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Back to Natives Restoration

 P.O. Box 10820
 Santa Ana, CA 92711
[P] (949) 509-4787
[F] --
www.backtonatives.org
[email protected]
Reginald Durant
FOUNDED: 2005
INCORPORATED: 2007
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 61-1523908 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

To encourage and participate in restoration and conservation of Orange County and California wildlands through education and restoration programs featuring native plants and biodiversity as a centralizing theme.

Mission Statement

To encourage and participate in restoration and conservation of Orange County and California wildlands through education and restoration programs featuring native plants and biodiversity as a centralizing theme.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $124,470.00
Projected Revenue $132,205.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • USFS & Back to Natives Restoration Training Program
  • Back to Natives Nursery @ Santiago Park
  • Service Learning Habitat Restoration program in the Santiago Park Nature Reserve
  • Service Learning Habitat Restoration program in the Cleveland National Forest
  • Habitat Restoration at Cuesta Kato

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Overview


Mission Statement

To encourage and participate in restoration and conservation of Orange County and California wildlands through education and restoration programs featuring native plants and biodiversity as a centralizing theme.

Background Statement

Back to Natives' first project - two years before we incorporated as a non-profit in 2007 - was in 2005 when 200 volunteers came together to plant a butterfly habitat at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. Since then BTN has set the goal of restoring open space with native plants, while reaching out to the community through restoration-based education programs and volunteer opportunities. BTN now coordinates with land managers to provide service-learning programs, which combine habitat restoration, environmental education and community service. Through a partnership with the USFS, BTN also provides annual training workshops for restoration volunteers.  Through outreach and education, Back to Natives strives to involve the community in the process of ecological restoration and conservation. We believe that a little “ecological enlightenment” and a chance to “get your hands dirty” is the best way to improve relations between people and Nature.


Impact Statement

BTN connects the community to habitat restoration through service learning and native plant education.

Accomplishments from the past year:
 
1. Back to Natives enjoyed the assistance of 300+ interns and volunteers in 2016-17. Back to Natives could not function without the help of interns and volunteers. The number of volunteer hours recorded in 2016-17 is over 4000. Back to Natives also made a greater impact on service learning participants, who spent an average of 20 hours volunteering with us. Repeat exposure to our program results in significant attitude and behavior change. 

2. BTN completed a fifth year of habitat restoration at the Santiago Nature Preserve. Volunteers recorded 258 volunteer hours in the Santiago Creek Nature Reserve in the 2015-16 year.

3.  BTN continued to offer regular volunteer events twice a week at the BTN Nursery at Santiago Park. Volunteers recorded 1988 hours at the Nursery in 2015-16 – 616 hours more than last year! 
 
4.  The Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza was once again Back to Native’s premier educational event of the year. Reginald Durant presented “Native Plant Landscaping for Birds & Butterflies” to a standing room only crowd at Williams Sonoma and at West Elm. The presentation showed locally native, landscape quality plants that help conserve water, and provide habitat for butterflies and birds.  

5. The BTN Nursery at Santiago Park was the hub of several education programs in 2015-16. Our community enjoyed learning about soil in "Soil 101" and “Know your Soil”.  Many enjoyed our "Dealing with Drought" and Water Wise Irrigation classes. Native Plant Walk participants learned about the connections between some native plants and the animals that depend on them, and which drought tolerant native plants would be great to use in their landscaping.

Goals for the current year:

1. Install additional irrigation at the Back to Natives Nursery.

2. Add 1-2 new part time staff.

3. Continue restoring our new property in Dana Point, the Back to Natives Native Plant Reserve (Cuesta Kato).


Needs Statement

  1. Continue installation of the irrigation system at the Back to Natives Nursery. ($7500)
  2. Continue restoration of the Back to Natives Native Plant Reserve (Cuesta Kato) in Dana Point. ($175,000)
  3. Staff salary and benefits. ($120,000)
  4. New (used) truck that can tow a trailer. ($2500 - $50,000)
  5. Pro bono help with accounting & tax preparation.

CEO Statement

Back to Natives Restoration is a key element in the ecological restoration of our wildlands, using community volunteers that learn about the process of restoration while performing it. BTN believes education is key to fully apprectate WHY natural areas need to be protected and restored. Through restoration and education BTN is doing our part in helping to slow down global climate change, and increasing our carbon sequestration systems in the natural areas of California.

