Friends of Fort Gorges

Restoration Preservation Stewardship

Portland, ME   |  www.friendsoffortgorges.org

Mission

Friends Of Fort Gorges is committed to the restoration and preservation of Fort Gorges and ensuring access to facilitate its educational and cultural potential. We believe in partnering with our community to fulfill this vision.

Notes from the nonprofit

We welcome all inquiries into our mission and operations and we are actively seeking partnerships to enrich all members of our community.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mr. Paul Drinan

Vice President

Aaron Frederick

Main address

POB 511

Portland, ME 04112 USA

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EIN

01-0534328

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently, one of our biggest hurdles is property owner buy-in. Once stronger buy-in is achieved, we'll be better positioned to increase our capacity and create economic sustainability.

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?

Historic Fort Tours

Guided historic tours are now available with narrative created by professional historians. Please see our website or email [email protected] to book your private or group tour.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Each year Friends of Fort Gorges facilitates public art at Fort Gorges. Please contact us for more information or to submit a proposal.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Classroom and on site experiences are available to all. We will work within your budget and educational guidelines to suit your needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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 paid participants on field trips

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

Historic Fort Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 was our biggest year to date with approximately 200 paid participants. 2020 was down due to COVID.

Number of free participants on field trips

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

Historic Fort Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 saw approximately 100 total free participants.

Number of professional artists employed

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

Seasonal Public Art

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021 we employed 14 artists.

Total number of fields trips

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

Historic Fort Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 saw approximately 160 total field trips.

Number of diversity training courses conducted

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

Education

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average dollar price of tickets for guided tours

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

Historic Fort Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The overall goal is our organization is summed up by our mission statement and tagline and we are succeeding achieve these goals. Our Preservation Plan will be used as a road map for the necessary fundraising and planning for the critical stabilzation portion of the project.

The current strategy for our organization, as approved by our board, consists of a five-year fundraising campaign to begin in 2020. To achieve this goal, we have enlisted to help of a professional fundraiser and a renowned engineer who specializes in historic preservation. The proposed timeline for this work is June 2020 through December 2025.

The qualifications of our board and preservation team speak for themselves. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information about our team. As for the fundraising aspect of this plan, our board president is a highly qualified and well known fundraiser who is personally responsible for raising millions of dollars.

Progress to date includes an entire organizational restructuring, initial community engagement campaigns, the completion of a new brand identity, community partnerships, and securing our IRS letter of determination. Due to the steady growth of our organization, in 2020 we were required to file our first 990-EZ. Our Preservation Plan team has already begun working on their respective projects and we are currently engaging local organization and corporation for volunteer work days.
Since 2016, we've fulfilled our commitment to the community and our donors by increasing access, education, and cultural opportunities at Fort Gorges.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email, Social media,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on audience and stakeholder feedback, the Friends recently voted to oppose the commercial development of Fort Gorges.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • 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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Friends of Fort Gorges

Board of directors
as of 12/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Roger Berle

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Mr. Aaron Frederick

AJF Consulting

Term: 2019 - 2022

Roger Berle

David Platt

Joel Eastman

Aaron Frederick

Steve Russell

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 ? 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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