All of this work wouldn’t be possible without your generous support. To make sure our programs remain sustainable as we grow and to bring our picking season to life, we need your help!

You can also host your own fundraising event or become a monthly donor!

The Roots Initiative

Monthly contributions support our work in a unique way. They’re the stable foundation that directly decides what programs and partnerships we can build every year, from events to equipment and how many new trees we can register. Every new monthly donor who joins our community is one way to say: We can.

The Roots Initiative is how we recognize and support our incredible monthly donors.

Why the Roots Initiative?

Roots aren’t the splashiest part of the tree, but their vast, intertwined networks allow plants to grow and keep the whole tree upright. Monthly donors aren’t as visible, but they’re a crown just as vast as the tree’s branches–one just as important to keep it alive.

How do Roots Initiative donors make an impact

For $10 / month

Your donation will provide the essential equipment sets and supplies needed to harvest fruit from the trees of Toronto.

For $25 / month

Your donation diverts food from landfills by transporting picked fruit to partner agencies providing critical fresh fruit access to city residents.

$55 / month

Your donation helps us to facilitate preservation workshops to engage our community all year round and support our agency partners.

$85 / month

Your donation supports a fairer wage for our summer harvest team

What do Roots Initiative donors get?

Whether it’s $5 a month or $50, all our Roots Initiative donors get:

  • A free annual fruit-picking membership to Not Far From the Tree
  • Invitations to regular Roots Initiative community gatherings and workshops
  • Discounted tickets to all NFFTT events

Our Groundbreaking members – donors who contribute more than $85 / month – will also receive:

  • A shoutout in our annual report
  • A guaranteed spot on Roots Initiative fruit picks
  • A family-and-friends pick of up to five people, anytime from July to September
  • End-of-season, fruit-flavoured gifts made from our delicious harvest

Join the Roots Initiative!

Set up a monthly donation and become a vital part of creating more picks, more fruit shared, more community-building, and the local, sustainable food system we all want.

Set up a monthly donation

No good fruit should fall to waste when so many people can use it!

All donations must be addressed to

MakeWay Charitable Society – Not Far From The Tree
163 West Hastings St. Suite 400
Vancouver BC V6B 1H5

Not Far From The Tree is a project on MakeWay’s shared platform, which provides operational supports, governance, and charitable expertise for changemakers.

For more information about supporting Not Far From The Tree, email the Project Director, Julia Girmenia at

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