MASTER GARDENER FOUNDATION OF BENTON AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES

WSU Master Gardeners, Gardening, Growing Food

aka WSU Master Gardeners of Benton & Franklin Counties, Washington   |   Kennewick, WA   |  http://extension.wsu.edu/benton-franklin/

Mission

We provide gardening education, advice and assistance to the public in Benton and Franklin Counties, Washington

Notes from the nonprofit

Started new website in December 2020 mgfoundationbfc.org With Covid not as many projects were possible; however, 6000 lbs of fresh produce was delivered to the Tri-Cities Food Bank from the Foundation Demonstration Vegetable Garden

Ruling year info

2006

President

Gloria Johnson

Main address

7102 W. Okanogan Place Suite 102

Kennewick, WA 99336 USA

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EIN

02-0777791

NTEE code info

Botanical, Horticultural, and Landscape Services (C40)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over twenty five thousand dollars was raised to fund the purchase and installation of a 12 foot by 24 food green house. The green house was first used in 2021 in Demonstration Garden. This plan and goal allowed the growth of more timely plants for the annual plant sale in May 2021. Over $20,000 was raised for the on going upkeep and modernization of the Demonstration Garden. Demonstration Garden is visited by over 50,000 individuals a year from the United States and Internationally as well as educational tours by schools through Benton and Franklin Counties of Washington. The green house is also used for demonstration and to reduce costs for thousands of plants through out the 25 individual gardens. The demonstration vegetable garden provides over 6,000 lbs of fresh produce to the Tri-Cities Food Bank in 2021

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Plant Clinics, Education, Food Gardening, Demonstration Garden

Answer questions and concerns from the public about plants, diseases and insects. Provide research based education for the counties served. Help establish community gardens. Maintain a Demonstration Garden with 25 individual gardens in approximately 3 acres. A Vegetable Garden within the Demonstration Garden the produces over 6,000 lbs of fresh produce for the Tri-Cities Food Bank (Richland, Kennewick and Pasco)

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Provide gardening education classes to the public

Population(s) Served
Adults

Teach and assist people with growing their own food. There are four programs: Build-A-Bed, Feed-A-Family; Container Gardening; Plant a row for the hungry; work with the Juvenile Justice Center of Benton and Franklin Counties in training and maintaining vegetable gardens.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Operate and maintain a Demonstration Garden

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

2020 Project of the Year 2020

Awards

Project of the Year 2020

Project Mngement Institute Columbia River Basin

Affiliations & memberships

Project Management Institute Columbia River Basin 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Plant Clinics, Education, Food Gardening, Demonstration Garden

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Covid response has drastically reduced the number of participants on field trips

Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Demonstration Garden

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Gardening Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of target crop harvested

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Demonstration Garden

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Goals of the Foundation is to provide funding for Washington State University Master Gardener Programs.
1) Maintain and improve a 2 1/2 acre Demonstration Garden with 25 individual gardens for the education and demonstration to the public.
2) Food Gardening Program - Provides instruction and development of community gardens primarily for those in need over the past nine years over 100,000 people have received help and can raise some of their own food. Install in 2022 over 15 garden beds including 10 garden beds for Kennewick Housing Authority micro homes for veterans, disabled, and homeless individuals.
3) Provide Container Gardening classes for low-income and those who do not have space for a garden
4) Education of gardening by providing free seminars and in class instruction in local schools. Hold 8 free classes on gardening in the Demonstration Garden April through October.
5) Work with other nonprofits in setting and reaching our goals.

All of the work is accomplished by donations and volunteer service.
We have over 170 Master Gardener Volunteers that dedicate time to serve the programs and provide some funding to the programs.
Funding raising is the main challenge to keep the programs functioning well. We have received some grants from other nonprofits. Much of the funding comes through personal contacts and networking.

Our 501 3(c) status helps but we need to improve our individual fund raising concepts.

The main capabilities is finding volunteers that are knowledgeable and have a desire to do funding raising. Most volunteers enjoy working in the programs but are not active in fund raising other than showing friends what the do. It is difficult in finding dedicated volunteers to do fund raising. We are training volunteers to be more proactive in telling others what they do and why it is important to the community. We have the volunteers, we just need the funds to pay for the materials needed.

We have accomplished an enormous help for individuals and organizations.
1) Food Gardening Program has touched the lives of over 100,000 individuals over the last nine years in providing education and construction of raised bed community gardens and individual gardens for Habitat for Humanity.
2) The Demonstration Garden on approximately 2 1/2 acres with 25 individual gardens is a gem for the Tri-Cities area of Washington State. Hundreds of thousands of people have visited the garden for education and enjoyment of the gardens. It also provides education for education and tours for thousands of students from local schools. Over 6,000 lbs of fresh produce is provided annually to the local food banks.
3) Free educational seminars and presentations are provided almost monthly for the local public as well as in class presentations for local schools and science nights.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Community of Benton and Franklin Counties of Washington State.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Better communication and understanding between sponsors of community gardens. Learning outlines for beginning gardeners.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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MASTER GARDENER FOUNDATION OF BENTON AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gloria Johnson

Foundation President

Term: 2020 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/22/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability