Each year, the festival committee reviews applications from many area charitable organizations, and selects one or more beneficiaries for the event. The selected organizations then provide volunteers and other support to the committee to conduct the event. Substantially all of the net proceeds are then given to the beneficiary organizations. The 2016 beneficiary organizations were:

Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County

The Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County provides services to child victims of crime, working to ensure that the holistic needs of the child are being met, while aiding police and proscecutors to ensure that offenders against children are held accountable. Founded in 2004, the Center serves all 19 towns in Carroll County, with the main office located in Wolfeboro since 2006, and an auxiliary office in Conway which opened in 2011.

The number of children served by the center has increased dramatically during the past two years. The funds from the Festival of Trees will enable the CACCC to keep up with the growing demand.

Global Awareness Local Action

Over the past eight years, G.A.L.A. has engaged more that 300 volunteers and served hundreds of people through community and food pantry gardens, self reliance and homesteading workshops, school gardens, Town Cleanup Day, Bike and Walk to Work/School Day, and many other programs.

Sustain-A-Raisers, a successful G.A.L.A. program modeled after the volunteer driven "barn raising" was designed to help with installlation of raised bed gardens, rain barrels, compost bins, and clotheslines. Funds from the Festival will enable the program to expand to include the installation of hand rails, wheelchair accessible ramps and low cost weatherization. The services will be offered to senior citizens on a fixed income, disabled veterans, families experiencing poverty, and others in need on a case-by-case basis.

In the past years, the festival has raised more than $270,000 to aid the following local charitable organizations:

2015 - Friends of the Libby Museum and Kingswood Youth Center

2014 - End 68 Hours of Hunger and Caregivers of Southern Carroll County

2013 - Ossipee Children's Fund and All Saints' Preschool

2012 - Appalachian Mountain Teen Project and Granite State Adaptive

2011 - Wolfeboro Nursury School and Assistance Canine Training Services

2010 - Wolfeboro Senior Center and Meals

2009 - Lions Fuel Assistance Fund

2008 - 10th anniversary year, proceeds divided among past beneficiaries.

2007 - Wolfeboro Area Meals on Wheels

2006 - Wolfeboro Friends of Music, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project

2005 - Child Advocacy Center of Carroll County

2004 - VNA Good Beginnings

2003 - Lakes Region Humane Society

2002 - Kingswood Youth Center

2001 - Wolfeboro Area Children's Center

2000 - Life Ministries Food Pantry

1999 - Life Ministries Food Pantry