As with many organizations, there are committees of volunteers who plan, organize and execute the bulk of the work. If you wish to volunteer for any of the committees, email us at

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The Communications Committee coordinates with the MG Program and various committees providing outreach to Foundation members and the public regarding Foundation activities. It ensures that the content and format of the MGFTC website and promotional materials have consistent, current messages distributed to increase Foundation visibility and outreach throughout Thurston County.

Fall Fundraiser
Typically held the third Thursday in September, the event includes an entertaining and educational presentation from Marianne Binetti, our local national gardening celebrity, sharing her passion for gardening with hilarity and witty wordplay. Several prize drawings are held for garden related items.

This committee seeks funding to support the Foundation, WSU and Master Composter/Recycler educational programs, ongoing operations, and enhancement for our three demonstration gardens and the plant nursery in Thurston County. Committee members typically meet monthly to discuss the Foundation’s needs. We then identify opportunities and apply to potential Grantmakers and sponsors that are a good match.

This committee is in charge of making and selling handcrafted garden themed items to raise funds for the foundation. New members and ideas are always welcome.

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This committee is in charge of keeping our membership records up to date, collecting membership dues and recording attendance at membership meetings. This committee also assists in promoting membership through newsletter articles and the annual membership drive.

Plant Sale
This committee is responsible for all the details related to the sale of plants at our annual plant sale which is held on the third Saturday of May. There may be years when a second plant sale is held, and it would occur on the third Saturday of September.

This committee is in charge of promotion for fundraising and other Foundation activities. Utilizing developed procedures and a menu of resources, events will be publicized in a timely fashion. Some of the activities include flyer distribution, online event posting and press release distribution.

Retail Sales
This committee is in charge of organizing the sale of garden related clothing and items with the MG logo at meetings and classes throughout the year.

The State Representative of the Board is in charge of distributing materials for the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State yearly scholarships. Applications are accepted by our Thurston County Board, who then makes a recommendation to the State Board for consideration.

This committee is charged with development and/or maintenance of the Foundation website.