Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County
The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County financially supports the education programs and projects of the WSU Clark County Master Gardener Program. In addition, we award grants that support horticulture education projects throughout Clark County. Our fund raising activities are collaborative efforts with WSU Master Gardener volunteers.
Clark County Master Gardener Endowment – 2023 Fund Drive
The Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County has announced a match of up to $6,000 for donations made this year to our annual Endowment Fund Drive! This means your tax-deductible contribution will be doubled!
Donations may be made by check to WSU Foundation and noting account GF005334. Please mail to: CAHNRS / WSU Extension, PO Box 646228, Pullman, WA 99164-6228.
Gifts may also be made via credit card through the secure link below:
The Clark County Master Gardener program is funded solely through money generated through grants, fees, and our endowment fund. A gift of any amount will help us to continue our work serving the community.
Your tax-deductible charitable contribution must reach the endowment office in Pullman by December 15th in order to be processed in 2023. The account number is GF005334.
Founded in 1973, The WSU Extension State Master Gardener program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2023. Also in 2023, the Clark County program celebrated 40 years of programming at the local level!
WSU Master Gardener volunteers have truly become the go-to resource for communities seeking research-based, innovative solutions for their ever-changing horticulture and environmental stewardship needs.
Thank you and congratulations to all who have gone through the program. Thank you for considering supporting this essential funding source.
The Clark County Master Gardener Endowment fund was established in 2008 with a generous donation from the foundation. The foundation donates funds to the endowment each year in addition to offering matching funds to encourage individual donations. The foundation has donated more than $148,000 to this endowment since it began.
The Master Gardener program is able to use up to 4% of the fund’s 36 month average market value each year to support workshops and other educational projects.
Making a difference
The foundation funded a new greenhouse in 2023 to replace the houseplant team’s greenhouse which was almost 50 years old! Many thanks to foundation volunteers (Chuck McCracken, Jack Bernhardsen, Blair Wolfley, Mike McMurry, Stuart Campbell, Cheryl Cazenave, Rob Bacon and Chris Marlahan) who contributed 1000 hours (or more) installing this new resource.
We also thank Clark County staff and leadership for their support in this project.
Each fall our foundation members elect three new board members as three board terms end at the end of each year. Congratulations to Sonya Sigler, Kimberly Graybeal, and Heidi Moran. Learn more about each of our new board members.
Thank you to board members ending their terms
The three board members whose terms expire at the end of 2023 have contributed signifcantly to our foundation during their tenure. In addition to providing leadership in our plant sale and other fund raising activities, each has contributed countless hours in ensuring the success of our foundation. We thank them for their contributions:
- Jack Bernhardsen has served on the board since 2021, serving as president for two years (2022-23). The board has selected Jack to serve for two more years, replacing Linda Kaufman who resigned after her move out of Washington. We look forward to Jack’s continued contribution to our foundation board of directors.
- John Moore served on the board for two terms (2018-23). His service included 2 terms as president in addition to serving on the finance committee.
- Meg McDonald served on the board since 2021. She has been our secretary for two of her three years and provided outstanding service in recording board and other meeting meetings. She also served as publicity lead, a critical role for publicizing our plant sale and educational meetings.
WSU Extension Master Gardener Program
The WSU Clark County Master Gardener Program engages university-trained volunteers to empower and sustain diverse communities with relevant, unbiased, research-based horticulture and environmental stewardship education.