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Trees for All was founded in 1999. We’re a not-for-profit CBF-certified foundation investing in our planet’s future and quality of life by restoring forest and planting trees across the world. Companies and individuals can offset their carbon emissions and plant trees through Trees for All projects. In this way we can work together for a better climate, the restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity while combating world poverty.
The sums are simple. There are 7.7 billion people on this earth and their numbers are rapidly increasing. All these people need clean air, clean water and food to survive. Chopping down forest for agriculture and production threatens to upset the ecological balance. Every year we lose a net total of ten billion trees. We want to turn this process around while we still can. If we plant two trees a year for every person on the planet, we can ensure that future generations can also live in a green and healthy world.
Trees for All has been CBF-certified since October 2011. Charity watchdog CBF supervises recognized charities and monitors whether they comply with strict quality standards. Trees for All is the only CBF-certified foundation in Netherlands offering carbon offsets through sustainable forestry projects.
Trees for All is the most experienced provider of carbon offset in the Netherlands and the only CBF-certified foundation offering carbon offsets through sustainable forestry projects. All our projects are certified and guarantee the amount of captured carbon dioxide. Carbon offsets can be achieved in various ways. In our view, planting new forest is one of the most high-grade forms of carbon offset because trees offer so much added value for people, animals, nature and the environment.
Trees need the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to grow. Through photosynthesis they convert carbon dioxide into wood (C) and oxygen (O2). They emanate the oxygen. All the while a tree grows, it absorbs carbon dioxide and converts it into carbon (wood). A dying tree will gradually emit the carbon dioxide. In a forest system, this carbon dioxide is absorbed by the bushes and trees that take the place of the old tree. When a forest is chopped down or razed to the ground, the carbon dioxide is released once more. All these factors are taken into account when calculating the amount of carbon dioxide that a forest can absorb.
We have been working to plant and restore forest for the last 20 years. You can read what we achieve each year in our annual reports. For the most recent annual report, click here.
Trees for All is CBF-certified. This means that our organisation is required to comply with strict requirements pertaining to target spending, cost management and transparency. The costs of our fundraising in relation to realized income is 14% (2018), considerably less than the CBF-norm of 25%. Management and organisational costs (spending that cannot be directly attributed to fundraising or the fund objective) amount to 8%. 75% of total assets are spent on our objective.
Donations to plant trees and buying carbon certificates are two different types of financing to help us plant new forest and manage existing forest. So whatever you choose, you’ll be contributing to a greener and healthier planet. If you’re aiming to offset your carbon footprint in a formal, demonstrable way and to neutralise your CO2 activity (household, travel or business), then you can only do that through carbon offset on the basis of CO2 certificates.
There are different ways to support us. You can plant trees through our 1-2-Tree programme, you can carbon offset and/or help us financially with a donation. You can choose to make a one-off donation or opt to support us for the longer term. Whatever you choose, you will be helping us fulfil our mission: ensuring that we can pass on a green and healthy planet to the next generation.
If you opt to include Trees for All in your will, you’re choosing to bequeath a green and healthy planet to the next generation. For that we’re very thankful to you! There are two possibilities: you can name a charity as an inheritor or as a legatee. Should the charity be named as an inheritor, then it has an equal claim on the entire inheritance as the other heirs. A legacy can be a sum of money, but it is also possible to bequeath goods such as a collection or painting, a house or share portfolio. Because Trees for All is a recognized charity having so-called ANBI status, no inheritance tax will be levied on any bequest.
You most certainly can and it’s most welcome! Do you want to qualify for tax benefit? There are two options for private donations:
1. A regular or periodic gift without agreement. The threshold amount for this is 1% of your threshold income with a minimum of €60. You may deduct what you have paid more than this threshold amount. The threshold income is the total of your income and deductible items in boxes 1, 2 and 3, but without your personal allowance. You may not deduct more than the maximum from ordinary donations: 10% of your threshold income.
2. You donate on a periodic base with an agreement. If your gift meets the conditions for periodic gifts, you can deduct the entire amount from the gift. There is no threshold and no maximum amount. These are the conditions:
– The periodic donation is recorded in writing in a donation agreement
– The donation runs for 5 years (or longer)
– The gift is the same amount every year
Are you considering option two? First make a periodic donation (monthly or annually) and choose for a tree donation, CO2 compensation or a general donation. Once you have received the invoice in your mailbox, you can download the agreement here. Fill it in, print, sign and send the form to us by post. We will return a signed copy.
Business (periodic) donations do not have to be based on a 5-year agreement. You can deduct donations to public benefit organizations (ANBIs) from the profit. The deduction per year amounts to a maximum of 50% of the profit, with a maximum of € 100,000. You must be able to prove the donations in writing.
Ordinary gifts are not regulated by means of an agreement, whereas periodic donations are. What’s more, a periodic gift requires you to donate the same amount annually for at least five years. A periodic gift is always tax deductible. Straight-forward donations may be tax deductible if they meet the requirements (a threshold amount and a maximum amount). For more information, click here.
