The Botanic Research Institute of Texas: A Legacy of Conservation
Dr. D. S. H. Sohmer, Botanic Research Institute of Texas
Saturday, November 9, 2013
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Class Code: 139
Room / Location
Room 102 / Convention Center First Floor
In 1993, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) was housed in about 12,000sf of warehouse space in downtown Fort Worth, had three employees, a budget of about $175,000 per year, no grants, no projects, a collection of about 400,000 specimens, and a library of some 50,000 books and journals, with little or no public outreach.
Now, the organization finds itself in a 79,000sf LEED Platinum building adjacent to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, with 30 employees, an annual operating budget of some $3 million, a number of grants and projects, a collection of over a million herbarium specimens in a cutting edge facility, a library of some 135,000 books and journals, and a powerful public outreach and education program.
All of this was made possible by volunteer support, mostly from the local community, and particularly from several individuals whose dedication to the City and to BRIT made it happen. A capital campaign recently completed raised nearly $48 million that includes $12.5 million for endowment. 5 individuals or foundations provided nearly 44 million of those dollars. This session will illustrate the evolution of this organization from 1993 to the present day.
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