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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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ryan A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working for Los Angeles based urban forestry organizations you don't have the immediate access and ability to build relationships on the state level with elected officials in Sacramento. California ReLeaf masterfully fills that gap by supporting non-profits throughout the State of California by advocating for funding, providing the most current research to decision makers, and bringing together the urban forestry community throughout the state. If you're doing urban forestry work in California get to know California ReLeaf.

Review from Guidestar

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!

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.

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf has offered consistent support for programs, funding, and general administration. They are a dedicated team working statewide to implement real change in our urban forest and committed to empowering local groups like Tree Davis to work efficiently and effectively.

Anne F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

California Releaf is the hub of communication and support for urban and community forestry efforts throughout the state. The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a founding member and greatly benefits from the network, its members, workshops and advocacy efforts. Specifically, California ReLEAF legislative advocacy efforts have elevated urban and community forestry as a legitimate strategy to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, local community efforts have a much better chance of receiving services or dollars they need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I find California Releaf a much needed and effective voice for the grassroots nonprofit tree network throughout the state of California. Their advocacy efforts have resulted in vast new resources being dedicated to greening our communities by bringing recognition to the inextricable links between urban tree canopies and the many accrued benefits, such as carbon sequestration, urban heat island amelioration, cleaning the air we breathe, energy conservation, and improving the health and well-being of all California residents. For me their work in educating policy and decision makers, combined with providing net-working opportunities with my fellow urban forest community benefit organizations, has brought us much greater opportunities to make the communities we serve better, healthier and more livable communities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf supports urban forestry statewide in California. Through communications, lobbying, and administering grants they have helped dozens of urban forestry groups across the state. Without them, the outlook for urban forestry across California would be much bleaker.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf is a great non-profit that accomplishes a lot for the California urban forestry community. In the past, California ReLeaf has helped our organization (a very small urban forestry non-profit) receive grant funding on multiple projects that have really helped us work toward achieving our mission to plant and care for trees and educate our community.

Besides funding, California ReLeaf is always there to support us with outreach materials and press packets to make it really easy for us to communicate to our constituents and run really high quality programs without much front-end effort. This is key for us because we only have one half-time staff person to execute our programs.

California ReLeaf is also always on the front-line in Sacramento representing urban forestry interests on behalf of its members, many of them small non-profits like ours. We surely do not have the resources to ensure the interests of trees are represented in the capital city.

And it should noted that California ReLeaf achieves all this work with only a few staff people. They are a very efficient non-profit. Thank you for being awesome, California ReLeaf!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire give California Releaf 10 stars! California ReLeaf is a great non-profit organization that operates statewide and truly helps grassroots and community based agencies protect the environment, as well as helps us build greater skills among inner city youth as it relates to caring for the land, trees and neighborhoods. For years, Cal Releaf has been instrumental helping some of the poorest areas in the Inland Empire breathe new life and excitement about urban forestry, air pollution and environmental stewardship.

In addition, California Releaf is also our right hand for advocacy and policy making as it relates to the environment and our neighborhoods. When this agency goes after change, they make it happen and it benefits the entire State of California. That makes them great!

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".

Caitlin7

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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!

Bryan10

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

John131

Client Served

Rating: 4

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

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.