  5. Continue to expand relationships with fellow botanical gardens for professional development and benchmarking as well as to exchange plant specimens
Long Term Success
  1. An increasing number of visitors will enjoy the Gardens and help us fulfill our mission: To provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants,especially epiphytes.
  2. People who visit Selby Gardens will learn new things about plants and about the importance of preserving the ecosystems upon which humanity depends for its wellbeing.
  3. Visitors will see an increasingly large percentage of the Gardens’ collections, both living and preserved,during their visits
  4. Selby Gardens will increase its ability to grow an increasing number of epiphytic plant species from around the world
  5. Selby Gardens will be regarded as one of the best botanical gardens in the world.
  6. Selby Gardens’ plant displays will serve as a source of inspiration and information for plant enthusiasts, especially those interested in orchids, bromeliads, ferns, gesneriads, and other epiphytic and tropical plants.
Program Success Monitoring
Selby Gardens measures Horticulture Department success by:
● Monitoring attendance and membership numbers: surveys indicate most visitors come to the Gardens for pleasure and learning, and their likelihood of returning or joining is influenced by the beauty of plant displays.
● Using visitor feedback obtained through surveys
● Measuring the number and quality of new or enhanced displays and interpretive programs created by horticulturists
● Measuring our success at maintaining one of the most species-rich collections in the world for use in science, display, conservation, and education
● Monitoring how frequently Selby horticulturists are called upon to provide expertise for lectures and interviews, to write articles, and to provide advice and information.
Program Success Examples


In FY2017, Horticulturists at Selby Gardens:

  1. Created artistic plant displays for exhibitions including Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams
  2. Conducted tours for visitors from a variety of audiences, including visiting scientists as well as local and regional plant and gardening clubs, and a variety of government agencies and leaders and private philanthropists.
  3. Conducted trainings, classes and lectures
  4. Welcomed more than 200,000 visitors and increased membership to 12,000+ households
  5. Received highly favorable survey ratings

Education at Selby Gardens comes in all shapes and sizes: from unintended learning that results when a group on a social outing takes a tour or views one of our displays; to an interest investigated in a class; to lectures, field trips, and more.

Starting early is key to developing a lifelong love of nature. At Selby Gardens, children explore a world filled with wonder. The Gardens offers Field Study programs based on Florida education standards for schools, a summer camp, Kids Corner, and family programs such as Little Sprouts. Educators also reach out to under-served communities including Title I schools, Head Start, programs that serve visitors with disabilities, and others.

The Gardens offers classes in plant care, photography, art, and more. Botanical Briefings and other lectures explore a variety of topics. Visitors also learn through exhibitions in the Museum of Botany & the Arts.

Budget $524,400
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success

During FY2018, Selby Gardens educators will:

  1. Mount exhibitions in the Museum of Botany & the Arts including The Orchid Show: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, the annual Borucan Masks exhibition, and Warhol: Flowers in the Factory
  2. Work with Selby Gardens botanists and horticulturists, other museum professionals, and content specialists to refine our exhibitions, lectures, tours, classes, and other education programs
  3. Push the boundaries of our educational engagement and interpretation, especially self-guided interpretive programs: that is, the ways in which the Gardens tells visitors about the things they see and experience while visiting the Gardens including signage, tours, and hands-on activities
  4. Work closely with educators to design and deliver meaningful “field study” programs based on Florida education standard
Long Term Success
    1. Visitors will learn from and be inspired by Selby Gardens’ exhibitions, lectures, tours, and other educational programs
    2. Visitors will engage with one another, our volunteers and staff, which will lead to repeat visitation and program participation
Program Success Monitoring

Selby Gardens monitors the success of its education programs by tracking:

  1. The number of people who participate in education programs (classes, lectures, field trips and formal tours plus programs such as camp and Little Sprouts)
  2. The number of repeat visitors to a Selby Gardens education program, including classes, Little Sprouts, Saturday Family events, lectures, and summer camp
  3. Survey responses indicating what a respondent explored or learned about on their visit
  4. Survey responses indicating ways in which the Gardens’ educational and interpretive programs can be improved
  5. Education staff requests educator feedback on its Field Studies program, including suggestions for improvements and measuring whether intended outcomes (such as increases in knowledge) were achieved
Program Success Examples

During FY2017, Selby Gardens Educators:

  1. Worked with colleagues in the Botany and Horticulture departments to open three major exhibitions: Selby’s Secret Garden, the annual Borucan Masks exhibition, and Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams.
  1. Provided educational tours for some 6,000 school children, approximately 1/3 of them from Title I schools or nonprofits serving underserved children
  2. Offered 11 lectures attended by nearly 1,000 people
  3. Conducted content and visitor engagement trainings for 475 volunteers, staff, and others
  4. Strengthened the Gardens’ docent, tour, and class programs, which served more than 90,000 people
  5. Welcomed 1,206 participants to Little Sprouts, a nature education program for preschoolers and their caregivers
  6. Served more than 7,000 visitors to the Kids Corner activity center
Introduced a new format for Summer Camp Lookout, which served 96 children, 9 of them on full scholarship

Selby Gardens is the only botanical garden specializing in epiphytes. Selby has amassed a highly-specialized collection, 47% of which was field-collected—the highest percentage of wild-collected plants on the globe. The Gardens holds the world's best collection of epiphytes, best-documented collection of orchids and 2nd-largest collection of blossoms preserved in alcohol.

