Project Apis m.

Enhancing the Health of Honey Bees

Salt Lake City, UT   |  www.projectapism.org
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Project Apis m.

EIN: 20-8345956


Mission

Fund Research and Efforts to Improve Honey Bee Health and Vitality

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Danielle Downey

Main address

PO Box 26793

Salt Lake City, UT 84126 USA

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EIN

20-8345956

Subject area info

Science

Sustainable agriculture

Population served info

Students

Researchers

Farmers

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (K05)

IRS subsection

501(c)(5) Labor, Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

Grants supporting Research in Honey Bee Health

Project Apis m. is the go-to organization at the interface of honey bees and pollinated crops. Since 2006, we have infused over $10 million into honey bee research to provide healthier bees, resulting in better pollination and increased crop yields for growers and farmers, and lower losses and better honey production for beekeepers. We work closely with commercial beekeepers, growers, and bee scientists in the USA and Canada to direct strategic research efforts focused on practical solutions. We fund research studies, purchase equipment for research labs, and support graduate students through scholarships to encourage careers in pursuit of science-based solutions to honey bee challenges.

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Students

The Seeds for Bees program encourages the use of cover crops to increase the density, diversity, and duration of bee forage in California orchards, farms, and vineyards while improving soil health. We designed our seed mixes to bloom at critical times of the year when natural forage is scarce but managed and native bees are active. Seeds for Bees serves the needs of bees, beekeepers, and growers, increasing the sustainability of pollination and agriculture. Over 90% of participating growers tell us they will include cover crops in future management plans because of their participation in Seeds for Bees.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

Varroa mites occur in all U.S. honey bee colonies and typically kill or damage bees if not controlled. The mites are managed with in-hive chemical treatments, but there are problems associated with this approach. A desirable alternative is to work with bees that have genetically based mite resistance. Our project, managed by a public-private partnership, is breeding and improving a population of Hilo Bees that has significant resistance to varroa. As the population has proven to be stable, we have begun distributing Hilo Queens to commercial bee keepers on a limited basis for testing and observation.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Researchers

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 research studies funded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Researchers

Related Program

Grants supporting Research in Honey Bee Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

27 Grants were approved in FY 21 for a total of $1,601,833. Since our organization began in 2006 through FY# 2022 we have funded 164 research projects.

Number of acres of cover crops planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers

Related Program

Seeds for Bees

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In our 2020-2021 fiscal year over 12,000 acres of cover crops were planted in California's central valley. Since 2013 we have invested $2.8 million into our forage program and planted 55,800 acres.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Farmers

Related Program

Seeds for Bees

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

201 growers participated in our Seeds for Bees program in 2021.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Project Apis m. funds research and other efforts to improve honey bee health and vitality. We aim to find solutions for issues challenging the North American honey bee industry.

Project Apis m. funds and directs research that provides value to beekeepers, growers, and the scientific community. We share the results of this research widely so they can be applied by beekeepers and other stakeholders.

We develop tools and resources to demonstrate best practices that can improve health and productivity for honey bees.

Through our Seeds for Bees forage program, we provide in-kind grants of cover crop seed to help farmers and growers establish cover crops that provide many benefits for the plants and orchards and provide forage for bees and other pollinators. This program supports pollinator health tangibly and immediately.

We have a deeply engaged board of directors all of whom are knowledgable about beekeeping and farming and who are passionate about our mission.
We have skilled staff, led by a passionate and visionary executive director.
We have built collaborative relationships with industry and stakeholder organizations, that share our passion, interests, and goals, and who work with us to accomplish them.
We have resilient relationships with our funders.

How we listen

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Financials

Project Apis m.
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 Project Apis m.
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

6.12

Average of 6.26 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16.5

Average of 10.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

17%

Average of 6% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Project Apis m.’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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $84,732 $385,961 -$59,580 -$1,471 -$94,842
As % of expenses 5.7% 23.1% -3.5% -0.1% -6.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $84,406 $385,507 -$60,165 -$2,056 -$95,227
As % of expenses 5.7% 23.1% -3.5% -0.1% -6.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,561,696 $1,741,839 $1,717,621 $1,844,394 $1,725,227
Total revenue, % change over prior year 19.2% 11.5% -1.4% 7.4% -6.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 92.9% 0.0% 10.1% 11.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 4.1% 7.1% 6.5% 16.5% 6.9%
All other grants and contributions 95.9% 0.0% 87.4% 73.3% 81.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 6.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,476,964 $1,669,784 $1,702,429 $1,653,273 $1,389,637
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.8% 13.1% 2.0% -2.9% -15.9%
Personnel 17.0% 8.7% 14.6% 19.5% 24.7%
Professional fees 0.4% 0.5% 11.2% 11.3% 9.7%
Occupancy 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 45.1% 56.9% 52.9%
All other expenses 82.2% 90.8% 29.2% 12.3% 12.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,477,290 $1,670,238 $1,703,014 $1,653,858 $1,390,022
One month of savings $123,080 $139,149 $141,869 $137,773 $115,803
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $1,911 $1,015 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,602,281 $1,810,402 $1,844,883 $1,791,631 $1,505,825

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 10.6 10.6 11.0 13.3 16.5
Months of cash and investments 10.6 10.6 11.0 13.3 16.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.4 4.0 3.5 3.6 3.4
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $1,307,895 $1,479,553 $1,557,602 $1,825,635 $1,911,927
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $33,761 $97,701 $14,484 $140,187
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,911 $2,926 $2,926 $2,926 $924
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 17.1% 26.7% 46.7% 66.6% 97.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 87.1% 20.5% 2.8% 23.8% 15.3%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $554,173 $494,008 $491,952 $396,725
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $650,348 $1,116,938 $910,540 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $650,348 $1,116,938 $910,540 $1,340,972
Total net assets $168,666 $1,204,521 $1,610,946 $1,402,492 $1,737,697

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
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Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Danielle Downey

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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Board of directors
as of 08/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Zac Browning


Board co-chair

George Hansen

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/5/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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