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About Us

Kim

Founder/Treelover-in-Chief

Kim Isley 

"Trees for a Change really sprouted when I was 5 and decided to start a business selling glittered pine cones on a card table in front of my house. Ever since then I've had the entrepreneurial spirit, and as an adult I just had to figure out how to combine the desire to have a business with my love for nature and creating things.

I got the idea for Trees for a Change in 2006 when I was reading that one of the best things you can do for the earth is to plant a tree. Planting a tree for someone you care about seemed like the perfect gift idea: it benefits the planet and it isn't more stuff- it's a gift that feels good to give.  And for memorials, trees are so much better than flowers- they are a meaningful, living tribute that truly honors someone.

In early 2007 I decided to take the leap and start my own business, and I did extensive research on reforestation projects to figure out where our trees would do the most good.  I named it Trees for a Change because I wanted to change the way we think about gift giving- I wanted to help people think of giving a gift as an opportunity to make a difference. 

I absolutely love going to visit the baby trees- it's like a spiritual pilgrimage for me every time. I would have a hard time really describing the eerie feeling of being in a totally desolate, quiet, burned up forest.  It's haunting.  And then I walk around amongst the charred tree trunks and eventually come to a baby tree that is maybe a foot tall.  It's new life. It's hope. At this point I've been to many, many forests to see our trees, and it still brings tears to my eyes and makes me feel overwhelmed and very emotional. It has been my trips to the trees that have made me really understand that every single tree matters. Every. Single. One.

Many years into Trees for a Change and thousands of trees planted later, I feel full of gratitude. I am so grateful for all the people who order Tree Gifts, and I'm grateful for all the stories I have heard about how powerful and meaningful this gift is. I am grateful for all the relationships I have built through this business, including relationships with our customers, partners and my employees. I am grateful for all the support and love I have received from so many sources. I'm grateful that you care enough about what we do to bother to read this :)

I hope you find our Tree Gifts to be a beautiful and meaningful way to celebrate another person while doing something good for the earth and her future generations. Please know that when you order a gift from Trees for a Change, your gift has been created with the care and attention I would put into gifts for my own loved ones.

I am thrilled to offer you Trees for a Change because a change in the way we give gifts really can mean a change in the world."

 

Michelle

Senior Order Processor

 

"When I'm not processing Tree Gift orders, I'm hanging out with my husband and son, walking my three dogs, creating tie dyed clothes and tapestries, or painting.  I run on creativity and Dutch Bros coffee.

I love working for Trees for a Change for many reasons. Knowing I am part of such a wonderful company makes working feel more like a good deed. It feels great to know that we are giving back to the earth with every gift we process. Tree by tree, we really are making a difference."

 

Chris

Customer Care Specialist / Admin Support

 

"As a young girl growing up in the midwest, I loved to watch the seasons change while exploring the trails in the Forest Preserves near our home.  After settling in northern California, I discovered the rolling hills of oak woodlands and the towering majestic redwoods.  I've spent many happy hours hiking and backpacking through forested parks, and am deeply grateful for everyone who has had a part in preserving these wild lands. 

My free time finds me on the trail, or paddling my kayak, or at home working on a quilt for the newest baby in my circle of family and friends.  I feel very blessed to be a part of our effort to plant native trees to keep our forests strong and healthy for my grandchildren to enjoy as I always have."

 

Nicole

Order Processor/Admin Support

 

"I spent much of my childhood around trees, climbing them, smelling them, listening to them and resting underneath them. I love working for a business whose goal is to brighten the world by planting more trees.

When I’m not working at Trees for A Change, I like to travel, cook, create, craft, read, puzzle, watch movies and figure things out. I was born and raised in California, but have a growing desire to live abroad for one year at some point in my life. I’m not sure where yet. I’ve taken French, Italian and Spanish and remember almost none of it."

Tree Team 

Our Values

~Appreciating the opportunity to provide a very special gift that connects people to nature

~Supporting and investing in relationships- between us, clients, and gift recipients

~Respecting the forest, its inhabitants, and the impact of our projects

~Providing excellent customer service, always.

Green Business Practices

Trees for a Change is committed to the environment and to environmentally responsible practices and policies. We recycle everything we can, and believe in using products with the highest recycled content possible. The following supplies related to our business are made with 100% Post Consumer Waste recycled materials or fibers

*certificate paper *letterhead *business cards *brochures *Tree Gift Cards *photo mailers *packing materials *shipping labels *wood frames *paper towels *toilet paper

No tree will be harmed in the operation of our business, if we can help it!

If you are interested in where we get all these fabulous recycled office supplies, check out our Links page


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Customer Service Pledge

Customer satisfaction is our goal, so it is very important to us that you are happy with the products and service we provide. If you are ever dissatisfied in any way, please let us know so we can make things right.