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Other ways to donate: mail a check to Back to Natives, P.O. Box 10820, Santa Ana, CA 92711, or call 949-509-4787 to donate over the phone with a credit card.  Please arrange in-kind donations with us via email: [email protected]  Volunteer opportunities are listed on our website at http://backtonatives.org/volunteer 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Diego County, San Luis Obispo County, San Bernardino County, throughout California Wildlands.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Land Resources Conservation
  2. Education -
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Citizen Participation

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Programs


USFS & Back to Natives Restoration Training Program

The United States Forest Service & Back to NativesRESTORATION present a Volunteer Restoration Training Program annually. Ecological restoration is a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing healthy ecosystems.  This program is for those interested in the restoration and conservation of Orange County wildlands.  Successful habitat restoration ensures that native species are protected while non-native species are removed efficiently, and with minimal human impact to the site.  This program will acquaint participants with non-chemical, low impact weed removal methods. 
Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Apprenticeships
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  Through education of individuals BTN hopes to establish a sustainable curriculum that allows for a class size of minimum 10 people and maximum 30 people per session. For short term success BTN hopes to retain all 30 students in each class throughout the course of the nine month long training program.
Program Long-Term Success  BTN is determined to reach as many people as possible about the necessity of restoration or ecological systems in local wildlands. The long term success shall be rated by the number of individuals trained, as well as the number of volunteer hours accumulated by graduates of each successive training class in performing ecological restoration related projects.
Program Success Monitored By  BTN requires all graduates from the Training Program to report volunteer hours performed in ecological restoration related projects. Graduates are required to volunteer for one additional year for a minumum of two hours per month at the venue of their choice. BTN only asks that they report to us once per month telling BTN where they volunteered, what they did, and for how long while Representing BTN by wearing their Restoration Training Program volunteer t-shirt that was awarded at the time of their graduation. Volunteer hours and details are collected and maintained in a spreadsheet for comparison to past and future years volunteer success.
Examples of Program Success  BTN has partnered with the USFS Trabuco Ranger District of the Cleveland National forest  to run this program since 2008. The first year of training we had over 40 registrants with 14 regular participants over the course of the nine month program. Twelve students successfully completed the Program the first year and graduated in June of 2008. Over the course of their additional year of volunteerism as required by their registration for the Free Training Program, the twelve graduates accummulated over 1100 hours of volunteer time during projects related to ecological restoration and representing BTN. The volunteer hours were performed at over 12 different venues throughout Orange County California and beyond. This past training season BTN saw over 90 registrants for the class, with 30 regularly participating students. During the course of both year's Training Program we have worked on Federal, County, City and private non profit lands helping to restore natural systems through weed abatement programs and volunteer recruitment and training.

Back to Natives Nursery @ Santiago Park

Back to Natives has established a native plant nursery in Santiago Park Nature Preserve in Santa Ana. A 30’x36’ greenhouse structure, complete with propagation tables, was completed in October 2011. Irrigation was installed for the greenhouse in May 2013. In 2014  we raised funds for two shade structures - one for the grow field as well as one for the plant sales area.  We are still fundraising for irrigation to those areas. The Back to Natives Nursery at Santiago Park project provides BTN with native plants for habitat restoration while supplementing our income with plant sales to our community. The nursery is open for educational programs and volunteer events.Volunteer Nursery Workdays are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9AM-12PM.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of each native propagation program 100% of participants will understand and 90% or more will agree why BTN uses only locally native species of plants for propagation, landscape design and habitat restoration. By the end of each native cooking class 90% of participants will understand the importance of organic locally grown food, and self reliance with removal of chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides from landscapes. By the end of each habitat restoration training program 90% of participants will understand why habitat restoration is important for humans as well as animals. Participants will understand why BTN does not use chemicals to treat weed infestations or nonnative animal infestations. Participants will be able to successfully teach and lead one time volunteers in how to perform habitat restoration and why habitat restoration is important.
Program Long-Term Success 
Provide a long term sustainable source of plant material and seed material for locally native species of plants for all BTN projects and programs. Provide for a long term sustainable source of income through retail plant sales and educational programming.
 
