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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Environment, Job Training, Youth Development Programs


Tree Trust’s mission is to improve the community environment by investing in people.

Results: In our nearly 35 years of service we have: • Provided job training and employment for 32,000 young people and 10,000 adults. • Completed hundreds of park maintenance, landscaping and construction projects. • Planted 72,000 trees and shrubs in schools, parks and community areas. • Increased awareness and educated 115,000 students, teachers and community members about the importance of trees and green spaces to the health and vitality of a community.

Target demographics: We offer services to youth and adults of all ethnicities, incomes and abilities throughout the Twin Cities metro area and in selected communities in Greater Minnesota, while maintaining a particular focus on underserved populations and neighborhoods.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each year we directly serve 7,000 people and countless neighborhoods, parks and recreation areas through our programs.

Geographic areas served: Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area

Programs: Employment training and case management: the organization offers hands-on job training for special needs, low-income and at-risk youth and adults that helps them overcome barriers to success in work and in life. The organization gives them a chance to build character, find direction and reshape their lives as they become great workers. Programs include youth conservation corps, young adult conservation corps, youthbuild, youth young adult services, and community support program. The organization's summer youth employment program employed 669 youth who worked nearly 72,000 hours and earned almost $540,000. 94% of participants who responded to surveys reported that they developed confidence in their abilities to complete a job. 59 youth completed community improvement projects while participating in the organization's young adult conservation corps paid job training program. The organization's youthbuild program provided 48 young adults with paid job training and academic enrichment while they rehabbed minneapolis homes to be sold or rented to low-income residents. 266 youth received individualized case management services. They explored careers, prepared for job placement or college entrance, and learned skills that will help them in their lives after high school. The organization's community support program matched 362 parents with employment experiences at 59 host sites throughout the metro.

landscape services: to help sustain tree trust's programs, the organization began the landscape services department in 2004, which earns income by performing quality services at a market rate. Landscape services operates in three areas (1) public sector, commercial, and residential landscaping (2) public secotr, commercial, and residential lawn maintenance and snow removal, and (3) exterior home accessibility ramp construction for persons with disabilities

community forestry and environmental education: these programs provide opportunities for students and volunteers to connect with each other and the natural world. The organization empowers them to take an active role in improving the local environment and help them realize that they can make a difference. Programs include community tree plantings, municipal tree distributions, and environmental education projects. The organization engaged 245 citizens who volunteered with our community forestry program. These volunteers helped distribute 1,600 reduced-cost trees to homeowners, and planted 1,025 trees shrubs throughout the twin cities. The organization's learning with trees program engaged students in the creation of outdoor classrooms on the grounds of three minnesota elementary schools.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I love volunteering with Tree Trust! They facilitate the tree plantings in the community they serve making cities more beautiful but also the whole planet a better place. The activities are fun and family friendly. It not unusual to see little kids carrying small buckets of water to water the tree they just helped planting. The staff is excited and passionate about planting. It's a win-win. They trees that they plant will be there for generations to enjoy

1 Gordon H.


Rating: 5

I have volunteered at many tree planting projects over the years with Tree Trust, but I believe the plantings where you work with school children may be my favorites. Every year Tree Trust works with selected schools to plant trees on school grounds. But the greatest thing is that the kids at the schools get to do the planting, with a little help from teachers, parents and other adult volunteers like myself. On planting day, kids at the schools are bursting with energy. Each classroom is assigned a tree or two to plant. You can just feel the enthusiasm as kids dig, water and mulch their tree. They take great pride and ownership of their tree, and younger kids often give their tree a name. I like to tell the kids to always remember their tree, and to come back and visit as they reach future milestones in their lives, such as high school graduation. Tree Trust makes it a great day with excellent planning, organization and cheerfulness on planting day.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently left a successful career at a Fortune 300 company to assume the role of CEO of Tree Trust. I made the decision because I wanted to make a more direct contribution to my community. What I have found, however, is that I am receiving much more in return. The people and programs of Tree Trust - and our impact in the greater Twin Cities area - are amazing. Whether it's summer youth conservation programs, young adult year-round programs or community tree plantings, all make a positive difference to many lives here in Minnesota!



Rating: 5

My daughter and I recently were volunteers at a recent tree planting in the metro area. The staff at Tree Trust are curteous, professional and above all knowledgeable. We had a great time despite the weather and look forward to participating again in the future. It was extremely important that my daughter learned from professionals and understood why/how trees are such a vital piece of the ecological puzzle. I highly recommend this non-profit to anyone interested in participating in a tree planting and other volunteer work.



Rating: 5

I recently made a donation to Tree Trust to plant a tree in honor of the birth of my niece. I participated in the planting of this tree and 164 others that were planted that day with the help of volunteers. It was great to see my donation in action and to know that I was making a difference in my own community!