Educational Institutions

National Gardening Association, Inc.

  • Williston, VT
  • www.kidsgardening.org

Mission Statement

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

Main Programs

  1. NGA Grant Award Programs
  2. garden.org
  3. kidsgardening.org
  4. Garden In Every School

ruling year

1983

chief executive for fy 2014

Jennifer Tedeschi

Self-reported by organization

Keywords

garden, environment,plants,life science,education, youth, children,health, nutrition,hunger, youth development, school violence, childhood hunger, research, K-8 curriculum, preschool education,

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EIN

23-7346417

Also Known As

KidsGardening.org

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (C19)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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!

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

NGA Grant Award Programs

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.

Category

Education

Budget

$150,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 2

garden.org

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

Category

None

Budget

$425,000.00

Population Served

Adults

None

None

Program 3

kidsgardening.org

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.

Category

Education

Budget

$125,000.00

Population Served

Adults

Program 4

Garden In Every School

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

Category

Children & Youth (0-19 years)

Budget

Population Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goal is to establish a Garden in Every School. By affording access to a learning garden, children learn what good nutrition is, how to access affordable, healthy food options. They also learn math, science, environmental, and conservation skills.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We partner with Sponsors, private foundations, and donors to raise funds needed to award grants to school and community gardens.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have the tools. resources, knowledge and ability to establish and support learning gardens from seed to harvest.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We conduct in depth surveys of grant award winners, and measure this data year after year. We also look to partner with other organizations, schools, or universities who conduct studies on the impact of school and community gardening to gain the best data available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have been able to award over 10,000 grants to gardening programs since 1982, and have impacted 1.6 million youth.
    Unfortunately, the demand outweighs our ability to fund every program and every school that would like a program.

Blog

The organization's Blog

Social Media

@KidsGardening.org

@Kids_Gardening

@kidsgardening/

@kidsgardening/

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Financials

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National Gardening Association, Inc
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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National Gardening Association, Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Jennifer Tedeschi

BIO

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.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"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."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Bruce Lisman

Campaign For Vermont

Term: May 2013 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability
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