Provide an increase in biodiversity and restoration of plant communities through viable habitat at Santiago Creek Nature Reserve and other BTN projects.
 
Provide a site for continued educational programming including native plant propagation, habitat restoration training, biological monitoring and other environmental science related topics.
 
Provide work force development for college students, recent grads, and displaced or unemployed workers through training in native plant nursery management, habitat restoration, biological monitoring and nonprofit management.
Program Success Monitored By 
Follow up thank you emails for all events and classes include polls and surveys that request the feedback and input of participants of classes, workshops and volunteer events.
 
USFS & Back to Natives Restoration Training Program graduates are required to volunteer for at least 2 hours per month for an additional year after course completion, to evaluate their abilities leading and teaching others during volunteer events and to help staff volunteer habitat restoration events. At the event of that year graduates receive a certificate of completion at the annual Cleveland National Forest Volunteer Orientation and complete a follow-up review of the program.
Examples of Program Success 
The BTN Nursery was completed in October of 2011 and since that time has successfully propagated over 180 species out of 806 found in Orange County. The propagation program has successfully supplied all plants for fundraising plant sales since September 2012.
 
USFS & Back to Natives Restoration Training Program participants have put in over 100 hours of volunteer time each.
 
Over 500 students have attended classes or workshops at the BTN Nursery @ Santiago Park since Fall 2012

Service Learning Habitat Restoration program in the Santiago Park Nature Reserve

Back to Natives has established a successful Service Learning Program in the heart of Santa Ana, at Santiago Park Nature Reserve, a 23 acre reserve bisected by over 5000 feet of Santiago Creek. BTN engages volunteers in active environmental stewardship within the Reserve while enhancing their environmental literacy and understanding of Orange County's need for habitat restoration.Past efforts to restore the Reserve continue, while participants and community members develop responsible stewardship practices. Volunteers visit Santiago Park Nature Reserve at least once a month to remove non-native plant species and plant native plants. Volunteers may be responsible for hand watering the plants if rain is inadequate.This high frequency of engagement provides meaningful results for the habitat within the park, for the volunteers who see that their efforts really do make a difference, and to the community who consistently see volunteers in the park.
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Plant Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Participants will have increased knowledge/awareness of environmental issues.
Program Long-Term Success  The Program will increase and improve habitat within the Santiago Park Nature Reserve.
Program Success Monitored By  Pre-implementation monitoring provides baseline information to compare with post-implementation data to determine whether the restoration is having the desired effect. Staff and volunteers do line transects at the start and end of each program year to record the percentage of native vs. non-native cover, which natives and non-natives are present, and which native animals are utilizing the habitat. The Project Participant Evaluation is designed to assess the effect of the project on participant knowledge and attitudes about the issue of invasive plants in our wildlands, and the need to restore habitat for the benefit of biodiversity.All participants will partake in the evaluation process.Data collection will include student pretests and posttests, participant logs and written observations, and interviews with some participants and BTN adult volunteers. Data will be collected on variables that have been linked to environmentally responsible behaviors. These variables included participants' environmental sensitivity, perceived knowledge of ecology/issues/action strategies, personal responsibility, perceived skill, and intention to act. Results will guide the development of future service learning habitat restoration projects.
Examples of Program Success  Community volunteers removed non-native invasive vegetation on 30 acres of land. hundreds of plants have been planted, and over 10 pounds of seed were sown by community volunteers. Over 1000 community volunteers have participated in the program. Each year this project also increases the community's awareness of the importance of restoring habitat. Park visitors and community members observe the park changing, and witness people volunteering consistently.It is common for park visitors to stop by while walking their dogs, jogging, bicycling, etc., to thank the volunteers for their help! Volunteers participated consistently.We are seeing a greater number of repeat volunteers (40% of the people who took our survey were repeat volunteers). The average number of hours individual volunteers worked went UP, which is great because continued exposure to the outdoors and educational programs like ours is significantly more valuable than one time experiences.Community members who saw the results of the restoration inquired with us about using locally native plants in their own landscaping and many purchased plants for their own yards from our nursery! According to our survey of the volunteers, 80% said they would volunteer again with Back to Natives in the future. 88% said they felt they were making a worthwhile contribution to help the planet. One individual said, "I had so much fun! I could have worked longer. One of the best volunteering opportunities I have ever participated in." Another said, "I hike often, so removing the thistle was a good way to give the area something in return for so much beauty to be immersed in." Another said, "I enjoyed the LEARNING component of this event. The work was a lot of fun, and I also felt like I really accomplished something. The work was not so hard I felt overwhelmed, and the 'green-shirt' volunteers taught us so much about the plants that I was engaged the entire time."

