GivingTuesday 2020

California Garden Clubs, Inc. (CGCI) is pleased to announce its participation in the
2020 GivingTuesday
Many of you are familiar with this global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  
  • Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday - GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season when many focus on the holiday and year-end-giving.  This year it will be held December 1.  
  • GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.  It’s a simple idea: whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or donating to a favorite cause, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. 
    We realize that 2020 has been a difficult year for many reasons.  Despite the fact that many clubs and districts have not been able to meet or hold fundraisers, we have all learned new skills and terminology not necessarily specific to gardening!  Think Zoom meetings, YouTube videos, conference calls and online workshops.   
    With this in mind, we are joining the GivingTuesday project to reach out to individuals, clubs, districts and the general public to offer the opportunity to support the CGCI Endowment and Scholarship Endowment Funds.  The endowment funds were established to provide a suitable vehicle to receive donations from those wishing to make a lasting contribution to the organization in general or to the scholarship fund.  CGCI is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax exempt to the extent allowed by law.
To donate: (links will be active starting November 29, 2020)
  • By CHECK:  Click HERE for the form to be mailed with your check
  • By CREDIT/DEBIT card or PAYPAL account:  Click HERE for the online form
  • Information Flyer
Who are we and what do we do?
CGCI is the largest nonprofit, volunteer gardening organization in the state of California with over 300 member garden clubs, plant societies, affiliates and youth groups representing nearly 20,000 members.
  • Education:
    • Clubs and Districts sponsor courses in horticulture, environmental education, safe & efficient gardening, flower arranging, flower show judge accreditation and landscape design.
    • CGCI and member organizations annually offer college scholarships.  In 2020 CGCI awarded four $2,000 scholarships to students majoring in horticultural-related fields. 
    • Individual organizations offer programs and speakers on a variety of topics; hold flower shows and garden tours; and sponsor many youth gardening activities.
  • Environment:
    • CGCI promotes conservation of natural resources and environmental awareness through projects like Project Mission Blue.
    • CGCI members have planted millions of trees through Penny Pines, protected hundreds of acres of California redwoods via the Sempervirens Fund and spread wildflower seeds along miles of highway and open space.
  • Community Outreach:
    • The collective energy and force of the large membership of CGCI enables the members to lend significant support to many projects throughout the state.
    • CGCI members reach out to our neighborhoods supporting public gardens, parks and playgrounds, directing and commending civic beautification projects.
    • We are part of a nation-wide project establishing and maintaining Blue Star and Gold Star Family Memorials and by-way Markers
    • We sponsor outreach programs for youth, the aged and garden therapy patients, and encourage civic development, and community service.