About Us

Every student deserves to tackle the challenges they face with excitement rather than fear. We believe families and educators must then engage together for students to succeed beyond the classroom.

40MILLION+

ENGAGEMENTS

MADE BETWEEN EDUCATORS AND FAMILIES (NOT JUST MESSAGES DELIVERED)

$9

MILLION

IN FUNDS RAISED TO IMPACT STUDENT LIVES

Our Story

In 2012, two parents became frustrated by the number of websites, apps, emails, calendars, newsletters and folders they had to check to stay involved in their children’s academic lives. With each new grade, class, and school activity, things became more chaotic. As parents, they simply wanted to be more engaged in their children’s lives and know what was happening that day in school BEFORE they got home. Surely the social network giants of today would have created a private and safe social network specifically for the K-12 Education System?

They didn’t. So those two parents set out to take a bold step to revolutionize how families and educators could connect, collaborate, and coordinate. They leveraged the power of Web 2.0 principles to build a unique, social network that replaces the multitude of outdated tools such as email blasts/notification systems, web/parent portals, websites, teacher blogs, volunteer websites, printed handouts, etc., almost all of which served as one-way communication devices. Livingtree became the only platform built in the context of optimizing community, family and student engagement for the full range of K-12 school systems. It empowered education leaders to connect, share and engage their families at every level.

Why was it named Livingtree? Well, there is a tree in Africa, called the Baobab Tree. It is referred to as the “tree of life,” providing shelter, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants of the desert regions. Because of this, savannah communities formed and connected around these trees. The story of this tree struck them and led to the brand name, Livingtree.

It became the mission of the company to improve student outcomes by helping classrooms, schools, and districts build and connect with their communities. That’s when Livingtree discovered Edbacker. The district-wide online fundraising platform connected parents, local communities, corporations, and school districts to address America’s education funding gap while eliminating the surprises and liabilities associated with today’s crowdfunding sites. It was a perfect fit, and in January of 2018, Livingtree added the platform to its solution set.

Today, Livingtree’s original platform is now known as Livingtree Engage, and Edbacker is known as Livingtree Give. The company is fulfilling its mission to help better serve and connect school communities, and continuing to grow every day. School districts across the country are turning to Livingtree to help improve family engagement as well as their online fundraising systems.

Meet our team

GARY HENSLEY

CEO and President

Dr. Steve Constantino

Senior Vice President

NICHOLAS WALKER

Chief Technology Officer

Eric Letada

Director of Customer Success and Product Management

MICHAEL CASH

Director of Implementation and Customer Support

KELLEN WILSON

Marketing Coordinator

Olivia Corbett

Business Development Representative

ALEX HUSAR

Livingtree Give Lead Developer

Carlos Rice

Customer Support Specialist

Michael Ellis

Sales Development Representative

Jesse Leib

Sales Development Representative

Meet our advisory board

KATHY HURLEY

Co-Founder, Girls Thinking Global, Co-Editor, Real Women, Real Leaders, (Wiley Publishing, April, 2015)

ARI ENGELBERG

Co-founder stamps.com, Executive director Bright Star Schools

JOHN AGGREY

Co-Founder & Managing Partner at BizGravity LLC, CEO at The Unicorn Group LLC

JONI HENDERSON

Chief Partnerships Officer at Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation

JONI CARSWELL

Former CEO of Livingtree

Engagement & Fundraising

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