Damayan, Inc.
PO Box 38401
Tallahassee FL 32315
Contact Information
Address PO Box 38401
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Telephone (850) 383-6556
E-mail board@damayan.org
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://www.damayan.org/getinvolved/
Kids posing for a photo with their fresh harvest.
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Damayan Garden Project
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-3113153
Year of Incorporation 1992
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,000.00
Mission Statement
To sow the seeds of ecological awareness and healthy living in our community through hands-on gardening activities.
Needs Statement
  • free printing services
  • lawn mower
  • salad spinners
  • tiller
  • soil & compost
  • garden art
  • gardening gloves
  • garden tools (shovels, hard rakes, etc)
  • wheelbarrows
  • stone, brick or lumber for raised beds
Impact Statement

Accomplishments in 2013/14 include: Kids Incorporated sensory gardens: Brandon's Place and Parkway - assistance with seasonal planting and infant garden program, facilitate the Ruediger After-school Garden Club, workday partnerships with I-Grow and TFN, new garden installation at Griffin Middle School, strengthened connection with FSU Center for Leadership and Social Change by participating in the Community Outreach Progarm at both the Frenchtown and Lichgate Educational Gardens, and provided several ongoing volunteer opportunities for service-based student organizations.

Goals for the coming year: installation of new gardens at Southern Scholarship Foundation (FSU), Nims Middle School, Wakulla County Community Center. Continue to strengthen relationship with TFN and I-Grow, Sustainable Tallahassee, and other organizations involved in the local food movement.
Background Statement
Damayan is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1992 to increase food security for low-income families. For seven years, Damayan was a grassroots, volunteer-run organization planting only family gardens.
 
In 2000, we wanted to extend our reach in the community and use the gardens to teach nutritional and environmental education. To this end, we began planting community gardens in low-income neighborhoods, community centers, and schoolyards.  We currently support more than 10 community gardens and edible schoolyards in the Tallahassee area.
 
To realize our mission, we partner with the faculty and parents at a school or a community organization to implement and maintain the gardens. In addition to supplying soil, compost, plants and seeds, Damayan offers hands-on instruction, while the new gardeners master the skills necessary to maintain the gardens themselves.
Service Categories
Food Programs
Youth Development-Agricultural
Garden Clubs
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
Leon
Board Chair Statement
Damayan is a small non-profit made up of gardeners, students, educators, and activists in Tallahassee, Florida who want to enhance the quality of life in our community by teaching people how to grow their own food.
 
We go into schoolyards, community centers, and low-income housing communities providing everything needed to establish a raised-bed vegetable garden. In addition to providing soil, compost, plants, seeds, stakes, trellises, and frames, we also offer hands-on instruction while new gardeners are mastering their skills.
 
Our essential motivation is the belief that everyone should have access to fresh, nutritious food and the health and well-being that comes with eating locally grown, seasonal food. By planting gardens and teaching others to tend them without using chemical pesticides or fertilizers, Damayan enables pragmatic change toward a sustainable future.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement

Quite simply, The Garden Project gives people a means to provide food for themselves. We provide the tools: the soil frames, the soil, seeds, plants and instruction. The gardeners then take over and they have great success (95 percent of the gardens are productive the first year). But there are many hidden treasures that are revealed when you see this effort in action.

There is pure joy in harvesting food you've grown yourself. There is a great sense of self-satisfaction that comes from having productive work to do and being able to share the fruit of one's labor with another. These are feelings we all can appreciate.  In fact, we seek them out. Unfortunately when one is bound to the rigors of just surviving or just getting by, there is little time for anything else.

It's so easy to stay in our own "everything is going okay with my life" niche. When one steps out of it for just a minute to really look at how most people live, you realize that there is great hunger in this world. Hunger for food? Yes, undoubtedly. And hunger for friendship and caring and acceptance. Most importantly, you see this is true right here where you live. When I realized this, it made perfect sense to act.

I do this work because it's needed. That's the easy part to see. What's harder is saying I can do it. I will do it.

Then you start.

