RURAL ACTION INC

Address
9030 HOCKING HILLS DRIVE
THE PLAINS, OH 45780
Contact
Website: http://www.ruralaction.org
Phone: +1 (740) 797-2783
Nonprofit
NTEE: S32 - Rural Development
EIN: 31-1124220

Mission

RURAL ACTION'S MISSION IS TO FOSTER SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. WE DO THIS THROUGH EDUCATION, TRAINING, COMMUNITY ORGANIZING, AND NETWORKING.
 201420132012
Basic features of the organization
Doing business as nameRURAL ACTION INC
Year of formation1985
Subsection501(c)(3)
Organization typeCorporation
Human resources, including compensation
Summary compensation info
Total compensation of current key personnel$69,949.00$60,981.00$63,366.00
Sum of reportable (W2/1099) compensation$69,949.00$64,393.00$63,366.00
Number of employees554846
Number of people compensated >$100k000
Number of volunteers0025
Number of highly compensated contractors00 
Personnel
Bortle, Chad
TitleBOARD MEMBER  
Name of key/compensated personCHAD BORTLE  
Average hours per week working for org4.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
PositionIndividual trustee or director  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Byrd, Shana
Title  BOARD VICE CHAIR
Name of key/compensated person  SHANA BYRD
Average hours per week working for org  3.00
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00
Position  Individual trustee or director, Officer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00
Crist, Nancy
TitleBOARD MEMBER  
Name of key/compensated personNANCY CRIST  
Average hours per week working for org4.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
PositionIndividual trustee or director  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Decker, R
TitleEXECUTIVE DIRECTOREXECUTIVE DIRECTOREXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Name of key/compensated personR MICHELLE DECKERR MICHELLE DECKERR MICHELLE DECKER
Average hours per week working for org40.0040.0040.00
Reportable compensation from org$69,949.00$64,393.00$63,366.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionOfficerOfficerOfficer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Dunn, Leslie
TitleBOARD SECRETARYBOARD SECRETARYDIRECTOR
Name of key/compensated personLESLIE DUNNLESLIE DUNNLESLIE DUNN
Average hours per week working for org4.004.003.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Farley, Mitchell
TitleBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER IMPACT COMMITTEE 
Name of key/compensated personMITCHELL E FARLEYMITCHELL E FARLEY 
Average hours per week working for org3.003.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Goosman, Gary
TitleBOARD VICE CHAIRBOARD VICE CHAIRDIRECTOR
Name of key/compensated personGARY GOOSMANGARY GOOSMANGARY GOOSMAN
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Grove, Amy
TitleBOARD CHAIRBOARD CHAIRBOARD SECRETARY
Name of key/compensated personAMY GROVEAMY GROVEAMY GROVE
Average hours per week working for org4.004.003.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, Officer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Johnson, Tom
TitleBOARD MEMBER  
Name of key/compensated personTOM JOHNSON  
Average hours per week working for org4.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
PositionIndividual trustee or director  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Kotowski, John
TitleBOARD MEMBERBOARD PAST CHAIRBOARD CHAIR
Name of key/compensated personJOHN KOTOWSKIJOHN KOTOWSKIJOHN KOTOWSKI
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, Officer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Leite, Randy
TitleBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER IMPACT COMMITTEE 
Name of key/compensated personRANDY LEITERANDY LEITE 
Average hours per week working for org3.003.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Linder, Sally
TitleBOARD MEMBER  
Name of key/compensated personSALLY LINDER  
Average hours per week working for org4.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
PositionIndividual trustee or director  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Loughridge, Susan
TitleBOARD TREASURERBOARD TREASURERBOARD TREASURER
Name of key/compensated personSUSAN LOUGHRIDGESUSAN LOUGHRIDGESUSAN LOUGHRIDGE
Average hours per week working for org4.004.004.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, Officer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Miller, Scott
Title  DIRECTOR
Name of key/compensated person  SCOTT MILLER
Average hours per week working for org  5.00
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00
