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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

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

CA Releaf has been instrumental in Woodland Tree Foundation's successful tree planting and Arbor Day events during the last several years. They have been a major source of funding for trees planted by our volunteers, allowing WTF to plant hundreds of shade trees at schools and along city streets. Their Arbor Day grants have provided funding for trees and publicity enabling this annual event to grow in popularity and volunteer support. Their staff regularly attend Arbor Day in Woodland to support our efforts. CA ReLeaf has also been a strong voice in Sacramento promoting the work of the ReLeaf network and the value of trees to combat global warming; they continue to advocate for additional state resources for tree planting. Through regular email communications and their newsletter CA ReLeaf keeps their membership informed of legislation at the state Capitol that is of importance to tree planting efforts; they also provide information about training workshops and profile the interesting and inspirational work of other tree organizations. We are proud to be a member of CA ReLeaf! Their organizational efforts give small tree planting nonprofits like Woodland Tree Foundation a stronger voice in all matters that pertain to trees and environmental enhancement of our communities. Their staff are very accessible and consistently provide high quality technical assistance.

Rhonda Berry

Client Served

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf rocks. Ever since it was founded under the leadership of Isabel Wade in the late 80's, California Releaf remains THE statewide advocate for both urban forestry and the nonprofits making it happen at the neighborhood level.

In addition to the valuable workshops and materials it provides to nonprofits, CaliforniaReLeaf continues to be a major influence in bringing millions of dollars of federal and state funds to California communities through intense legislative tracking and advocacy.

Thank you Joe, Chuck and Ashley, et al, for all you do to support the efforts of California's urban forestry nonprofits - "the boots on the ground".

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The mission of CalReleaf is an important one and the dedicated, savvy staff are doing exemplary work in serving that mission. From providing assistance, funding and direction to small local non-profit community action groups to advocating on the State or National level for government support, CalReleaf is truly a Great Nonprofit organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Urban Corps is proud to be partnered with California ReLeaf. We have worked together to plant hundreds of trees in San Diego County. In the process, we have raised awareness of the benefits of the urban forest and helped provide paid job training and a second chance to the at-risk youth we serve. By advocating for and planting trees, California ReLeaf is not only helping green our urban landscape, they are helping us achieve our mission of offering green job training and high school education to youth. This is a win-win for our community. Thank you CalReleaf!

Caitlin7

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have received a grant this term and working with the foundation has been great!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf has been a wonderful partner to work with over the past several years. Their commitment to urban forestry is inspiring. They are true leaders in the field.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work with California ReLeaf on a planting project I helped organize at an elementary school. ReLeaf staff were always helpful and readily available to answer questions or offer support while I was preparing my application and planning my planting event. The organization has excellent resources for grantees putting together urban forestry projects. The entire grant process was easy to navigate and was an overall great experience.

Douglas8

Client Served

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf has been a consistent player in the community based urban forestry world since I've been involved back in the early '90's...that's a long time!

Through their educational programs and annual conferences to their networking of other urban forestry groups in California, Friends of the Urban Forest has been able to both share 'trade secrets' and gain them from other organizations.

In the past recent years ReLeaf has been a solid source of funding for several start-up innovative programs that simply would not have gotten off the ground with out such financial assist.

Another huge funding opportunity became available from ReLeaf when we proposed our tree planting, tree care and Youth Tree Care Programs as 'shovel ready' when Federal Stimulus money became available to urban forestry groups. ReLeaf worked very hard to bring those funds into the urban forestry world here in California.

With constant updates on potential Senate and Assembly bills which can influence funding to urban forestry, ReLeaf has successfully leveraged their member's connections to their local State leaders sharing language that groups like ours may use to persuade these leaders to use urban forestry as a solution in several successful bills on parks and clean water measures.

We appreciate the staff that work hard for our group as well as the smaller urban forestry groups in the State.

Thank you CA ReLeaf!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Koreatown Youth and Community Center has been working with California ReLeaf for several years now, and they provide a much needed service to the urban forestry community of California. Through great educational programs and webinars, print materials, and grant funding they help make my organizations work possible in the community. They also play a key role in advocating for the urban forestry community at the state level to ensure funding for the many tree planting, care, and educational programs being provided to our communities.
Very thankful to California ReLeaf for their support!

