Echo, Inc.

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For nearly four decades, ECHO has been equipping and empowering hungry families with knowledge and the life-giving grace of God. We've impacted millions of lives by teaching small-scale, sustainable farming methods so families can provide for themselves and their communities. By tackling hunger at the source, we're growing hope from the ground up.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Echo, Inc.
17391 Durrance Rd.
North Fort Myers, FL 33917


Phone: (239) 543-3246

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 237275283

CEO/President: Dr. Abram Bicksler

Chairman: Doug Carlson

Board size: 11

Founder: Mr. Richard Dugger

Ruling year: 1973

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1994


We Equip: Self-sustainable hunger solutions for small-scale farmers.

We are Global: Hands-on training around the world with global resources and guidance available through online community.

We give Hope: Through sustainable farming methods, we are demonstrating the Gospel in Word and seed.

Mission statement

Empty bellies and empty hearts lead to pain and suffering for individuals, families, and communities across the world. We believe that as active participants in the Great Commission and stewards of great agricultural knowledge, it is our duty to grow and make disciples.

Statement of faith

Each staff member at ECHO is asked to sign ECHO's Statement of Faith or The Apostles Creed. ECHO does not require those who use our services to ascribe to this Statement of Faith


- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only reliable, authoritative Word of God.

- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

- We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His present rule as Head of the Church.

- We believe in the salvation through God's grace of all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ alone.

- We believe in the indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit, by which the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

- We believe in the future personal return of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of both the repentant and unrepentant who will be judged by Jesus with justice and mercy; for those who are repentant unto the resurrection of eternal life and those who are unrepentant unto eternal condemnation.

- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ with equality across racial, gender and class differences.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating765 of 111058 of 88
Fund acquisition rating438 of 111139 of 88
Resource allocation rating562 of 111144 of 88
Asset utilization rating1034 of 111082 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$233,060$396,349$212,682$212,787$237,159
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,578,203$3,495,457$2,831,162$790,004$908,211
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,661,780$3,128,759$3,163,252$3,295,728$3,013,058
Other long-term assets$1,130,834$1,320,629$911,731$794,491$901,789
Total long-term assets$4,792,614$4,449,388$4,074,983$4,090,219$3,914,847
Total assets$8,370,817$7,944,845$6,906,145$4,880,223$4,823,058
Payables and accrued expenses$191,195$121,140$245,488$256,601$204,778
Other current liabilities$1,171$1,955$1,043$1,220$0
Total current liabilities$192,366$123,095$246,531$257,821$204,778
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$598,234$449,043$479,307$515,339$501,165
Total long-term liabilities$598,234$449,043$479,307$515,339$501,165
Total liabilities$790,600$572,138$725,838$773,160$705,943
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$6,621,993$6,364,451$5,424,284$3,482,603$3,666,570
With donor restrictions$958,224$1,008,256$756,023$624,460$450,545
Net assets$7,580,217$7,372,707$6,180,307$4,107,063$4,117,115
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Total contributions$4,467,209$4,849,888$4,691,721$3,957,584$3,507,996
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$51,500$101,926$80,269$36,624$73,291
Other revenue$624,236$517,309$810,931$610,069$518,278
Total other revenue$675,736$619,235$891,200$646,693$591,569
Total revenue$5,142,945$5,469,123$5,582,921$4,604,277$4,099,565
Program services$4,071,871$3,490,836$3,120,714$3,679,089$3,432,219
Management and general$445,390$375,784$365,385$471,327$511,103
Total expenses$4,743,101$4,097,262$3,696,258$4,427,250$4,202,155
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$399,844$1,371,861$1,886,663$177,027($102,590)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$399,844$1,371,861$1,886,663$177,027($102,590)


Timothy AlbrightFormer COO$157,845
Abram BickslerPresident & CEO$126,161
David EricksonFormer President & CEO$102,074

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2023

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/26/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In the early 1970's Indiana businessman Richard Dugger led a group of high school students on a visit to Haiti and was deeply moved by the plight of people that he met. His eyes were opened to the level of poverty that existed and still exists in our world today. He and others made personal commitments to share their time and resources, they prayed and dreamed of ways to help meet the needs that they had seen. Other Christian laymen and clergy from Indiana and Florida caught the dream, and ECHO (Educational Concerns for Haiti Organization) was born. Until 1981, ECHO worked on various projects in Haiti.

