Save The Bay, Inc.

Providence, RI   |  http://www.savebay.org

Mission

Our Mission: To Protect and Improve Narragansett Bay

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Mr. Jonathan Stone

Main address

100 Save The Bay Drive

Providence, RI 02905 USA

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EIN

05-0343046

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Save The Bay is an established environmental nonprofit headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. Since 1970, our mission has been to protect and improve the Ocean State’s greatest natural resource: Narragansett Bay. With a vision of a Narragansett Bay that is swimmable, fishable, and accessible to all, our 30-person staff take the lead on advocacy, habitat restoration, and education programs that safeguard the Bay and its 1,705-square-mile watershed for all who depend on, enjoy and simply live near it. Three inexorable forces are putting our progress at risk - Population pressures, climate change, and constrained government. That’s why our staff works closely with teachers and students, local and national leadership, and the general public to develop programs and messaging that foster a passion for and commitment to Narragansett Bay.

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?

Policy, Advocacy and Restoration

Our Policy, Advocacy & Restoration program is the voice of Narragansett Bay helping to protect, restore and improve the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region, including its watershed and adjacent coastal waters, through an ecosystem-based approach to environmental action. We defend the right of the public to use and enjoy the Bay and its surrounding waters and foster an ethic of environmental stewardship among people who live in or visit the Narragansett Bay region.

Advance initiatives which lead to improved water quality, increased biodiversity, ecosystem resilience in the face of human impacts and changing climate conditions, and conservation of natural resources.

Educate key decision makers and the general public about the condition of the Bay and threats to the ecological health of the Bay, its watershed, and adjacent coastal waters.

Restore critical bay habitats, including salt marshes, fresh water tributaries, eelgrass beds and other natural resources.

Promote government accountability.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Save The Bay’s volunteer program engages participants ages 5-95 in direct, hands on actions which help support our mission, vision, and goals.
Volunteers and interns assist the organization across all program areas – in the office, in our education program, at the Exploration Center & Aquarium, at our events, in the field, on the water, and community driven projects such as our cleanups and storm drain marking programs.

Specific volunteer programs include:
= Beach cleanups. Held annually from March – November at locations throughout the watershed, our cleanups are a hands-on way for individuals who love the Bay to have a direct impact on the health and safety of our coastal areas.

= Salt marsh planting. Held seasonally, our volunteers work in conjunction with Save The Bay’s restoration staff to restore acres of salt marshes throughout the watershed each year. These volunteers are helping our staff take direct actions to protect our coastline and coastal areas which are being inundated from rising seas.

= Operational Support. Save The Bay relies on volunteers to support the organization in its offices and within its programs with projects and mailings throughout the year.

= Exploration Center & Aquarium volunteers. Our aquarium volunteers help educate the public and provide support to aquarium staff in the daily operations of the Center.

= Special Event Volunteers. Save The Bay relies on the support of countless volunteers each year to support our large event initiatives, including the Save The Bay Swim, Taste of the Bay, Artists for the Bay, International Coastal Cleanup, the 4 Bridges Ride, and the CVS Health Charity Classic.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Explore The Bay has been connecting students, teachers, and families to Narragansett Bay for more than 30 years. Through a hands-on experiential learning approach, our environmental educators will introduce you to all the Bay has to offer.

When viewing Narragansett Bay from the open water, you can spy a seal, examine a crab, or seine for fish. Our programs offer you the chance to experience Narragansett Bay as a living classroom whether you're a child discovering the Bay for the first time, a life-long lover of the water, or a weekend visitor with a few hours to spare.

Each year, we work with over 10,500 students from area schools and engage over 4,000 participants in our public programs. The Explore The Bay Program also operates our Exploration Center & Aquarium in Newport, welcoming over 29,000 guests a year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Sustainability Award 2017

Project Green Schools

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 acres restored through salt marsh plantings

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

Policy, Advocacy and Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

salt marsh grasses planted to help our salt marshes adapt to rising seas.

Number of students educated through field trips

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Save The Bay educators spend an average of 16 hours with K-12 students in our education programs. Our education programs maintain a teacher return rate of 90%. 2020: in person and distance learning.

Number of volunteers

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

Adults

Related Program

Volunteer & Internship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers who support Save The Bay's programs annually.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Adults

Related Program

Volunteer & Internship Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours volunteers and interns contribute to Save The Bay's programs annually.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Save The Bay has 100% board participation in giving to the organization.

Total pounds of debris collected

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

Volunteer & Internship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: Save The Bay encouraged small, stable group cleanups among families during COVID and did not fully track this data in 2020.

Number of research or policy analysis products developed, e.g., reports, briefs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annual evaluation of federally funded Explore The Bay Education Programs through the NOAA BWET Grant program.

Number of storm drains marked

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Estimated number of supportive policies secured for the sector

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

Adults

Related Program

Policy, Advocacy and Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Save The Bay's leadership championing for Clean Water and Environmental Bonds which protect Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Results indicate Voter Approval percentage rating.

