Educational Institutions

Earth University Foundation

  • Atlanta, GA
  • www.earth-usa.org

Mission Statement

From its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, EARTH University Foundation supports the educational vision of Costa Rica-based EARTH University through generous gifts from the global community and other programs and initiatives.  Funds contributed to EARTH University Foundation are sent directly to EARTH University for their use.  EARTH University Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. 
EARTH University Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of professionals from diverse backgrounds and regions, including prominent business leaders, successful community volunteers and an EARTH graduate.  These individuals volunteer their time and resources to provide leadership, oversight, and approval of the Foundation's administration and fundraising objectives, as well as advance the mission of the Foundation.

Main Programs

  1. EARTH University Programs
  2. Scholarships
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

More than 2,200 students have entered the University between 1990 and 2015.  All students receive financial aid that covers more than half of the actual cost of an EARTH education with 60% of students receiving a full scholarship. As of December 2015, EARTH has more than 2,000 graduates from 35 countries, including: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Belize, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Venezuela, Paraguay, Peru, Haiti, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, United States, Bermuda, Cuba, Indonesia, and Canada.

ruling year

1990

Director

Self-reported

Ms. Christine Hoek

Director of Development

Self-reported

Mr. Jeff Smythe

Keywords

Self-reported

Education, environment, social entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture, poverty, climate, Costa Rica

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Also Known As

EARTH University Foundation

EIN

38-2920639

 Number

0499414281

Physical Address

Eight Piedmont Center Suite 520 3525 Piedmont Road NE

Atlanta, 30305

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Single Organization Support (Q11)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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During 2012, EARTH University Foundation funded a combination of full and partial scholarships for 56 students, 23 of which were newly enrolled in 2012 from 12 different countries.  There were a number of projects and programs at EARTH University which received funding support from the Foundation as well. These especially included student recruitment, Spanish language instruction, community development and the entrepreneurial program. Such program support directly and indirectly benefited all 400 students, as well as the communities surrounding the campus.

As of 2011, EARTH has graduated 1,722 students from 28 countries with 88% returning to their home country.  75% of alumni reported having positive social impacts in job creation, working conditions and living standards.  62% report a positive environmental impact through waste management, organic farming, and biodiversity conservation.  For alumni graduating through 2000, four jobs on average have created for every graduate.  
 

EARTH University Foundation's support of EARTH's academic model has enabled numerous EARTH graduates to have the confidence and skills necessary to create jobs and improve the economic situation in their home communities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

EARTH University Programs

As part of EARTH University's rigorous curriculum and concentration on ethical values, the following three programs were developed:
The Community Development Program (CDP) trains students to become leaders in their local communities, working as professionals with strong ethical and social values. The Program, which consists of two modules: community work and family experience-creates space for interaction, research, and educational processes between local farmers, students, and professors. The Program promotes students' social consciousness, encouraging them to remain involved and continue to work for holistic social development after leaving the university.
The Entrepreneurial Projects Program systematically develops in each student an entrepreneurial mentality as well as the business skills required by agricultural professionals in the twenty-first century. The goals of this Program are to: Train students to become entrepreneurs, capable of integrating the economic, social, and environmental aspects of a business; Promote the creation of economically profitable, ecologically viable, and socially acceptable food production enterprises, and to develop value added businesses in the agricultural food system; and develop students? leadership skills.

The Center for Entrepreneurial Formation (CFE), was created as the point of entry for graduates seeking financing through the Graduate Business Initiatives Program. The potential clients of this loan program, who must be EARTH University graduates, submit a fully developed business plan to the CFE for review. The CFE evaluates the proposals, provides feedback, prepares detailed profiles of all applicants, and makes a recommendation to approve or decline all proposals. Successful proposals, in addition to being financially sound, will embody EARTH's mission to promote sustainable development. Other programs include student recruitment, research, and internships.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

2,459,488

Program 2

Scholarships

Most students attending EARTH University come from rural parts of developing countries principally in Latin America and Africa. Fulfilling EARTH’s mission is viewed as the best way to effect long-term change that brings sustainable solutions to the developing world.
 
In 2015 there are 431 students enrolled at EARTH, 46% female, representing 41 countries. The Foundation provided a combination of full and partial scholarships to 107 students, 49 were new students enrolled in 2015 and expected to graduate in 2018. The newly enrolled students benefiting from this financial aid came from 13 different countries including: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nevis, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

2,339,935

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

More than 2,200 students have entered the University between 1990 and 2015.  All students receive financial aid that covers more than half of the actual cost of an EARTH education with 60% of students receiving a full scholarship. As of December 2015, EARTH has more than 2,000 graduates from 35 countries, including: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Belize, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Venezuela, Paraguay, Peru, Haiti, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Argentina, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, United States, Bermuda, Cuba, Indonesia, and Canada.

Funding Needs

EARTH University admits roughly 100 students per year.  For the class of 2015-2018, the holistic education at EARTH will cost approximately $37,500 annually which is supported in large part from donations received from individuals, foundations, corporations and government grants.  For 2015, EARTH University Foundation is working to raise over $9.4 M to support scholarships and programs at EARTH.

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement - Member

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EARTH University Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Earth University Foundation

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Director

Ms. Christine Hoek

Director of Development

Mr. Jeff Smythe

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Mark Ohrstrom

Larkspur Management, Inc.

Term: June 2009 - Dec 2016

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