CIRCLEWOOD

Accelerating the greening of faith

Redmond, WA   |  www.circlewood.online

Mission

Circlewood exists to accelerate the development of an ecologically-conscious faith (eco-faith) that restores health to the community of creation and leads humanity into a more just, sustainable, and verdant way of life.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

James Amadon

Main address

2007 179th Ct. NE

Redmond, WA 98052 USA

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EIN

27-0060215

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are in a period of rapid ecological change that requires radical transformation of humanity’s worldview and way of life. Followers of Jesus must develop an ecologically-conscious faith (eco-faith) that helps lead this transformation.

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?

General Areas

Monthly electronic newsletter
Bi-weekly podcast
Webinars
Keynote speaking
Authoring articles and books
Workshops and Conversations
Conferences
Conservation projects
Small-scale sustainable agriculture

Population(s) Served
Adults
Christians
Interfaith groups

Environmental/spirituality

Population(s) Served

The Earthkeepers Podcast promotes global connection among ecological-minded people who believe that earth care is an integral part of spiritual life. Through conversations about topics like ecology, climate change, gardening, farming, social enterprise, theology, environmental justice, outdoor recreation, conservation and community development, we aim to inspire a movement of ordinary earthkeepers who will help heal the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Hours of volunteer service

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

Adults

Related Program

General Areas

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of podcast downloads

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

Adults, Christians, Interfaith groups

Related Program

Podcast

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Adults

Related Program

General Areas

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Circlewood exists to accelerate the development of an ecologically-conscious faith
(eco-faith) that restores health to the community of creation and leads humanity
into a more just, sustainable, and verdant way of life.

Our 30-year Mission
• To accelerate the greening of faith through:
o Creating media that build global awareness, community, and change.
o Designing programs and courses that train a generation of earthkeepers.
o Building a world-class center for eco-faith development on Camano Island, Washington.
• We will know we have accomplished the mission when:
o Circlewood media are regular and trusted sources for individuals, communities, and organizations around the globe.
o There are 1,000 CW alumni accelerating change in 1,000 places.
o Circlewood Village is a recognized and recommended destination for individuals, communities, and organizations.

1. Expanding our Creative Media: a. We launched our Earthkeeper Podcast on Earth Day, 2020. The Earthkeepers Podcast promotes global connection among ecologically-minded people who believe that earth care is an integral part of spiritual life. Through conversations about topics like ecology, climate change, gardening, farming, social enterprise, theology, environmental justice, outdoor recreation, conservation and community development, we aim to inspire a movement of ordinary earthkeepers who will help heal the world. Our goal is to find our podcast episodes on every major podcast platform. b. We are preparing to launch a newsletter blog in the next month, which will expand our reach and build our community. Our Executive Director will provide much of the written material for this blog, which will be an important step in articulating Circlewood values and ideas to the wider community.
2. Develop Education Program Strategy: We tailor speaking, teaching and other events to specific groups and communities with oral presentations such as speeches and sermons, interactive workshops, such as the webinar we launched in 2020, entitled The Bible, Ecology and Practical Earthkeeping. When the coronavirus forced people to stay at home, we were able to act quickly to meet the increased demand for stay-at-home education by launching this pilot online class. The class was an important step forward as new participants widened our community and perspective, built our resources for future conversations, and provided our facilitators with valuable experience that will be useful for planned future online courses. We also held our first webinar, entitled Signs of Hope, which presented, in an engaging format, examples of positive action by people and organizations investing in the holistic health of all of creation. We plan to offer similar programs in the future. In addition to these, we organize events such as retreats, vision trips, and service projects, which are primarily planned and implemented by our Executive Director.
3. Camano Project: Within a pristine forest on Camano Island, we are developing Circlewood Village - a place where people come for connection, community, and collaboration. We are stewarding the forest on our land, the first step being a thinning followed by a replanting which will accelerate the process of forest diversification. We plan to model how to caretake a diverse, sustainable, healthy, varied forest ecosystem and invite learners to a demonstration forest we plan to develop on our Camano Island property.
Other Key Strategies:
4. Keep Developing the Board
5. Build Collaborative Staff System
6. Create Volunteer Opportunities
7. Mission-Focused Adminstration
8. Treat Donors as Partners
9. Cultivate Long-term Foundation Relationships
10. Lay Groundwork for Capital Campaign
11. Build Program Income
12. Cultivate Corporate Relationships
13. Develop Forest Products

