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Trees for the Future, Inc.

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Causes: Environment, Food, Forest Conservation

Mission: Trees for the Future is working to end hunger and poverty for farmers by giving them the tools, seeds, and training to regenerate their land. We are fighting climate change, hunger, and poverty through the generosity and engagement of our supporters!

Results: Since TREES was founded thirty-one years ago, we have planted 191 million trees and transformed the lives of 151,025 people around the world. How? Our Forest Garden Approach transforms the lives of farming families. Within the first year, farming families see an increase in food security by 100%. By the time farmers graduate from our Forest Garden Program, they will have increased their annual income by 400%, increased their food diversity by 80% and increased their access to nutrients by 574%. By planting thousands of trees through Forest Gardens, farmers in our programs have restored over 29 thousand acres of land and have sequestered 2.4 million metric tonnes of CO2. Do you want to make an impact on both people and the planet? Visit our website trees.org to learn more!

Target demographics: smallholder farmers carve pathways out of poverty and hunger by planting trees in Forest Gardens through our Forest Garden Approach. Our goal is to break the cycle of poverty and hunger for 1 million people by planting 500 million trees in 125,000 Forest Gardens by 2025. Join us in our pursuit to cultivate a better world for humanity and nature!

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2019, we planted 191 million trees, adding 19,095 Forest Gardens to our programs, thereby restoring 26,786 acres of land, sequestering 4,377,385 metric tonnes of CO2 and helping 152,403 farmers plant their way out of poverty and hunger for generations to come.

Geographic areas served: Sub-Saharan Africa

Programs: Through our 4-year training program, called the Forest Garden Approach, farmers plant thousands of trees that protect and bring nutrients back to the soil. This helps farmers grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, and produces byproducts such as fuelwood and livestock feed that they can use or sell on the market. Forest Garden farmers gain increases in income and access to food, even in the first year, all while improving the environment.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love that Trees for the Future is helping people and the planet. It's a the most sustainable non-profit organization I have ever come across. Their work makes a huge difference for farmers and for the health and future of our planet. After working in this area for a dozen years, their approach is the most effective approach to agriculture and climate change that I have ever seen. Thank you, Trees for the Future!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization with a history of helping people who need it. Planting trees helps change people’s lives and make the world a cooler, more livable place!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Trees for the Future are doing transformational work to help combat poverty and land degradation in Africa. Food security is extremely important and I am glad that this organization is tackling this sustainably.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A group of highly skilled professionals with amazing dedication to a worthy cause!

Kendall G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredible organization solving so many problems through one approach.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Trees for the Future has an innovative approach that differs from what is conventional- and it works. They utilize a truly bottom-up approach that incorporates what the farmer needs and teaches them how to achieve that through the Forest Garden Approach. They have one of the longest lasting impacts whereas other non-profits I've seen that try to implement similar programs usually see their impacts dissipate after technicians complete the project.

Alec S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A great nonprofit that truly cares about the farmers and their families who's lives they change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Trees for the Future is more than just a tree-planting organization! Their Forest Garden approach allows them to not only fight climate change, but provide farmers with the tools to plant themselves out of poverty and hunger. As an expert in International Development, I believe their focus on education is crucial for the success of their mission. By using education and training as their tool to end poverty, hunger, climate change, they have created a sustainable model of growth that will allow their methods to be taught for generations to come in the communities that they work in. Their work proves that through the empowerment of individuals, we can accomplish many of our world's Sustainable Development Goals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked at TREES for a few years now and I am so proud to be a part of this organization. The team is hardworking and dedicated to helping people and the planet. Everyday, I look forward to learning about the farmers in our program and hearing their incredible stories of growth and success.

Keep your eyes on TREES - this organization is accomplishing amazing things!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In talking with local farmers it is evident, that Trees for the Future is making an impact. The farmers now have hope for their families and future. You see it in their smiles and the pride that they share when they tell their stories and the fruits of their labor. I'm looking forward to seeing more from this innovative organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trees for the Future is an amazing organization that is making great strides towards eradicating hunger, poverty, and deforestation throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Their mission and how it's implemented in the countries where they work is inspiring. I was drawn to their mission because they put the beneficiaries first and empower them to become self-sufficient after a few years. TREES please keep planting and keep changing the world for the better!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been searching for an organization like Trees for the Future for some time. As a donor, I have been approached by Heifer International, Child-reach, mico-loan organizations, nature conservancy organizations, tree planting organizations and so on. While each of them seemed worthy efforts--they address the symptoms of poor farming practices--not the causes. In plain point-of-fact, none of them was holistically addressing my main concerns: Climate Change, marginalization of women and children, lack of education, and the destructive agricultural practices that are the main drivers of deforestation, land degradation, water pollution and drought, hunger and poverty.