Trees for All is a recognized charity with so-called ANBI status. This means that Trees for All has been designated as an ‘institution for the general good’ by the tax authorities. This status offers donors potential tax advantages. Gifts and donations to Trees for All are tax deductible, subject to certain conditions. For companies this is an interesting proposition, as gifts costs far less.
Too bad you want to quit your donation! You can do this by informing us via the online contact form. Please state your full name, place of residence and the authorization reference if known. We would like to thank you for your support!
Every year, there is a net loss of 10 billion trees. Our planet is currently home to 7.7 billion people, and together we can combat this deforestation. If every world citizen were to plant two trees a year, not only would we halt the annual net loss of trees, but the process would be reversed. We plant trees in Netherlands and abroad. Deforestation is a worldwide problem and we aim to make a difference not just in the Netherlands but also in other parts of the world. Our decision to support forestry projects in the tropics is also motivated by another key driver: trees absorb carbon dioxide faster in warm countries. And that’s of major importance to a better climate.
We plant trees in the Netherlands and abroad. We aim for an even distribution of new tree planting across the various projects we’re currently supporting. We aim for planting 50% in the Netherlands. This percentage may change every year if, for example, the number of foreign forest projects increases. The Netherlands is a relatively small country and the number of forest projects is limited in comparison to foreign countries. Corporate forestry partners can consult with us about partnering on a specific foreign project.
We guarantee that the trees will be planted within a year of receiving your donation. For planting the trees we’re dependent on the planting season in the country and area concerned. In the Netherlands, the trees are planted in the period November to March. In the tropics, trees are planted immediately prior to the start of the rainy season. When we receive donations to plant new trees, we put the trees into the ground when the next rainy season comes around.
Each year we organize one or more tree planting days in the Netherlands for our corporate partners and donors. We try and invite as many donors and partners as possible because we know how much people like to pull on their boots and pick up a shovel to dig a tree into the ground. Priority is given to our corporate forest partners. Depending on numbers we’re happy to invite others, but unfortunately, we can’t make any promises up front.
The tree price is determined on the basis of the average costs of our forestation projects in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2019 we adjusted the prices because of rising project costs. We believe it’s very important to pay our project partners a fair price so that they can continue to manage their projects sustainably. In the Netherlands ground is scarce and planting new forest has become more expensive.
Many people want to know exactly how much CO2 is offset by planting trees. Converting CO2 storage into numbers of trees is not as easy as it seems. The calculation of the amount of CO2 that has been captured is based on area (hectares) and growth years and depends on many factors, such as type of trees, climate and type of land. It is a process of years in which the forest develops from a dense forest with many young trees, to an open forest with mature, tall trees. Therefore ultimately there are far fewer trees than the number that was initially planted. In addition, a planted tree initially captures relatively little CO2. As the tree ages, the tree captures more and more CO2 and eventually, at the end of the tree’s life this stabilizes again.
Tropical forest captures an average of 10 to sometimes 15 tons of CO2 per hectare per year during growth, Dutch forest captures an average of 8 tons of CO2 per hectare per year. Depending on the number of trees planted per hectare, an average capture per tree can be determined.
Important to know: if you donate trees to us, you can say that you contribute to CO2 compensation, but you cannot formally claim a quantity (ton) of CO2. This is only possible through certified CO2 rights (credits).
Trees extract carbon dioxide from the air and lay down carbon in their trunk, branches and roots. This carbon storage can be calculated as carbon credits. One carbon credit is equivalent to a single metric ton of carbon dioxide. Through Trees for All you can offset your carbon emissions by making a donation for each ton of carbon emission. We ensure that your donation is used to extract carbon dioxide from the air equal to your carbon emissions and captured in the trees.
The yields from payment for CO2 compensation generate income for the project. This is necessary for the conservation and management of the forest where the CO2 is stored. The local population also benefits from your donation because the project offers employment and investments are made in training and local facilities.
We make arrangements with our project partners abroad about the number of carbon credits that are bought for our donors. After payment by Trees for All the credits are recorded in the credit register in the name of Trees for All. The credits are subsequently made digitally unusable, which means they cannot ever be traded again. Our donors receive a unique certificate of compensation after they have made a carbon offset donation.
Compensation means that you have demonstrably offset your carbon emissions via certified credits. This compensation is channelled via a certified project organisation (a project partner of Trees for All) and an independent, accredited supervisory body which establishes that the carbon dioxide has indeed been captured. All the forestry projects for which we accept donations for carbon offset are certified and guarantee the amount of carbon dioxide captured or to be captured. The social, economic and ecological impact is also monitored and checked. Various certification standards for this exist, such as the Gold Standard, Plan Vivo and the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). In the case of VCS we always demand that it be combined with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) so that we know that the ecological and social aspects of the project are also sufficiently monitored. Not only the parties carrying out the certification but also the certification standards themselves are monitored and checked in turn by independent bodies.
You can use the on our website to calculate your carbon emissions. This calculator has been formulated on the basis of the guidelines set out by independent environmental advisory body .
