2015 Annual Report

(JULY 1, 2014 - JUNE 30, 2015)

EMPOWERING
FARMING 
FAMILIES
IN CENTRAL 
AMERICA
TO RESTORE FORESTS
AND NOURISH
THEIR COMMUNITIES.

Dear Friends,

We are an organization made up of individuals--from the individual farmers and families who partner with us in Central America, to the dedicated staff members who sweat alongside them in the fields, to our staff here in the United States, and to each one of you.

This year, we're grateful to each of you for helping us be the best organization we can be. You've shown us the power that each one of us has, and it's because of you that we’ve been so successful.

As you’ll see in the infographic below, most of our funding comes from individuals. We're proud to be a grassroots organization made up of passionate individuals (like you!).

Though we depend on individuals, it's the collective spirit that binds us all together and makes positive change possible. 

THANK YOU!

Renée Johnson Executive Director

Renée Johnson
Executive Director

Renee Johnson headshot
Florence Reed President + Founder

Florence Reed
President + Founder

Florence Reed headshot

OUR FIVE AREAS OF IMPACT IN FY15

CAPACITY BUILDING

With your support, we've partnered with more than 2,543 families since we started our work in 1997! 192 families graduated from our program in FY15. These families are now fully equipped not only to sustain their own families and the ecosystems around them, but also to train their neighbors on the skills and techniques they honed while working with us.

Read a story about capacity building.

AGROFORESTRY

In FY15, 84 acres were converted from conventional agricultural methods to sustainable, organic methods. The farmers who work with us increased biodiversity on their farms by planting more than 46 tree species and over 61 food crops across the board.

Read a story about agroforestry.

LIVELIHOOD

You helped us to have greater impact on the livelihood of the farmers who partner with us. In FY15, 37 loans were facilitated and 35 new small businesses were established. The farmers who work with us generated $163,884 in new agricultural income alone, helping them to further improve their well-being and quality of life. 

Read a story about livelihood.

FOOD SECURITY

Not only were 74 organic vegetables gardens established in FY15, but 55 chicken coops were constructed, providing families with another steady source of protein and income. Families with vegetable gardens and chicken coops were provided with extensive training on how to manage and maintain their gardens and coops.

Read a story about food security.

ENVIRONMENTAL

Your generosity helped 93,825 trees to be planted in FY15--reforesting an area equivalent to 149 acres. In addition, families constructed 90 wood-conserving stoves, preserving trees and eliminating toxic smoke from their kitchens.

Read a story about our environmental impacts.

IN ADDITION...

We rebranded!

We rebranded! FY15 was a big year for us--a new logo, new website, and revitalized communications efforts.

Subsidiary model

Upon close review of all the countries where we work, we decided that three (Belize, Honduras, and Panama) are ready to become subsidiaries and one (Nicaragua) was ready to become independent. The subsidiary model is new and exciting to us--it allows for comprehensive organization-wide policies and standards.


FY15 CONTRIBUTIONS + IN-KIND

(JULY 1, 2014 - JUNE 30, 2015)

 

62% of our income is received from individual donors, but behind each and every kind of support (whether foundations, trips, partnerships, or in-kind) is an individual. You've shown us that individuals can make a difference. Thank you for believing in us.


FY15 EXPENSES

  • 81% of our expenses supported effective programs with quality management and smooth operations
  • 10% of our expenses allowed us to efficiently raise funding for our programs
  • 9% of our expenses supported professional management of resources for maximum impact in all areas of operation

THE BOTTOM LINE? 

EVERYTHING WE DO AS AN ORGANIZATION SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN
AND IMPROVE OUR PROGRAMS IN CENTRAL AMERICA.


CONSOLIDATED INCOME & EXPENSES FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2015

Total Income

REVENUE IN EXCESS OF EXPENSES   $ 24,405
NET ASSETS BEGINNING OF YEAR   $ 605,329
NET ASSETS END OF YEAR   $ 629,734

DOWNLOAD:  FY2015 FINANCIAL STATEMENT + FY2015 990


WHAT'S NEXT FOR SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL?

We're glad you asked! We are...

  • implementing an internship program to measure our results in each of our areas of impact (with a pilot internship program in partnership with EARTH University)
  • publishing two research studies highlighting the impact of our work
  • making a significant investment in vehicles for our program staff to ensure they spend as much time as they need with program participants and to ensure their safety
  • developing a model for working with families after they graduate from our program

Women in Santa Cruz del Dulce, Honduras with tree seedlings - photo by Consuelo Hernández

WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED OUR WORK FOR THE FORESTS AND FAMILIES OF CENTRAL AMERICA. HUNDREDS OF GENEROUS DONATIONS HAVE LED TO THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF OUR PROGRAMS, ENSURING A HEALTHIER FUTURE FOR PEOPLE AND THE PLANET.

