Your Neighborhood Association now has a fund dedicated to conservation of our island trees. With an anonymous grant of $5K given specifically “for the trees,” we were off!
Building on that, two neighborhood families put out a challenge grant for the Fund, offering to match gifts of $1K or more, up to $10K. The aim was to encourage larger gifts than we ask for in annual dues and so enable us to undertake more ambitious tree-related projects.
Park neighbors stepped up and the challenge was met. We now (April 2020) have a balance of $28,250 and growing in The Park’s Tree Fund. For fuller results of this and our regular dues fundraising – also generously supported by many of our residents – please see Financial Info on our Contribute page as well as our Donor Recognition page found here.
Why are we raising money specifically for a Tree Fund?
Trees and islands define The Park! The City only prunes its trees when there is an imminent hazard or it removes dead trees. If we want our islands to look better than that standard affords, we need to fund the required work. It’s that simple.
We’ve shown we can do that. Neighbors’ regular, annual dues contributions will remain the backbone for our efforts, funding extra grounds maintenance for our islands, watering our young public trees, and enabling various improvement projects.
But it had been 15-20 years since the deadwood that accumulates in our island trees was pruned out. (The SMPNA funded that work too, during five years in the early 2000s.) We need to do it again. But it’s expensive, so we work at the pace we can fund. We also would be well served by some structural pruning on young island trees and we might want to plant more trees than the City allots us. The Tree Fund gives us means to accelerate or undertake efforts such as these.
We will announce projects funded out of our new Tree Fund as they are planned and carried out. Meanwhile, we welcome new, major donors as well as friends of the Tree Fund to join in! Don’t forget that your annual dues come first, as they support ongoing programs. But for those who are passionate and able, we now have this Tree Fund as a tax-deductible way to make significant, near-term improvements in our trees and islands.
These donors contributed to the Tree Fund
Matching Fund Challenge Grants:
Stephanie & D’Arcy Roche $5,000
Don & Linda Bogue $5,000
The Macy Family $2,500
Vince & Jean Anicetti $1,000
Laura Bryant $1,000
Meg & Marc Galletti $1,000
Cindy & Ray Reinertson $1,000
Daniel & Zoe Scheinman $1,000
Greg & Liz Vaughan $1,000
Lauren Weaver & Bradley Klingenberg $1,000
Steve & Patty Mayer $1,000
Friends of the Tree Fund (various amounts)
Andrea and Stephen Dover
John & Amy Mendez
Linda & Steven Monosson
Tom & Liz O’Connor
John & Melinda Adams
Gary & Nancy Steele
Eleanor & Stephen Yuen
Gordon and Cynthia Lewis
John Schulz & Barbara Eisenhauer
Alden & Marianne Briscoe
Claus & Karin Rehder
Total Raised through April 2020: $28,250
On behalf of the SMPNA Board and our entire neighborhood,