Young Philanthropists Inspire Redwood Reforestration

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.

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.

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.

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 (pictures above, left) and Delrae Tillery (pictured above, right) , launched an initiative that the students named “Change for Change.” The catchy slogan captured both the intent and method of the campaign.

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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