Position  Individual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00
Spellman, Kent
TitleBOARD MEMBER  
Name of key/compensated personKENT SPELLMAN  
Average hours per week working for org4.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
PositionIndividual trustee or director  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Vazquez-Skillings, Rebecca
Title  DIRECTOR
Name of key/compensated person  REBECCA VAZQUEZ-SKILLINGS
Average hours per week working for org  3.00
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00
Position  Individual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00
Woodrow, Jane
TitleBOARD MEMBER  
Name of key/compensated personJANE WOODROW  
Average hours per week working for org4.00  
Reportable compensation from org$0.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
PositionIndividual trustee or director  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Woodrow, John
Title BOARD MEMBER FINANCE COMMITTEEDIRECTOR
Name of key/compensated person JOHN WOODROWJOHN WOODROW
Average hours per week working for org 3.003.00
Reportable compensation from org $0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs $0.00$0.00
Position Individual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs  $0.00$0.00
Purpose: mission, activities & accomplishments
Mission or significant activitiesRURAL ACTION'S MISSION IS TO FOSTER SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. WE DO THIS THROUGH EDUCATION, TRAINING, COMMUNITY ORGANIZING, AND NETWORKING.RURAL ACTION'S MISSION IS TO FOSTER SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. WE DO THIS THROUGH EDUCATION, TRAINING, COMMUNITY ORGANIZING, AND NETWORKING.RURAL ACTION'S MISSION IS TO FOSTER SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE. WE DO THIS THROUGH EDUCATION, TRAINING, COMMUNITY ORGANIZING, AND NETWORKING.
Program expenses (total)$1,498,980.00$1,496,336.00$1,541,584.00
Programs, including revenue & expenses
RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS INTEGRATED APPROACH INCLUDE: FOOD SYSTEMS: CELEBRATED 10 YEARS OF CHESTHILL PRODUCE AUCTION, FIVE OF THEM WHILE UNDER THE OWNERSHIP OF RA, AND MET SALES GOALS AGAIN IN 2013. 85% OF THE CHESTERHILL PRODUCE AUCTION COLLECTIONS WERE RETURNED TO OVER 100 PARTICIPATING FARMERS. MAINTAINED THREE COUNTRY FRESH STOP SITES, SELLING IN OHIO AND WV, AND RAN SMALL TRUCK TO VARIOUS OUTLETS TO DELIVER LOCAL FOOD. DEEPENDED OUT WORK IN FARM TO SCHIOOL, HELPING SCHOOLS FIND FRESH LOCAL FOOD AND DELIVERING IT. RECYCLING: WORKED CLOSELY WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO PUT BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE INPLACE FOR RECYCLING; WORKED WITH 60 COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO FINALIZE THE ZERO WASTE ACTION PLAN TO GUIDE RECYCLING WORK IN A TWO COUNTY AREA OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. KICKED OFF A WASTE AUDIT PROGRAM FOR BUISNESSES, LOCAL GROUPS AND CHURCHES. PARTICIPANTS SIGN A ZERO WASTE PLEDGE. HOSTED A VENTURE FAIR TO CONNECT BUSINESSES WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH RECYCLING MATERIALS FOR FEEDSTOCKS. SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY: CONTINUED TO INVEST IN WOODRIGHT, A GREEN CERTIFIED WOOD PRODUCTS PLATFORM TO HELP WOOD MANUTFACTURES IN CENTRAL APPALACHIA RETAIN AND GROW JOBS. TRAINED OVER 300 LANDOWNERS IN HIGH VALUE BOTANICAL PRODUCTION TO INCREASE INCOME FROM LAND MANAGEMENT. ASSITED OVER 10 LANDOWNERS WITH LAND STEWARDSHIP AND MANAGEMENT PLANS THAT INCOPORATE NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS PRODUCTION INTO THEM. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE TEST SCORES BY REACHING THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AND HUNDREDS OF TEACHERS THROUGH THE APPALACHIAN GREEN TEACHERS PROJECT. CONTINUED TO DEEPEN THIS WORK IN SEVERAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHILE CONTINUING TO EXPAND. PROVIDED OUTDOOR LEARNING PROGRAMMING TO MANY ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING KIDS ON CAMPUS, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, CAMP OTYOKWA, THE ATHENS PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM, AND THE HOCKING VALLEY RESIDENTIAL CENTER. WATERSHED RESTORATION: CONTINUED RESTORATION OF FOUR STREAMS TO HABITAT WITH FISH AND BIG SPECIES, RETURNING THEM TO FISHABLE AND SWIMMABLE CONDITIONS. HOSTED TOURS, CANOE FLOATS, AND EDUCATIONAL EVENTS FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, SCHOOL CHILDREN, AND COLLEGE CLASSES.
