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The Figs 4 Fun Foundation is participating in:

Give Big San Diego 2014:  http://www.sdfoundation.org/giveBIG

Our direct donation link:  http://www.givebigsandiego.org/#npo/figs-4-fun-foundation

This is a one day, 24 hour event. Donations are ONLY accepted on May 6, and the link will only be active on that day.

There are matching funds available for this event, which is a plus.

Please forward this info to your social media and e-mail contacts.

 
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JD and I opened a joint account yesterday.  I told him there would be a donation to Figs4Fun.  He asks me about it.  What kind of charity?  Who does it support.  I was stumped.  Do you support the homeless?  Battered Women?  Where does our donation go?  To water figs?  Just curious.  I have some 'splainin' to do, and JD wants answers.
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Suzi, I think you could say it is for the homeless...figs.
I remember reading (some time back) about Jon wanting to secure a parcel of land to plant an orchard.

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We support homeless figs, and are raising funds to build them a home. ;-))

Website: http://figs4fun.org/

The San Diego Foundation reviewed and approved data:  http://bettergivingsd.guidestar.org/NonprofitProfile.aspx?OrgId=1141178

Our Vision: http://bettergivingsd.guidestar.org/ViewEdoc.aspx?eDocId=2568890&approved=True

Currently we are not spending money on anything that isn't required to meet IRS requirements, PayPal fees, costs of selling donated plants and cuttings, and the like.

Current and future plants in the collection and their care are funded by sales of cuttings and plants by Encanto Farms Nursery.


This event is a nation-wide event benefiting many different charities (452 in San Diego alone). Each non-profit has to do their own legwork to raise funds, but there are some matching funds available, as well. It is also an opportunity to get "noticed" locally which could lead to more $$ or, hopefully, to some opportunities to obtain free land. THE San Diego Foundation handles donations and endowments from a variety of local citizens and donors which are looking to do things locally, so "getting noticed" is a desirable thing.

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Remind us throughout the day on May 6.  Jon has been super generous to us but what happens when he can't manage over 1000 plants by himself?  The Foundation ensures our grand kids will have access to figs the same way we do now.
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Great Point Bob, Jon is very generous, we wouldn't have access to so many great tasting figs with out him. Met him at the Fig Fiesta last year and it was nice that he opened his home to us. 
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There is a real 3 hour time difference between EST and PST for day May 6th.
How exact we need to be? ...

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If you click the link it'll tell you if you can or can't give.  :)

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F4F  D-day

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The San Diego Foundation is pleased to announce an innovative way to recognize and support the positive work of local nonprofits in the San Diego community. On May 6, we will be hosting giveBIG, an online networking andgiving event where nonprofits have the opportunity to gain exposureand to start relationships with new donors, and for San Diegans to come together to raise as much money as possiblefor local nonprofits in 24 hours.

Here’s how the event will work:
  • From Midnight-11:59 p.m PST on May 6, the public will be able to make donations on our customized giveBIG event webpage to the any of the 351 participating local nonprofit organizations.
  • Donors chose their donation amount, with a minimum gift starting at $25.
  • The Foundation and other sponsors have committed $200,000 to incentivize giving during this event, so that nonprofits will receive a proportion of this pool based on how much money they raise during the event. For example, if an organization raises 5% of the total amount raised during the event, they will receive 5% of the incentive pool.
  • There is no limit as to how much a donor may give to a nonprofit, but only the first $1,000 of every gift will be counted towards incentive pool funds.


From Midnight-11:59 p.m PST on May 6,  =  12.00 AM+ to
11:59 PM, PST on May 6,

Is this for them "San Diegans" only?

Donate to:
https://www.givebigsandiego.org/#npo/figs-4-fun-foundation
http://www.figs4fun.org/

It has been a classic 2014 brutal cold winter for our figs.
Except from extreme South W & E states; almost everybody
had some severe loses - expect 'screaming' for more fig cuttings ... 

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So are we giving to save figs? Or is the money also going for banana's?
Are there pictures of the foundation or the fig trees?
Just curious.




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The event is a nationwide event, hosted locally in many cities. "The San Diego Foundation" is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was established to help connect local donors with local charities, to mange their funds and endowments. They provide a free service to all other non-profit organizations in San Diego, connecting them with donors, providing meeting space, a resource center (one feature they offer would otherwise cost each non-profit $400/month). They have invested hundreds, if not thousands of hours on this event. They are arranged for something close to a quarter of amillion dollars in matching funds for this event. They vet each charity that is involved, checking their status, verifying their financial statements, etc. and all the information goes into the non-profit's 'Portrait'. The one for the Figs 4 Fun Foundation is here.

