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Plant a Seed Institute

 1351 Warner Avenue, Ste. C
 Tustin, CA 92780
[P] (714) 3894637
[F] (714) 3894687
www.plantaseedinstitute.org
[email protected]
Patty Ponce
FOUNDED: 2012
INCORPORATED: 2013
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 45-5530652 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

The Plant a Seed Institute inspires self-reliance by providing individuals with services that support education, career, and community development. We are transforming lives through mentorship.

Mission Statement

The Plant a Seed Institute inspires self-reliance by providing individuals with services that support education, career, and community development. We are transforming lives through mentorship.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Expenses $11,000.00
Projected Revenue $12,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Career Mentoring

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The Plant a Seed Institute inspires self-reliance by providing individuals with services that support education, career, and community development. We are transforming lives through mentorship.

Background Statement

The concept of offering career mentorship to young adults ages 17-29 in Orange County, CA was born out of our President, Sam Hashizu's passion for giving back and inspiring reciprocity in these young adults.
 
We work with students and non-students alike.  We believe that there are a lot of diamonds in the rough in our service area, whether they are academically oriented or not.  
 
The tenets of entrepreneurship can be applied to the corporate arena or in self-employment.  Therefore, entrepreneurship is a central part of our program.  We contend that with proper coaching our mentees will be empowered to be successful.  We take great care in the selection of mentees and mentors with careful matching.  Our mentors are thoroughly vetted and attended a mentorship training workshop prior to matching.  
 
Our organization was founded in 2012 and was deemed a 501 (c) (3) public charity in 2013.  
 
All members are volunteers.  Our Board of Directors include six persons from various walks of life.  

Impact Statement

Our top four accomplishments in 2013, 2014, 2015 are:
  1. Successful completion of inaugural class of mentees (2013-2014).
  2. 2016 mentee class in progress.
  3. Board development training provided in-kind by Six Sigma black belt consultant.
  4. Mentor training development and implementation provided in-kind by expert non-profit consultant.
 Our top five goals for 2016 are:
  1. Raise funds for recruitment, mentees.
  2. Raise funds for board and staff development.
  3. Fund recruitment, training workshops for mentors and mentees.
  4. Fund background investigations for mentor applicants.
  5. Fund outreach events.

Needs Statement

1) Transformation: (a) individual/personal/professional development, (b) create self-sustaining systems
2) Funding:  (a) crowd funding (need consultant), (b) outsourcing (grant writers)
3) Team Expansion: (a) expand Board of Directors, (b) paid staff, (c) mentor/mentee matching,
4) Affiliations/Network, (a) professional affiliation, strategic referral partners 
5) National Recognition (a) publicity/media, (b) celebrity participation, (c) visibility/prominence

CEO Statement

We are the only non-academic, non-profit in Orange County providing career mentorships.  These mentorships are free of cost.
 
The key to our program is to get our mentees to a higher state of consciousness in terms of  how they effect others.  
 
The book "The Butterfly Effect" captures our program beautifully. It illustrates the essence of our program and what our metaphor means, "Plant a Seed" (plant the seed of inspiration and consciously motivate others).
 
It's not just about career mentoring, but more importantly, imparting interpersonal and life skills.  Learning and sharing these skills and insights is what Plant a Seed Institute is about. Much like a pebble rippling in a lake, it's reach is unknown.

Board Chair Statement

I was immediately drawn to the mission of Plant a Seed Institute. Coming from a human resources background specializing in job recruitment, it was a natural match.  I've interviewed countless job applicants over the years, many of whom were young adults.  Some of those young adults were aimless and didn't get the job because they thought they were qualified but, in fact, were not.  In addition, they didn't know how to present themselves.  Their career course was unclear to them.  I wished that I could counsel them or refer them somewhere to be mentored.
 
We have a solid, well developed program.  However, our outreach is limited due to lack of funding.  As a volunteer Executive Director in the non-profit arena there is a need for my education, training and development.  In addition, our Board of Directors need education and development.  We need funds for tuition for our own education in this field.  Courses are available to OC non-profits through OneOC.  
 
We need to host outreach events to recruit mentees and mentors. Funding is needed in order to do this.
 
We have been operating via donations by our own members.  We are unable to continue to do this.  We need to hire a fundraising consultant, or, learn how to raise funds through educating ourselves.  Again, this would involve paying consultant fees or tuition.
 
