Charity Review

Issued: July 2016 Expires: July 2018

Charity Seal Holder

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association

Meets Standards
(614) 421-2022 41 Croswell Rd, Columbus OH 43214-3062
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial
  8. BBB Comment

Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.



We dream of a world in which agricultural practices protect and enhance natural resources, farm families prosper, and healthy food is accessible to all members of our communities.

Incorporated: 1990 in OH

Also Known As: OEFFA , Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Educational Fund, Inc. , OEFFA Education



 • Annual Conference--Ohio's largest ecological agriculture conference features nationally-recognized speakers, a trade show, entertainment, and organic and locally-sourced meals. Each conference features more than 100 workshops taught by experienced OEFFA members, farmers, and researchers on sustainable farming, gardening, and homesteading.

 • Organic Certification--One of the oldest, largest, and most respected programs in the nation, OEFFA's Certification program ensures that organic crop and livestock producers meet the high standards established for organically grown food. The process of documentation and monitoring, strict production standards, and on-site inspections sets organic products apart from all others. These standards protect farmers, distributors, consumers, and the environment.

 • Farm Tours & Workshops--Our annual series of free public tours features organic and ecological farms and gardens in Ohio, providing unique opportunities for growers, educators, and conscientious eaters to see, taste, feel, and learn what alternative production systems are all about from the real experts, the farmers themselves. We also offer workshops, webinars, and other educational opportunities that help beginning and experienced farmers build their production, business, and marketing skills.

 • Learning from Each Other--OEFFA members are an invaluable source of practical knowledge and experience. OEFFA'S Farmer Information Network connects individuals with production and marketing questions with experienced farmers who have the answers. OEFFA's apprenticeship program links students and other aspiring farmers with knowledgeable growers, and in turn provides Ohio farmers with labor and support.

 • Investing in Farmers-- The OEFFA Investment Fund is the farmers' source for financing, making flexible and affordable capital available to OEFFA members engaged in sustainable food and farm business ventures. By helping mobilize additional capital,OEFFA is working to increase the availability of local, sustainably grown, fresh food in Ohio, grow food- and farm-related business opportunities, and encourage expansion of ecological agricultural practices.

 • Keeping You Connected--OEFFA's quarterly newsletter keeps members updated on OEFFA's work as well as regional, State and national news. Farm profiles, practical tips, book reviews, resources, and events are included in every thought-provoking issue. OEFFA's Good Earth Guide promotes local food and farm products and connects consumers with farmers in their area. The Website is packed with useful information for growers, backyard gardeners, teachers, and students.

 • Farm Policy Matters--OEFFA advocates for state and federal policies that protect and benefit sustainable agriculture, research and education, and citizens' right-to-know. Working with our members, we give voice to ecological family farmers who are creating rural economic opportunities and safeguarding the environment.

 • Pathways to Profitability--A good dinner can satisfy more than our appetite. A vibrant, local food system can provide Ohio's family farmers with a secure income, while protecting our environment. By breaking down the barriers that small farmers face, providing direct assistance and organic certification, promoting local products, and educating consumers, we help create economic success for today's farmers, while empowering the next generation of beginning and transitioning farmers. Together, we are working to re-create a regionally-scaled processing and distribution system that moves food from farm to local fork.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Ms. Rachel Tayse, Governing Board Chairperson

CEO: Ms. Carol Goland PhD, Executive Director

Board Size: 11

Staff: 16

Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Appeals via Social Media (Facebook, etc.)

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 8.95%

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Source of Funds
Donations $116,740
Membership Contributions $73,054
Program Service Revenue $173,567
Grants $232,099
Sales (Net of Cost of Goods Sold of $8,397) ($478)
Reimbursement from 'Certification' $74,356
Chapter Income $2,085
Other Revenue $16,541
Rental Income $23,911
Total Income: $711,875
Fusion Chart
Program Expenses: $500,447
Fundraising Expenses: $37,939
Administrative Expenses: $106,828
Other Expenses: $16,161
Total Expenses: $661,375
Income in Excess of Expenses: $50,500
Beginning Net Assets: $319,119
Ending Net Assets: $369,619
Total Liabilities: $274,305
Total Assets: $643,924

BBB Comment

A BBB Accredited Charity since July 28, 2016. BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association adheres to the BBB Code of Business Practices, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any complaints.  Charities that display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal pay a fee for review / monitoring and for support of BBB's services to the public. BBB accreditation does not mean that the charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to the charity's competency in performing services.

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