About Us

Welcome to the website for the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County (MGFTC). We are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose purposes are:

  • To support and enhance the Washington State University Thurston County Extension Master Gardener/Master Recycler Composter (MG/MRC) Programs.
  • To facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between members of the organization.
  • To inform and educate the citizens and decision makers of Thurston County about the value of the MG/MRC programs.

The foundation is the major contributor, supporter and sustainer of the Thurston County Demonstration Gardens. We also help fund the clinics which provide gardening information to the public in Thurston County. Comprised of volunteers, the foundation organizes educational field trips to nearby horticultural sites, sponsors guest speakers at foundation meetings, and hosts an annual plant sale.

Join the Foundation
The foundation is also sustained through membership dues. Please join us today and support the clinics, demonstration gardens and compost program.

Vision Statement

The Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County is recognized as a vibrant community of people interested in gardening, recycling, and composting.

Mission Statement

Support an environmentally healthy community by raising funds for and awareness of the WSU Master Gardener and Thurston County Master Recycler Composter Programs.

2021 Foundation Goals

• Foundation membership experience

  • Continue publication of quarterly newsletter, “Roots ‘n Shoots”
  • Appoint Activities Chair and sponsor 3 events.
  • Survey membership regarding activity preferences.

• Ensure the sustainability of the Foundation through leadership development including strategic planning.

  • Review existing Board member manual and revise as necessary.  Prepare to be presented in January 2021 orientation.
  • With collaboration of existing Committee Chairs, write Committee Chair job descriptions.

• Increase Foundation visibility and outreach throughout Thurston County

  • Maintain a Communications Team to provide more cohesive communications across all MG and MRC activities.
  • Purchase and erect sheds funded by grants at Dirt Works and CLP, and explore the update of irrigation systems at all three demo gardens.
  • Increase publicity through media / social media outlets (e.g., Olympian, Panorama newsletter, etc.)

• Embrace available technology to ensure Foundation effectiveness

  • Due to COVID pandemic, need to adapt (e.g., Zoom meetings, online sales on website, plant inventory & sales, etc.)
  • Streamline and simplify the Foundation’s financial processes.
  • Continue to support the Cervis volunteer data system.

• Improve diversity of Fundraising

  • Continue building grant and sponsor development team, including strategic, appropriate asking.
  • Build on success of 2021 calendar and develop improved calendar for 2022
  • Promote individual giving through CFD, Amazon Smile, Fred Meyer, etc. Research planned giving opportunities..
  • Simplify donation acknowledgment process.