Why and How
Helping the Washington State University (WSU) Master Gardener Program grow better communities through financial support, communication, education and advocacy.
The Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State (MGFWS) is a nonprofit corporation formed by dedicated WSU Master Gardeners to support the WSU Master Gardener Program. The Mission of the Foundation is to support the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program in its efforts to provide public education in gardening and environmental stewardship generated from research at WSU and other university systems through education, communication, and advocacy. The Foundation’s purpose is to offer statewide volunteer-based unifying leadership to, and communication among, county and regional WSU MGP, foundations and affiliates.
The MGFWS enhances the ability of the WSU Master Gardener Program to support the training and projects of county WSU Master Gardener programs throughout Washington State. It is a professional organization respected by Washington State University, politicians, gardeners, agencies protecting our environment and water, and by communities at large.
The membership of the MGFWS consists of the members of chartered chapters of county Master Gardener organizations, either incorporated or non-incorporated, and Board-approved affiliate organizations. For more information on membership and affiliate organizations see the Bylaws (Click HERE).
What’s In It For Me?
- MGFWS provides networking opportunities between and among members of Master Gardener organizations from many counties. Representatives from each chartered chapter meet quarterly to share information about issues, projects, and fund-raising activities.
- The MGFWS listserv and web page provide additional means of sharing information of common interest.
- You are encouraged to utilize this web page and offer additional informational resources to benefit members of Master Gardener non-profits statewide.
- Van Bobbitt Scholarship
- Mary Robson Scholarship
- Ed LaCrosse Service Award
- Master Gardener of the Year
- Media Award
- Share in shaping the direction of MGFWS as the representative from your county on the Board of Directors.
- Enhanced statewide support of the WSU Master Gardener Program. The real advantage is our statewide presence. We can accomplish a great deal more by pulling together than we can individually.