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Support the creation of working community forests

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The Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to establishing community- based forests that provide both critical habitat for increased biodiversity and improved regional economic vitality.

Your donation will seed a sustainable future

Donations add to RFFI's capital fund and will be used to support RFFI operations. They may also be used to match grants or loans to purchase forest lands and improve their health by protecting water, soil and air quality, plant and animal habitat. Donations will help fund forest management practices as outlined in the existing Forest Stewardship Council's Pacific Coast Regional Guidelines and RFFI's Basic Tenets and Goals.

Roosevelt Elk, northern section of Usal Redwood Forest
Roosevelt Elk
Northern section of Usal Redwood Forest
Some examples of donations are:

  • Cash
  • Membership
  • Recurring Monthly Donations
  • Charitable IRA Rollovers
  • Appreciated securities
  • Personal property
  • Appreciated Real Estate
  • Life Insurance
  • Legacy gifts

Cash donations can be made online or sent to:

Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 12
Mendocino, CA 95460

Please write on the check "restricted for RFFI operations."


If you would like to discuss a donation or support RFFI in sourcing foundation grants, please contact Lin Barrett.

Recurring Monthly Donations. RFFI has set up the opportunity for making automatic recurring monthly donations online.

Membership. RFFI offers a membership option which enables members to stay current on RFFI developments and projects. Join RFFI now and enjoy the benefits of membership, including our bi-annual newsletter, tours and events and our annual meeting and barbeque.

Charitable IRA Rollovers. Individuals over the age of 70 ½ years may make direct charitable contributions to charities such as RFFI from a traditional or Roth IRA.

Endowment Fund: Income from our endowment fund will provide a portion of the RFFI operating budget and administrative support on a regular and dependable basis and help insure the long-term viability and success of the Redwood Forest Foundation. We encourage you to consider donating to this fund as your gift will produce income for many years to come.

Appreciated securities. Tax deductible donations including those of appreciated securities will strengthen RFFI's ability to generate capital for land acquisition and management expenses as well as for community involvement and development.

Donations of timberlands will be managed according to the FSC and RFFI's best ecological and economic guidelines. RFFI believes that acquisition of adjoining lands will reduce forest fragmentation and increase biodiversity and watershed protection.

Leave an Enduring Legacy

Leaving a legacy to the Redwood Forest Foundation assures that your values will endure and that you will contribute to the welfare of future generations and the health of the planet. Your legacy gift will protect, sustain and restore our redwood forests and support redwood reforestation throughout the region. Be remembered for protecting and restoring habitats that enhance biodiversity, address climate change and benefit the community. There are many legal vehicles for leaving your mark and achieving your goals. A few examples are:

  • Bequests in Wills
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Living trusts
  • Beneficiary designation for: your retirement plan, insurance policy or financial accounts
  • Making a gift now in memory of a loved one or family.

The Redwood Forest Foundation welcomes your legacy gift and encourages you to consult with your attorney and tax advisor to assure that your choice supports your values, assures that the terms of your legacy are honored, derives the possible tax benefits associated with this type of gift and conforms to state and federal regulations.

We will gladly discuss legacy options with you. Please contact Mark Welther at 510 459-1131.

If you will be consulting a professional estate planner about leaving a gift to the Redwood Forest Foundation, here is suggested language for describing us as a beneficiary: "Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) corporation."

Redwood Forest Foundation, Inc.
Employer Identification Number
(tax ID#):   EIN 68-0404767


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