Van Cortlandt Park Alliance Inc

Bronx, NY   |  www.vancortlandt.org

Mission

The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance preserves, supports, and promotes the recreational, ecological and historical value of Van Cortlandt Park.

Ruling year info

1996

Principal Officer

Ms. Stephanie Ehrlich

Main address

80 Van Cortlandt Park South Ste. E1

Bronx, NY 10463 USA

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EIN

13-3843182

NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance (VCPA) is a new organization formed in April 2019 after a merger between two nonprofits, The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, which both shared the goal of advocating for preservation and investment in Van Cortlandt Park. Van Cortlandt Park, which serves an estimated 2.5 million people annually, is the third largest park in New York City, a living classroom for the next generation of environmental stewards and a quality-of-life hub in the Bronx. The merger lays the groundwork for a single, superior stewardship organization that aims to preserve, support and promote the recreational, ecological and historical value of Van Cortlandt Park, New York City’s third largest park.

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?

Environmental Education

VCPA offers educational programs such as school programs in the park, teacher workshops and environmental internships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

VCPA offer stewards programs in the forests and wetlands and on the various trails in the park where participants can pitch in and help improve and conserve the park.

Population(s) Served
Adults

VCPA offers internship programs for high school students- the Urban Eco-Teens, the Urban Eco-Teens Leadership and Garden 2 Market Internships.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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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 Van Cortlandt Park Alliance intends to elevate the public profile of the park, help attract more public and private funds for capital projects, entice visitors with cultural programming and preserve and protect this precious open parkland, native forest and recreational space in the densely-populated Bronx.

Plans for the next two years:

● To work toward obtaining a licensing agreement with NYC Parks, joining the ranks of numerous other parks groups in New York City. This process, which could take some time to achieve, would formalize our partnership with NYC Parks and allow us to develop a stream of earned income from some of the concession revenues, all of which now flow into the City budget.
● To search for joint physical office space near or in Van Cortlandt Park. Our dream is to find space where personnel from NYC Parks and VCPA can work collaboratively on our maintenance and preservation goals. Since this could take several years, and depends on obtaining a licensing agreement, for now we are continuing to operate out of two former offices.
● To raise funds for appropriate capital projects in the park in support of the 2034 Master Plan. We hope to broker private and public investments in parks preservation and improvement projects, paying close attention to equitable public access.
● To continue to deliver, grow and improve our educational, research, stewardship, and cultural programs. We hope to invest in additional staff to strengthen and grow these successful programs.
● To create a change in perception of the Park, from that of just a local recreation area for Bronx residents, to that of a significant natural resource area worthy of regional attention and investment. We plan to grow our board from 12 to 20 members over the next few years as a way to reach a broader cross section of the Bronx community.

As a newly-formed merger, VCPA is focused on building a solid platform for the next phase of its growth. Bringing two organizations together as one is a daunting task, but it is also an opportunity to establish best management practices in board recruitment and creation of committees, financial accounting and management, communications, human resources, fundraising planning and systems, and combining two different cultures. Since the merger, VCPA has made progress in all of these areas, while continuing to deliver the popular programming in the Park that the community relies on.

The Board of Directors consists of 4 former FVCP directors, 5 former VCPC directors and 4 new members. The Alliance is now staffed by former staff members of both organizations and an Interim Executive Director. The search for a permanent Executive Director is in process. We are funded by a combination of foundation, corporate, government and individual sources.

We have a strong track record of programming.

In FY19, the Friends and Conservancy combined served 7,497 people including:
• 1,912 volunteers for garden, forest, wetland, and trail restoration projects.
• 2,107 students who attended one or more Van Cortlandt Adventures educational programs.
• 48 Bronx high school interns who worked and were paid (11 completed an accredited college course at CUNY Lehman College) in the summer and school year internships, including Urban Eco-Teens, Tibbets Brook Restoration Teen Internship, and the Garden 2 Market Internship.
• 3,430 children and adults participated in community programs, including Barefoot Dancing, Youth Run Farm Stand, Enslaved Africans Program, and Hikes.

In addition, VCPA works closely with NYC Parks to assist with maintenance of the Cross Country Trail, soccer fields, and baseball fields, where over 50,000 athletes competed last year.

Bringing two organizations together is a daunting task, but it is also an opportunity to establish best management practices in board recruitment and creation of committees, financial accounting and management, communications, human resources, fundraising planning and systems, and combining two different organizational cultures. Since the merger in April, VCPA has made progress in all of these areas, while continuing to deliver both original organizations’ popular programming. The search for a permanent Executive Director is underway.

Financials

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Operations

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Van Cortlandt Park Alliance Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Nina Habib Spencer


Board co-chair

Carol Samol

Teresa Grant Stoeth

Robert Baron

Stacey Wieder

Claudia Bonn

Linda Cox

Dr. Thomas Kelly

Rabbi Binyamin Krauss

Holly Leicht

Dr. Brennan O'Donnell

Amit Stern

Board leadership practices

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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