During this special online event, we’ll enjoy Fall-themed food and drink, with guest musician Kelly Caballero, conversations with Nature for All board members Thomas Wong, Vanessa Aramayo, Casey Schreiner (Modern Hiker), Charles Thomas; our Executive Director Belinda Faustinos and our staff: Omar Gomez, Araceli Hernandez and Bryan Matsumoto. We will also honor champions who have supported our programs and celebrate Nature for All’s stories of success!
Online Silent Auction
We are excited to announce that this year we will be hosting an online silent auction!
- Our silent auction items include outdoor gear, illustrated artwork, autographed books, guided experiences, home-cooked meals, and a 3-month co-working membership ($1200 value) to LA’s hottest new spot, Second Home Hollywood! We also welcome your donations to promote your brand to our diverse network of supporters across the LA area and beyond. Huge thanks to our generous donors!
- Auction closes during our fundraiser on November 12, 7:30 pm PT and winners will be announced during our live fundraiser event. Winning bidders will also be notified by text or email.
No Better Time to Give
All funds raised go directly towards our vital community Leadership Development programs. We empower participants from across Los Angeles County to lead, engage and advocate for parks, green infrastructure, equity, access and environmental education for our most nature-starved neighborhoods. Our Nature for All family is working hard through this challenging time to keep our programs running at no cost to participants.
There is no doubt that 2020 was not the year we imagined or prepared for, and we have had to make collective adjustments to take care of one another and carry on our work. Regardless of these difficult times and obstacles, we are proud to continue our work on efforts to achieve environmental justice, increase equity, and provide more access to nature for our diverse communities. People are coming together like never before and want to learn to advocate for themselves and their neighborhoods. Communities are rising, engaging in local issues, and speaking up for what matters to them. Leadership development programs like the ones Nature for All offers are helping equip community members with the knowledge, tools, resources and confidence to rise to the occasion and make a difference in their communities.
Our programs have become well known for creating community leaders and organizers and our participation numbers show there is a high need for community programs like these. However, for 2021, we have only secured funding for one Leadership Academy cohort instead of our usual two. Meanwhile, demand has increased with our programs’ wider recognition. In Fall 2020, we received 60 applicants for 15 spots, and will add the California Naturalist certification for the first time!
With your support, we can double our reach and offer a second Academy cohort in 2021 and expand our Leadership Development programs to grow more diverse leaders in underserved communities in Los Angeles County. Hear more about why giving to our programs matter here.
We hope you’ll consider joining us on November 12, donating, or bidding on an auction item. Thank you for supporting our work!
More About our Work
Nature For All is building a legacy of environmental stewardship by empowering underserved community members to advocate for the protection and enhancement of our forests, mountains, parks, rivers and watershed areas.
We develop the next generation of diverse leaders through our robust Leadership Development Program, comprised of:
- Nature For All Orientation
- Community Base-Building trainings: 4-week-long educational lessons
- Community Leadership Development trainings: 6-week-long advocacy and organizing training program
- Community Ambassadors: 3-month Train of Trainers model to develop new organizers and community instructors
- Our Leadership Academy is a six-month advocacy and organizing training program that focuses on developing advocacy skills, civic engagement, and local community action. Established in 2011, the Leadership Academy has thus far graduated 17 cohorts and a total of 205 individuals. This hands-on training program is focused in low-income and underserved communities, in order to develop diverse environmental leaders.
In case you needed more reasons to donate, check out the beautiful smiles, souls and unique experiences shared through our programs.
“Before I joined Nature for All’s leadership Academy, I only wanted to learn more about the barriers to access nature and the outdoors to our communities of color. The leadership academy made me hungry to get more involved in advocacy and community organizing. Since then, I have joined Nature for All in two DC lobby visits and gotten involved other local issues with the goal to create equity and bring environmental justice for all.” – Kimberly Orbe, Cohort 13 of the leadership Academy