Dear TPF community,

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. If there is a silver lining to the challenges and stress we’ve all faced during 2020, it is that it has given us a chance to reflect on our priorities.

Theodore Payne Foundation’s overarching priority is to restore healthy ecosystems where healthy communities can thrive. In our sixtieth year, we feel inspired to recommit to our mission and to continue transforming Southern California into a much more sustainable, biodiverse and environmentally friendly place.

Without the generous support of our donors and members, Theodore Payne Foundation would not be where it is today. I am happy to report that after a difficult spring and summer we are now on more stable footing. We adapted and re-tooled our organization from top to bottom—including the nursery, sales yard, and website—to keep operating in a safe and conscientious way. At the same time we redoubled our efforts to connect with and grow our community.

This effort saw us donating thousands of plants to local environmental justice organizations, creating Poppy Hour to offer a pandemic safe way to share the love of gardening and nature, and offering classes and outreach online and in Spanish for the first time. We are committed to making the organization even more inclusive and impactful.

As my first year as Executive Director at Theodore Payne Foundation is coming to an end, I’ve been reflecting on the hope that nature provides, and the opportunity we have to live in greater harmony with it. As the world emerges from the pandemic, let’s rebuild a culture which treats the environment and our communities as the precious and irreplaceable things that they are.

I invite you to help us further our work with a year-end tax-deductible donation in any amount by clicking here, or by mailing a check to:

Theodore Payne Foundation
10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley, CA 91352

Together, we can build a better future. Thank you for your support, and I wish you a joyful new year.



Evan Meyer, Executive Director