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Shelburne Farms

Educating for a Sustainable Future

Shelburne, VT   |  http://www.shelburnefarms.org

Mission

Shelburne Farms is an education nonprofit on a mission to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future through its programs, place, and products. We offer transformative learning experiences to help educators, students, overnight guests, and visitors create a more thriving world. Home to the Institute for Sustainable Schools, our historic campus is a 1,400-acre diversified farm located on the homelands of the Winooskik band of the Abenaki.

Ruling year info

1973

President

Alec Webb

Vice President and Program Director

Megan Camp

Main address

1611 Harbor Rd

Shelburne, VT 05482 USA

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EIN

03-0229347

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We care about the sustainability and quality of life on earth. We care about young people having hope for the future. We believe that sustainability is grounded in individual awareness and action in our own communities, and our work is specifically focused on youth and educators. Our vision is for a just world rooted in stewardship and community.

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?

Education and Public Programs

Education (including professional development), Public Programs, and Special Projects

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 mission of Shelburne Farms is to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future.

Our mission envisions Shelburne Farms as a beautiful place and living/working campus that serves as a source of inspiration for a sustainable future. At the same time, the Farm’s focus on cultivating learning extends around the world through a growing network of educators for sustainability, drawing on the unique resources of their own special places, neighborhoods, and communities.

The goal is for everyone to have access to a continuum of life-long learning activities that connect people of all ages with the land and engage them in exploring, understanding, and embracing their roles as catalysts for shaping a better world.

The vision of a healthy and just world grounded in stewardship and community is what guides all our land use practices and program development at Shelburne Farms.

Education is Shelburne Farms' core strategy.

1. We offer learning experiences that inspire young people to make informed decisions to build a sustainable society in the 21st century.
2. We steward and share our working landscape and historic property in ways that are environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable, using it as a campus for learning.
3. We collaborate with educators, schools, and other partners to learn from each other so that we can transform education and extend our collective impact around the world.

A third of ours $10 million dollar annual budget is raised through charitable support, gifts and grants from more than 4,000 donors. The balance is generated through farm-based enterprises that include: a grass-based dairy and farmstead cheese-making operation, an organic market garden, maple sugaring and sustainable lumber production, a seasonal inn and farm-to-table restaurant, and special events. All of these enterprises also provide food, lodging and classroom space for our educational programs and community partners.

As a result of Shelburne Farms and our partners' work, the Greater Burlington area was officially designated as a Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations in 2015.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Shelburne Farms

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Andrew Meyer

Managing Partner, Vermont Soy, LLC, Vermont Natural Coatings, Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2023


Board co-chair

Nan Jenks Jay

Retired Dean of Environmental Affairs, Middlebury College

Term: 2022 - 2023

Bob Baird

Community volunteer

Steve Johnson

Community volunteer

Alec Webb

Community volunteer

David Marvin

Community volunteer

Casey Murrow

Community volunteer

Fred Bay

Community Volunteer

Binta Colley

Community volunteer

Willard Jackson

Community volunteer

Nan Jay

Community volunteer

Ernest Pomerleau

Community volunteer

Sharman Altshuler

Community volunteer

Ben Freeman

Community Volunteer

Kate Williams

Community Volunteer

Tracey Carter

Community Volunteer

Gretchen Sorin

Community Volunteer

Marie Vea

Community Volunteer

Landon Storrs

Community Volunteer

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 ? 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/9/2021

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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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data