American Forests

Washington, DC   |  www.americanforests.org

Mission

American Forests is the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States. Since our founding in 1875, we have been the pathfinders for creating healthy forests from coast to coast. Our Mission: American Forests creates healthy and resilient forests, from cities to wilderness, that deliver essential benefits for climate, people, water and wildlife. Our Vision: We envision a world in which the significant environmental, societal and economic benefits of forests are fully realized and equitably available to all people. Our work conserves the forests we already have and restores damaged forests. We use a variety of techniques to restore forest health. One of our main techniques is reforestation. We’ve planted 65 million trees in the last 30 years alone.

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American Forests is the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States. Since our founding in 1875, we have been the pathfinders for creating healthy forests from coast to coast. In the early 1900s, for example, we rallied forest advocates to champion creation of the U.S. Forest Service. In 2018, we won a decade-long campaign persuading Congress to provide stable funding for preventing and fighting forest fires. Now we are focused on building a reforestation movement in America, from cities to large, rural landscapes. We all rely on forests in order to survive and thrive, given the power they have to filter our air and water, provide jobs, mitigate climate change and more. But our forests are being degraded and destroyed at a rapid pace and large scale. If we take care of our forests, they will take care of us.

Ruling year info

1943

President & CEO

Jad A. Daley

Main address

1220 L St NW Suite 750

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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Formerly known as

American Forestry Association

EIN

53-0196544

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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American ReLeaf

The American ReLeaf program is driven by one unifying goal: to restore North America’s native forest landscapes to full health and long-term resilience.

American Forests’ is working to transform 7 priority native forest landscapes across North America, revitalizing whole natural ecosystems like mountain ranges and watersheds that are the most valuable and vulnerable of America’s threatened native forests.

In each landscape, we employ our
5 step Impact Model to achieve lasting on-the-ground forest recovery, using one of two complementary strategies:

Wildlands for Wildlife are places where native forest restoration is the key to long-term survival for endangered wildlife. This strategy drives our selection of priority areas for habitat restoration, and helps us identify complementary actions like wildlife management.

Forest Solutions are the services that healthy, resilient forests provide for people, like protecting public water supplies, sustaining important forestry industries, and sequestering carbon dioxide to slow climate change. This strategy helps us identify the most strategic locations to protect to enhance these services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Community ReLeaf program is focused on a single goal: bringing “tree equity” to cities and towns across North America.

American Forests is building long-term partnerships with city leaders and community groups to spread equitable and resilient urban tree canopy to every neighborhood.

Urban trees act as the green lungs of our cities, intercept and filter rainfall for clean urban waters, and keep cities 5-7 degrees cooler on hot summer days. Numerous studies have demonstrated that urban trees improve mental health, increase student performance, and boost property values.

Through our 5 step Impact Model designed to drive community empowerment, our work is informed by one of two complementary strategies:
In our Place-Based Work in 20+ cities, we provide funding and expertise to help city leaders and organizations identify gaps and create a plan of action to fix them.
We are also helping foster a National Movement by sharing best practices among partner cities, creating tools everyone can use and leading policy initiatives in support of urban forests.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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American Forests

Board of directors
as of 5/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Kabat

Zim Boulos

Office Environments and Services, Inc.

Ann Nichols

No affiliation

Richard Kabat

Kabat Company

Roderick DeArment

Covington & Burling LLP

Rob Bourdon

Linkin Park

Donna Dabney

The Conference Board

Jeffrey Elliott

William Hazelton

Elisa Rapaport

Jonathan Silver

Greenbanc Global

Robert Steinberg

Mary Wagner

William Bohnett

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/07/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.