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Environment : Environmental Protection and Conservation

Trees Atlanta

Protecting and improving Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating

95.80

225 Chester Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30316
tel: (404) 522-4097   Web Site
EIN: 58-1584758

Board Leadership
Trish Treadwell
President

CEO
Connie Veates and Greg Levine
Co-Executive Directors

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.80
  Financial 94.07
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized citizens group that protects and improves Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving and educating. Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta has been a prime force in addressing Atlanta's tree loss, creating increased green space, and conserving our city's trees. We have planted and distributed more than 140,000 trees, recruited thousands of volunteers and educated an average of 15,000 children and adults annually about the importance of urban trees and how to plant and properly care for them. In addition to planting trees and educating the community, Trees Atlanta works with communities and municipalities to restore Atlanta's remaining forest spaces through its Forest Restoration program. Trees Atlanta has begun work on a 22-mile linear arboretum along the Atlanta BeltLine, a series of unused rails encircling the city.

Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized citizens group that protects and improves Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving and educating. Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta has been a prime force in addressing Atlanta's tree loss, creating increased green space, and conserving our city's trees. We have planted and distributed more than 140,000 trees, recruited thousands of volunteers and educated an average of 15,000 children and adults annually about the importance of urban trees and how to plant and properly care for them. In addition to planting trees and educating the community, Trees Atlanta works with communities and municipalities to restore Atlanta's remaining forest spaces through its Forest Restoration program. Trees Atlanta has begun work on a 22-mile linear arboretum along the Atlanta BeltLine, a series of unused rails encircling the city.

Impact & Results Score

Score
50/100
Program Name: NeighborWoods
Program Name: NeighborWoods

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 Atlanta plants trees in urban areas.
Impact Statement
$56,000 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 Atlanta.
Data Source
Output data collected during the program. Trees Atlanta 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

94.07

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
85.0%
  Administrative Expenses 10.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.06
  Program Expenses Growth 6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trees Atlanta on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Trees Atlanta on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trees Atlanta (GA) 95.80
Amazon Conservation Association (DC) 95.14
The Arbor Day Foundation (NE) 85.10
Rainforest Foundation Inc. (NY) 94.74
Stand.earth (CA) 87.95

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,311,552
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,949,987
Total Contributions $10,261,539
   Program Service Revenue $33,841
Total Primary Revenue $10,295,380
   Other Revenue $253,482
TOTAL REVENUE $10,548,862
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $3,711,876
   Administrative Expenses $568,982
   Fundraising Expenses $244,618
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,525,476
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $6,023,386
   
Net Assets $17,488,514

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History
Trees Atlanta has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 09/01/2021 95.80
2019-06 06/01/2020 100.00
2018-06 06/01/2019 99.89
2017-06 06/01/2018 99.30
2016-06 07/01/2017 98.86
2015-06 06/01/2016 96.59
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 93.73
2013-06 07/01/2014 97.03
2012-06 04/01/2013 89.32
2011-06 03/01/2013 79.63
2011-06 05/01/2012 79.04
2010-06 09/20/2011 84.87
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 79.78
2009-06 06/01/2010 85.63
2008-06 08/01/2009 98.31
2007-06 09/01/2008 92.75
2006-06 05/01/2007 98.67
2005-06 05/01/2006 89.24
2004-06 07/01/2005 82.45
2003-06 06/01/2004 82.44

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

EIN 58-1584758
Name in IRS Master File TREES ATLANTA INC
NTEE Code C50
NTEE Classification Environmental Beautification and Aesthetics
NTEE Type Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (402) Other activity aimed t combating community deterioration
(297) Community recreational facilities (park, playground, etc)
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 November, 1984
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$121,973 2.69% Greg Levine Co-Executive Director, Chief Program Officer
Other Salaries of Note
$119,953 2.65% Connie Veates Co-Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Trees Atlanta (GA) 95.80
American Forest Foundation (DC) 96.40
The Pachamama Alliance (CA) 86.61
National Forest Foundation (MT) 94.32
New England Forestry Foundation (MA) 94.14

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Charity Contact Info

Trees Atlanta
225 Chester Avenue, SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
tel: (404) 522-4097
fax: (404) 681-4909
EIN: 58-1584758

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Board Leadership

Trish Treadwell
President

CEO

Connie Veates and Greg Levine
Co-Executive Directors

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