Make Your Gift Go Further: Employee Matching Gift Programs

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Many employers offer matching gift programs, doubling or sometimes even tripling the impact of your gift. Some companies also provide matching gifts for spouses, retirees or employee volunteer hours that help extend the reach of your footprint on the health of the Bay.

Billions of dollars in employer matching funds go unclaimed at the end of each year, mostly because many employees don’t even know that their employer provides these matching funds for their contributions. Matching gift programs are available for any public charity and provide a great opportunity to make your donation stretch further! Make sure your matching funds aren’t being left behind, here are a few simple ways to find out if you can match your gift to Save The Bay:

  • If you can’t find your company using the search bar above, check your company’s intranet, website or HR department for more information.

How do I match my gift to Save The Bay? Save The Bay’s tax ID number is 94-6078420. Forms can be mailed to Save The Bay at 1330 Broadway, Suite 1800, Oakland, CA 94612. Once we receive the request, your company will send its matching donation directly to Save The Bay.

Do you regularly volunteer your time and talent? Many companies support employees’ giving their time and have volunteer matching programs to raise funds for their favorite organizations.  Find your company using the search bar above to learn if your employer offers volunteer matching opportunities.

Save The Bay provides education and restoration programs to over 6,500 students and adult volunteers, including our corporate volunteer programs. Our corporate partners play an important role in the protection, restoration and celebration of San Francisco Bay.

If you would like more information about how to double or even triple your impact through employee matching gifts contact Kristina Watson at (510) 463-6820 or kwatson@saveSFbay.org.

You can find more information about matching gifts on our website: http://www.savesfbay.org/employer-matched-gifts.

Our Bay Area Kids Are Saving The Bay!

Dig in your hands, move ‘em about, and voila, an earthworm is winding through your muddy fingers! You’re 7 years old and grinning as wide as a crescent moon. “Loooook, Mom!”

Excitement for nature is not hard to imagine at age 7. We are amazed by everything! And why shouldn’t we be? The world is one incredible place, and there are so many ways to explore (and get muddy).

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Save The Bay’s Executive Director David Lewis, (front center) was once a student at The Nueva School. We are grateful to the current students of The Nueva School and Stevenson PACT Elementary for their fundraising efforts for the Bay.

Inspiring a love for nature at a young age is one of the most important things we can do for the next generation, because that love lasts a lifetime. During our early years, we begin to understand how the environment impacts us and how we impact it. This understanding often spurs a desire to protect the places and creatures we love, from the bugs in our hands to our gorgeous local marshlands.

Two groups of remarkable kids in the San Francisco South Bay and Peninsula have recently demonstrated their love for the Bay by raising money to protect it.

An ambitious group of third graders at the Nueva School in Hillsborough recently raised more than $500 through their unique farmers’ market fundraiser. And at Stevenson PACT Elementary School in Mountain View, the second-grade class has also raised over $500 through their craft sale. All of us at Save The Bay feel honored to receive these hard-earned donations, and we’re truly inspired by these young people’s initiative and passion for the Bay.

Stevenson’s second graders decided to support Save The Bay after hearing about our work through a student presentation. At Nueva, the third graders watched the documentary “Saving the Bay”, highlighting San Francisco Bay’s ecological importance and the threats it faces every day.

“The students learned that oil and plastic pollution can cause harm to birds and other wildlife, and can drastically pollute the Bay,” says Lisa Hinshelwood, the third graders’ Social Emotional Learning teacher. She believes that her students were motivated by a real concern that the Bay they know today won’t be around when they get older.

These second and third graders know that their donations will allow Save The Bay to preserve and protect our Bay by restoring wetlands with native plants, reducing pollution in the Bay, and campaigning against reckless shoreline development. We’ll also keep nurturing a love of nature in middle and high school students, through our award-winning restoration education programs.

From all of us at Save The Bay: a huge THANK YOU to the spirited kids of the Nueva School and Stevenson PACT Elementary! Your love for the Bay and your teamwork inspires us all, and we adults will never stop learning from you.

FUN FACT! 

Save The Bay’s Executive Director, David Lewis, attended The Nueva School before it moved from portable classrooms in Menlo Park to the Crocker Mansion in Hillsborough in 1971. In fact, quite a few of Save The Bay’s supporters have a relationship with the Nueva School as alumni, staff and parents. Check out David’s fourth grade class photo above!

David recalls, “A lot of my time at Nueva was spent outdoors, learning about and through nature. We went to Lake Lagunitas at Stanford to catch tadpoles and mosquito larvae, camped at Mt. Madonna, and visited a working farm. Those outdoor experiences influenced my interest in the environment early on.” 

Support Your Bay with a Donor-Advised Fund

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Your gift supports our work to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.

What is a donor-advised fund, and how does it help Save The Bay?

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is a vehicle to simplify your charitable giving to Save The Bay. An easy way to think about a donor-advised fund is like a charitable savings account: you contribute to the fund as frequently as you like and then recommend grants to Save The Bay and other non-profits as you desire.

Do you already have a donor-advised fund? We recently installed a convenient new donation tool on our website to make DAF giving even easier. You simply choose the amount of your donation and connect directly to your donor-advised fund at Fidelity Charitable or Schwab Charitable.

