PLATINUM2023

Neighborhood Forest Inc

Giving trees to children

Minneapolis, MN   |  https://www.neighborhoodforest.org/

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Mission

Neighborhood Forest is a non-profit dedicated to giving free trees to kids every Earth Day! We want to give every child the priceless joy of planting and watching trees grow. By doing so, we will beautify our neighborhoods, put a significant dent in our carbon footprint, and help instill in the hearts of little ones a sense of magic, wonder, and love for our planet.

Notes from the nonprofit

We want to sincerely thank all of our volunteers, supporters, partners, parents/guardians, and children who make our program possible. Thank you for helping us make a lasting positive impact on our common home, planet Earth.

Ruling year info

2022

Co-Founder

Vikas Narula

Co-Founder

Priya Narula

Main address

5244 Zenith Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55410 USA

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EIN

86-2929372

NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Neighborhood Forest is a non-profit, social venture dedicated to giving children their very own tree to plant on Earth Day – for free – every spring. We love trees! We love planting them and watching them grow. We want to give every child this joy. And, in the process, beautify our neighborhoods, remove carbon from the atmosphere, and help instill in the hearts of our little ones a sense of magic, wonder, and love for our planet. Since 2010, Neighborhood Forest has mobilized over 1,500 schools, libraries, and youth groups, reached over 500,000 families, and has given over 130,000 children in 48 states (and 5 provinces in Canada) the opportunity to plant their very own tree. We are growing at a rapid rate and are on track to reach 1 million children by 2026. Our dream is to reach every child in North America and eventually the world.

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?

Free Trees for Kids Program

Our free tree program is active across the U.S. and Canada.

How our program works:
- A willing Coordinator at a School, Library, or Youth Group registers their institution on our website.
- We reach out in February to have the Institution's Coordinator begin to engage their community in free tree sign ups.
- We procure our trees (6-12" in size) from several nursery partners. We aim to provide native trees & a diversity of trees each year to participating institutions.
- We email our Tree Planting Guide & Species Guide to all registrants.
- We ship the trees to the institution's door to arrive in time for Earth Week. Coordinators distribute trees to kids & engage students in Earth Week festivities.

Since 2010, Neighborhood Forest has planted 130,000+ trees, engaged over 500,000 families, and involved 1,500+ schools, libraries, and youth groups. For every tree Neighborhood Forest provides to a child, an estimated 1 hour of volunteer time is spawned.

Population(s) Served
Students
Teachers
Families
Low-income people
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Top Tree Planting Charity 2023

Impactful Ninja

13 Impressive Tree-Planting Organizations Exceeding Expectations 2023

Classy

Best Charities That Advance Environmental Education 2023

Impactful Ninja

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

Free Trees for Kids Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most of these trees were planted through the hands of children and families (on their own property) in urban and residential settings across North America.

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.

We want to give every child the priceless and joyful experience of planting and watching trees grow.

And, in the process, beautify our neighborhoods, remove carbon from the atmosphere, and help instill in the hearts of our little ones a sense of magic, wonder, and love for our planet.

In addition to planting trees through the hands of children, we provide custom educational content (planting instructions, species information, interactive media, children's books, board games, and more) to enrich the planting experience with STEM-based learning about the science and importance of trees, urban reforestation, and environmental stewardship.

We are growing a movement to engage our youth in climate action and community beautification.

Neighborhood Forest is one of the largest and fastest-growing tree-planting initiatives in North America that is:

🌳 Volunteer driven
🌲 Coordinated on an annual basis every spring – 14 years and running
🌳 Focused on urban and residential beautification
🌲 Involving hundreds of thousands (soon to be millions) of children and families

How did we do this?

1) Through exceptional team members and teamwork
2) By engaging and enrolling over 1,500 Neighborhood Forest Coordinator volunteers at schools, libraries, and youth groups across North America
3) By engaging and enrolling hundreds of thousands of volunteer parents, children, and families in the act of planting their very own tree
4) By investing in continuous and iterative software development, automation, and scaling infrastructure to support this growing effort
5) By forging critical partnerships with industry leaders such as UPS, Lakewinds Co-op, Deluxe, Winnebago, US Bank, and several others.
6) By attracting individual donors and philanthropists to our mission and cause
7) By garnering grassroots support from the families, institutions, and communities that we serve

These time-tested and experience-refined strategies are allowing Neighborhood Forest to grow rapidly across North America.

Join us!

First and foremost, Neighborhood Forest has an exceptional and diverse team of staff, advisors, and board members that is growing, flourishing, and allowing us to achieve our goals and aspirations.

Check out our wonderful team here: https://www.neighborhoodforest.org/about/our-team

Secondly, we have an incredible and growing network of dedicated Coordinator volunteers at 1,500+ schools, libraries, and youth groups. Through their efforts, we are able to reach countless families, parents, and children.

Thirdly, we have a growing network of over 100,000 volunteers that make our program possible. Through word of mouth and internet searches, our program is spreading rapidly.

Finally, we have critical partnerships with individuals and companies like UPS, Deluxe, Winnebago, Lakewinds Co-op, US Bank, and many others that are instrumental in helping make our program a reality.

Together, with industry, philanthropy, non-profit, education, and government, Neighborhood Forest is a multi-faceted collaborative effort made possible by the goodness and generosity of so many people, organizations, and institutions.

Since 2010, Neighborhood Forest has mobilized over 1,500 schools, libraries, and youth groups, reached over 500,000 families, and has given over 130,000 children in 48 states (and 5 provinces in Canada) the opportunity to plant their very own tree.

We are growing at a rapid rate and are on track to reach 1 million children by 2026.

Our dream is to reach every child in North America and eventually the world.

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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We would like to increase the participation rates of our feedback surveys

Financials

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Operations

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

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Neighborhood Forest Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Vincent Argiro

Vincent Argiro

Vikas Narula

NEIGHBORHOOD FOREST

Priya Narula

NEIGHBORHOOD FOREST

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 7/12/2023

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
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/12/2023

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.