PGE announces $100k, 5 year grant to reach 1 million trees planted

This Saturday, April 13th, Friends of Trees volunteers will plant more than 1,000 trees and native shrubs in Tualatin with longtime partners Portland General Electric (PGE) and the City of Tualatin. PGE employees, including Maria Pope, PGE’s President and CEO, and their friends and family will be planting alongside representatives from the City of Tualatin and its Mayor Frank Bubenik, and community members.

This year, PGE announced a special gift of $100,000 that will help Friends of Trees reach the milestone of one million trees planted since its inception. PGE has supported Friends of Trees since its founding in 1989; PGE is sponsoring a total of 10 planting and tree-care events, bringing the total of PGE-sponsored plantings to more than 100 since 2005.

A press release with event details and contact information is here.

‘Tis the season for Give!Guide – a delicious way to donate

Willamette Week’s Give!Guide is an annual fundraiser for Friends of Trees + other great causes

Give!Guide runs through December 31st and is a great way to learn about organizations that are doing amazing work on behalf of people, places, critters and causes (including trees + community, of course ;). G!G features Big Give Days when donors get a shot at fabulous incentives like Trail Blazers tickets, vacation packages, and more. Please give, and THANK YOU!

Friends of Trees joins 1% for the Planet

By Andy Meeks

Friends of Trees is now a proud non-profit network partner with 1% for the Planet – an alliance of over 1,200 member companies in 48 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes. This membership makes Friends of Trees eligible to receive donations from members within the business network, as well as counts us among a group of 3,600 non-profit partners worldwide, including our esteemed peers Casey Trees, Friends of the Urban Forest, Alliance for Community Trees, Tree People, Tree Utah, Million Trees NYC and Trees for the Future. You can find our online profile HERE to learn more.

​1% for the Planet was started in 2002 by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and Blue Ribbon Flies founder Craig Mathews. To date, the network has helped re-direct more than $100 million in contributions to their non-profit network partners. One of the requirements for businesses to be admitted to the network is that they pledge 1% of their annual sales each year to non-profit partners in the network. More than $20 million was donated in 2013 alone!

1% for the Planet Network Model
The 1% for the Planet network Venn model.

Friends of Trees looks forward to working with local and national network members to help increase support for sustainability-focused charitable business support. If your business is interested in becoming a 1% Percent for the Planet member, or you’re interested to learn how you might work with Friends of Trees, please contact Andy Meeks, Development Manager, at AndyM[at]FriendsofTrees[dot]org.

– Andy Meeks is the Development Manager with Friends of Trees.

Get your groceries and give back!

This Thursday, April 9, all eight Whole Foods Market stores in the Portland-Vancouver metro region are donating 5% of the day’s sales to Friends of Trees. You can shop for your groceries and automatically support us all at one… it doesn’t get any easier than this!

Save your shopping for April 9, when Whole Foods will donate 5 percent of sales!

Whole Foods Market has supported Friends of Trees’ efforts in the Portland metro region since 2002. They share our core values of environmental stewardship, sustainability and community engagement and have sponsored our 25th Anniversary Gala and four Neighborhood Trees plantings this season—helping plant 567 large street and yard trees in the process.

There are eight stores serving the Portland-Vancouver metro region:

Pearl District – 1210 NW Couch, Portland*
Fremont – 3535 NE 15th, Portland*
Hollywood – 4301 NE Sandy, Portland*
Laurelhurst – 2825 E. Burnside, Portland*
Mill Plain – 815 SE 160th, Vancouver*
Bridgeport – 7380 SW Bridgeport, Tigard
Greenway – 12220 SW Scholls Ferry, Tigard
Tanasbourne – 19440 NW Cornell, Hillsboro

*We’ll be tabling at these five locations on Thursday – so please stop by our table to say hello!

Friends of Trees will be celebrating Whole Foods Market as one of three recipients of our 2015 Community Partner Awards at our annual Leadership Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 13 at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

So, to recap: kick off Arbor Month right by shopping at your local Whole Foods Market this Thursday, April 9 and help support Friends of Trees.

And check out these other easy ways you can support us in April—every day is a Friends of Trees Day! Thank you!