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Chops Inc

Minneapolis, MN   |  https://www.chopsinc.org/

Mission

Chops is a nonprofit on a mission to improve lives through music education and performing arts. We offer year-round music performance and educational programs, including steel-drum bands, after-school drumlines, summer music camps, and artistic residencies. We also support Minnesota performing arts through fiscal sponsorship, providing technical expertise to help community-based performing groups reach their full potential. We believe every person has a right to a well-rounded education that includes the arts and the benefits they bring. Our values drive our work: integrity, excellence, personal development, community, and entertainment are at the core of our programs, our mission, and our people.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Megan O'Leary

Board CHair

Stephen Podobinski

Main address

PO Box 16701

Minneapolis, MN 55416 USA

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EIN

41-1832890

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Pan Outreach

Our Pan Outreach program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Pan Outreach brings a classroom of steel drums (pans) to urban, Title I schools and provides free artist-in-residency programs to disadvantaged youth. Our free summer Pan Outreach Camp gives students another opportunity to continue learning to play these beautiful instruments.

We have a long waiting list for this popular program, in which teaching artists travel from school to school, setting up 10 lead pans, 5 double seconds, 4 cello pans, and 3 bass pans. Our staff work with host teachers to help K-12 students prepare and perform on pans over the course of a 4- to 9-week residency. Each residency builds towards a teaching assembly of 200+ participants. Students are also invited to our free summer camp.

Pan Outreach provides cross-curriculum lessons in history, science and culture. Pans (steel drums) are native to Trinidad & Tobago. https://www.panoutreach.org/

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
People of African descent
Low-income people

Where we work

Awards

Grants for Arts Projects Funding 2023

National Endowment for the Arts

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Chops Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephen Podobinski

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/19/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.