1. A Higher Purpose

      A tree can be many things: an air filter, a playground, a shade structure, a landmark. One of the highest purposes a tree can serve, though, is as a memorial.   Recently, through support from California ReLeaf, the Incredible Edible Community Garden (IECG) was able to plant 50 trees with such a purpose.   On March 23, trees were planted at the California State San Bernardino Veteran Success Center to honor and memorialize veterans past, present, and future. The Veteran Success Center provides programs and services that are unique to the needs of service members, including a room where...
  2. Volunteers Give Valuable Time

    Many of us in the nonprofit world would say that the time volunteers donate to our organizations is priceless. And in practically every way it is.   Each year though, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Independent Sector place a value on the time volunteers donate to charitable causes. Nonprofit organizations can use this amount to quantify the enormous value  their volunteers provide. The estimated national value of volunteer time in 2012 (it’s always a year behind) is $22.14 per hour – up 35 cents from last year. Here in California, the rate is even higher – $24.75 – up...
  3. 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,...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...