Program expenses $1,496,336.00 
Program revenue $286,658.00 
Program description RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS INTEGRATED APPROACH INCLUDE: FOOD SYSTEMS: CELEBRATED 10 YEARS OF CHESTHILL PRODUCE AUCTION, FIVE OF THEM WHILE UNDER THE OWNERSHIP OF RA, AND MET SALES GOALS AGAIN IN 2013. 85% OF THE CHESTERHILL PRODUCE AUCTION COLLECTIONS WERE RETURNED TO OVER 100 PARTICIPATING FARMERS. MAINTAINED THREE COUNTRY FRESH STOP SITES, SELLING IN OHIO AND WV, AND RAN SMALL TRUCK TO VARIOUS OUTLETS TO DELIVER LOCAL FOOD. DEEPENDED OUT WORK IN FARM TO SCHIOOL, HELPING SCHOOLS FIND FRESH LOCAL FOOD AND DELIVERING IT. RECYCLING: WORKED CLOSELY WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO PUT BETTER INFRASTRUCTURE INPLACE FOR RECYCLING; WORKED WITH 60 COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO FINALIZE THE ZERO WASTE ACTION PLAN TO GUIDE RECYCLING WORK IN A TWO COUNTY AREA OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. KICKED OFF A WASTE AUDIT PROGRAM FOR BUISNESSES, LOCAL GROUPS AND CHURCHES. PARTICIPANTS SIGN A ZERO WASTE PLEDGE. HOSTED A VENTURE FAIR TO CONNECT BUSINESSES WITH EACH OTHER AND WITH RECYCLING MATERIALS FOR FEEDSTOCKS. SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY: CONTINUED TO INVEST IN WOODRIGHT, A GREEN CERTIFIED WOOD PRODUCTS PLATFORM TO HELP WOOD MANUTFACTURES IN CENTRAL APPALACHIA RETAIN AND GROW JOBS. TRAINED OVER 300 LANDOWNERS IN HIGH VALUE BOTANICAL PRODUCTION TO INCREASE INCOME FROM LAND MANAGEMENT. ASSITED OVER 10 LANDOWNERS WITH LAND STEWARDSHIP AND MANAGEMENT PLANS THAT INCOPORATE NON-TIMBER FOREST PRODUCTS PRODUCTION INTO THEM. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE TEST SCORES BY REACHING THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AND HUNDREDS OF TEACHERS THROUGH THE APPALACHIAN GREEN TEACHERS PROJECT. CONTINUED TO DEEPEN THIS WORK IN SEVERAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHILE CONTINUING TO EXPAND. PROVIDED OUTDOOR LEARNING PROGRAMMING TO MANY ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING KIDS ON CAMPUS, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, CAMP OTYOKWA, THE ATHENS PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM, AND THE HOCKING VALLEY RESIDENTIAL CENTER. WATERSHED RESTORATION: CONTINUED RESTORATION OF FOUR STREAMS TO HABITAT WITH FISH AND BIG SPECIES, RETURNING THEM TO FISHABLE AND SWIMMABLE CONDITIONS. HOSTED TOURS, CANOE FLOATS, AND EDUCATIONAL EVENTS FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, SCHOOL CHILDREN, AND COLLEGE CLASSES. 
RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS INTEGRATED APPROACH INCLUDE:FOOD SYSTEMS: THREE (3) YEARS OF 40% ANNUAL GROWTH AT THE CHESTERHILL PRODUCE AUCTION IN MORGAN COUNTY (SEE DESCRIPTION BELOW), OWNED BY RURAL ACTION, WITH 85% OF EARNINGS RETURNED TO A CORE GROUP OF 30 PARTICIPATING FARMERS. SALES REACHED $190,000 IN THE 2012 SEASON AND SERVED OVER 1,000 RURAL CONSUMERS WITH FRESH HEALTHY LOCAL FOOD. RURAL ACTION ADDED THREE NEW COUNTRY FRESH STOPS, RETAIL SITES SELLING FRESH LOCAL FOOD IN OHIO AND WEST VIRGINIA FOOD DESERTS; RECYCLING: HELPED SEVEN RECYCLING BUSINESS WITH PLANNING AND GROWTH; HOSTED A 9-STATE CONFERENCE ON WASTE TO WEALTH WITH 130 PARTICIPANTS TO ESTABLISH RECYCLING AS A GROWTH SECTOR IN THE REGION; HOSTED 9 COMMUNITY MEETINGS WITH OVER 120 PEOPLE TO ESTABLISH A PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO BUILDING NEW SYSTEMS THAT SERVE COMMUNITIES AND CAN CREATE JOBS AND EARNINGS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS;SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY: DEVELOPED A NEW GREEN CERTIFIED WOOD PRODUCTS PLATFORM CALLED WOODRIGHT TO HELP WOOD MANUFACTURERS IN CENTRAL APPALACHIA RETAIN AND GROW JOBS AND TRAINED OVER 300 LANDOWNERS IN HIGH VALUE BOTANICAL PRODUCTION TO INCREASE INCOMES FROM LAND MANAGEMENT;ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: MOVED SCIENCE TEST SCORES UP ALMOST 15% POINTS IN A RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (PERRY COUNTY, SOUTHERN LOCAL) THROUGH OUTDOOR CURRICULA TIED TO OHIO CONTENT STANDARDS; TRAINED 75 TEACHERS IN OUTDOOR EDUCATION PROCESSES, WITH 35 ADOPTING THE MODEL IN THEIR CLASSROOMWATERSHED RESTORATION: RESTORATION OF 20 STREAM MILES TO RESTORED HABITAT WITH FISH AND BIG SPECIES, RETURNING THEM TO FISHABLE AND SWIMMABLE CONDITIONS.RECENT AWARDS FOR OUR WORK INCLUDE BEING A MEMBER OF THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE IN 2012 AND 2013, RECEIVING THE HIGHEST STATE RECOGNITION AS A NATIONAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION IN 2012, AND SEVERAL WATERSHED AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARDS. RURAL ACTION'S STAFF PARTICIPATE IN NUMEROUS STATE, LOCAL, AND NATIONAL BOARDS INCLUDING THE OHIO ECOLOGICAL FOOD AND FARM ASSOCIATION AND THE CENTER FOR RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
Program expenses  $1,541,584.00
Program revenue  $226,457.00
