Grow Some Good

Grow Some Good in Your Neighborhood

Wailuku, HI   |
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Grow Some Good

EIN: 46-4364775


Grow Some Good cultivates a healthy community by sharing knowledge about regenerative agriculture practices and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. Grow Some Good envisions a food-secure community where everyone grows, shares, and prepares healthy local food.

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Executive Director

Scott Lacasse

Main address

PO Box 1902

Wailuku, HI 96793 USA

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Subject area info

Agriculture, fishing and forestry


Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth

Young adults

Native Hawaiians

Pacific Islanders

Multiracial people

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NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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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?

School Garden Program

Grow Some Good (GSG) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles, connect students to their food sources, and inspire better nutrition choices. We establish food gardens and living science labs in local schools and provide resources and curriculum support through community partnerships in agriculture, science, food education, and nutrition.

Since its inception in 2008, Grow Some Good has expanded its programming from one grade level at one school to 35 schools, impacting more than 8,000 students each year. In addition to establishing school gardens, Grow Some Good started building community garden spaces in partnership with local organizations, in order to reach and serve more people of diverse backgrounds.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Grow Some Good
Fiscal year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.86 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.9 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 27% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Aug 01 - Jul 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Grow Some Good’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $15,385 -$17,756 $69,563 $10,964 $342,489
As % of expenses 5.7% -6.6% 21.7% 3.1% 63.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $15,385 -$17,756 $69,563 $10,964 $342,489
As % of expenses 5.7% -6.6% 21.7% 3.1% 63.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $283,285 $250,065 $389,992 $368,685 $879,177
Total revenue, % change over prior year 35.0% -11.7% 56.0% -5.5% 138.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 5.1% 13.2% 17.2% 12.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.4% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 26.3% 9.7% 23.1% 45.0% 19.2%
All other grants and contributions 73.7% 85.1% 63.7% 33.4% 68.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $267,899 $267,974 $320,453 $357,720 $536,688
Total expenses, % change over prior year 13.0% 0.0% 19.6% 11.6% 50.0%
Personnel 80.7% 73.0% 79.5% 73.8% 78.2%
Professional fees 3.9% 9.0% 6.0% 5.0% 6.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.8% 1.2% 0.5% 0.2% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 14.7% 16.8% 13.9% 21.0% 15.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $267,899 $267,974 $320,453 $357,720 $536,688
One month of savings $22,325 $22,331 $26,704 $29,810 $44,724
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $55,668
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $290,224 $290,305 $347,157 $387,530 $637,080

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.3 1.6 3.5 3.0 8.5
Months of cash and investments 2.3 1.6 3.5 3.0 8.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.0 0.2 2.8 2.8 9.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $52,015 $35,965 $92,531 $90,095 $378,693
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $840 $4,861 $32,421 $56,103 $52,775
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 59.0% 90.4% 41.2% 42.2% 1.1%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $21,674 $3,918 $73,481 $84,445 $426,934

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Scott Lacasse

Executive Director Scott Lacasse joined Grow Some Good in 2019 as the Program Manager after several years as a Classroom Garden Educator on Maui. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and completed a Master of Science in Environmental Studies that was focused on Maui's watersheds, food systems, and the resiliency of the communities dependent upon them. His vision is to apply these systemic principles to better connect the community to the land and food that supports them.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Rosa McAllister

Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

Andrea Snow

Hawaii Institute of Public Health

Rae Takemoto

Hawaii State Department of Education

Lehn Huff

Maui School Garden Network

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/21/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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