We’ve based our climate footprint calculator on the carbon emission factors outlined by environmental advisory body MilieuCentraal. For more complex calculations it may be advisable to engage a professional party. For more information, surf to www.co2emissiefactoren.nl or to Klimaatplein, one of Trees for All’s partners.
Many people want to know exactly how much CO2 is compensated by planting trees. Converting CO2 storage into numbers of trees is less easy than it seems. CO2 capture is always calculated on the basis of hectares and years of growth and depends on many factors, such as type of trees, climate and type of land. Tropical forest captures an average of 10 tonnes of CO2 per hectare per year during growth, while Dutch forest captures 8 tonnes of CO2 per hectare per year. Depending on the number of trees planted per hectare, an average capture per tree can be determined. Important to know: if you donate trees to us, you can say that you contribute to CO2 compensation, but you cannot formally claim a quantity (tons) of CO2. This is only possible through certified CO2 credits. Projects that issue CO2 certificates are measured and checked regularly. As a result, we know that the certificates actually have an impact.
Most airlines favour consumers making a conscious choice to offset their emissions on a voluntary basis. Selling air travel including compensation pushes up the cost price of the ticket. Some airlines see this as undesirable at a time when industry players are competing on cost with ultra-low ticket prices. Through online ticket sellers you can however compensate your emissions directly or plant extra trees.
The first steps have been taken in the Netherlands to certify new forests. This system is currently being developed and can contribute to the financing of more forest in the Netherlands. There are currently no CO2 certificates from Dutch forests available. Trees for All will investigate the possibilities further. Until then, you can offset CO2 through our sustainable forest projects abroad.
We use the emission factors of Milieu Centraal in our calculation. All greenhouse gases are included. So in addition to CO2, also nitrogen and methane are included for example.
At the start of the partnership we draw up a contract. This lays down what we’ve agreed about the nature of the partnership, the size of the donation, the duration of the cooperation and the payment conditions. In addition we make agreements about logo use and joint communication.
Trees for All is a recognized charity with so-called ANBI status. This means that Trees for All has been designated as an ‘institution for the general good’ by the tax authorities. This status offers potential tax advantages for donors to the projects of Trees for All. Gifts and donations to Trees for All are tax deductible, subject to certain conditions. For companies this is an interesting proposition, as gifts costs far less.
Trees for All is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. This means that corporate partners of Trees for All are not liable to pay value added tax on their donations.
You can become a corporate forestry partner by planting a minimum of 2000 trees and donating €12,500. We operate according to the 1-2-Tree programme. That means you plants as many trees in the Netherlands as abroad. Staff and business associates are welcome to attend our annual tree planting day to plant new forest. As a company you’ll be making a tangible contribution to the world of tomorrow!
Our product partners don’t commit to a fixed contribution but opt for a variable donation based on their bottom line. We draw up an agreement which sets out what has been agreed on the size of the donation – a tree per product/service or xx products/services. To take part you need to commit to a donation of at least 500 euro and involvement for two years. Companies who aren’t partners can donate trees via our website.
We’ll draw up a partnership agreement to establish the donation size and the duration of the partnership. To take part you need to commit to a donation of at least 500 euro and involvement for at least two years. Companies who aren’t partners can donate trees via our website.
One of Trees for All’s points of departure is that the forest to be planted, will be managed for at least twenty to fifty years. And preferably even longer, because older (and therefore bigger) trees contribute greatly to total forest growth and carbon capture. We always work together with the local community on our foreign forest projects. Our forest projects create economic prosperity and contribute to improved living standards. Our projects contribute to several of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs), including combating poverty, climate improvement and increased biodiversity.
In order to manage the forest in a sustainable way, it’s important that Trees for All works together with reliable partners. For our foreign projects we team up with experienced project partners who share our vision on reforestation and management. One of Trees for All’s points of departure is that the forest to be planted, with all the richness of flora and fauna that is to be developed, must subsequently be well-managed. In addition we apply a range of other quality criteria such as conformity with local forestry legislation, guarantees of sustainability, involvement of the local population and the impact on the environment, people and animals.
In the Netherlands we work together with national authority Staatsbosbeheer, which means sustainable management is guaranteed. Click here to see the principles we apply to our Dutch woodland projects.
Trees for All collaborates with partner organizations that have a proven track record in sustainable reforestation and forest management. For each of our projects, we work together with our partners to develop a strategy for the establishment and maintenance of the forests we create. This strategy is part of our partnership agreement, including details around the project management term and the expected survival rate of the young trees.
Mortality of the newly planted trees can largely be prevented by good management, such as planting at the right time and with high quality planting material, and keeping the seedlings free from competition. However, in some cases mortality might be high due to factors beyond our control, such as drought or diseases. If this happens, Trees for All is committed to ensure that the trees are replanted to make sure that the forest is up to a solid start.
Trees for All also develops a tailored monitoring and reporting framework for each project, in collaboration with the project proponent. Regular reporting allows us to monitor the implementation of the project and provides insight in the impacts generated, for instance on biodiversity, climate and livelihoods.