Service Learning Habitat Restoration program in the Cleveland National Forest

Back to Natives has partnered with the United States Forest Service to restore habitat in the Cleveland National Forest in Orange County with the help of community volunteers. Over 100 volunteers have worked almost 1000 hours removing non-native invasive weeds in the San Mateo Wilderness, restoring a total of 2.5 acres of land (60% of all Italian Thistle). Volunteers also worked removing non-native invasive weeds on 4.5 acres of land near Elsinore Peak in the Cleveland National Forest (100% of the Star Thistle in our project area).
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Participants will have increased knowledge/awareness of environmental issues. 100% of the participants will be able to define biodiversity, and describe a unique quality of the ecosystem they are restoring.
Program Long-Term Success  The program will increase and improve habitat within the San Mateo Wilderness and on Elsinore Peak in the Cleveland National Forest. Participating volunteers will see public land as a place to recreate respectfully, restore and conserve.
Program Success Monitored By  BTN determines the program’s success in regards to habitat restoration by collecting biological data. Participants perform transects to survey the plants and animals present before and after restoration work is complete. BTN determines the program’s success in regards to participant attitudes by surveying participants before, during and after the program.
Examples of Program Success  Each year, 20+ volunteers put in over 200 hours in the San Mateo Wilderness removing Italian Thistle, and 20+ volunteers put in almost 400 hours on Elsinore Peak removing Star Thistle.

Habitat Restoration at Cuesta Kato

Back to Natives is raising funds to restore the habitat at the Back to Natives Native Plant Reserve (which we call Cuesta Kato). Back to Natives received a donation of land from Kato Properties in late 2015. The 2.5 acres of land along Del Obispo Drive in Dana Point are about a mile from the Pacific Ocean, less than a ½ mile from San Juan Creek, and less than 2 miles from the Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area. It is undeveloped and will remain so to provide habitat for birds and butterflies.

The project will focus on creating habitat for the Monarch butterfly, including planting and/or seeding with locally native milkweed species. Numerous locally native nectar plants will also be included with the goal of creating a monarch breeding and migration habitat. The project will be carried out by volunteers participating in a service learning program. Participants are high school and college age volunteers – as well as community members. Education and outreach will be incorporated to increase interest, awareness and engagement in monarch conservation efforts. The main audience for our outreach will be project participants, but the outreach will reach a broader audience during volunteer recruitment at community events, a PR campaign to draw media attention to the project, a social media campaign, and other outreach efforts.

Program participants will also conduct monitoring to track the monarch population and habitat establishment at Cuesta Kato. A concurrent project to grow locally native milkweed at the Back to Natives Nursery in Santa Ana will also be conducted as a service learning program with interns documenting the successes and failures of milkweed growth in order to increase understanding of milkweed propagation. The milkweed we grow will be used in habitat restoration projects, including that at Cuesta Kato, and also sold to raise funds for our environmental education, service learning, and habitat restoration projects.

Budget  $75,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

1. Restore habitat at Cuesta Kato, establishing 100% coverage of native plants. Currently coverage is about 15%.

2. Create habitat for the Monarch butterfly by planting locally native milkweed plants and seeding with locally native milkweed seed.

3. Document the Monarch population at Cuesta Kato.

4. Grow locally native milkweed plants at the Back to Natives Nursery in Santa Ana. Document the successes and failures of milkweed growth in order to increase understanding of milkweed propagation.

5. Provide volunteers with a service learning program in Cuesta Kato.

6. Provide habitat restoration services for the habitat in Cuesta Kato.

7. 90% of program participants will understand the importance of habitat restoration and biodiversity, and exhibit increased interest, awareness and engagement in monarch conservation efforts.

Program Long-Term Success 

1. Restore habitat at Cuesta Kato.

2. Create habitat for the Monarch butterfly by planting locally native milkweed plants and seeding with locally native milkweed seed.

