Kew needs your support
Kew Fund offers a new way for individuals to support Kew's work on an ongoing basis. You can choose to support different areas of our work or where the need is the greatest.
22 Oct 2010
Look out for the Kew Fund literature and find out how you can support Kew.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Kew Membership programme. Over the course of 20 years Kew Membership has attracted nearly 80,000 dedicated individuals who serve as ambassadors for Kew, provide precious financial support through their membership fees and sometimes even support Kew as volunteers within the Gardens. Members are essential to the future of Kew Gardens and Wakehurst and are vitally important partners in helping Kew achieve our mission and charitable purpose.
Introducing the Kew Fund
We are pleased to introduce the Kew Fund, a new way for individuals to support Kew on an ongoing basis for broad areas of our work and where the need is the greatest. The Kew Fund will be an annual campaign that will pool the collective force of thousands of individuals making a big impact with their contributions.
Through the Kew Fund, we will ask members to make a further contribution to support our extraordinary institution. If you are a Member, Kew will be contacting you by telephone or by post over the coming months to introduce the Kew Fund and ask for a donation. Gifts of all sizes will make a significant difference and will be greatly appreciated.
For Members, the Gardens at Kew and at Wakehurst are free to visit and enjoy all year around. While the beautiful and historic landscapes and the great glasshouses are an important part of Kew’s work there is far more going on behind the scenes.
How your support can make a difference
Kew relies on a mix of funding including philanthropy, government grants from Defra, as well as memberships, gate receipts and other earned income. Kew’s annual budget is around £50 million, of which almost 50 per cent is provided by non-government sources.
The funding mix for Kew Gardens has certainly changed dramatically over the last 20 years when entry fees were very low and the proportion of public funding was much higher. Every contribution, no matter what size, makes a difference to Kew, even more so in these trying times.
When you are contacted about the Kew Fund, we hope you will take the time to talk with us and consider helping. You can find out more about Kew Fund here.
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