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November 1, 2013

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November 1, 2013

I WAS SURFING THE WEB FOR HELP FOR OUR FAMILIES AND MINISTRY IN HAITI. SURFING THE WEB IS TIME CONSUMING AND MOSTLY NOT VERY PROFITABLE...THEN I HIT "TREE FOR LIFE". WOW, I DID IT, I HIT THE MOTHER LOAD (CAN CHRISTIANS SAY THAT?). TREVA ANSWERED THE PHONE AND SHE IS A CHRISTIAN, NOT BY SAYING SO, BUT BY DOING: KIND, GENEROUS, HELPFUL, INSTRUCTIONAL, GIVING ME GREAT INFORMATION, ASKING QUESTIONS TO BE ABLE TO RECOMMEND RESOURCES, OTHER REFERRALS, WEBSITES, AND NONPROFITS. I MIGHT EVEN GET SAVED.

IT IS AN ONGOING GREAT EXPERIENCE, LAYING BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A CONTINUAL PARTNERSHIP AS WE SERVE HIM TOGETHER IN "HIS HAITI".

PASTOR DAN

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

HIRE MORE TREVA'S AND CHANGE THE WORLD

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 10, 2013

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March 6, 2013

At age 22 I wed the best friend I'd had for 8 years, and as anniversary #1 rolled around I could not fathom any truly appropriate gift to give. Sparing you the shortcomings of all other ideas/items/we... more

April 10, 2013

For our wedding anniversary each year, we purchase 100 fruit trees from Trees For Life. We understand fully that there are several amazing ecologically supportive, disease/hunger fighting projects being carried out by Trees For Life. Our monies go to Trees For Life and are spent as only Trees For Life could. Each project is beyond worthy, but this married couple has found a way for romance to be held up by disease fighting, hunger abating, ecology sustaining, and so much more. These projects are done around the globe where it is needed most. We will likely never visit a fruit tree that is providing shade and food while stabilizing a river's bank with its roots. But each year, we buy another 100. And around our own neighborhood in this world, we can gaze out at tree topped vistas to try to see if we could understand what our hundreds of trees amount to if they were grouped. It is very romantic. And every time I have corresponded with someone working for Trees For Life, it has been a pleasure and an honor. Their causes are not easy, but they are achievable and powerful in their beautiful simplicity. Please support them, there is no better gift to give to someone of importance!

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

March 6, 2013

At age 22 I wed the best friend I'd had for 8 years, and as anniversary #1 rolled around I could not fathom any truly appropriate gift to give. Sparing you the shortcomings of all other ideas/items/websites that I came across in my hunt, I have never been so grateful for such a beautiful thing as The Trees For Life organisation- this I knew when I first learned of it.
Of course your donations go collectively toward all the environmentally supportive, hunger fighting, humanitarian projects. But you have the romantic option of using their catalog to donate toward specific things.
Ever since the first anniversary gift of 100 fruit trees and one fuel-efficient cook stove that helps the smoke not be inhaled by its user, we decided together that our annual way to honor our marriage will forevermore be to purchase/donate 100 trees.
Those trees grow, give shade, prevent erosion around rivers, and feed people. And to learn about the humble miracle that is the moranga tree please see the Trees For Life website.
Please see it anyway. They are doing some great things very smartly. Both myself and my husband can't to this day imagine a better gift to give. The recipient gets to know that in their name: trees are to be strategically planted to grow and help people in need at many locations around the globe.
Humanitarian, environmentally helpful, hunger and disease fighting... all in a single romantic and effective package. Trees For Life makes that possible.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

January 1, 2013
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January 1, 2013
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Trees for Life is a great website and really spreads awareness of what can be done to avert hunger around the world.
The site is easy to navigate and eventhough there is alot of information on the site, it is very easy to find what you are looking for.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 7, 2012
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September 7, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I am part of a team from several churches which raised funds to help build a school in a small rural community, Kayaskita, in the mountains of north central Nicaragua. It is the first school for miles around, in an area with no roads, electricity, phones or any other modern conveniences (we arrived by dugout canoe!) Through Books for Life we were able to outfit the school with hundreds of new schoolbooks, written for Central American children. There were textbooks and storybooks, for students of all ages. They also sent large, colorful maps & posters for the walls. All the materials are of the best quality, and arrived in excellent condition. They turned a simple concrete building into a real school! Dedication day was pretty overwhelming for us and the townspeople. Over 100 children attend this school today, learning to read & write - a chance they might never have had.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2011
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May 26, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

