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Make sure and check out our Farm Fresh Media Organization for other great informational content we produce here at GTKYF Foundation Inc:

Farm Fresh Media Org

And for more articles from our founder, Ethan The Farmer make sure to visit and follow www.EthanTheFarmer.com site. As well as the programs like “Farmers Thoughts” and “Sermons from the HomeStead”.

Ethan The Farmer

Your Generous Donations are what makes all of this and a whole lot more possible. Please consider donating TODAY! DONATE HERE

Our Organization Presentation:

Here is our brand new Slide Presentation Overview of our organization:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSiovXcNVjZAlON-t3h8l_sl9V8iZjFD85p7ekqUEL8FntKRcF8AeFmCKD_NfuTj_1jCsqFdQ5BMC2Z/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=15000

GTKYF Financial Update November 2018

OK, so its that time again to talk about where we are as an overall organization with the finances. As with any NGO or Non Profit that strives to “put their money where their mouth is” there is always more need than resources.

But we do have very good news and some not so good news. Which do you want first? (remember playing that as a child?) Anyway, since the good news excites me and makes a huge difference as to where we are at, I’ll share it first.

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With your awesome help (and a few budget / program cuts) as of November 1st 2018 our monthly operating budget was $9000 in the RED. While that’s not good, it is a huge dent and difference in where we go and what our options are.  We were $34,000 in the red on October 1st, 2018.  What a huge difference this makes,thank you

THIS DOESN’T MEAN WE DON”T NEED YOUR HELP THIS MONTH!

Our adjusted budget for November and December 2018 combined is $45,000. That does not include paying off the remaining $9000 we are still running a deficit on. Nor our long term debt of $130,000 or the debt from the Rock Bottom Farms Group which stands at $11,000 currently. (This does not include the costs of rehab and getting the facility open).

In October our “program revenues” rose to 68% of the monies brought in. That means that the programs generated through what people pay, (like the STEP GROUP cost of services), 68% of the total monies brought in October 2018. Our goal is to get this number to 80%, (or more!). The remaining money brought in was donations, sponsorships, or gifts in kind. We believe one of the keys to being sustainable as an organization is to have the STEP Group supporting the other aspects of the organization with 80% of the overall revenue organization wide coming from there.

Now, for the bad news. The progress and work on the Rock Bottom Farms Program is currently at a standstill until we can pay down the debt that we have incurred via this program.  Our desire to have it up and running this fall, be it on a limited scale will not be happening. As well as we have help off on several tech upgrades, and a new roof for the “Demonstration Tiny House”. The Demonstration Tiny House is not able to be used on the road as we do not have the insurance necessary to make it road legal. That insurance is aprox $1000 a month by it self.

If any of you ever have a question or would like information on our budget and what we do with the money, please ask. We are an open book, and will provide the information freely. We are also happy to explain any or the adjustments, cost over runs, and other aspects of our organization to anyone wanting to know.  Thank You.

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Thanks Giving Day 2018

Hey there,

Ethan the Farmer here,

Just wanted to say HAPPY THANKSGIVING from all of us here at GTKYF FOUNDATION INC and our many programs!

Treasure the time and memories made with your family during this a day dedicated to giving thanks.

Please consider DONATING TODAY

 

 

Here is a special message from our founder for Thanks Giving 2018

A special message with food for thought, from Ethan The Farmer


What We are thankful for:

With Thanks Giving Day 2018 fast upon us tomorrow, we would like to reflect on some of the keys things we are thankful for  over the last year as an organization.

During 2018 we had our ups and our downs, but over all we have a lot to be grateful for. Including :

  • First and foremost:
    • We are forever grateful for all of our supporters, volunteers, crew members, program managers, and yes even our program participants / members. Without each of you doing your key part, NONE of this would be possible! So, from the bottom of our hearts, a great big THANK YOU

    • We are thankful for the financial and other donated resources that have enabled us to keep going. Be it at times it looked pretty bleak. We made it! And are closing in on another year in the books. At one point our monthly budget organization wide was $34,000 in the RED! Right now we are somewhere around $5000 to $8000 in the for our monthly budget, year to date. That is Organization wide and does not include our “Long Term Debt” of aprox $130,000 and our Rock Bottom Farms Debt of  Approximately $11,000. (That does not include the costs of rehab or getting the facility up and running) We Are EXTREMELY GRATEFUL that we have been able to keep it all going and have plans to continue. THANK YOU
    • We are thankful for the opportunity to be active participants in addressing the many issues with our farms, food, families, and freedom. Those of us who live breath and even bleed for this cause are eternally grateful and humbled to be in a position that this organization is moving forward. We have a opportunity through the many programs and great peoples support to be the “catalyst for change” in this country and beyond.

