Fundraising and Philanthropic Initiative

Protecting the giants: A $15M campaign to save sequoias in California

In just four months, a global campaign secured the necessary donations to buy a 530-acre tract, including the ancient redwoods. Landis Communications, working with the Save the Redwoods League, preserved the land and trees and won PR Daily’s 2020 Corporate Responsibility Award for Fundraising and Philanthropic Initiative.

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People around the planet care about the planet—notably the giant redwoods that are part of California’s identity.

Landis Communications worked with the Save the Redwoods League (SRL) to promote the acquisition of one of the world’s last remaining groves of giant sequoias and spur fundraising to protect the property.

International coverage of “The Campaign to Save Alder Creek” reached nearly 500 million people and drove $15 million in private donations worldwide in just four months. The organization received a record number of donations from people in every U.S. state and 30 countries. 

Since 1918, SRL has protected 216,000 acres of redwood forests from logging and real estate development, creating 60-plus public parks.

In 2019, SRL secured an opportunity to protect the 530-acre Alder Creek tract in California, to date its most significant giant sequoia conservation opportunity. The real estate deal closed in August 2019 and SRL had until Dec. 31 to raise $15.65 million to protect the property.

Part of an integrated campaign, SRL asked Landis to increase awareness of Alder Creek, support the fundraising effort and educate the public about protecting redwoods.

The results were impressive:  

  • The campaign generated more than 344 articles, 22% more than the goal.
  • International coverage included BBC Radio Five Live, the Guardian and news sites in France and Italy.
  • The campaign got front-page coverage with the San Francisco Chronicle and The Mercury News (San Jose), the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Forbes, O: The Oprah Magazine, Eco Watch and Smithsonian.
  • Broadcast coverage included numerous TV and radio stations across the U.S.
  • SRL achieved the highest-ever amount of private funds raised through donations for a single project in its history. Donations ranged from $1 to seven-figure contributions.

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