Plant With Purpose

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Plant with Purpose (Formerly Floresta), a Christian nonprofit organization, reverses deforestation and poverty in the world, by transforming the lives of the rural poor. Founded in 1984, Plant With Purpose has grown to be a successful international development organization working in eight countries: Burundi, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Haiti, Thailand, and Ethiopia. Today, we partner with tens of thousands of farming families, utilizing a holistic community development model composed of sustainable agriculture training, reforestation, savings-led microfinance, church mobilization, and local leadership development.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Plant With Purpose
4747 Morena Blvd.
Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92117-2117


Phone: (858) 274-3718


Organization details

EIN: 330052976

CEO/President: Scott Sabin

Chairman: John Steel

Board size: 12

Founder: Tom Woodard

Year founded: 1985

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


Plant with Purpose (Formerly Floresta), a Christian nonprofit organization, reverses deforestation and poverty in the world, by transforming the lives of the rural poor.

We address the root causes of rural poverty through a holistic model of community development comprised of economic empowerment, environmental restoration, and spiritual renewal.

SAVINGS-LED MICROFINANCE: Savings-led microfinance groups of approximately 20 to 30 partnering farmers, provide opportunity to build savings and access loans. Members set aside savings on a weekly basis, building financial assets as well as a mutual fund from which they can borrow. This type of partnership fosters trust, collaboration, and dignity among community members. Members can then access loans that allow them to invest in their farms, small businesses, and their children's education and healthcare.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & FORESTRY: Plant With Purpose trains farmers in topics such as soil conservation, agroforestry, and watershed planning. These techniques allow farmers to grow a greater quantity and diversity of crops in a sustainable way, leading to increased income as well as improved health for their children.

Mobilizing farmers to plant trees is also an essential part of the restoration process. Fruit trees provide nutrition and income, and forest trees improve biodiversity and fulfill other ecosystem services. Trees anchor topsoil, improve soil health, and help the land absorb water, decreasing the amount of time needed to access clean water.

CHURCH MOBILIZATION: Plant With Purpose partners with local church congregations to meet the spiritual, physical, and relational needs of individuals and communities. Churches often host savings-led microfinance groups and use their facilities to demonstrate family gardens and cistern construction. Study materials help participants see their daily work and environmental practices as stewardship and worship. Through the witness of Plant With Purpose field chaplains and other staff members, individuals grow in their faith and become equipped to serve their communities.

Plant with Purpose is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and is a member of Accord Network.

Mission statement

Plant with Purpose, a Christian nonprofit organization, reverses deforestation and poverty in the world, by transforming the lives of the rural poor.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating896 of 94167 of 75
Fund acquisition rating825 of 94367 of 75
Resource allocation rating766 of 94363 of 75
Asset utilization rating767 of 94156 of 75

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$41,641$41,988$3,231,731$77,276$222,048
Short-term investments$1,324,881$28,307$28,307$28,307$28,307
Other current assets$0$7,017$8,814$8,394$7,344
Total current assets$2,402,910$319,919$4,277,628$366,978$898,959
Long-term investments$94,660$1,494,920$66,348$65,137$63,149
Fixed assets$31,093$25,949$16,400$20,586$22,871
Other long-term assets$2,270,884$3,406,074$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,396,637$4,926,943$82,748$85,723$86,020
Total assets$4,799,547$5,246,862$4,360,376$452,701$984,979
Payables and accrued expenses$116,766$120,504$92,719$95,508$67,375
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$116,766$120,504$92,719$95,508$67,375
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$31,247$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$148,013$120,504$92,719$95,508$67,375
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,294,099$1,479,284$918,841($228,595)($313,492)
With donor restrictions$2,357,435$3,647,074$3,348,816$585,788$1,231,096
Net assets$4,651,534$5,126,358$4,267,657$357,193$917,604
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Total contributions$4,756,936$5,546,886$8,210,941$3,814,193$3,524,778
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$23,192$20,854$2,886$8,405$1,305
Other revenue$75,630$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$98,822$20,854$2,886$8,405$1,305
Total revenue$4,855,758$5,567,740$8,213,827$3,822,598$3,526,083
Program services$4,218,460$3,825,944$3,490,659$3,574,003$3,377,339
Management and general$467,013$331,933$270,588$195,878$167,790
Total expenses$5,330,635$4,709,039$4,303,363$4,383,009$4,086,870
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($474,877)$858,701$3,910,464($560,411)($560,787)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($474,877)$858,701$3,910,464($560,411)($560,787)


Scott SabinPresident$138,118
John MitchellDirector of International Programs$113,412

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/21/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Plant With Purpose (formerly called Floresta), was founded in 1984 by Tom Woodard. While working for a disaster relief organization in the Dominican Republic, Woodard realized that food aid was only a short-term solution to extreme poverty. He desired to develop a more sustainable, long-term solution, which led him to found Floresta.

Over the years, Plant With Purpose has grown to be a successful international development organization working in eight countries: Burundi, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Haiti, Mexico, and Ethiopia. Our approach, which combines economic empowerment, spiritual renewal, and environmental restoration, works to reverse the vicious cycle of deforestation and poverty in rural communities. Plant With Purpose's partnering farmers are truly using their God-given gifts and talents to transform their lives and land.

Program accomplishments

Since our founding in 1984, Plant With Purpose has:

  • Mobilized farmers to plant millions of trees in order to renew the land.
  • Hosted agroecology workshops to teach farmers sustainable agriculture techniques and improve crop yields.
  • Partnered with churches in order to promote spiritual growth and meet community needs.
  • Established savings-led microfinance groups, thus providing farming families with economic opportunities and emergency savings.
These program activities have led to dramatic improvements in the lives of the rural poor. Our recent data shows:
  • Reduced poverty: Plant With Purpose families have substantially cut their level of poverty.
  • Improved crop yields: Partnering farmers have higher crop yields on average compared to nonparticipants.


Up to 85 percent of the poor live in rural areas (Source: OPHDI), where environmental degradation is a primary culprit of their poverty. Many of these farmers rely on agriculture as their main source of food and income, yet they are farming the land that no one else wants. Soil degradation causes poor crop production, and deforestation leads to erosion and damaged farms, especially for families living on hillsides. This damage and erosion further contributes to reduced crop production and, in turn, food scarcity. Desperate to earn some income, farmers turn to cutting trees in order to sell the wood, further exacerbating the problem. In addition, many farmers, particularly women, lack employment opportunities and access to formal financial services. A lack of fair access to loans or effective tools to manage cash flows means that any emergency or disaster will cause a family to fall further into poverty. Combined, these factors lead to severe poverty traps. Parents struggle to feed their families, send their children to school, and purchase tools for their farms, meaning they do not invest in their futures. Farmers faced with poverty often turn to cutting trees to make charcoal for income or for clearing land for agriculture, further exacerbating environmental degradation and ultimately worsening poverty.