How does the Giving Tree Village Work?

  • Every tree in the Giving Tree Village (60 trees) is sponsored and decorated by individuals and/or local businesses in support of various local non-profits.
  • Each tree represents a collaboration between a local business and a local non-profit.
  • Each year approximately 40,000 individuals walk through the Giving Tree Village to view the beautifully decorated trees and vote for their favorite tree(s)/non-profit(s).
  • Each vote generates a donation for the specific charity associated with the tree. The amount the charity receives is based on the number of votes they receive.
  • Additionally, cash awards are distributed to category winners. The cash awards are funded by Event Sponsors and Tree sponsors.

Sponsorship Participation Opportunities

  • Businesses have three options to participate in the Giving Tree Village.
    • Sponsor the event – donate directly to multiple non-profits of your choice (minimum $500). Sponsorship cost is negotiable.
    • Sponsor a tree – select a local non-profit to sponsor and design and decorate a themed tree together with the non-profit. Sponsorship cost: $325.
    • In-Kind Donations – provide goods and services to support Giving Tree Village (negotiated)

Tree Decorating

  • The trees are provided by the Rotary Club of Davidson and will be placed on the Town Green for you to decorate.
  • There will be a sign at each tree to identify the Nonprofit and the Sponsor and will have a QR code that will take you directly to the Giving Tree Village Shopping Cart to purchase a vote/donation for the tree. 
  • When will the trees be available to decorate? Trees will be set-up at the Davidson Town Green on Saturday, November 25th with decorating beginning on Sunday, November 26th. All trees must be decorated no later than Noon on Wednesday, November 29th.
  • Who is responsible for decorating the trees? Either the business or non-profit partner or both are responsible for decorating their tree. Tree decorators are free to be creative in decorating their tree. Businesses and non-profits are responsible for providing all tree lights and decorations. Electrical power and tree spotlights will be provided.
  • Note: As there are over 60 trees in the village, tree decor is limited to the general circumference of the tree branches.
  • Note: Decorate your tree to stand up to weather – it may rain, snow or be windy.
  • The trees will remain on the Town Green through December 11. The Rotary Club of Davidson will be removing the trees on Tuesday, December 12th. You may begin to remove the decorations from your tree on Sunday, December 10th and they must be removed no later than Tuesday, December 12th.

Tree Marketing

  • It is important that each business and non-profit market their tree to gain visibility.
  • More visibility garners more votes resulting in larger donations.
  • Market the tree to customers, vendors, donors, friends and family.
  • Send out an email blast and do a social media campaign to market your tree.
  • If you have a storefront, put up a sign with the QR code you were sent to remind your customers to make a donation. (The online voting begins with the start of Christmas in Davidson (November 30th at 5 p.m. and is open through  December 3rd.)
  • To vote for a tree, go to givingtreevillage.com when the voting opens at the start of Christmas in Davidson.
  • You will be provided with a QR code you can use to send the voter to your tree. The QR code will be placed on the sign in front of your tree.
  • Note: If you fail to market your tree, you may not meet your fundraising goal.

Tree Voting

  • Voting occurs both in-person at the Giving Tree Village or online.
  • In-person voting is available during Christmas in Davidson, November 30 through December 2, 2023. Each in-person vote is $1.00 with a minimum purchase of $5.00. Note: Credit cards and cash will be accepted at the Giving Tree Village event.
  • Online voting will be available until December 3rd, at midnight 2023. 
  • 100% of the votes (funds) earned by each tree during the Giving Tree Village event will be donated to the associated non-profit. In addition to donated funds, cash prizes will be awarded.
  • All donations are final. Giving Tree Village does not offer refunds.

2023 Prizes

This year 5 Superlative Prizes will be awarded and the winners will receive $500!

  • Most Representative of the nonprofit.
  • Most Educational.
  • Most Creative. 
  • Most Festive.
  • Best hand-made decorations.

In addition a $500 prize will be awarded to the Kid’s Favorite. The kids visiting the Giving Tree Village during Christmas in Davidson will be given a special Kid’s Favorite ticket to vote for their favorite tree. 

There will also be prizes awarded for the top 3 vote-getters.

First Prize: $750

Second Prize: $500

Third Prize: $300

There will be no double dipping on prizes – only one prize per nonprofit.


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Rotary Club of Davidson

Rotary International is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Rotary Clubs are all about friendship, service, and making positive changes. 

Rotary Club of Davidson is one of 35,000 clubs across the world. We meet the first three Tuesdays of each month at noon at the North Harbor Club. Please send us an email if you would like to visit our club meeting.

Imagine having a group of friends who all care about making the world a better place. You decide to team up and work on projects that can help your local community, like planting trees, doing landscaping work for a local nonprofit, providing lunches to kids in need, or organizing events to raise money for charity.

Rotary Club of Davidson serves the community locally as well as international projects. We are made up of professionals from different fields – business, government, healthcare, and more. All are caring individuals who want to leave a positive mark on the world. These folks meet regularly to plan and carry out projects that address various needs, both close to home and around the world. We have assisted in providing much-needed heart surgery for children in different countries, provided supplies during COVID for people in need across the world, and provided financial support for medical clinics.