1. We own 40 acres of land on Camano Island outright and are moving ahead with plans to develop and sustainably forest this land.
2. We have a healthy savings account due to years of generous donations. These funds are enabling much of our Camano development work as well as the staff expansion we have enacted this year.
3. We have a capable and passionate Executive Director and a dedicated and skillful board of directors. The various voices and perspectives enable us to consider and understand many points of view, while maintaining a strong unity around the goals of our organization. The relatively small size of our organization enables discussion and consideration of different points of view, but also gives us the nimbleness to make quick adjustments and decisions when opportunities or needs arise.
4.Skilled staff and contractors. Our staff is deeply committed to the vision of Circlewood and bring practical and visionary strengths to our organization.
5. We have a podcast with a strong and growing voice, establishing important connections and growing its audience and, as a result, our Circlewood community.
6. We have a partnership with a deeply invested ecologically-minded architect whose familiarity with the history of Circlewood and support of its mission is an important asset as we try to model our values in all aspects of our work, including what we build and how we build it on our Camano property.
7. Consistent and long-term financial partners. We have a strong core of regular givers as well as those who consistently give generous annual gifts to our organization.
8. We have recruited two capable hosts who ran and helped organized our pilot spring webinar. They are available, willing and capable to continue in these roles and we are putting plans in place to expand our webinar offerings into new and relevant areas of need and demand that dovetail with our mission.

We have acquired 40 acres of forested property on Camano Island, with one unfinished building, some unfinished roadways, and a well. We are working to put in place the necessary infrastructure to move forward with the construction of a retreat and demonstration center for sustainability and spirituality. We are also actively looking for someone to caretake the property while we are in these early stages of project development. A thinning of the forest is scheduled for spring 2021, which will provide some revenue for our organization, and, perhaps more importantly, clear space for the planting of trees and other plants that will diversify our forest, provide varied habitat, and make our forest healthier.

We have hired an Executive Director with passion and leadership skills. He has spoken at numerous churches, conferences, schools and is skilled at engaging participants in varied settings and of varied demographics. His pastoral skills enable him to engage people both personally and missionally and his oral and written skills are valuable assets in communicating Circlewood values and aspirations. We have increased his hours this year, from 20 to 30, so that he is able to devote more of his time to the work of our organization. We have additional staff who support the organization and its goals.

We have launched our Earthkeeper podcast that is, after its first year, contributing an important voice to the conversation about taking care of the earth. We have established and maintained a regular bi-weekly podcast publication schedule which has been important in building a consistent audience. As our audience grows, we are working to provide podcasts that address both ideological questions and practical considerations about earth care. We have a committed podcast host as well as valuable support in the form of professional podcast production assistance and research assistance. The direction of our podcast is guided by our Executive Director and our Podcast Host. We have a wide web of connections from which we draw our podcast guests. We are working on monetization of the podcast, expansion of the audience, and strengthening of the podcast community through interaction, identification, and incentives.

The programs we had planned for 2020 were curtailed severely by the coronavirus. As a result, we shifted our focus to offering new programming that was feasible and desirable in a stay at home environment. We created a five-week online course that explored the Bible’s ecological perspective, with particular attention to our place in the community of creation and our calling to “tend and keep” the earth. We also held our first webinar, Signs of Hope, which presented positive examples of holistic care of all of creation in an engaging and informative format.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CIRCLEWOOD

Board of directors
as of 4/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Glenn Palmberg

Retired

Term: 2020 - 2023

Forrest Inslee

Northwest University

Timothy Hedberg

Covenant Trust Company

Lenore Three Stars

Retired

Louise Connner

Highland Covenant Church

Tom Ruebel

Retired

Glenn Palmberg

Retired

Beth Knox

Knox Executive Productions

Mike Holmgren

Retired

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? No
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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