Shinners Society

The Shinners Society: BRIT's Planned Giving Program

Leave your own Legacy by joining the Shinners Society of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) and help protecting BRIT’s future. This special group of individuals are passionate about the planet and eager to learn more about all living things. Because of their commitment to the environment they have decided to included Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) in their estate plans.

Including BRIT in your estate plan will not only assist you in reaching and achieving your own philanthropic and charitable giving goals, it will also allow BRIT to continue its mission of deepening our knowledge of the plant world and achieving public understanding of the value plants bring to life.

BRIT welcomes undesignated bequest. This allows flexibility to meet changing needs of the organization. When including BRIT in your will, we recommend that you consider using the specific bequest language.

For more information, please contact BRIT’s Vice President for Advancement, Christie Eckler at 817.463.4100. 

Shinners Society Recognition

It’s in our nature. Soon enough, with the right care and attention, everything is bound to grow. We see the potential that lies before us and the many directions we could take, and it’s the responsibility of us all to help others grow by building and educating a community of green-thinking visionaries who will one day become the ones to instill our values to the next generation.

BRIT holds an annual event to honor those who have included BRIT in their estate plans. During this special event, we recognize these visionaries for their commitment to the next generation.


BRIT is very excited to add several short excursions for our Shinners Society members. These excursions include VIP tours and lunch on the grounds of special places like the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical GardensChandor Gardens, and Casa Flora.

Lloyd Herbert Shinners

Lloyd H. Shinners, a member of the Southern Methodist University faculty and director of the Herbarium at SMU (now at BRIT) from 1947–1971, was “one of the strongest and most interesting workers in the entire field of systematic botany in the United States.”  He championed the cause of Botany, particularly at SMU where as professor for twenty-five years and almost single-handedly developed and maintained the Herbarium and Systematics Library. read more

Shinners Society Members

Mary P. Barkley & Theodore M. Barkley*
Dr. Grace Bascope
Dr. Tony Burgess
Mr. William R. Burk
Ms. Kay Casey
Mrs. Marie Louise Cole*
Mr. Carroll W. Collins*
George M. Diggs, Jr.
Karen Marie Foley
Julie and Doug Renfro
Sarah D. Hultmark* & Gordon Hultmark*
Ms. Joann Karges
Dr. Marilyn C. Marynick
Mrs. Ruth Andersson May*


Ann & Tim McKinney
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Mercado
Robert J. O’Kennon
Mary G. Palko
Dr.* & Mrs. Edward D. Richardson
Mrs. Jane Romine*
Dr. Stella M. Schmittner*
Mr. & Mrs. Tim Sear
Richard D. Steed, Jr.
Dr. George C.* & Mrs. Sue Sumner
Miss Janie G. Thannisch
Mr. Vernon L. Wesby*
Mrs. Patsy Zimmerman