PLATINUM2023

BLANDFORD NATURE CENTER

Grand Rapids, MI   |  www.blandfordnaturecenter.org

Mission

To engage and empower our community through enriching experiences in nature

Ruling year info

2004

Temporary President & CEO

Steve Wilson

Main address

1715 Hillburn NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504 USA

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Formerly known as

MIXED GREENS

EIN

20-0739420

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Blandford Nature Center exists to ensure that current and future generations have a connection to nature and the environment. These connections will ensure that the environment is considered and cared for in future decision-making. After all, we all literally depend on nature for survival!

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?

PreK-12 Environmental Education

BNC provides formal environmental education programs that cover all subject areas and meet state educational standards.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

BNC serves children through a fun and engaging summer day camp

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

BNC's Community Programs are for youth, adults, and families and offer opportunities to engage with nature in a large number of ways. These programs are designed specifically for the general public.

Population(s) Served
Adults

BNC's farm provides the public an opportunity to not only learn where their food comes from via farm programs, but also eat fresh, local produce through the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

BNC operates a wildlife education center that houses over 30 injured or otherwise non-releasable "Wildlife Ambassadors." These animals are on display for the general public as well as travel to schools, nursing homes, and other community groups through the "Blandford on the Road" program.

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
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of fields 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

Number of campers enrolled

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

This metric is "camper days" - one participants may come for 5 days, so they would be recorded as "5". This is not the total number of children who attend camp.

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.

While we continue to be a premier nature center, our current organizational goals focus on making Blandford more inclusive and welcoming to our entire community. The underpinnings of our current strategic plan focus heavily on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of our organization and programs.

We are in the process of evaluating and modifying all that we do to be more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. We have substantially changed our HR practices (hiring, salaries, reviews, etc.). Our facilities are being upgraded to ensure that there will be better, if not universal, access to our grounds and facilities. Our networks are expanding to ensure that we build relationships with community groups that we have not traditionally connected with so that more people will view Blandford Nature Center as "their" nature center.

Our capacity for this work has grown substantially in recent history. We have nearly tripled our budget, doubled our staff, and doubled our land base through he acquisition of the neighboring Highlands Golf Club, which will be transformed back to nature. Throughout all of this growth, we have worked with outside consultants on ensuring that the entire community is playing a part in where we go in the future. Of course, the more philanthropic support we receive, the fast we can connect more people to nature!

See above. We've accomplished a lot but need more support to push into the next decade of our existence as we strive to serve more of our community!

Financials

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Operations

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

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BLANDFORD NATURE CENTER

Board of directors
as of 04/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ryan Podvin

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Term: 2021 - 2023

Linda Brunzell

Terryberry

Ryan Podvin

Mary Free Bed

Mark Augustyn

Mercantile Bank

Andy Beachnau

Grand Valley State University

Shavon Doyle-Holton

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Laurie Gardner

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Susie Meyers

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Bob Tsironis

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Eric Steindler

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Beth Cranson

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Ingrid Jensen

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Linda LaFontsee

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Jeff Towner

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Lisa Oliver-King

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James TenBrink

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Keith Winn

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Matt Cook

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Yumiko Jakobcic

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Gustavo Perez

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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 4/27/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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