TREES FOR LIFE INC

aka Trees for Life / Teach for Life   |   Wichita, KS   |  www.treesforlife.org

Mission

Trees for Life demontrates that when a few dedicated people work toward one common goal, something extraordinary happens. The combination of their diverse skills unleashes a force that can move mountains. We use that force to empower people in developing countries. We focus on shifting the paradigms that create and sustain the cycle of poverty. We think very long-term—a 1,000-year perspective. Our work is to find what relatively small actions by people may result in shifting the larger paradigm. We build models aimed at sparking a grassroots, people-to-people movement. Our efforts are in the areas of education, health, and environment.

Ruling year info

1984

President

Mrs. Simmi Dalla

Main address

3006 W St. Louis

Wichita, KS 67203 USA

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EIN

48-0979347

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (P19)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For many throughout the world, education is a literal life-saver. As one village elder put it, “There are only
two ways our children can escape from poverty. One is at their funeral. The other is through education."

Even where there are schools and passionate, dedicated teachers, those teachers often lack access to training or educational tools. Teach for Life provides a “bridge" to make knowledge about how to teach available to all–through a grassroots, people-to-people movement.

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?

Moringa movement

The moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) is extremely nutritious and has a host of potential uses, ranging fom traditional medicine to clarifying polluted water. It grows in most tropical and subtropical areas of the world with the highest rates of malnutrition. In the mid-1990s, Trees for Life started efforts to spread awareness of moringa's potential, aimed at sparking a grassroots movement. These efforts included exploring how villagers in India could spread the message, as well as developing materials for top-level decision-makers and scientists. The movement spread worldwide among researchers, NGOs, governments and individuals. As a result, we have heard that more than 200 million moringa trees have been planted, and the movement continues to spread.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Extremely poor people
People with diseases and illnesses

For many throughout the world, education is a literal life-saver. As one village elder put it, “There are only two ways our children can escape from poverty. One is at their funeral. The other is through education.”

Even where there are schools and passionate, dedicated teachers, those teachers often lack access to training or educational tools. Teach for Life provides a “bridge” to share knowledge and how to teach available to all – through a grassroots, people-to-people movement.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

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 lessons taught

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new website visitors

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes followers of "Trees for Life" and "Teach for Life" pages.

Average online donation

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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We want to demonstrate that in this age of instant communications, when people are empowered to act in concert, common problems can be solved. We also want to establish a cooperative pathway that empowers people to solve future problems.

We are developing an educational program that will be a platform for providing teacher training around the world.

People-to-People Movement
It starts with the realization that our problems are being caused by people, and they are the ones who have to solve them. For example, if more fruit trees need to be planted, we have to empower people who will plant them. We believe it takes people to empower people.

Cooperation, not Conflict
We provide a pro-active platform for all segments of society to serve together. We are focused on cooperation between groups rather than conflict. We focus on the complementary aspects of each group and the synergism that they can produce when they act in concert.

Organization
Our objective is to create only the amount of organization, structures and systems that are necessary to hold a movement together. We have to be constantly on guard to make sure that the organization is there to help and promote the movement, and not to promote the organization.

Autonomy
In order for us to serve as a conduit between different groups of people and between different cultures, it is important that we are not beholden to any group, ideology or support system.

Money
We are not about money. Money is necessary to us, just as cup is needed to serve coffee. We are able to accomplish a lot for a relatively small amount of money. This allows us to concentrate on our work and not spend too much time, effort or energies in fund-raising. Our philosophy is to have only as much money as is needed to accomplish the task and not a penny more.

Our staff and volunteers consist of people that are totally dedicated to the cause. They come from a diverse background with a wide range of skills.

We have enabled people to become empowered to solve their problems with a guiding hand and know-how to carry out the task. We generally do not think of accomplishments, but rather relationships. We wish to guide, rather than to lead. We choose not to focus on what we have not accomplished, but rather move ahead as we are invited to share what we can, to enable people to fulfill their needs.

Financials

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Operations

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

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TREES FOR LIFE INC

Board of directors
as of 12/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Becky O'Hearn

Wichita Collegiate School

Term: 2019 -

Victor Klaassen

CPA, (Certified Public AccountantJ)

Charles Benscheidt

President, High Yield Sales

Steve Carter

Retired Intensive English Instructor, Wichita State University

Robert Doenges

Businessman, retired

Steve Krause

Former President, Krause Plough Corporation

Bob Knight

Former Mayor, City of Wichita

Sheila Kumar

Community Volunteer

Hal McCoy

Owner, Restaurant Management Company

Reed Oppenheimer

Businessman

Vik Wall

Physician

Margalee Wright

Former Mayor, City of Wichita, KS

Balbir Mathur

Founder, Trees for Life

Treva Mathur

Office Coordinator, Trees for Life

Adam Smith

Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development - Missouri Botanical Gardens

Jason Vandecreek

Owner, Vandercreek Consulting New Media Design

Shirley Lefever-Davis

Dean of the College of Education, Wichita State University

Sheril Logan

Dept of Education, Support Services, Wichita State University

Nancy McCoy

Community Volunteer

Becky O'Hearn

Head of Early Childhood, Wichita Collegiate School

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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Disability

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