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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Trees Forever

Planting A Better Tomorrow

three stars

80.28

80 West Eighth Avenue Marion, IA 52302
tel: (800) 369-1269   Web Site
EIN: 42-1419181

Board Leadership
Dave Blankenship
Chair

CEO
Shannon Ramsay
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 80.28 three stars
  Financial 72.12 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1989, Trees Forever connects people to the environment through the planting and care of trees, prairie, and other natural areas. Our mission is to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community, and promoting stewardship. To fulfill this mission, Trees Forever has developed cutting-edge programs and innovative processes, assisting community leaders with over 4,000 planting projects, involving more than 160,000 volunteers who have contributed over one million hours of their time, and helping to plant over 2.8 million trees and shrubs throughout Iowa and Illinois.

Founded in 1989, Trees Forever connects people to the environment through the planting and care of trees, prairie, and other natural areas. Our mission is to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community, and promoting stewardship. To fulfill this mission, Trees Forever has developed cutting-edge programs and innovative processes, assisting community leaders with over 4,000 planting projects, involving more than 160,000 volunteers who have contributed over one million hours of their time, and helping to plant over 2.8 million trees and shrubs throughout Iowa and Illinois.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Number of Trees Planted
41,585
Number of volunteers
5,068
Number of Education & Outreach Events
91
Dollar Amount of Grants Paid for Projects
441,007
Number of Volunteer Hours
17,159
Dollar Amount of Cash Match Provided by Grant Recipients
334,401
Number of Projects Awarded
159
This impact information is current as of January 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

72.12

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
83.7%
  Administrative Expenses 9.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.14
  Program Expenses Growth -5.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 71.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trees Forever on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trees Forever on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trees Forever (IA) 80.28 three stars
Forest Trends (DC) 87.10 three stars
Rainforest Action Network (CA) 89.83 three stars
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (NH) 94.12 four stars
New England Forestry Foundation (MA) 89.97 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $400,929
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $558,522
Total Contributions $959,451
   Program Service Revenue $953,102
Total Primary Revenue $1,912,553
   Other Revenue $7,368
TOTAL REVENUE $1,919,921
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,489,581
   Administrative Expenses $174,980
   Fundraising Expenses $138,542
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,803,103
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $116,818
   
Net Assets $292,635

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Community Forestry $686,425 46.1%
Planting a Healthier Environment $242,064 16.3%
Education $160,031 10.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 10/01/2019 80.28 three stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 82.50 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 83.95 three stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 87.62 three stars
2014-12 11/01/2016 83.06 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 82.83 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/01/2015 87.27 three stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 85.57 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 83.51 three stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 90.17 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 89.73 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 88.18 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 03/01/2011 87.41 three stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 78.22 two stars
2007-12 05/01/2009 75.54 two stars
2006-12 04/01/2008 75.76 two stars
2005-12 04/01/2007 75.73 two stars
2004-12 12/01/2006 80.27 three stars
2003-12 04/01/2005 86.55 three stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 84.93 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 42-1419181
Name in IRS Master File TREES FOREVER INC
NTEE Code C30
NTEE Classification Natural Resources Conservation and Protection
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (379) Other conservation, environmental or beautification activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$101,622 5.63% Shannon Ramsay President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trees Forever (IA) 80.28 three stars
New England Forestry Foundation (MA) 89.97 three stars
The Arbor Day Foundation (NE) 86.78 three stars
Rainforest Trust (VA) 100.00 four stars
Rainforest Action Network (CA) 89.83 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Trees Forever
80 West Eighth Avenue
Marion, IA 52302
tel: (800) 369-1269
fax: (319) 373-0528
EIN: 42-1419181

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Board Leadership

Dave Blankenship
Chair

CEO

Shannon Ramsay
President and CEO

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