How Blue Thumb Partnership Works
The Blue Thumb Partnership is a network of clean water and native plant stewards creating change by bridging the gap between knowledge and action, offering resources and programs to Minnesotan residents. We lead the way in changing landscaping norms among professionals, property owners, and renters. We aspire to clean water resources supported by beautiful and sustainable landscapes that minimize runoff and create native habitats in our communities.
Blue Thumb Partners includes public and private entities such as government organizations, native plant nurseries, landscape and design businesses, non-profits, and more. Our partnership goals include working on projects and programs that support each other in protecting clean water and creating pollinator/wildlife habitats. Blue Thumb partners support the Blue Thumb Education programs and receive a broad range of benefits that are updated every year. Reach out to us with any potential ideas and projects! Let’s work together.
Offset Partner Fees Through Volunteering
Our fee structure will ensure that the Blue Thumb program is able to achieve our vision and offer the benefits outlined above. Members may fulfill up to 50% (max $500) of fees with volunteer action hours or in-kind contributions. Nonprofits and volunteer-led organizations can fulfill 100% of their fee through volunteer hours. Each action hour is counted as a $50 contribution. “Volunteer action hours” are limited to defined activities as listed on the following page. Any unfulfilled volunteer hours will be invoiced at year’s end. Your volunteer involvement is encouraged whether or not you provide the full fee contribution to the program.
Blue Thumb Sponsorship and Additional Benefits
Do you want a more targeted marketing reach? Consider sponsoring Blue Thumb! We have a variety of sponsorship packages with different audiences. You can target audiences by type, geography, and more. You can also choose if you’d like to sponsor our workshops and educational content, our Sustainable Land Care training program, or more. Every sponsorship package includes a summary of execution (end-of-year reporting, analytics).
Blue Thumb Partners are encouraged to take advantage of Blue Thumb’s downloadable educational resources. For more handouts, guides, and plant lists, visit our Resources Page.
Partners and non-partners are able to purchase our “The Blue Thumb Guide to Raingardens” book by Rusty Schmidt, Dan Shaw, and David Dods if you are planning to purchase 10 or more books. Exclusive to partners, our popular Magic Roots display is available to rent out or purchase for events. If you have resources you’d like us to share on our page or any inquiries, email Jacqueline at email@example.com.