Botanical studies take Selby scientists around the world to conduct plant inventory and classification, with the goal of conserving plants and their habitats. Selby botanists have discovered or described more than 2,000 new species and added thousands of distribution records which form the basis of our knowledge of plant diversity and distribution.

Selby botanists are accomplished field researchers and taxonomists. They continue to broaden the Gardens’ collections, collaborate with a worldwide network of scientists, and share expertise through presentations, articles, and a juried scientific journal (Selbyana).

Budget $659,000
Category Environment, General/Other Botanical & Aquatic Gardens
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Other Named Groups
Short Term Success

During FY2018, Selby botanists and research associates will:

1. Describe at least 100 new species for science

2. Participate in at least three international research expeditions

3. Participate in multiple programs of botanical inventory, collecting, and conservation within the state of Florida

4. Add 2000 new specimens to the Gardens’ living collection, herbarium, spirit collection, library, and other scientific collections

5. Continue to monitor the health of threatened plants in the Everglades National Park and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State park

6. Deliver at least ten lectures or other presentations outside Selby Gardens, including several national and international audiences

7. Collaborate with Gardens horticulturists and educators to deliver meaningful and substantive programs for members, volunteers, staff, and the general public

Long Term Success
  1. Due to contributions by Selby Gardens Botany staff, plant life, especially epiphytes, is more fully understood by scientists and interested community members.
  2. 2. Selby Gardens’ reputation as the world expert on epiphytic plants will grow.

    3. Selby Gardens botanists contribute important data which plays a role in the conservation of endangered species, and this data feeds into our understanding of how to preserve the health of all life on Earth.

    4. Selby Gardens’ work to propagate and re-populate threatened species to their natural habitats has measurable successes.

    5. Selby Gardens will continue to train the next generation of botanists

    6. Selby Gardens will be the leading source of information on epiphytic plants in the world.

Program Success Monitoring

Selby Gardens measures the success of its Botany Department by tracking:

  1. Recognition within the scientific community, including use of the Gardens’ collections and expertise by other institutions as well as requests for lectures, presentations, etc. by Selby Botany staff
  2. Contributions to scientific knowledge, including publications, lectures, number of species described for science, number of publications resulting from consultation of the Gardens' collections
  3. Number of items accessioned to the Gardens collections, including the Living Collection, Preserved Collections, Research Library, and other information stores
  4. Number of expeditions in which Selby Gardens Botany staff participate
Program Success Examples

In FY2017, Botany staff:

  1. Presented 12 lectures/presentations in (Florida, Illinois, California, Belize, and Brazil), reaching several hundred individuals
  2. Described 4 new species
  3. Supervised 10 interns
  4. Conducted field research in Florida, Belize, and Brazil. Work in Florida includes botanical inventory of environmentally sensitive lands and re-establishment and augmentation of several rare plant species. In Belize, Selby Gardens is part of a team systematically exploring remote regions to document biodiversity. In Brazil, our botanists are inventorying orchids of the Atlantic Rainforest, one of the most highly threatened areas in the tropics
Program Comments by Organization

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer O. Rominiecki
CEO Term Start Feb 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email

Jennifer O. Rominiecki began her tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in February 2015. Since she arrived, she has overseen the re-positioning of the institution as a "Living Museum" and enacted this new operating model, yielding a 36% increase in visitors, a 29% increase in membership households, and a 26% increase in overall annual revenues in just two years. Rominiecki has also overseen the creation and execution of a new five-year Strategic Plan for Selby Gardens, as well as the development of a new Master Site Plan.


She possesses twenty years of experience at major New York City cultural institutions. Rominiecki served The New York Botanical Garden for 15 years in increasing roles of responsibility. As the Garden's Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Special Assistant to the President‎, she was involved in many aspects of the organization's management. She was also responsible for oversight of the Garden's seven-year campaign to raise $479 million in capital, operating, and endowment support. Earlier in her career, Rominiecki held key positions at The Metropolitan Opera and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Art History. Rominiecki also completed the Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School in June 2017 and has been selected to participate in Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVI.

