As the Friends online art auction winds down to a close at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, we thought you might like to see which items are currently topping the list for bids. There are plenty of items left to bid on so don’t let a little competition scare you, instead let it serve as the inspiration to compete for wonderful pieces of art and support the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall in the process. www.biddingforgood.com/fopgauction
Here is your only chance to own a scale replica of Mrs. Mallard. This unique, one of a kind piece was sculpted by artist Nancy Schon, who created the iconic “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture in the Boston Public Garden. What an incredibly special gift this would make for a Bostonian, or a visitor, who truly loves one of the most popular pieces of public art in Boston.
Celebrate the fall season with this beautiful and unique Katherine Houston Porcelain piece for yourself, or give this as a gift to one of your very best friends! A wonderful centerpiece or accent and will bring warmth and elegance all year round. Handmade and hand over-glazed.
Thanks to all who joined us for the Friends of the Public Garden 2015 Members Reception at the Four Seasons Hotel! It was a night to celebrate trees and our Friends who support them.
Roughly 200 turned out to learn how they are helping 1,700 trees in the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. The presentation, Digging In: Beyond the Roots of Urban Tree Care, was led by Lyn Paget, Swan Boats owner and Friends Council co-chair. Panelists Margaret Porkorny, longtime greenspace advocate and Friends Board Member; and Friends Project Manager Bob Mulcahy explained the trials and tribulations these trees face while living in the heart of Boston, and how the Friends efforts continue to help them persevere in a stressful city environment.
Guests were invited to mingle over drinks and hors d’oeuvres following the presentation. Our special thanks to the Motor Mart Garage, our lead sponsor for this event.
Please RSVP at 617-723-8144 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1. The event is free for members, but space is limited. You can join the Friends or renew your membership at this event! Reception with refreshments to follow program.
We hope you had a terrific summer and are ready for what is sure to be a spectacular fall. Thanks to all of you who joined us for our Summer Party and came out to support our treasured greenspaces!
The past few months have been a busy time as people flocked to our parks to take full advantage of these wonderful outdoor spaces. We also took full advantage of the favorable weather to care for trees, turf, and sculpture, and move forward with special projects. If you missed it, you may be interested to read the Boston Globe article, They get the gunk off Boston’s outdoor treasures. Yes, Friends, you are the “they” who make it possible for the “gunk” to come off!
This year’s harsh winter delayed our restoration work on the George Robert White Memorial fountain in the Garden, and construction is now slated to begin in spring of 2016. We are eager to bring the water back to this historic fountain and will keep you updated on timing.
We continue to advocate against overuse of our parks and use that damages them, in particular the Boston Common. This weekend (September 26 and 27), the Boston Freedom Rally (also known as Hempfest) will return to the Common. We heard your concerns loud and clear about the poor condition the Common was left in following this event in previous years, and your safety concerns while visiting this neighborhood park, especially with your families, during the event. Thanks to the over 50 of you who wrote letters of concern to Parks Commissioner Chris Cook. Please continue to send us your feedback, share it with the Commissioner, and report it to the Mayor’s hotline or through the City’s new 311 system, which also offers a smartphone app. Visit www.cityofboston.gov/311 to learn more.
We look forward to seeing all who can come to our annual Members Reception on October 7th at the Four Seasons Hotel where we have a wonderful presentation planned for you, “Digging In: Beyond the Roots of Urban Tree Care.” That evening we will also kick-off an online art auction featuring pieces made from Boston Common elm wood.
Again, thanks to all of you, whose support makes it possible for us to care for our wonderful parks.
Anne Brooke, Chair
Elizabeth Vizza, Executive Director
Did you notice that the Boylston Street border of the Public Garden is looking better than ever these days? Phase III of a multi-year project recently brought plant improvements to the edge of this popular strolling path. Passersby will notice reorganized plants and new shade-tolerant varieties.
For those who have traditionally enjoyed the sport of puddle jumping on this path, that activity just became more challenging. More than 200 feet of drainage with new low drainage points will help reduce pooling water. For visitors who prefer a more relaxing stint in the Garden, three new benches will soon be available to provide a place to pause and soak up the view. Views are not available for sponsorship, but benches are! Contact the Friends office to find out about the opportunity.
We encourage our Friends to check out this latest facelift made possible by your support and let us know how we did!
Photos by Alysha Griffiths.
Do you love the Public Garden, Boston Common, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall? This may be your chance to join the team that works to preserve and enhance them. The Friends of the Public Garden is seeking an Executive and Development Coordinator.
The Executive and Development Coordinator supports the work of the Executive Director and Director of Development in a variety of administrative and management functions. Of primary importance is support for the effective functioning of the Friends board and committees, donor database management and donor relations support, and volunteer management. Reporting both to the Executive Director and Director of Development Director, the responsibilities of the position include:
Record-keeping and Expense Tracking Support
In coordination with accountant, accurate tracking of expenses and revenue for each mailing, fundraising event, campaign, etc.; monthly reconciliation of donor financial records with accountant records
Board and Committee Support
Meeting scheduling; meeting materials preparation; coordinating to ensure accurate recording of meeting minutes; attending selected committee meetings and support minute recording as needed; maintaining current board and committee lists
General Office Functioning Support
Phone support as needed; ordering of supplies; oversight of equipment maintenance needs (phones; computers; printers); management of small mailing projects
Receptionist duties including providing excellent customer service to members of the public who visit the office
Vendor and Materials Production Support
Making vendor calls and obtaining estimates; oversight of materials production (printing jobs, invitations, programs)
Assistance with managing Executive Director’s schedule
Membership, Database Management and Donor Relations Support
Membership Mailing and Online Support
Research, obtain and create mailing lists; coordination of mailing projects with printer and mailhouse; tracking and recording of responses; preparation of statistical reports; facilitation of note writing by committee members; oversight of online donation process including updating of online giving page and tracking of statistics on online giving for each electronic appeal;
Accurate tracking and recording of donations in database; mastery of complex reports in Donor Perfect; research and application of ways to improve use of Donor Perfect; management of donor lists
Donor Relations Support
Conducting of donor research (individual, foundation and corporate); preparation of prospect reports; drafting of custom thank-yous for editing with little guidance; phone calls to donors as needed; management of annual report donor permission process
Recruit and supervise office volunteers/interns/Co-Op students
Train all above in relevant technology and office systems
Event Logistics Support
Obtain site and catering details, effectively manage rsvp process; prepare materials for exhibit tables or events; solicit in-kind donations as needed (food, services, items)
Event Management Support
Help recruit volunteers to staff FOPG tables; staff events as needed and supervise volunteers
Education – Bachelors degree
Minimum three years professional, related work experience
Minimum 1 year fundraising-related experience (can be volunteer work)
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications; ability to master fundraising databases with ease and to train others
Familiarity with online fundraising technology and adding/editing website content
Superior attention to detail and accuracy in writing and record-keeping
Experience leading and motivating volunteers
Ability to multi-task
Organized, self-motivated and self-directed
Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively and harmoniously in a small office environment; availability for occasional evening meetings and events
The ideal candidate will be someone who desires a career in a nonprofit organization.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to Executive Director Elizabeth Vizza at email@example.com. No calls please. Local candidates only.