SUCCESS COULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT ALL OUR DONORS.

RAINFOREST LEADERS

JAGUAR: $50,000+

John & Ruth Harris • Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation • Red Empress Foundation • Cyrus & Barbara Sweet

OCELOT: $20,000-$49,999

Anonymous (2) • Alice Lawrence Foundation • Melza M. and Frank T. Barr Foundation • Bruce Berlin • Geoffrey Clark & Martha Fuller Clark** • The Betty & Wes Foster Family Foundation • Ivor & Barbara Freeman • William & Janet Jackson • Johns Hopkins University CTY** • Just Hope International • Ohrstrom Foundation • Papacito Foundation • Alfred Schwendtner

SPIDER MONKEY: $10,000-$19,999

Anonymous • Alternative Gifts International • American Forests • Atkinson Foundation • Terence Barr & Marilyn Beach • Thomas & Patience Chamberlin/George Merck Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation • Edward Colston Foundation • Frees Foundation • William & Jean Graustein • Tom Wilson & Cynthia Hermes • The Kaufman Family Foundation • Northeastern University** • The Penates Foundation • David Schick & Sabrina Kemeny • Alison Smith • St. Paul's Newman Center, Laramie, WY** • Thomas Family Foundation • Townsend Thomas • William M. Backer Foundation

TOUCAN: $5,000-$9,999

Anonymous (2) • Anonymous Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County, CA • Peter Backman & Annie Christopher Fund • Ann Baruch • The Bay and Paul Foundations • C. Austin & Meg Buck • Barbara Carpenter • Martha Copithorne & Robert Sprafkin • Debley Family Foundation • EarthShare • Emma M. Kelly Charitable Trust • Mark Underberg & Diane Englander • Ladnor & Shirley Geissinger • Charles & Merry Gerber • GreenCoast Hydroponics • Hancock UCC, Lexington, MA • Scott & Kristine Hankins • Samuel & Louisa Kaymen • Kevin McCarthy • New Visions Foundation • Mark Ohrstrom • Richard & Robin Pzena • Diana Davis Spencer • SHI Switzerland/Symphasis Foundation • Nora Tuthill/The Tuthill Family Foundation

CHAMELEON: $2,500-$4,999

Jane Adams • Robert & Shirley Allen • Melissa Barrett** • Cynthia & Ray Barrette/Barrette Family Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation • Bethel University** • Kathy Bourque • Amar Brar** • Ashima Brar** • Jaylem Brar** • Natalia Brar** • Julia Brodnick** • Charles Bryan** • Jessica Bryan** • John Bryan** • Julia Bryan** • Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, MD • Rosemary Clark • Dewoskin-Roskin Foundation • Jamie & Maite Dickinson** • Tony & Suzanne Federer • Google • Katherine Gundling & Robert Horton • Matthew & Kim Hammer • Susan Hartung* • Harvest for the Hungry Garden • Darrin & Greta Homme • Arin Kaye** • Matt Kaye** • Stuart Kaye** • Valerie Malter** • Bruce Merrill • Kerry Mulligan • Kenneth Neidorf • Maushumi Nerurkar** • Shaan Nerurkar** • Robert & Diane Nicholls • Walter & Helen Norton • Douglas Ortega** • Jaymin Ortega** • Sydney Ortega** • Thomas Rainey & Rosemary Mede • Frank Reuter • Stephen & Judith Richards** • Andy & Joanne Robertson • The Lloyd and Dana Taylor Giving Fund of the National Christian Foundation California • The Vose Foundation • Wayne & Julissa Westerman • Brenda Whitehurst** • Daniel & Beverly Wolf 

