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The Morpho Institute

Amazon Conservation Through Education

Grosse Pointe, MI   |  www.morphoinstitute.org
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The Morpho Institute

EIN: 83-2272747


Mission

The Morpho Institute supports the key role of K-12 education in realizing the global goal of environmental conservation and sustainability. To achieve this goal, The Morpho Institute provides professional development programs and curriculum resources which support local to global environmental stewardship in K-12 instruction. In collaboration with US and international partners, The Morpho Institute provides US educators the opportunity to experience the Amazon rainforest as a compelling context for developing a global perspective on biological and cultural resources, participating in conservation, exploring sustainability, and inspiring environmental stewardship.

Ruling year info

2018

Principal Officer

Christa Dillabaugh

Main address

P.O. Box 361030

Grosse Pointe, MI 48236 USA

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EIN

83-2272747

Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In every country, children need to grow up caring deeply about how to live sustainably on planet earth. Working toward this goal, we partner with scientists, educators, and people who live and work in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon to provide transformative educational experiences for teachers and students.

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?

Educator Academy in the Amazon

The Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest is a transformational, cross-curricular professional development workshop for educators to use and learn instructional approaches and protocols while exploring one of the world’s most important natural resources - the Amazon Rainforest.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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 academic scholarships awarded

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

Teachers, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the financial impact of COVID, we were forced to reduce the number of scholarships offered when our field programs re-started in 2022.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Educator Academy in the Amazon

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We were unable to host the Educator Academy in the Amazon in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID. In 2022 had limited registrations due to on-going COVID concerns and our vaccination requirements.

Number of opportunities teachers have to provide and receive mentoring

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric reflects the total number of virtual workshops and webinars we offer to K12 educators in and out of our network.

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.

The Morpho Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit created to support the key role of K-12 education in realizing the global goal of environmental conservation and sustainability. To achieve this goal, The Morpho Institute provides professional development programs and curriculum resources which support local to global environmental stewardship in K-12 instruction.

In collaboration with US and international partners, The Morpho Institute provides US educators the opportunity to experience the Amazon rainforest as a compelling context for developing a global perspective on biological and cultural resources, participating in conservation, exploring sustainability, and inspiring environmental stewardship. Our field workshops and resources apply key elements of inquiry, STEM, and placed-based learning to assist educators in making these critical local to global connections in their classrooms, instruction, and curricula.

K-12 Professional Development: Immersive workshops in the Amazon rainforest nurture passion for teaching, buildcross-disciplinary perspectives, and enhance skills that lead to deep student learning.

Classroom Connections: Cross-cultural connections, scientific research, engineering design, and stewardship projects build students’ knowledge, skills, and passion to act as global citizens.

Conservation Education: Conservation initiatives of Amazonian communities provide rich opportunities for learning about sustainability while being inspired by persistence, resilience, and hope.

While we are small, all-volunteer board, we have extensive background in education, community-based conservation, curriculum development, and program evaluation. In addition, we believe in the power of collaboration and actively seek out partnerships and strategic alliances to further our mission and amplify our impact.

The Morpho Institute was founded in late 2018, but we are building on a 25 year legacy of high quality, transformational professional development for K-12 educators. While we are proud of this legacy, we believe that there is much more that we can do to realize our goal of 'Amazon Conservation Through Education.'

Our goal for the next 5 years is to expand access to our field programs in the Amazon and increase equity and diversity across all aspects of our work - both in the Peruvian Amazon and here in the USA. In order to do this, we are actively engaged in seeking funding to support teacher scholarships, citizen science projects, and on-going professional development opportuntities for K-12 educators. In addition we agressively working to create and curate curriclum resources which educators can use to link the Amazon rainforest to their instruction.

By building awareness about the Amazon rainforest and the people fighting for its survival, we believe that Amazon Conservation through Education is a goal that can be realized in our lifetime.

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.

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    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

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Financials

The Morpho Institute

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Morpho Institute

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $30,041
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $30,041
Expenses
Program Services $8,695
Administration $4,237
Fundraising $526
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $13,458

The Morpho Institute

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2021

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $37,524
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $37,524

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Christa Dillabaugh

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

The Morpho Institute

Board of directors
as of 04/28/2023
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Board of directors data
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Board chair

Dr. Kelly Keena

Kelly Keena

Nancy Trautmann

Christa Dillabaugh

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/3/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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