Portland Jazz Festival Incorporated

Where Jazz Lives

aka PDX Jazz   |   Portland, OR   |  http://pdxjazz.com

Mission

The mission of PDX Jazz is to evolve the art of jazz by engaging our community, celebrating live performance, and enhancing arts education.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Chris Doss

Main address

5212 NE Sacramento St

Portland, OR 97213 USA

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EIN

20-0969679

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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PDX Jazz provides access to arts performances and education for residents and visitors in the community of Greater Portland, Oregon. Our specialty is the art-form of jazz, America's indigenous music, and we focus on ensuring Diversity, Equity and Inclusion among under-served and under-represented populations.

Our programs

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Programming and Education Initiatives

PDX Jazz, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, is the largest organization presenting jazz performances and associated education programming in the Pacific Northwest. Grown out of the African American tradition, jazz is uniquely American in its origin. We present a two-week citywide jazz festival each February celebrating Black History Month, flanked by seasonal programming.

PDX Jazz fills the gap of reduced funding, and in many instances no funding for arts education. A priority of PDX Jazz’s mission is to provide educational outreach to under-served and under-represented students in the greater Portland area and surrounding communities, with a focus on Title 1A funded schools. Our education programs extend across the entire student body, emphasizing an interdisciplinary appreciation of jazz and its African American roots from a historical, sociological, and cultural perspective.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PDX Jazz drives evolution of the jazz art-form, providing a stage for the progression of jazz, a transitioning audience, and the musician's creating it during modern times. Grown out of the African American tradition, jazz is uniquely American in its origin and PDX Jazz celebrates its African American roots from a historical, sociological, and cultural perspective.

VISION: PDX Jazz serves as a beacon in the field of music, courageously advancing the jazz art form.

VALUES:
Integrity
Honesty, Trust, Communication, Transparency, Respect
Community
Accessibility, Inclusivity, Connectivity, Equity
Innovation
Creativity, Adaptation, Flexibility, Learning, Transformation
Diversity
Empathy, Kindness, Consideration
Professionalism
Excellence, Quality, Merit

Goal: Optimize Finances Sustaining Organizational Mission. “Earned, Philanthropic Investment Revenue”
Goal: Cultivate, Engage & Retain Constituency. “Patrons, Staff, Board, Membership/Donors, Grantors, Sponsors, Volunteers, Public Agencies, Business & Industry Partners”
Goal: Exemplify Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. “Share Differing Perspectives of Jazz. Create an environment in which any individual will feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued to fully participate in PDX Jazz Artistic and Educational Programming”
Goal: Build and Position Brand. “Strengthen Awareness of PDX Jazz Programming Across All Community Demographics and Cultures”

PDX Jazz, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, is the largest organization presenting jazz performances and associated education programming in the Pacific Northwest. Our diverse staff and Board of Directors provide the organization with deep experience in the arts and nonprofit management. Our relationships across the community allow PDX Jazz to achieve greater community impact through multiple community partnerships.

In recent year's PDX Jazz has bolstered our operating reserve to ensure financial sustainability during challenging economic times. We have also re-imagined our artistic programming, invested in digital technologies, and launched an array of free education initiatives to engage, new, diverse, and under-served audiences.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • 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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Portland Jazz Festival Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Golino de Lovato

Executive Director, Northwest Pilot Project

Term: 2019 - 2021

Gwendolyn Turner

Regional Head - Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Talent Engagement, Kaiser Permanente

Terry MacDonald

CPA and Attorney

Martin Mueller

Dean of The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music (Retired)

Walt Henry

Director, The Standard

Cynthia Plank

Band Director, Beaumont Middle School - PPS

Gary Randles

Sr. Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Ashley Villarama

West Division Operations Manager | U.S. Bank Wealth Management

Atif Zaman

M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/18/2020

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

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.