 

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What is giving back?

We here at GTKYF Foundation Inc strive to explore and understand things related to farms, food, families, and freedom. That we so deeply care about and how they directly effect our mission in relation.

That being said we would like you to read and think about this article written by those involved in our mission.

Our article on “What Is Giving Back?”


During this holiday season as the needs for our programs and services are great and the resources are few. We would ask you to consider donating to help us in this continued effort to take back our farms, food, families, and freedom.

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“When I die, I want the check to the undertaker to bounce. I want to have given it all away”

-Ethan The Farmer, Founder GTKYF Foundation Inc
Join us in being the change and take the “Big Give Challenge” TODAY!

Why the STEP GROUP?

It’s certainly not a household name, but the STEP GROUP is reinventing business in Lancaster County Pennsylvania and around the United States.

We’ve all heard some version of this before – how big corporate businesses are squeezing out the small family-run shops, and making markets both more orderly and more sterile places.

We also know, most of us, that you end up paying a lot when you call the “big guys” who have put massive funds into shiny new trucks, tools and HR departments. When you get assistance from a corporate service, prices go up. There’s a lot less ability to negotiate or interact with human beings to make customized deals. At the STEP GROUP we not only provide the services, But we provide “service with a heart”

That’s part of what’s at the heart of our STEP Group, and our set of businesses, including Plain and Simple llc, Eastern PA Handyman, America’s Painting Experts, Farm Fresh Media Marketing, and Lancaster Deck Pros. We provide a place to get real help, at good prices, without a lot of extra nonsense. All while showing compassion and understanding to our neighbors in need.

We’ve also heard a lot, on TV and on the street, about the need to employ our nation’s veterans, and socially economically challenged. They come back from war with crippling physical ailments, disabilities and mental health needs. Too often, they have a hard time getting a job in the corporate job market. But who’s there to help them? We here at the STEP GROUP are!

If you look behind the curtain, you can see that the effort to help employ veterans and the corporatization of our job market are going in opposite directions.

The small businesses that are trying to make genuine efforts to hire veterans are squeezed out by the corporate businesses that may claim to adopt veteran-friendly policies, but really only care about the most efficient way to the all mighty dollar. Employing veterans over other candidates is not an efficient form of business – instead, it’s a form of business focused on equality, justice and a helping hand. Don’t be fooled into thinking that corporate businesses are going to embrace this model; we know from any casual reading of economics that maximum profit is the unbreakable rule at these companies – and they’re not going to throw it over for anything!

At our STEP Group, we take the idea of actually employing veterans and others who need to develop a career, not just work a dead-end job. We take on new people and help them develop the skills they need to survive in a tough economy.

The people at the top may say the economy is going great – but just because the Dow Jones is above a certain number doesn’t mean the rest of us are doing well on Main Street. Things are tough – and one thing that’s tough is to get a job without specialized skills. We bring new people in the door and help them to develop through apprenticeships, and on the job training that maximize value to the customer, while also giving less experienced workers a hand climbing the ladder.

To be clear, they’re not climbing the ladder towards corporate domination. They’re building skills that will allow them to, in turn, go out and develop their own businesses and compete with the corporate system that really doesn’t care at all about you or your community. The skills necessary to build strong foundations for strong vibrant inclusive communities.

With our STEP Group, we connect directly with people who want value for home improvement, and other services we offer. They don’t want a big corporate company to come in with million-dollar vehicles and all the best equipment, knock the job out in two hours, and charge them 300% of what they could’ve gotten from a small shop.

Most property owners want a couple of guys to come out and get the work done right, without a lot of bells and whistles, and pay a fair price for the project. The average American doesn’t have thousands of dollars to throw around improving their homes and properties. They want affordability. With an emphasis on a “Job done right”.

By bridging that gap – by creating less corporate businesses that are professional and well qualified to handle home-improvement projects, and other services we’re giving the customers what they need as well. It’s a win-win for everyone, and the community as a whole. You’ll find that in these corners of the home improvement market, good things are happening. The free market is rewarding human connections and local business deals, and punishing companies that think they need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on overhead and then pass those costs along to the customer.

So how are we doing with the STEP Group? Business is booming – we need new people on board. Take a look to see more about how we foster skill set creation and learning at the STEP Group, and what we can do for you!

Link to the STEP Group

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