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KidsGardening

Helping Young Minds Grow

Burlington, VT   |  http://kidsgardening.org

Mission

We create opportunities for kids to learn and grow through gardening, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Em Shipman

Main address

132 Intervale Road

Burlington, VT 05401 USA

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EIN

81-1103989

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gardening engages every child’s innate wonder and care for the natural world; offers them opportunities to participate in hands-on learning; and, teaches them where their food comes from. Young people who participate in gardening programs enjoy dramatic, documented gains across a diverse range of critical growth areas including personal well-being, food security, nutritional awareness and attitudes, environmental stewardship, and community connectedness.

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?

KidsGardening

We inspire and support educators, community leaders, and families to create garden-based learning experiences for children. We do this by providing garden grants, curriculum, and practical know-how.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Member of Children & Nature Network 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of children reached through all programming

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

KidsGardening

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

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.

At KidsGardening, we want every child to experience the unique transformation that occurs when they spend time caring for a garden, be it outside, in a classroom, or in a cup on the kitchen window. For almost 40 years, KidsGardening has served as the premier support provider for youth garden programs nationwide. KidsGardening's resources reach over 1.4 million young people annually, helping them engage their natural curiosity and acquire new learning through hands-on gardening experiences.

In 2021, we aim to reach 1.7 million kids across the country with access to garden-based learning resources.

We support youth garden leaders in schools and community organizations across the country with grants, curriculum, lessons, activities, and inspiration to get more kids learning through the garden.

In 2021 we will launch a game-changing new initiative. In order to inspire, inform, educate, and build a stronger nationwide community of youth garden educators, KidsGardening is launching a collaborative online platform called The Kids Garden Community. The goal of The Community will be to provide an essential, central location for direct networking for teachers, parents and other garden educators.

As one of the founders of the youth garden movement in the United States, KidsGardening continues to lead the growth of this important transformation in education of young people as conveners

Our team is widely respected as expert at establishing and scaling youth garden programs and supporting educators to use gardens as classrooms for fun, safe, and effective experiential learning. We have decades of experience writing highly effective garden-based learning materials and administering grant programs to grow sustainable, high impact youth garden programs.

Recently, KidsGardening has stepped into the role of convener of 15+ national garden-based learning organizations stewarding the Kids Garden Community, an online collaborative peer network for garden educators.

In 2019:
*We reached 1.4 million children in 2019 with our curriculum, lesson plans, and activities. We are on track to  exceed  that in 2020
* We reached 83k children with our grants in 2019. We will meet or exceed that in 2020.
* We reach 42k educators through our email list.
* We have an average of 42k unique visitors to our site each month with an average of 222 page views
* With every $4.50 donated to KidsGardening, we are able to reach one more child with resources to learn through the garden

In 2019:
*We reached 1.4 million children in 2019 with our curriculum, lesson plans, and activities. We are on track to  exceed  that in 2020
* We reached 83k children with our grants in 2019. We will meet or exceed that in 2020.
* We reach 42k educators through our email list.
* We have an average of 42k unique visitors to our site each month with an average of 222 page views
* With every $4.50 donated to KidsGardening, we are able to reach one more child with resources to learn through the garden

In 2019, program leaders noted children's improvements in these characteristics :
90% noticed improvements in environmental attitudes
81% noticed improvements in community spirit
78% noticed improvements in social skills
78% noticed improvements in self-confidence
73% noticed improvements in leadership skills
73% noticed improvements in volunteerism
71% noticed improvements in nutritional attitudes
57% noticed improvements in attitude towards school
54% noticed improvements in motor skills
47% noticed improvements in scholastic achievement

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • 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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KidsGardening

Board of directors
as of 02/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Feinson

Zaw Win

Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC (DRM)

Kit Perkins

Bill Calkins

Ball Horticultural

Mary Jo Reale

Jim Feinson

Tristana Pirkl

School Garden Support Organization Network

Sonya Harris

Bullock Garden Project

Perla Sofia Curbelo Santiago

Agrochic

Tony Hillery

Harlem Grown

Christie Kane

Gardener's Supply Company

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 9/1/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2022

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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.