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National Gardening Association, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/29/2015: National Gardening Association, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/13/2015: NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION INC

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AKA  KidsGardening.org
Williston, VT
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National Gardening Association, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/29/2015: National Gardening Association, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/13/2015: NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION INC

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Also Known As: KidsGardening.org
Physical Address: Williston, VT 05495 
EIN: 23-7346417
Web URL: www.kidsgardening.org 
Blog URL: blog.kidsgardening.org 
NTEE Category: B Educational Institutions
B99 Education N.E.C.
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C19 Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.
O Youth Development
O99 Other Youth Development N.E.C.
Year Founded: 1972 
Ruling Year: 1983 
Top Funders: Provision og curriculum and related materials to educators and parents - $408,828
Development of licensing of gardening information to the general public - $243,062
Development of curriculum and plant-based educational materials and the dissemination of such through award programs - $186,108
Top Funding Needs: Grant program sponsorships - $300,000
Curriculum development - $150,000
operations funding - $300,000


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Mission Statement

NGA empowers every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: September 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: August 31, 2014

Total Revenue $1,026,700
Total Expenses $1,535,842

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Leadership

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Jennifer Tedeschi

Term:

Since Sept 2014

Profile:

Jennifer Tedeschi has over 20 years of business management and financial experience in the fields of retail, health care, disaster restoration, and property management. In addition to her work with the organization, Tedeschi serves with the National Pollinator Garden Network and is on the USDA steering committee for consumer horticulture. She is also on the advisory board for Cloudfarm, makers of seed sheet.

Leadership Statement:

The National Gardening Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. To learn more and support their efforts visit KidsGardening.org.

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Yes
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Self-Identified Gender Identity of Board & Staff ?

Board Members Staff Members full time Staff Members part time Senior Staff full time Volunteers
Female 12% 89% 50% 100% 0%
Male 88% 11% 50% 0% 0%
Transgender?/Unspecified non-conforming 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Individuals decline to state 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Self-Identified Race/Ethnicity of Board & Staff

Board Members Staff Members full time Staff Members part time Senior Staff full time Volunteers
Asian/Asian American not collected not collected not collected not collected not collected
Black/African American not collected not collected not collected not collected not collected
Hispanic/Latino/Latina not collected not collected not collected not collected not collected
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian not collected not collected not collected not collected not collected
White not collected not collected not collected not collected not collected
Multi-racial or multi-ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities) not collected not collected not collected not collected not collected
Individuals decline to state not collected not collected not collected not collected not collected

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Programs

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Budget:
$150,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

Grants & Awards Programs: Each year, NGA awards hundreds of Youth Garden Grants, sponsored by the Home Depot, to schools and community organizations with child-centered, outdoor garden programs. Over the past 25 years, NGA's renowned Youth Garden Grants program has helped more than 1.3 million youngsters reap the wisdom and lifelong rewards that can only be gained from hands-on learning in gardens and outdoor classrooms. While YGG is our premier grant program, it is but one of many. We continually seek sponsorships and strive to create more grant programs. Currently NGA administers grants and awards promoting child wellness, beautification, community gardening, and nutrition education. Visit http://assoc.garden.org/grants/ for more information.

Program Long-Term Success:

Coordinated and expanded an online funding program (Adopt A School Garden) to connect corporations and individuals who have the capacity and desire to provide resources to schools and community garden groups to implement or expand plant-based education programs.

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Program: garden.org (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$425,000
Category:
None
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

Web sites represent crucial hubs where gardeners and educators find information and inspiration. Each year, nearly 1.5 million novice and experienced gardeners visit garden.org and take advantage of biweekly Regional Reports for 12 growing zones; extensive article database, FAQ, and how-to project libraries; planting guides; horticultural news; online gardening courses; and garden industry research. Visit www.garden.org for a full appreciation of our virtual garden community

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Program: kidsgardening.org (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$125,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Kidsgardening.org: helps educators expand their knowledge of plant-based education and make the most of standards-based learning opportunities in the garden. Our award-winning Kidsgardening.org Web site features thousands of free articles, activities and resources including curriculum connections, online courses, and advice on everything from planning a garden to raising funds to support it. We are a clearinghouse for research on plant-based education in cooperation with universities and like minded organizations. NGA continues to author and publish enduring classic and foundational resources for gardening educators. Visit www.kidsgardening.org to learn more.

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Program: Garden In Every School (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Children & Youth (0-19 years)
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Program Description:

A grassroots learning garden program that relies on donations to establish a school learning garden.

Program Long-Term Success:

A learning garden in school in America

Program Short-Term Success:

a complete city with a learning garden in every school

Program Success Monitored by:

data collection, survey

Program Success Examples:

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Learning gardens have the power to change lives. They educate the whole child, encompassing health, nutrition, all academic disciplines, job skills and social-emotional development. They nurture environmental stewardship and compassion. We have witnesses first hand the transformation that takes place when a child places their hands in the soil for the first time, or tastes something they've grown themselves. Not only are we working to grow the next generations of healthy kids, but the next generation of healthy, productive, caring adults!
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Evidence of Impact

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They have impact with their financial help to help schools and communities start more gardens. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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They have good marketing. Nonprofit Senior Staff

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They could improve with perhaps assistance, possibly through collaboration, in going to the next step. They could improve by helping communities and schools to use the produce. I have seen the produce in school garden sit and rot, while kids are served inferior produce from the cafeteria. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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