Providing a Solid Foundation
As a non-profit foundation, we provide funding to increase the effectiveness and impact of WSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers across Whidbey and Camano Islands.
Washington State University Extension
Washington State University administers the Extension Master Gardener Program which trains volunteers and provides the educational resources that volunteers use to do community outreach in Master Gardener programs throughout the state.
Plant clinics, demonstration gardens, and youth programs require continuous funding. Master Gardener foundations provide that funding.
The State Foundation
The focus of the State Foundation is threefold:
1. First, to provide financial and logistical support to our annual Advanced Education Conference so that we can continually advance the horticultural education of Master Gardeners in Washington, and help our dedicated volunteers succeed in every county.
2. To nurture state-wide leadership, communication, and collaboration amongst our dozens of local chapters, representing 39 counties, and to promote best practices in both fundraising and foundation management across Washington State and on a national level.
3. To work in concert with WSU Extension to magnify the benefits of Master Gardener programs in all counties and regions of Washington state and across the U.S.
Find a local Master Gardener program chapter in your county.
Island County Foundation
The Island County Master Gardener Foundation (ICMGF) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports and promotes the WSU Extension Master Gardener program in Island County, which comprises Whidbey and Camano Islands.
We sponsor two major fundraising events annually: the Whidbey Gardening Workshop and the Master Gardener Plant Sale. The funds raised from these events provide a solid base for our efforts, but charitable contributions are essential to continued growth.
Funds raised by our Foundation support the Master Gardener outreach programs in the community, including the Education Garden at Greenbank Farm, plant clinics, school gardens, an annual scholarship, and much more.