Trees for the Future is a "perfect" and holistic program that addresses all of my interests and concerns! Trees halt and reverse deforestation, sequester carbon to fight global warming, create positive micro-climates, cool the land, raise groundwater, fertilize the soil without chemicals, provide living fences and animal feed without denuding the land, provide a way for a family to grow food organically and in great quantity and variety--so that they have food year-round and cash crops to sell in the marketplace. Compared to the destructive practice of mono-cropping, which relies on chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides and give one small payday per year, the Forest Garden requires none of these destructive inputs and provides paydays every day of the year.

Trees for the Future insists on 35% participation by women, and increases income which allows parents to afford school fees to send their children to school and to gradually erase the effects of poverty. Trees for the Future has its own open-sourced, free educational program on-line--allowing people of all ages to train in Agro-Forestry practices and to obtain certification. Certification and on-going knowledge--allows people to share their success with their neighbors, so that entire communities benefit.

I am very excited about the potential of Trees for the Future to actually, literally, SAVE THE WORLD! I am honored to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor! :-D

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Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome organization. I know that my donations help make a brighter future for my kids and others around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

Trees for the Future does and exceptional job revitalizing land and lives globally.
Trudy L

Donor

Rating: 5

So inspiring!!! Love this organization and everything they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Trees for the Future has a wonderful mission with worldwide benefits. Farmers learn skills that provide them with sustainable food sources and help lift them out of poverty. The millions of trees planted by the farmers will lead to a greener planet and help mitigate climate change.

Erica W.3

Advisor

Rating: 5

Trees really has the Future. It's so inspiring to read the stories of the farmers I'm helping with my monthly gift especially. And not just individuals, whole families. Thank you Trees for all you do!

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Donor

Rating: 5

TREES does so much more than just support the environment. What motivates me to become a monthly donor to this organization is that they teach farmers and their families to take care of themselves and actually make money by planting Trees and Forest Gardens.

It's a terrific concept, and it WORKS. For $640 you can help one complete family through the 4 year process but they don't have even have to wait that long. They start seeing results almost right away. Planting Trees provides food, education and is good for the environment to boot, what's not to love. As a donor, I love seeing the smiles on the farmers' faces and especially on their kids' faces because everybody is impacted by this simple act of planting trees.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic small nonprofit that is constantly impressing me with their ability to demonstrate impact! Not only do the trees they plant help the global environment, but they also have a tangible and substantial impact on the farmers that plant them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Awesome, awesome organization that focuses on maximizing the returns for project participants and furthering its mission more than anything!

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m proud to donate to an organization that does so much good for the world, environmentally and economically.

I know that my donations are used well to make sure that other people’s lives and world are made better.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor for two years, I am pleased to support an organization that is helping families and the environment.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am impressed with the good work of Trees for the Future and am pleased to support it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am inspired by the lasting change that this nonprofit makes. They empower farming families to change their lives through tree planting and sustainable agriculture.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a donor to this wonderful organization which does so much more than simply protecting the environment. Trees helps people sustain their families and their communities while at the same time helping to sustain the planet. Giving farmers the tools to bring food from the earth to feed their families and to become self sufficient members of their broader community is a wonderful goal that Trees is striving to reach every day. I fully support this goal and the wonderful organization that is striving to meet it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Trees for the Future is a low-key organization that has a huge impact on the people and communities that it serves. From its small office in Silver Spring, Maryland its staff helps to end hunger, poverty and deforestation in Africa. Through its Family Garden program it helps sustain a family for generations to come, providing food both to eat and to take to market to sell so that the family can feed its members and have a source of income to provide for other essentials. It is a great organization with very worthy goals. I support it wholeheartedly.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great mission. I totally support the idea of planting trees for the future. We were active in the Jewish National Fund whose mission is to plant trees in Israel and make the desert bloom. We love the idea of spreading the mission to Africa. It is a gift that keeps on giving.

