General FAQs

Whatcom Million Trees Project is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Bellingham. Our mission is to plant and protect one-million trees over the next five years (2022 thru 2026) in Whatcom County — to urgently address climate and biodiversity crises and to enhance the health and resilience of our local communities..

Yes. As a 501c3 non-profit, tax-deductible benefits may be available to you within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep our email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

Our focus is to think innovatively and BIG to form unique partnerships and/or funding approaches to plant and protect more trees. Virtually all funds raised will support local tree planting and protection efforts. Another big part of our focus will be to hold compelling community events to raise community awareness about the multi-faceted benefits of trees and forests.

Each of our partners below have decades of successful tree-planting experience locally. Learn more about our partners.
— Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
— Whatcom Land Trust
— Whatcom Conservation District
— City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation Dept.
— Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Dept.

Yes. One-million trees over five years will essentially quadruple the current tree-planting rate within the County.

We currently estimate that approximately 85% of projects we fund will plant trees for critical habitat restoration on public lands within the County. The remaining 15% will be in local parks and urban parcels that are more visible and readily accessible by residents.

Many of us are deeply concerned (and already affected) by the climate crisis. But here’s the reality: there are no easy solutions. Systemic changes in government policies, corporate/industry practices, lifestyle changes, and more are all needed to greatly reduce our carbon emissions. Planting large quantities of trees to increase carbon sequestration is simply one piece of a multi-faceted approach. But it’s an important piece. And when well-conceived and ecologically-sound, it also provides numerous health and well-being benefits to all life.

Tree costs vary depending on land accessibility, extent of volunteer help, and other variables. Steps include site preparation, tree seedling purchase, interim storage (usually refrigerated), site delivery, planting team coordination costs, and maintenance and monitoring for a few years. Elsewhere in the world these steps sometimes total to ~$1/tree. Here in Whatcom County they tend to add up to $9-$10 per tree. That’s why we are focused on innovative co-funding to cover the full costs of such projects.

Yes! There are many awesome and affordable ways businesses can partner with us. << Please click this link!

No. By donating to us to support planting more trees in Whatcom County, you will not receive certified carbon credits.

Our planting projects with our partners create important benefits for capturing and storing more atmospheric carbon. But we do not currently pursue verification for certified carbon credits nor do we offer such credits that can be claimed by any other parties. Such verification requires a complex set of procedures, costs, and resources that is currently beyond the scope of our work. Maybe someday! 🙂

Note: If you are a business seeking estimates for how many trees you should plant based on your sustainability or carbon neutrality goals, we can help you estimate this. Please contact us.

Yes! We are so glad you asked! Please see our awesome online bookstore for kids and teens (coming soon!) that will be focused on trees, climate change, and related topics. We have worked hard to curate the offerings to be the best-of-bests! The vast majority of the books are multiple-award-winners!

If you are a local teacher who would like our education outreach team to interactively present to your classroom and (if possible at your site) lead a hands-on tree-planting event, please contact us!

Yes, absolutely! We have been holding fun work parties for smaller tree-plantings in local parks and public lands. Please contact us if you have an interest in being notified of our future work parties. For our large-scale reforestation projects, we partner with our local tree-planting partners. Everyone’s work parties are well-run, safe, fun, full of fresh air, and all for a good cause.

Awesome! Check out our how individuals can help page for how you can get more involved. Thanks!

Donation FAQs

Definitely! In our cool donation app, the amount you give in USD will be automatically converted from your local currency.

Yes. Although cool donation page can process bank fund transfers, if you prefer to mail in a donation, please make the check to “Whatcom Million Trees Project” and mail it to: Whatcom Million Trees Project, 4107 Harrison St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Please remember to include your email address so we can email a receipt to you that you can use in your year-end tax return.

Yes! At our Fund hosted by Whatcom Community Foundation, choose the Recurring Donation Amount option. Then you will see a submenu to enter an amount and month, quarter or yearly repeat rate. You can also set a date for the payments to stop. (Or you can always contact Whatcom Community Foundation anytime you want to stop.)

Yes! Please click the Dedicate This Gift button in our donation app. You can optionally notify someone of this gift by email.

Yes. (details arriving soon!)

Soon we will open an awesome online bookstore focused on tree/climate change/nature awareness for kids, teens, and adults. If you choose to buy one of those books, we will earn a small affiliate fee, at no extra cost to you. Every bit of support helps!

To be notified when the bookstore is available, please contact us.

Yes! Simply choose that option during the donation check-out process.

Yes! A contribution of appreciated securities may create significant tax savings* for you and help you to be more philanthropic than you imagined possible. For details, please contact us. *Please consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors for your unique situation.

We’re an all-volunteer non-profit that will continue to work remotely even post-covid. So our overhead/operational costs are relatively minor. That’s how we can guarantee that 90% or more of all donations will go locally towards healthy and thriving forests and parks.

It will depend on the time of year you donate and how long it takes for us to raise additional funds for the planting project with our established partners. In general, tree plantings usually occur during colder/wetter months (November-April) to give tree seedlings optimal conditions for survival.

We and our partners will work hard to keep you in the loop on how your donation is being used. When your planting session takes place, you’ll receive an update with photos and information provided by our partners.

Have a question we haven’t answered? Please give us a shout!