Nearly one-third of the festival's income comes from business sponsorships, said Temple Lentz, executive director of the event.
Auction bids and donations bring in another third, and businesses account for half of them.
Festival of Trees visitors can vote with their dollars for a favorite tree or nonprofit and the nonprofit that brings in the most will receive one-third of those total donations.Another third will go to the Vancouver Rotary Foundation
and remaining funds will go to the other nonprofit event partners.
Each nonprofit tree is expected to have at least one business sponsor to cover the cost of its tree, lights, stand and decorations, Lentz
said.Local businesses also give to the event by sponsoring gala auction tables or matching employee donations to the foundation.
"Your dollars go further this way because you become a part of a large and growing group of donors," she
said of the foundation."The students who receive our scholarships might be a donor business' next employee.The homeless family we helped feed might be a future customer."
More than 400 volunteers work on the event with Lentz
, the event's sole employee.
"Many businesses around the area also encourage and reward employees for volunteering their time," she