Deeds, Not Words.

aka Camp ANV/ BeetBox CSA/ ANV After School Program   |   Oakland, CA   |
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EIN: 45-0935667


Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project (ANV) elevates life in Oakland, CA and beyond by challenging oppressive dynamics and environments through urban farming. Founded and led mainly by women of color from the surrounding neighborhood and larger community, ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families in East Oakland, CA. ANV engages and deepens their understanding of nutrition, food production, and healthy living as well as strengthens their ties to the community. ANV’s three farms located in the City of Oakland are planned, planted, harvested and sold by youth in grades K-12. One hundred percent of the profits are placed into individual savings accounts for those youth who participate.

Ruling year info


Founder/ Executive Director

Ms. Kelly D. Carlisle

Main address

1001 83rd Ave Mailbox 1

Oakland, CA 94621 USA

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Subject area info

Youth development

Agriculture for youth

Population served info

Children and youth

LGBTQ people


Women and girls

Men and boys

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NTEE code info

Agricultural, Youth Development (O52)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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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?

Camp ANV

Acta Non Verba offers twelve weeks of summer adventure—and a lifetime of memories! Camp ANV is known for gardening, camping, swimming, cooking, fantastic field trips and more!

Camp ANV tuition includes:

Breakfast, Lunch, and a Snack
Field Trip Admission and Transportation
Gardening, Swimming, Cooking and more activities
A safe, clean, educational place to grow

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

...sources seasonal produce from ANV’s three Farms as well as 13+ POC family owned and operated farms who employ natural farming practices in alignment with a more sustainable food system, our ‘Sister Farms’.

We support farmers and their families while generating funds for youth Savings Accounts.

These intentional components of our CSA program operate to maintain a more localized and just food system for our community. We offer pickup twice a week and a delivery option once a week to over 250 households throughout the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, San Leandro). With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic we felt the need for a localized and more reliable food system more than ever. While many grocery store shelves were bare and large scale farms were having to turn under crops in the field; smaller scale farms growing more diverse selection of crops were able to continue producing for local food hubs, like Acta Non Verba.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

...provides tutoring, homework help, mentoring and enrichment activities like farming, cooking and art classes. Many youth come from Tassafaronga Village, but we also provide a walking school bus from 4 local elementary schools.

Our After School Program provides a safe space where youth have the opportunity to achieve academic goals and become critical thinkers while creating bonds with other youth in their community. It is our mission to create a great working relationship between our staff, parents, and teachers for the holistic well-being of our youth.

Population(s) Served

... ANV’s “No Limit Leadership” Program is designed to prepare middle and high school students for jobs at camp and future careers working with young people. This program is a way to uplift our youth participants' youth development experience to future employers and colleges.

ANV provides Career Development, Job & College Visits, Restorative Justice Training, Youth Development, Social Emotional Learning, and First Aid/CPR, as well as hands-on service projects to help make ANV a Zero-Waste Certified Organization.

There are incentives (such as a cultural exchange trip to Kauai, Hawai’i) for students in the program who maintain a high GPA and stay on track to graduate.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Ethnic and racial groups
Non-adult children
Ethnic and racial groups

...encompasses three plots of land across Oakland. Our farms are food hubs, environmental education locations, providing fresh produce, and safe spaces for our community.

Tassafaronga Farm: Located in East Oakland’s Tassafaronga Village Park is a ¼ acre farm where our community can come to learn and explore together. The farm is planned, planted, maintained and harvested with participating youth and community members. This farm is geared towards providing a safe space in nature where all can learn, experiment and explore.

A’s Farm: Created in partnership with the Oakland Athletics Foundation and sitting on approximately ⅛ acre on the second level inside of the Oakland Coliseum.

