Earth Force, Inc.

Denver, CO   |  https://www.earthforce.org

Mission

Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future.

Ruling year info

1993

President/CEO

Mr. Vince Meldrum

Main address

PO Box 1228

Denver, CO 80201 USA

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EIN

52-1830873

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the scale of environmental problems has expanded, there has been an increasing recognition that the most challenging environmental issues are systemic in nature and require civic engagement to resolve. Unfortunately, people are far more comfortable making individual environmental choices than they are getting involved in local or national decision-making. It is not a surprise then, that people identifying as “committed environmentalists” were less likely to vote than the average citizen. Addressing systemic environmental challenges will require citizens who use the levers of democracy to ensure that our policies represent our environmental values.

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?

Alliance for Environmental Action Civics

The Alliance for Environmental Action Civics is a community of practice infusing civics into environmental education.

The goal of the Alliance is simple: give as many students as we can the civic experiences they need to become environmental citizens. This work requires more than just Earth Force – it requires a network of like-minded organizations. The Alliance is a group dedicated to making this work happen.

The Alliance is built around the Environmental Action Congress – it’s an annual event where organizations learn how to implement and facilitate environmental action civics to promote student-led civic action in educational settings.

Together, the Alliance is building a robust community of practice that establishes standards for incorporating action civics, inspires research, and lays the groundwork for supportive educational policies. Members of the network freely share what they learn with one another and take best practices from other network members.

Population(s) Served

Earth Force offers a series of Challenges that combine a competition with classroom pedagogy. The goals of the challenges are to recognize the work of young people and support their projects through funding.

We currently offer three Challenges:
RISE Challenge: Created in partnership with FEMA, the RISE Challenge engages young people to improve community resilience. RISE Challenge is in CO, MT, and IL.

Chipotle Sustainability Challenge: The Sustainability Challenge engages young people to take action to improve their local food systems through community-based projects like bringing more organic food to their schools or creating local composting initiatives to improve soil health. The Sustainability Challenge is national.

Caring for Our Watersheds: Caring for our Watersheds engages students in preserving and improving their local watersheds. Earth Force is proud to partner with Nutrien to host of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caring for Our Watersheds.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Experiential Education Corporate Leader of the Year 2000

National Society of Experiential Education

Environmentalist of the Year 2001

Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Outstanding Service to Environmental Education Award by an Organization at the Global Level 2014

NAAEE

Environmental Education Award for Excellence for Best New Program (KIC-NET) 2014

Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education

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.

We see a future where 1 million young people participate in environmental policy making every year.

To get there we’re on a mission: infuse civic experiences into environmental education to create environmental citizens. Earth Force is working to change how we approach environmental problems from a focus on changing individual behavior to a focus on changing systemic causes of environmental degradation. We are doing that by changing how educators approach environmental education.

Our model is key to doing just that. In Earth Force classrooms, students lead their learning, address real problems, and develop civic efficacy. And educators are right there beside them, honing their own skills in project management and inquiry-based learning. For many educators incorporating civic action into environmental education represents a pretty big shift in our thinking. Our expertise is in easing that transition and helping educators create learning laboratories.

In a time when communities face increasing environmental challenges, we believe it is critical that young people develop the civic skills necessary to be effective environmental citizens.

The cornerstone of Earth Force’s success is our innovative framework and hands on approach to training and support for educators. Our framework, the Community Action and Problem-Solving (CAPS) Process, asks youth to identify root causes of an environmental issue they care about, develop an action plan, and work with decision makers to implement that plan. The CAPS framework excels at helping students learn essential STEM concepts and gain the experiences necessary to ensure that students become active, effective citizens.

The framework is delivered through ongoing educator professional development. Educator professional development begins with a 20-hour experience-based training session. Educators learn how to manage unstructured classrooms while guiding students to specific learning outcomes. The training is followed up with ongoing support for educators through classroom visits and online courses. Our process has undergone continual evaluation and substantial refinement over the last 19 years.

Over the last five years Earth Force has been training other nonprofit organizations to infuse civic experiences into their environmental education. Beginning in 2021 Earth Force has begun bringing these organizations together to build a robust community of practice that establishes standards for incorporating action civics, inspires research, and lays the groundwork for supportive educational policies. Members of the network freely share what they learn with one another and take best practices from other network members.

Earth Force is committed to ensuring that young people become civic participants who bring their environmental values to public decision-making. Our strategy is to focus on three levers of change:

Alliance
Create a robust community of practice for environmental action civics

Progress to date:
50 organizations are delivering environmental action civics to educators and young people across the country.

2026 Goal
300 organizations will be part of our Environmental Action Civics Alliance and engage 135,000 young people.


Youth Challenges
Provide funding and recognition for young people engaged in civic action to address environmental issues.

Progress to date:
Currently hosting three youth challenges that reach 4,000 young people a year

2026 Goal:
Our Youth Challenges will engage 15,000 young people each year.

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?

    We serve two audiences: 1) Nonprofit organizations: Earth Force works with a network of organizations based in the U.S. and Canada. We collect input from their annually. 2) Educators: Earth Force works directly with educators in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Colorado. We collect evaluation data from them at the conclusion of every training event and annually via a survey.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • 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?

    Each year Earth Force hosts a series of forums for organizations interested in Environmental Action Civics. The focus of those forums is determined by feedback from organizations that participate in our network. Additionally, three years ago we survey a broad range of environmental education providers across the country. Based on their feedback we redesigned our educator facing materials and how we provide access to those materials.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Sharing feedback has provided our nonprofit partners with an avenue for influencing how we deliver our programs, the content of those programs and the geography that we target with our programs.

  • 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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Earth Force, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/7/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Vogel

Natural Resource Planning Services, Inc

Term: 2019 - 2022

Michael Evans

Vines of Mendoza

Ana Humphrey

Student

Anna Brown

Aequita Consulting LLC

Jesse Sutz

Baker Botts

Kit Ambrose

IT Consulting Professional

Subah Sachdeva

Astor & Sanders

Amelia Bernstein

Student

Vince Meldrum

Earth Force

Sarah Pacheco

Earth Force

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 ? Yes
  • 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 03/07/2022

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
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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