3. Document the Monarch population at Cuesta Kato.

4. Grow locally native milkweed plants at the Back to Natives Nursery in Santa Ana. Document the successes and failures of milkweed growth in order to increase understanding of milkweed propagation.

5. Provide volunteers with a service learning program in Cuesta Kato.

6. Provide habitat restoration services for the habitat in Cuesta Kato.

7. 90% of program participants will understand the importance of habitat restoration and biodiversity, and exhibit increased interest, awareness and engagement in monarch conservation efforts.

Program Success Monitored By 

Successful monitoring can prevent many problems associated with restoration projects by providing early warning signals if a project is not on track, improve ongoing project coordination, and to ensure that project goals are being met. BTN utilizes three main types of project monitoring:

· Pre-implementation monitoring—Provides baseline information to compare with post-implementation data to determine whether the restoration is having the desired effect. Staff and volunteers do line transects at the start of each project to record the percentage of native vs. non-native cover, which natives and non-natives are present, and which native animals are utilizing the habitat.

· Effectiveness monitoring— Staff and volunteers repeat the initial line transects in the middle of each project to record the percentage of native vs. non-native cover, which natives and non-natives are present, and which native animals are utilizing the habitat.

· Validation monitoring— Staff and volunteers repeat the initial line transects at the culmination of each project year to record the percentage of native vs. non-native cover, which natives and non-natives are present, and which native animals are utilizing the habitat.

Examples of Program Success  Habitat restoration events began in 2016 in Cuesta Kato, the Back to Natives Native Plant Reserve in Dana Point. Volunteers recorded 100's of hours of time there since then. In addition to removing thousands of non-native invasive weeds, volunteers gave also sown 30 pounds of native seed.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Reginald I. Durant
CEO Term Start Aug 2005
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Reginald Durant is the Executive Director and founder of Back to Natives Restoration (BTN). Reginald acquired his C-27 Contractor’s license on behalf of BTN in summer of 2011 to solidify BTN’s Native Plant Landscaping Services Social Entrepreneurship, which raises funds for the organization to fulfill its mission. Reginald led BTN’s effort to fund and build the Back to Natives Nursery at Santiago Park. The 20,000 sq ft nursery includes a 30’x36’ greenhouse with propagation tables and an outdoor classroom.Reginald was the chief landscape designer for the “Costa Mesa Green Home,” which is certified ‘Platinum’ by the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Homes Program.Reginald also provided the landscape design for “Project 319,” Living Green Homes’ first green single-family residential development, one of the first of its kind in Orange County to earn the Build It Green, GreenPoint Rated designation.Reginald has been a guest designer at both the Los Angeles Garden Show at the LA Arboretum and the Southern California Spring Garden Show at South Coast Plaza. He has spoken in a number of venues, including the Park Rangers Association of California conference, the Long Beach Landscape Expo, the National Recreation and Park Association Conference as well as several times at the Spring Garden Show at the South Coast Plaza.As the Grounds Coordinator at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, Reginald developed the Orange County Native Butterfly House. Reginald also coordinated with the County of Orange, the Coastal Commission and the Department of Fish and Game to develop the Butterfly Habitat at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve. Reginald founded the Land Steward Peer Network – a peer network for restoration ecology professionals – which includes members from County, State, Federal and non-profit organizations and agencies within and surrounding Orange County.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Reginald I. Durant Executive Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Certificate of Recognition for Environmental Non Profit of the Year Award California Legislature Assembly 2012
City Of Irvine Wall of Recognition, Reginald I Durant City Of Irvine Wall of Recognition 2012
Earth Month Hero Wyland Foundation 2012
Environmental Non Profit of the Year Orange County League of Conservation Voters 2012
Certificate of Recognition California Legislature Assembly 2011
Certificate of Recognition State of California Senate 2011
Certificate of Recognition United States House of Representatives 2011
Community Building Award City of Santa Ana 2011
Community Building Award/Friend of the Environment County of Orange 2011
Certificate of Appreciate for the Spirit of Volunteerism for Mason Regional Park fall OC Parks 2010
Certificate of Excellence and Superlative Volunteerism USFS Cleveland National Forest Trabuco Ranger District 2010
Spirit of Volunteerism Award Spring OC Parks 2010
Excellence in Volunteerism Award OC Parks 2009
Land Steward of the Year Orange County Wild 2008

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Back to Natives has strong partnerships with the City of Santa Ana and with the United States Forest Service, where our habitat restoration projects are located. Our volunteer partners include: Aliso Niguel High School Green Now Club and Key Club, Bolsa Grande High school (Garden Grove) Key Club and Men's League, Cerritos High School Key Club, Diamond Bar High School Environmental Club, Foothill High School's Key Club (Tustin), Garden Grove High School AVID DO SOMETHING Club and National Honor Society (NHS), Godinez Fundamental High School Green Fingers Club (Santa Ana), Irvine High School NHS & CSF, Katella High School Earth Club (Anaheim), LaQuinta High School (Westminster) Ecology Club, KIWIN'S, Key Club, and Recycling Club, Mission Hills Christian School (RSM), Northwood High School (Irvine) CSF, Orange County High School of the Arts Key Club (Santa Ana), Saddleback High School Red Cross Club (Santa Ana), Sage Hill School Environmental Club (Newport Coast), Santiago High School Vietnamese Club (Corona), Segerstrom High School (Santa Ana) Environmental Club, KIWIN'S, and NHS, Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School (Irvine), Tesoro High School Key Club (RSM), Trabuco Hills High School (MV) Party for the Planet and NHS, University High School Red Cross Club (Irvine), Whitney High School Red Cross (Cerritos), Workman High School Environmental Studies Academy (City of Industry), University of California, Irvine (several clubs), California State University, Fullerton Alpha Phi Omega Delta Zeta Sorority, Iota Upsilon Chapter, California State University, Long Beach Alpha Phi Omega and Petra, California State University, Channel Islands, Cerritos College Environmental Club, Chapman University Circle K International, Golden West College Service Learning Prgm., Laguna College of Art + Design, Orange Coast College Honors' Society, Saddleback College Environmental Studies and UCLA Circle K.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 650
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 50%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 1
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Ms. Noami Gruenthal
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Anaheim
Board Chair Term July 2017 - June 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July - June

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Secretary of the Board Mark Bowler Boeing Voting
Vice President Stephenie Duncan Small Business Owner Voting
Executive Director Reginald Durant Back to Natives Restoration Voting
Board President Naomi Gruenthal City of Anaheim Voting
Treasurer J. Mark Sugars Ph.D. University of California, Long Beach 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
Alice Apkarian -- --
Jas Batra MJP Computers NonVoting
John Bellendir Community Volunteer NonVoting
Nancy Blackburn Capistrano Unified School District NonVoting
Scott Breeden Community Volunteer NonVoting
Debra Clarke United States Forest Service NonVoting
Peter Collison Attorney NonVoting
Frank Colver Community Volunteer NonVoting
Don Cribb Community Volunteer NonVoting
Judith Gielow Community Volunteer NonVoting
Henry Jenkins -- --
Robin Keber Biologist, Avian Specialist NonVoting
Colleen Kirtland Community Volunteer NonVoting
Karen O'Brien Ph.D. Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mary Pax Lenney Ph.D. ArcGIS Specialist, College Professor NonVoting
Rainbow Pharoan Educator NonVoting
Silvia Pule Principal, San Juan Elementary NonVoting
David Reule MBA, B.A. Tax Partner KMJ Corbin NonVoting
Ann Salisbury -- --
Craig Torres Artist, Native American Educator NonVoting
Jean Watt Community Volunteer NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Board Governance
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $132,205.00
Projected Expenses $124,470.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 990

2012 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $114,513 $104,608 $68,735
Total Expenses $97,003 $79,290 $74,585

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$93,725 $82,404 $51,394
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $7,247 $22,204 $14,716
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1 -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $13,540 -- $2,625

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense -- $53,767 $52,477
Administration Expense $97,003 $25,523 $21,525
Fundraising Expense -- -- $583
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.18 1.32 0.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses 0% 68% 70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $80,613 $63,109 $38,509
Current Assets -- $27,958 $5,101
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $1,067 $1,073 $1,791
Total Net Assets $79,546 $62,036 $36,718

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.00 26.06 2.85

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose Acquisition and refurbishment of a retail nursery location in Santa Ana, CA. to establish a permanent office space, retail native plant nursery site and a community center within Santa Ana to provide education as well as provide healthy life choices.
Campaign Goal $1,500,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. 

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