WOW Farm: In production for more than 20 years in partnership with youth and community. In 2018 ANV took on stewardship of the space and continues to produce seasonal fruit and salad greens. In production for more than 20 years in partnership with youth and community. In 2018 ANV took on stewardship.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Non-adult children
At-risk youth
Non-adult children

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

- Strengthen and expand ANV's Community Hub
- Find a stable home for Camp ANV and the After School Program
- Grow the number of CSA subscribers from East Oakland
- Boost the number of participants who have a ScholarShare 529 Savings Account
- Integrate our program offerings; systematize communications and marketing; dial-in the sustainability of the No - - Limit Leadership Program

- Build strong Board governance, fundraising, and recruitment frameworks
- Grow a robust human resources (HR) infrastructure
- Invest in growth, development and learning opportunities for all staff
- Strengthen financial management and reporting systems
- Pilot and refine data collection and reporting systems

CONVENE - ANV creates a safe and creative outdoor space for children, youth, and families.

CONNECT - ANV deepens young people's connection to nutrition, food production, and healthy living.

CATALYZE - ANV builds community in East Oakland and beyond.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10.92 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.6 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 22% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 ACTA NON VERBA YOUTH URBAN FARM PROJECT’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $165,725 -$6,970 -$49,554 $343,132 $141,154
As % of expenses 63.5% -1.4% -7.8% 48.7% 10.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $165,725 -$7,189 -$50,497 $341,917 $139,688
As % of expenses 63.5% -1.4% -8.0% 48.5% 10.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $426,867 $361,364 $551,329 $1,062,388 $1,334,223
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -15.3% 52.6% 92.7% 25.6%
Program services revenue 6.5% 18.4% 9.3% 16.5% 14.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 10.5% 0.0% 3.4% 4.6% 7.5%
All other grants and contributions 83.0% 81.6% 87.3% 78.9% 78.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $261,142 $498,334 $632,483 $704,256 $1,311,562
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 90.8% 26.9% 11.3% 86.2%
Personnel 63.7% 68.8% 57.8% 53.2% 51.4%
Professional fees 13.0% 10.3% 15.5% 11.1% 8.9%
Occupancy 4.6% 1.3% 3.1% 1.9% 2.0%
Interest 0.7% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 5.4% 0.0% 5.0%
All other expenses 18.1% 19.3% 18.1% 33.9% 32.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $261,142 $498,553 $633,426 $705,471 $1,313,028
One month of savings $21,762 $41,528 $52,707 $58,688 $109,297
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $3,680 $2,301 $1,498 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $282,904 $543,761 $688,434 $765,657 $1,422,325

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 8.1 3.7 1.7 9.8 4.8
Months of cash and investments 8.1 3.7 1.7 9.8 4.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.1 3.9 1.9 7.5 5.3
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $177,296 $154,435 $90,618 $574,126 $526,850
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $178,607 $125,186 $54,793 $111,954
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $3,680 $5,980 $7,480 $7,480
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 6.0% 19.4% 31.8% 51.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 1.9% 5.2% 11.2% 6.5%
Unrestricted net assets $177,296 $165,386 $103,290 $445,207 $584,895
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $164,875 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $164,875 $118,400 $133,400 $68,494
Total net assets $177,296 $330,261 $221,690 $578,607 $653,389

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

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Founder/ Executive Director

Ms. Kelly D. Carlisle

Kelly D. Carlisle, Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Veteran of The Year for the 18th Assembly District (2015), The L.A. Potts Success Stories Award from Tuskegee University (2015), the Girls Inc. of the Island City’s 2016 “Women Who Dare Award” and the 2016 CalVet Trailblazer Award. She is an avid gardener and is a former Alameda County Master Gardener Trainee (2013). She is an active member of the She is an active member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Ms. Carlisle was selected as one of 200 U.S. Delegates to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in 2012 and 2014. Ms. Carlisle is the December 2011 Bon Appetit Good Food Fellow. She has worked with and mentored pre-teen and teenage youth since the age of 14. A native of East Oakland, California, she is committed to creating positive change in her childhood city.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 07/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Ms. Priscilla Parchia

Board co-chair

Kyle Cornforth

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

Term: 2022 - 2025

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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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/29/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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