1. California ReLeaf Honored as 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit

    CALIFORNIA RELEAF HONORED AS 2013 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews   Sacramento, California, November 1, 2013 – California ReLeaf announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.   “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit,” says Joe Liszewski, Executive Director of California ReLeaf.  We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including working with over 80 local nonprofit and community groups as part of the California ReLeaf Network and planting and caring for 2,000 trees...
  2. 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...
  3. Mobile Devices Facilitate Impulse Giving

    A recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project shows the connection between smartphones and donations to charitable causes. The results are surprising.   Usually, the decision to contribute to a cause is made with thought and research. This study, which looked at donations made after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, shows that donations made via cell phone didn’t follow suite. Instead, these donations were often spontaneous and, it’s theorized, triggered by tragic images presented after the natural disaster.   The study also showed that most of these donors didn’t monitor ongoing reconstruction efforts in Haiti,...
  4. California ReLeaf Honored as 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit

    CALIFORNIA RELEAF HONORED AS 2012 TOP-RATED NONPROFIT New GreatNonprofits.org Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews   Sacramento, CA December 4, 2012 – California ReLeaf announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.   “We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit,” says Joe Liszewski, Executive Director, California ReLeaf.  We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including supporting local organizations and projects throughout the state, resulting in 90,000 trees planted and maintained, and over 380 local jobs created.  In addition, we assisted...
  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. Donation Solicitation Reporting

    Thousands of nonprofit organizations in the United States misreport how they solicit billions of dollars in donations, making it impossible for Americans to know how their gifts are used, according to a Scripps Howard News Service study of federal tax records.   Forty-one percent of all 37,987 charities and other nonprofit groups that collected at least $1 million according to their most recent report to the Internal Revenue Service made what experts agree is a ridiculous claim: They raised significant amounts of money without spending a dime to do so.   To read the full article, visit San Diego News...
  7. Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids! Nominated for a $10,000 Grant from Odwalla’s Plant a Tree Program

    Growing a little goodness was never so easy.  This Earth Month, Brentwood Academy and East Palo Alto residents can help turn over a new leaf for a local environmental project with the simple click of a mouse.  Through its 2012 Plant a Tree program, Odwalla is donating $10,000 to worthy organizations, and California ReLeaf and Canopy’s Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids project is in the running for one of the grants. 2012 marks the fifth consecutive year Odwalla has made tree donations based on votes made by fans on the Plant a Tree program website.  Over the past four years, the...
  8. Give the Gift of Trees

    Trees bring life to California and have a remarkable effect on our communities.  Trees provide benefits like cleaning the air and cooling hot streets, trees are linked to reduced crime and increased property values.  California ReLeaf works hand in hand with local organizations throughout the state to preserve, protect, and enhance California’s community forests. A donation to California ReLeaf is a gift to the citizen’s of California for generations to come.  Consider supporting us this holiday season and invest in California!  As a special bonus, all donations of $100 or more between now and December 31, 2011 will receive a...