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Huntsville Botanical Garden Partners with the Community Foundation to Manage Capital Campaign Funds for New Welcome Center Project

The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County was recently selected to manage the Huntsville Botanical Garden Legacy Fund.  This new fund will be used to invest a portion of the proceeds of the capital campaign for the new Welcome Center and facilities expansion project that is currently underway.  

Botanical GardenPaula Steigerwald, CEO of the Huntsville Botanical Garden, said: “The Garden is pleased to partner with the Community Foundation as we move to a critical time in our growth.   Our Master Plan has been carefully crafted to set a clear path for the development of our 112 acre property. The Guest Welcome Center project is a much-needed element, focusing on the visitor and volunteer experience, while providing needed revenue to sustain the Garden for generations to enjoy.   As a leading tourist attraction, located in the heart of the Huntsville-Madison corridor, the impact will reach far beyond the Garden gates as it improves quality of life for the community and beyond.  We appreciate all the Community Foundation does to foster support for local nonprofits and are proud to be a part”.  

“We are proud to be partnering with the Huntsville Botanical Garden on this ambitious capital campaign for their new Welcome Center.  By utilizing the Community Foundation to manage these funds, the Garden’s staff and board will be able to focus their efforts on the fundraising campaign while knowing their donors’ funds are invested for growth and security,” stated Stuart Obermann, President/CEO of the Community Foundation.

Supporters of the Garden who wish to participate in the ongoing capital campaign may donate directly to the HBG Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation.  All donations to the Legacy Fund will be used exclusively by the Garden for their new expansion project.  Make checks payable to Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County and note “HBG Legacy Fund” in the memo field.  Donations may be mailed to the Community Foundation at PO Box 332, Huntsville, AL 35804.  Alternatively, donations may be submitted directly to the Garden at 4747 Bob Wallace Ave., Huntsville, AL 35805.

About Huntsville Botanical Garden

Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and features the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, a picture-perfect aquatic garden, spectacular nature trails, numerous specialty gardens – including an interactive children’s garden – and a variety of plant collections. This beautiful 112-acre Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by only 35 employees and over 2600 active volunteers. Five distinct festivals are held each year: Beaks and Barks, Huntsville Blooms, Summer Butterfly House, Fall Scarecrow Trail and Holiday Galaxy of Lights. In 2014 the Garden welcomed the Nature Connects LEGO® Bricks, featuring 27 sculptures in 14 displays with over 500,000 LEGO® Bricks. For more information, visit

About the Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County

Our Mission:  The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County serves as the trustee of our community’s future, fostering philanthropy and mobilizing partners, while striving for an exceptional quality of life both today and tomorrow.

The Community Foundation, now in its sixth year of operation, has raised or managed over $17M in charitable donations since inception, and has distributed over $5M to more than 250 nonprofit agencies, churches and schools in our community and elsewhere.  The foundation also provides educational, networking and capacity-building services for the nonprofit organizations in our community.

For more information about the Community Foundation and our charitable services available to families, companies and nonprofits, contact Stuart Obermann at 256.535.2065 or or visit