About The Foundation



Established in 1989, The Deering Estate Foundation is a community-based charitable 501(c) 3 Florida Corporation and is the philanthropic arm of the Deering Estate at Cutler. Our Board of Directors, members and volunteers are made up of a diverse group of business and community leaders who are dedicated advocates of the Estate and active supporters of education, research, cultural arts, restoration and preservation. Check out the "Preserving the Legacy" brochure!

The Deering Estate Foundation celebrated their 20th Anniversary on Saturday, November 14, 2009 by honoring their Founders. View photos from the Deering Estate Foundation's 20th Anniversary event!


Our Mission
To raise public awareness, outreach, understanding and the enjoyment of the Deering Estate at Cutler and to raise funds to support education, research, exhibits and collections, natural conservation and historical restoration and preservation.

Our Vision
The Deering Estate Foundation will be the premiere voice and perpetual partner of the Deering Estate at Cutler, providing the resources and support necessary to achieve and sustain national recognition as a diverse cultural and educational destination for future generations.

Executive Committee




A standing-room-only crowd gathered in the historic Deering Estate at Cutler’s Stone House Ballroom and cheered, when Marta Weeks-Wulf affirmed the gift of her Palmetto Bay homestead to the Deering Estate Foundation. The 8.75 acre multi-million dollar property is located on the west edge of Old Cutler Road between SW 162 and 164 Streets adjacent to the Deering Estate. It includes more than seven acres of pristine native tropical hardwood hammock that Weeks-Wulf has managed and maintained under an Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) covenant, and a 10,500 square foot energy efficient home that she and her late husband L. Austin Weeks, petroleum geologist and former director of Weeks Petroleum, had custom built in 1982.

The Weeks’ long-established commitment to environmental conservation along with Marta’s desire to have the hammock maintained and preserved in perpetuity is a natural fit for the Deering Estate. For 25 years, the Deering Estate Foundation has served as the philanthropic arm of the Deering Estate at Cutler, and helped to steward the cultural and environmental resources of the 444-acre Estate that is owned by the State of Florida and operated by Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces. Continue to full story