The picture used on our website represents what we are working toward. It was taken a couple years ago in the orchard at USDA/UC Davis on a day when the lighting was just right. We can only wish that we were that far along.

Currently, our collection looks like this, with about 1800 trees ranging in size from 1 gallon to 30 gallon:


[FP518-63] 

[FP518-65] 

[FP518-66] 

It is NOT just for San Diegans. The point of it being is San Diego is two-fold: 1) we have a climate that is good for growing figs, and the trees do not require winterization. There are not a lot of places in the US that offer that and 2) the trees are here and being cared for, here, and at least in the short term, that makes it easier for me to do.

How do non-San Diegans benefit? They have access to the collection by visiting San Diego; they have access to the cuttings from the trees each February, they have access to this Forum for free, and they have access to the Figs 4 Fun database and other info, for free. The forum and the website are currently in private hands (mine) but one of the goals of the Foundation is to take over these resources so that they can continue to be enjoyed and utilized, even if I am no longer here.

Long-term, if we can make this work, we want to look at duplicating it in other locations around the country. But for now, we have to get our first orchard planted. This will increase access and increase the available cuttings.

One of the things are donors and grantees look at when considering such a project is how broad the support for the project is. They may be willing to contribute $100,000 or more, but often want to see broad support for the project as evidenced by a wide donor base. For instance, we have had almost 2000 people join or use the Forum in the last 16 months. That is not a shabby number. By asking people to donate a small sum in exchange for some priority in purchasing cuttings, we can show a broader level of interest and support (and raise some $$). Events like this can also be used to show potential donors that we have broad support. In our "Portrait" with The San Diego Foundation we can state that all of our Board members have contributed money or made in-kind contributions.

All times are PST.

We are not working on saving bananas. ;-))

In the next post, I will add the "Narrative" from our IRS Form 1023 Request for Tax-Exempt Status, since it is now a public document. If you have ever done something like this, you will understand what it is. If not, it will give you some insight into what we are attempting to do, why we thought it was necessary to embark on this project, and why it should have the status of a tax-exempt corporation ("non-profit" in common terms). References to the "Incorporator" refer to me because I personally filed the initial paperwork to form the corporation, which was the first legal step in this project. References to the "Collector" also refer to me because I did collect all of these trees. I does not give me any status or anything else. It is just a statement of fact.


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IRS Form 1023 Request for Tax-Exempt Status: Narrative:

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IRS Form 1023 Application for Tax Exempt Status

 

Purpose.

 

The Figs 4 Fun Foundation (“Foundation”) plans to establish a Preservation Orchard where the many varieties of figs (Ficus carica) can be conserved and displayed. The Preservation Orchard will facilitate enhancement of public knowledge of and access to figs through interaction with the Orchard (tastings, demonstrations, seminars, workshops), through research of the collection (adding to the website database), and by distribution of scion material and plants

 

As the basis of the Preservation Orchard, the Foundation plans to acquire, via gift, the private Figs 4 Fun collection, to provide for its conservation, and to expand it by adding material from other similarly held private collections. Currently, there is no comparable collection or preservation project of which we are aware. There is a smaller collection maintained by the USDA at the Wolfskill Experimental Orchard, University of California, Davis (http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=12146). There is also a much smaller collection maintained by the Emma Prusch Farm Park Foundation (http://www.pruschfarmpark.org/). There are instances of large private collections of fruiting plants being lost upon the death of the collectors. By taking action now, the Foundation seeks to avert a similar fate for this collection. See http://www.seedambassadors.org/avalon/nickbotnersorchard.htm regarding the possible loss of one of the world’s greatest apple and fruit collections. We have been told that the cherimoya collection at South Coast Research & Extension Center will be removed soon because of lack of funding for its continued maintenance (http://ucanr.edu/sites/screc/).

 

The current private Figs 4 Fun collection consists of approximately 1500 trees representing more than 800 varieties. Promised contributions and potential acquisitions will easily bring the collection to 1200 or more varieties within a very few years.

 

The Foundation will raise funds to acquire land in San Diego County or a similarly suitable location on which to establish the Preservation Orchard along with the necessary supporting facilities and improvements. The Foundation will raise funds for their care and maintenance, along with ongoing research and documentation, education of the public at-large and public distribution of the varieties (through sales of plants and scion material).