Currently, Rominiecki serves on the Boards of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida. In 2017, she was honored with the AJC Civic Achievement Award and the 2017 Arts Leadership Award for Arts Management from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. She also received SRQ Magazine’s Women in Business “Hear Me Roar” Leadership Award in 2016. Rominiecki is joined in Sarasota by her husband, Robert, and their two boys.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Thomas Buchter Feb 2009 - Oct 2014
Mrs. Jessica Ventimiglia Oct 2007 - Feb 2009
Senior Staff
Mr. Roger Capote Senior Director of Special Projects
Ms. Judi Cox Director of Customer Service
Mr. Mark Elliott Director of Facilities and Security
Mr. Bruce Holst Director of Research and Collections
Ms. Jacinta Kavanaugh Director of Accounting
Ms. Mischa Kirby Director of Marketing
Ms. Emily Chalker Lane Director of Institutional Advancement
Mr. Angel Lara Director of Glasshouse Collections
Ann Logan Chief Development Officer
Mike McLaughlin Senior Director of Horticulture & Site Operations
Jeannie Hendrick Perales Director of Education & Visitor Engagement
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 54
Part Time Staff 9
Staff Retention Rate % 90
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 610
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

New College of Florida; Elling Eide Center; Lemur Conservation Foundation; Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast; Harvard University; New York Botanical Garden; Smithsonian Institution; Caves Branch Botanical Gardens, Belize; Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Brazil; Perlman Music Program/Suncoast; Asolo Conservatory; Sarasota Ballet; Sarasota Opera; Sarasota Orchestra; Florida Studio Theater; Embracing Our Differences; Sarasota and Manatee County public schools; Ringling Museum of Art; EdExplore; Circus Arts Conservatory; the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation; Sarasota County's STEM Steering Committee; State College of Florida’s Biotechnology Advisory Council.

American Association of Museums - Member1997
American Society of Plant Taxonomists
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota
Association for Tropical Biology
Botanical Society of America
Florida Association of Museums
International Association of Plant Taxonomy
Science and Environmental Council of Sarasota County
Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
Botanical Society of America
Science and Environmental Council of Sarasota County
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation2017
Awards & Recognition
Certificate of ExcellenceTripAdvisor2015
Ten Top Botanical Gardens in United StatesCoastal Living
Arts Organization of the YearSarasota Chamber of Commerce
Number One Garden in FloridaFlorida Monthly Magazine readers
Number One of the Top Ten “Must Do’s in Sarasota”Sarasota Magazine
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Exhibit Liability
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Risk Management Provisions
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Workplace Violence
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Business Income
Fine Arts and Collectibles
Inland Marine and Mobile Equipment
Internet Liability Insurance
Disability Insurance
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Multi-Media Comments by Organization More videos about Selby Gardens are available on our YouTube Channel:
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Michael J. Wilson Esq.
Company Affiliation Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Board Term Sept 2017 to Aug 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. J. Allison Archbold EsquireFergeson Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi
Mrs. Beverly Bartner Broadway Theatrical Producer
Andrew M. Economos Ph.D.Retired Software Company Founder
Mrs. Jean Weidner Goldstein Community Volunteer
Ms. Teri A Hansen The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation
Ms. Pauline Wamsler Joerger Community Volunteer
Dr. Carlyle Luer Retired Physician and Amateur Orchidologist
Mrs. Katherine A. Martucci Community Volunteer
Mr. Daniel M. McDonald STAR Leadership Program
Mr. O. Wayne Rollins Black Bird Home Galleries
Ms. Jennifer O. Rominiecki President and CEO, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Mrs. Sharyn Weiner Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael Wilson EsquireWilliams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen
Mr. Arthur M. Wood Jr.Northern Trust Bank - Retired CEO
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 79
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 30
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Program / Program Planning
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $6,450,057.00
Projected Expenses $6,045,881.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $2,400,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$188,862$188,788$684,700
Individual Contributions$2,317,648$1,735,333$1,723,084
Investment Income, Net of Losses$130,465$67,095$56,490
Membership Dues$1,174,920$918,334$789,168
Special Events$689,752$734,976$666,844
Revenue In-Kind$211,558$110,757$190,253
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$4,175,385$3,543,831$3,301,551
Administration Expense$741,242$656,052$614,695
Fundraising Expense$650,909$552,840$630,888
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.121.111.21
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%75%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue20%21%21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$15,066,138$13,215,126$12,631,108
Current Assets$4,847,886$3,529,652$3,306,882
Long-Term Liabilities$509,730$73,474$644,686
Current Liabilities$1,932,139$1,359,476$644,244
Total Net Assets$12,624,269$11,782,176$11,342,178
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $2,317,648Contributions, gifts, grants $1,735,333Contributions, gifts, grants $1,723,084
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdmissions $1,587,590Admissions $1,149,350Admissions $1,098,792
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $1,174,920Membership Dues $918,334Membership Dues $789,168
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.512.605.13
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%1%5%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990s. 990 and audit are reconciled. 
Nonprofit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Inc.
Address 811 S. Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 7726
Phone 941 366-5731

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