Business Partnership FAQs 

Answers to your questions

 

Business Partnership Frequently Asked Questions

Programs

When you partner with us, you partner with our entire portfolio of vetted, trusted reforestation projects. Your forest will include 10+ diverse tropical ecosystems, restoring vibrancy, sovereignty and viability for both communities and biodiversity. For more information on our projects click here.

No, when you fund us, you fund all our projects. When you partner with us, you partner with our entire portfolio of vetted, trusted reforestation projects. Your forest will include 10+ diverse tropical ecosystems, restoring vibrancy, sovereignty and viability for both communities and biodiversity. We provide a constant, dependable flow of capacity funding to organisations in the field so that they can plan and deliver. Our intention is for 'all ships to rise', and for every donor to be in relationship with a wide selection of cultures and ecosystems so that partnering with us is a wide embrace. This also allows us to spend less time on complex and ever changing accounting and reporting, and more time on delivering.

TreeSisters is not a carbon offset provider. We do not issue carbon certified units or credits, and none of our current projects are carbon certified. To learn about why, and the carbon sequestration potential of our projects read this blog.

We support women and call them into leadership, but we are not exclusive in either our planting or our campaigning - our work is for everyone, all genders are welcome here.

We are not sustainability consultants, although we encourage you to take the inspirational and responsible journey towards a low impact business with sound values and embedded restoration.

Costs

We plant a tree for every 40p raised, £4 plants 10 trees ($1USD plants 2 trees).  This price is blended across 10+ planting projects.

Periodically when we bring on new planting projects with sufficiently different costs to that of our existing portfolio, our combined price per tree will change.  For details on the tree price please click here.

There is no joining fee for any of our programs. To helping cover our running costs, we do however, ask for a minimum donation each year of:

SoulTrees Program - £250
Company Forests, TreeHouse and Trees for Tickets Programs - £500
Catalysts - £30,000

As we rely on unrestricted donations to fund program administration, we welcome extra donations into our unrestricted budget. If you would like to make an unrestricted donation, please make the payment through your account and highlight in the comments box that it is for unrestricted use.

Alignment, Terms & Conditions

The TreeSisters Pledge addresses 4 key areas of alignment. 

1. Respecting the TreeSisters values 
2. Speaking honestly in public about your environmentally responsible efforts and journey 
3. Prioritizing the development and implementation of a products procurement and distribution policy that is earth-loving 
4. No direct involvement in destructive forest activities
 

You can review and download a copy of the TreeSisters Alignment Pledge.

As a UK Charity we are bound by UK Charity Law and follow the Code of Fundraising laid out by the Fundraising Regulator. Any company publicly raising donations for TreeSisters is required to agree to our Commercial Participator Terms and Conditions. You can review and download a copy of the Terms and Conditions here.

Greenwash describes the making of a false or exaggerated claim about products or services with regard to their environmental (or indeed social) attributes, source materials or other connections.  TreeSisters has a zero-tolerance policy for greenwash.

You can review and download a copy of the TreeSisters Greenwash Guidance.

Logo Use, Media Kit, Marketing

Once you are approved into the program, you will be provided with our logos and other marketing materials you can use on your website, in social media and in your digital marketing.

TreeSisters will not directly endorse or promote businesses.  However, we would love to have you tell your TreeSisters story which we may feature in a variety of ways such as a blog or via our social media. We also host a space in our online community platform, The Nest, where you are welcome to share your offerings and campaigns. The group to post in is Marketplace.

Donating

The best way to make your donations is to set up an account through our website and then make your payments through the Give page selecting “One-Time” donation. There is a tree-counter inside your account which adds up each donation and converts them into the number of trees you have funded. 

You can also set up a Forest Fundraising page and donate directly into that. It will also be linked to your account so when you log in you will see the number of trees you have planted is a total of your “One-Time” donations and donations into your Fundraiser page.

Some companies choose to set up a monthly direct debit based on what they expect their trees for transactions campaigns to raise and then manually add in any short-fall at the end of the year. 

To donate via check or wire please see the instructions here.

We recommend monthly because monthly donations from you enable us to best manage the monthly donations we give to our reforestation partners. However, quarterly or annual donations are fine too if that is what works best for your business. It is written into our Terms and Conditions that our partnership will cease if no donation has been made within any 12 month period so please ensure at least one donation has been made within the year.

Your donation will be based on what you decided to do.  For example, if you pledged to donate 5 trees per product, each month you can run a report of how many products were sold.  Then multiply the products sold by the tree price of £0.40 or $0.50.

We accept direct donations from any businesses who comply with our Business Partnerships Policy. Or you can make a direct donation here.

We will be sad to see you go but also understand that business circumstances change from time to time. Should you wish to end our partnership, please email us at partners@treesisters.org and let us know. Then make sure you remove our logo from your website. It is written into our Terms and Conditions that our partnership will automatically cease if you have not made a donation within any 12 month period.

Is my US Dollar Donation Tax Deductible?

For donations over $100 USD, we have an arrangement with Green America, a USA 501c3 who can take a donation on behalf of TreeSisters and send you a tax receipt. 

Once you have made your donation to GreenAmerica, please email us at support@treesisters.org with the details so we can track your payment and ensure the process runs smoothly.

Please send your kind gift to:

  • Bank Name: Brand Banking & Trust Company (BB&T)
  • Account Name: Green America, Sponsored Programme TreeSisters
  • Routing/ABA Number: 054001547
  • Account Number: 0005163177279

The mailing address and phone number for GreenAmerica is:

Fran Teplitz
Executive Co-Director: Business, Investing & Policy

TreeSisters c/o Green America
1612 K St., NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006

202-872-5326

Is my AUS Dollar Donation Tax Deductible?

For donations over $500 AUD or more, we have an arrangement with Rainforest Information Centre who can take a donation on behalf of TreeSisters Australia and send you a tax receipt. 

Once you have made your donation to RIC, please email us at australia@treesisters.org with the details so we can track your payment and ensure the process runs smoothly.

 Please send your kind gift to:

  • Bank Name: Commonwealth Bank
  • Payee: RIC "Public Fund"
  • BSB: 062 565
  • Account Number: 10112562
  • Reference: TreeSisters Australia

Is my CAD Dollar Donation Tax Deductible?

For donations over $100, we have an arrangement with CAF Canada who can take a donation on behalf of TreeSisters and send you a tax receipt. Please email us at support@treesisters.org for full details.