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Lafayette Tree Fund Inc.

Planting & Promoting a Healthy Community

aka Tree Lafayette   |   Lafayette, IN   |  https://www.treelafayette.org/

Mission

Tree Lafayette promotes a healthy community by providing education, leadership, and inspiration in planting and caring for trees.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Mr. Shirley Sterling

Main address

1915 Scott Street

Lafayette, IN 47904 USA

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EIN

35-1896066

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Urban, Community (S31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The urban forest of Lafayette, Indiana, is significant but needs to be larger. Trees offer many benefits to individuals, the community, and the environment. Trees provide us oxygen to breathe, they clean particulate and contaminants from the air, they reduce the temperature to help fight the urban heat island effect and to reduce energy usage, they benefit wildlife, they improve people's heath and wellbeing, they help reduce crime and noise, they help with storm water issues, they increase property values and help business, they help attract new visitors and residents, they improve the aesthetics as trees and nature are beautiful, and they help offset some of the effects of climate change by absorbing and storing carbon and removing greenhouse gasses from the air.

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?

3rd grade tree education program

We present a 30 minute classroom presentation about the value of trees to the local 3rd graders. We teach the children how to plant a tree. We plant one tree per 40 students with the students outside in their school yard.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We celebrate Arbor Day by planting 50-80 trees with community volunteers. The Mayor of Lafayette reads the Arbor Day proclamation.

Population(s) Served

We celebrate Earth Day by planting 15-20 trees with volunteers. The Mayor of Lafayette reads the Earth Day proclamation.

Population(s) Served

We plant trees along City streets where a tree has died or a space where a tree should be planted in the tree lawns. We have approximately 10,000 empty tree spaces in the city of Lafayette. We plant at least 200 street grade 1.5 inch diameter trees per year in the tree lawns along the streets.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Family relationships
Health

We help maintain the public trees located along the streets. We prune, water, and mulch trees as needed using volunteers.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

In-fill program and replacement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Goal is to plant at least 200 trees per year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Increase the size of the urban forest in Lafayette, Indiana, by planting trees and educating people about the benefits of trees. We plan to plant at least 200 trees per year. We maintain and care for the trees that we plant for at least 3 years.

Plant trees along the City streets throughout the City.

Provide education to young people through our 3rd Grade education program.

Provide education to adults.

Raise the awareness of the benefits of trees through news media, social media, our website, events, and other advertising.

Help maintain the public trees in Lafayette by pruning, watering, and mulching them as needed.

Tree Lafayette is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up entire by volunteers. There are no paid employees. Tree Lafayette has the tools and equipment to plant and maintain tress.

We plan to plant at least 200 trees per year and have accomplished that. We planted 335 trees in 2022 and 316 trees in 2023.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

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

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Lafayette Tree Fund Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Shirley Sterling

William R. Arthur

Tree Lafayette

Gene Kroeschen

Tree Lafayette

Barry Bruce

Tree Lafayette

Shirley Sterling

Tree Lafayette

Pat Rosebrock

Tree Lafayette

Doug Poad

Tree Lafayette

Caroline Kester

Tree Lafayette

Zach Nemeth

Tree Lafayette

Jenelle Rotar

Tree Lafayette

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/25/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.