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Tree Trust

Transforming Lives and Landscapes

Saint Paul, MN   |  http://www.treetrust.org

Mission

Our mission is to transform lives and landscapes by engaging people to build skills for meaningful careers, inspiring people to plant trees, and making our community a greener, healthier place to live.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director | CEO

Mr. Jared Smith

Main address

1419 Energy Park Drive

Saint Paul, MN 55108 USA

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EIN

41-1291626

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

Botanical, Horticultural, and Landscape Services (C40)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 1976, the Twin Cities faced two pressing problems: high unemployment and devastation of the tree canopy from Dutch elm disease. Our founders recognized a unique opportunity to remove dead elm trees and then to plant new trees, all while providing jobs to those in need. This opportunity created Tree Trust. Today, emerald ash borer (EAB), a non-native pest, is attacking our tree canopy in Minnesota. Many communities in the Twin Cities metro are facing the loss of 20-40% of their urban trees due to EAB. These losses will affect municipal budgets, property values, stormwater systems, and the tree canopy for decades to come. Minnesota also faces a critical shortage of qualified workers in the green industry and skilled trades, and promising young people in our community face barriers to employment. Tree Trust offers solutions to these needs by providing employment training and networking opportunities for young people, and by planting trees in the community.

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?

Career Pathways

Tree Trust’s Career Pathways programming offers job training opportunities in the skilled trades and green industry as a unique way for young people ages 14-28 of all skill levels and abilities to avoid educational debt and enter sustainable, meaningful careers.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Low-income people

Our Community Forestry department partners with students, local residents, and community volunteers to create positive change for generations to come and promote a diverse, thriving urban canopy through planting trees in public, private, and residential areas. Since 1992, the Learning with Trees™ program has brought hands-on environmental education to Minnesota students.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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/shrubs planted

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Community Forestry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of trees and shrubs planted throughout Minnesota through our Community Forestry programs

Number of young people served in Career Pathways programming

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

At-risk youth

Related Program

Career Pathways

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of young people who participated in our Career Pathways program.

Number of volunteers recruited for Community Forestry programs

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

Adults

Related Program

Community Forestry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of volunteers who helped plant trees/shrubs at our community planting events.

Percent of participants who obtained post-program job placement

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

At-risk youth

Related Program

Career Pathways

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants who obtained part- or full-time employment following their engagement in one of Tree Trust's Career Pathways programs.

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.

By offering employment readiness training (ERT) programs for youth and young adults, coupled with a case management model, Tree Trust is addressing a key need in the community. While meeting participants where they are and minimizing or eliminating their barriers to obtaining quality jobs, our employment services are more than just a work experience. By providing youth a support system while they are enrolled in our programs, and even after they have exited, we help them begin their journey to self-sufficiency. Beyond providing employment readiness, Tree Trust is also equipping participants with industry-recognized credentials and opportunities to engage with industry leaders.

Tree Trust understands reforesting the urban canopy is a highly collaborative effort. With over 45 years of history in the community, Tree Trust has developed a robust network of partners. We collaborate with these partners to create awareness about the health of our urban tree canopy, and we collaborate with them in acting as catalysts for change. As President of the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee, our Community Forestry Director receives frequent requests to speak on urban forestry issues -- from places like the Minnesota Legislature to various industry conferences. In addition, we proudly collaborate with numerous parks and natural resources departments of municipalities throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Lastly, Tree Trust’s Learning with Trees program has worked with over 200 schools to educate tens of thousands of students on the benefits of trees while planting thousands of trees on school grounds to combat canopy loss in public spaces.

Career Pathways Programming:
a) Develop additional project-based tree care workforce training
b) Expand referral pipeline for participants.
c) Increase employer partners to create employment placement for participants.
d) Offer leadership curriculum and opportunities within the career pathway model to cultivate the next generation of workplace and community leaders.

Tree Trust Certifications: Develop Tree Trust certifications to recognize progress on foundational career skills.

Urban Reforestation: Intersection of Career Pathways programming with tree planting projects and events to improve tree canopy in our communities and promote the benefits of trees.

Healthy Environment: Incorporate sustainable business practices within the organization by reducing waste and reliance on gas powered equipment and vehicles.

Systems Improvements: Develop efficient systems and databases in order to track measurable outcomes and longitudinal engagement and to better connect with stakeholders.

Board Development: Recruit additional board members to invest in the mission of Tree Trust.

For over 45 years, Tree Trust has provided employment training and community forestry programming in the Twin Cities metro. Over time, we have adapted our programs to meet ongoing and changing community needs. Our ability to be flexible in our program design and delivery, while maintaining high standards for program outcomes, has allowed us to appropriately scale the program size based on available funding, while creatively and effectively serving youth. Across all of Tree Trust’s programs and departments, we have developed strong ties with local municipalities, workforce development boards, community groups and organizations, and businesses to effectively address the everchanging needs of those we serve. Our staff and board will continue to grow and strengthen relationships with the community and secure funding to do what we do best: transform lives and landscapes.

Tree Trust effectively serves low-income individuals to prepare them for the workforce. We continually seek feedback from our program participants and community partners to ensure we are providing the most relevant, effective programming possible. We have partnerships with municipalities, schools, nonprofits, and businesses; and add to our network of partners annually.

We have recently increased our efforts to introduce program participants to industry-recognized credentials and apprenticeship opportunities. In 2019, Tree Trust Landscape Services launched a registered apprenticeship opportunity as a founding member of the Arborist Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC). In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, the JAC works to advance professionalism and safety in the arboriculture industry through in-classroom education and on-the-job training.

Tree Trust is financially stable and continually works to increase and diversify our revenues to enhance specific programming, while developing strong relationships with new and potential donors. We are working to rely less on government funding by increasing revenue with corporate and foundation grants along with individual giving.

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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Tree Trust

Board of directors
as of 10/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Rhea Rochon

Wells Fargo

Term: 2022 -

Larry Crosby

Xcel Energy

Gennae Falconer

Mental Health Resources

Rhea Rochon

Wells Fargo Bank

Michael Huntington

Huntington Technical Services

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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 12/29/2022

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

Leadership

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/22/2021

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.