Where does your DAF donation, or any donation to Save The Bay, go?

Every donation helps us sustain and expand our work to protect and restore a thriving San Francisco Bay. 100% of your contribution to Save The Bay stays right here in the Bay Area. Your contribution supports our work to:

  • Reduce Plastic Trash and Toxic Cigarette Butts: With an estimated 3 billion cigarettes littered in the Bay Area each year, not to mention the Styrofoam and other trash that threatens the health of the Bay, we are urging cities to eliminate this pollution at its source by limiting outdoor smoking and banning plastic bags and Styrofoam.
  • Restore More Wetlands: Seven million Bay Area residents, 400 native species, our economy and quality of life all depend on a healthy San Francisco Bay. That’s why we have a visionary goal of 100,000 acres of restored wetlands and, with your help, our staff and volunteers are making progress through our on-the-ground wetland restoration projects.
  • Lead the Ongoing Fight Against Reckless Shoreline Development: We’ve fought back Cargill’s plan to build a new city on 1,436 acres of restorable Bay salt ponds, but Cargill has vowed to keep trying. We remain vigilant and ready, thanks to our members and donors.

Our detailed financial statements and IRS forms are always available online, and if you have questions about making a tax-deductible gift to Save The Bay through a donor-advised fund you can contact Janine Kraus, Chief Development Officer, at 510.463.6806 or janine@savesfbay.org

We’re grateful to have such passionate and informed members and volunteers. Our San Francisco Bay faces ongoing challenges and emerging threats and we fight every day to protect and restore the Bay. Your support is what makes this possible, and we’re proud to be in this fight alongside you.

Annie’s: Bringing Homegrown to the Marsh

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Coby enjoys one of Annie’s organic granola bars while volunteering at our Palo Alto Baylands site.

Recently I had the pleasure of leading a volunteer event with Annie’s Homegrown, Inc. at our newest restoration site at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. They showed up bright and early with positive attitudes and festive team shirts that displayed their iconic rabbit label (in case you were wondering, the rabbit’s name is Bernie).

As we drove out to our site through a maze of levees just south of the San Mateo Bridge we stopped to show them relics of the salt ponds that once covered the now ecological reserve and described future plans for the site, which will be open to the public in just a few years.

Once we arrived at our site we quickly got down to business. We worked hard as Willets searched for food in adjacent mud flats and flocks of sandpipers flew overhead in great numbers like a murmuration of Starlings. By the end of the day we were exhausted — and for a good reason. In total Annie’s installed over 100 native plants, including Marsh Baccharis (Baccharis glutinosa), Western Goldenrod (Euthamia occidentalis), and Creeping Wild Rye (Elymus triticoides). I am often impressed by how much gets done during our corporate volunteer programs.

After we cleaned up, we piled into our cars and drove back to the parking lot where we met. We said our thank yous and good byes and parted ways. My colleague and I reflected on the productive day and spoke longingly for next year’s program with Annie’s.

Little did we know we’d be hearing from them again much sooner than that. A little less than a month after our restoration event with them at Eden Landing, Annie’s sent us 2,500 organic granola bars to share with our volunteers! Now during our restoration programs we are proud to share these fantastic snacks made by a company that takes pride in sustainable, quality ingredients and cares as much about community as we do at Save the Bay. Our staff is so grateful for Annie’s contribution.

Come out and grab an Annie’s organic granola bar at one of our restoration events around the bay this spring!

Notes from the Field | A dumpster full of weeds

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What do we do with all these weeds at Ravenswood Pond?? Thanks to Budget Dumpster for helping us get rid of all those invasives.

Over the past few months Save The Bay’s Habitat Restoration Team has had to adapt our programs because of the severe drought we are experiencing throughout California.  The warm weather and lack of rain has curtailed our ability to plant native seedlings and in many cases non-native invasive species, like slenderleaf iceplant, have begun to germinate early.  In order to manage these new issues, we have been fortunate enough to have an army of dedicated volunteers, park rangers, and companies who have stepped up to help. Together, we’ve spent countless hours watering and mulching existing seedlings and weeding those pesky invasives that are now competing against the native plants.

We’ve been lucky to get help from some unexpected places. Recently, we were contacted by Kevin Robert Rossignol, who is the Outreach Coordinator for Budget Dumpster.  As luck would have it Kevin offered us a free dumpster bin rental, which usually cost around 400 dollars to rent!

Now you might ask, why would Save The Bay need a dumpster?  Well, the location of some of our sites makes it difficult to dispose of invasive non-native weeds like slender leaf ice plant.  Sometimes we have to resort to composting these weeds them on site.  Since these plants can easily spread from the compost pile and be reintroduced to the restoration site, it’s best to get rid of these plants all together.  Our restoration site at Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in Menlo Park needed some tender love and care and with Budget Dumpster’s generous donation we were able to remove hundreds of pounds of invasive species.

Budget Dumpster donates dumpster bin rentals to various organizations every quarter and I just wanted to give a big thanks to Kevin Rossignol and all those at Budget Dumpster for their help!