1. California City Receives National Grant Funds

    Bank of America Partners With American Forests: $250,000 Grant to Fund Assessment of Urban Forests and Climate Change in Five U.S. Cities   Washington, D.C.; May 1, 2013 — National conservation organization American Forests announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to conduct urban forest assessments in five U.S. cities over the next six months. The selected cities are Asbury Park, N.J.; Atlanta, Ga.; Detroit, Mich.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Pasadena, Calif.   It is estimated that urban trees in the lower 48 states remove approximately 784,000 tons of air pollution annually,...
  2. Inspiring Environmental Educator

    When California ReLeaf was awarded funding through the EPA’s Environmental Education Sub-Grant Program, the organization started looking for an environmental educator to work with us to develop grant guidelines and review grants proposals. ReLeaf was lucky enough to find Rue Mapp, founder of Outdoor Afro.   Since beginning its work with Rue last year, California ReLeaf has awarded grants to 25 nonprofit and community tree-planting groups throughout the state. Another nearly $40,000 is currently available to fund projects that create opportunities for environmental education through tree planting and tree care.   Rue Mapp has been a wonderful adviser to California...
  3. Eat Breakfast, Save the World!

      Vote now and help us win a 2012 EnviroKidz Giving Back Award from Nature’s Path.  You can vote once every 24 hours until December 15th.   This project will benefit communities throughout California, where more than 94% of our state’s citizens live.  California Arbor Week activities include our statewide poster contest for 3rd to 5th grade students and will improve the quality of life for residents and advance the health and wellness benefits that urban forests provide to our local communities.  Through the lesson plans and poster theme, “The Trees in My Community Are an Urban Forest” students will...
  4. Give the Gift of Trees this Holiday Season!

    Imagine living in a city or town without trees.  Imagine going to a school with only concrete on the playground.  Imagine your neighborhood without any parks or gardens.  This is the reality for a large number of Californians.  Over 94% of California’s population, 35 million people, now live in a census defined urban area.  The trees and forests in California’s cities and towns are critical to our health, well-being, and quality of life, yet often are taken for granted, neglected, and an afterthought when planning for our state’s continued growth.   California ReLeaf and its Network of local partners are...
  5. California ReLeaf on GuideStar

    GuideStar is an organization that publishes information about nonprofit organizations across the country on www.guidestar.org.   This website is an important tool used by corporate and foundation funders and individual donors to research prospective nonprofit grant-recipients.  Is your nonprofit organization already on GuideStar?  If not, we encourage you to establish a profile.  It’s a simple step that can help your organization stand out to potential funders. California ReLeaf has a GuideStar profile and we’d love your help to make our profile shine!  If you have had positive experiences with California ReLeaf as a Network member, grant recipient, donor, or a supporter, you...
  6. Urban Forestry Grants Awarded

    California ReLeaf announced today that 25 community groups across the state will receive a total of nearly $200,000 in funding for tree care and tree planting projects through the California ReLeaf 2012 Urban Forestry and Education Grant Program.  Individual grants range from $2,700 to $10,000.   The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree planting and tree maintenance projects that will enhance urban forests in both highly utilized and severely under-served communities throughout the state.  Each project also contains a significant environmental education component that will increase the visibility of how these projects are critical elements to supporting clean air,...
  7. Vote for Us to Receive a Grant from Chase!

    We’re competing with charities nationwide for grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 from the Chase Community Giving program. You can help ensure our success by simply voting for California ReLeaf through the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook.   Through the utilization of social media networks, the Chase Community Giving program has already directed more than $20 million dollars toward charities nationwide, putting the power to bring positive change across the nation into the hands of those who need it most. Due to enthusiasm, the program is being continued this year, giving hundreds of additional charities, including ours the opportunity...