We endeavor to replicate ourselves in other counties and eventually open chapters across the U.S.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Website, credit card, Paypal, mail (check), in-kind donations (trainers for board development or speakers for events).

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
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Organization Categories

  1. Employment - Vocational Counseling/ Guidance/Testing
  2. Education - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development

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Programs


Career Mentoring

Our mentorship programs are offered in two different formats. First, we offer mentorships to young adults ages 17-29 in Orange County. The mentees are screened to ensure suitability and fit for our program. In turn, our mentors are fully vetted for suitability. We then match mentees and mentors in accordance with their commonality.
 
Our program is an eight month commitment of one-to-one meetings once per month and a phone call once per month.  The completion of the eight month program ends with a celebration, a certificate of completion, and gifts of books on the topics of personal and professional development.
 
Secondly, we have another mentoring program offering a one-time mentoring session with any of our mentors. Mentors are listed on our web site with their background. 
Budget  $3,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Vocational Guidance
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
Mentees will have a dedicated mentor with whom they can consult and learn from as they go through their eight month mentorship.
 
Mentees will be shown the way of reciprocity,or giving back to their community. 
Program Long-Term Success  Our mentees will be empowered and receive workforce guidance.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored year over year with "check-ins" by the Executive Director in intervals.  The first check-in will be six weeks into the program, at four months and at the conclusion of their mentorships.
Examples of Program Success  Our mentees who have gone through the program have referred potential mentees to our program.  Also, one of our former mentees is now having regular meetings with an optometrist he shadowed during their program.  The former mentee is a student of Optometry.  

Management


CEO/Executive Director Executive Director Patty Ponce
CEO Term Start May 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
CEO/Osamu Hashizu:  CPA, tax preparation, CFO, investments, non-profit volunterism
Executive Director/Patty Ponce, HR professional specializing in recruitment, business administration, vast volunteerism,  

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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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

Irvine Valley College, Youth Leadership of America, Chapman University

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 6
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair President Osamu Hashizu CPA
Board Chair Company Affiliation Takenaga, Hashizu, Jay & Co.
Board Chair Term Jan 2012 - Dec
Board Co-Chair Vice-President Robert Mack
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Re/Max Realty Irvine
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2012 - Dec

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Daniel Han Merchant Accounts Sales Voting
Osamu Hashizu CPA Takenaga, Hashizu, Jay & Co. Voting
Doug Howard Financial Consultant Voting
Robert Mack Realtor Voting
Patricia Ponce Management Resources Consulting Voting
Neal Quon Financial Consultant 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: 3
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 2%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 85%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

      I was immediately drawn to the mission of Plant a Seed Institute.  Coming from a human resources background specializing in job recruitment, it was a natural match.  I've interviewed countless job applicants over the years, many of whom were young adults.  Some of those young adults were aimless and didn't get the job because they thought they were qualified but, in fact, were not.  In addition, they didn't know how to present themselves.  
     Their career course was unclear to them.  I wished that I could counsel them or refer them somewhere to be mentored.
       We have a solid, well developed program.  However, our outreach is limited due to lack of funding.  As a volunteer Executive Director in the non-profit arena there is a need for my education, training and development.  In addition, our Board of Directors need education and development.  
     We need funds for tuition for our own education in this field.  Courses are available to OC non-profits through OneOC.  
     We need to host outreach events to recruit mentees and mentors.  Funding is needed in order to do this.
     We have been operating via donations by our own members.  We are unable to continue to do this.  We need to hire a fundraising consultant, or, learn how to raise funds through educating ourselves.  Again, this would involve paying consultant fees or tuition.
          We endeavor to replicate ourselves in other counties and eventually open chapters across the U.S.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Dec 01, 2015 to Nov 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $12,500.00
Projected Expenses $11,000.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990N

2013 990N

2012 990N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,630 $1,480 $4,180
Total Expenses $3,046 $720 $3,290

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,630 $1,480 $4,180
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,652 $720 $3,250
Administration Expense $240 -- $40
Fundraising Expense $1,154 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.54 2.06 1.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses 54% 100% 99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 71% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $234 $1,650 $890
Current Assets $234 $1,650 $890
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $234 $1,650 $890

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

We need to establish an income stream of donors via grants, individual donors, campaigns.

Foundation Comments

Due to its size, this organization files a 990N. Summary financial data is per the financials provided by the organization and consultation with the organization.

Documents


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