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Donations to RFFI's redwood reforestation program fund redwoods that are typically planted in honor of a donor's loved ones, family or clients. RFFI plants baby redwoods in redwood forest in California's Redwood region. Honorees or their families receive a lovely certificate with a customized message acknowledging the donor. Some of the most moving tributes have been inspired or supported by young people. Many remarkable young people are influencing the world of philanthropy.


Elizabeth Finley Broaddus. Friends and family memorialized Finley's love of the planet with a generous gift and moving tribute. Finley, a Virginia resident, had established her own foundation in support of environmental causes at the age of seventeen. Read about Finley's remarkable contribution to improving conditions on our planet.

Elizabeth Finley Broaddus founded FinleysGreenLeapForward. 'Please smile when you see nature in its glory, laugh at our own foolishness, and bear all things with strength and selflessness ~ and to pay her tribute, remember to care for this planet as she cared so much. In this way you will help to keep her with us.'
Elizabeth Finley Broaddus
founded FinleysGreenLeapForward.
"Please smile when you see nature in its glory, laugh at our own
foolishness, and bear all things with strength and selflessness
~ and to pay her tribute, remember to care for this planet as
she cared so much. In this way you will help to keep her with us."



William Tyler Huber. William's loving family immortalized William's commitment to improving the environment, love of trees -- redwoods, in particular -- with multiple gifts dedicating redwood trees in his honor. William's love of redwoods was fostered at Chatelherault Country Park in Hamilton, Scotland. His legacy supports numerous foundations that work for causes he believed in and actively supported. Read about William's charitable contributions and his concern for others.

William Tyler Huber in the forest that kindled his love of redwoods—Cadzow Glen, Hamilton, Scotland. Once a remarkably compassionate and thoughtful child, William's legacy supports human and environmental causes. 'The wind whispers his name ~ the branches wave in his honor.'
William Tyler Huber
in the forest that kindled his love
of redwoods—Cadzow Glen, Hamilton, Scotland. Once a
remarkably compassionate and thoughtful child, William's
legacy supports human and environmental causes.
"The wind whispers his name ~ the branches wave
in his honor."



Berkley Pelletier and his younger sisters. The Bedell family encourages philanthropy in their grand-children by having them participate in the family's Dreamcatcher Foundation. Four years ago, then ten-year old Berkley Pelletier chose to designate his $1,000 donation for planting redwoods via RFFI's Plant a Redwood program; he has since renewed the gift for three more years. Berk's youngest sister, who along with Berk actually helped to plant baby redwoods in Redwood Regional Park on Earth Day, became RFFI's youngest philanthropist at the age of four. Her 2014 gift supports 35 redwoods that are planted on a privately-owned preserve in Occidental, CA. With her second gift, she had 40 trees planted in a riparian zone along the Usal Creek in Usal Redwood Forest. In 2015, yet another young Pelletier joined the ranks of RFFI's young philanthropists. Berk's middle sister, a delightful 8 year old, made a donation to have 20 baby redwoods planted along with her sister's. Read more about the Pelletier children's significant contribution to redwood reforestation.

Berkley Pelletier donated his first gift, at the age of ten, through his family's Dreamcatcher Foundation. Berk personally helped to plant redwoods on Earth Day in Redwood Regional Park.
Berkley Pelletier
donated his first gift, at the age
of ten, through his family's Dreamcatcher
Foundation. Berk and his youngest sister
personally helped to plant redwoods on Earth Day
in Redwood Regional Park.



Silverwood Elementary School In early 2016, the students at Silverwood Elementary School in Concord, CA joined the ranks of RFFI's Young Philanthropists. The student council of this K-5 school, under the guidance of teachers, Shelley Harrison and Delrae Tillery, launched an initiative that the students named "Change for Change." The catchy slogan captured both the intent and method of the campaign.

Teacher Shelley Harrison
Teacher Shelley Harrison
  Teacher Delrae Tillery
Teacher Delrae Tillery

The young leaders spearheaded a campaign that collected change from students and faculty to be donated to RFFI, an organization that they felt was working to bring about positive change to the environment. Read more about Change for Change at Silverwood Elementary School.
 

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