Goal: $200,000

40th Anniversary Campaign

To celebrate our milestone 40th anniversary, CPC invites you to sponsor a rare plant in support of our ‘40 for 40’ campaign! Our goal: to raise $200,000 to sponsor 40 plant species in the National Collection in honor of our 40 years of saving plants from extinction.

We’ve curated a special selection of rare plant species that need sponsorship as part of this 40th-anniversary campaign–highlighting the incredible beauty and diversity of North America’s rare and endangered plants. From the iconic Venus’ flytrap of the Carolinas and the charming Estuary monkeyflower of the Northeast wetlands; to the radiant White fire-wheel of Eastern Texas and the towering Torrey Pines of Southern California’s coasts–there are endangered plants that needs your support!

CPC Board of Trustees Matching Funds

At the outset of our ’40 for 40′ campaign, the CPC Board of Trustees pledged $200,000 in matching funds for this special anniversary campaign. For every $5K raised per plant species, our Board of Trustees provided $5K in matching funds to bring the species to the full sponsorship level of $10K–growing the impact of each gift in support of rare and endangered plants. We are proud to have one hundred percent participation from our Board of Trustees for this match.

We are thrilled to have had such a positive response to the ’40 for 40′ campaign that we have now utilized the entirety of the Board of Trustees’ matching funds–a testament to the incredible support we have received! However, we are not stopping yet–supporters can still make a significant impact by sponsoring a plant at the $10,000 level by contributing any dollar amount. Every gift matters and helps to save plants!

About the Plant Sponsorship Program

Plant sponsorships play a critical role in CPC’s mission to Save Plants from extinction. When a Participating Institution (PI) accepts responsibility for a National Collection species, it makes a long-term commitment to steward the species for future generations. PIs invest significant resources and effort in securing and holding the imperiled plant material, and they advance research and new technologies on the best ways to grow, manage, and restore these rare species. To offset some of the expenses of collecting, growing, and researching these plant species, CPC created the Plant Sponsorship Program. Plant sponsorships provide the PI responsible for the named species with steady, reliable funding for long-term work. A sponsorship does not cover all the expenses, but it provides significant help and stability.

A single donor or a group of donors may sponsor a plant at the $10,000 level by contributing any dollar amount or at Premium levels by contributing $25,000, $50,000, or $100,000. Donors may designate funds to sponsor a specific species in the National Collection or may support the Plant Sponsorship Program generally, in which case CPC will direct these funds to sponsor plants in the National Collection that would benefit from sponsorship.

It is the current policy of CPC Board of Trustees that the designated PI responsible for stewarding the fully sponsored plants in the National Collection receive annual payments equal to 5% of the sponsorship levels. Specifically, payments are $500 for a $10,000 sponsorship, $1250 for a Premium $25,000 sponsorship, $2500 for a **Premium $50,000 sponsorship, and $5000 for a ***Premium $100,000 sponsorship.  When a full sponsorship is accumulated at the minimum $10,000 level, payments begin the following year (funds must be deposited by September to be eligible for payment the following year). Amounts over and above the sponsorship payments support CPC’s home office activities in support of conservation and, more generally, of all plants in the National Collection.

By supporting the Plant Sponsorship Program, you are directly funding the stewardship of plants in the National Collection and aiding conservation work throughout CPC’s nationwide network.

Reasons to sponsor a plant:

  • You have a special affinity for a particular plant species.
  • You have a meaningful connection to a plant species’ native region.
  • You wish to honor a loved one; sponsor a plant for a friend, family member, or future generations.
  • You wish to aid conservation efforts in a region with the greatest number of rare plant species.

Learn more about the Plant Sponsorship Program.

Sponsor A Plant in Honor of CPC’s 40th Anniversary

Sponsor A Plant in Honor of CPC’s 40th Anniversary

Donate today to celebrate CPC’s 40th anniversary and to save rare plants in need of support! If you are interested in sponsoring a National Collection species not showcased above, please contact the CPC National Office.

The Center For Plant Conservation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization (EIN# 22-2527116) dedicated to saving rare plant species from extinction.


Thank You to Our Donors

We thank our donors for their generosity and for celebrating the Center for Plant Conservation’s milestone 40th anniversary. Your gift makes it possible for us to Save Plants from extinction!

Cream Tick-trefoil (Desmodium ochroleucum)

Garden Club of St. Louis

Florida Scrub Bluecurls (Trichostema suffrutescens)

Jody Bush

Giant orchid (Pteroglossaspis ecristata)

Lynde Uihlein

Many-flower Grass-pink (Calopogon multiflorus)

Jody Bush

Navajo pincushion cactus (Pediocactus peeblesianus var peeblesianus)

Joyce Maschinski and Mira Peterson

Dorothy B. & John F. Shea in honor of James & Phyllis Brannen

Peck’s milkvetch (Astragalus peckii)

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Santa Monica Mountains Dudleya (Dudleya cymosa ssp. ovatifolia)


Scarlet Catchfly (Silene subciliata)

Mercer Society

Seaside gilia (Gilia millefoliata)

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Church's wild rye (Olympus churchii)

Edward K. Love Foundation

Gander's pitcher sage (Lepechinia ganderi)

Clark Mitchell in honor of Dr. Ruth Evans

Running glad clover (Trifolium calcaricum)

Clark Mitchell

Texas Golden Gladecress (Leavenworthia texana)

Polly Pierce

Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana ssp. torreyana)

MaryJane Boland

Katie Heineman

Arizona Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus coccineus var. arizonicus)

Desert Botanical Garden

Key Tree Cactus (Pilosocereus robinii)

Joyce Maschinski

Arizona Willow (Salix arizonica)

Susan B. Clark

Joyce Maschinski

Ozark chinquapin (Castanea ozarkensis)

Edward K. Love Foundation

Tiny Tim (Geocarpon minimum)

Edward K. Love Foundation

Mead's milkweed (Asclepias meadii)

Edward K. Love Foundation

Rough popcorn-flower (Plagiobothrys hirtus var. hirtus)

Oregon Department of Agriculture

Oklahoma grass-pink (Calopogon oklahomensis)

Edward K. Love Foundation

Tall Larkspur (Delphinium exaltatum)

Edward K. Love Foundation

Ozark corkwood (Leitneria pilosa ssp. ozarkana)

Edward K. Love Foundation

Creeping St. John's-wort (Hypericum adpressum)

Edward K. Love Foundation

Whorled sunflower (Helianthus verticillatus)

Southeastern Grasslands Institute, Austin Peay State University

Tiburon mariposa lily (Calohortus tiburonensis)

Frank Thibodeau

Venus' Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)

Eliot Paine

Oahu lobelia (Lobelia oahuensis)

Alexander & Anukriti Hittle

Goodding's onion (Allium gooddingii)

Don and Mima Falk

Tiburon mariposa lily (Calochortus tiburonensis)

Frank Thibodeau

Shortleaf Dudleya (Dudleya brevifolia)

Dr. Carlos L. de la Rosa

Henry Shaw Cactus Society

Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club

Dr. Oliver Ryder

Maureen Wilmot

California Scrub Oak (Quercus dumosa)

Jo Anne Dougherty

Joseph & Judith Evans

Kenneth J. Fedesna


Holly Forbes

Lucie Keating

Cynthia Mancini

Lindsay Marshall

Joyce Maschinski

Barbara Millen

Paul & Midge Nasiaktka

Mary-Randolph Ballinger

Jane Ranz

Joseph & Diane Sidor

Lynde Uihlein

Maureen Wilmot