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The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation

aka National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.NEEFusa.org

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Mission

OUR PURPOSE To cultivate an environmentally conscious and responsible public OUR VISION That people’s everyday actions are guided by an understanding and concern for the well-being of people and the planet OUR MISSION To make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to the daily lives of all Americans

Ruling year info

1991

President and CEO

Ms. Sara Espinoza

Main address

1730 Rhode Island Ave, NW Suite 401

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

54-1557043

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

NEEF’s work addresses the following problems: ● K-12 Education: Environmental education is not prioritized in the US educational system, educators do not have the resources and training to implement it, and K-12 STEM skills—especially in under-resourced communities—are falling behind demands of the US labor market. ● Health & Wellness: People’s physical and mental health are adversely affected by environmental factors that significantly impact disease burden. ● Conservation: Americans are spending more time indoors disconnected from the natural world. Public lands are experiencing increasing stress, especially given their major use during the COVID-19 pandemic, and land management agencies are facing diminishing capacity.

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?

K-12 Education

Our “Greening STEM” model engages students at high-need schools in hands-on environmental investigations in their communities—making STEM relevant and connected to students’ daily lives, building an environmental ethic and more diverse future STEM workforce. Of schools served by Greening STEM grants, 89% receive federal Title I funds.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Students
Teachers

NEEF equips health professionals with tools and information to address environmental impacts on health, with a focus on improving health outcomes for children and disproportionately impacted communities. Our Pediatric Asthma Initiative has trained more than 19,000 healthcare providers (both in-person and via online courses) to identify and manage environmental triggers and implement intervention strategies. In addition, NEEF has recently partnered with the Climate Mental Health Network to develop interventions for teachers to address students’ climate anxiety.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Caregivers
People with diseases and illnesses
Ethnic and racial groups

Our programs and initiatives inspire people to get outside, help conserve and restore nature, and enjoy it at the same time. NEEF’s annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) event (September) is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, mobilizing thousands of volunteers to address the maintenance backlog from the federal to local level. Over the last decade, NPLD has engaged one million volunteers in 5 million hours, contributing an estimated $133 million worth of service.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth
People with disabilities

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.

Number of students educated through field trips

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K-12 Education

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health education trainings conducted

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Health

Type of Metric

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

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Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of debris collected

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Conservation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Acres of land maintained or restored

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Conservation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Miles of trail restored or maintained

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Conservation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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Increasing

Square feet of invasive species removed

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Conservation

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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Increasing

Number of accessibility programs created

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Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participant events hosted

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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.

NEEF ultimately intends to have a lasting positive impact on people’s health, the environment, and, the economy - to cultivate an environmentally conscious and responsible public, making the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to the daily lives of all Americans so that people's everyday actions are guided by an understanding and concern for the well-being of people and the planet.

Our strategies include:
● delivering training around the environmental triggers of asthma and mitigation strategies with a focus on improving health outcomes for children and disproportionately impacted communities;
● developing interventions for addressing student climate emotions in classroom settings and beyond;
● support mobility and accessibility projects on public lands (e.g., assistive chairs, listening devices; accessible parking area, paths, boardwalk, boat/kayak launches, playground);
● grow National Public Lands Day to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation, and physical and mental health
● organizing service for public lands and waterways and offering resources for their managers to engage community members; and,
● strengthening K-12 STEM learning through investigative, outdoor experiences across the nation, engaging middle school students in hands-on environmental investigations in their own communities—from prairie restoration in Iowa to understanding the disappearance of small mammals in the Tucson mountains;

NEEF builds effective public-private partnerships that advance environmental education and engagement in the US. We focus our efforts on making the environment accessible, relatable, relevant, and connected to the daily lives of all Americans to inspire empathy and connection to the natural world. Our programs and initiatives reach beyond traditional green groups with non-partisan, practical, and positive messaging that resonates with the public and motivates environmentally responsible action.

Recent progress includes:
● Since launching November 2018, our Pediatric Asthma Initiative has trained more than 8,000 healthcare providers to identify and manage environmental triggers and implement intervention strategies. Our school nurse trainees are reaching 1.3 million students per year.
● NEEF, the University of California Berkeley, and the Climate Mental Health Network are collaborating on a research study to learn more about student emotions related to climate change and what resources would help educators respond to and support those reactions in a classroom. NEEF received IRB Approval in March 2023 to conduct this research and focus groups are underway with middle school educators.
● National Public Lands Day 2022 engaged 57,077 volunteers at 692 public land sites, providing $6.6 million worth of service.
● NEEF’s Greening STEM model engages students at high-need schools in hands-on environmental investigations in their communities—making STEM relevant and connected to students’ daily lives, building an environmental ethic and more diverse future STEM workforce. Of schools served by Greening STEM grants, 89% receive federal Title I funds.

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

    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

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • 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, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, We are often restricted from collecting data through our federal partnerships.

Financials

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The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Butt

Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability & Regulatory Affairs, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Term: 2021 - 2025

Nora Savage

Nano Program Director; Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems; Engineering Directorate; National Science Foundation

Louisa Koch

Director of Education, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

Ericka Reid

Director, Office of Science Education and Diversity, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Tinelle Bustam

Acting Director, Conservation Education, US Forest Service

Kevin Butt

Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability, Toyota Motor North America

Katie Hogge

Digital Outreach Manager, Ocean Conservancy

Jennifer Love

Former Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President of Safety, Health, and Environment Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Lori McFarling

President, Social Impact & Corporate Partnerships Discovery Education

Stephen Sikra

Vice President and Head of the Americas Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Kenneth Harding

Regional Director of the Central Region, National Weather Service

Shannon Steinbauer

Special Assistant to the Director, OLHCHH, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Nicole Steele

Senior Advisor on Energy Justice and Workforce, SETO, US Dept of Energy; Head of National Community Solar Partnership

Sharunda Buchanan

Director, Office of Priority Projects and Innovation, Office of the Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Sally Cole

Director of Employee Communications, Apple

Arturo Garcia-Costas

Environment Program Officer, The New York Community Trust

Omar Mitchell

Vice President, Sustainable Infrastructure and Growth Initiatives National Hockey League

Ernestine White

National Youth Employment Programs Coordinator, National Park Service

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/14/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/17/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.