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Volunteering

Volunteers are the TREE Fund’s #1 natural resource! Support our mission with a donation of expertise and enthusiasm:

Serve on A TREE Fund Committee – Personally and professionally rewarding, good for the environment, and fun! Volunteers are in demand for these committees:

  • Audit
  • Development/Communications
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Research/Education
  • Contact the TREE Fund President/CEO to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Join the Support Crew for a Special Event:

  • STIHL Tour des Trees annual cycling fundraiser (7 days in July-August, location varies)
  • Raise Your Hand for Research Auctions (held at ISA International Conference)
  • Chapter-supported fundraisers to benefit the TREE Fund
    Contact the Development and Communications Manager to discuss special event volunteer opportunities

Board of Trustees – The TREE Fund Board of Trustees is an all-volunteer body of knowledgeable, thoughtful and talented people dedicated to improving the prospects of the world’s urban forests. We strive for a diverse board that includes expertise in the legal, financial and communications professions in addition to arboriculture professionals. Contact our President/CEO for more information.

Volunteer Recognition – The coveted Ken Ottman Award (named for one of our most dedicated volunteers) is presented to an outstanding TREE Fund Volunteer at the ISA annual conference.  Read more and view the online nomination form…

The IRS allows volunteers (including fundraisers) to deduct some expenses related to fundraising for charities. Learn more, and consult your tax adviser for guidance specific to your situation.

Eat. Shop. Give.

#GivingTuesday is one week away! Eat turkey and shop this week; give back on December 2 with a gift to the TREE Fund.

Bartlett Tree Experts co-sponsored a symposium with the Chicago Botanic Gardens that we called 'Trees as a Legacy in Design and Development.' We had world class speakers including Peter Walker, the co-creator of the 9/11 National Memorial. Three out of our five speakers cited research they conducted that was made in part due to TREE Fund dollars! It was amazing to hear Dr. Michael Raupp, Dr. Kathy Wolf and Dr. Kelby Fite all mention the TREE Fund as contributing to their work. This is applied research at its best. When research projects such as these funded by the TREE Fund are centerpieces of conference talks I know our fundraising efforts are in the right direction. What made this even better was that the audience was NOT arborists. TREE Fund dollars were talking to landscape architects, architects, planners and government officials. There is not better advertisement for the TREE Fund than to hear applied research education allied professions to make the world a better place through trees.

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