PLATINUM2024

Homegrown National Park Inc

Start a new HABITAT™

Mission

HOMEGROWN NATIONAL PARK™ IS A GRASSROOTS CALL-TO-ACTION TO REGENERATE BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION BY PLANTING NATIVE PLANTS AND CREATING NEW ECOLOGICAL NETWORKS.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Mr. Brandon Hough

Main address

PO BOX 1106

SHARON, CT 06069 USA

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EIN

86-1228991

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are at a critical point of losing so many species from local ecosystems that their ability to produce the oxygen, clean water, flood control, pollination, pest control, carbon storage, etc., that is, the ecosystem services that sustain us, will become seriously compromised. HOMEGROWN NATIONAL PARK™ IS A GRASSROOTS CALL-TO-ACTION TO REGENERATE BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION by PLANTING NATIVE PLANTS AND CREATING NEW ECOLOGICAL NETWORKS.

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?

Regenerating Biodiversity through Homegrown National Parks

We're addressing an urgent global crisis with a simple, science-based solution: individuals growing the native plants that support the life around us and removing the invasive species that do not. We're catalyzing action that will have meaningful, measurable, and immediate results. We're enhancing the impact and extending the reach of national and state parks, land trusts and conservancies. Our initial goal is to mobilize Americans to convert 20 million acres of private land -- equivalent to half the area now dedicated to lawns -- to productive native plant communities, creating “homegrown national parks" that are tracked on an interactive map.

Population(s) Served

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.

Acres of natural habitat restored

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

Regenerating Biodiversity through Homegrown National Parks

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We aim to have 20 million acres of native plantings in the U.S. This represents approximately ½ of the green lawns of private properties. We thus constantly track acreage.

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.

HOMEGROWN NATIONAL PARK™ provides a SOLUTION BASED ACTION - small efforts by many people. Together we will create new ecological networks that will enlarge populations of plants and animals enabling them to weather normal population fluctuations indefinitely.





We are catalyzing a collective effort of individual homeowners, property owners, land managers, farmers, and anyone with some soil to plant in…to start a new HABITAT™ by planting native plants and removing most invasive plants.  This is the largest cooperative conservation project ever conceived or attempted.

Our initial goal is 20 million acres of native plantings in the U.S. This represents approximately ½ of the green lawns of privately-owned properties.

Through our MAP, an interactive community-based visual inspiration and success barometer, will show each person’s contribution to planting native by State, County, and Zip Code.

Importantly, the map is a way for individuals to see their part in the greater whole – creating new ecological networks and restoring biodiversity.

Our volunteer base has expanded to support promotion of this Call To Action. We have hired an Operations Manager, and have contracted with professionals for our media, marketing, and bookkeeping.

The passion for this mission is the research of Dr. Doug Tallamy. Through his public speaking, and numerous books about biodiversity and ecological networks he is the inspiration behind this Call To Action.

Over 11, 000 individuals have registered their Homegrown National Parks on our MAP, since late 2020. This allows communities, individuals, corporations, governments, and other land owners to see their impact toward restoring biodiversity in their community, state, and region. It provides inspiration for others to take action for biodiversity by planting on their land.

We are expanding our Resources webpage creating a directory of guides for how to plant for biodiversity, native plants to select for your land, and land maintenance to support the success of all of these Homegrown National Parks.

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.
  • 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 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

  • 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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Homegrown National Park Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Michelle Alfandari

Retired Marketing Executive

Term: 2020 - 2023

Michelle Alfandari, Co-Founder

Retired Marketing Executive

Doug Tallamy, Co-Founder

Professor, Univ. of Delaware

Steve Castorani

Nursery Business Owner

Dennis Liu

E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation

David Roth

Retired CTO

Kenneth Monteiro

Retired Lawyer

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/19/2023

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/28/2021

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 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.