I have served on the board of trustees at Trees for Life the past fifteen years. The organization meets three times yearly. We are given detailed updates on what is taking place and asked for our opinions on new ways the organization is working.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

continuing to see the development of over fifty libraries in villages throughout Nicaragua.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage the participation of a youth on our board of trustees.

May 10, 2011
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May 10, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Alternative Gifts International has a long history of partnering wtih Trees for Life. This is a first class operation whose founders and leadership have worked to expand their outreach into building sustainable programs for the poor. I have visited their headquarters and I admite this great group of people for their dedication and sacrifice.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Have not.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would encourage others to learn and practice their business model.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 23, 2011
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March 23, 2011
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This is a very genuine organization that I'm very happy to support.

I've known about TFL for a long time, and actually had the pleasure of sharing a house with someone who was an active volunteer for the organization (he spent a lot of time in Latin America helping people build more
efficient stoves) for a year.

This is an organization that is clearly run from the heart, with wisdom and clarity about how to truly be of assistance in areas of the world that need help.

They plant trees, start libraries, help with water and nutrition and seem to be very "here" and paying attention to what will work.

The founder's stories of his experiences are uplifting and ring true to me.

Thanks for the opportunity to be able to vote.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The life of my friend who spent a lot of time in Guatemala

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, except maybe donate more of my time/money to it/

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

First i'd like to say how grateful i am to have an opportunity to serve at "Trees For Life". It gives me a chance for even a few hours a week to be able to give and serve. Amazing place with amazing people, who are united and dedicated in helping the poorest in the world with their humble work.
If people are willing, at "Trees For Life" they're provided with opportunities to develop their potential and to find out who they are and what they're looking for in life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In being inspired by the example of the people who serve and work there. By seeing the results of their efforts that have reached millions of poor people all over the world.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of any right now.

July 28, 2010
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July 28, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

I met Balbir in 1984 and we''ve been friends since. He was just in the process of giving birth to Trees For Life and I felt then and still feel it is a kind of paradigm for what helping institutions will become in the future, simple, family-like groups dedicated to empowering people who are often overlooked or exploited by more powerful institutions. The focus is on helping people achieve what they want to achieve by listening to them and joining with them so that what is gained is prized by the receiver since the receiver has worked hard to achieve the goal or project and hasn't just been the recipient of money or goods and services supplied by a donor without any effort on the part of the recipient to share in the work and responsibility.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a number of projects they've taken up: their books for life project recently sent books to Liberia, their setting up of libraries in many countries, e.g. Nicaragua and Ethiopia, their mailings of seeds for trees, their work at a school in Allahabad India.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

sharing in the various projects.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

consistently of high quality with a desire to serve others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get engaged to a greater degree in projects helpful to those individuals and communities around the world it is now serving.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010
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June 30, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

I became friends with Treva and Balbir through my sister who was a journalist doing a story on Trees for Life. Over the years my children and I would help out at the office and enjoy the "communal" lunches. During that time I was working for a well-respected investment manager who managed $350 million in charitable foundation funds. In talking to him one day about non-profits, he said "it is much easier to build the wealth initially, than to find disciplined non-profits in which to contribute to". He used Trees for Life as an example of a movement that astutely balances business efficiency and deep compassion. I have contributed to Trees for Life, but more than that I have loved each and everyone of them. Balbir (and all of them) have set a barometer for me to live by. As David says, "It is not about changing the world...it is about loving the world. It is about offering a hand so that others may live, and offering my heart so that I may live. The change that the world truly needs is the change in me, the opening of my heart".

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my private life and beyond.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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