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Highlands Current Inc.

Reader-Supported News for Philipstown and Beacon

aka Highlands Current Inc.   |   Cold Spring, NY   |  https://highlandscurrent.org

Mission

Our mission is to be a trusted independent and nonpartisan source of information on topics of importance to our Hudson Highlands communities. Through both our print edition, The Highlands Current, and our website, HighlandsCurrent.org, we seek to provide a vital forum for wide-ranging views and to reflect the diverse interests, concerns and experiences of our readers.

Ruling year info

2015

Chairperson

Christine Bockelmann

Vice Chair

Joseph Plummer

Main address

142 Main St

Cold Spring, NY 10516 USA

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Formerly known as

Philipstown.Info Inc.

EIN

45-4403312

NTEE code info

Printing, Publishing (A33)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many local communities in the U.S. do not have a quality local news source to provide coverage of issues that hit close to home.

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?

The Highlands Current

News and arts coverage for Beacon and Philipstown

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Thomas G. Butson Award for In-Depth Reporting 2020

New York Press Association

General Excellence 2020

National Newspaper Association

Investigative Report 2019

Local Independent Online News (LION)

First Amendment Award (Finalist) 2019

News Leaders Association

Local News Reporting (Finalist) 2019

Society of Professional Journalists, NYC chapter

Environmental Coverage 2018

New York Press Association

Thomas G. Butson Award for In-Depth Reporting 2017

New York Press Association

Affiliations & memberships

The Trust Project 2020

Institute for Nonprofit News 2015

New York Press Association 2013

National Newspaper Association 2016

New York News Publishers Association 2017

Local Independent Online News (LION) 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of periodicals distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

The Highlands Current

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of newspapers we print each week.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Highlands Current

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of Facebook "likes" we have received from readers.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Highlands Current

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total amount of contributions we have received each year.

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Highlands Current

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of people who subscribed to our email to receive links to our latest stories posted online.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We provide quality journalism about the communities of Beacon, Cold Spring, Garrison, Nelsonville and Philipstown free of charge to residents, both in print and online.

We solicit donations from the community to pay for our civics and arts reporting but make the product free so that it benefits everyone, regardless of income or ability to provide financial support.

We have established a dedicated readership that values the reporting provided by the newspaper and website and offers continuing support. We have a staff of four employees and multiple freelancers who cover a city, a village, a hamlet and a town.

We have increased our print run to meet demand and also have seen our website traffic and Facebook likes climb as we are "discovered" in the community. We also have seen our advertising revenue and donations grow.

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 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 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Highlands Current Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Christine Bockelmann

Highlands Current Inc.


Board co-chair

Joseph Plummer

Highlands Current Inc.

Damon Banks

Nicholas Groombridge

Bevis Longstreth

Gwendolyn Bounds

Mel Laytner

Kyle Good

Robert Lanier

Susan Brune

David Duffy

Joseph Plummer

Michelle Rivas

Christine Bockelmann

Todd Haskell

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/17/2022

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/22/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.