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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

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Cindy64

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cal ReLeaf has been a great resource, especially with respect to urban forest/urban greening advocacy and grants support. I would encourage any urban forest or urban greening grassroots organization to invest in the annual membership in order to have access to this great team of experts. They'll help build your knowledge base as well as your network of like-minded organizations.

Kenneth6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Goleta Valley Beautiful joined California ReLeaf in the 1990’s as a small all volunteer urban forestry organization, about the same time I became involved with both organizations. In those days, annual conferences were a homey affair, usually involving staying overnight at a college dorm in the summer when the facilities weren’t being used by students. As our organizations have matured, we’ve been able to stay on the forefront of what works best in urban forestry through the leadership of California ReLeaf linking us with a statewide army of volunteer organizations. The resources California ReLeaf develops on our behalf are the essential building blocks for sustaining the core of Goleta Valley Beautiful. But while the leadership has changed, and the conferences have become more polished, California ReLeaf is still the go to place for recharging your personal and professional batteries. Joe, Chuck, Ashley and those who have come before and the next generation to come have been treasured colleagues and personal friends. They listen, anticipate, and lead. They help us grow by sharing, and we all prosper because of it. We need more of them.

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When asked to join the California Releaf Board in 2009, I had only experienced the organization from a network member point of view. As a network member, I was really pleased with the level of support and opportunities provided for highlighting our local activities. During my time on the board, I have had the opportunity to witness and oversee the daily operations and activities of the team and have to say I am so impressed. The same support I received as a network member transferred to my board experience. Monthly staff reports, excellent follow up on questions and financials that demonstrate topknotch fiduciary care. It's a wonderful experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When Canopy first joined California ReLeaf, in the mid 1990's, we immediately benefited tangibly from the various programs offered such as access to a network of urban forestry nonprofits for advice and best practices, excellent newsletters and conferences, as well as opportunities to receive tree planting grants.
Since then, California ReLeaf has grown to become the main empowerment agency for our network.
In particular, ReLeaf's successful legislative advocacy efforts give a voice to California's urban forestry/ecosystem nonprofits or groups, most of which are small or volunteer-based.

Review from Guidestar