A giant thank you to everyone who donated to trees + community during our year-end campaign!
Your support is absolutely crucial in order for us to engage so many volunteers and plant so many trees in so many places. Ever wonder how we use your donation? Please join Garry Oak in exploring how your donation makes a difference.
Happy New Year!
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!
By Andy Meeks
We need to do everything we possibly can — right now — to help combat climate change. No single effort is going to fix the Earth’s rapidly-deteriorating natural resources and systems, but every little bit matters. By starting small, thinking big and acting now, we can make a difference. That’s how Friends of Trees views its work, by planting and caring for trees every weekend from October – May, year after year, for more than 25 years. Since 1989, Friends of Trees and tens of thousands of volunteers have helped combat climate change on a regional and global scale by planting more than 500,000 trees and native shrubs in Pacific Northwest communities.
While the immediate impact of this work is hard to measure, it is becoming common knowledge that planting trees is one of the most cost-effective ways to combat climate change. In fact, Oxford University researchers released a report this February that concluded that planting trees should be included as one of the primary tools to help offset climate change. The Atlantic magazine, discussing this report, said that planting trees where there weren’t any trees before will “help the atmosphere no matter what, they’re comparatively low-cost, and they carry little additional risk.”
Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22nd and it’s the 45th Anniversary of the very first Earth Day — originally conceived as an environmental teach-in day and when 20 million Americans stepped “into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform.” This was a heady time in the United States for the environmental movement; within the next 6 years that followed, landmark environmental protection laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Toxic Substances Control Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act were enacted. In 1990, one year after Friends of Trees was founded, “Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.”
Even if you celebrate the natural world every day, Earth Day, or even Earth Week, offers everyone an opportunity to boost and re-commit their support for environmental causes. Celebrate Earth Day and Earth Week by supporting Friends of Trees:
- Consider making a donation to Friends of Trees. We are a member-based organization and our work is funded by supporters like you. Just last weekend, we distributed almost 1,000 young fruit trees to residents in the Portland-Vancouver metro region during our annual Fruit Tree Giveaway when we raised over $6,000 from voluntary donations for each tree.
- Support the dozens of local businesses who pledge their support to help Friends of Trees do the work we do. Our Friends of Trees Days campaign engages with businesses who are doing their part to help support Friends of Trees through various promotions over the course of this week or this month.
- Learn more HERE about all of the different ways you can volunteer with us throughout the year — we have a professional staff waiting to find out how you are most excited to get involved.
Whatever your view of our current state of affairs, one thing is sure: planting trees makes a big difference. Thank you for your support!
– Andy Meeks is the Development Manager with Friends of Trees.
Thank you to the 450 of you who gave to Friends of Trees through the Willamette Week Give!Guide at year’s end. We hope you enjoy your pizza, beer, and the other tasty rewards, because you earned them!
For the fourth straight year, Friends of Trees received a bonus for having the largest number of donors under 35 years old in the environment category. Thanks to all of our younger donors!
In all, you donated $26,574 to plant more trees in neighborhoods and green spaces, exceeding last year’s total! Collectively the Give!Guide raised more than $3 million for local nonprofit organizations, far beyond their expectations. You can read about the results in this Willamette Week article (it even mentions Friends of Trees)!
We’d like to acknowledge the generous business partners who helped us have another successful year: the Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park, HOTLIPS Pizza + Soda, and Hopworks Urban Brewery. Please support these businesses, because they support trees!
And in case you haven’t heard, Hopworks is also donating a portion of sales to Friends of Trees for the rest of January 2015 at the Powell Avenue location in Portland. Cheers!
We’re pleased to be part of the Willamette Week Give!Guide for the sixth year in a row! This means you can get FREE tasty and fun prizes just for donating $10+ to Friends of Trees and our work to grow healthier communities!
The Give!Guide is a year-end guide to local nonprofits. To date, it’s raised more than $9 million for hundreds of organizations!
Our goal? Top last year by raising $30,000 by December 31 so we can expand our 2015 planting programs into even more communities! We also have a title to defend: For the past several year’s we’ve also received the most Give!Guide donations from people under 35 in our environment category. So young people, let’s show Portland how much you care about trees! You can donate securely and see all of the rewards at giveguide.org/#friendsoftrees.
We have to say, the incentives this year are INSANE! Here’s what you get:
- $10+ donation: 1 free scoop from Salt & Straw, 1 free taco from Por Que No?, 1 free cup of Stumptown coffee, 1 free cupcake from Palace Cakes, and 1 free slice from HOTLIPS Pizza + Soda (just for Friends of Trees donors).
- $25+ donation: All of the above + a free beverage from Hopworks Urban Brewery (just for Friends of Trees donors).
- $100+ donation: All of the above + a 4-pack of Hotlips Soda and enter to win a free pizza from Hotlips and six-person clinics at Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park (just for Friends of Trees donors).
- See all the incentives and get your giving on!
Special thanks to the Willamette Week and to our business partners below!