Description
Damayan's gardens enhance the quality of life in our community by teaching people how to grow their own food.  We go into schoolyards, community centers, and low-income housing communities providing everything needed to establish a raised-bed vegetable garden. In addition to providing soil, compost, plants, seeds, stakes, trellises, and frames, we also offer hands-on instruction while new gardeners are mastering their skills.
 
Our essential motivation is the belief that everyone should have access to fresh, nutritious food and the health and well-being that comes with eating locally grown, seasonal food. By planting gardens and teaching others to tend them without using chemical pesticides or fertilizers, Damayan enables pragmatic change toward a sustainable future.
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Elderly and/or Disabled
Long term Success Our essential motivation is the belief that everyone should have access to fresh, nutritious food and the health and well-being that comes with eating locally grown, seasonal food. By planting gardens and teaching others to tend them without using chemical pesticides or fertilizers, Damayan enables pragmatic change toward a sustainable future.
Program Success Monitored By We measure the success in our programs by the excitement children get when they harvest vegetables that they have spent months tending to.  When our kids are lined up to try our vegetable wraps, we know that we are making progress. Over many years, we watch our children grow and in turn, teach the younger children all that they have learned.  When the kids first come to our gardens they sometimes can't tell you the difference between a potato and a carrot. Over time they learn. And it is imparting that knowledge and self-reliance that lets us know we are doing our job.
Description

Damayan has recently partnered with the Tallahassee Sustainability Group and TCC College Reach Out Program to help execute their monthly “Saturday Academy” sessions. As part of the CROP academy, youth participants practice leadership and communication skills through community-building work experiences in garden-related programs.

Budget $7,500.00
Category Education, General/Other Educational Delivery
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Minorities
Short Term Success
  • Develop a board that will be self-sustaining and continue with the ongoing administration of the project goals.
  • Work with partner organizations to implement new garden sites in areas of need.
  • Provide community members with the support needed to maintain the gardens and administer the curriculum.
  • Improve the quality and productivity of already existing garden projects.
  • Expose school-aged children and young adults to the benefits of gardening and food sovereignty
  • Enhance access to fresh produce in isolated communities
Long term Success
Outcomes are to include:
  • A nutrition and gardening curriculum will be developed, documented, and made available to all community members and partner organizations.
Program Success Monitored By Program governing board
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Laura Phipps
Company Affiliation Ayavalla Land Company
Term Jan 2008 to Dec 2016
Email ayavallaland@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Robert Estevez Community Volunteer
Portia Hill Community Volunteer
Laurie Jones Community Volunteer
Thomas Lynch Montford Middle School
Christine Small Community Volunteer
Mark Tancig Community Volunteer
Bill Taylor Community Volunteer
Kathy Weiss Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
CEO Comments We have a working board.  Our board members put in workdays, countless hours organizing events and volunteering weekly in our gardens.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Kristi Hatakka
Term Start July 2013
Email kristi@damayan.org
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Kristi Hatakka
Term Start July 2012
Email kristi.hatakka@gmail.com
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Collaborations
TCC CROPS Program, Tallahassee Sustainability Group, Tallahassee Food Network, FSU Student Learning Service, FSU Center for Leadership & Social Change - management of outreach program, ambassadors & federal work study students, Transition Tallahassee, Kids INC.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $5,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
990N2013
990N2012
990N2011
990N2010
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
 
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$18,493$5,804$19,606
Administration Expense--$0$0
Fundraising Expense$161$1,011$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.772.771.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%85%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%5%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$2,961$7,319$504
Current Assets$2,961$7,319$504
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities--$0$0
Total Net Assets$2,961$7,319$504
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from internal financial statements provided by the organization.
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the in house financial statements
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the financial statements.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
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Nonprofit Damayan, Inc.
Address PO Box 38401
Tallahassee, FL 32315
Primary Phone 850 383-6556
Donate with a credit card http://www.damayan.org/getinvolved/
Contact Email board@damayan.org
CEO/Executive Director Kristi Hatakka
Board Chair Laura Phipps
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ayavalla Land Company
Year of Incorporation 1992