The Foundation of the State Arboretum of Virginia (FOSA), a University of Virginia-related foundation -- is the official fund-raising, membership, and gift receiving organization for the State Arboretum of Virginia and Blandy Experimental Farm. FOSA is a 501(c)(3) (Federal Tax ID No. 54-1268275). 

Through a strategic planning process in 2014/15 the FOSA Board of Directors has adopted:

VISION

Blandy will be a center for outstanding environmental research and education, set within the natural beauty and remarkable collections of Virginia's State Arboretum. 

MISSION 

FOSA will support Blandy's research and educational goals, sustain the Arboretum's collections, and enhance Blandy's value as an institution that serves the public. 

GOALS

Enhance user experience

Build relationships

Balance revenue and expense

 Staff
Board of Directors

Bob Lee, President
Christine Perdue, Vice President
Mary Olien, Secretary
Kathy Clark, Treasurer
Bob Wever, Past President

Stephen Bauserman
Julian Bivins
David Carr
Jolly de Give
Bruce Downin
Joan Fine
Hank Hartz
Michelle Jones
David Look
Jay Monroe
Richard Minturn
Chris Oldham
Roma Sherman
Elsie Wilson Thompson




Martha Bjelland, Director of FOSA
THINKING ABOUT GIVING?

Please stop by, call or email Martha BjellandDirector of  FOSA, to learn of giving opportunities at the State Arboretum and Blandy Experimental Farm. 

There are many ways you can be involved and help us further our mission of supporting environmental education and outreach here at the State Arboretum of Virginia.
  • Consider becoming a member of our giving club, the Blandy Society, with an unrestricted gift of $1,000. 
  • Remember FOSA in your estate planning. 
  • Thinking of a bench in honor/memory of someone special? With your donation of $1,200, FOSA will purchase a teak bench/engraved plaque and place the bench at a mutually agreed upon spot at the Arboretum.
  • Gifts of marketable securities are handled through the University of Virginia's Advancement Office. Before making a stock transfer, please alert  FOSA Director Martha Bjelland at 540-837-1758 x 221.
  • For DTC eligible securities: 
  • Clearing Broker:       Pershing LLC
  • DTC Participant#     443
  • Account Number:    N7M-001327
  • Credit:                    University of Virginia Gift Account
  • Reference:             {Donor’s Name}
WANT TO DIG IN?

Koy Mislowsky, Volunteer and Events CoordinatorAre you interested in helping out in the gardens, or at an event? Would you like to be a vendor at ArborFest or Garden Fair? Are you considering Blandy for your upcoming wedding? 

Contact Koy Mislowsky, 
FOSA's Volunteer and Events Coordinator to learn more about our thriving volunteer program and events held at Blandy throughout the year.


Considering Become a FOSA Member?
FOSA MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES!


There are many benefits to being a member of the Foundation of the State Arboretum! With a FOSA membership, you can visit nearly 300 gardens across the country for free, as part of the AHS Reciprocal Admissions Program. To learn more about membership benefits, become a FOSA member, make a donation or online payment for an upcoming event or program, please click on the link below.
GOT QUESTIONS?                                                                                       
Robin Arnold,
FOSA's Administrative Assistant, 
will be happy to assist you with general information on FOSA membership, programs, 
and to make a donation or payment by telephone. 

Robin can be reached at 540-837-1758 x 224, Monday through Friday between 1 and 5 PM.
Learn more about FOSA:
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