Frequently Asked Questions About Donations

Your membership and financial support is vital to all that Trees Forever does!  We want you to know the importance of your donations, big or small, and where that money goes. Find answers here to frequently asked questions:


How can I join and make a donation to Trees Forever?
What does my membership donation to Trees Forever go towards?
Are donations and contributions to Trees Forever tax deductible?
What is Trees Forever's Charity Navigator rating all about?
Can I support or sponsor a particular program?
Is there a minimum or maximum donation amount?
Can I gift a tree to a person?
Can I donate a tree to Trees Forever?
Whom should I contact with questions about making a gift to Trees Forever?


How can I join and make a donation to Trees Forever?
Membership donations are accepted by credit card, debit card, check or through our secure online option. Gifts can also be made by mail or over the phone.  Checks should be made payable to Trees Forever and mailed to:

Trees Forever
770 Seventh Ave.
Marion, IA 52302
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What does my membership donation to Trees Forever go towards?
All membership donations go towards supporting Trees Forever programs that help transform local communities into greener, more sustainable places to live, work and play. From our award-winning tree-planting initiatives to our many educational programs, your donation helps provide both urban and rural areas with the far-reaching benefits of trees and natural areas.
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Are donations and contributions to Trees Forever tax deductible?
Yes. Trees Forever is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
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What is Trees Forever's Charity Navigator rating all about?
Trees Forever is reviewed and rated annually by Charity Navigator, the country's premier independent charity evaluator. They monitor and assess our performance and outcomes annually to see if Trees Forever adheres to good governance and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, ensuring that donations are used efficiently and appropriately.
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Can I support or sponsor a particular program?
Yes, restricted donations are honored. Individuals and businesses can sponsor or support a wide range of program areas such as our popular community tree planting efforts or water quality initiatives.  We are also seeking sponsors for our ongoing educational programs and classes, such as our popular TreeKeepers program.
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Is there a minimum or maximum donation amount?
Donations of any amount are welcomed as one-time gifts. The minimum gift amount through our sustaining monthly membership program for credit card donations is $5 per month.
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Can I gift a tree to a person?
You can honor someone special or celebrate a momentous occasion through a memorial, honorarium or holiday gift. The minimum donation for a tribute is $25, but larger contributions help generate even more support for the planting and care of trees. All memorial, honorarium and holiday gift donations go to the “Planting a Better Tomorrow" campaign for much-needed tree-planting and other special projects.   

Unfortunately, we are not able to plant specific trees for specific individuals or at specific locations through this program.  Each year, though, we do recognize all those individuals or groups who have been memorialized, honored or received a gift through this program at a special tree planting ceremony.  All recipients and donors will receive an invitation to this special event.
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Can I donate a tree to Trees Forever?
In order to ensure the quality and health of our trees, we do not accept trees as donations from individuals. However, we do accept in-kind donations of trees from certified tree nurseries located within the region.
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Whom should I contact with questions about making a gift to Trees Forever?
For other questions regarding making a donation to Trees Forever, please contact Nancy Duncan at 319-373-0650 x 117.
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