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Causes: Environment, Homeless & Housing, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The Bay Area has the best of everything – stunning natural beauty, vibrant cities and neighborhoods, bountiful farms, and a diversity of cultural and economic opportunities. The challenge is how the region handles growth. We have a choice – to create wonderful cities and towns or to sprawl ever outward. Greenbelt Alliance is the champion of the places that make the Bay Area special.

Results: Greenbelt Alliance has had some exciting successes in 2014. For more on our wins protecting open spaces in San Mateo county and around the city of Dublin, or for more about our great work to create thriving neighborhoods in Oakland and San Jose, check out our blog here: http://www.greenbelt.org/category/blog/

Target demographics: The right development in the right places.

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: Greenbelt Alliance is the champion of the places that make the Bay Area special. We defend natural and agricultural landscape from development—the hills that offer stunning views, the valleys and streams that provide clean water, the farms and ranches that give us fresh, local food. We help create great cities and neighborhoods—healthy places where people can walk and bike, communities with parks and shops, transportation options, and homes that are affordable. Together these amazing places drive the Bay Area’s economic vitality and quality of life. Please visit our website to learn more about our four initiatives: Natural Landscapes Thriving Neighborhoods Local Farms and Ranches Homes for All www.greenbelt.org

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Former staff

Rating: 5

As a staff member, volunteer and later, a donor, I saw how Greenbelt Alliance worked both from the inside out and the outside in. As a staff member, I saw that Greenbelt Alliance leverages volunteers, community activists, and other partners to influence local policy while also creating a shared regional vision. It's amazing that such a small staff could create reports on region-wide smart growth and threats to the greenbelt while managing to turn out tens of people at local city council meetings. As a volunteer and donor, I experienced the great communication and real outlets for participation that Greenbelt Alliance provides to it's community. Greenbelt Alliance makes smart growth educational with city tours but also makes it fun with events such as Bluegrass for the Greenbelt.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I LOVE Greenbelt Alliance. I have been a supporter for more than 13 years, and find them to be one of the most effective non-profits anywhere. They do a remarkable job on very small budget. They Rock!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Greenbelt Alliance for 20 years and on the board for 17 years and an amazing thing is that despite the fact that virtually all the staff and boardmembers have changed in that time the organization has never lost its essence and its vibrant character. It remains an incredibly dedicated and effective organization that provides tremendous accomplishments for the modest size of its budget and staff--thanks to the high motivation and quality of its staff and the effective use of volunteers. A collegial relationship among staff and board has always been an outstanding feature.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'vde known Greenbelt Alliance for more than ten years, and think it's among the most effective organizations in the Bay Area. Their dual approach - preserving open space while simultaneously promoting smart urban growth - has over the last 40 years shaped the By Area into the beautiful, vibrant place I choose to call home.