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Chewonki Foundation Inc

aka Chewonki   |   Wiscasset, ME   |  http://www.chewonki.org

Mission

Chewonki inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges people to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives

Ruling year info

1964

Acting President

Rev. Nancy Kennedy

Main address

485 Chewonki Neck Rd

Wiscasset, ME 04578 USA

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EIN

01-0269460

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Chewonki Camp for Boys

Chewonki Camp for Boys challenges participants both physically and intellectually with activities that build self confidence, a sense of community, and a greater awareness of the inter-relatedness of the world around us.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Hiking, canoeing, kayaking and sailing trips are offered for boys and girls ages 13-18

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Camp Chewonki for Girls offers 10-day and 3-week residential camp on our 400 acre coastal property in Wiscasset, ME. Trips included in these programs introduce outdoor cooking skills, campsite selection and setting up, reading weather, route finding, equipment care, canoeing, kayaking, and Leave No Trace principles.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Accredited semester program for qualified high school juniors

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Our traveling lessons in natural history began 20 years ago, and we are now guest educators to more than 20,000 students and adults each year. Live animals and myriad teaching tools, such as a whale skeleton or a container full of biodiesel, help participants learn important lessons about the natural world and the conservation of life and resources on Earth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Academics
Retired people

Chewonki's Outdoor Classroom for Schools is an environmental education program that offers day trip, overnight trip, and wilderness trip programs for school groups in Maine and New England. Compassion for one another, building self-confidence, and stewardship for the natural world are the core goals of this program.

The Outdoor Classroom program offers environmental education with a difference.
Our unique environmental education programs offer students and teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature, ecology, team building and challenge, while also having fun and learning. Programs are designed to enhance classroom curriculum and meet the specific needs of each particular group.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Green Choice Awards -- First Place 2009

Great Nonprofits

Green Champion Award 2009

Clean Air, Cool Planet

Outstanding Leadership in Sustainability Education 2012

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine

NEASC accreditation 1986

New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Accreditation

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Independent Schools - Full Member 1993

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To teach appreciation and stewardship of the natural world and environment
To enable people to learn the skills that will help them build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives
To inspire transformative growth

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Chewonki Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/20/2024
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Board chair

Ms. Roseanne Saalfield

Jeffrey Eberle

Kevin Connors

Roseanne Saalfield

M. T. Charkie Quarcoo

Michael Fleisher

Jay Gudebski

Richard Krantz

Bailey McCallum

Karen Scheu

Laura Appell-Warren

Kyo Bannai

Edgard Membreño

Elizabeth Mygatt

Dan Townley

Jeffrey Desjarlais

André Heard

Randy Jack

Alison Carnduff

Gerritt Lansing

Marion Howard

Scott Beebe

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes