Impact & Accountability
Measuring our impact
Six snapshots of our impact
Across our region, we focus on impact at the intersection of equity, economy, and the environment toward transformative change. Together with a wide network of hundreds of partners–including nonprofits, businesses, tribes, agencies, philanthropic organizations, and individuals–we’re expanding our impact through collective action.
Our process for identifying the best indicators to demonstrate our impact has been ongoing. Read more below about efforts to evolve our measurement practices to include principles of Equitable Evaluation, and more meaningful indicators of equity, justice, resilience, and well-being.
funding and project partners committed to radical, practical change.
Stephanie Gutierrez, Ecotrust Forest and Community Program Director, and Elisha Flores, former forest planner for the Hoopa Valley Tribal Forestry Department, visit a logging site in forestlands managed by Hoopa Valley Tribe. Photo credit: Sean Gutierrez
Ecotrust Events Community Grants awarded since our program started in 2014.
Entrepreneurs and event organizers take the
stage at Redd West during Pitch Latinx, a 2022 grant recipient. Photo credit: Juan Barraza
Indigenous Leadership Awards distributed since 2001.
2022 awardees Spring Alaska Schreiner, Michelle Week, and Paul Lumley posed with Antone Minthorn (second from left). Julie Kitka, who was also one of the awardees, participated virtually from Alaska. Photo credit: Kari Rowe
businesses supported yearly from 2019-2021.
Sofia Baum, former Anahuac Capital Campaign Manager. Photo courtesy of CAPACES Leadership Institute
Collaboration (with Ecotrust) has been really insightful, grounding, and joyful!
—Sofia Baum, former Anahuac staff member and Capital Campaign Manager
participants each year who completed training, leadership, or business development programs from 2019-2021
Farm to Early Care and Education Advisory Committee members, l to r: Roberta Recken, Alisha Howard, Gabriela Bizari, and Guadalupe Yundt . Photo credit: Jason Hill
grant dollars awarded to Ecotrust for collaborative projects focused on equitable, climate-smart land and water stewardship since 2019
Photo credit: Sean Guiterrez
Ecotrust’s work around linking the carbon dynamics of the forest with wood product procurement has been invaluable to the architectural design community.
—Jacob Dunn & Christian Schoewe, ZGF Architects
Measuring equitable outcomes
In order to better quantify and track impact across our various programs and projects, in 2019 we developed a set of key indicators to measure various outcomes and chart our shared progress towards our vision and goals. We have also committed to apply a set of Equitable Evaluation principles in measuring outcomes. This includes using an equity framework for all new evaluation projects, as well as inviting input from affected parties throughout various stages of an evaluation, from design to meaning-making.
Our goal is to more faithfully reflect our and our partners’ progress toward the world we seek to co-create and inhabit, and to share this information with our community with clarity and specificity.
In 2017, we published our first Equity Progress Report. We are committed to centering racial equity in our partnerships and projects, and within our organization. This ongoing work is described in detail at Equity at Ecotrust.
In 2020 and 2021, we released Indicators Reports that measured organization-wide outputs according to seven indicators: Acres, Audiences, Businesses, Inclusion, Jobs, Partners, and Trainees.
With the implementation of the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, the indicators for our work are shifting and a new framework is in development.
Bringing together evaluation metrics around programmatic performance and progress toward building a more equitable organization, we continue to share stories of impact in our Annual Report. Read our 2022 Annual Report.