ECHO Inc.

Reducing Hunger, Improving Lives, Worldwide

aka ECHO   |   North Fort Myers, FL   |  https://www.echonet.org/

Mission

Following Jesus by reducing hunger and improving lives worldwide through partnerships that equip people with agricultural resources and skills.

Ruling year info

1973

President/CEO

David M Erickson

Main address

17391 Durrance Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917 USA

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EIN

23-7275283

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The United Nations estimates that nearly one billion of the world's people living under the poverty line (less than $1.25/day) depend on agriculture as their main source of livelihood. Among the 500 million who own and manage small-scale farms (defined as less than five acres), they are able to produce eighty percent of the food consumed by the developing world. However, despite their contributions to the global food supply, small-scale farmers are among those most susceptible to chronic hunger and poverty. Marginal lands, challenging climactic conditions, and lack of access to information inhibit these farmers from growing adequate food to meet their families' nutritional and economic needs.

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?

Direct Training and Global Resourcing in Tropical Agriculture

ECHO is a non-profit organization whose vision is "to honor God by empowering the undernourished with sustainable hunger solutions." ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization located in North Fort Myers, FL. ECHO exists for one major reason, to help those working internationally with the poor be more effective, especially in the area of agriculture!

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Economically disadvantaged people

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 people trained

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

People of African descent, People of Asian descent, People of Latin American descent, Extremely poor people, Farmers

Related Program

Direct Training and Global Resourcing in Tropical Agriculture

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric was standardized in 2017, with a minimum of 7 hours of hands-on and classroom training in sustainable agriculture. Practical and memorable, trainees are equipped to share with others.

Total number of organization members

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

Direct Training and Global Resourcing in Tropical Agriculture

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ECHOcommunity members access sustainable agriculture resources in nine languages, trainings across the world, and ten free packets of seeds per year.

Number of new donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Around the world, small-scale farmers work hard to produce enough food for their families and
communities. However, among the 1 in 9 people who are chronically hungry, an estimated 70% rely
on small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods. For 40 years, ECHO has worked to equip these
farmers with agricultural resources – training, information, and seeds – that improve crop
production and reduce hunger. Clearly, there is much more to be done!

In order to multiply the impact of ECHO’s work, this Strategic Plan outlines two bold new goals. By 2021:

• Over 500,000 people will benefit annually from ECHO’s direct trainings; and,
• Over 17,500 development workers will benefit from ECHO’s global resources.

This plan’s first big goal is to increase the number of people who annually benefit from ECHO’s direct trainings from an estimated 300,000 in 2016 to over 500,000 in 2021.

Simultaneously, ECHO will expand its engagement with, and resourcing of, development workers around the world – increasing those directly served from over 11,000 in 2016 to more than 17,500 in 2021.

In late 2015, ECHO was actively resourcing 10,000 of these development practitioners who reported that through them ECHO had benefited over 5.8 million women, children, and men around the world. Expanding ECHO’s global services to over 17,500 of these development practitioners may enable them to benefit over 10 million people with ECHO resources.

Two additional strategic steps are integral to the increases in engagement and impact:

1. The incorporation of ECHO’s training modules into an online agricultural curriculum; and,
2. The development of a Regional Impact Team to serve South Asia (inc. India).

ECHO is uniquely positioned to provide technical support globally. For over 40 years, ECHO has been building its network of international development workers as well as its repository of proven techniques, plants and farming systems. Seeking to "complement and complete, not compete" we equip all with the knowledge and skills that can enable small-scale farming families to not simply survive but to thrive.

ECHO's core asset is its global network of international development workers and organizations. The impact of the ECHOcommunity network is substantiated by over 44,000 small-scale farmers, development workers and missionaries from 190+ countries who access our site monthly for proven resources and solutions. A survey among network members revealed that each member impacts on average 153 other people with ECHO resources. This leveraging effect has allowed ECHO resources to reach hundreds of thousands of small-scale farmers.

As an organization, ECHO is well-equipped with a committed staff of 80, and over 800 volunteers per year. ECHO is rated among the Top 3% of all evaluated charities in the US by Charity Navigator and has been consistently awarded the highest "4-star+ rating for the last several years.

Since the adoption of the 2017-21 Strategic Plan, ECHO’s global team has been focused on the two goals – direct training and global resourcing. To provide independent assessments of progress, ECHO enlisted the services of an outside firm. Every year since the Plan was approved, the adoption, application, and multiplication of ECHO’s direct training has been assessed. Every other year, a similar assessment of ECHO’s global resourcing through ECHOcommunity has also been assessed.

Every year since 2017, both the number of people directly trained globally and the number of ECHOcommunity members has continued to increase. Most surprising, and gratifying, has been the multiplication rates – the frequency with which both direct trainees and ECHOcommunity members utilize and share what they have gained from ECHO! Based on these assessments, it has been determined that ECHO’s direct training work is benefiting well over 1 million men, women, and children each year; ECHO’s global resourcing is also reaching millions of development workers and the communities they serve each year. By 2020, by God’s grace and multiplying blessing, ECHO met and exceeded the audacious goals laid-out in the Strategic Plan.

Launching a new team to serve South Asia is a key strategic step for the future. The need is extraordinary -- 38% of India's children under 5 suffer from stunting due to malnourishment. ECHO's newly launched mobile app will allow users to carry resources into the field and share that information with others even in remote villages when there is limited or no internet. Translating the app into nine widely used languages is a priority in 2021 as we expand the reach of ECHO's relevant, reliable and proven resources so that more families can feed themselves and their communities.

Financials

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

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ECHO Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dennis Morrow

Renewal Associates

Ron Tchetter

No Affiliation

Doug Carlson

Dennis Morrow

Rod Sebastian

Rebecca Garofano

Gordon Lindquist

Ron Vos

Greg Dugger

Kate Lingbeek

Karen Stoufer

Rosanna Hee

Barbara Anderson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data