US Thrive for Good Foundation

Planting Hope. Harvesting Change.

aka Thrive for Good   |   Seattle, WA   |  https://thriveforgood.org/

Mission

Thrive is spreading a naturally contagious model for growing health, organically. We train and equip communities to create Life Gardens, so they can grow health, step out of poverty, and teach others to do the same.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder

Dale Bolton

Co Principal Officer

James Woller

Main address

4730 University Way NE, Suite 104 PMB 2848

Seattle, WA 98105 USA

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Formerly known as

Organics 4 Orphans

EIN

84-3616677

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The biggest health challenge today is unequal access to nutrition. 2 billion people, including 1 in 3 children, aren't getting enough life-giving nutrients to reach their full potential and fight disease. The problem is “hidden hunger” — a chronic lack of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients only whole foods can deliver. Sadly, hidden hunger happens mostly in poor countries, where the first priority is to get food in bellies, and "nutrition" means meal after meal of processed, white grains and corn. Even among farming families in the world’s poorest countries, people aren’t growing nutrient-dense foods. Developing brains and bodies are hungry for vitamins and minerals. Without real nutrition, children never get a fair chance. They can't thrive and their immunity isn't strong enough to fight infection. Hidden hunger keeps people from escaping poverty. It causes kids to miss school. It prevents adults from working when they’re chronically ill. And it orphans too many children.

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?

Community Life Garden Development

Thrive trains and equips communities with hidden hunger to grow Life Gardens: organic gardens dense with nutritious crops and medicinal plants. With Life Gardens, they can grow health year-round — and generate income by selling the surplus.

The model works anywhere there's 100 square feet of soil and 6 hours of daily sunlight, even with scarce rainfall (500 mm/20 inches a year). It's based on the best organic growing methods, nutritional research and an education-first approach.

Communities who need a solution for hidden hunger work with Thrive to learn a sustainable model for growing life-giving gardens. They learn to teach others the same methods, so this low-cost, organic solution for growing health can spread from community to community, exponentially.

Thrive runs training programs ranging from 5-day workshops to 3-year programs. Participants go on to establish and lead others to create Life Gardens in villages, schools, orphanages, prisons, healthcare facilities, and more.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Health
Social and economic status
Unemployed people
Farmers

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 demonstration project or pilot sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Life Garden Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric describes the total number of Life Garden Projects that Thrive is helping to create and support around the world. Each Life Garden is about 1/4 acre with approximately 40 garden beds.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Life Garden Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric shows the number of people benefiting from Thrive's Life Garden projects. This means that they are eating the harvest from the garden.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric shows the number of people that have signed up for our online training at the Thrive Institute which launched in August 2020.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric shows the number of people that have subscribed to our email newsletter.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

By 2025, Thrive will empower 1 million people in the developing world to lead healthy and sustainable lives by training them to grow nutritious and income-generating whole foods.

Until now, a whole foods diet has seemed out of reach for the poor. That's because we've come to see food as a cost and healthy food as a luxury.

But the best conditions for growing health — and the greatest opportunity for change — are found in some of the world’s poorest regions.

With knowledge, simple tools, and starter seeds, people who can't afford to buy healthy food can grow their own Life Gardens.

Thrive trains and equips communities with hidden hunger to grow Life Gardens: organic gardens dense with highly nutritious crops and medicinal plants. With Life Gardens, they can grow health year-round — and even generate income by selling the surplus.

The Thrive model works anywhere there's 100 square feet of soil (the size of a standard living room) and six hours of daily sunlight, even with scarce rainfall (500 mm / 20 inches a year). It's based on the best organic growing methods, nutritional research and an education-first approach.

Communities who need a solution for hidden hunger work with Thrive to learn a sustainable model for growing life-giving gardens. They learn to teach others the very same methods, so this low-cost, organic solution for growing health can spread from community to community, exponentially.

Thrive puts nutritional security - not just food security - in the hands of the poor. When people have everything they need to grow healthy, disease-fighting foods, they can begin to step out of poverty.

-Kids can grow strong, achieve at school and have a better chance of reaching their fullest potential.
-Parents can beat the diseases of poverty; when they’re healthy, they can work and build better lives for their families.
-Communities can thrive together by growing gardens that create jobs, income and health for everyone — while preserving their environment.

As a response to COVID, Thrive worked tirelessly to move their in-person training online and accessible to everyone in the world. The Thrive Institute was created, the first online training platform teaching organic gardening for developing communities.

The Thrive Institute’s purpose is to empower and equip people to grow nutritious, disease-fighting foods - sustainably. The online training program makes proven, simple, training accessible to almost everyone.

The Thrive Institute online training provides teaching, additional resources, demonstration videos, support services and access to a ‘Community Knowledge Hub’ of other growers. Its model decreases the costs and limitations of traditional ‘in-person’ training.

Thrive’s Life-Garden model is easy to scale, monitor & evaluate, cost-efficient, quick results/yields, sustainable and addresses common traditional deficiencies in nutrition and health/diseases.

Poverty is complex, and there is no single solution or pathway to the problems those impoverished face. We believe that sustainable development to eradicate poverty needs to be grounded on health and nutrition, which begins with our food.
Thrive takes a holistic, long-term approach. We are not developing programs and treating symptoms. We are changing systems.
We identified that the quickest and most effective strategy to expand our reach will be done by working with partners that have demonstrated a community-centred approach, excellent financial reporting and a deep knowledge of asset-based community development (ABCD approach). Partners are the doorway to the markets and communities for our services. We will take partners through a process of discovery, planning, training, measuring and ongoing support.
We understand that every organization and area of development is different. Therefore we customize and then integrate our model and methodology to our partner’s work. This is done by training and certifying select team member to become Growing Health Champions. Throughout the partnership, we resource, support, measure the impact and continuously train the partners Champion.
Although our end-user and beneficiary is each individual community member, partners are our client, establishing a B-to-B business model.
Our business/service is to optimize the work that select NGO’s are already doing by adding a focus on ‘healthy communities. We offer a complete bundle of services (training, curriculum, content, M&E and ongoing coaching), using a market-based model that helps our organization remain financially sustainable and expand to reach more and more partners and ultimately communities every year.
To increase our impact and scale, Thrive for Good partners with other not-for-profit organizations, governmental agencies, corporations, foundations, research institutions, universities, religious institutions and giving networks.
We partner with some of the best community development charities and organizations in the world addressing poverty. Our partners are carefully selected and deliver incredible impact. We scale-up and optimize their impact with our methodology.
We know that investing in local expertise is the best way to create long-term impact.

Financials

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US Thrive for Good Foundation

Board of directors
as of 07/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Weigel

The Forerunner Project Inc.

Term: 2020 - 2022

Linda Bolton

Natural Calm Canada

Somy Winardi

Dale Bolton

Jon Putnam

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/6/2021

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Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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