Monthly Archives: November 2014

Gratitude and Giving

Everywhere I turn these days, people are promoting gratitude as being good for you.

Gratitude is good for you

orange-pink bell-shaped flowers on a green background.

Pinesap (Monotropa hypopitys)
Photo by Ben Legler, all rights reserved.

For example, the psychologist David DeSteno wrote an article in The New York Times about how gratitude can help you cope with impulse buying during the holidays. His studies have shown that willpower, or even feeling happy, won’t help you curb your expenditures or increase your patience as much as feeling grateful.

Similarly, over on the blog Brainpickings, Maria Popova discusses the research of Martin Seligman. Seligman suggests an exercise, the gratitude visit, to help relieve depression and improve overall well-being.

So it seems that gratitude benefits one’s own self-interest!

Aside from these purely selfish (!) aspects of gratitude, and at the risk of getting a little sappy, here are some thanks:

Thanks to the chapter officers and volunteers who keep the Washington Native Plant Society humming with programs, field trips, plant sales, and other activities.

Thanks to the Washington Native Plant Society’s board members and officers (also all volunteers) who attend meetings, review policies, make decisions, oversee the budget, and undertake all the other necessary responsibilities that keep the Washington Native Plant Society legal, valid, and sound.

Thanks to the standing committee members (more volunteers!) of the Washington Native Plant Society’s Education Committee, Research and Inventory Committee, and Conservation Committee, who evaluate grant proposals, provide input, and review reports for the projects we fund.

Thanks to the hardworking staff of the Washington Native Plant Society, Elizabeth Faircloth and Barbara Harrell, who keep an eye on all of the above and much, much more.

Thanks to the members of the Washington Native Plant Society, whose dedication to learning about and conserving the state’s flora is so exciting to witness and be part of.

And thanks to you, readers of Botanical Rambles, for your time, your interest, and your comments. Keep ’em coming! It’s always great to hear from you.

Gosh, I feel so good now!

Giving is good for you too

If you’ve read this far, I’m guessing you not only love Washington’s plants and natural places, but you’re interested in actively protecting them. I invite you to support the vital work of the Washington Native Plant Society.


As a member, you are directly investing in the work to conserve and protect native plants in Washington, and you have access to great member services too.

And memberships make great gifts!

Give at work

At many workplaces you may give through payroll deduction or during your workplace giving campaign every year. Please remember to make a pledge for Washington’s flora!

Washington State Combined Fund Drive: charity code 0315051

Combined Federal Campaign: agency 69374

United Way: You may designate a tax-deductible gift to the Washington Native Plant Society, a 501(c)(3) organization.

King County, City of Seattle, and other large employers also sponsor giving campaigns that include the Washington Native Plant Society as a charitable option.

Maximize your gift with matching

Many employers match donations to charitable organizations—a great way to double your support! Don’t know if your employer matches? Ask your personnel department.

Show off your support

front image of 2015 calendar: sagebrush, mountains, sky in winter

2015 Washington Native Plant Society calendar

Get gear from our Washington Native Plant Society online store

  • 2015 WNPS Native Plant Calendar
  • Old-growth Forest Interpretive Puzzle
  • Wildflowers Across Washington Poster
  • Native Plant Notecards
  • T-shirts, Sweatshirts and Totebags

More Ways to Donate

Read about more ways to give. Your contribution to the Washington Native Plant Society is a direct investment in our work to conserve and protect native plants in Washington. Your gift of any size makes a difference in our ability to be a voice for Washington’s native plants.

Thanks for all you do!