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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT FOUNDATION

aka Trees for Troops   |   St. Louis, MO   |  www.treesfortroops.org

Mission

The mission of the Christmas Spirit Foundation is to advance the Christmas Spirit for kids, families and the environment through programs and activities.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Rick Dungey

Main address

2650 S> Hanley Rd. Suite 100

St. Louis, MO 63144 USA

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EIN

20-3361126

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of the Christmas Spirit Foundation is to advance the Christmas Spirit for kids, families & the environment through programs & activities. The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation realizes that Christmas can be a tough time of year. Some of our service members are overseas without family and some military families are far away from other family at this time of year.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Trees for Troops

Imagine a smiling group of U.S. troops gathered around a Christmas Tree that was grown on an American farm and express shipped to arrive fresh and green somewhere on the other side of the world, just in time for Christmas. Or, imagine the families of deployed troops sharing joyous memories of Christmas through the gift of free, real Christmas Trees. Trees for Troops® makes this vision a reality!
Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to armed forces members and their families in the U.S. and stationed overseas, bringing the true spirit of Christmas to thousands of deserving service men and women and their families. Since 2005, Trees for Troops has provided more than 157,000 free, Real Christmas Trees.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Families

Where we work

Awards

Top 20 National Finalist 2012

Joining Forces Community Challenge

Halo Award, Best Local/National Integration (Silver Category) 2009

Cause Marketing Forum

Associations Advance America Summit Award 2008

American Society of Association Executives

Associations Advance America Award of Excellence 2007

American Society of Association Executives

Silver Anvil Award of Excellence 2006

Public Relations Society of America

Affiliations & memberships

Independent Charities of America 2008

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel

Related Program

Trees for Troops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2012, Trees for Troops - top 20 national finalist in the Joining Forces Community Challenge. In 2017, Trees for Troops was names a Spirit of Hope Award Winner.

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel

Related Program

Trees for Troops

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation is honored to have over 400 repeat donors year after year. These donations come in the form of Christmas trees, money, and especially time.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel

Related Program

Trees for Troops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year we strive to reach as many military personnel and families as possible. With each tree we donate, we hope to deliver the Christmas SPIRIT!

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Military personnel

Related Program

Trees for Troops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Christmas Tree industry has many state organizations in its partnership. Each year 29 states help to deliver the Christmas SPIRIT to military personnel and families.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, through the Trees for Troops program, provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to United States armed forces members in all branches of the military and their families, through donations, sponsorships, grants and the work of many volunteers. Christmas Tree growers have been providing free trees for military families since 2005.

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation and its Trees for Troops program work to collect and distribute 18,000 + fresh, farm grown Christmas trees to over 65 military bases in the United States and abroad each year.

The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation relies on the donations of fresh, farm grown Christmas trees from members and donations from supporters throughout the year.

To date, in 13 years we have donated over 207,000 fresh, farm grown Christmas trees. We look forward to donated 18,000 + more this year!

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 10/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Darling

Darling's Tree Farm

Term: 2016 - 2019

Nigel Manley

The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm

Wendy Richardson

Richardson's Christmas Trees LLC

Steve Mannhard

Fish River Trees

Harry Peckham

Memory Lane Christmas Tree Farm

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes