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Plant With Purpose

 4747 Morena Blvd., Suite 100
 San Diego, CA 92117
[P] (858) 274-3718
[F] (858) 274-3728
http://www.plantwithpurpose.org
[email protected]
Doug Satre
FOUNDED: 1984
INCORPORATED: 1984
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Organization DBA Plant With Purpose
Former Names Floresta (2009)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0052976 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Plant With Purpose is breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and deforestation by transforming it into a victorious cycle of environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal.
 
Founded in 1984, Plant With Purpose is a faith-based international nonprofit organization that transforms lives in rural areas around the world where poverty and environmental degradation intersect. Of the poorest people in the world—those scraping by on less than $1.25 a day—70% live in rural areas. The majority struggle just to grow enough food to feed their families, let alone send their children to school or provide health care. 
 
Plant With Purpose equips impoverished farming families to change their circumstances, provide for their children, and live with God-given hope and dignity. We do this through sustainable agriculture training, land restoration, savings-led micro-finance, and local leadership development.

Mission Statement

Plant With Purpose is breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and deforestation by transforming it into a victorious cycle of environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal.
 
Founded in 1984, Plant With Purpose is a faith-based international nonprofit organization that transforms lives in rural areas around the world where poverty and environmental degradation intersect. Of the poorest people in the world—those scraping by on less than $1.25 a day—70% live in rural areas. The majority struggle just to grow enough food to feed their families, let alone send their children to school or provide health care. 
 
Plant With Purpose equips impoverished farming families to change their circumstances, provide for their children, and live with God-given hope and dignity. We do this through sustainable agriculture training, land restoration, savings-led micro-finance, and local leadership development.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $4,500,000.00
Projected Revenue $4,500,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Plant With Purpose: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania, Thailand.

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Overview


Mission Statement

Plant With Purpose is breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and deforestation by transforming it into a victorious cycle of environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal.
 
Founded in 1984, Plant With Purpose is a faith-based international nonprofit organization that transforms lives in rural areas around the world where poverty and environmental degradation intersect. Of the poorest people in the world—those scraping by on less than $1.25 a day—70% live in rural areas. The majority struggle just to grow enough food to feed their families, let alone send their children to school or provide health care. 
 
Plant With Purpose equips impoverished farming families to change their circumstances, provide for their children, and live with God-given hope and dignity. We do this through sustainable agriculture training, land restoration, savings-led micro-finance, and local leadership development.

Background Statement

Plant With Purpose was founded in 1984 because of the direct link between poverty and the environment. The founder, Tom Woodard, was working for a relief organization in the Dominican Republic. Despite their best efforts to help those in need, food aid was not providing a long-term solution to hunger and poverty. Tom sought a way to address root causes and discerned the close connection between deforestation and rural poverty.

With 70 percent of the world’s poorest people living in rural communities, the vast majority of poor families depend on the land for their survival. Therefore, any long-term solution to rural poverty would have to take into account how deforestation diminishes the ability of small-scale farmers to grow crops. As deforestation leads to smaller yields, families are left with less food and less opportunity to earn an income. The team came to understand that poverty had to be addressed from the ground up because handouts and food aid would never be enough to address the root causes of rural poverty.

Plant With Purpose, originally called Floresta USA, was founded to bring a holistic approach to the fight against poverty that integrates environmental, economic, and spiritual solutions. We believe that this three-part approach is the key to creating lasting, sustainable change.

Since those hopeful beginnings in the Dominican Republic, Plant With Purpose has expanded its program to walk alongside rural communities in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania, and Thailand.

Since its inception, Plant With Purpose and its partner communities have seen the following results:

  • More than 388,458 individuals (children and adults) benefitting from Plant With Purpose pro­grams in 581 communities worldwide
  • 36,602 farming families with increased capacity to im­prove their food production and increase their household incomes
  • 1310 Village Savings and Loan Associations es­tablished, equipping  33,282 members to save and mobilize their own money to create economic well-being and a collective portfolio (savings plus circulating loans) of $3,609,255 USD
  • 23 million trees planted to revitalize the land and provide economic opportunity
  • 544 partnering churches equipped to engage with their communities and meet needs
 

Impact Statement

Plant With Purpose works with a highly vulnerable cross section of these family farmers. We have a proven solution that empowers families to lift themselves out of poverty for good. We choose to work in areas where families rely on agriculture as their main source of income. These are farming families. However, they are farming challenging land that has borne the brunt of many years of environmental decline. The farm might be on a steep hillside that is highly vulnerable to erosion when cultivated using conventional farming methods. It could be an area that was previously forested land and as families get pushed out farther, the forest cover slowly disappears, changing rain patterns and reducing the biodiversity on which farms rely. This slowly leads to loss of soil fertility and decrease of farm yields causing farmers to seek out even more land to cultivate. Plant With Purpose walks alongside families within a whole watershed for 7-10 years. We teach a style of land management that increases farm yields, helping families eat better and earn more, while also restoring the fertility of their land and the health of the watershed over time. This creates a virtuous cycle where growth continues to build year after year and transforms the lives of farming families.

In our 34 years of operation we have grown to serve 581 communities across seven different countries. During this period we have planted over 23 million trees to restore the land, having not only met, but exceeded our impact goals. In just the last two years we began working with 102,712 new partners in 298 new communities, and we have established 841 new community savings groups. 
 
Key Statistics:
  • Plant With Purpose families cut their level of poverty in half.
  • Plant With Purpose families turned the trend of deforestation and are now restoring forest cover.
  • Plant With Purpose families produce 80% more food.
  • Plant With Purpose families are helping their neighbors 20% more often than non participating families.
 

Needs Statement

Support A Sustainable Development Group (SDG): $5,000 - SDG’s engage in all aspects of Plant With Purpose’s program and are the catalysts for change in their communities. Groups meet consistently to save their income and access loans to invest in their farms, families, and faith.

Sponsor A Village: $10,000 - Your gift sustains Plant With Purpose’s transformative work in an entire community providing the tools and training families need to lift themselves out of poverty. Village sponsors make life-giving initiatives possible including tree nurseries, family gardens, savings-and-loan groups, and pastoral training.

Watershed Restoration: $80,000 - Support 2,000 families and over 10,000 people across a small watershed (approximately 60 square kilometers). $200,000 - Support 5,000 families and over 27,000 people across a large watershed (approximately 150 square kilometers)
 

CEO Statement

Plant With Purpose has been tracing a curve of exponential growth for some time. This has been easiest to see in our budget, but even steeper curves are emerging in the reach and impact of our programs and in our ability to measure that impact. Worldwide we are now serving over 200,000 individuals in 581 communities. Because of the empowerment model that is fundamental to our work, this means we now have 200,000 allies working alongside us in the fight against poverty, environmental degradation, and spiritual blindness.
-Scott Sabin, Executive Director 

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Support by becoming a Purpose Partner, volunteering, interning, attending our annual gala, or joining us on a vision trip.

Geographic Area Served

Internationally

We serve rural farming families in more than 581 communities in seven countries:  Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania, and Thailand. Burundi, Haiti, and Tanzania rank as three of the hungriest countries in the world. In Tanzania and Burundi we work especially with women, many of whom are single parents or widows. In Mexico, we work especially with indigenous families in Oaxaca and Chiapas. In Thailand, we work especially with hill tribe communities.

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Agricultural Programs
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Economic Development
  3. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

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Programs


Plant With Purpose: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania, Thailand.

Plant With Purpose facilitates a sustainable community development model that integrates economic empowerment, environmental restoration, and spiritual renewal through sustainable agriculture training, reforestation, savings-and-loans groups, local leadership development, and church mobilization. Plant With Purpose operates programs in the following countries:
 
1. Burundi - Serving 7,507 families in 86 communities; focuses on promoting prosperity and peace following civil war.
2. Democratic Republic of the Congo -  Serving 1,401 families in 7 communities; focuses on promoting prosperity and peace following civil war.
3. Dominican Republic - Serving 5,007 families in 98 communities; focuses on forgotten rural communities.
4. Haiti - Serving 9,186 families in 159 communities; focuses on strengthening rural families in desolate places.
5. Mexico - Serving 2,054 families in 81 communities; focuses on supporting indigenous communities in Oaxaca & Chiapas.
6. Tanzania - Serving 9,066 families in 114 communities; focuses on empowering female farmers in the Mt. Kilimanjaro region.
7. Thailand - Serving 2,381 families in 36 communities; focuses on advocating for marginalized hill tribe communities.
Budget  $3,092,321.00
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other International Development
Population Served Other Named Groups Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success  Plant With Purpose aims to serve 330,000 individuals across nine countries with an annual budget of $8 million. At this scale, Plant With Purpose envisions planting 40 million trees and restoring 1.5 million acres of public and private lands by the year 2020. We seek to expand our platform to be a leading voice on faith and the environment.
Program Long-Term Success  Rural farmers will be able to provide for their families, hunger will be reduced, people will be lifted out of extreme poverty, deforestation and environmental degradation will be reversed, and people's relationship with their land will be restored.
Program Success Monitored By  Plant With Purpose has 33 years of experience innovating, testing, and learning what works. Each year we we become more effective and efficient. Effectiveness is measured through impact evaluations. Efficiency is simply represented by cost per family. At the end of FY2017, the average cost per family was one third what it was in 2010.
Examples of Program Success 

Plant With Purpose has a solution that works. The average family that partners with Plant With Purpose has cut their level of poverty in half. And it continues to get better. FY2017 marked the end of a two year pilot project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The results were better than we have ever seen. In just two years, participants cut their level of poverty by 68 percent. The impressive results did not end there. All families living in the pilot project watershed area, including non-participants, saw a poverty reduction of 57 percent in the same time. This growth was a direct result of Plant With Purpose’s intervention.



Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Scott C Sabin
CEO Term Start Apr 1995
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Since 1995, Scott Sabin has served as the Executive Director of Plant With Purpose. During Scott’s tenure, Plant With Purpose has grown from a single program in one country to include over 355 communities across six countries. Through articles, speaking events, and most recently though his book, Tending to Eden, Mr. Sabin has become a thought leader and advocate for reforestation as a key component of both poverty alleviation and sustainable community development around the world.

Scott has over 30 years of experience in leadership and management positions, and extensive experience working with national leadership in Latin America and Haiti. His book, Tending to Eden, was a finalist in Christianity Today's Book of the Year Awards. Prior to working for Plant With Purpose, Scott served for seven years in the United States Navy. He holds a BS in Political Science from Oregon State University and an MA in International Relations from the University of San Diego. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Bob Ainsworth July 1993 Oct 1994
Ken Sauder Oct 1990 Mar 1993

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Christi Huizenga Renaud Director of Development --
John Mitchell Director of Field Operations --
Robert Morikawa Technical Director --
Doug Satre Director of Development and Outreach --
Kristen Tucker Director of Finance and Administration --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
4-star Charity Rating Charity Navigator 2017
Accreditation Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2017
Best annual report for a Christian nonprofit Counsel and Capital 2017
Platinum Rating GuideStar 2017
Best Charity In America Award Independent Charities of America 2013
Best Nonprofit to Work For Award Opportunity Knocks 2013
Good Steward Award Arbor Day Foundation 2013

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Charity Navigator 2013

Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 19
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 95
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 92%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 11
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Cindy Outlaw
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term 2017 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Rick Burnette -- --
Janet Farley -- --
Craig Goodwin Millwood Community Presbyterian Church --
Jeff Kahler Kahler Capital Management Voting
Eric Kaiser Qualcomm Voting
Ted Law -- --
Cathi Lundy -- --
Cindy Outlaw Community Volunteer Voting
Scott Sabin Plant With Purpose Voting
Darrell Shrader -- --
John Steel Zytec Corporation/Artesyn Technologies (Retired), Surfsong Homeowners Association (Board President) Voting
Nick Wiik -- --
Denise Yohn -- --

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
Robert Ainsworth Former VP, World Vision NonVoting
Anthony Campolo Author, Speaker NonVoting
Calvin DeWitt Author, Professor of Environmental Studies at University of Wisconsin NonVoting
Rev. Paul Landrey Director of TOPIC International NonVoting
Margaret Lowman Director of Environmental Initiatives, New College of Florida NonVoting
William McColl MD Orthopedic Surgeon, Former NFL player NonVoting
John Perkins President, John Perkins Foundation NonVoting
Sir Ghillean Prance FRS, VMH Science Director, Eden Project, Cornwall NonVoting
Ronald Sider President, Evangelicals for Social Action NonVoting
D. Peter Stocker Retired Credit Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company NonVoting
Paul Thompson Principal and Senior Partner, Carlsbad Pacific Group NonVoting
Mary Walker Esq. Former General Counsel, US. Dept. of the Air Force NonVoting
Tom Woodard Founder of Floresta NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 92%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $3,526,083 $4,612,628 $3,030,404
Total Expenses $4,086,870 $3,672,417 $3,442,259

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,272,416 $4,298,885 $2,750,714
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $722 $2,824 $3,769
Earned Revenue $0 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,230 $4,409 $8,119
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $248,670 $306,510 $266,112
Revenue In-Kind $0 $0 $0
Other $3,045 $0 $1,690

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $3,377,339 $2,989,962 $2,861,712
Administration Expense $291,969 $519,141 $151,351
Fundraising Expense $417,562 $163,314 $429,196
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.86 1.26 0.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 81% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 4% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $984,979 $1,529,443 $644,609
Current Assets $863,308 $1,376,108 $524,850
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $50,000
Current Liabilities $67,375 $51,052 $56,429
Total Net Assets $917,604 $1,478,391 $538,180

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 12.81 26.96 9.30

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 8%
Endowment Value $56,550.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Plant With Purpose aims to serve 330k individuals across 9 countries with an annual budget of $8 mill. At this scale, Plant With Purpose envisions planting 40 million trees and restoring 1.5 mill acres of public and private lands by the year 2020.
Campaign Goal --
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 for years are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. 

 

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