Marissa Levy L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I marvel at what amazing work this organization is doing in the world. Not only does it help sustain our planet but it also helps farmers create a more sustainable life for themselves. I am particularly interested in the work they do with female farmers and empowering them to build their own careers. Amazing work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

An excellent organization with loads of field experience!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Great mission and Impactful Work whilst working alongside an awesome group of individuals.

Donor

Rating: 5

Continuously impressed by Trees for the Future's impact and dedication to helping the environment and people. I've seen their work first hand on the ground and it is astonishing to see the impact being made in so many areas. Trees for the Future is transparent and innovative and truly ending the cycle of poverty by training their beneficiaries to use sustainable practices.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for TREES for the Future, including being an active Board Member for more than a decade.
TREES and it's growing program of Forest Gardens may be the key to saving our planet from the degradation of climate change, providing food security, soil restoration, tree leaves as fertilizer, nutrition, income, and a reason to live at home and not be forced to flee to other lands.
A small contribution enables the plantings of hundreds of nut, fruit and legume bearing TREES. I started 7 Forest Gardens with the help of friends and family as a living tribute to my late husband in 2018. So far, 28,000 TREES have been planted plus cash crops and hunreds of veggies such as hot peppers, peas, lettuce, eggplants and more. Help save our planet! Support TREES for the Future, www.trees.org.

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently became a donor because this nonprofit is about empowering farmers and helping to improve the environment at the same time. It's not a hand out but a hand up. You are literally helping to change lives forever.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is a great organization, whose actions are directly helping the lives of people throughout the world, as well as the world itself. Trees for the Future doesn't just plant trees, they help to provide incomes and food for families through helping people to become agriculturally self sufficient. They are an organization with solid leadership, a dedicated staff, big ideas, and they use donations effectively and efficiently. Trees for the future helps to sustainably lift people from poverty while providing a future for the earth.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have watched and supported the good work of Trees for the Future for a a decade or more. The organization is making an incredible difference in the lives of people living on the African continent and elsewhere. Using trees that enrich soils, provide incomes and help the planet. Trees works with small farmers--a bottom up approach--who share techniques within their communities and create a larger impact. In this time of climate change, which will greatly affect countries where Trees works, there is no more important cause to support.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of my favorite charities that I have regularly donated to and supported over the past decade. $40 USD can help plant 400 trees. That's 10x higher promise than most other tree planting organizations.

Looking forward to seeing more awesome work from Trees for the Future :)

3 sammy2

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has grown slowly over the years, reporting without slick brochures and working in cooperation with those they serve. They recently lost their founder but I surely hope that they continue his priorities!

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Donor

Rating: 5

From the very first, Trees For The Future has had solid ideas, listened intently to the people on the ground and has been very careful with their money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I travelled to the Philippines to work restoring forested areas after a typhoon. TREES personnel were very helpful in organizing local labor and equipment to perform the work. We accomplished a great deal of work and helped the local people and schools.

3 Piyush V.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have always been in love with God's greatest gift to mankind "Mother Nature" and I came across this organization after searching for NGO's that is helping to make this world a better place to live for people who needs assistance and since trees are the most important resource, every effort put by this organization has had a great impact on many lives.
Looking at the progress they have made since they came in to existence is remarkable and I wish more people join and contribute in any way they can to Save the planet and leave a beautiful world for our future generations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is awesome. They have provided aid to dozens of countries around the world. Not only has this company planted over 60 million trees but have done so at an extremely low cost of less than 10 cents a tree. Other companies charge a dollar or even more to get a tree in the ground. In addition to planting trees, Trees for the Future has been able to provide incomes and food for families by educating communities in sustainable agroforestry techniques. TREES has helped fortify soil, prevent erosion, filter drinking water, reintroduce biodiversity and provide forage and building materials on top of lots of other benefits to local people and the environment. Please help out this great organization; one dollar helps plant 10 trees!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Want to respond to air pollution, desertification, climate change, soil degradation, erosion, excess carbon in the atmosphere, poor water quality, loss of habitat and many other problems? The solution is to plant trees. Trees for the Future helps people to do just that, and more. Agroforestry, biofuel production, efficient cook stoves are other benefits that Trees for the Future are helping people achieve.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Few people know that Trees For The Future is a 20 year old agro forestry NGO. Agro Forestry is a holistic way of planting trees within the context of sustainable development. Their website is full of content about what they do. I am involved with their work through a Corporate Sponsorship program that allows us to use Tree Planting Gifts as currency to reward and recognize individuals in corporations for their participation in various green initiatives.