Philanthropic support is foundational to achieving the Garden’s mission. Donations allow us to provide educational programs, maintain the collections here, support research, complete infrastructure projects, and build community gathering spaces. Explore options for giving below or contact Janice Shintaku, Assistant Director of Development, for more information.

Give your time to help support the Garden. A variety of opportunities exist to maintain the beauty and health of the botanical collections,  provide educational opportunities to visitors, and catalog herbarium specimens. Volunteers are integral to caring for this unique urban oasis and sharing it with the public. Learn more here.

Keep this living museum free for everyone to enjoy! Pledge to steward the only botanical garden in west Los Angeles by becoming a member of the Garden’s close circle of friends with an annual gift of $50 or more. Become a member today.


Help ensure the Garden thrives for generations to come. Your support funds infrastructure improvements, maintenance, and enhancement of the plant collections. Support the Garden’s Greatest Needs.


Engage the community with nature and the importance of our environment. Your support of Garden outreach and education programs funds free docent-led tours for K-12 students and Garden events. Support Public Outreach + Education.


This fund helps our Director focus on urgent needs of the Garden relating to a specific focus, which is currently water use and sustainability. These gifts will be used towards planning and completing irrigation improvements and caring for the stream. Support the Director’s Priority Projects.

There are many ways to celebrate and honor loved ones and legacies in the Garden. For opportunities to sponsor seating areas, endow botanical collections, and other major gift opportunities, contact UCLA Life Sciences Development by submitting the form below on this page.

For members, donors and friends of Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, Gift Planning offers a flexible and accessible approach to philanthropy. Gift Planning giving options include making a gift (bequest) through a will or living trust, establishing charitable gift annuities or charitable trusts, and using a variety of assets such as real estate, cash, appreciated securities, life insurance, or retirement accounts. Some options may provide estate tax savings while others produce lifetime, fixed income and significant income tax or capital gains tax advantages. For more information or to receive sample bequest language, please fill out the form below on this page.


For more information, please contact:

Janice Shintaku
Director of Development
UCLA College Life Sciences


You may also contact Janice Shintaku via email

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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