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Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.

Nature for All

Philadelphia, PA   |  awbury.org

Mission

The Mission of the Awbury Arboretum Association is to preserve and interpret Awbury's historic house and landscape, thereby connecting an urban community to nature and history.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Ms. Sara Stevenson

Main address

1 Awbury Road The Francis Cope House

Philadelphia, PA 19138 USA

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EIN

22-2614286

NTEE code info

Botanical Gardens, Arboreta and Botanical Organizations (C41)

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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?

Community Events

Awbury provides a number of free community events each year, a Welcome Spring Opening & Egg Hunt, outdoor summer concerts, a fall Harvest Fest, a winter Holiday Open House & Greens Sale.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Field Studies is a environmental education enrichment program at Awbury Arboretum providing field trips to the Arboretum for schools, day cares, community centers, faith-based organizations, and homeschoolers since 1976. Sessions engage preschool- to high-school-aged children with the natural world at Awbury through ecology, biology, agriculture, and horticulture, with the environment as an integrating context for learning. Through our Field Studies Public School Partnership, Awbury provides free lessons to all public schools in the Philadelphia School District. In 2022, as Philadelphia slowly climbed out from under the pandemic, we served over 13 organizations; 83% of students served received free lessons.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Families

Awbury Adventures Day Camp at Awbury Arboretum are 1- and 2-week sessions for children ages 5-17 that run from mid-June through mid-August. Led by credentialed adult educators with years of experience, our camps have a low camper to counselor ratio, and are designed to encourage outdoor exploration, creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking while engaging different types of learners. Camps are structured around themes and incorporate elements of a traditional sleep-away camp (fire-building, archery, survival skills, team-building, group games), as well as engaging children in environmental science, culinary arts, agriculture, and imaginative play. To ensure that families of all financial means have access to Awbury’s summer camp programming, we make it a priority to provide over 1/5 of our Summer Adventures camp slots through scholarships/subsidies to underserved children in our local zip codes. Summer Adventures Camps serve over 300 children a year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Starting in 2017, Awbury Arboretum has chosen a theme for each calendar year. This theme provides the basis for a year-round series of classes, workshops, and lectures for adults and families based on that theme and relating to environmental sustainability, experiences in nature, arts and crafts, ecology, horticulture, history, and healthy living. 2023 is the Year of Trees and includes monthly tree identification hikes along with the lectures and workshops.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Awbury regularly hosts 6 free public art exhibitions a year – both within the parlors of the Francis Cope House, and outside in the Arboretum’s landscape – and music and dance performances. Recent highlights include "Facets" by Laura Madeleine, "The Garden of the Mind" by Tom Judd, " "Drawn from Nature" by Kiki Gaffney, “Instability” by Laurie Beck Peterson, and “Rooted in Me” by Yolanda Ward. Awbury has also hosted music festivals, outdoor circus arts performances, and dance performances.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Awbury offers free wellness walks twice a week (more in summer), and fee-based and donation-based classes in yoga (including chair yoga for people with mobility/strength issues), martial arts, and forest bathing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Adults
Families
People with physical disabilities
Low-income people

Every Sunday from April through late October, The Farm at Awbury hosts a farm market with local organic produce and crafts vendors. On the first Sunday of those months, Awbury hosts Sunday Fundays, which offer variety of free activities, crafts, games, walks with goats, children's scavenger hunts, agricultural demonstrations, cooking workshops, nutritional workshops, poetry workshops, open air concerts, wellness classes, children's science demonstrations, and presentations/demonstrations by our Partners. These monthly happenings attract up to 300 people on those Sundays that they occur.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Artists and performers
Farmers

This 9-month course covers an introduction to 40+ plants from a range of cross-cultural traditions, weaving together the wisdom from many hands and many lands that includes cultivated, wild, and native medicines of our Philadelphia bioregion on the ancestral indigenous territory of the Lenni Lenape / Wingohoking. Participants tend a medicinal herb garden and learn to make salves, tinctures, electuaries, syrups, and teas for health uses. Wild Wisdom is a pop-up wild foraging class that meet four times a year and teaches students the delicious foods that grow wild on our grounds.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Awbury Arboretum Association, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Shanna Halpern

Retired

Term: 2021 -

Sydelle Zove

SHARE Food Program

Adam Hill

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Shanna Halpern

Retired, Writer, Environmental lawyer for the EPA

Mike Gillum

Senior Director, Individual Giving & Donor Relations

Sara Robbins

Fiber artist; Retired from CHOP

Sheryl Wright

Library Assistant; Youth Development Consultant

Camille Charles

Univ. of Pennsylvania; Prof of Sociology

Loretta Tate Crump

Healthcare Professional

Linda Owens

Retired; Manager of State of PA Office of Children, Youth & Families

William Reaume

School counselor

Michael Drennan

Co-owner, Carolyn's Shade Garden

Pauline Taylor

Retired; City of Philadelphia & Philadelphia International Airport Human Resources Director

Jason Hall

Biologist, Merck

Justin Jackson

Landscape Architect, fieldoperations

Barbara Johnson

Retired, School District of Philadelphia

Alan Metcalfe

Architect, Metcalfe Architecture & Design

Ian Pappajohn

Owner, Pappajohn Woodworking

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/5/2024

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 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.