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Is Team Trees a Scam and Who is Responsible for the Project?

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Is Team Trees a Scam and Who is Responsible for the Project?

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Team Trees (TeamTrees) located at www.teamtrees.org is not a scam, it is a legitimate tree donation project. The website's (#TeamTrees) goal is to plant 20 million trees around the globe by January 1st, 2020. The Arbor Day Foundation, the longest-running tree planting NGO, with 47 years of experience, and have the same Charity Navigator rating as the American Red Cross, is responsible for the project. The Arbor Day Foundation works closely with professional forestry partners including the U.S. Forest Service, and other government agencies and NGOs. They collect donations and send the funds to their reforestation partners, enabling them to cover the costs required to plant the trees.

Team Trees' Website

Team Trees Website

How did #TeamTrees get started?

#TeamTrees started in May 2019 when the internet challenged Mr. Beast to plant 20 million trees to commemorate hitting the 20M subscriber milestone. Fans then suggested he band together with a bunch of other YouTubers and influencers to make it happen. A growing group of them have been working hard for the past five months to set up the framework for this insane goal to have a fighting chance of success.

Who exactly is the Arbor Day Foundation and why did you choose them over other tree planting NGOs?

We quickly realized that to plant trees in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way we would need to partner with the professionals. After speaking with a number of people in the environmental space, the Arbor Day Foundation stood out as being the best. They are the longest-running tree planting NGO, with 47 years of experience, and they have the same Charity Navigator rating as the American Red Cross.

Does my donation go directly to the Arbor Day Foundation?

Yes. Donations through either TeamTrees.org or the YouTube donate button are sent directly to the Arbor Day Foundation to fund tree-planting. One dollar plants one tree.

Is this donation tax-deductible?

Since the Arbor Day Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, there’s a good chance your monetary donation is tax deductible, but we recommend that you consult your tax professional, who’s familiar with your specific tax situation, to be sure. The Foundation’s Federal Tax ID number (also known as an EIN, Employer Identification Number) is 23-7169265.

What does my donation actually go towards?

For every dollar you donate, one tree will be planted in a forest of high need around the globe. It's that simple!

Where are the trees being planted?

Due to the sheer volume of trees planted (20 million), they will be planted in a variety of forests on public and private lands in areas of great need. Many of these forests will be state and national forests managed by government agencies. The goal is to plant trees on every continent not named Antarctica! Click here to see a list of the Arbor Day Foundation’s previous work around the globe.

Who will plant the trees?

The Arbor Day Foundation works closely with professional forestry partners including the U.S. Forest Service, and other government agencies and NGOs. They collect donations and send the funds to their reforestation partners, enabling them to cover the costs required to plant the trees.

When will the trees be planted?

Trees will be planted throughout the year starting in January of 2020 and completed no later than December 2022.

What species are going to be planted?

The Arbor Day Foundation always emphasizes planting native species where local conditions and forest plans allow. Their motto is to plant the right trees, in the right place, for the right reasons.

Why are you planting trees instead of preserving ones that already exist?

It is vitally important to protect, manage, and restore forests globally. We are focused on restoration because, according to the National Academy of Sciences, forest restoration has the most global climate mitigation potential compared to all other natural climate solutions. Restoring lands through tree planting is the Arbor Day Foundation’s area of expertise and something they’ve been doing for nearly five decades. There’s no silver bullet for fixing climate change, just silver buckshot, so we should actively pursue many different approaches including both preservation and restoration.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 2:49 PM by an anonymous user from Los Angeles, California, United States

    It's a scam.

    Any money donated through TeamTree is divided through deals and advertisements. Even if the money says it's going to Arbor Day Foundation, they are under no obligation to tell users how they're splitting up the money, which they do. For every dollar donated, only 0.70 is put to use for the project. That's an effective 30% being lost, to where?

    If you wish to donate to the project, do it directly.

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    • November 12, 2019 at 7:10 PM by an anonymous user from Basin, Wyoming, United States

      good idea, but what if you live far away from the nearest place to donate money.

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    • November 7, 2019 at 4:17 PM by an anonymous user from Orland Park, Illinois, United States

      AKA

      "It's a scam cuz they use some of the money to afford keeping the website up and the government from shutting it down."

      Totally a scam then, of course..

      Also, TeamTrees was created -in partnership- with the ADF, not just saying it goes there. Any money discrepancies were already discussed in meetings, which means this was the most cost-effective way they found of going about it.

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    • November 5, 2019 at 12:56 PM by an anonymous user from Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

      Just like virtually every charity on the planet

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    • November 3, 2019 at 9:34 PM by an anonymous user from Pinole, California, United States

      No it isn’t. Team Trees is legit

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    • November 3, 2019 at 6:17 PM by an anonymous user from Austin, Texas, United States

      They said there is taxes XD

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    • November 3, 2019 at 6:15 PM by an anonymous user from Austin, Texas, United States

      How do you know this huh?

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    • November 2, 2019 at 7:57 PM by an anonymous user from Malmo, Skane County, Sweden

      what are your sources buddy

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    • October 31, 2019 at 6:38 PM by an anonymous user from Anchorage, Alaska, United States

      How do you know this, exactly?

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  • October 31, 2019 at 10:13 AM by info

    Susan Wojcicki donates 200K trees for #TeamTrees initiative. Susan Diane Wojcicki is an American technology executive. She has been the CEO of YouTube since February 2014. Wojcicki was involved in the founding of Google, and became Google's first marketing manager in 1999.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 10:12 AM by info

    Tobi Lütke to donate 1,000,001 trees, following one million customer milestone. Tobias Lütke, also known as Tobi Lutke, is a German-born Canadian entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Shopify, a company based in Ottawa, Canada.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 8:21 AM by an anonymous user from Metomen, Wisconsin, United States

    When I donated the payment it went to the Arbor day foundation. NOT a SCAM!

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Is Team Trees a Scam and Who is Responsible for the Project?