Friends of Spannocchia

Learn, Grow, Sustain

Portland, ME   |

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Friends of Spannocchia

EIN: 02-0549816


Friends of Spannocchia connects people to an authentic Tuscan landscape, local food systems, and sustainable living practices to transform their relationship with the natural environment there and at home. Through hands-on experiences on an ancient organic farm, we encourage healthy solutions for our planet.

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Executive Director

Sarah Allenby

Main address

PO Box 10531

Portland, ME 04104 USA

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Formerly known as

Spannocchia Foundation



Subject area info

Arts exchange

Cultural awareness

Natural resources

Agricultural education

Sustainable agriculture

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Population served info





Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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?

Friends of Spannocchia

Friends of Spannocchia sponsors and develops student and adult educational programs focused on Tuscan culture and history, environmental and ecological research, and sustainability and agriculture.

We run a farm internship program for young adults interested in learning about regenerative agriculture and Italian language and culture through hands-on, experiential learning, and host butcher and culinary apprenticeships for unique professional development.

The organization is also active in providing educational opportunities for its U.S. members and other people interested in sustainable resource use, Tuscan culinary traditions, and agriculture.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 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 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


Friends of Spannocchia
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 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 40.24 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Friends of Spannocchia

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Friends of Spannocchia’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 $3,966 -$5,896 -$11,356 $56,890 $50,209
As % of expenses 0.9% -1.3% -5.4% 37.4% 15.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $3,966 -$5,896 -$11,356 $56,890 $50,209
As % of expenses 0.9% -1.3% -5.4% 37.4% 15.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $440,426 $438,795 $191,163 $200,159 $409,892
Total revenue, % change over prior year -0.1% -0.4% -56.4% 4.7% 104.8%
Program services revenue 71.2% 72.3% 23.4% 12.5% 60.9%
Membership dues 11.0% 11.0% 36.9% 22.9% 14.3%
Investment income 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.5% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 16.7% 16.4% 38.6% 58.9% 24.2%
Other revenue 0.9% 0.3% 1.0% 2.1% 0.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $430,655 $452,716 $209,035 $152,250 $335,123
Total expenses, % change over prior year -11.4% 5.1% -53.8% -27.2% 120.1%
Personnel 7.1% 8.1% 13.5% 14.6% 10.3%
Professional fees 2.7% 2.1% 5.1% 9.0% 0.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 82.9% 84.3% 72.2% 65.9% 83.4%
All other expenses 7.3% 5.5% 9.3% 10.6% 5.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $430,655 $452,716 $209,035 $152,250 $335,123
One month of savings $35,888 $37,726 $17,420 $12,688 $27,927
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $466,543 $490,442 $226,455 $164,938 $363,050

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.8 1.5 2.8 7.4 6.7
Months of cash and investments 3.7 3.5 6.4 13.4 9.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.6 3.3 6.4 13.3 7.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $64,843 $55,293 $48,170 $94,117 $187,043
Investments $67,310 $76,096 $63,509 $75,351 $65,375
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
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) 2.4% 6.3% 0.0% 0.5% 8.2%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $168,613 $218,822
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,992
Total net assets $128,975 $123,079 $111,723 $168,613 $231,814

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Sarah Allenby

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 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mark Leighton

John O'Keefe

David Carter

John Piotti

Susan Babcock

Katya d'Angelo

Brian Donahue

Ariane Lotti

Chris Stueart

Lila Wilmerding

Lydia Klenova

Jackie Ricotta

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? 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? 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 5/2/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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