TreeMusketeers

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work for Tree Musketeers, a youth-led environmental organization located in Southern California. My group has been a member of the California ReLeaf Network since 1991. The benefits we have received range from first class conferences to grants, advocacy at the state capital and valuable resources. ReLeaf is a pivot point for California's urban forestry movement and brings nearly 100 groups together for an amplified voice.

I also have served on ReLeaf's board of directors since its incorporation. I can attest that ReLeaf is a soundly structured organization with a clear vision and viable mission. It's board comprises diversely talented members who are engaged and dedicated. Likewise, the small staff brings the right mix of professional skills to implement big programs with the utmost of precision in aggressive pursuit of the mission. I cannot say enough about the high esteem I hold for California ReLeaf and its people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

North East Trees is a small urban forestry non-profit based out of north east Los Angeles. Over the past 25 years we have planted over 100,000 trees and trained hundreds of at risk youth in the disadvantaged communities that we serve. We do big work for such a small organization. None of this would be possible without the ongoing support of our partner organization, California ReLeaf. As an advocate in Sacramento, California ReLeaf has helped our organization access much needed funding and has done an incredible job educating our elected officials about the importance of urban forestry statewide. They have been extremely efficient, competent and passionate about the work that they do. Without them, our communities would be less green and our cities less livable. California ReLeaf is a great friend of our urban forests and those who work with them. Thank you California ReLeaf. Please keep doing what you are doing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are the HB Tree Society, Inc. an all volunteer-run 501(c)(3) dedicated to increasing the urban forest in Huntington Beach, California and outskirts. We started in 1998 as a small grass roots organization. Throughout the years CA ReLeaf has provided us an extraordinary amount of support. They have donated generous grants throughout the years, offered amazing seminars and have always been there for advice and encouragement. Thanks to CA ReLeaf, our all-volunteer organization has become a viable part of the sourounding Huntington Beach community. We have planted/given away over 6,000 trees over the last decade.


We attribute our increase in green infrastructure to the support received from CA Re-Leaf. They have been tree-riffic and our partnership has been tree-mendous! Their statewide tree workshops have broadened our knowledge and been a tree-mendous asset on us becoming more efficient with the care of trees. The workshops have brightened our spirits and and fired us up to keep going through tough economic times.


When you are a small group its essential that larger groups take you under their wings. CA Re-Leaf has certainly done this and helped us FLY.

David127

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ReLeaf really does "empower grassroots efforts"..".that preserve, protect and enhance California's urban and community forests. No amount og praise for their work is enough. It is an inspiration to join with them in this most valuable work. - Dave Richardson

Bryan10

Client Served

Rating: 4

They work as a cohesive group. Great advocates for the Urban Forest!

Martha O.

Donor

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf is a wonderful organization that supports local tree nonprofits across California through community-based grants, education programs, mentoring, and advocacy. The staff is top-notch – very professional and friendly!

John131

Client Served

Rating: 4

Outstanding in all aspects: professionalism, advocacy, on the ground impact.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a outdoor sceintific education non profit called Kids & Creeks. We are based in Chico, California. Thanks to our 2012 grant from Cal ReLeaf we have been able to restore habitat at three city parks and will be planting 25 trees at those parks in January. More than 600 local elementary students have already participated or will participate in this urban forestry work for the city. They ranged in age from 4th grade all the way up to 8th grade students. We have been able to get students from low income schools on cost free field trips that they may not have been able to go on with the grant. Cal ReLeaf not only helped fund valuable tree care work, tree planting, and invasive species removal but also helped educate students about the importance of urban forestry. Our entire organization, the students who did the work and the whole community have benefitted from our Cal ReLeaf grant. THANK YOU from Kids & Creeks and the City of Chico!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the head of an all-volunteer group whose goal is to make our city a city of tree-lined streets, I have found both moral support and technical expertise from the ReLeaf staff. They are extremely accessible; I have never known them to not return calls or emails immediately. And they are genuinely helpful. For example, they paid for a director of a larger tree organization to meet with us and talk about stepping up our efforts.The organization helps small groups in small towns like us to navigate larger bureaucracies like the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection at the same time as it funnels tree money from the state to us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to California ReLeaf, volunteers in Oakland will be planting 25 California native trees in Wood Park. It beautifies while helping our watershed, the air the people!! It gives many youth volunteers a good opportunity to garden in our park and enjoy teamwork with stewardship. Thanks CA Releaf for your grant.