Total number of organization members

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Represents the total number of member households.

Number of votes for or against specific policies

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

Policy, Advocacy and Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

29 organizations helped mobilize 284,408 Rhode Islanders to vote YES on the Green Economy Bond in 2016.

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.

For the past 50 years, Save The Bay has been at the forefront of the cleanup of Narragansett Bay, engaging a diverse community of people and organizations in protecting and improving this valuable ecological resource. As we end the 2020 Strategic Plan, we remain committed to our reinforced advocacy for the Bay, expansion of Bay education, increased communications efforts, investments in human and physical resources, and ensuring our long-term financial sustainability.
Yet, the events of 2020 – a pandemic changing how we work and engage the public; discussions around diversity and equity at the organization and in the communities we serve; and policy challenges at the state and national level – have shown our staff and Board that we must take a look at our future and assess how we proceed for our second half-century.
We are proud of the many achievements in our first 50 years, but concerned about the challenges that threaten this extraordinary progress. We know that our strength as the leading advocate for the Bay is derived from the broad community of people whom we represent and who support us through their engagement, activism, volunteerism, and financial support. As we look to the future, we must sharpen our focus on tangible actions that will address looming environmental challenges and - at the same time - strengthen our advocacy efforts by embracing diverse perspectives from historically disadvantaged communities and broadening our base of support.
As we begin our new strategic planning process we are focused on three strategic imperatives to guide our work for the next 5-10 years:
a) Delineating clear and measurable advocacy goals related to the challenges of rapid climate change, legacy and emerging pollutants, and loss of unfragmented forest cover in the Bay watershed;
b) Enriching our environmental education program offerings; and
c) Enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of how we conduct ourselves.


Advocate for waters that are swimmable, fishable, healthy and accessible. Committed to:
* Water quality; Habitat & wildlife; Government oversight & public policy.
* Expand and enrich Bay education and outreach.
* Develop and implement strategic communications campaigns in support of Save The Bay's programmatic and organizational goals.
* Ensure the human resources and physical infrastructure to fulfill mission.
* Continue to build upon a multi-sourced financial model for present and future sustainability.
* Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by leveraging the ongoing DEI training and work of staff, engaging the broadest community of stakeholders, and expanding the communities in which we actively engage volunteers and members to help create a vision for the future that will drive our work and fulfill our vision for a swimmable, fishable, healthy and accessible Bay for future generations.

Save The Bay's dedicated staff of 30 operates in two primary areas: policy/advocacy and education/outreach. We provide 24-hour advocacy for Narragansett Bay at the local, state and federal levels. We are first responders to environmental emergencies and long-term advocates for environmentally-conscious Bay-safe laws and regulations. The Explore The Bay education program serves students from pre-k to grade 12, professional development programs for teachers, and public education programs, building build strong, ongoing bonds with teachers, school districts and organizations in the watershed.

We are guided by a Board of Directors who lend vision to our mission. We have an Executive Committee, six standing committees, two sub-committees, and two Ad Hoc committees. Committee members provide guidance, governance, and expertise on a monthly basis. Save The Bay relies on the support of over 4,000 volunteers each year in order to support our mission, vision, goals, and programs.

Since 1970, Save The Bay:
*Championed the adoption of laws to prevent oil spills, protect wetlands, eliminate cesspools, restore coastal habitats, and improve dredging policy;
*Defended the Bay from ill-conceived environmentally damaging projects.
*Advocated major public investments in the construction and upgrade of wastewater treatment facilities;
*Mobilized thousands of volunteers to clean up the shoreline, advocate for legislation, and respond to catastrophic oil spills and storms;
*Held state and federal environmental agencies accountable for laws that protect Narragansett Bay;
*Restored river systems and fish spawning runs;
*Campaigned for increased water quality monitoring;
*Monitored the impacts of sea level rise;
*Designed and implemented salt marsh adaptation strategies and projects;
*Educated over 100,000 students and inspired the next generation of Bay stewards.

Financials

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Operations

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Save The Bay, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gib Conover

GIB CONOVER

JOSPEH CUMMINGS

JUSTIN DeSHAW

CITIZEN'S COMMERCIAL BANKING

STEPHEN GEREMIA

LGC&D, LLP

GAIL GINNETTY

JENN HARRIS

BROWN UNIVERSITY

CHRIS LEE

SEA FRESH USA, INC.

ALAN NATHAN

CHERYL NATHANSON

GEORGE SHUSTER

ROBIN BOSS

AT CROSS COMPANY

RUTH MULLEN

SAM SLADE

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

Lynn Manning

Parker Group PR

Anne Miller

Robert Vierra

Gilbane

Kathy LANPHEAR

Tim Palmer

Ben Singer

Bank of America

Eugene McDermott, Esq.

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? 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 07/16/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/16/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.