AmericanHort announced at Cultivate’14 this week a pledge to support the Horticultural Research Institute with a gift of $100,000. The national horticulture association is committing $50,000 and will match up to another $50,000 in gifts from other individuals and companies for a total contribution of $100,000.
The Horticultural Research Institute is the industry’s research and development organization with an endowment of nearly $11 million. It is considered the research affiliate of AmericanHort.
“The Horticultural Research Institute is one of the most important organizations in our industry and is our partner in supporting the development of horticulture and all of our businesses,” says Mark Foertmeyer, AmericanHort’s board chairman. “It’s important that our industry has a strong research-focused organization, so we are proud to contribute to the endowment.”
Harvey Cotten, president of the Horticultural Research Institute, says, “This is a very generous gift from AmericanHort, and it will go a long way in supporting our efforts. It’s important that others give so we can access the matching funds offered by AmericanHort.”
Earlier this year, the Horticultural Research Institute announced it will grant in fiscal year 2014 $400,000 in financial support for 16 new projects that investigate solutions in the areas of horticultural production, pest management, environmental stewardship and business and marketing. The organization also distributed more than $20,000 in scholarships to college students.
“An industry is advanced by the support of its community participants. I hope this pledge will nudge others to get involved by supporting the organizations that are supporting them,” says Michael V. Geary, CAE, AmericanHort’s president and CEO.
Matching contributions or multi-year pledges can be made online at HRIresearch.org or by contacting the Horticultural Research Institute at 202-789-2900.