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The Ecology Center

 32701 Alipaz Street
 San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
[P] (949) 443-4223
[F] --
www.theecologycenter.org
[email protected]
Evan Marks
FOUNDED: 2008
INCORPORATED: 2009
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Organization DBA The Ecology Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 80-0308638 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The Ecology Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on creative solutions for thriving on planet Earth. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower people in the stewardship of ecological design and sustainability in the core areas of Water, Grow, Eat, and Make. We aim to model solutions that will be replicated based on the core belief that we are all part of nature, intimately interconnected to each other and our shared environment, and that together, we can create a healthy, abundant future.

Mission Statement

The Ecology Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on creative solutions for thriving on planet Earth. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower people in the stewardship of ecological design and sustainability in the core areas of Water, Grow, Eat, and Make. We aim to model solutions that will be replicated based on the core belief that we are all part of nature, intimately interconnected to each other and our shared environment, and that together, we can create a healthy, abundant future.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $3,460,984.00
Projected Revenue $3,529,854.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Backyard Skills Workshops
  • Monthly Open Houses
  • Eco-Tots
  • Road Trip: A Mobile Ecological Experience
  • Community Table Series

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The Ecology Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on creative solutions for thriving on planet Earth. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower people in the stewardship of ecological design and sustainability in the core areas of Water, Grow, Eat, and Make. We aim to model solutions that will be replicated based on the core belief that we are all part of nature, intimately interconnected to each other and our shared environment, and that together, we can create a healthy, abundant future.

Background Statement

The Ecology Center, a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2008, is a robust regional hub that through design, models creative solutions for thriving on planet earth, serving Orange and San Diego Counties. We believe in giving more than we take and inspiring a mindset that simple solutions can make big change. Through our four core initiatives, Water, Grow, Eat and Make we provide hands-on, ecological experiences to contribute to a healthy, abundant future for all.
 
Our programming includes: Backyard Skills (a skills-building workshop series), Community Table (farm-to-table educational dining experiences) and seasonal marquee events such as Green Feast, Earth Day and Makers Market. With our newest mobile experience, Road Trip, we are able to reach communities far and wide to bring our programming off of our property and into communities everywhere.
 

Impact Statement

The Ecology Center is in the business of Experiential Design. Our vision is for a culture that gives more than it takes. We work to achieve this by modeling creative solutions for thriving on planet earth.
 
Our experiences are designed to invite action and create lasting emotional memories that incite change. We model authentic solutions that are to be experienced, exported and replicated. We believe that together we are a catalyst for transformation across every layer of our communities. So we invite all species to see, touch, feel, and participate in being architects of the future.
 

Needs Statement

As a non-profit, The Ecology Center continuously seeks improved and diverse methodologies of securing funding for ongoing programming. In addition to program support, we are in need of ongoing general operating support, volunteers and interns, evaluation services, and collaboration opportunities with like-minded organizations and individuals.

CEO Statement

Our goal is to create a culture of sustainability where together we work to ensure the health of our environment and community. To do this, we've created a regional hub to gather and share progressive ideas and skills in building a healthy household and community. Please join us!

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Accepts cash, credit, and check donations. Volunteer opportunities are available on our website.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
South Orange County
West Orange County
North Orange County
Located in San Juan Capistrano, The Ecology Center primarily serves residents and students in the Orange County area, with additional members and visitors from San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties.

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
  2. Environment - Environmental Education
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools

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Programs


Backyard Skills Workshops

Backyard Skills are monthly donation-based workshops that cover a series of garden and DIY topics. The hands-on skills we showcase are inspired by the generations that have come before us. We cover topics such as fruit tree care, pickling, container gardening, natural dyeing and more.
Budget  $22,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Families
Program Short-Term Success  In 2017, we delivered 38 workshops to over 600 people at our San Juan Capistrano location.
Program Long-Term Success  Our goal with Backyard Skills is to create a community based on skills-sharing. Where friends and neighbors feel welcome and implement their new found skills in their neighborhoods and homes.
Program Success Monitored By  We track the number of participants and conduct pre and post program surveys to evaluate knowledge learned and quality of instruction.
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Monthly Open Houses

Open Houses are a monthly opportunity to sample all of what The Ecology Center has to offer. Take a tour, sample seasonal food, learn a new skill and find out how you can become part of the solution at The Ecology Center.
Budget  $6,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Families
Program Short-Term Success  Our Monthly Open Houses continue to grow and sell out quicker each year.
Program Long-Term Success  To engage our local community, and give those who have never interacted with The Ecology Center the opportunity to learn a new skill, get inspired and choose how they want to be involved in our organization.
Program Success Monitored By  We track the number of participants and conduct pre and post program surveys to evaluate knowledge learned and quality of instruction.
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Eco-Tots

