Dear Friends and Supporters:
The Francisco Park Conservancy has not slowed down this summer! We are busier than ever finalizing the design details of the new park, installing signage around the park property, launching a new website, and fundraising, fundraising, fundraising!
As we announced in July, an anonymous local family has pledged a $6 million gift if we can raise a matching $5 million by the end of 2018. This $11 million total gift, combined with the nearly $12 million we have already raised from our generous supporters, will allow us to begin construction on the new Francisco Park in early 2019.
Since the news of our $6 million Matching Gift Challenge, we are thrilled to have raised 11% of our goal of $5 million.
Thank you to the following donors for their recent contributions (received from July 27, 2018 through August 28, 2018):
Marc and Lynne Benioff, Tom and Susan Gage, Allen and Kathy Lenzmeier, Jon Olson, Jan Blum, Helen Hilton Raiser, Ellen and Charles LaFollette, Sandra and Marston Nauman, Leslie Alspach, John Renesch, Estate of Patricia Howe, Lee and Bob Amado, Emily and David Baker, Carol and Ray Ellis, Charles E. Moore Fund, Barabe/Kennedy Family, Thomas Horst, Karl and Ann Ludwig, Linda and Lee Meier, Amy and Tom Zellerbach, Karen Hennessy, Maureen Brown, Kori Edises.
We have just four months left to raise $5 million total and complete the Matching Gift Challenge. Know that we ARE going to realize this spectacular public park and we are counting on your support to make it possible. We urge you to make your most generous contribution NOW. Please visit our website or contact our fundraising lead, Miegan Riddle, at [email protected], to learn about naming opportunities and make a donation.
Alongside fundraising, the FPC team has been working closely with our landscape architects on a horticulture plan for the new park. We are prioritizing plants which are Bay Area natives, drought tolerant, hardy for a public park environment, and species which support habitats for birds, butterflies, and bees. We love these details and can’t wait to bring the new park to life!
Finally, we recently installed signage around the Francisco Park property to let everyone know a new park is coming. We will update the signs with the park’s design and construction timelines in the months ahead. We also refreshed our Francisco Park website with new imagery, words from our supporters, and the latest project news. Please check it out and share it with your friends and neighbors!