ECHO's role in international agricultural development was more clearly defined with the arrival of Former Executive Director, Dr. Martin Price, in June of 1981. The work in Haiti was closed, and all of ECHO's resources were directed towards strengthening the work of other organizations. Under his direction ECHO has become an ever growing pipeline for sharing information, ideas, techniques, methods, plants, books, materials, solutions ... whatever has potential to ease world hunger. ECHO's primary functions are providing agricultural information to overseas workers, distributing seeds for promising food plants, and offering training opportunities at the Florida farm. ECHO's role and purpose as conceived in the early 1980's endures today, and as a result, ECHO's "history" is mostly a story of the expanding ministry.

The first issue of ECHO's highly regarded ECHO Development Notes (EDN) was published in 1982 and mailed to 36 interested individuals.

During 1987 the office activities moved from a room in the lower level of the A-frame dormitory to a large rented office trailer, but by 1991 the "spacious" office trailer was badly crowded. ECHO purchased a 7 1/2 acre adjoining farm to provide housing and expansion space and the A-frame was remodeled to provide additional office space.

In 1998, a generous gift made it possible for ECHO to construct two large buildings, a visitor center and a technical resource building. The addition of these beautiful buildings has allowed for an expanded bookstore, tour reception area, and an expanded library as well as room for the office staff and volunteers.

In 2001, ECHO received a grant to develop the Global Farm and Research Center in which six separate areas of tropical climates are simulated. Each of the six agricultural interns takes care of his or her own climate zone. Currently featured on the farm are the tropical lowlands, tropical highlands, monsoon, semi-arid, rainforest clearing, community garden, appropriate technology and urban garden. The global farm is not only a hands on training ground for those searching for help in tropical agriculture, but also an educational tool to make the public aware of hunger related issues and the answers there are to alleviate malnutrition and starvation.

In 2009, ECHO Opened the first Regional Impact Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Drawing from strong leadership in the region, this pioneer effort led the way for future impact centers around the world.

2010s to Present
In 2011, ECHO launched, the online collaborative membership community of ECHO. connects over 16,000 small-scale farmers, and those working to eliminate world hunger, with essential resources, and each other. These resources include a vast knowledge base of practical information, experienced technical support and an extensive seed bank focused on highly beneficial underutilized plants. In 2017, a forum called "Conversations" was added to to create an easier way for users to connect not only with ECHO but with each other. Before ECHOcommunity and the internet, a coffee grower in the highlands of Guatemala had no means to share methods of combating leaf rust with a farmer in Ethiopia, a land of similar environment, or with ECHO headquarters in Fort Myers. Now, that grower can post their discovery on the online forum where everyone can learn.

ECHO opened the East Africa and West Africa Impact Centers in 2012 and 2014, respectively. These connecting hubs allow ECHO's training and research to reach more small-scale farmers than ever before.

Nearly every aspect of ECHO's ministry has experienced substantial growth. More than 800 volunteers give over 75,000 hours of work yearly. We now have eight interns who reside, work and receive training for 14 months on the farm followed by an optional six month extension with one of our Impact Centers. More than 10,000 visitors tour our demonstration farm each year and agricultural development workers from around the world spend from a few days to a few months at ECHO where they use the library, attend seminars and conferences, and work alongside the interns in their projects for practical, hands-on experience.

In more than 40 years of existence ECHO has matured from an idea into global network of hope! Today, ECHO reaches millions of small-scale farmers in more than 190 countries. ECHO Development Notes are still in circulation and questions are answered daily. Knowledge is shared, livelihoods are transformed, and hope is found.

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