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Perennial Report 2021

As the champion of trees, The Morton Arboretum worked throughout the Chicago region and around the world in 2016 to study trees, promote their conservation, preserve them in its own collections, and encourage understanding and appreciation of trees and nature.

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In 2019, The Morton Arboretum inspired tree champions while advancing its mission to plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

It was an extraordinary year of growth in mission delivery through tree science, conservation, reach, and impact. The Morton Arboretum is among the top cultural institutions in Chicago, one of the top five botanical gardens and arboreta in North America, and the leading Arboretum globally. The Arboretum’s impact is made possible through the investment and support of donors, members, and visitors, along with the dedicated efforts of staff, volunteers, and partners.

As one of the most tangible ways to improve the environment, trees are essential to people, communities, and the world. In the year past, and building upon the momentum of recent years, The Morton Arboretum helped people be mindful about and inspired by trees, while leveraging its expertise to study and protect trees throughout the Chicago region and around the globe. Thank you for valuing trees and supporting The Morton Arboretum in 2019 and beyond.

With appreciation,

Gerard T. Donnelly, PhD
President and CEO

Board of Trustees

*As of December 31, 2019

President and CEO

Gerard T. Donnelly, PhD

The Morton Arboretum

Officers

Christopher B. Burke

Chair

Mary L. Burke

Vice Chair

Robert L. Fealy

Secretary

Stephen C. Van Arsdell

Treasurer

Trustees

Amy Louis

Anna Caroline Ball

Barbara J. Bradford

Charles P. McQuaid

Dayle M. Gillett

E. James Dondlinger

Kenneth Koranda

K’Lynne Johnson

Mark C. Gossett

Matt Harris

Robert A. Bartlett, Jr.

Robert J. Schillerstrom

Trisha L. Conley

Troy D. Hammond

Walter W. Becky II

Life Trustees

Ann Grube

Darrell B. Jackson

Elisabeth G. Bacon

Henry B. Pearsall

James F. Dickerson

Natalie Culley

Stephen W. Baird

Committees

The following special committees advise Arboretum leadership on key topics and events.
*Italics indicate Trustee or Life Trustee

Board of Advisors

Amy Louis

Anna Caroline Ball

Anonymous (21)

Anonymous (21)

Charles P. McQuaid

Elisabeth and John Bacon, Jr.

Elisabeth and John Bacon, Jr.

Kenneth Koranda

K’Lynne Johnson

K’Lynne Johnson

Matt Harris

Matt Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Becky II

Mr. and Mrs. William Hanley

Mrs. Rowena C. Montgomery

Mrs. Rowena C. Montgomery

Ms. Celestia Boughner

Ms. Debra Albers

Ms. Donna Rieck and Ms. Robin Rieck

Ms. Donna Rieck and Ms. Robin Rieck

Ms. Mary Claire Kastenholz and Mr. Michael Kastenholz

Robert J. Schillerstrom

Sterling and Zech Decker

Troy D. Hammond

Evergreen: The Gala for The Morton Arboretum Host Committee

Blanche Baldwin

James Watkins

Johanna Clarke

Leah Leonard

Marcus Arnold

Mayme Cobb

Ralph Franklin

Science and Conservation Advisory Committee

Blanche Baldwin

Hilda White

James Watkins

Johanna Clarke

Leah Leonard

Marcus Arnold

Mayme Cobb

Ralph Franklin

Roxie Valdez

Individual Donors

As a nonprofit organization, The Morton Arboretum is grateful to all those who supported its mission through generous philanthropic contributions in 2019. Thank you, tree champions!
*Italics indicate Trustee or Life Trustee

$25,000 and above

Anna Caroline Ball

Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. McQuaid

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher B. Burke

Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Becky II

Mrs. Barbara Bradford and Mr. Robert L. Sherman

Ms. Janice E. Milano

Ms. Margaret Madden

Ms. Mary L. Burke

Nayar Family Foundation

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