American Forest Foundation (washington, dc, DC)


  • Name:Mrs. Dinetta Parrott
  • Title:Grant Manager

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  • Organization Name:American Forest Foundation
  • Address:1111 Nineteenth Street
    Suite 780
    washington, dc, DC 20036
    United States

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  • Main phone:2024631780

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  • Mission:
  • Founded in 1981, the American Forest Foundation (AFF) works on-the-ground with families, educators and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation’s forest heritage. AFF strives to conserve and educate the U.S. on the importance of preserving the environment.

  • Overview:
  • America’s future relies on well-educated Americans to be wise stewards of the very environment that sustains our families, communities and future generations. It is environmental education which can best suit us as individuals to make complex, conceptual connections between economic prosperity, benefits to society, environmental health, and our own well being. A recent study conducted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation found that children today spend an average of six hours each day in front of the computer and television but less than four minutes a day in unstructured outdoor play. This has lead scientific researchers to discover a new condition specific to this current generation that they call “nature deficit disorder”. This extreme emphasis of indoor time spent in front of screens versus outdoor play and discovery has been correlated with negative psychological and physical effects including obesity, loneliness, depression, attention problems and greater social isolation due to reduced time with friends and family.

    Studies also indicate that the U.S. suffers from a tremendous environmental literacy gap that appears to be increasing each year. Research conducted by the National Science & Teachers Association (NSTA) has shown enormous benefits from environmental education. When integrated into a science curriculum, environmental education demonstrably improves student achievement in science. Such an increase is likely due to the fact that environmental education connects classroom learning to the real world.

    Environmental education is particularly daunting for children in low income communities where students have less exposure to subjects such as science and math. Young people from low-income families risk missing the very opportunities that could elevate them from poverty. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2014, 23 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations will require at the minimum an Associate’s degree – with 15 of the top 20 fastest-growing fields requiring significant postsecondary training in math and science.

    The American Forest Foundation’s award winning environmental education program Project Learning Tree (PLT) can help America’s children succeed in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). PLT uses forests as a window to the world and provides educators with environmental education curriculum resources that can be integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. PLT teaches students how to think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues, and helps them acquire the skills they need to make sound choices about the environment.

    Since 1992, PLT's community action program, GreenWorks! has helped fund nearly one-thousand community service projects across the country. Elementary, middle, high school and college students have planted trees, designed native plant gardens, restored streams and riparian habitats, constructed hiking trails, started composting projects, investigated alternative sources of energy, and many other projects.

    Over the past few years PLT has made significant strides in its program; below are a few of our accomplishments in 2012:

    •Conducted professional development training to 30,000 educators who attended 1,200 workshops across the country;
    •Creation of a GreenSchools! Student Advisory Board actively engaging 2,446 GreenSchools! registrants include 2,015 schools and organizations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 19 countries (Albania, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Guam, India, Ireland, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Nepal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania);
    •2012 marked our roll out of an e-newsletter which was sent to 16,000 subscribers on a quarterly basis;
    •The PLT Facebook page received 3,500 Likes, and 12 PLT blog posts features;
    •Strengthened PLT programs at the State level through the incorporation of grants, self-assessments, and exchange of best practices;
    •Exhibited at 10 national conferences, reaching approximately 50,000 educators across the country.

    PLT is very proud of its accomplishments but there is still more work to be done to keep environmental education at the forefront. This is why the PLT program is so very important. With a contribution from the Lawrence Foundation, AFF will be able to support and expand the PLT environmental education program.

  • History:
  • AFF strives to conserve and educate the U.S. on the importance of preserving the environment. To grow the next generation of leaders ready to inherit America’s natural legacy, AFF works with tens of thousands of educators each year, giving them a peer-reviewed, award-winning environmental education curriculum. In an era where more and more children are disconnected from nature, over 500,000 teachers nationwide have been trained in this curriculum, opening a door to America’s outdoor heritage.

    PLT is the largest, and one of the most widely used, grassroots environmental education programs in the world. Its award winning, broad-based environmental education curriculum is designed for formal and non-formal educators of PreK–12th grade students. PLT continually collaborates with a large variety of environmental education and science education partners to develop new curriculum materials, provide educator training, reach diverse communities, and create new initiatives for innovative science and environmental education opportunities. Independent evaluations have confirmed that PLT increases students’ knowledge, reasoning and academic skills.

    PLT’s signature program GreenSchools! engages students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and community members in creating a more green and healthy learning environment. Students use their knowledge and skills from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects to investigate and reduce their school’s environmental footprint to help the school save on energy costs while minimizing its impact on the environment. Currently, over 2,000 schools nationwide are participating in PLT’s GreenSchools! program. Through our GreenWorks! program, PLT provides grants up to $5,000 to PLT educators and their students to imporve thier community environment. For instance, in Texas, fourth and fifth grade english language learners and their families created two gardens.

    Through our GreenSchools! Program teachers receive training in environmental education and PLT. Students investigate their school’s energy use, solid waste and recycling, water, school site and transportation. As students track progress in the above areas, they receive a powerful lesson in the collective effects of small changes. Last year, several GreenSchools! have received the opportunity to speak publicly about their efforts. Students from Lowcounty Preparatory School in South Carolina made a presentation at the National Service Learning Conference, while Barnard Elementary School in Washington DC met with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

    PLT’s award winning curriculum has been assessed by formal independent evaluations for over 35 years. Statistics indicate that the curriculum that we provide is utilized in the classrooms by educators, and that students are translating what they learned in the classroom to outside experiences. According to data from an independent study conducted in 2012 for PLT’s GreenSchools! program, 58 teachers were surveyed and 90% of these educators plan to incorporate aspects of PLT into their science curriculum. One teacher is quoted as stating, “I do not ever anticipate the project to be completed because they will always improve and add to the outdoor classroom”. This statement serves as a testament to the sustainability of the program.

    At the center of PLT’s work is the professional development and training that we provide to educators. Approximately 30,000 educators attend PLT workshops each year, most come because a colleague told them that the program can be effectively utilized in the classroom. Workshops are conducted by a PLT state coordinator and can be tailored for specific schools, audiences or interests. These workshops often fulfill continuing education professional development requirements.

    PLT is proud to have partnered with great partners such as the Head Start program, National Science & Teachers Association, The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Environmental Education Foundation. PLT also receives support from several state and local partners who assist in aligning PLT materials with national education standards.

    PLT is proud to be sponsored by corporations and foundations such as HSBC Bank, PNC Charitable Trust, Albert I Pierce Foundation and the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation. PLT also receives funding from governmental agencies such as the Forest Service and National Urban and Community Forestry Council.

  • Year established:1981
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:9
  • Staff size:34


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:52-1235124

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  • EIN:521235124
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  • Organization Address:2000 M ST NW STE 500
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20036-3316
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 1994
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):602
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C36Z
  • Asset Amount:$158,230,567
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$16,277,997
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$9,220,929
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:43:37 pm

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