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From a Google Search to a Sustaining Impact

American Forest Foundation

November 22, 2022

A group of people smiling in a forest.

Janis Buffham, a founding member of the Giving Tree, is a conservation enthusiast who discovered the American Forest Foundation through a Google search.

While reading the book, The Caravan, she became inspired to search for and give to an organization that was doing work around forests and climate.

When you make a gift during Giving Tuesday, a Global Day of Generosity, you connect with individuals far beyond your own backyard. Together, we can improve forest health, address climate change and support American communities.

“The American Forest Foundation came up as one of the organizations that is really proactive about protecting, maintaining and improving the quality of American forests," she said.

Janis is the kind of person that is engaged in her community, cares about her country and wants to leave the world a better place. Three years later, she has learned a lot about the impact of her monthly gift and how America's family forest owners are vital in combating climate change, increasing the health and resiliency of our forests, and strengthening our communities.

Janis has experienced first-hand the impacts of climate change with the summer heat waves along the West Coast. “I’m glad to know that AFF is working with forest landowners to address climate,” she said.

Today, having been a donor for several years now, Janis trusts AFF with her monthly gift. “AFF is being responsible with their money,” Janis said. “So I feel good about that and I’m learning more about the amazing efforts that they put forward to try to protect and improve the quality of America’s family forests. Three years later, I still feel really good about contributing to this organization as a monthly donor.”

You can join Janis and grow your impact by making a monthly gift and joining the Giving Tree as a sustaining donor. When you join the Giving Tree, you create a steady, reliable source of funds that makes everything we do possible. And it’s flexible — you can cancel or change your pledge anytime you wish.

As a monthly donor, we'll send you periodic personalized communication about the impact of your contributions, including opportunities to engage with us about the programs you care about the most. You will receive benefits such as:

  • Curated and customized communications

  • Member-only phone line for personal inquiries, concerns or questions

  • Annual choice of American Forest Foundation gear such as hats, water bottles and more

When you make a gift during Giving Tuesday, a Global Day of Generosity, you connect with individuals far beyond your own backyard. Together, we can improve forest health, address climate change and support American communities.

Visit our Monthly Giving page for more information about making a monthly gift and how to partner with us. Whatever way you choose to connect with us, we just want to say, "Thank you." Your support makes everything we do possible.

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