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California ReLeaf

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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

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff at California ReLeaf helped us develop and implement our tree planting project in the City of Avenal. After years of wanting to beautify and add shade to our public spaces, we were pleased to discover a supportive partner in California ReLeaf. With their advice, we were able to do everything from effectively select the best species for our environment to engage different key community leaders. Their responsiveness helped us adapt the project as new opportunities arose; in fact, most recently, we were able to expand our project and plant even more trees than we originally anticipated within the same time frame. Even as we continue to complete the project, we already see a community that is reinvigorated and encouraged by what their teamwork could accomplish.

Jan M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we started Richmond Trees, we knew what we wanted to achieve but not how to get there. With the guidance and support of California ReLeaf we were able to grow our small all volunteer group into a well oiled machine that gets the job done. They have supported us with their networks and webinars and all the support a volunteer group needs to succeed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Currently working closely with much of the California ReLeaf Staff - extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and all around great. Truly a pleasure and one of the leading NGOs in urban forestry

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf is one of the most respected nonprofit voices in California providing education and support for urban forestry across the state. What makes them unique is their capacity to work with organizations and stakeholders in the field and key legislators in the Capitol. It produces great outcomes for urban forests and the communities that depend on them.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

CA ReLeaf has a very great reputation in the State Capitol, which is where I spend most of my own professional time. Their ability to work well with groups on the ground, and develop very large coalitions that are consistently coordinated and on message, speaks to the genuine relationships that the organization has fostered throughout California. As a result, CA ReLeaf is an immense powerhouse when it comes to urban forestry advocacy that has consistently delivered great budget outcomes for communities that otherwise would be left behind without ReLeaf's efforts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a policy director at a fellow non-profit working on green infrastructure, water and urban forestry issues. California Relief's tireless work to ensure funding and laws from state-level legislation gets to urban forestry projects is and has been critical to the state's overall success in urban forestry. Thank you CA Releaf!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf is an excellent partner. We rely on their expertise and knowledge of legislative issues. They work extremely well to build coalitions to protect funding for trees in California.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We collaborate with California ReLeaf on policy advocacy and grant administration, and they are a great partner. They are professional and thoughtful, and contribute a lot to our advocacy on urban forestry. Furthermore, we've seen firsthand what a great resource they can be for smaller community groups looking to get started with urban forestry.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello, I'm a Certified Arborist with a recidential tree care business . Recently I had the chance to make a presentation about jobs, tree care and diversity. The conference was titled "The Power of Trees". This event was organized by Cindy Blain of California ReLeaf and it was phenomenal. What really impressed me was that the topic of race was part of the education and discussion. It made us look into ourselves and see how we are treated and how we treat others of different races. I thank California ReLeaf for making the space for such important discussion in the tree care industry.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Urban Forest manager working for municipalities throughout CA. Early in my career I found many times that non profit tree groups in our state worked in conflict with tree care professionals. During the last 20 years I've had many occasions to work together with ReLeaf and have found they are educating both the "Tree Huggers" the needs of trees and the professionals the values citizens have for trees. This education has been in multiple forms, my favorite is when we all work together on projects and that is where ReLeaf has been a major partner on many projects I've worked on with them and other industry groups. As example the first time our regional air quality board excepted that trees help clean the air 2004 and funded projects for action through today while we work on developing Best Management practices for Tree Care for Birds and Wildlife. ReLeaf has been a key to helping our urban forests in CA.
Thank you, Andy Trotter

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love California ReLeaf! As an arborist who works for a community tree planting non-profit, they have helped me connect with others in my field. ReLeaf has been instramnetal in helping me develop my knowledge in my field and setting up relationships which have made my organization more successful in our day-to-day activities as well as programatically. Not only have I gained tremendously from their helping hand, but I have also been able to share my knowledge with others in my field through talks I have given at their encouragment. I can't speak highly enough of Califronia ReLeaf!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

California Releaf is the best! We could not do the work we (WHTPS) do without their help.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As our climate changes and our drought lingers on, it becomes crucial that we all begin to understand the importance of our trees. Does the average Californian or for that matter elected official, realize that beyond esthetics, our trees provide cooling to our urban environment and also naturally store gallons and gallons of water in their root systems, to name just a few advantages. California ReLeaf does a fantastic job of educating the citizens of this state, to the incredible benefits of cultivating and protecting our canopy. The information and resources provided by California ReLeaf, will make a "tree hugger" out of the most skeptical amongst us.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sonoma Ecology Center just joined on as a member group of the California ReLeaf organization and were immediately immersed in great resources, networking and incredible professional development related to urban forestry. We can not say enough about how great and supportive the staff have been in getting our urban forest campaign going in the Sonoma Valley. Thank you so much to Cindy and Melissa and all of the other staff of the organization, your work is so appreciated!

Client Served

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf is the fiscal manager of our Tree Care for Birds and other Wildlife Project which is a statewide partnership between the tree care industry and wildlife advocates. As a co-leader of this all-volunteer project, I have been delighted with the support provided by California Releaf. It has exceeded my expectations. Staff have assisted us in creating and managing a budget and in processing donations and reimbursements, tracking our in-kind donations and providing valuable input on grant writing. They have even attend our quarterly meetings and assist us in networking with other organizations. Our requests and inquiries are always promptly and pleasantly handled. I personally have greater peace of mind and confidence about the outcome of our ambitious project because of our partnership with California Releaf.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love ReLeaf! They have helped our organization get started as a local tree nonprofit in our neighborhood.

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

California ReLeaf is one of the premier - if not THE premier - state-level advocacy organizations focused on urban forestry. Their staff is deeply-experienced in Capitol work and they create compelling narratives about the importance of urban forestry to shade our neighborhoods, clean our air, and beautify our communities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf has done a great job of passing along grant opportunities and funds to communities and groups to facilitate tree planting, tree maintenance, and tree education. They have partnered with other organizations to expand resources, advocate for trees, and demonstrate the value of trees where people live, work, and play.

If you are interested in grant funds, participating with projects for planting trees, or want information about the value and importance of trees, California ReLeaf can provide the information or partner to help you.

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Advisor

Rating: 4

As a marketing/communications advisor to California ReLeaf over the last several years, I have found them to articulate a clear mission and objectives, and to deliver on the mission with strategic thinking and actions. From advocating for urban trees at the state level, to serving members through grants and technical assistance, staff have also taken new leadership roles to facilitate the development of cohesive statewide messaging on the drought and caring for trees. The trees and urban forests are lucky to have this organization!

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