Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

ECHO Inc.

Reducing Hunger, Improving Lives, Worldwide

Updated in partnership with The Community Foundation of Collier County

aka ECHO

North Fort Myers, FL

Mission

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

Ruling Year

1973

President/CEO

David M Erickson

Main Address

17391 Durrance Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917 USA

Keywords

world hunger, agricultural missions, community development

EIN

23-7275283

 Number

6131070854

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Direct Training and Global Resourcing in Tropical Agriculture

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of people trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Direct Training and Global Resourcing in Tropical Agriculture

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Direct Training and Global Resourcing in Tropical Agriculture

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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 over 35 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 in a global, noncompetitive fashion. For over 35 years, ECHO has been building its network of international development workers as well as its repository of proven techniques, plants and farming systems. ECHO's core asset is its global network of international development workers and organizations. The impact of the ECHOcommunity network is substantiated by the over 3,000,000 page views the site has received. A survey among network members revealed that each member impacts on average 116 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 65, and over 400 volunteers per year. Charity Navigator recently ranked ECHO among the top 100 in the United States, based on governance practices, financial accountability, donor policies, and management of administrative costs.

To measure the number of people trained, ECHO defines “direct training” as formal training conducted by ECHO staff, and consisting of at least 7 hours of participatory learning. Most ECHO trainings are 2-4 days and include 16-36 hours of participatory learning. The number of people trained at each event is tracked by ECHO-Florida and each Regional Impact Center/Team. This goal to nearly double ECHO’s global resourcing impact to more than 17,500 development workers will be assessed on a biennial basis using the same anonymous survey and statistical analysis techniques that were used in the initial 2015 assessment, in which respondents were queried about the number of people with whom they shared ECHO resources.

In late 2015, ECHO was actively resourcing 10,000 development practitioners who reported that through them ECHO had benefited over 5.8 million women, children, and men around the world. In 2018, our membership had grown to over 14,000. Expanding ECHO’s global services to over 17,500 of these development practitioners by 2021 will enable them to benefit over 10 million people with ECHO resources. The virtual presence of ECHOcommunity.org and the physical presence of Regional Impact Centers allow ECHO to collect more systematic and detailed information about its impact on reducing hunger among small-scale farmers. Beyond survey results, ECHO staff now have greater means for corresponding with or personally visiting farmer families whose nutritional and economic well-being has significantly improved by applying ECHO knowledge.

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Financials

ECHO Inc.

Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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