 

Initial planning suggests that the Foundation will require a minimum of 10 acres of land to effectively preserve 2500 trees. We plan to have a minimum of 2 trees of each variety to limit the potential loss of a variety by the death or disease of any one tree. This follows the practice of the USDA at Wolfskill. Unlike the USDA practice at Wolfskill, the Foundation will consider establishing two distinct locations, each holding one of the two sets of varietal trees to further mitigate potential loss of varieties through disease, natural disaster or other causes.

 

Figs are prized and enjoyed throughout the United States, even in climates and locations where they cannot survive outdoors in the winter. (See “Grow Figs where you think you can’t” by Steven Biggs, http://www.stevenbiggs.com/books/). Despite the tremendous diversity of figs around the world, very few varieties are grown commercially in fruit orchards or propagated as nursery stock for the home orchardist. Even the USDA Germplasm Collection, maintained at Wolfskill Experimental orchard  by the University of California, Davis, holds less than 400 varieties, many of which are caprifigs and products which did not meet the goals of a breeding program at the University of California, Riverside, during the 1950s conducted by Ira J. Condit. The majority of this collection is not currently available for distribution to the public.

 

History.

 

The genesis of this project goes back several years. The owner of the private Figs 4 Fun collection (“Collector”) sought 3 or 4 additional quality varieties for his garden, but in the process has collected more than 800 different varieties, of which around 5% are currently available from commercial or retail nursery sources. Several varieties were collected as unknowns from ethnic neighborhoods by a variety of fig lovers in the hopes of preserving varieties brought here a hundred years ago as waves of immigrants found their way to America’s shores from such countries as Greece and Italy. Additional varieties from various sources have already been offered or promised to the Figs 4 Fun Foundation. The Collector recognizes the stewardship responsibility which he has with regard to this possibly unparalleled collection, and desires to see it preserved and expanded, along with continuing research and ensuring continuing public access.

 

Education.

 

The Collector has been part of a rich tradition of education and sharing through his years of membership in the California Rare Fruit Growers. In furtherance of that tradition, the Collector has developed what is thought to be the largest website and database (http://figs4fun.com) of Ficus carica varieties anywhere. New pictures and information from the private Figs 4 Fun collection are added each year, along pictures and information from other fig enthusiasts. Field observations from the USDA/UC Davis Germplasm collection at Wolfskill Experimental Orchard are also included, together with material from other private collections and sources.

 

The website also has practical guides about propagating and growing figs which are oriented to the home gardener and orchardist, along with links to over 1000 external sources of additional information. The Foundation intends to acquire and enhance the current body of information contained on the website in order to expand the information available to the public.

 

In 2007, the Figs 4 Fun Forum (http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/) was initiated to provide for the interchange of knowledge, ideas, and experiences, and the sharing of plants, cuttings and more. It has been a platform for connecting fig lovers with like-minded people who are seeking information following a first enjoyable encounter with fresh figs. The Forum is approaching 2000 members, from many countries, and is read by many more people who profit and learn without formally joining. For example, October 13, 2012, “My name is GE and I joined the Figs4Fun forum yesterday. I have been reading and learning from the posts for some time before I decided to join. My interest and enthusiasm for figs is dashed only by my limited space and the cooler climate here in San Francisco. Currently, I have...” It has provided a forum for organizing regional meetings which have furthered these objectives through personal interaction, plant swaps, and hands on educational experiences, e.g. http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Cajun-Fig-Fest-Wrap-Up-6038347 and http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Fig-meeting-in-the-Northeast-April-25th-4678677?highlight=northeast+bass. The community nature of fig growers and their willingness to share and help educate new and experienced gardeners alike will continue to help foster many of the purposes of the Foundation.

 

The Foundation plans for these efforts to be transitioned to the Foundation, and with sufficient funding, greatly expanded. There is already an extensive backlog of informational material and photographs (maybe 5,000) that could be added to the public website if resources were available.

 

The Orchard will provide opportunities for hands-on interaction with the many varieties of figs, tastings, demonstrations of cultural practices and techniques, along with grafting and other propagation techniques.

 

Collecting.

 

The Foundation will continue to expand the collection. The private Figs 4 Fun Collection already consists of more than 1500 trees representing more than 800 varietal accessions and has grown steadily each year. There are plans, offers and possibilities for adding several hundred additional accessions over the next few years (see one example under “Preservation”). Collecting from ethnic neighborhoods by various members of the fig community had yielded some choice unknown varieties which "emigrated" from Portugal, Greece, Italy, etc., often in the early part of the 20th century. Continuing to add to the collection through discovering and recovering many more of these “lost” varieties is a part of the vision of the Foundation.

