Mission: Plant With Purpose works at the nexus of poverty and environmental degradation to transform the lives and land of farming communities through environmental restorati ... (More)

Plant With Purpose is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1985, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://plantwithpurpose.org/

 4747 Morena Boulevard
Suite 100
San Diego CA 92117 

  800-633-5319


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Exceptional

This charity's score is 92.82, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

View this organization’s historical ratings.

Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View Plant With Purpose's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

81.3%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

7.5%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

11.1%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

2.2%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.08


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.13 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

4.24%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Scott Sabin, President

$134,000 (2.85% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. (BMF activity code: 320)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Plant With Purpose reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

We have had to quickly pivot and learn to become adept at new and different pandemic-mandated donor communications, but we have been consistently blown away by the generosity and graciousness of our donor community both in relation to ongoing and prospective donor relations. We believe that our response to the pandemic has equipped us to positively impact and even improve the relationship with our donors during this challenging season. One of these pivots involved moving from an in-person gala to a multiple day-long multi-event web-based series that actually out-performed any previous in-person gala. We are also very grateful for the extent to which our current donors continued and in many cases increased their support of Plant With Purpose. Our fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) has turned out to be the best financial year in our history.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Both staff and farmers were limited in their ability to travel, communicate, and work. Health precautions were put in place such as mask wearing, physical distancing, and meeting outdoors in order to reduce risk.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Many communities and partner staff adapted operations, using more remote means of communication such as texting or phone where available, meeting less frequent or in some cases not at all during critical times. Internationally as well we have relied on remote communication; for example, our international meeting held in February would normally be in-person, but this year all 9 countries including the U.S. attended the meeting remotely. While this required some adjustments, it proved to be one of our most successful meetings ever, since more people were able to participate with fewer logistics and much less expense.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

While we still intend to meet in person and travel to the field, we will integrate remote communication more into our regular working model. This includes not only meetings and dialogue, but M&E as well; we are currently rolling out digital data collection methods with many partner countries, for example.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
11/1/20202019 92.82
8/1/20192018 92.60
8/1/20182017 89.20
2/1/20182016 92.33
11/1/20162015 94.79
6/1/20162014 88.68
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 86.12
2/1/20152013 91.33
9/1/20132012 94.35
10/1/20122011 94.44
3/1/20122010 95.56
9/20/20112010 95.08

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

Rating Version: 1.0
9/1/20102009 88.09
10/1/20092008 93.58
9/1/20082007 93.50
7/1/20072006 93.58
5/1/20062005 93.39
7/1/20052004 88.31
8/1/20042003 90.81
1/1/20042002 89.99

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Plant With Purpose cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Plant With Purpose reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$625,258

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


HAITI - Plant With Purpose Haiti continues to empower farming families to restore severely degraded land through sustainable farming techniques and reforestation. Farmers also reach beyond the immedia ... (More)


$611,968

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - In fiscal year 2020, partnering families in the Dominican Republic planted over 1.3 million trees. While the border region between the Dominican Republic and Haiti still holds one ... (More)


$531,219

Spent in most recent FY

12%

Percent of program expenses


TANZANIA - Plant With Purpose Tanzania families are planting over 10 times the number of trees that nonpartnering families plant, and benefitting from 38 percent higher crop yields. In the past 15 yea ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Plant With Purpose is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


Plant With Purpose, a Christian nonprofit organization, reverses deforestation and poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Plant With Purpose is breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and deforestation by transforming it into a victorious cycle of environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Expand and scale our organization in each of the countries in which we are currently working AND expand our work into at least 2 additional countries over the next 5 years.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Two: Grow and scale the delivery of "best of class" field-based programs focused on our three overarching global program objectives: Environmental Restoration, Economic Empowerment, and Spiritual Renewal.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Three: Expand new key donor segments. In particular, we anticipate growing our access to donors interested in supporting our global tree-planting initiatives within the subwatersheds we seek to restore.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Plant With Purpose is profoundly committed to building the leadership and capacity of our team worldwide. We set aside resources each year to bring all of our Country Directors together with our Senior Leadership Team to plan, discuss, and transform our ability to fully achieve our mission. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, we pivoted strategically with resounding success to a 5-day, 6-hour-per-day global Zoom conference, called our International Partnership Planning Conference with over 75 staff from 9 countries involved. The event was a huge success. Also in the past year, members of the Senior Leadership Team participated in formal D.E.I. training curriculum made available by the Fieldstone Leadership Network. Plant With Purpose also sets aside one hour every week for the entire US-based staff to participate in "Tuesday Training", an organizational commitment to leadership, technical, program, and administrative systems development.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

One way we engage in strategic partnerships with organizations and companies is through tree-planting partnerships. Organizations or businesses interested in tree planting can partner with us to plant trees in communities where we work. Some ways we engage in thought leadership is through hosting webinars and speaking on podcasts. Much of our community building is through church partnerships. We engage with churches through speaking engagements, events, and more. Several churches support specific locations of our programs and even visited these communities (pre-COVID-19). They are also wonderful advocates for our work. We are a member of several collective impact efforts such as the Global EverGreening Alliance, 1% for the Planet, InterAction, and the Trillion Tree Movement (1t.org). We also support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Our marketing activities include social media, email, direct mail, and events.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Like many in the U.S. our team transitioned to working from home and meeting on Zoom. Internationally, the families we partner with are some of the most marginalized people in their communities. We launched a Readiness and Resilience campaign to fundraise specifically to help our partnering families during COVID-19. Here are some stories of how communities were poised for resilience and how that continues to sustain them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In Thailand, many Purpose Group members do not speak or read Thai, which can make it difficult to get information. Our local team has a multi-ethnic staff that can translate information into many local languages and enable community volunteers to share it locally while we cannot travel. - Village loudspeakers play recordings of health messages in tribal languages - Local radio stations share translated messages - Posters are printed and placed in communities Each community will lead their own safety processes, but we support them by making sure that they have accurate and up-to-date information. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, community marketplaces are extremely important for rural communities, as both a source of food items and income for vendors. Since many African countries have enforced lockdowns, the halt in market activity has cut many people off from a vital source of food and income. However, savings-and-loan groups have helped families in DR Congo build an average of 2.5 months expenses in savings. It’s difficult to emphasize just how important an accumulation of savings is during a time of crisis. This greatly reduces the threat and strain of the pandemic on many of our partnering families. In Haiti, through joining Purpose Groups, many of our Haitian partners are able to expand their businesses, including Denis. Denis expanded his tailoring business to create school uniforms. Now, he’s been busy making face masks for his community so they can conduct essential tasks while remaining safe.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Scott Sabin

CEO

John Steel

Chair

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Plant With Purpose is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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