17. How do I plant a tree myself?
First option is to simply go outside and plant one or more trees. Then just take a picture and register the tree on our platform. Share it with other users or your friends and spread the word. Team-up with others and plant more. However, please make sure that you keep yourself informed about the trees you are planting and that these fit into and are profitable to the flora of your region.
Most users choose the second option: you can donate trees and we will plant them for you. This option is more effective since we can also guarantee professional handling with the help of foresters. Therefore, our project areas will first appear online and can be planted „virtually“. Once the area is planted online, we instruct and assign qualified and regional foresters with fencing, planting and continuous and on-going maintenance. On nearby acreages we do - wherever reasonable - maintenance or other tasks on our own and with volunteers.
In order to reassure you, we are creating a constant update with the help of pictures and information – also on social media platforms. In addition, our blog will inform you about our projects with teams of voluntary helpers.
Furthermore, we provide everyone with an insight into our annual reports.
Moreover, IPAT listed and accepted as a charitable GmbH by German authorities and hence we are obliged to solely use the donations and the money to achieve our goals. Further, that is the reason why more than 500 companies and numerous private donators support us in what we do.
Yes! Once you plant a tree via IPAT you will receive a donation receipt after six weeks confirming your donation. This receipt can be handed in to the tax-office, will be accepted and hence, the amount is tax-deductible. This is of course only applying to tax payers, paying taxes in Germany.
Just a small hint: The option “Tools” -> “contribution receipts” shows all your up-to-date receipts – and lets you download them).
Yes, there are and we would be glad if you do! Just register yourself as a company in order to decide when and how many trees you would like to plant. You can also plant trees for your customers by creating vouchers by simply clicking “as a voucher” when you order. Once the payment went trough, you’ll receive a code that can be sent as a PDF or printed. As long as you haven’t redeemed the voucher, the tree(s) is (are) assigned to you.
In addition, the “tools” section gives you the opportunity to generate a widget for your homepage, to download all donation receipts as well as the certificates about the planted trees.
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