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International : Development and Relief Services

ECHO

Fighting world hunger

four stars

91.32

17391 Durrance Road North Fort Myers, FL 33917
tel: (239) 543-3246   Web Site
EIN: 23-7275283

Board Leadership
Doug Carlson
Board Chair

CEO
David Erickson
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.32 four stars
  Financial 87.73 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

87.73

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity’s total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
83.2%
  Administrative Expenses 10.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 6.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.25
  Program Expenses Growth -0.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ECHO on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ECHO on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ECHO (FL) 91.32 four stars
buildOn (CT) 93.64 four stars
Operation Bootstrap Africa (MN) 96.33 four stars
dZi Foundation (CO) 88.98 three stars
Plant With Purpose (CA) 94.79 four stars

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ECHO exists to reduce hunger and improve lives through agricultural training and resources. A non-denominational Christian organization, its international headquarters is located on a tropical agriculture demonstration farm in North Fort Myers, Florida. ECHO provides agricultural and appropriate technology training and resources to development workers in more than 180 countries. Among these resources is a large knowledge base of practical information, experienced technical support and an extensive seed bank focused on highly beneficial underutilized plants. ECHO also works to identify, validate, document and disseminate best practices in sustainable agriculture and appropriate technology. Finally, ECHO creates opportunities for field-based practitioners to connect with each other to share experience, ideas and encouragement. In a time of rising food prices, more women, children and men are facing hunger and malnutrition.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,913,810
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $139,689
Total Contributions $3,053,499
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,053,499
   Other Revenue $503,495
TOTAL REVENUE $3,556,994
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,857,002
   Administrative Expenses $430,896
   Fundraising Expenses $227,568
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,515,466
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $41,528
   
Net Assets $4,531,728

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Agricultural Development Support $2,075,443 72.6%
Regional Impact Centers $781,559 27.4%

Ratings History
ECHO has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-03 04/01/2017 91.32 four stars
2015-03 06/01/2016 94.53 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-03 12/22/2015 95.03 four stars
2014-03 09/01/2015 95.19 four stars
2013-03 02/01/2014 99.03 four stars
2012-03 06/01/2013 98.70 four stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 96.75 four stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 89.46 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 06/01/2011 85.64 three stars
2009-03 06/01/2010 84.75 three stars
2008-03 05/01/2009 95.32 four stars
2007-03 03/01/2008 90.31 four stars
2006-03 02/01/2007 98.16 four stars
2005-03 02/01/2006 98.15 four stars
2004-03 01/05/2005 88.97 three stars
2003-03 05/01/2004 85.07 three stars
2002-03 09/01/2003 94.05 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 23-7275283
Name in IRS Master File ECHO INC
NTEE Code Q31
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (29) Other religious activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date November, 1973
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End March
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • March, 2016
  • March, 2015
  • March, 2014
  • March, 2013
  • March, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$78,816 2.24% David Erickson President, CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$103,571 2.94% Stan Doerr Former President, CEO

ECHO exists to reduce hunger and improve lives through agricultural training and resources. A non-denominational Christian organization, its international headquarters is located on a tropical agriculture demonstration farm in North Fort Myers, Florida. ECHO provides agricultural and appropriate technology training and resources to development workers in more than 180 countries. Among these resources is a large knowledge base of practical information, experienced technical support and an extensive seed bank focused on highly beneficial underutilized plants. ECHO also works to identify, validate, document and disseminate best practices in sustainable agriculture and appropriate technology. Finally, ECHO creates opportunities for field-based practitioners to connect with each other to share experience, ideas and encouragement. In a time of rising food prices, more women, children and men are facing hunger and malnutrition.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ECHO (FL) 91.32 four stars
Mentors International (UT) 87.27 three stars
Global Volunteers (MN) 89.81 three stars
Christian Freedom International (VA) 89.04 three stars
KickStart International (CA) 87.62 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

ECHO
17391 Durrance Road
North Fort Myers, FL 33917
tel: (239) 543-3246
EIN: 23-7275283

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Board Leadership

Doug Carlson
Board Chair

CEO

David Erickson
Chief Executive Officer

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