Mission: One Tree Planted is on a global reforestation mission. Its goal is to make it easy for people to understand the importance of trees and give them the ability to easi ... (More)

One Tree Planted Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2014, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.onetreeplanted.org

  145 PINE HAVEN ROAD 1000D
Shelburne VT 05482-0000


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for One Tree Planted Inc. is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

77

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

74

out of 100

The score earned by One Tree Planted Inc. is a failing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

74

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

82.59%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

2/3 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

No Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.82%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



MATT HILL, PRESIDENT

$0


KEVIN HILL, SECRETARY

$0


MARK BENTHIN, TREASURER

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


One Tree Planted Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Covid-19 created a significant disruption in the early stages as we had spent financial resources planning many events that had to be cancelled. This was followed by a digital strategy in our communications however with the world's attention turning towards the pandemic and the significant need for supporting health-based initiatives in the charity sector we saw a drop in donations for our environmental cause from approximately March of 2020 through early fall of that year where we began to see re-engagement from donors around the themes of sustainability and reforestation and we have continued to rebound from there.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

The biggest impact of Covid-19 occurred near the beginning of the pandemic when we had over 50 volunteer events scheduled in the spring of 2020 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Significant resources went into planning these events and they were all cancelled. We were still able to have some limited masked events in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021 though. Since we are a global organization with many local on-the-ground partners the impact to our broader reforestation programs was mixed. Some remote teams were still able to execute on projects as planned, some had a temporary pause in operations that were later resumed with new safety protocols, and some had longer pauses. But despite that we were still able to plant 10 million trees throughout 2020 following all local safety guidelines.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We are by nature a resilient team and used to adapting to challenges. When the pandemic hit our team that was used to being together in an office went fully remote, and we used Zoom and other digital means of communication to still maintain a positive sense of internal cohesion. Our reforestation project managers for different regions around the world also stayed in close contact with implementation partners to collaborate on changing timelines, shifting resources, or other support to ensure safety as a priority and address key operational needs. We truly feel that we came out of the experience stronger and more resilient than ever.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

While the early stages of the pandemic created some disruption for us in terms of programs and fundraising, it also created the space to think strategically and prepare for the next phase of impact and expansion. We took this time to invest in our systems, operations, staff, and growth planning. We hired several staff members who specialize in mapping and drone technology to scale our forest monitoring programs, along with a Chief Operating Officer who helped implement quality assurance methodology and staffing structure oversight, and a finance officer to ensure that our financial structure can be on a solid foundation for 2021. While this may be considered a risk in light of some of the challenges brought on by the pandemic, our leadership utilized this unique moment to focus on the big picture and long-term vision of our organization which is now on strong footing thanks to this foresight and thoughtful planning.


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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

One Tree Planted Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Additional Information

Unscored

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



One Tree Planted Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$2,388,763

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


One Tree Planted is on a global reforestation mission to reforest our planet and provide education, awareness and engagement on the importance of trees in our ecosystem. The Organization is planting t ... (More)


$0

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


N/A


$0

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


N/A


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by One Tree Planted Inc. is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Our projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. Reforestation helps to rebuild forests after fires and floods, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity. Many projects have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


We envision a world full of healthy forests, and strive to align our daily organizational work towards this mission by uniting diverse donors with reforestation initiatives. Through engagement with local communities, nurseries, tree experts, and other key stakeholders we are able to implement a collective impact that gradually restores forests around the world. From planting mangroves in India for climate resilience to pines throughout the US for forest fire recovery, we are restoring a wide range of priceless landscapes.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Implement quality reforestation projects for long-term ecological & social benefit

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Two: Scale our global impact with local partnerships & innovative technology

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Grow and nurture an incredible staff of passionate professionals

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

One Tree Planted continuously invests in leadership & professional development for staff through a culture of initiative and clear ownership of each person’s role. We regularly cover costs for attendance to conferences, online events, training sessions, or workshops to help elevate different team members’ ability to perform better at their work. When new job openings come up, we first evaluate the potential of promoting existing staff. Our executives work directly with individuals to help elevate their value and leadership. We also require regular presentations across core departments and then full-day sessions for many to present and others to listen. This motivates individuals to deliver results and develop the ability to communicate accomplishments & strategies in clear, succinct, well-designed ways. We have many projects where non-manager staff take leadership roles. This helps build confidence, equity since it spans any title or role, and shows who can rise to the occasion.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Our external mobilization effort include a complex range of communications from organic content, to social media, to paid advertising. We also conduct many in-person tree planting events to engage local communities in the hands-on work of reforestation. We also engage with interested parties daily through an awesome donor support team. We conduct outreach to provide proposals and make introductions to potentially large donors. And we have a large network of supporting donors, business partners, reforestation partners, schools/teachers/students and much more in a good hybrid between in-person and digital events and support. We have also grown enough to have a wide range of businesses sharing our mission with their communities, which further helps mobilize additional donations.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Covid-19 posed the biggest challenge for us in 2020. We had over 50 volunteer events scheduled in the spring of 2020 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, all of which were cancelled. We adapted by quickly switching to a digital communication strategy creating ways for our community to still benefit their local environment from home. This included an inspiring video campaign and many digital resources. Afterwards we were also able to still have some limited masked events in the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021. Additional external challenges include limited seed supply, which we are addressing through deeper engagement with tree nurseries. And a demand in the marketplace for carbon verification, which we are adapting to through partnerships that will allow us to have more offerings or custom project development.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

One Tree Planted Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

Unscored

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. However, it did not respond to one or more survey questions, and therefore is not eligible for a score on this metric. (View our beacon methodology.) Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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