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Trees for Houston

Trees For Houston is a non-profit organization dedicated to planting, protecting and promoting trees.

three stars

87.49

104 North Greenwood Street Houston, TX 77011
tel: (713) 840-8733   Web Site
EIN: 76-0046318

Board Leadership
Laura Mayer
Chairman

CEO
Barry J. Ward
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.49 three stars
  Financial 82.31 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Trees For Houston is committed to the strategic and equitable planting of trees throughout the greater Houston area to improve quality of life for all Houstonians. Trees provide an important aesthetic enhancement to our region, but are also vital to filtering harsh pollutants, providing energy saving shade, and controlling storm water runoff. Founded in 1983, Trees For Houston initially focused its efforts on planting street trees in the heart of Houston. While retaining street tree plantings as a core element of our organizational mission, Trees For Houston has methodically expanded its reach, which now includes a wide variety of planting projects ranging from esplanades and trails to parks and schools. Our strategic partnerships with municipalities and organizations have allowed us to get more trees in the ground to benefit the diverse population of our region. Continually growing, we have now planted more than half a million trees throughout our region.

Trees For Houston is committed to the strategic and equitable planting of trees throughout the greater Houston area to improve quality of life for all Houstonians. Trees provide an important aesthetic enhancement to our region, but are also vital to filtering harsh pollutants, providing energy saving shade, and controlling storm water runoff. Founded in 1983, Trees For Houston initially focused its efforts on planting street trees in the heart of Houston. While retaining street tree plantings as a core element of our organizational mission, Trees For Houston has methodically expanded its reach, which now includes a wide variety of planting projects ranging from esplanades and trails to parks and schools. Our strategic partnerships with municipalities and organizations have allowed us to get more trees in the ground to benefit the diverse population of our region. Continually growing, we have now planted more than half a million trees throughout our region.

Impact & Results Score

Score
50/100
Program Name: Urban Forestry
Program Name: Urban Forestry

Note: The Impact & Results score currently has no effect on the nonprofit's Star Rating.

The Impact & Results score is a measure of how well a nonprofit delivers on its stated mission. To issue a score, Charity Navigator estimates the actual impact the nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact. Learn more about our Impact & Results methodology here.

Program Activities
Trees For Houston plants trees in urban areas.
Impact Statement
$21,000 offsets one year of personal carbon emissions.
Assessment Benchmark
Impact & Results scores of tree planting programs are based on the cost offsetting a year of personal carbon emissions relative to the social cost of carbon. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they offset a year of personal carbon emissions for 75% of the social cost of carbon averted and a score of 75 for 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Trees for Houston.
Data Source
Output data collected during the program. Trees For Houston publicly reports the number and location of trees it plants, which we use to calculate the number of years of personal carbon emissions offset.
Method for Attributing Outcomes
We estimate the number of years of carbon emissions the nonprofit offsets by comparing the trees actually planted by the nonprofit to the trees that would have been planted in the absence of the nonprofit (the “counterfactual”). Some trees would have been planted even without the nonprofit, such as by the government or other nonprofits; these counterfactual successes must be netted out of the successes we observe. Otherwise, we would be attributing a change (carbon emissions offset) to the nonprofit when it would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and publicly available data. We use the percentage of plantable land left where the nonprofit works to calculate the probability of displacing the efforts of other organizations. We net out that change from the changes we observe to get a correct estimate of impact.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of September 2020, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

82.31

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
75.6%
  Administrative Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 13.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.32
  Program Expenses Growth -5.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trees for Houston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trees for Houston on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trees for Houston (TX) 87.49 three stars
American Forest Foundation (DC) 92.84 four stars
Rainforest Trust (VA) 100.00 four stars
The Pachamama Alliance (CA) 88.29 three stars
Forest Trends (DC) 88.84 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,216,391
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $20,403
   Fundraising Events $437,508
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,674,302
   Program Service Revenue $54,500
Total Primary Revenue $1,728,802
   Other Revenue $-17,973
TOTAL REVENUE $1,710,829
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,056,225
   Administrative Expenses $238,053
   Fundraising Expenses $206,740
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,501,018
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $209,811
   
Net Assets $2,196,125

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
Purchasing, Planting, and Caring for Trees $784,067 74.2%
Trees for Schools Program $127,212 12.0%
Education Program $75,935 7.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-05 11/01/2020 87.49 three stars
2019-05 03/01/2020 85.27 three stars
2018-05 05/01/2019 89.90 three stars
2017-05 05/01/2018 89.86 three stars
2016-05 11/01/2017 89.47 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 76-0046318
Name in IRS Master File TREES FOR HOUSTON
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (354) Preservation of scenic beauty
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 July, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End May
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • May, 2019
  • May, 2018
  • May, 2017
  • May, 2016
  • May, 2015
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$151,169 10.07% Barry J. Ward Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trees for Houston (TX) 87.49 three stars
National Forest Foundation (MT) 90.40 four stars
New England Forestry Foundation (MA) 86.61 three stars
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (NH) 94.12 four stars
American Forest Foundation (DC) 92.84 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Trees for Houston
104 North Greenwood Street
Houston, TX 77011
tel: (713) 840-8733
fax: (713) 840-8734
EIN: 76-0046318

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 270477
Houston, TX 77277

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Board Leadership

Laura Mayer
Chairman

CEO

Barry J. Ward
Executive Director

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