Program description  RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS INTEGRATED APPROACH INCLUDE:FOOD SYSTEMS: THREE (3) YEARS OF 40% ANNUAL GROWTH AT THE CHESTERHILL PRODUCE AUCTION IN MORGAN COUNTY (SEE DESCRIPTION BELOW), OWNED BY RURAL ACTION, WITH 85% OF EARNINGS RETURNED TO A CORE GROUP OF 30 PARTICIPATING FARMERS. SALES REACHED $190,000 IN THE 2012 SEASON AND SERVED OVER 1,000 RURAL CONSUMERS WITH FRESH HEALTHY LOCAL FOOD. RURAL ACTION ADDED THREE NEW COUNTRY FRESH STOPS, RETAIL SITES SELLING FRESH LOCAL FOOD IN OHIO AND WEST VIRGINIA FOOD DESERTS; RECYCLING: HELPED SEVEN RECYCLING BUSINESS WITH PLANNING AND GROWTH; HOSTED A 9-STATE CONFERENCE ON WASTE TO WEALTH WITH 130 PARTICIPANTS TO ESTABLISH RECYCLING AS A GROWTH SECTOR IN THE REGION; HOSTED 9 COMMUNITY MEETINGS WITH OVER 120 PEOPLE TO ESTABLISH A PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO BUILDING NEW SYSTEMS THAT SERVE COMMUNITIES AND CAN CREATE JOBS AND EARNINGS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS;SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY: DEVELOPED A NEW GREEN CERTIFIED WOOD PRODUCTS PLATFORM CALLED WOODRIGHT TO HELP WOOD MANUFACTURERS IN CENTRAL APPALACHIA RETAIN AND GROW JOBS AND TRAINED OVER 300 LANDOWNERS IN HIGH VALUE BOTANICAL PRODUCTION TO INCREASE INCOMES FROM LAND MANAGEMENT;ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: MOVED SCIENCE TEST SCORES UP ALMOST 15% POINTS IN A RURAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (PERRY COUNTY, SOUTHERN LOCAL) THROUGH OUTDOOR CURRICULA TIED TO OHIO CONTENT STANDARDS; TRAINED 75 TEACHERS IN OUTDOOR EDUCATION PROCESSES, WITH 35 ADOPTING THE MODEL IN THEIR CLASSROOMWATERSHED RESTORATION: RESTORATION OF 20 STREAM MILES TO RESTORED HABITAT WITH FISH AND BIG SPECIES, RETURNING THEM TO FISHABLE AND SWIMMABLE CONDITIONS.RECENT AWARDS FOR OUR WORK INCLUDE BEING A MEMBER OF THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE IN 2012 AND 2013, RECEIVING THE HIGHEST STATE RECOGNITION AS A NATIONAL SERVICE ORGANIZATION IN 2012, AND SEVERAL WATERSHED AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AWARDS. RURAL ACTION'S STAFF PARTICIPATE IN NUMEROUS STATE, LOCAL, AND NATIONAL BOARDS INCLUDING THE OHIO ECOLOGICAL FOOD AND FARM ASSOCIATION AND THE CENTER FOR RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS INTEGRATED APPROACH INCLUDE:SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: CONTINUED TO OPERATE THE CHESTERHILL PRODUCE AUCTION, WHICH GROSSED $200,001 IN SALES AND HOSTED 125 GROWERS, WHO IN TURN SOLD TO MORE THAN 900 BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS, SCHOOLS, AND FAMILIES. MAINTAINED FIVE COUNTRY FRESH STOPS TO PROVIDE FRESH PRODUCE TO FIVE COMMUNITIES IN FOOD DESERTS. PRODUCED THE HEALTHY HOME CONSUMER GUIDE-A BASIC GUIDE FOR COOKING, SELECTING, AND STORING LOCAL PRODUCE-AND DISTRIBUTED 300 COPIES THROUGHOUT SOUTHEAST OHIO. EXPANDED THE FARM TO SCHOOL PROJECT, PURCHASING HUNDREDS OF FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE TO PROCESS AND DISTRIBUTE TO SIX AREA SCHOOLS.ZERO WASTE: COMPLETED 15 WASTE ASSESSMENTS OF SCHOOLS, BUSINESS, AND ORGANIZATIONS, IN SOME CASES HELPING CLIENTS REDUCE WASTE BY UP TO 50% IN VOLUME. SOME OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS SIGNED A ZERO WASTE PLEDGE TO REDUCE WASTE, INCLUDING OHIOHEALTH O'BLENESS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. CLEANED 13 DUMPSITES IN 2014, REMOVING A TOTAL OF 624 BAGS OF TRASH AND 441 SCRAP TIRES. WORKED WITH FIVE FESTIVALS TO INCREASE RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING AND REACHED ZERO WASTE STATUS (OVER 90% DIVERTED FROM THE LANDFILL) AT THREE EVENTS. INCREASED RECYCLING EFFORTS IN MULTIPLE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS A RESULT OF WASTE ASSESSMENTS.SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY: SECURED FUNDING WITH OUR PARTNER UNITED PLANT SAVERS TO MAP AND MONITOR WILD POPULATIONS OF THREE NATIVE UNDERSTORY PLANTS IN THE WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST. CONVENED THE AMERICAN GINGSENG SUMMIT, WHICH BROUGHT TOGETHER 35 OF THE TOP GINSENG BUSINESS OWNERS AND PROFESSIONALS IN CENTRAL APPALACHIA TO DISCUSS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES FACING INDUSTRY AND WOODLAND GROWERS TODAY. SINCE 1999, RURAL ACTION HAS DISTRIBUTED 1,465 LBS. OF QUALITY AMERICAN GINSENG SEED THROUGH OUR PLANT STOCK PROJECT.ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: WORKED WITH 135 EDUCATORS AT OUR INAUGURAL INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING CONFERENCE. SPONSORED THREE SUMMER WATERSHED CAMPS FOR STUDENTS IN REGIONAL WATERSHEDS. PARTNERED WITH CAMP OTY'OKWA TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM CALLED THE HEMLOCK YOUTH ACTION TEAM. THESE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FACILITATED ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION LESSONS FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADE STUDENTS, REACHING AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 STUDENTS. INCREASED THE SCOPE OF OUR CITIZEN SCIENCE INITIATIVE TO ENGAGE STUDENTS AND CITIZENS IN GATHERING DATA THAT DOCUMENTS HOW LOCAL FLORA AND FAUNA RESPOND LOCALLY TO CLIMATE CHANGE. WATERSHED RESTORATION: INCREASED THE SIZE OF OUR OHIO STREAM RESTORE CORPS FROM 16 TO 26 MEMBERS THROUGH A FEDERAL GRANT, PROVIDING 34,070 HOURS OF DIRECT COMMUNITY SERVICE TO THE REGION. ACTIVELY MANAGED AND MONITORED 34 WATERSHED RECLAMATION PROJECTS ACROSS FOUR WATERSHEDS IN SIX COUNTIES. PREVENTED MORE THAN 1,000 TONS OF ACID FROM ENTERING STREAMS RESULTING IN IMPROVED WATER QUALITY IN THESE WATERSHEDS. CONTINUED WORK ON THE CREATION OF A NEW WATERSHED MANAGEMENT MODEL, DESIGNED TO LEAD TO IMPROVED WATER QUALITY IN A LARGER REGION WITHIN THE EASTERN OHIO RIVER WATERSHED.
