On Sacred Ground

aka On Sacred Ground Land Trust   |   Friday Harbor, WA   |
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On Sacred Ground

EIN: 46-0922971


We are a land trust with a permaculture approach to our interaction with our cherished planet. On Sacred Ground aims to heal, educate, steward and provide a Garden of Eden for generations to come.

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Executive Director

Sarah Hanson

Main address

PO BOX 1732

Friday Harbor, WA 98250-8159 USA

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Agriculture, fishing and forestry

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Children and youth


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NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

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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Pollinator Gardens

Pollinator Gardens are vitally important for fertilization and pollination, both for wild and domesticated plants. Our pollinator species are under threat for adequate habitat and food supply, in addition to toxic loads introduced into their food supply through pesticides and herbicides.

Pollinator gardens can supply adequate food for pollinators throughout four seasons and provide an aesthetically pleasing garden that provides food and medicine for humans as well.

Population(s) Served

In Spring 2020, Island Marble Butterfly, found only on San Juan Island in Washington state, transitioned from being a species of concern to an endangered species. On Sacred Ground supports captive rearing, habitat creation, and will launch a species focused volunteer program in Autumn 2022.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

We partner with Coast Salish tribes to help teach and learn about indigenous marine stewardship techniques that have worked since Time Immemorial. We also support canoe culture as a primary tenet of Coast Salish culture, as well as the perfect vehicle to understand having a light footprint in the Salish Sea and Puget Sound region.

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On Sacred Ground
Fiscal year: May 01 - Dec 31

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: May 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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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Sarah Hanson

Sarah has been working as a land steward for 27 years. She directed trail and wilderness restoration crews for Student Conservation Association, Pacific Crest Trail Association and Washington Trails Association. She has been a WWOOFer in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy and Senegal, learning organic gardening techniques, and is a certified permaculture designer. She currently serves on San Juan County's Agricultural Resources Committee. Sarah was program director for the San Juan Island Conservation Corps for 5 seasons, working with public lands agencies, local non-profits and Coast Salish tribes. She has a B.S. in Geology/Geophysics from Western Washington University, moonlights as a healer, writer, sailor, Do It Yourself tinkerer, and has studied indigenous healing with the Q’ero tribe in the high Andes of Peru, earning an HLB certificate from the Four Winds Society.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 04/24/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Joe Hessenius

7th Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Term: 2023 - 2025

Lindsay Brookhart

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Matthew Wickey

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Margaret Brown

Organizational demographics

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