Eco-Tots offers toddlers and their parents a sensory, hands-on learning experience. As children explore our grounds with the guidance of our experienced instructors, they will observe garden insects, engage in scavenger hunts, and various art activities. This fun experience helps to form the building blocks to a healthy, active, and conscious future.
Budget  $12,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Families
Program Short-Term Success  In 2017 Eco-Tots engaged over 200 families in Southern California. This monthly offering has become our most attended workshop at The Ecology Center.
Program Long-Term Success  We believe in nourishing all children. Eco Tots is our opportunity to bring families together to do just that. Our goal is to engage as many families as we can with this unique offering.
Program Success Monitored By  We track the number of participants and conduct pre and post program surveys to evaluate knowledge learned and quality of instruction.
Examples of Program Success  --

Road Trip: A Mobile Ecological Experience

This 32-foot double decker bus acts as The Ecology Center on wheels. Equipped with interactive displays, a kitchen classroom, hands-on DIY stations, and everything needed to host a community celebration, it allows us to bring our transformative, educational programming off our property, and into communities near and far.
Budget  $346,974.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  The bus hits the road in April 2018 and plans to visit ten schools, interacting with over 2,000 students.
Program Long-Term Success  Operating as an Eco-Center on wheels, Road Trip will allow our programming to be delivered to the front door of neighborhoods to start a community-wide environmental movement. Remaining with our holistic approach to influence change by introducing a menu of daily practices centered around sustainability, Road Trip will address conservation and maximize long-term sustainability in local San Diego and Orange County communities, and beyond.
Program Success Monitored By  We track the number of participants and conduct pre and post program surveys to evaluate knowledge learned and quality of instruction.
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Community Table Series

Community Table is a farm-to-table dinner series inspired by our Community Table Accord. A promise that is upheld by local and national chefs to promote sustainability throughout all aspects of sourcing, preparing, and eating food including. Our Community Table Chefs create more than a farm-to-table meal, they create an educational dining experience that builds conversation and pathways to an ecological food culture.
Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  In 2017, we hosted five Community Table dinners and over 300 guests at our Community Table Series.
Program Long-Term Success  To support the Community Table Accord as an effort to mainstream sustainability in the global farm-to-table community. Shaped, practiced, and shared by our founding chefs, the Community Table Accord advances the conversation at the dinner table. By living and eating in accordance with these principles, each one of us contributes to a more abundant future.
Program Success Monitored By  We track the number of participants and conduct pre and post program surveys to evaluate knowledge learned and quality of instruction.
Examples of Program Success  --

Management


CEO/Executive Director Evan Marks
CEO Term Start Sept 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience The Ecology Center) was founded by Evan Marks, an Orange County native who developed permaculture and agroecology experience living abroad in Costa Rica, Peru, Mexico, Ghana, and Nigeria. Evan observed simple solutions being implemented in a manner that far outweighed American models. Upon returning home to the U.S., he immediately saw the need to teach ecological design as a lifestyle and started The Ecology Center as a facility teaching skills to tens of thousands each year.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 17
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 20
Male: 5
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Joe Baird
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rumiano Cheese
Board Chair Term Jan 2019 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Joe Baird Rumiano Cheese Voting
Kaitrin Cooper -- Voting
Mark Magiera Chez Panisse Voting
Evan Marks The Ecology Center NonVoting
Ann Shea Philanthropist Voting
Jennifer Sherman -- Voting
Caitlin Wege Venture Capitalist Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Capital Campaign
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Finance

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,626,950 $968,984 $1,245,671
Total Expenses $1,483,662 $1,152,829 $1,011,777

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$829,535 $313,567 $820,072
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $551,650 $282,193 $277,151
Investment Income, Net of Losses $982 $909 $125
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $213,152 $302,376 $96,116
Revenue In-Kind $31,461 $14,020 $31,986
Other $170 $55,919 $52,207

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,197,978 $942,880 $845,258
Administration Expense $150,959 $145,083 $108,325
Fundraising Expense $134,725 $64,866 $58,194
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.10 0.84 1.23
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 82% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 11% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $649,307 $492,369 $625,921
Current Assets $528,516 $405,245 $553,519
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $91,282 $77,632 $27,339
Total Net Assets $558,025 $414,737 $598,582

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 5.79 5.22 20.25

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Together with our community, we will build a world-class community farm and learning institute that expands our community's exposure to agriculture, food, and artisan culture. 
Campaign Goal $15,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2019 - Jan 2024
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $1,500,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the 990 amd  audited financials as well as consultation with the organization.

Documents


Other Documents

Impact Report (2015)

2013 Annual Report (2013)

2012 Organization Highlights (2012)

No Other Documents currently available.