Impact & Accountability

Measuring our impact

Six snapshots of our impact

Here is a snapshot of our contributions to an equitable, prosperous, climate-smart future via six key “indicators.” Since 2019, we have measured indicators across our projects to quantify and track our progress towards our vision and goals. You can explore this data in detail in our most recent Indicators Report and read below about our efforts to evolve our measurement practices to include more meaningful indicators of equity, justice, resilience, and well-being. 


acres impacted by supporting land and water managers in 2020.

Talia Davis and Shawaan Gamble-Jackson, members of the Keex’ Kwaan Community Forest Partnership 2021 field crew, collect survey data. Photo credit: Willow Jackson

The land and water managers we supported in 2020 included tribes, public agencies, and private non-industrial landowners. The supports we provided included technical assistance, planning support, digital tools, field training, and other services. Learn more about the project listed above:

Swinomish Forest Bank

Agriculture of the middle (AOTM)

Keex’ Kwaan Community Partnership

Forest Planner


trainees introduced to stewardship-related fields in 2021.

Green Workforce Academy participants during a field training with Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and the Blueprint Foundation. Photo credit: Michelle Pearl Gee

In 2021, people connected to stewardship-related fields through the Green Workforce Academy, the Viviane Barnett Fellowship for Food System Leaders, Indigenous Forestry Mentorship Program, Farm to School, Farm to Early Care and Education, systemic barriers to land access curriculum development with American Farmland Trust, Southeast Alaska mariculture training, and Indigenous fellowships. With the exception of our Indigenous fellowships, all programs were offered by collaboratives of Ecotrust and partners. Across the eight programs, 54 percent of trainees identified as Black, Indigenous, and/or members of other communities of color.


businesses supported in 2021.

David van Overeem is the owner and creator of HAB Sauce, a participating business of the Institutional Purchasing Pathways program. Photo credit: FLI Social

Ecotrust supports businesses in a variety of ways, including short-term space (184 businesses) and long-term physical space and storage (7 businesses); temporary physical space for events (not counted in 2021); technical assistance (81 businesses); software development/IT support (90 businesses); and low-cost capital (16 businesses).

Black-, Indigenous-, and people of color- (BIPOC) owned businesses made up 30 percent of businesses we supported in 2020, and 27 percent of the businesses we supported in 2020 were woman-owned.


jobs supported in 2020.

Yolimar Rivera Vázquez, Food Equity Manager, speaks with Cameron Green, co-owner of Willow Brook Farm and participant of Ag of the Middle Accelerator. Photo credit: Roland Dahwen

This indicator focuses on our efforts to create and support jobs and livelihoods in partnership with businesses and enterprises. We measured further by partnerships with Black-, Indigenous-, people of color-, and women-owned businesses. Data for this indicator category came from Ecotrust CDE, which organizes New Markets Tax Credit investments; the Redd on Salmon Street; and our Food Systems program.


events hosted in 2021

Chef Gregory Gourdet (back row, second from left) and some of the team members who were part of the Kann Winter Village, held winter 2020 through spring 2021 at the Redd on Salmon Street. Photo credit: Carly Diaz


partners across 50 unique projects—both individuals and organizations (2021)

Lucy De León, manager of Tortillería y Tienda De León, and Angela Hedstrom, our Farm to School Coordinator, at the William Walker Elementary cafeteria during a tamale lunch. Photo credit: Shawn Linehan

Measuring equitable outcomes

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

As our work evolves, we are also evolving our measurement methods and practices to include more meaningful indicators of equity, justice, resilience, and well-being. 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.

Explore more impact indicators and the data behind them in our 2020 Indicators Report.

Learn the history and current progress of our organization’s work to center equity.