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)

IRS filing requirement

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

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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

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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 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 for Good runs training programs ranging from 5-day workshops to 3-year Master Organic Agricultural Trainer programs. Participants and graduates 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

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Goals & Strategy

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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.

To increase our impact and scale, Thrive for Good partners with NGOs, 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.

The organizations that we choose to partner with have demonstrated a community-centred approach, excellent financial reporting and a deep knowledge of asset-based community development (ABCD approach). They are some of the best in the world at community development and ending poverty, together.

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US Thrive for Good Foundation

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2021
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

Organizational demographics

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