Sapling Project Program Mission


The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect (AFC), a partner organization of the Anne Frank House, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities about the consequences of intolerance, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on mutual respect.

In 2009 AFC launched the Sapling Project, a national initiative aimed at bringing together diverse communities and educational centers in a shared celebration of Anne, her beloved chestnut tree, her appreciation of nature, and her longing for freedom and justice in the world. The Center awarded 11 saplings of the Anne Frank Tree to sites across the country. These locations memorialize incidences of intolerance and discrimination across the United States and around the world. The Anne Frank tree saplings provide an opportunity for these sites to abstract the story of Anne Frank and connect them to incidences of injustice witnessed here in the United States.

Our aim is for the planting of the 11 trees to tell a greater story of surmounting the obstacles of discrimination of any kind. We believe that the sum story will be greater than the parts. That is why the Center has also launched the Confronting Intolerance Today project. Confronting Intolerance Today will feature a special speaker series dedicated to exposing new voices for tolerance and creative ways state officials, organizations, communities, and individuals are tackling modern forms of injustice.

The Anne Frank Center USA, founded in 1977, is a non-sectarian, educational organization, that is not-for-profit under the Internal Revenue Code Section {501 (c) (3)}. Contributions to the organization are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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