HUMMINGBIRD: $1,000-$2,499

Anonymous • Ronald & Allison Alderman • All Souls Episcopal Church, Washington, DC • Dan Anerios** • Thomas & Debra Arter/Merlin Fund of the Maine Community Foundation • Steven & Susanne Assante • Charles & Marcia Atherton • Bill & Theresa Bakken • Margaret Bau • Arthur & Sonia Bergh • Meg & Annick Berlin • David Blair • Katherine Sawyers Branch • Laurence & Darlene Brown • Albert & Carol Bukys • William Bundy • Peter Calves** • Amanda Castonguay** • Church of Universal Fellowship, Orono, ME • Martin & Lien Cibulka • Robert Cignarella • Curt Clemenson • Eliot Coleman & Barbara Damrosch • Katelyn Craft** • Ted Cramer** • CREDO Mobile • Barbara Currier • David Cushing • Matthew Doherty** • Charlotte & Richard Dougherty • Breanne Duncan • Earthlite Corporation • Ariane Eicke** • Dorette Fleischmann & Richard Viets • Laurence Flood & Mary Tyler Knowles • Margery Forbes • H. Charles & Marguerite Ford • Sarah Fraley • Joseph Gates** • Jay & Mary Pat Gibson • Michael & Sara Giesler • Scott Harlow & Serena Benson • Andrew & Mary Harris** • Harry & Mary Harwood • Ronald & Debra Hodson • Joe & Embry Howell • Jeremy Hylton & Tara Gilligan • Samuel Kendall & Catherine Zusy • Richard & Elizabeth Kent • Douglas Kinney • William & Yvette Kirby • Lori Kirk** • Cornelia Kittredge • Samantha Lathrop** • Edwin Laurenson • Helaine Lerner • Oliver & Leslie Libaw • Gerald Lutes & Marsha Zellem • Sarah MacClellan** • Charles & Susan Manker • Stanley Marshall, III • Suzanne Martinez • Sarah Maze** • Henry McEuen • Marc & Laura McKenna • Katherine McLeod • Mark & Diana McNabb • Jordan Meyer • Christina Micolo** • Stephen & Rebecca Milliken • Joseph Muir** • Lynda Nitka** • Nena Norton • Sara Ogle** • Joan Pratt • Promindful • Helen Reed • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of WI-Madison • The Robert H. and Anita Q. Lawe Foundation • Kathleen Roberton** • W. Jean Rohrer • Rosenbluth Family Foundation • Christopher & Rochelle Ryan • Beverly Sanders • Jacob & Katherine Sapiro • Dan Saulnier** • Peter & Daphne Schwab • Charles & Marilyn Shaver • David Shaw • Tom Sheahan** • David Sielaff & Kimberly Christensen/Sielaff Family Foundation of The Seattle Foundation • John Shonle & Shirley Smith • South Church in Andover, Andover, MA • Ann Sowlles • Father Robert Spaulding** • Sportsmaster • St. Thomas' Parish, Washington, DC • Superior Nut Company • Bailey Symington • Sharp-Zillig Foundation • Rebecca Thompson** • Magnolia Rose Vandiver • Jacob Vergara** • Carole Wagner • Heather Wood • Seth Yentes • Andrea Zatorski** • Zed Communications

*Deceased
**SHI Travel Participant


MATCHING GIFT COMPANIES

Apple Matching Gifts Program • Elsevier Foundation Matching Gift Program • Gap Giving Campaign • Give With Liberty • Google Matching Gifts Program • Medtronic • Microsoft Matching Gifts Program • Qualcomm Matching Grant Program • Verisk Analytics Matching Gifts Program • Verizon Foundation

GIFTS IN HONOR

Betsy & Collie Agle (2) • Martha Copithorne (2) • Ted Cramer • Betty Foster • Paul Foster • Ivor Freeman (2) • Matt Hammer (23) • William & Janet Jackson • Maya Johnson • Sascha Lamstein • Ted Laurenson & Barbara Jacak • Diane Nicholls • Walter & Helen Norton • Patricia Ostrow • Cynthia Perkins • Florence Reed (2) • Caroline Rose • Peter & Daphne Schwab • Marianne Vandiver

GIFTS IN MEMORY

Donna Eagan • Don & Lorraine Goldman • Father Mo Murray • Carol Ritter • Rufus Wanning

GIFTS IN KIND

A & B Naturals • Acadia Bike & Coastal Kayaking Tours • Robert & Shirley Allen • Atlantic Brewing Company • Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company • Ben & Bill's Chocolate Emporium • Black Dinah Chocolatiers • Bonefish Grill • Cadillac Mountain Sports • Cleonice Mediterranean Bistro • Eat Well, DC • Full Circle Printing Solutions • Google AdWords • Jay Hamilton-Roth • Hannaford Food & Drug • Happy Town Farm • Havana Restaurant • Jordan's Restaurant • The Juice Cellar • Maine Coast Sea Vegetables • Maine Sea Coast Mission • The Maritime Aquarium • Marriott Courtyard Jacksonville Mayo Clinic • Marriott Hartford Downtown • New York Bagel Cafe • Ramey Newell • Oli's Trolley • Passports with Purpose • Pat's Pizza • Reel Pizza Cinerama • Rooster Brother • Sister's Salsa • Smith Family Farm • Spa24 • Thai Sana Restaurant • Ratna Vineet Shah • Woodland Park Cottages • Zeitgeist Arts, LLC • Charles & Vivien Zink


THE LEGACY SOCIETY RECOGNIZES DONORS WHO HAVE DOCUMENTED PROVISIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL IN THEIR ESTATE PLANS. 

