Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

California Releaf

  • Sacramento, CA
  • www.californiareleaf.org

Mission Statement

California ReLeaf's mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California's urban and community forests. California ReLeaf works statewide to promote alliances among community-based groups, individuals, industry, and public agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities, public health, and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees.

Main Programs

  1. California ReLeaf Network
  2. Education and Outreach
  3. Urban Forest Grants
  4. Legislative Monitoring & Advocacy
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Communities throughout the state of California

ruling year

2004

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Ms. Cindy Blain

Keywords

Self-reported

urban forestry, trees, volunteers, environment, urban and community forestry, arboriculture, urban greening, environmental justice, climate change, global warming, California, urban, tree

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013.
Register now

EIN

90-0138904

 Number

2253944734

Physical Address

2115 J Street, Ste. 213

Sacramento,

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Urban, Community (S31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

California ReLeaf’s advocacy efforts helped deliver more than $55 million in state funding for urban forestry programs in California. Our Network hosts more than 80 community groups in locations all across the state and we regularly convene at our annual conference to share success stories and resources. We maintain an ongoing Education & Outreach program, using online resources and social media to make information and resources accessible to our audiences and stakeholders.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

California ReLeaf Network

We support a Network of approximately 80 community-based organizations with resources and information about urban forestry issues, statewide programs, funding opportunities, plus organizational mentoring and capacity-building through trainings, workshops, and networking opportunities. A large component of our services to local groups is to obtain and pass forward grant opportunities—which fund tree stock and supplies for tree planting and care, including resources to help young trees survive and thrive into maturity (i.e. water systems, pruning, support structures)—to the Network and other grassroots urban forestry groups. This is paramount because mature trees with expansive canopies and root systems provide the greatest social, environmental, and economic benefits to communities.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 2

Education and Outreach

California ReLeaf provides education and outreach services to Network organizations, public agencies, community leaders, children, and the general public. Topics include the benefits of trees, techniques for tree care and planting, current research, and relevant urban forestry issues. The education and outreach program includes an annual California urban forest conference and Network retreat, newsletter, online resources, social media posts, and regional and online workshops. We work with CAL FIRE to orchestrate California Arbor Week (March 7-14) as a statewide campaign that includes educational materials as well as a poster contest for student in grades 3 to 5. Most recently, California ReLeaf led a statewide drought messaging campaign, unifying the Network member groups and leveraging our shared voice to educate the public on how to care for trees during drought. In the coming year, California ReLeaf will increase its array of online resources—including bilingual options—for easy, accessible education and sharing. California ReLeaf’s outreach programs teach the benefits and values of trees and educate the public about sound arboricultural practices.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Urban Forest Grants

California ReLeaf supports local tree planting and urban greening projects in communities throughout the state by offering pass-through grant opportunities as well as serving as a guide through the grant process. The grants help grassroots groups successfully implement tree planting and tree care projects and other community enhancement or capacity-building endeavors such as volunteer training, education and outreach, and program development. California ReLeaf gives highest priority to local projects in underserved neighborhoods with the greatest need for tree canopy. To date, California ReLeaf has supported the planting and care of nearly 200,000 trees, utilizing 300,000 volunteer hours and leveraging $9 million in matching funds.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Legislative Monitoring & Advocacy

California ReLeaf has elevated urban forestry as an important public policy issue during this decade by serving as the lead advocate for it in Sacramento. California ReLeaf’s location and our staff’s legislative expertise make us uniquely qualified to serve as the collective voice of our local Network partners in reaching the decision makers of our state. California ReLeaf regularly meets with legislators and staff, state agency leaders, and statewide nonprofit partners to educate them about the powerful positive impact of trees in relation to climate action, energy conservation, improved air and water quality, public health, economic vitality, and environmental justice. Our Network organizations also rely on ReLeaf to keep them engaged and informed on statewide issues in which their voices can guide public policy efforts at the federal, state and local level.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    California ReLeaf’s mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. We work statewide to promote alliances among community-based groups and individuals, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    California ReLeaf provides opportunities for urban forestry nonprofits and community groups by securing funding and influencing public policy at the state level through our Grants and Public Policy Program. California ReLeaf connects urban and community forestry groups through our ReLeaf Network, joining their voices together to provide strong representation statewide and to share best practices and resources among the Network. California ReLeaf empowers Network Members with resources, information, and training opportunities through our Education and Communications program. We also lead the State’s California Arbor Week activities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    California ReLeaf maintains a strong presence at the California Capitol, building coalitions with traditional and non-traditional partners, and aligning urban forestry objectives with other related initiatives in order to create safe, healthy, thriving communities across California. California ReLeaf develops and maintains relationships with its Network groups as a forum to address concerns, meet needs, share resources, and promote the successes and strengths of California’s urban forestry community. California ReLeaf also leverages relationships with technical experts, research scientists, and practitioner partners in order to provide accurate, relevant information, resources, and opportunities to our Network.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    California ReLeaf makes progress when urban forestry is represented, recognized, and rewarded with support at a state and federal level. California ReLeaf also makes progress when it unifies the voices, needs, and actions of its diverse Network groups in a clear, coherent manner that engages, educates, and informs the public about the benefits of urban forestry
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    California ReLeaf has granted more than $9 million in state and federal funding to California urban forestry nonprofits and community groups over the past 25 years. California ReLeaf has hosted annual conferences for Network Members, in addition to other local educational opportunities and webinars for the interested public. Our primary objective for 2016 is to secure additional state dollars for urban forestry activities and projects across California, and further integrate urban forestry in California’s ongoing dialogue regarding climate change, environmental justice, and sustainable communities’ strategies.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Communities throughout the state of California

Social Media

Blog

Videos

External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

Califomia Releaf
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

Sign In or Create Account to view Revenue and Expenses information

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

California Releaf

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2015, 2014 and 2013
  • Board Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Executive Director

Ms. Cindy Blain

BIO

Cindy joined California ReLeaf in late 2014 after more than six years with Sacramento Tree Foundation. At the Sacramento Tree Foundation, she held various roles, including GreenPrint Relations Director and most recently, Director of Research & Innovation. Her responsibilities ranged from hands-on community engagement to innovative projects involving public health, air quality, carbon sequestration, and urban planning.

Prior to joining the Sacramento Tree Foundation, Cindy was the Marketing Director at a nonprofit retreat center in Los Gatos. Her corporate experience includes 10 years in Cupertino at Tandem Computers in Operations Management and Service Marketing. Cindy has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Haydi Danielson Ph.D.

Boething Treeland Farms

Term: July 2015 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization

Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

In order to support nonprofits and gain valuable insight for the sector, GuideStar worked with D5—a five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—in creating a questionnaire. This section is a voluntary questionnaire that empowers organizations to share information on the demographics of who works in and leads organizations. To protect the identity of individuals, we do not display sexual orientation or disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff. Any values displayed in this section are percentages of the total number of individuals in each category (e.g. 20% of all Board members for X organization are female).

Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity