Hope Seeds Inc
4501 Manatee Avenue West #161
Bradenton FL 34209
Mission
Hope Seeds is a Christian, charitable ministry that seeks to improve the nutrition of the poorest in the world, by providing quality garden seed and agricultural education through Christian missionaries and organizations
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mike Mueller
Board Chair Mr Dwight Schackelford
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1999
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $485,000.00
Projected Expenses $403,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt StatusView
Impact Statement
In 2016, Hope Seeds provided 509,224 seed packets to 61 missions traveling to 21 countries in the developing world.
 
Since 1999, Hope Seeds has helped the church respond to world hunger by:
  • distributing 10+ million packets of quality garden seed
  • serving 60+ countries
  • serving 400+ Christian missionaries and organizations
Sharing the Gospel by:
  •  Including Gospel tracts with all seed packets
  • offering seed and gardening educational materials for youth
  • posting devotions and Bible lessons on our website
Empowering people to improve and sustain their nutrition:
  •  providing seed of nutritional, open-pollinated vegetable varieties
  • teaching appropriate gardening methods
  • teaching seed-saving techniques
With boldness and confidence, Hope Seeds sends seed out to the world and asks that you be partners in this ministry. Your prayers and financial support are a great source of encouragement to Plant A Seed! Feed A Soul!
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

Hope Seeds is a Christian, charitable ministry that seeks to improve the nutrition of the poorest in the world, by providing quality garden seed and agricultural education through Christian missionaries and organizations. Since 1999, Hope Seeds has endeavored, with boldness and confidence, to meet the worldwide needs of the hungry and hurting, supplying open-pollinated vegetable seed, specific to the climate and culture to which it is destined, so as to encourage seed-saving and sustainable food sources. Concurrently, so as to feed both body and soul, each seed packet includes a Christian message and agricultural educational materials, all of which is disseminated through an established network. We hold tenaciously to this formula, one that leads to better health and lives, stronger communities, and spiritual awareness.

While our efforts are global, in the last decade much of the efforts of Hope Seeds have been focused on Haiti and Uganda, both areas desperately poor. In the coming years, it is our goal to expand several-fold our activity in both countries, increasing particularly the school and orphanage attached Hope Garden sites. Combined with this effort will be the further development of educational activities, at our teaching campus, for the on-the-ground representatives and ministry partners.

We invite you to partner with Hope Seeds. With your donations, we can commit even more resources to glorify God, by serving the world’s nutritionally deprived. What a privilege it is to do this work for the Lord! In Christ, Dwight Shackelford~ Chairman, Board of Directors

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The world is full of hungry people! Hope Seeds strives to teach as many of them as possible to grow appropriate, nutritious vegetable foods, in a sustainable, seed-saving manner, for themselves. At the same time, it is our heart’s desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and a Message of Hope accompanies every shipment of seed and materials. Teaching someone to grow their own food, as well as, sharing our faith in God, is the very reason for the existence of of Hope Seeds.

Opportunities increasingly abound to help millions of hungry people learn to provide for their own nutrition permanently, so that they might be enabled to the acquired knowledge and their food with others, and comprehend how great our God is… The Creator of All, Who 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
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
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 Mr Dwight Schackelford
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Board Chair Email dw1sh@comcast.net
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. David Crites Community Volunteer
Rev Tim Fangmeier Gifted People
Mrs. Luella Franke Church Administrator
Jim Green JDRetired
Art Pabst PhDRetired
Karen Pabst Retired
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 2017
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $485,000.00
Projected Expenses $403,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently 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 Year201620152014
Program Expense$267,526$200,878$202,002
Administration Expense$92,224$80,771$83,345
Fundraising Expense$24,553$16,077$15,236
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.001.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses70%67%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$21,790,633,368$239,908$244,574
Current Assets$3,608$22,857$19,881
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,382$3,203$6,649
Total Net Assets$214,524$236,705$237,925
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $334,394Contributions, gifts, grants $291,361Contributions, gifts, grants $322,521
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $27,528Fundraising $5,145Fundraising $2,698
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Rental Income $3000 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.077.142.99
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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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