Hope Seeds Inc
4501 Manatee Avenue West #161
Bradenton FL 34209
Mission
Hope Seeds serves the poor by “providing quality garden seed to a hungry world in the name of Christ” through missionaries and mission teams and teaches gardening practices for sustainable food production. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mike Mueller
Board Chair Mrs. Luella Franke
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1999
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2017
State Registration Yes Jan 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $440,500.00
Projected Expenses $399,000.00
Impact Statement

   Over 8 million seed packets have been delivered to 59 developing countries. Hungry people in countries such as Belize, Bolivia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nigeria, Peru, Togo, and Uganda have received seeds that have been selected for their particular region— considering climate, length of growing period, insects,cultural tastes and other criteria.

   The Gospel has been spread to thousands of people in many distant lands, who not only read the word of Christ in the tracts that are included, but see it lived out in actions as the gardens are planted.Hundreds of churches, missionaries, mission teams, and mission agencies worldwide have participated as partnership the Hope Seeds ministry by distributing seed.
   Thousands have been taught gardening skills including techniques of saving seed so that the long-term issue of world hunger is being addressed. Materials on gardening techniques have been translated into.
   In 2005 Hope Seeds was accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Meeting the ECFA’s high standards for non-profits assures donors and participants of the integrity of this ministry.
   In 2010, Hope Seeds added a second facility in addition to its seed packing and distribution center in Florida. The 2.7-acre Show Me Campus in Bertrand, Missouri, has greenhouses, seed storage facilities, and gardens.
   The Research and Development sector of Hope Seeds has amassed a wealth of information about which seed is appropriate for each region of each country served. Not only are cultural and culinary preferences considered, but also soil, weather parameters, rainfall, pests and other vital factors. Hope Seeds is now producing a portion of its own seed for okra, white squash, butternut squash, and broccoli, which have been developed for specific geographic regions.
   A dedicated Board of Directors, which includes people of science and faith, meets twice a year and is active in providing leadership and direction for the ministry.
Needs Statement

1. EXPANDING THE CORE MINISTRY:

 

  • Doubling the Numbers - Hope Seeds proven model of providing quality seeds to hungry people will remain its primary mission.
  • Spreading the Word Expansion of educational programs
  • Increasing Research and Development it is critical that the seed be of the highest quality and that challenges related to the production, harvesting, saving and storing of seed be addressed. 
  • Creating Seed Depots/Distribution Centers A logical extension of the Hope Seeds model of sustainability for addressing world hunger is to create a seed depot/ distribution center where seed can be saved, stored, and distributed in the region where the people who are served live. 

 

2. EXPANDING THE FACILITIES:  Hope Seeds Teaching Gardens revolve around showing people how to plant and harvest seed rather than instructing them to read about it gardening in a text book. 

3. EXPANDING THE STAFF:  Executive Director, Ministry Development Director, Research and Development, Seed Inventory Manager, Physical Plant Director, Children’s Ministry Manager, Programs Manager

Background Statement
As part of a church mission effort to send relief goods to Gonaives, Haiti in 1997, Mike and Jean Mueller donated two boxes of vegetable seed from their seed company.  The shipment arrived and was so well received that the pastor in Haiti called and informed them of the numerous requests for more seed primarily from non-church members.  This was the beginning of Hope Seeds as God showed the Mueller's a special way to use "seed" as an evangelism ministry for poor and hungry nations, sharing the love of Christ in both physical and spiritual ways.  
 
Hope Seeds Goals:
* To do this good work, motivated by our Christian faith, which will be a witness to all people of the love Jesus has for us, and his desire for our eternal salvation.

* To aid people groups in need of seed, agricultural advice and education, and implementation of improved growing techniques.

* To work side by side with organizations who also wish to feed the hungry in a 'Partnership for the Solution'.

* To design and implement research programs which supplement the work being done by mission organizations for the improvement of food sources in  many areas of the world.

* To acquire or produce seed stock which will protect and preserve the genetic material specific to certain cultures, diets, and areas.

* To work closely with seed dealers to ensure the availability of seed to people in need.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
Internationally
Areas Served Comments
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Belize 
Brazil 
Burkina Faso
Burundi
China 
Congo 
Costa Rica 
Cote D'Ivoire 
Cuba 
Dom. Rep. 
Ecuador 
El Salvador 
Ethiopia 
Ghana 
Guatemala 
Guyana 
Haiti 
Honduras 
India 
Jamaica
Kenya 
Kyrgyzstan 
Lesotha
Laos 
Liberia 
Malawi
Mali
Mexico 
Mongolia
Mozambique 
Namibia 
Nepal 
Nicaragua 
Nigeria 
Pakistan 
Peru 
Philippines 
Romania 
Russia 
Sierra Leone 
S. Africa 
Sudan 
Tanzania 
Thailand 
Togo 
Uganda 
Ukraine 
U.S.
Venezuela 
Vietnam 
Zambia
Zimbabwe
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Secondary Org Type Religion- Related
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
"Providing quality garden seed to a hungry world in the name of Christ".  This is the mission statement for Hope Seeds.  Hope Seeds is accomplishing its mission!  The hungry are growing food and providing a way to sustain their food supply.  They also hear or read the message of God's love as shared by our missionary partners in their community.  Our opportunities to help feed the hungry are endless.  With boldness and confidence, we send seeds and agricultural support and ask you to be partners with us in this ministry.  "He who plants a seed has faith it will grow and he who has faith has hope."  We appreciate the "thanks" we receive in the words and pictures of smiling faces showing their gardens and produce.  Teaching them to grow their own food and saving good seed is a sustainable means to better their health, life and community.  Seed packets combined with the  "Message of Hope" will feed the whole person.  The Missouri campus provides teaching gardens for missionaries and those going to help others as well as a place to reproduce open-pollinated seed for varieties of vegetables and have active research and development projects.  We invite you to partner with us with your gifts of support as we serve and glorify God by the helping the desperate hungry.  In Christ,  Luella Franke~ Chairman, Board of Directors
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The world is full of hungry people! Hope Seeds is making plans to help as many as possible grow food for themselves to help fill that hunger… and it is our hearts desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every shipment of seed and materials. Teaching someone how to grow their own food alongside sharing our faith in God is a core purpose of Hope Seeds.

The opportunity is great to help many millions of hungry people learn more about growing their own food, sharing that knowledge and food with others, and for realizing how great our God is… He is Creator of All and He loves us.

Grace, Joy, and Peace.

— Mike Mueller, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Programs
Description

Hope Seeds has been serving the needs of hungry people in many countries for 16+ years, and the gift of seed has been the primary outreach tool. What one may not see or realize is that the seed we send to people also allows us to serve in many other capacities, especially with partner ministries. The problem of world hunger is indeed like a Mountain which needs to be moved, and it can be moved just as the proverb states… each day stones are moved, starting today. Seed is the first of many steps to solving world hunger… water, health, education, and spiritual growth are all steps, or stones, which can be moved toward moving the Mountain called hunger. The support you give to Hope Seeds helps move the Mountain. There are many stones to be moved in the days ahead, and the Mountain can be moved.

Budget $100,000
Category Religion, General/Other Christianity
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Victims Africa
Short Term Success

Over 90% of Uganda’s population is considered subsistence farmer-gardeners, and the need for adequate nutrition is evident. Though the soil is quite suitable for agriculture and most people have access to a wide variety of bananas, cassava, rice, sorghum, and maize for protein and calories, they lack an assortment of vitamins from other sources, like vegetables. The poor access to seed is for several reasons poverty and the lack of revenue to purchase seed is foremost. And of equal blame is the lack of education and training in schools of why vitamins are important and where they come from. To address this problem we propose to begin hosting training seminars about Nutrition and Vegetables to educators of primary schools.