 

Preservation.

 

Conserving the collection in an Orchard situation will provide a level of insurance that these varieties are preserved and do not once again sink into obscurity. It will also be a form of insurance for the donors of plant material. Even while this collection has been in private hands, there have been occasions when the sources/suppliers have lost their original or parent trees, and the collection has been able to replace those lost varieties. It is anticipated that this will be a great benefit to more donors in the future. Reversing the process distributing these varieties to many private hands will provide assurance against loss of varieties held in the collection. Ultimately, wide distribution, facilitated by the founding of the Preservation Orchard, is the greatest form of preservation that there is.

 

As an example, an e-mail from a private collector (BW): “As I was taking inventory and making more permanent labels, it became more apparent that [GH another private collector who, currently, is not able to maintain his collection because of his work situation] has one hell of a collection and then I realized that I really need to get these to a more secure "gene bank". This past year it hit me that it is very important to make sure that varieties are propagated and distributed. I realized that if I had some unusual fig that died or got stolen and had not shared it, then that would be a bad loss - without an easy way of getting it back into my collection (it would be a loss for all of us that are concerned about such things). That is one reason why what you [the Incorporator] are doing now, the goals of the new foundation and other collectors are such an important part of this aspect of our food culture.”

 

Research.

 

The Collector has visited the USDA Collection 5 of the past 6 years with the goal of documenting and photographing that collection for the benefit of the public. Much of that material is already available, but there is also much that has not yet been prepared for the website because of a lack of time and funding. The researchers at the USDA/UC Davis facility use the results of this documentation to further their own research and there are additional collections in private hands which could also be similarly documented and added to the current knowledge base. Some of these have received some attention, but time and funding for on-going and thorough documentation has been lacking. The current public website and database is at http://figs4fun.com

 

Distribution.

 

Distribution is an integral part of the reason for developing and preserving the private Figs 4 Fun Collection through the vehicle of the Foundation. To the extent that scion is available each season it has been made available to the public, for a number of years by the Collector. Some varieties have been donated to the collection specifically for the purpose of their being made available to the public at large, by enthusiasts desirous of more privacy. The income derived from the sale of propagative cuttings has largely funded the maintenance of the collection while it has been in private hands. Continuing that distribution, through the Foundation, will be one source of funding for the on-going maintenance of the collection.

 

The establishment of the Preservation Orchard will provide the “foundation” trees which will enable the distribution of cuttings for propagation by amateur gardeners and fig lovers nationwide, and possibly beyond (subject to agricultural and import regulations and restrictions).

 

Funding.

 

The Foundation intends to seek funding from a variety of sources: the larger “fig community”, grants, contributions from organizations sympathetic with the goals of the Foundation, and from the wider public. The Foundation intends to seek cooperation from organizations which share the conservation goals of the Foundation.


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Today - May 6th 2014, is a special F4F/Foudation Donation Day ...
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Couldn't find this thread anywhere except by searching.  Gotta click the link

http://www.givebigsandiego.org/#npo/figs-4-fun-foundation

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So far ONLY 5 out of 3.6K+ members have contributed; shame on you/us....
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there will be a contribution in different way sometime this yr.. fig fund being what it is, not rich with coins. 
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Make that 6 contributors.
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I donated...

Raised for Figs 4 Fun Foundation:

8 gifts
Totaling $460

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Keep those cards and letters (and cc payments) coming!
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Up to $560 with 10 donations...7 hours to go!
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Raised for Figs 4 Fun Foundation

13 gifts
Totaling $810

11 minutes to go...

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Looking at the overall picture and limiting the view to small organizations, we were at about the 50th %tile in amount given and slightly better than the 50th %tile for number of givers. 

Jon, how does that make us look to the community that might want to give the Foundation land?

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Every penny does count; but I had expected a much better result during this past special D-day (less than $1K was donated!).
My understanding is that big $$$ are needed to buy (expensive) bigger land/space to better grow figs in other than a confined small jungle.

For those many,many  who are (somehow...) benefiting from this good F4F/FigForum and have never-ever contributed to the F4F/Foundation;
one can always directly give some 'chum' back by clicking on the "Donate" button 24/7/365 here:

http://figs4fun.org/donate.html

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