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Lets Go Compost

A Community-Led Effort To Make Composting Free And Accessible

Scottsdale, AZ   |  www.letsgocompost.org

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Mission

Let's Go Compost is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to making composting free and accessible throughout the United States. Our mission is to revolutionize waste management, reduce landfill waste, and combat harmful greenhouse gas emissions. By providing free compost bins, a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) classroom composting program, advocating for policy change, and funding underserved communities, we ensure composting reaches all, irrespective of location or income.

Ruling year info

2023

Founder and Executive Director

Lauren Click

Main address

P.O. Box 5683

Scottsdale, AZ 85261 USA

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EIN

92-1782469

NTEE code info

Recycling (C27)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The EPA estimated that in the United States, food waste is estimated at between 30–40% of the food supply. This figure, based on estimates from USDA’s Economic Research Service of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer levels, corresponded to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. Food waste sent to landfill rots, causing a huge negative impact on the environment by releasing carbon and methane – a harmful greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Let's Go Compost aims to mitigate this carbon and methane by making composting free and accessible throughout the United States, irrespective of location or income.

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?

STEAM Classroom Composting Program

The STEAM Classroom Composting Program is designed to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education while fostering an understanding of composting's ecological significance. Through interactive workshops, hands-on activities, and engaging curriculum, Let's Go Compost empowers students with the knowledge and skills required to become environmentally responsible citizens.

Population(s) Served

The Mobile Seed Library initiative takes a holistic approach to sustainability by integrating seed-saving practices with composting. By offering a selection of seeds, Let's Go Compost encourages individuals to grow their own plants while simultaneously practicing responsible composting. This program embodies the organization's commitment to promoting regenerative practices.

Population(s) Served

Let's Go Compost's Public Outreach and Education program seeks to reach a broader audience through workshops, presentations, and community events. By disseminating accurate and accessible information about composting, waste reduction, and sustainable living, the program empowers individuals with the tools they need to make informed environmental decisions.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Non-Profit of the Year 2024

Circular Arizona

Affiliations & memberships

U.S. Composting Council 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Compost bins distributed throughout the community

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

Public Outreach and Education

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.

We have a steadfast commitment to promoting accessible and free composting practices. Through our seven comprehensive programs, we aim to realize our mission, uphold our core values, and work towards our visionary goals. These programs collectively cater to diverse segments of the community and play a pivotal role in fostering sustainable practices and environmental stewardship.

The following is an overview of the seven core programs that exemplify our dedication to our mission.

STEAM Classroom Composting Program:
The STEAM Classroom Composting Program is designed to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education while fostering an understanding of composting's ecological significance.

Free Compost Bin Program:
By distributing composting bins and providing educational resources on composting techniques, Let's Go Compost enables individuals and families to divert organic waste from landfills, thus contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of nutrient-rich soil amendments.

Annual Earth Day Booth:
The Annual Earth Day Booth is a community-oriented initiative that allows Let's Go Compost to connect directly with the public during our Annual Giving Campaign throughout the month of April.

Scout Program:
Our Scout Program collaborates with local troops to educate young girls about the significance of composting and sustainable living through badge-earning activities, workshops, and community projects.

Mobile Seed Library:
By offering a selection of seeds, Let's Go Compost encourages individuals to grow their own plants while simultaneously practicing responsible composting.

Public Outreach and Education:
Let's Go Compost's Public Outreach and Education program seeks to reach a broader audience through workshops, presentations, and community events.

Compost Chatbot (In Development):
The Compost Chatbot is an innovative digital tool that offers real-time assistance and guidance on composting-related inquiries. Accessible through various platforms, this chatbot provides personalized recommendations, troubleshooting, and educational resources, enhancing Let's Go Compost's commitment to making composting knowledge widely available and easily accessible.

Through these seven core programs, we are not only championing the cause of composting but also nurturing a culture of environmental consciousness, sustainability, and collaboration within communities.

Since our inception in September 2022, we have distributed hundreds of free compost bins, continued to advocate for public education regarding composting, and work to incorporate our STEAM Classroom Composting curriculum throughout schools.

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 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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Lets Go Compost

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lauren Click

MacKenzie Ramirez

Hanna Layton

Christopher Allen

Derek Caldwell

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 1/18/2024

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, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/18/2024

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.