IF YOU HAVE INCLUDED SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL IN YOUR PLANS OR WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO DO SO, PLEASE CONTACT US AT 207-669-8254 OR BY EMAIL.

LEGACY SOCIETY

Katherine Branch • Geoffrey Clark • Martha Copithorne • Alan Day* • Julia Farwell-Clay • Jeanne Fossani* • Ivor Freeman • Katherine Gundling • Susan Hartung* • Joanne Holman • Nathalie Huitric* • Linda Huntington • Samuel & Louisa Kaymen • Kira Kilmer • Mae Manney* • Charles Merrill Jr. • Florence Reed • Helen Reed • Stephen Richards • Alfred Schwendtner • Leonard & Diane Seagren* • Barbara Semrau • Henry Smith • William Jackson* & Suzanne Turley • Steve & Joy Urban • Rufus Wanning* • Mary Weitzel • Cheryl Wilfong

*Deceased

WE THANK SUSTAINING DONORS WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO CONTRIBUTE MONTHLY OR QUARTERLY VIA CREDIT CARD OR DIRECT DEPOSIT. TO BECOME A SUSTAINING DONOR, CALL US AT 207-669-8254 OR DONATE ONLINE.

SUSTAINING DONORS

Anonymous (3) • Sue Angermeier • Barbara Appelbaum • Rutgers & Leslie Barclay • Ann Barry • Greg Basich • Jonathan Bender & Julie Meltzer • Meg & Annick Berlin • Ralph Blessing & Deborah Thomas • David & Nancy Borden • Brian Brock • Deirdre Brown • David Buckland • Betty Byrne • Michelle Carlson • Rachel Cilley • Martha Copithorne & Robert Sprafkin • Douglass & Margaret Crouse • Barbara Currier • Rhett Currier • Glenda Denniston • Breanne Duncan • Kriste Ericsson • Greg & Ginny Field • Allen Fink • Jeffrey Fisher • George & Ruth Fletcher • Sharye Geiger • Matthew & Kim Hammer • Hancock UCC, Lexington, MA • Scott & Kristine Hankins • George & Elizabeth Hawes • Paulo Hernandez • Linda Huntington • J. Ann Hyde •  Marty & Mary Johnson • Renee Johnson & Chris Roberts • Kasper & Judith Jonk • Veronica Kaczmarowski • Linda Kollett • Cliff Lazenby • Oliver & Leslie Libaw • Francesca Long • Kristen Maanum • Karen McElmurry • Danny McMurphy • Monica Meier • Samantha Meyer • Amber Moulton • Nena Norton • Whitney Oren • Gary Orfield • Brenda Peluso • Christine Pielenz • Bonita Preston • Justin Quinn & Cynthia Staples-Quinn • Nikolaus Rath & Tanja Brueckmann-Rath • Ron & Merritt Reed • Patrick Ruyle • Anna Kristina Sawtelle • Leonard Seagren • James Shelton • Robert Shetterly & Gail Page • Louise Shipman • John Shonle & Shirley Smith • David Sielaff & Kimberly Christensen/Sielaff Family Foundation of The Seattle Foundation • Laurence Slotnick • Daniel Smathers • Lauren Tonge • Justin Trezza • Mary Turner • Joy & Steve Urban • Krae Van Sickle • Guillermo Velasquez & Catherine Eberhart • Jane White • Cheryl Wixson • Zed Communications

We appreciate the hundreds of additional donors with gifts under $1,000. Unfortunately space constraints do not allow us to include all names. We make every attempt to publish an accurate list of donors. If we have omitted your name or made another error, please accept our apologies. Please call 207-669-8254 or email us to report the error.


FY15 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Stephen Richards (Chair)
Charlotte Dougherty (Vice-Chair)
Gyan Kanal (Treasurer)
Martha Copithorne (Secretary)
Melissa Barrett
Jamie Dickinson

DIRECTORS EMERITUS

Terence Barr
Mimi Becker
David Borden
Jeff Clark
Samuel Kaymen

Lisa Forbush-Umholtz
Ivor Freeman
Charlie French
Carmenza Montague
Kathleen Roberton
Townsend Thomas

Board Members and staff visiting El Tulé, Honduras in February, 2015