Who We Are
At Trees Forever, we do more than just plant trees! We care about the environment; about our urban forests, our rural lands, the communities we live in and our fellow citizens. Our nonprofit charitable organization, headquartered in Marion, Iowa, was founded in 1989, and continues today with our commitment to connect people to the environment through the planting and care of trees, prairie, and other natural areas.
Our mission – to plant and care for trees and the environment by empowering people, building community, and promoting stewardship – is fulfilled through cutting-edge programs and innovative practices. Through these, our trained and experienced staff has assisted community leaders and landowners across Iowa and Illinois with thousands of planting projects. Each year, on average, we work with and engage more than 7000 volunteers who give generously of their time and talents. To date, they have helped us plant more than 3 million trees and shrubs throughout Iowa and Illinois.
Trees Forever is listed in the Iowa Register of Accountability for nonprofit organizations and is evaluated and rated annually by Charity Navigator, the country's premier independent charity evaluator. This means that not only has Trees Forever been trained in the principles and practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence, but we demonstrate efficient, effective and ethical operation through good governance and stewardship, consistently executing our mission in a fiscally responsible way.
Together, we are truly Planting a Better Tomorrow!™