The Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia (FOSA), a University of Virginia-related foundation -- is the official fund-raising, membership, and gift-receiving organization for the State Arboretum of Virginia and Blandy Experimental Farm. FOSA works as a partner to help support Blandy and the State Arboretum through fund-raising, events, and volunteer management. 

Giving to FOSA, the State Arboretum and Blandy: Please send donations (made out to FOSA) by mail to FOSA, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620. For your convenience, you may also donate online or by stopping by to visit us in the main office at Blandy. FOSA is a 501(c)(3) and the Federal Tax ID No. 54-1268275. Please scroll down for more on giving opportunities here at the State Arboretum.

VISIONBlandy will be a center for outstanding environmental research and education, set within the natural beauty and remarkable collections of Virginia's State Arboretum.

MISSIONFOSA will support Blandy's research and educational goals, sustain the Arboretum's collections, and enhance Blandy's value as an institution that serves the public.

GOALSEnhance user experience, build relationships, and balance revenue and expense.

FOSA Board of Directors, FY2020

 Staff (alphabetical order)


Please direct general  inquiries including giving opportunities listed below, to FOSA Director Robin Couch Cardillo (540-837-1758 x 221).

There are many ways you can be involved and help us further our mission of supporting environmental education outreach programs here at the State Arboretum of Virginia. 
  • Consider becoming a member of FOSA's giving clubs with unrestricted gifts: Blandy Society ($1,000+) or Ginkgo Guild ($5,000) 
  • Remember FOSA in your estate planning. 
  • Thinking of a bench or tree in honor/memory of someone special? With your tax-deductible donation of $1,800, FOSA will purchase a five-foot teak bench/engraved plaque and place the bench at a mutually agreed upon spot at the Arboretum. FOSA will replace the bench if necessary, for up to twenty years. To learn more about honorary/memorial trees, click here. 
  • Gifts of marketable securities are handled through the University of Virginia's Advancement Office. 
  • For DTC eligible securities: 
  • Clearing Broker:       Pershing LLC
  • DTC Participant#     443
  • Account Number:    N7M-001327
  • Credit:                    University of Virginia Gift Account
  • Reference:             {Donor’s Name}

Koy Mislowsky, Volunteer and Events CoordinatorAre you interested in helping out in the gardens, or at an event? Would you like to be a vendor at Garden Fair? Are you considering Blandy for your upcoming wedding? 

Contact Koy Mislowsky, FOSA's Volunteer and Events Coordinator to learn more about our thriving volunteer program and events held at Blandy throughout the year.

Considering Become a FOSA Member?

There are many benefits to being a member of the Foundation of the State Arboretum! With a FOSA membership, you can visit nearly 300 gardens across the country for free, as part of the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program. To learn more about membership benefits, become a FOSA member, make a donation or online payment for an upcoming event or program, please click on the link below.
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We will be happy to assist you with general information on FOSA membership, programs, and to make a donation or payment by telephone. 

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