Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Plant With Purpose

Partners, not projects

aka Plant With Purpose

San Diego, CA

Mission

Plant With Purpose works at the nexus of poverty and environmental degradation to transform the lives and land of farming communities through environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal. Founded in 1984, Plant With Purpose is a Christian nonprofit that catalyzes the talent and ingenuity of farming families to transform entire watersheds. Of people living in poverty worldwide, up to 85 percent live in rural areas (OPHDI, 2014). Most struggle to grow enough food to feed their families and send their children to school. Plant With Purpose equips impoverished farming families to change their circumstances and land and to live with hope. We do this through sustainable agriculture training, land restoration, savings-led microfinance, and local leadership development.

Ruling Year

1985

Principal Officer

Mr. Scott Sabin

Main Address

4747 Morena Blvd. Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92117 USA

Formerly Known As

Floresta

Keywords

Poverty alleviation, environmental restoration, microfinance, Christian, church mobilization, development, environment, reforestation, agroforestry, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, FMNR, economic development, savings and loan association, savings group, VSLA, U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, SDG’s, regenerative agriculture, carbon sequestration, environmental stewardship, Creation care

EIN

33-0052976

 Number

2673918725

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Economic Development (S30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Plant With Purpose works at the nexus of poverty alleviation and environmental degradation to empower rural farming families to rise from poverty and restore their watersheds. Globally, 85 percent of those living in multidimensional poverty live in rural areas (OPHI, 2014), many of whom are subsistence farmers. Human-caused deforestation as well as a changing climate contribute to land degradation, which in turn exacerbates poverty. Driven to extremes, farmers desperate for charcoal or cash cut down trees, thereby feeding the cycle of deforestation and poverty. We have observed the link between the health of land and the health of those who live on it, and, over the course of more than 35 years, have identified a three-pronged approach for healing the environment and alleviating poverty. This approach includes economic empowerment, environmental restoration, and spiritual renewal.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Plant With Purpose

Plant With Purpose Democratic Republic of the Congo

Plant WIth Purpose Dominican Republic (DRC)

Plant With Purpose Ethiopia

Plant With Purpose Haiti

Plant With Purpose Mexico

Plant With Purpose Tanzania

Plant With Purpose Thailand

Plant With Purpose Burundi

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of borrowers served through the nonprofit's programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Plant With Purpose

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Farmers and residents participate in local, self-governing Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs). Reporting fiscal years.

Area of land, in hectares, indirectly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Plant With Purpose

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric refers to deforested areas being actively restored through agroforestry and sustainable agricultural techniques. In most cases, the land is owned by local farmers. Reporting fiscal years.

Number of communities worldwide with active partnerships

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Plant With Purpose

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Reporting fiscal years.

Number of direct program participants worldwide

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Plant With Purpose

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This number reflects the number of families participating. Thousands more of our partners' families and neighbors benefit from improved land and farming. Reporting fiscal years.

Number of Village Savings and Loan Association groups (VSLA)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Plant With Purpose

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) is a local, self-governing group through which residents manage and develop their resources. Reporting fiscal years.

Number of trees planted in reforestation projects in given year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Plant With Purpose

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Projects are selected within watershed areas where deforestation is severe and residents depend on subsistence farming for survival. Reporting fiscal years from Plant With Purpose Annual Report.

Total VSLA member equity

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Plant With Purpose

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Currency is $USD. Reporting fiscal years.

Number of active church partnerships

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Indigenous people,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Plant With Purpose

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The church refers to local congregations involved in community and spiritual development. Reporting fiscal years.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Plant With Purpose, a Christian environmental organization, exists to transform the lives and land of rural families who live at the intersection of extreme poverty and environmental degradation. Our goal through 2025 is to empower 100,000 farming families to rise from poverty and heal 60 watersheds in 10 countries.

Plant With Purpose utilizes a three-part approach to address poverty alleviation that includes environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal. By simultaneously focusing on these three areas, we achieve holistic transformation for impoverished, rural communities. Plant With Purpose partners learn and implement sustainable agriculture techniques and have planted over 35 million trees in key watersheds. Farmer Field Schools teach units on topics such as soil health, watershed conservation, agroforestry, prevention of erosion, and whole ecosystem health. Locally-led nurseries raise species that contribute to the well-being of farming families and the surrounding watershed. Economic empowerment is addressed by establishing Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), which enable families to save their hard-earned income and invest in improving their lives. Savings groups allow rural farming families access financial services such as loans to improve their farms, send their children to school, and weather difficult times such as family emergencies. These groups are completely self-funded and locally-led without the use of outside capital. As a faith-based organization, Plant With Purpose invests in the whole person through partnerships with local Christian churches. We believe that local churches best understand the needs of their communities and can lead the way in creating change. Churches are equipped in their efforts to help people experience God's love. Our church mobilization program trains indigenous leaders to work with their communities to meet needs using local resources.

Our programming and budget both reflect substantial growth in recent years. Worldwide, the reach of Plant With Purpose extends to more than 210,000 individuals in over 700 communities. Three key factors impact the success of our vision to alleviate poverty and restore the environment—sustainability, experience, and leadership. We approach our work with sustainability in mind; we take the long approach and take the time to train farmers and provide hands-on mentorship over the course of several years. We work to improve whole watersheds, improving the lives of not only direct program participants, but of others in the surrounding communities. Second, we have over 35 years of on-the-ground experience that has been honed into successful techniques and powerful, grassroots networks. Third, our work is community-led and leadership-focused, making it replicable and scalable, ensuring the work continues long after our direct involvement ends. In terms of funding, Plant With Purpose draws from a wide variety of sources including individual donors, foundations, churches, and corporations. This diversity of funding ensures financial resilience and growth opportunities.

Plant With Purpose's progress is carefully tracked by both qualitative and quantitative measures. Staff members regularly collect data to monitor and evaluate program growth, and participants conduct annual evaluations to provide insights and recommendations for program improvement. Annual strategic planning for each country ensures vision and strategy are appropriate and implemented. Comprehensive, triennial impact evaluations help us determine the long-term impact of our Theory of Change. These evaluations measure success through formal surveys of both participants and nonparticipants. Economic development indicators include percentage of households actively saving cash, household conditions, and income source diversity. Environmental indicators include NDVI measurement, tree planting oversight, technique application studies, and yield studies.

Plant With Purpose works in over 708 communities with nearly 40,000 families worldwide in 30 subwatersheds. Our programs impact over 200,000 children and adults. We catalyze indigenous farming families to affect change in their communities. Together, we have planted over 35 million trees, sequestering carbon through sustainable agriculture and reforestation and transforming entire watersheds. Flora and fauna return, water sources regulate, and land is restored. Together we have formed over 1,800 local Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) which have over $6.5 million in equity, without added outside capital. Women make up 64 percent of group participants which shows changing attitudes towards women and their contributions in typically male-dominated social structures. Together we are fostering 719 church partnerships and providing leadership training and support. Plant With Purpose communities are 64 percent more likely to say they have the power to improve their lives. The future of Plant With Purpose and our partners is bright. Our 2025 goal is to work with over 100,000 farming families in 60 watersheds globally, impacting over half a million people and restoring watersheds through sustainable agriculture and reforestation.

External Reviews

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2013

Awards

4 Stars 2011

Charity Navigator

Good Steward Award 2013

Arbor Day Foundation

Best Nonprofit to Work For Award 2013

Opportunity Knocks

Best Charity In America Award 2013

Independent Charities of America

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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

Yes