Top Ten List!
This page has the Top Ten list and some extra goodies.

Top Ten List

10- They are alive! (The only Christmas tree option that is actually a tree.)

9.6- A full size potted Christmas tree is the grandest seasonal houseplant ever! Makes the Easter Lilly, Poinsettia and Shamrock look small! If houseplants are good for the soul, what about a visiting houseplant that´s huge and decorated and lighted and has presents underneath that you know birdies are going to be nesting in? Huh huh?

9- They are the most naturally shaped! Not sheared into a cone.

8- They are the freshest! What´s fresher than alive huh huh?

7- It is tough for the dogs and cats to knock them over. The rootballs are a heavy base which prevents any climbs by cats, (assuming fat cats don´t climb trees)!

6- Less of a fire hazard! They don't dry out like cut trees.

5- TOPCTC helps define Oregon as a State with desirable innovations. Oregon is taking on many conscientious activities such as; land use planning, the bottle bill, social service programs, the beach bill, best bicycle city, curbside recycling, mass transit, green buildings AND, for the umpteenth year in a row, thousands of living Christmas trees permanently planted.

4- Everyone who contributes to TOPCTC are pioneering. (Here´s our fun soundbite!) "Potted Christmas trees turn Christmas into a tree planting Holiday." Part of your Christmas tree payment goes to lowering the price of your tree to it's buyer/planter. (We sell trees after New Years for less than half of what we bought them for.) One day, one fine day, TOPCTC will be on a national show like Oprah or Good Morning America, the closest we´ve come yet is TIME magazine. We´ll be sure to thank the whole business: growers, truck rental place, Kinkos, coffee shops, the website thing, media, memories, truckers, buyer / planters and especially the fine folk who get their Christmas trees from us who are the backbone!

3. Your Christmas tree cleans the air. Science says we're all contributing to 'air pollution / global warming / climate change'. Choosing a potted Christmas tree every year is a fabulous response to that. Our clients might feel something like, "Yeah, part of the reason I choose a potted Christmas tree each year is so at least I clean my air pollution." (We at TOPCTC aren't climatologists but it's not unreasonable that a tree respiring every day probably cleans the air one pollutes every day.)

2- TOPCTC donates. We've given trees and cash to groovey causes.

#1 reason to contribute (order from )with The Original Potted Christmas Tree Company, is... {Come On! Say ´Woohoo´ out loud! Right now! iT feels good! Come On! Say ´Woohoo´ out loud! Nowish!} The #1 of the Top Ten List is... Kids (of any age) learn that even very old ways of doing things can be evolved into new ways that are good business and friendlier to the environment!

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Ideas about 'nonprofit'
(We're not experts on law so the following is meant as guidelines about 'nonprofit'.)

We're asked every year if we're a nonprofit. The main reason we are asked if we are a nonprofit is because of our '.org' internet address. We chose the '.org' because .com was taken, and because we feel we do good work. (We lower the price of trees to planters thus increasing the demand for trees getting planted.) We're not registered as a nonprofit with the State. It costs like $2,000 and more than a few hours to file for nonprofit status. All legally designated nonprofits are businesses that are corporations. 'Profit' is best understood as income above expenses. A nonprofits expenses include employees (and board members) wages, any money at the end of the year above those set limits goes into growing the business, not to shareholders. Profit above expenses can go to increasing expenses (employee wages) the next year. Employees of nonprofits pay income tax on their wages. OHSU hospital is a nonprofit and is the largest employer in the Portland metro area.

The second main reason we are asked if we are a nonprofit is because 'we' plant trees. The main criteria for a business to be legally designated nonprofit is if they have a 'charitable purpose'. We say our charitable purpose is that we lower the price of trees to planters, preferably local public agencies. We buy trees for $x. We 'rent' them for the price we need to stay in business. We sell them after New Years for $x-divided-by-more-than-two. (We sell our trees after New Years for $10 which is less than half of what we buy them for before Christmas). Doesn't that sound like something a nonprofit would do?

The public who pay for our Christmas trees, our clients, are partly subsidizing the price of trees we sell after New Years. Get it? We'd give the trees to planters but we'd have to charge our Christmas tree clients $10 more.

The main reason businesses choose to register as a nonprofit corporation is to get things donated and people to volunteer. If TOLCTC was a nonprofit we could get growers to donate trees to us and growers could write the value off their taxes. Then we could give trees away after Christmas and really make big news. If people volunteer we could charge people less for their Christmas trees. It's just a matter if we qualify to be a nonprofit, if we apply to be a nonprofit and then if we're designated by the state as a nonprofit. Sounds like a good idea. we might apply for nonprofit status someday.

A nonprofit ( in San Francisco 'partners' with The City Of San Francisco. That partnership is financially beneficial to TOLCTC (us) have been around 20 years which begs the question, "where's our partnership with The City Of Portland?" Does the legal designation matter more than the deeds? Hmm huh?

We're just a small Christmas tree business that seems like big because of our unique service and because most Christmas tree lots don't have web sites or delivery or press. So volunteer, you could even plant a tree. We're a good cause.

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