Mockingbird Foundation Inc

All-volunteer fundraising for music education for children

Moorpark, CA   |  www.mockingbirdfoundation.org

Mission

The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to music education for America’s youth. Each year, the Foundation awards grants to dozens of music education programs, and funds those grants through a combination of publishing, fundraising, and the curation of Phish.net, one of the earliest Internet fan communities.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Ellis Godard PhD

Main address

12407 Willow Grove CT

Moorpark, CA 93021 USA

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Formerly known as

Mockingbird

EIN

16-1529562

NTEE code info

(Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C.) (T99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Arts funding is getting everywhere - first, and often severely. There are several large organizations focused on significant funding levels typically of conventional instruments, but many smaller and more unique programs fall through the gaps between them. Mockingbird supports a wide range of programs, including conventional programs at schools and community centers, as well as upstart and/or unusual programs in a wide range of settings.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Music Education Grants

The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to music education for America’s youth. Each year, the Foundation awards grants to dozens of music education programs, and funds those grants through a combination of publishing, fundraising, and the curation of Phish.net, one of the earliest Internet fan communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We do our best to raise as much as possible for music education for children, by fundraising and grantmaking on an entirely volunteer basis - no salaries, no staff, no office, and tremendously low overhead, ensuring that virtually every dollar raised or donated supports important programs nationwide (over 400 grants so far, covering all 50 states plus D.C.)

Our challenge - in all we do, particularly as an all-volunteer effort - is that we are spread nationwide. The 23 directors on the board are spread across 15 states. We rely on discounted and donated software to facilitate online interactions among us, continuing a long thread from the start of Phish.net via an email list c.1990. And we rely on the large and warm community of Phish fans online to support what we do - contributing content for our projects, financial contributions for our grants, and volunteer time to our various efforts and engagements.

We're staffed and managed by dozens of professionals who bring their own expertise - in IT, management, marketing, law, accounting, scholarship, and more - to maximize the quality of our efforts, the professionalism of our processes, and the longevity and continuity of the organization.

We manage one of the largest and most engaged fan sites online, entirely ad-free and without a staff. We've published three sold-out editions of a 900-page book. We produced perhaps the fastest-selling tribute album ever made. We've evolve management of the foundation, from an early group of a dozen friends to an autonomous organization with sound footing and procedures. And we've made over 400 grants, totalling more than $1.4M, covering all 50 states and D.C.

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.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, other,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Mockingbird Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Adam Scheinberg

Charles Dirksen

Peter Skewes-Cox

Steve Paolini

Phil Harrison

Bill Ryan

Chip Parker

Scott Marks

Andrea Nusinov

Stephanie Jenkins

Reed Meschefske

Bill Bowman

Andrew Hitz

David Beckwith

Kimberly Sia

Matt Sexauer

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 01/16/2021

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

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/16/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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.