GROWING HOPE GLOBALLY

Growing Lasting Solutions to Hunger

Carol Stream, IL   |  growinghopeglobally.org

Mission

MISSION: As a Christian response to hunger, we link the grassroots energy and commitment of agricultural communities around the world with the capability and desire of smallholder farmers in developing countries to grow lasting solutions to hunger. VISION: We envision a day when all people around the world have enough to eat and the physical, financial and community resources to live hopeful, healthy, productive lives. Our constructive role in this transformation is to raise resources to support sustainable smallholder agricultural development and to increase opportunities for all people to work together consciously toward a more just and equitable world for all. Our activities are carried out without regard to race, gender, belief, nationality, ethnic origin or political persuasion.

Notes from the nonprofit

For over 20 years, Growing Hope Globally has been helping farmers, churches and communities respond to hunger. You can make a difference from right where you live. Join us in growing lasting solutions to hunger!

Ruling year info

1999

President & CEO

Mr. Max Finberg

Main address

PO Box 5628

Carol Stream, IL 60197 USA

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EIN

54-1940516

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Rural (S32)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than 690 Million people around the world struggle with hunger. Over 70% of them live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood. Growing Hope Globally supports farmers and their families with smallholder agriculture development programs to help them overcome the many challenges that keep them in poverty. With training and encouragement, farmers are achieving sustainable food security by improving their depleted soils, establishing clean water sources, growing nutritious food for home consumption and sale, improving sanitation and hygiene to reduce malnutrition due to waterborne illnesses, earning incomes, saving money, investing in their farms and homes, organizing to advocate to their local governments for infrastructure improvements, and getting their children in school.

Our programs

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

Sustainable Food Security through International Agricultural Development

Growing Hope Globally supports agricultural development programs in developing countries that create a lasting impact by addressing the root causes of hunger. We work with trusted local partner organizations to implement programs that take community needs and community resources into consideration. Programs include training on improved farming practices, hygiene and nutrition; provide access to land and clean water; and provide women’s empowerment and leadership opportunities.
We raise support through Growing Projects across the US. Growing Projects leverage the assets of rural areas, and create space for learning, spiritual growth, and the building of community, in addition to providing an opportunity to respond to global hunger. These community groups include farmers, agribusinesses, churches, civic groups and others. Together they grow crops, raise animals or do other activities to generate funds. The whole community has the opportunity to get involved. Farmers till the land or raise the animals while businesses, churches and individuals cover the input and land costs so that, when sold, the entire profit can be used to support the Growing Hope program(s) of their choice. With each one doing their part, the impact is multiplied beyond what any individual could do on their own!

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Honoring the work of staff Rev. Joan Fumetti and Mr. Ron DeWeerd for their humanitarian work 2016

Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Growing Hope Globally raises funds in the U.S. through community “growing projects" for agricultural development programs overseas that support resource-poor rural communities in growing their own food, earning incomes, and living healthy, hopeful, productive lives. Our purpose is to serve as a catalyst for change by sharing innovation and ideas, inviting people to join our efforts, and networking with people and organizations around the world to mobilize at the grassroots level to reduce hunger through agriculture development, by:

1. Working to maximize the gifts and capacity of all people.
2. Developing a sustainable financial base that supports our mission.
3. Striving to maintain and enhance transparency and accountability in every aspect of our work.

Growing Hope Globally's volunteer US community growing projects raise a crop or commodity, sell it, and make the funds available to us for programs implemented by its implementing partner organizations. Because our partners already have an overseas presence and work with the target communities through trusted local partners, we need not duplicate costly infrastructure.

All our stakeholders share ideas, knowledge and experience in supporting smallholder farmers overseas. Many dialogue with decision makers in our nation's capital about the complexities of world hunger and agricultural development as a way to reduce it. Visits to and from our programs promote greater understanding.

We also facilitate program-to-program visits overseas so that smallholder farmers and local program staff can exchange experiences with others facing similar challenges. We welcome individual donors, foundations, and corporations to join us and experience for themselves how we work to support those in need.

Growing Hope Globally's model is built on volunteerism and networking. Our dynamic staff brings new US community growing projects on board; encourages existing growing projects; works with our implementing organizations and their local partners overseas to ensure that smallholder farm communities have a voice in the process; monitors those food security programs and reports back to donors on their progress (see stories on our website). Thousands of US volunteers – some have been involved since our first crop year in 2000 – promote the growing project/overseas program model to others. Other volunteers support our staff by helping get new growing projects started, thanking and encouraging existing projects, speaking publicly about our model and mission, and identifying potential funders. Our board directors share their organizations' overseas programming knowledge freely, and their non-profit experience puts us in contact with funders, consultants and other professionals.

Growing Hope Globally started as an idea that US farm communities could use their time, talents, expertise and equipment to produce crops, sell them, and send proceeds to us to stop the cycle of poverty in rural communities overseas through sustainable, appropriate agricultural technologies. Our first crop year had 10 “growing projects" on 360 acres, and their proceeds supported a program in Kenya. Growing projects include field crops, vegetable and fruit crops, dairy, pie auctions, FFA efforts, and other creative efforts. These projects involve 1000 U.S. farmers, 1000s of volunteers, hundreds of churches, community groups, businesses and other organizations and make it possible for Growing Hope Globally, its members and their in-country partners to support smallholder ag development programs in countries across the developing world. In order to reach more rural farm communities overseas, we must develop a larger funding base. Please join us in “growing lasting solutions to hunger."

Financials

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GROWING HOPE GLOBALLY

Board of directors
as of 10/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jerry Lundeen

Dan Wiens

Mennonite Central Committee

John Lyon

World Hope International

Jerry Lundeen

Growing Project

Jim Rufenacht

Growing Project

Jim Schmidt

Growing Project

Claude Schrock

Growing Project

Steve Witt

Growing Project

Leah Stolte-Doerfler

Lutheran World Relief

Mark Swanson

Evangelical Covenant Church-Covenant World Relief

Carol Bremer-Bennett

World Renew

Tad Fannin

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries

Maurice Bloem

Church World Service

Jim Elwell

Growing Project

Kirby Gould

Christian Church Foundation (Disciples of Christ)

Karis Gutter

Corteva Agriscience

Bruce White

Catholic Relief Services

Wubshet Loha

Bread for the World

Karon Speckman

Growing Project

Dwight Rohrer

Growing Project

Kevin Skunes

Growing Project

LaRaine Salmon

Growing Project

Arlyn Schipper

Growing Project

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? Yes