Program expenses$1,498,980.00  
Program revenue$284,725.00  
Program descriptionRECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THIS INTEGRATED APPROACH INCLUDE:SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: CONTINUED TO OPERATE THE CHESTERHILL PRODUCE AUCTION, WHICH GROSSED $200,001 IN SALES AND HOSTED 125 GROWERS, WHO IN TURN SOLD TO MORE THAN 900 BUSINESSES, RESTAURANTS, SCHOOLS, AND FAMILIES. MAINTAINED FIVE COUNTRY FRESH STOPS TO PROVIDE FRESH PRODUCE TO FIVE COMMUNITIES IN FOOD DESERTS. PRODUCED THE HEALTHY HOME CONSUMER GUIDE-A BASIC GUIDE FOR COOKING, SELECTING, AND STORING LOCAL PRODUCE-AND DISTRIBUTED 300 COPIES THROUGHOUT SOUTHEAST OHIO. EXPANDED THE FARM TO SCHOOL PROJECT, PURCHASING HUNDREDS OF FRESH LOCAL PRODUCE TO PROCESS AND DISTRIBUTE TO SIX AREA SCHOOLS.ZERO WASTE: COMPLETED 15 WASTE ASSESSMENTS OF SCHOOLS, BUSINESS, AND ORGANIZATIONS, IN SOME CASES HELPING CLIENTS REDUCE WASTE BY UP TO 50% IN VOLUME. SOME OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS SIGNED A ZERO WASTE PLEDGE TO REDUCE WASTE, INCLUDING OHIOHEALTH O'BLENESS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. CLEANED 13 DUMPSITES IN 2014, REMOVING A TOTAL OF 624 BAGS OF TRASH AND 441 SCRAP TIRES. WORKED WITH FIVE FESTIVALS TO INCREASE RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING AND REACHED ZERO WASTE STATUS (OVER 90% DIVERTED FROM THE LANDFILL) AT THREE EVENTS. INCREASED RECYCLING EFFORTS IN MULTIPLE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS A RESULT OF WASTE ASSESSMENTS.SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY: SECURED FUNDING WITH OUR PARTNER UNITED PLANT SAVERS TO MAP AND MONITOR WILD POPULATIONS OF THREE NATIVE UNDERSTORY PLANTS IN THE WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST. CONVENED THE AMERICAN GINGSENG SUMMIT, WHICH BROUGHT TOGETHER 35 OF THE TOP GINSENG BUSINESS OWNERS AND PROFESSIONALS IN CENTRAL APPALACHIA TO DISCUSS THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES FACING INDUSTRY AND WOODLAND GROWERS TODAY. SINCE 1999, RURAL ACTION HAS DISTRIBUTED 1,465 LBS. OF QUALITY AMERICAN GINSENG SEED THROUGH OUR PLANT STOCK PROJECT.ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: WORKED WITH 135 EDUCATORS AT OUR INAUGURAL INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING CONFERENCE. SPONSORED THREE SUMMER WATERSHED CAMPS FOR STUDENTS IN REGIONAL WATERSHEDS. PARTNERED WITH CAMP OTY'OKWA TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM CALLED THE HEMLOCK YOUTH ACTION TEAM. THESE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FACILITATED ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION LESSONS FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADE STUDENTS, REACHING AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 STUDENTS. INCREASED THE SCOPE OF OUR CITIZEN SCIENCE INITIATIVE TO ENGAGE STUDENTS AND CITIZENS IN GATHERING DATA THAT DOCUMENTS HOW LOCAL FLORA AND FAUNA RESPOND LOCALLY TO CLIMATE CHANGE. WATERSHED RESTORATION: INCREASED THE SIZE OF OUR OHIO STREAM RESTORE CORPS FROM 16 TO 26 MEMBERS THROUGH A FEDERAL GRANT, PROVIDING 34,070 HOURS OF DIRECT COMMUNITY SERVICE TO THE REGION. ACTIVELY MANAGED AND MONITORED 34 WATERSHED RECLAMATION PROJECTS ACROSS FOUR WATERSHEDS IN SIX COUNTIES. PREVENTED MORE THAN 1,000 TONS OF ACID FROM ENTERING STREAMS RESULTING IN IMPROVED WATER QUALITY IN THESE WATERSHEDS. CONTINUED WORK ON THE CREATION OF A NEW WATERSHED MANAGEMENT MODEL, DESIGNED TO LEAD TO IMPROVED WATER QUALITY IN A LARGER REGION WITHIN THE EASTERN OHIO RIVER WATERSHED.  
