Capital Campaign

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The Powell Family: Legacy at the Gardens

The roots of Powell Gardens reach back to 1948 when George E. Powell, Sr., acquired a beautiful tract of land just east of Kansas City. The acreage served as a working dairy farm and a Boy Scout Camp until the early 1980s, when the children and grandchildren of Mr. Powell made the decision to develop a horticulture/natural resources facility on the land, creating Kansas City’s first botanical garden. Dedicating the resources of the Powell Family Foundation, the family has been the driving force in establishing and sustaining the Gardens by donating the land, developing the concept and contributing more than $50 million over its 32-year history.

The Powell Gardens story is one in which a family’s vision of a unique gift to its community evolved into a beautiful reality. Countless individuals, inspired by the generosity and guided by the legacy of the Powell Family Foundation, have come together as a community to give their time, talent and treasure to ensure that the Gardens continue well into the
future. The Powell Family Foundation and the Powell Gardens Board of Directors share the belief that now is the time to establish the Gardens as a more independent entity and take the next step in its growth as Kansas City’s botanical garden.

Strengthen Today to Ensure the Future: The Campaign for Powell Gardens

Today, Powell Gardens operates with revenues generated in equal amounts from earned income, including admissions, rentals and memberships; philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations; and endowment income, combined with the support of the Powell Family Foundation.

The Powell Gardens Board is committed to operating the Gardens in a strategic manner designed to meet the needs of visitors today while ensuring that generations to come will also be served. With the support of the Powell Family Foundation, the board recognizes that the Gardens is a community asset and is laying the groundwork to move the Gardens forward in the most responsible way to address multiple current needs and position the Gardens for long-term financial stability.

Strengthening the Gardens Today | The capital components of the campaign focus on new construction to enhance current facilities and programming.

Ensuring the Gardens’ Future | Increasing the Gardens’ endowment is essential to ensuring that the Gardens is here for the next generation.

For information on how you can support this initiative, contact Capital Campaign Director, Beth Hammock: