FARM RESCUE

Helping Farm Families in Crisis

Horace, ND   |  www.farmrescue.org

Mission

The mission of Farm Rescue is to help family farms and ranches bridge crises so they have an opportunity to continue viable operations. Farm Rescue provides planting, haying, harvesting, and livestock feeding assistance to farm and ranch families that have experienced a major injury, illness, or natural disaster.

Ruling year info

2005

President and Founder

Bill Gross

Vice President

Kyle Nelsen

Main address

PO Box 28

Horace, ND 58047 USA

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EIN

75-3174053

NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of Farm Rescue is to help family farms and ranches bridge crises so they have an opportunity to continue viable operations. Farm Rescue provides planting, haying, harvesting and livestock feeding assistance to farm and ranch families that have experienced a major injury, illness or natural disaster. We see that one of the biggest financial drains on a family is an unexpected medical injury or illness and, of course, a natural disaster. It is even more pronounced on a farm where a family's livelihood depends on the ability to plant, harvest or provide for their herd. Farm Rescue gives families a chance to continue their livelihood by providing the necessary equipment and manpower (free of charge) to get the job done.

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?

Planting Assistance

Farm Rescue provides planting of agricultural crops free of charge. The organization is operated entirely by volunteers! We currently serve seven states: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

Farm Rescue provides labor and equipment to assist qualified farmers with baling hay - free of charge. The organization is operated entirely by volunteers! We currently serve seven states: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

Farm Rescue provides harvesting of agricultural crops free of charge. The organization is operated entirely by volunteers! We currently serve seven states: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

Farm Rescue provides labor and equipment to assist qualified ranchers with livestock feeding assistance - free of charge. The organization is operated entirely by volunteers! We currently serve seven states: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Adults

Where we work

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.

The goal of Farm Rescue is to accomplish the organizations mission of assisting farm families who are experiencing severe crises. Furthermore, Farm Rescue has the goal of increasing the number of farm families who realize assistance through the boots on the ground work of the organization's volunteer base.

A small and dedicated staff partners with a volunteer president (Farm Rescue founder, Bill Gross), as well as a volunteer board of directors to strategies the mobilizing of volunteers, farm family communications, and fundraising.

There are unique strategies within each of these categories including the following:

• Mobilizing volunteers - through digital mapping technology, work to involve volunteers from the region of the farm family residents.

• Communications - utilize various aspects of digital communications, such as e-blasts and social media, while maintaining personal contact with farm families and assisting with the application process.

• Fundraising - increase business sponsorships and foundation grant funding, while building an individual giving program.

Farm Rescue's ability to help families on their land is dependent upon a dedicated volunteer base, with funding from business sponsors, foundation grants and individual donors.

The combination of volunteerism and financial support allows for Farm Rescue to help put a crop in the ground, or harvest its bounty, for families that are experiencing crisis. Farm families are able to maintain viable operations, which in-turn, strengthens the rural American economy.

Farm Rescue's mission of helping farm families who have experienced an unexpected major injury, illness or natural disaster is beneficial to rural communities throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana.

Farm Rescue assisted its 800th farm or ranch family in 2021. Assistance was given within planting, haying, and harvesting operations as well as hay hauling services, through a volunteer workforce. Viable farming and ranching operations were able to be maintained on these family farms.

We continue to strive to assist 40-50 families each year in the most productive and safe manner possible.

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?

    Farm and ranch families.

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

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    This month we are beginning to implement a follow-up call with each farm family two weeks after assisting them.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

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

    The feedback we have received has helped us become better at meeting the needs of the farmers and ranch families we assist.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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FARM RESCUE

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bill Gross

Farm Rescue

Term: 2005 -

Bill Gross

Jed Wall

Kyle Nelson

Shaun Sipma

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data