FAQ

What does One Tree Planted do?

One Tree Planted is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization that works to plant trees all over the world. Our model revolves around making sustainability simple – one dollar, one tree. We work to give the best non-governmental organizations a voice so that they can do what they do best: make help the world by planting trees.

To achieve this goal we do more than just ask for donations. We give individuals a peer-to-peer platform that they can use to create their own tree planting campaigns. Our goal is simply to give anyone the tools to make a difference in the fight for reforestation. We also work closely with schools and businesses to educate, raise awareness, and create engagement around planting trees. To find out more, visit the About Us page on our site.




Who started One Tree Planted?

Matt Hill is the founder and Chief Environmental Evangelist of One Tree Planted. As the former president of Liquid Nutrition and founder of EcoSteps, his success in the business world led him toward making the world a more sustainable place. Since leaving those ventures, he has poured his time, money, and heart into planting trees across the world. To learn more about Matt and our story, please visit the Our Story page.




Where in the world does One Tree Planted operate?

We currently have partners in Canada, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, and the United States, but are always looking for more places in which to plant.




Who does One Tree Planted partner with to plant trees?

We work with leading non-governmental organizations in the industry to make sure that our trees are planted correctly. We make commitments to these partners and rely on donations to be able to fulfill them. You can learn more about each of our partners here:
Komaza: http://www.komaza.org/
Smallholder Farmer’s Alliance: http://www.smallholderfarmersalliance.org/
Sustainable Harvest International: http://www.sustainableharvest.org/
Summit Reforestation: http://www.summitplanting.com/
Trees4Trees: http://www.trees4trees.org/
US Forest Service: http://www.fs.fed.us/
World Land Trust: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/




What kind of trees does One Tree Planted plant?

We are very careful to plant species of trees that is most beneficial to the local ecosystem in each of our planting regions. We rely and check up on our partners in the field to ensure that every tree planted is an appropriate species. For more information on which species are planted in each regions, visit our partners' sites.




How do I know that my tree survives?

The survival rate of our trees relies on the tree planters who we partner with. That’s why we work so hard to ensure that we are partnered with the best NGOs around the globe. Our partners work tirelessly to make sure that the trees they foster are stored, planted, and protected to the highest standard. As a result, One Tree Planted is proud to boast over an 80% survival rate for all of our trees.




Where does my dollar go when I donate?

Every area for tree planting is somewhat different, but the steps to plant a tree are consistent throughout. Every dollar donated goes toward a nursery for the tree before it’s planted, the sapling itself, labour, transportation, site preparation and overhead costs. To see a more detailed breakdown, visit our How We Work page.




What is One Tree Planted's 80-20 model?

We are dedicated to transparency when it comes to planting trees. The 80-20 model for charities dictates that at least 80% of our annual revenue is put straight toward our charitable activities, namely planting trees. Despite the fact that this is rule is no longer enforced by many governments, we continue to uphold that standard.




What is the impact of one tree?

Trees are so much more important than many of us realize, and one tree can be incredibly powerful. Aside from cooling the earth, naturally filtering water and creating natural medicines, one tree can absorb over a ton of carbon, provide hundreds of pounds of oxygen, and act as a habitat for thousands of species! To learn more about the impact of one tree, visit our Why Trees page.




How can I get in contact with someone from One Tree Planted?

Our team is extremely excited to work with everyone who wants to get involved! You can email matt@onetreeplanted if you have any questions or want to find out how you can help us.