1. 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...
  2. SF Launches Sidewalk Garden Project

    Project Aims to Reduce Stormwater Impacts and Beautify Neighborhoods   WHO: The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, local non-profit organization Friends of the Urban Forest, community volunteers, with participation by District 5 Supervisor London Breed’s Office.   WHAT: Community volunteers to plant the first block-long sidewalk garden as part of a project to replace thousands of square feet of concrete sidewalk in San Francisco with thriving gardens that capture stormwater and reduce the burden on the City’s combined sewer system. Property owners in specific areas on the East side of the City may be eligible to green their neighborhood block...
  3. Run for Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods

    If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, think about joining one of the races at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area. These races benefit Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods, a member of the California ReLeaf Network.   The event begins and ends in Armstrong Redwoods State Park among ancient 1,200 +year old redwoods, more than 300 feet high! These trails are the most beautiful coastal redwood trails found in California. The 9 km distance will run almost entirely through the redwood trails.   The 17 km distance will continue to Austin Creek...
  4. San Jose’s Trees Boost Economy by $239M Annually

    A recently completed study of San Jose’s urban forest revealed that San Jose is second only to Los Angeles in impervious cover. After mapping San Jose’s trees from the air using lasers, researchers discovered that 58 percent of the city is covered with buildings, asphalt or concrete. And 15.4 percent is covered with trees.   Despite the significant difference in canopy vs. concrete cover, San Jose’s urban forest still manages to boost the city’s economic value by $239 million annually. That’s $5.7 billion over the next 100 years.   Mayor Chuck Reed’s Green Vision plan, meant to plant 100,000 more...
  5. Governor Proclaims March 7 Arbor Day

    Governor Proclaims March 7 Arbor Day Statewide Arbor Week Poster Contest Winners Unveiled   Sacramento – Just as trees across the state are beginning to blossom for spring, California’s Arbor Week is highlighting the importance trees have on communities and their residents. Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown proclaimed the start of California Arbor Week, and to kick off the celebration, officials from CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf, an organization working to preserve, protect and enhance California’s urban forests, announced the winners of the statewide Arbor Week poster contest.   “Arbor Week is a time when we encourage tree planting in...
  6. We’ll Drink to That!

    This year, Barefoot Wineries has created a new wine called “Impressions” to celebrate the work that nonprofits to to strengthen our communities. Each bottle will feature a “Sole of the Year”.   We’re proud to say that the founder of Urban Releaf, a California ReLeaf Network member, is one of those “soles”!   Kemba Shakur founded Urban Releaf in Oakland. Since 1998, they’ve planted more than 15,000 trees. We’re proud to call them members and happy to see urban forestry identified as a great cause to change communities.   Congratulations, Kemba! We know you’ll continue to make a difference in...
  7. Goleta Valley Beautiful Seeking Nominations for 2013 Awards

    Goleta Valley Beautiful is seeking nominations for their 2013 Annual Awards.  The awards recognize projects in the Goleta Valley which promote beautification and sustainability, further community pride, and contribute positively to a diverse and healthy urban forest. Nominations for awards are open to everyone, including self-nominations, and you do not need to be a member of Goleta Valley Beautiful to nominate a property or project. Award Categories include Single Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Public Building or Educational Facility, Favorite Tree, Public Park or Open Space, Commercial, and Farm or Orchard. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2013. Award winners...
  8. 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,...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...