Member Fundraising

There are so many ways that members like you can help us to raise funds for our restoration mission. Please check out the list below and see if there is a good fit for you. And if you have other suggestions please email Jean at

Corporate Employee Matches

Our Chapter has benefited in the past from corporate matching gifts offered to employees. Sixty-five percent of Fortune 500 companies and many others offer matching gifts including:

  • BP British Petroleum
  • General Electric
  • Soros Fund Management
  • Gap Corporation
  • ExxonMobil
  • CarMax
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Microsoft
  • Merck & Co.

Even if you are retired you may be able to participate in this matching program. Please check with your employer to see if they will match donations.

Facebook Fundraisers

Facebook provides a platform for individuals to create their own fundraiser for their favorite cause. Of course, you are thinking of the PA Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, right?  Facebook does not charge fees on fundraisers for nonprofits and all you have to do is follow this link to their simple instructions. Recently a member created a Facebook fundraiser for her birthday and raised $200 for our chapter. 

Donations of Crafts to Sell 

Several new and long-time members donate handcrafted items for us to sell at outreach and member events for our fundraising effort. For example, Jim Finley has donated beautiful hand-turned “reclaimed chestnut” bowls; Chris Ditlow of donates a variety of handcrafted wood items, and students at Upper Dauphin Area High School have donated chestnut themed American chestnut coat racks. Proceeds from all these products go to the PA Chapter. (Photo Description: PATACF Board Member Larry Yozwiak at the Forest Landowners Conference with our display including handcrafted items donated to PATACF)

Shopping Online

Local Artisan, Kimberly Helder, of Helders Design is putting her talent to work to support the restoration efforts PA-TACF. Using twigs from Pure American chestnut twigs collected by Steve Hoy at our research orchards at Penn State, she is making American chestnut earrings. For every pair, she sells she has agreed to give $5 to our Chapter. Learn more…

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