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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For such a small staff, California ReLeaf does a heck of a job advocating for protecting, enhancing, and expanding urban forests in California. It's been impressive and inspiring to watch them leverage their limited resources to make such big impact on policies affecting our precious urban forest canopy. As someone who's worked with them in coalition, it's also refreshing to work with an organization that is so collaborative - fully capable of pursuing their mission with passion while also seeing the big picture and working in tandem with other organizations as we all work to tackle the big issues of our time (climate change, public health inequity, etc.).

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf provides an important role in the Environmental community and urban communities across the state. The staff is incredibly professional and love the work they do. California ReLeaf is a model organization that deserves high marks for the service they provide.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for ReLeaf for nearly 2 years and have yet to find a staff so passionate and thoughtful about the work they do. This is a small nonprofit doing big things. With such a small staff, you'd find it hard to believe they're the ones keeping all of California's urban forest happenings running strong -- until you get to experience the level of energy, expertise, and enthusiasm firsthand. I've since moved into a different industry but feel grateful to have gotten serious statewide communications experience working at ReLeaf, and lucky to know this team is fighting for the health and well-being of Californians through trees.

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

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.

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!

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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an urban ecology consultant, I've worked with CA Releaf in several capacities. Their dedication to urban forestry and their professionalism are unsurpassed. They work tirelessly, and often unseen, to advocate for trees and the organizations that support urban forestry. The resources they offer--from their newsletter to their webinars to their grant opportunities--make the field stronger and more valuable.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The CaReleaf team is the go to resource for State of California legislation, education materials, and technical support. Cindy Blain and Chuck Mills have built valuable relationships with government, non-profit and industry partners. We admire their leadership; not an easy task in the largest state in the union! Thanks, Lee Ayres , CEO, Tree Fresno

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with CA Releaf. Their staff combine in-depth expertise on urban forestry with persistent advocacy, dedication to their mission, and a truly collaborative approach to working with allies. I strongly commend CA Releaf to anyone interested in trees.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf has been a stellar partner and friend to the California Climate and Agriculture Network. Their efforts to unify various organizations around a common goal have been crucial to our own work, as well as that of countless other groups. California ReLeaf staff are driven, experienced, creative, professional, and -- most of all -- a blast to work with.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf provides services to urban forestry non-profit organizations throughout the state. As President of the Board of Tree San Diego, i can attest to the fact that ReLeaf has been extremely helpful. We are a relatively new non-profit and have benefited by many types of information that ReLeaf has provided us. Through their excellent network they have also provided access to knowledgeable people in other urban forestry non-profit organizations. We also have benefited by the advocacy they provide for the benefits of urban tree canopy in the state.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf is a leader in the field of urban forestry and conservation. The staff is well respected, diligent, smart, strategic and attuned to the needs of the communities they work with and serve. They extend to form collaborative relationships that leverage their influence and mission to diverse sectors and communities, and create webs of advocates and partners that support each other. It is a pleasure to work with them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an environmental professional and Sacramento lobbyist I have been consistently impressed by California ReLeaf's impact on state policy and funding decisions. It is an absolute certainty that the state budget would contain millions of dollars less for urban greening and other conservation efforts if California ReLeaf were not engaged in Sacramento.

CA ReLeaf is a valuable partner, with my unqualified support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

California ReLeaf is a dedicated organization that supports much needed natural resources in California's urban communities. I've had the opportunity to work closely with them and believe their guidance on environmental issues has truly made a difference for California residents and our urban ecosystems. They continue to be a leader in their field.