1. ReLeaf Network Keeps Nonprofits Alive in Cap and Trade Bills

    With two weeks to go in the 2012 Legislative Session, California ReLeaf discovered that a much-desired “local project funding program” was being inserted into the Cap and Trade bill package that was moving forward with great momentum.  The proposed language had much of what our network of urban forestry nonprofits would want to see (including specific mention of urban greening)… except nonprofit eligibility!  The entire community, with the exception of certified local conservation corps, was completely shut out. The next day, in a matter of hours, the Network responded like they have rarely responded before.  Almost thirty organizations joined together...
  2. USDA Forest Service Chief Visits Oakland

    USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell visited Oakland on Monday, August 20 to present a check for $181,000 to Oakland ReLeaf to support their Green Street Research, Demonstration and Education Project as well as tree planting and maintenance throughout the city of Oakland.   To see even more pictures of the event, visit California ReLeaf’s Facebook page.
  3. The Importance of Young Tree Care

    In 1995, California ReLeaf granted funds to Patrick’s Point Garden Club to plant 25 flowering cherry trees in Trinidad. Today, those trees have reached maturity thanks to the care and stewardship of the club. The care and maintenance of those trees is now being turned over to the City of Trinidad. To read more about these trees and the measures taken to make sure they thrived, read an article in the Times-Standard.   Young tree care is an important, especially in an urban setting. Proper care and pruning of young trees helps to ensure structurally sound growth and overall health....
  4. Volunteer Hours Mean More in California

    A volunteer hour means a lot. It’s a representation of the time, talents, and energy someone dedicates to making a difference. In urban forestry, nonprofit and community organizations depend on volunteers to plant trees, care for trees, and ensure the longevity of their local community forests. It’s not uncommon for the value of volunteer time  to be used to recognize volunteers or to show the amount of community support an organization is receiving, but this value can also be used for grant proposals, annual reports, and on statements for internal and external purposes.   Each year, the Bureau of Labor...
  5. Vote with Your Mission

    Vote with Your Mission is a new campaign to have 100% of eligible nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers vote.  We call on nonprofits in California to sign on to the Vote with Your Mission campaign.   Vote with Your Mission aims to galvanize the power of the nonprofit community and emphasize the importance of voting for the ideals and values that have brought each of us to our nonprofit work.  Too often nonprofits shy away from anything “political.”  But we have a right – and indeed – a duty to be heard.  Encouraging our volunteers and staff members to...
  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. Grants Available for Tree Planting and Tree Care Projects

    $250,000 AVAILABLE FOR TREE PLANTING AND TREE CARE PROJECTS Sacramento, CA, May 21st – California ReLeaf unveiled its new grants program today that will provide more than $250,000 to community-based groups and other organizations throughout California for urban forestry projects.  California ReLeaf’s 2012 Urban Forestry and Education Grants Program is funded through contracts with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire) and Region IX of the Environmental Protection Agency.   Eligible applicants include incorporated nonprofit organizations and unincorporated community-based groups, with a financial sponsor, located in California.  Individual funding requests range from $1,000 to $10,000.  Applicants may...
  8. Pacific Forest Trust Hiring

    Pacific Forest Trust, based in San Francisco, is seeking a Communications Director to oversee and implement strategic outreach and constituency building for a pioneering non-profit forest conservation organization. Primary duties include writing, editing, web content management and media relations; production management; supervision of contractors who provide communications-related services, such as freelance web designers and photographers, and direct supervision of the Senior Communications Associate. Click here for the full position description. Since 1993, the Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) has been dedicated to conserving and sustaining America’s vital, productive forest landscapes. Working with forest owners, communities and an array of partners, we...
  9. CSPF Competitive Grant Program

    The next deadline for California State Parks Foundation’s Competitive Grant Program is May 24th. These are grants (usually ranging from $200-$6,000) that are awarded to groups to benefit California’s state park system. In general (and as funds permit), CSPF grants will be targeted in four main areas: Volunteer Efforts and Recognition; Education and Interpretation; Natural and Cultural Resource Protection; and Capacity Building for cooperating associations. CSPF also makes a number of discretionary grants each year that may fall outside the main target areas. Qualified non-profit groups are encouraged to apply. For more information on this grant program, and to access...
  10. 2011 Annual Report

    2011 was a great year for California ReLeaf! We’re proud of our accomplishments and the accomplishments of our ReLeaf Network members. In 2011, we: Supported 17 significant urban forestry projects that provided California with 72,000 workforce hours supporting 140 jobs, Delivered important education to nonprofits and community organizations through our newsletter and annual conference, Sponsored successful legislation designating March 7 – 14 of every year as California Arbor Week, and Joined Network members to support legislation that extended the prevailing wage exception for volunteers through 2016.   Our Network members: Planted over 53,000 trees, Cared for over 122,000 trees, Held...