Hillsborough Beautification Foundation (HBF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of the Town of Hillsborough. Located on the San Francisco Peninsula in California, HBF raises funds and provides organization, leadership and education for the purposes of planting, improving, and contributing to the maintenance of parks, school grounds, and other civic projects. HBF has the full support of the Town Council as Hillsborough has a limited budget for the maintenance of town properties and public spaces and does not have a Parks & Recreation Department.
To date, HBF has completed approximately 75 projects, including traffic islands, school landscaping, parks, town entrance and street signs, gardens at Town Hall and the District Office, restoration of historic gates and the creation of the Harvest Garden.
The Hillsborough Beautification Foundation (HBF) was established in 1998 after many years of discussion and research by Hillsborough citizens. The Foundation began with an initial donation from the Hillsborough Garden Club. The funds for this donation came from gifts in memory of Jack Gilpin, one of the citizens who strongly advocated the creation of such a foundation. Additional seed money was generously donated by a group of Founding Friends; prominent citizens committed to the creation of a local organization dedicated to the beautification of the Town. This group of Founding Friends is honored on a permanent monument at Town Hall and listed annually in HBF’s newsletter.