About Grow Some Good

Our History

Our program was created in 2008 under South Maui Sustainability’s School Garden Committee to support gardens created at Kihei Elementary, Lokelani Intermediate School and Kamali’i Elementary. Members of South Maui Sustainability felt that working in schools was reaching our future generations to instill much needed knowledge about sustainability, our environment and nutrition. Since its inception, the program has expanded its outreach  from one teacher at Kihei Elementary and three small raised beds to 11 schools and more than 4,000 students participating in outdoor learning programs every month. Read more of our organizational history.

Board of Directors

Rosa McAllister –Board of Directors President

Co-founder and Organizational Advisor of Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

Lehn Huff – Board of Directors Vice President

Director, Maui School Garden Network

Judy Locke – Board of Directors Secretary

Retired Teacher, Hawaii State Department of Education

Kirk Surry – Director Emeritus

Co-Founder of Grow Some Good

Content Strategist, Parallel Interactive


Kathy Becklin – Founding Member, Board of Directors Treasurer

Co-Founder of Grow Some Good

Executive Director, Grow Some Good; REALTOR Broker with Keller Williams Realty Maui


Grow Some Good Organization Documents and Financials


Grow Some Good FY 2017-18 Income/Expense Distribution Charts

Income Distribution

The chart shows distribution of the income to Grow Some Good from August 2017 to date. The overall budget was $234,100 which we have exceeded by a small amount. Program income is from schools with a vendor agreement and for services performed in concert with Maui School Garden Network. We have a good mix of income sources.

Expense Distribution

The expenses and distribution reflect the small and newer organization. For FY 2017-18, we had 8 part time employees who were all covered by health benefits which is a large piece of our overall expenses. We have allocated administrative and benefits across our employee base. Three of the five garden coordinators also have a position as a PTT (17 hrs/wk) with a school and the board elected to cover medical benefits as long as they are working as a school garden coordinator in excess of 30 hours/week. Although we look at the PTT hours as our “program work” they are not included in our income/expenses and make our distribution to program appear lower than it actually is.

Grow Some Good Programs

We currently only have a single program to support 11 school gardens. The chart shows how hours and expenses are allocated to the curriculum development and program management, maintenance of the gardens and garden education. We have one after school program at Kihei Elementary where we share staff costs with the YMCA.

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IRS Determination Letter

Our fiscal year starts in August.

Fiscal Year 2016-17 IRS Form 990

Fiscal Year 2015-16 IRS Form 990 (partial year)

2008-2015 we were under Fiscal Sponsor Tri-Isle RC&D


Grow Some Good is lucky to have an excellent staff of highly qualified, knowledgeable individuals who bring a wealth of experience in agriculture and working with young people. They have degrees in Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Education, Sociology, Psychology, Computer Science, Communications, and Non-Profit Management. Employees include six Garden Coordinators, a Development Director, and an Executive Director. All positions are currently part-time.

Read more about our staff.

Employment Opportunities

Position: Executive Director

Start Date: January 2019

Looking for a dynamic addition to our ‘ohana!  Grow Some Good is an innovative organization entering our 10th year of service to local schools, keiki (children), families and the larger community on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii!  We are at another tremendous new chapter of growth and need the assistance of someone to help lead us into the future.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Grow Some Goodʻs staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.  S/he will bring a passion for education, agriculture, community service, and sustainability and will develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.  This position will start out as a contract employee (i.e. part-time) with an opportunity to grow their job to full-time status.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, and funding.


Leadership & Management: 

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, strong program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; on-time delivery of key objectives, with recommended timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Actively engage and energize GSG volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Develop, maintain, and support the Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio on committees, work closely with board on strategic direction, fundraising, and activities.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain GSG’s existing staff and expand as necessary to meet organizational goals. Inspire staff and optimize their skills and experiences.
  • Ensure effective systems to track finances, human resources, grant administration, and evaluation of programs, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Work effectively with the Board Treasurer and Finance Staff (or consultants) to monitor the ongoing finances of the organization.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Working with the Development Director, expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to exceptional relations with volunteers and funders.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new growth and partnership opportunities.

Planning & New Business:

  • Implement the board-approved strategic plan for organizational development, program support and expansion.
  • Build new partnerships, establishing relationships with funders, and educational, political, and community leaders.
  • Publish and communicate program results with an emphasis on success.
  • Support the state-run Farm To School Hui to share Grow Some Goodʻs activities and leverage Hawaii connections.


The ED must be thoroughly committed to Grow Some Good’s mission– to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening local agriculture and improving access to nutritious, affordable food All candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management experience, as well as experience in non-profit management.  Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree (B.A. minimally) with at least 5 years of non-profit management experience; track record of effectively leading a non-profit organization or unit, preferably with an emphasis on education, social, or environmental outcomes; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and led strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Desirable: advanced degree in education, agriculture, nutrition, or sustainability
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage, develop and inspire teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; an inspiring communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible, and innovative approach to business planning; ability to deliver projects on time
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse groups of people and personalities
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, and commitment to the mission of Grow Some Good
  • Computer proficiency and confidence with Google, Microsoft Office, including spreadsheets, web tools, and other standard office suite and basic social media tools.

To apply, please send a cover letter along with your resume to: apply@GrowSomeGood.org

**Grow Some Good is unable to pay any relocation expenses.

See Employment Opportunities here.