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A special year end message from Cem Akin at the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

December 24, 2011

Isn’t it amazing that humans have been on the planet for thousands of years, and the planet is STILL NOT COMPLETELY covered with Fruit and Nut Trees?!?!

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Dear Friend of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation:

As 2011 winds to a close, I want to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments for the year that is ending and ask for your help in accomplishing our dreams for the year that is about to begin.

First, the year in numbers: In 2011, FTPF worked with thousands of volunteers around the world to plant more than 13,000 trees in more than 50 communities in the U.S. and in India. These trees will create so many benefits for the communities within which they were planted. Each mature fruit tree will inhale approximately 247 pounds of carbon dioxide and exhale about 195 pounds of oxygen annually. So, the trees that FTPF planted this year will create more than 2.5 million pounds of oxygen and sequester more than 3.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide every year!

And, let’s not forget all of the wonderful fresh nutritious food these trees will produce for the people that care for them. Once they reach maturity, these same trees will produce over 1.4 million pounds of food annually.

Here are some more interesting numbers for you. Recent review of existing FTPF orchards shows that more than 90% of the trees we have planted have survived and will provide all those benefits for many years to come. And, speaking of 90%, FTPF is proud to tell you that more than 90 cents of every donation dollar is put to work planting trees, as we spend less than 10% of our budget on administration and fundraising expenses.

Now, the year in smiles:

  • Hundreds of homeless and just off the street residents of Century Villages at Cabrillo, an emergency and transitional housing facility in Long Beach, California can now eat fresh fruit as a part of their daily meal. As we planted 164 trees at this facility, residents stopped by to say “thank you” with tears in their eyes.
  • Kids on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota can now enjoy a fresh juicy apple after school, in this, the poorest community in the U.S.
  • Thousands of villagers in the Beed District of Maharashtra, India are more food secure, as our orchards begin to grow and thrive there. In 2011 alone, FTPF collaborated to plant more than 10,000 fruit trees in this impoverished region.

You can help FTPF expand this groundbreaking work. We rely on your donation dollars to continue our work as the Johnny Appleseeds of the twenty-first century. Won’t you help us plant even more fruit trees in 2012? Please make a year-end gift to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, and we’ll pay it forward, helping communities around the U.S. and the world enjoy bountiful harvests for years to come. Please donate online or order FTPF books, t-shirts, or tree grow kits at

On behalf of all the staff, board and volunteers at FTPF, I want to express our deepest appreciation for your generous support and extend our warmest wishes for a bountiful holiday season and a fruitful new year.

Warmest regards,

Cem Akin, Executive Director

P.S.: There is just one week left for donations to FTPF to be counted as a part of the 2011 tax year! Visit our website to make donating fast and easy:

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water.

“The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’s groundbreaking work feeds communities in need and greens the environment, all at once. A truly extraordinary, yet simple concept…” –Maria Shriver, former First Lady of California

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation | P.O. Box 81881 | Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Tel: 831-621-8096 | Fax: 831-621-7978 | info[at] |


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