Long Term Success

Our first endeavors to teach educators have been in very small groups, traveling from one school to the next. It has been exhausting and very cost-inefficient, and has a low impact on the communities due to the lack of quality time to teach and review materials. Therefore, we plan to host conferences where we can invite and host selected teachers and administrators and present to a larger group over a three day period. The comparative costs for hosting an event in this approach versus traveling from village to village is about the same, while the quality of training and the number of those trained is far improved. The overall impact to the communities these teachers serve will be far greater and at an accelerated rate of accomplishment.

Program Success Monitoring

Hope Seeds first conference of this type will be in partnership with the Lutheran Church Mission of Uganda (LCMU), a growing church body with majority of its members in rural settings across Uganda. Our choice for first conference is in eastern regions of Uganda where the majority of the LCMU’s congregations and schools are located. We will invite educators from all regions of the LCMU, providing a travel stipend to defray their expenses. It is our plan to also invite other educators from other denominations in the region to participate as well, but our primary target audience for this conference will be educators of the LCMU, past recipients of many packets of seed from Hope Seeds.

Program Success Examples

Education about nutrition is an excellent and necessary tool for teaching children the importance and necessity for gardening and eating vegetables. It is also a great opportunity to share the Gospel to these same children while they are taught how God provides all we need for a good and healthy body, and a healthy and saved soul. The Christian educators who touch many thousands of lives each day have the greatest capacity to do this training. The seminar project we propose will better equip such teachers for this task and opportunity.

Comments
Program Comments by Organization

  "A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state" 

Solicitation of Contribution Registration #CH14975

ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) Accredited Member since 2005 
Hope Seeds for Souls in East Africa, Ltd. NGO #187027 in Uganda
Authorized Seed Dealer License with the State of Florida and Missouri
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mike Mueller
CEO Term Start Nov 1999
CEO/Executive Director Email mike@hopeseeds.org
Experience
Mr. Mueller is a third generation vegetable farmer with more than 40 years experience in the farm, greenhouse, horticulture and agriculture supply and seed industry.  He is responsible for oversight of all ministry contacts, donations and/or purchase of seed, volunteer objectives and goals, mission outreach, partnership agreements and donor development programs
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Bethany Matzke Programs Manager
Jean Mueller Seeds Ministry Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations

Hope Seeds has strategic partners with other organizations such as, Love A Child, ECHO, Hearts Afire, Lutheran Church Mission - Uganda, Tian Shen Mission Society - Kyrgyzstan, Rotary Club "Seed Springs" - Sikeston

External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)2005
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Give a Man to Fish or Teach or Man to Fish? A Christian Organization to solve the World's Hunger Needs to Plant A Seed and Feed A Soul! Visit our Video at https://youtu.be/C-rX7E2_-aA
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Retention Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Luella Franke
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2011 to Jan 2017
Board Chair Email FRANKE1208@aol.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Roy Boren Retired
Mrs. Jane Boren Retired Educator
Mr. David Crites Community Volunteer
Rev Tim Fangmeier Gifted People
Mrs. Luella Franke Church Administrator
Mr Tim Mirly Principal
Mr Ken Racke PhDDOW AgricSciences
Mr Dwight Shackelford Retired
Mr. Gerrit Van Dyke PhDRetired Educator
Mr Mike Wade Missionary
Mrs Ann Wade Missionary
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Executive
Staff Development
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $440,500.00
Projected Expenses $399,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$200,878$202,002$213,950
Administration Expense$80,771$83,345$79,738
Fundraising Expense$16,077$15,236$16,230
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.080.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%67%69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$239,908$244,574$220,363
Current Assets$22,857$19,881$16,185
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,203$6,649$7,079
Total Net Assets$236,705$237,925$213,284
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $291,361Contributions, gifts, grants $322,521Contributions, gifts, grants $285,073
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $5,145Fundraising $2,698Fundraising $13,841
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.142.992.29
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal tax returns.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support. 
Nonprofit Hope Seeds Inc
Address 4501 Manatee Avenue West #161
Bradenton, FL 63823
Phone 941 228-5660

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