Financial data
Expense categories (totals)
Sum (total functional expenses)$1,793,547.00$1,839,315.00$1,797,071.00
Program services (total functional expenses)$1,498,980.00$1,496,336.00$1,541,584.00
Management & general (total functional expenses)$235,858.00$241,875.00$190,819.00
Fundraising (total functional expenses)$58,709.00$101,104.00$64,668.00
Revenue
Total revenue$1,920,909.00$2,056,580.00$1,666,029.00
Program service revenue (total)$240,980.00$231,521.00$199,092.00
Revenue from contributions (total)$1,636,184.00$1,760,551.00$1,422,828.00
Investment income$19,404.00$9,371.00$16,744.00
Total unrelated business revenue$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other revenue, current yr$24,341.00$55,137.00$27,365.00
Net unrelated business taxable revenue$0.00$0.00$0.00
Total revenue from grants, etc., current yr$1,636,184.00$1,760,551.00$1,422,828.00
Gross receipts$1,920,909.00$2,109,155.00$1,877,719.00
Sources of contributions
Contributions revenue from membership dues$7,010.00$5,940.00$6,050.00
Revenue from fundraising events$69,669.00$327,106.00$133,086.00
Revenue from gov't grants$588,621.00$1,223,685.00$996,844.00
Revenue from all other contributions$970,884.00$203,820.00$286,848.00
Other types of revenue
Miscellaneous revenue (total)$24,341.00$55,137.00$27,365.00
Income from dividends, interest, and similar investments$19,404.00$2,947.00$409.00
Net rental income$0.00$0.00$0.00
Net income from fundraising events$0.00$0.00 
Fees for services
Legal fees (total)$940.00  
Fundraising service fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Investment management fees (total) $1,537.00$1,587.00
Accounting service fees (total)$3,170.00$48,887.00$50,967.00
Assets and liabilities
Total assets$972,832.00$1,083,264.00$573,271.00
Total assets, beginning of year$1,083,264.00$573,271.00$729,123.00
Total liabilities$282,716.00$423,406.00$130,678.00
Total liabilities, beginning of year$423,406.00$130,678.00$155,488.00
Pledges & accounts receivable, net$289,459.00$384,878.00$222,502.00
Temporarily restricted net assets$68,562.00$259,971.00$216,017.00
Permanently restricted net assets, end of yr$192,474.00$192,474.00$192,474.00
Net assets$690,116.00$659,858.00$442,593.00
Net assets, beginning of year$659,858.00$442,593.00$573,635.00
Investments: publicly traded securities$221,358.00$204,494.00$177,879.00
Cash: non-interest bearing$21,182.00$41,931.00-$19,818.00
Cash: non-interest bearing, beginning of year$41,931.00-$19,818.00$33,771.00
Loans and other payables to key persons$36,908.00$41,543.00$45,756.00
Other financial variables
Revenue less expenses$127,362.00$217,265.00-$131,042.00
Advertising (total)$24,665.00$10,245.00$6,554.00
Savings & temp cash investment $12,650.00$62,556.00
Prepaid expenses & deferred charges$12,073.00 $1,275.00
Accounts payable & accrued expenses$39,830.00$117,283.00$38,181.00
Secured mortgages and notes payable$205,978.00$306,123.00$46,741.00
Total net assets or fund balances$690,116.00$659,858.00$442,593.00
Depreciation, depletion, amortization$10,551.00$10,562.00$3,778.00
Governance and accountability
Number of voting members1399
Number of independent voting members1399
Financial sheets auditedTrueTrueTrue
Tax year start date2014-01-012013-01-012012-01-01
Tax year end date2014-12-312013-12-312012-12-31
Accounting methodAccrualAccrualAccrual
Indicators for schedules (selected)
Outstanding loan to key person or disqualified personTrueTrueTrue
Business transaction with employeeTrueTrueTrue
Metadata about the filing
E-return type990990990
Date e-filing submitted2015-09-182014-12-292013-12-03
IRS schema version2014v5.02013v3.02012v2.1
Filing identifier201522259349300922201403219349308380201322249349301972
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