Northeast Earth Coalition

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Montclair, NJ   |  https://www.neearth.org
This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission

The Northeast Earth Coalition, Inc, (NEEC) works at the community level to protect the environment and promote local sustainability and food security. The NEEC supports the work of community and environmental activists who give hope for a better future. To accomplish this, we seek to bring together diverse environmental organizations in the Northeast to share ideas, identify common interests, and provide mutual support in building communities that are sustainable in terms of food production, energy, transportation, and preservation of the natural environment.

Ruling year info

2016

Principal Officer

Jose German-Gomez

Chair of Board of Director

Mr. David Allan Wasmuth

Main address

PO Box 550

Montclair, NJ 07042 USA

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EIN

81-1561104

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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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?

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES PROGRAM

This program presents free workshops and training to educate the public about environmental issues, promote the protection of the environment, and create community level environmental education projects.

Population(s) Served

The program sees the growth of community vegetable gardens as an effective strategy to make healthy organic produce accessible to low-income families, ensuring that all the members of our community have access to fresh local food. The NEEC has nine community gardens associated to our program (Florham Park, East Orange, Bergen, Montclair, Hillside, Passaic, Paterson and Totowa). We educate, coach, and monitor the work of volunteers working with community gardens.

Population(s) Served
Extremely poor people
Homeless people
Working poor
Asylum seekers
Adults

The Community Outreach Program is responsible for reaching out to environmental activists and community groups as well as building partnerships with other organizations, providing support for their work, and collaborating with their programs and agenda. Community Outreach provides educational support and micro-grants to create workshops, trainings, cultural activities, and long-term projects. The Acting Locally for a More Sustainable World Conference is considered the largest gathering of environmentalists and community activists in New Jersey. We also organize community events, like the Eco Fair, the Migration of Monarch Butterfly, and the End of the Harvest.

Population(s) Served

The Community Food Network (Free Little Pantry Project) is grassroots, crowdsourced solution to immediate and local food need. Whether a need for food or a need to give, mini pantries help feed neighbors, nourishing neighborhoods and build community.

The Community Food Network has 14 pantries in five townships (Montclair, Cedar Grove, Bloomfield, Clifton, and East Orange). More than 18,000 pounds of food are distributed per month. The program runs with the support of volunteers from 12 organizations, most of them churches, plus more than 300 NEEC volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Age groups
Age groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Multiracial people
People of African descent

Where we work

Awards

Nominated to Land Ethic 2021 2020

Bowman's Hill Wildlife Preserve

Top 10 Most Influential Latinos in NJ 2021

NJ Latino Index

Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award 2021

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Change Maker of the Week 2021

Pollinator Project International

Affiliations & memberships

National Wildlife Federation 2005

Pollinator Pathways Northeast 2020

NJ Native Plant Society 2019

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County 2021

Florham Park Environmental Commission 2020

Rutgers University Essex County Master Gardeners Program 2020

Xerces Society 2017

New Jersey Sierra Club 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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?

    About 65% of them are women, from different levels of age. The remaining group are males (35%). We also serve students from elementary to high school level and have college students doing internships. We also have long term projects located in African Americans and Latino neighborhoods. We serve environmentalists and community activists and general public. We serve families facing food insecurity in five towns.

  • 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), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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 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?

    The NEEC Community Food Network requires us a lot of coordination due the high volume of volunteers participating in the program. Our volunteers provided us valuable ideas about how to monitor the project using a software application (EveryAction) to manage volunteers, delegate tasks and event attendance. The idea was implemented and people interested in donating their time, can sign online their available dates, and register their donated time. This program has more than 250 volunteers.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Asking for feedbacks from the people that we serve has been part of the culture of the organization since it was founded.

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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 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 the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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

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Northeast Earth Coalition

Board of directors
as of 07/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. David Wasmuth

Professor at Passaic Community College (Retired)

Term: 2019 - 2022

Greg Pason

Montclair Mutual Aid

Anne Stires

Horizon (Retired)

Marcia Almeida

Montclair Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

Ellen Kelley

Touchtone Consulting

Nancy Taiani

Retiree

Renee Baskerville

Physician

Tony Allen

Students Diplomacy Corps

Phil Yourish

Educator

Tom Mulligan

Carpenter

Susan Varisco

International Relations

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 7/25/2022

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
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/05/2022

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Data
  • 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.
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 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 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.