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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: California ReLeaf's mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California?s urban and community forests.

Results: California ReLeaf is a nonprofit organization working statewide and is dedicated to improving the health and livability of California’s cities by planting and caring for trees. With over 85 partner organizations around the state, California ReLeaf engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where over 94% of people live: in cities, towns, and metropolitan areas. Together California ReLeaf member organizations have planted and cared for more than 1 million trees with help from over 3 million volunteers.

Target demographics: plant and care for trees and to create healthy, livable communities

Geographic areas served: communities throughout California

Programs: the California ReLeaf Network of urban forest nonprofits, urban forest pass-through grants, outreach and education, and legislative monitoring and advocacy.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Katherine46

Board Member

Rating: 5

The nonprofit I co-founded, Industrial District Green, was just awarded a Social Equity Tree-Planting grant through CALReleaf for 2016. We are a new organization working in an extremely challenging environment in downtown Los Angeles. We had a lot of questions and needed a lot of support in applying for this grant. The staff at CALReleaf were very patient with us and have been quick to answer any questions we had. We are looking forward to a continuing relationship with CALRelaf as we work to green our target zone with many, many more trees.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Roseville Urban Forest Foundation has been a long standing member and has greatly benefited from the support CA ReLEAF efforts provide. They have helped us many times over the years with professional guidance and with funding projects through grants. They have provided opportunity to increase our awareness and knowledge of urban forestry through workshops and access to an amazing network of like-minded groups across the state.
The staff’s dedication and expertise is second to none. They have a “can do” philosophy. They are leaders in advocating for healthy urban forests at the state level, which in turn empowers local community groups.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I decided to become a member of CA Releaf because I was inspired by their work that supports community-based organizations and they are moving in the right direction with Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in mind and practice. They're putting in the work.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a great honor for me to work with California ReLeaf, as a partner and director. Over 25 years, California ReLeaf has built a reputation as a national leader in the field of urban and community forestry. As the umbrella organization leading over 90 community non-profit groups, ReLeaf focuses on increasing awareness and involvement in tree planting and stewardship of California's urban landscapes. Measured by the number of trees planted and surviving, the number of volunteers engaged, and the health of our urban and community forests, California ReLeaf celebrates statewide success year after year. Now engaged in the Save Our Water and Our Trees! campaign, ReLeaf is using its broad network of partners and volunteers to get the word out about saving our investment in trees, while saving water during California's drought.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a long-standing member of the board of the Markham Regional Arboretum Society in Concord, CA. We raise funds for and help maintain a nature park in the very middle of the town. Despite its proximity to wealthy Bay Area locales, Concord is a vibrant but economically challenged community. As such, it needs a park like this so much more than you can imagine.

That said, CA ReLeaf is one of our go-to organizations, helping us with grants, advice, and a fabulous network of like-minded groups. They have helped us raise not only our awareness of how we can put our assets (i.e., the park, our volunteers, etc.) to more effective use, but working with them has also raised our game in how we approach our programming, our services, and our very mission: we had overlooked (!) our function as an urban forest, and this alone has given us new focus.

Each person on the very small staff is deeply dedicated, positive, and genuinely nice. I am proud to be associated with CA ReLeaf and can only hope that they get to do even more for California, and the world, for many years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be associated with Cal ReLeaf. They are an outstanding group of advocates and experts who contribute so much to our communities to make them healthy and beautiful. They are a group of professionals who are dedicated to educating the public, beautifying the community, and empowering individuals. Their contribution helps ensure our state will be beautiful today and for future generations, passing on a legacy of conservation and environmental awareness.

Board Member

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf has established a track record of success in its role as Volunteer Coordinator for CalFire's Urban and Community Forestry program. Since its inception, California ReLeaf has been a leader in urban forestry in California. Its Board is committed to continuing, and strengthening, that role.

Amelia O.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My journey into the world of urban forestry nonprofits has always had California ReLeaf with me. When I first began managing a small environmental nonprofit (1995), ReLeaf was my guide; offering advise, mentoring, reassuring. As that program grew, ReLeaf was more of a partner; providing grant opportunities, sharing tools of the trade, encouraging us. Later, when ReLeaf came to me and asked me for assistance, I was more than willing. I helped mentor other new network groups, shared our story, and served on various boards.

Currently I serve on the board of directors and have been a past president and treasurer. I enjoy sharing with other outside of the urban forest arena about the great work of California ReLeaf. Together the diverse network membership, the dedicated and energetic staff, and the knowledgeable board are advancing urban and community forestry in our state. I am proud to work with an organization that can make such a positive difference!

Tracy Lesperance

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a new and proud member of the board of directors for California ReLeaf. We are a fiscally sound organization providing a wealth of resources and support to grassroots organizations throughout California who are working to improve, enhance, and grow urban and community forests. Whether it is developing strategic partnerships, monitoring and working on legislation, or growing our community network, we are at the forefront of all things urban forestry.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Without hesitation, I joined California ReLeaf’s board of directors in 2012. California ReLeaf is the only organization that assembles and coordinates a network of community-based groups to support urban and community forests throughout the state.

California ReLeaf is a fiscally responsible organization accomplishing its mission and goals with minimal overhead. The organization’s staff consistently monitors state and federal legislation to influence policy on behalf of urban forestry, and works tirelessly to assist their network members in increasing state-wide knowledge about the myriad benefits of trees in our communities.

In this era of increasing climate-change, the work of California ReLeaf to preserve, protect, and enhance our urban forests is more important than ever. Supporting California ReLeaf assures these good works continue.

Review from Guidestar