Financial data

Global Roots is a legal 501(c)(3) US non-profit organization registered in the states of Washington and Oregon.

Global Roots EIN: 20-5051527, IRS DLN (Designation Letter Number): 17053180016036

A link to our 2014 990 — the tax document that the IRS requires all 501(C)(3) charities to file every year — is attached below.

Charity due diligence: Global Roots has achieved the highest rating possible (five stars) at — the global watchdog of grassroots charity.
In 2014, 88% of all donations were spent on projects — not central administration. Our executive director, Rick Montgomery, received only 16K in financial remuneration in 2014 — mostly for project work done in Kenya and Cambodia.

We took in 156K of financial donations in 2014 plus hundreds of donated hours of volunteer labor. We also raised approximately $200K for local causes last year just by connecting local aid outfits with much larger international NGO’s.

We are pleased to present links to four consecutive years of 990 tax forms below as well as an independent review from the respected CPA firm, Simpson & Company, in Portland, Oregon.

Financial documents:


independent annual review

2011 Global Roots 990 

2012 Global Roots 990

2013 Global Roots 990

2014 Global Roots 990

2015 Global Roots 990

Please click here to visit the web page of our accountant.
Click on the following link for a detailed breakdown of our 2013 Expenses and project versus admin breakdown
Global Roots operates on a policy of “open spreadsheets.” All financial data is available for any active donor to review.
Revenue and expense trends  (2006-2012)
Graph: the green line represents the program versus central admin expense ratio. We have spent over 90% of all donations on programs, not central admin expenses over the last four years.
Executive salary breakdown by project (actual field work) versus central admin spending (fundraising, advertising, publicity etc).
Maasai Girl Protection in Kenya: $9,000
Africa Children’s Gardens: $9,000
East Africa HIV/Aids Outreach: $6,750
USA Children’s Gardens: $6,750
Central administration: $3,600
Tibet: $3,150
Afghanistan: $2,250
Cambodia: $2,250
new projects: $2,250
Each of our Children’s Garden and related support projects have unique metrics and result measurement data.
Children’s Gardens metrics
  • A Global Roots representative visits with the school master of a prospective school to analyze local need
  • After a careful review, the school is approved and local review panel is set up to monitor the future Children’s Garden
  • A greenhouse kit is purchased and a team is hired to construct it
  • A local is hired to serve as Master Gardener
  • A chicken coop is constructed and chicks are reared
  • Local mothers come to cook for the children
  • Produce and eggs are distributed for a school lunch program
Monitoring Our Results: 
Using A/B testing methodology, Global Roots is able to measure, validate and correct our strategic approaches to helping children in need most efficiently and effectively through our nutritional gardens. 
  • A random set of students are chosen as a sample population prior to the establishment of the garden
  • A Global Roots representative interviews each member of the sample population and records initial metrics per individual child:
  1. Attendance in school
  2. Academic results
  3. Teacher assessment of class participation and performance
  4. Parental feedback
  5. Physical health post nurse check-up
  • Caloric and protein intake from the garden/chicken coop produce is  monitored and recorded for the sample population of children
  • The amount of time each child spends in the garden is carefully recorded, as is the level of their  personal involvement in the project development:
Responsibility for a portion of the garden, accountability for certain plants, in charge of selling/delivering produce, etc.
  • After six months, the sample population of children are re-examined and interviewed once again with the same questions
  • Once we have analyzed the results and drawn conclusions as to what has worked and what may be improved, our findings are emailed to project donors and included in the Global Roots Annual Report
  • A second group of children are then chosen as a new random sample for a succeeding six-month cycle of our project’s assessment, allowing us to test any potential alterations and continue to improve the strength and impact of Global Roots’ Children’s Gardens.

High-level process flow chart