QUEEN VILLAGE NEIGHBORS ASSN

Community Stewardship. Advocacy. Service.

aka QVNA   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.qvna.org

Mission

Queen Village Neighbors Association provides community stewardship, advocacy and service to the residents of Queen Village. QVNA was established for the purpose of strengthening the community by providing a forum for public discussion of issues of concern and interest, supporting improvements to our neighborhood, our schools and our city, facilitating understanding and use of public services and acting as a channel of communication with city officials and elected representatives.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Ms. Lucy Erdelac

Main address

P.O. Box 63763

Philadelphia, PA 19147 USA

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EIN

23-2025152

NTEE code info

Neighborhood/Block Associations (S22)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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QVNA's Services

QVNA depends on hundreds of volunteers, memberships, donations, and parking lot revenue to provide neighborhood programs and services. QVNA provides:

*Community meetings on topics of interest to residents

* Weekly eNews You Can Use & an online calendar

* A point of contact for issues involving City services

* Answers by phone and resources on the web

* A covered parking lot for 180 cars

* Weekly sweeping of street curbs

* Community grants for neighborhood improvements

* Graffiti removal from public places

* Support for the South Street Police Mini Station

* Information about community safety

* Zoning reviews of proposed plans for building projects

* Assistance getting vacant lots cleared of debris

* Spring and Fall curbside tree planting

* Volunteer activities that improve and beautify Queen Village

*Fiscal sponsorship of neighborhood volunteer groups which are raising money to improve Queen Village

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Community Grant Program provides funding to help improve the quality of life of Queen Village residents. We accept grant requests for a wide range of projects and programs, such as enhancing parks, gardens, playgrounds, clean & green projects, and historic preservation. We also accept grant applications for in-school, after-school, and summer academic and/or learning enrichment programs.

Eligibility: Groups of neighbors who are planning a project to improve the neighborhood and are committed to completing it; “Friends of” groups; community gardens; schools; facilities and organizations that impact Queen Village and its residents.

Evaluation Criteria: The QVNA Grants Committee evaluates applications based on the:

Degree to which the proposed project meets a community need;

* Clarity of the project description;

* Budget detail that reflects well-defined needs and reasonable costs; and

* Capacity of applicant organization to complete the project.


Process: QVNA’s Grants Committee will review all applications and make funding recommendations to the QVNA Board. All applicants will notified of funding decisions prior to any public announcement. Grant recipients will be publicly announced.

Grant disbursement: Grant recipients have twelve months to use (or lose) the grant money. More information is provided on page 2 of the application.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Fiscal sponsorship is a way that QVNA can help small groups fundraise for charitable purposes that further QVNA's mission. The mission of QVNA is to provide community stewardship, advocacy, and service to help improve the quality of life for Queen Village residents.

QVNA’s fiscal sponsorship program is based on guidance from the IRS, which considers projects and programs that support our mission as “charitable work” on behalf of QVNA. Here’s how it works:

The group that wishes to be fiscally sponsored provides QVNA with a one-year Action Plan that outlines its project, how it relates to QVNA’s mission, and how the group plans to accomplish it.

After the Action Plan has been approved by the QVNA Board of Directors, the group will be asked to sign a Fiscal Sponsorship Program Agreement. Once signed, the becomes a fiscally sponsored group. The Agreement will need to be re-signed each year that the fiscal sponsorship continues.

The group fundraises for its project. Examples include events (like dinner parties and carnivals), asking for donations from friends and family, and applying for grants from corporate foundations.

As a result of your fundraising, monetary donations or grants are made payable to QVNA. On acceptance, QVNA deposits the money in a restricted account earmarked for the group’s project.

The group carries out its Action Plan for the project (QVNA’s “charitable work”). Project-related expenses that the group would like to be paid/reimbursed from the restricted account, need to be submitted to QVNA on a “Request for Funds” form.

The group provides QVNA with progress reports by the date mutually agreed upon.

Fiscal sponsorships are renewed each year based on the Board’s approval of the group's Action Plan for the new year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Summer at Courtyard is a partnership between QVNA, The Courtyard Residents Council, Southwark Development Corporation, Better Tomorrows and The Michaels Organization. Since its founding in 2014, this free summer enrichment programming for children from Queen Village, is made possible through the generosity of the program's sponsors, its volunteers, financial sponsors and donors.

Summer at Courtyard runs Monday through Thursday at the Courtyard Community Room, 1021 S. 4th Street. Each day at 8:15am with breakfast as part of its daily schedule.

Summer at Courtyard program is a six-week learning enrichment program for kids age 5-11. Four days each week, licensed school teachers manage the program with the assistance of volunteers recruited by QVNA. Summer at Courtyard's schedule of activities includes reading, art, music, structured exercise and field trips. Volunteers can choose to participate just one time, daily, or for any combination of days, times, and activities.

Adults with a Pennsylvania volunteer clearance can immediately select activity slots on the Summer at Courtyard. Adults needing a clearance can receive a background check at no charge through this program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

On the Saturday during Earth Week, QVNA recruits neighborhood volunteers and organizes a clean and green activity to beautifying Queen Village's common areas, focusing on its six pocket parks:

* Bainbridge Green (meet at 4th & Bainbridge St)
* Beck Park (corner of 2nd & Beck St)
* Front Street Rose Garden (corner of Front & Christian St)
* Mary Street Garden (corner of Washington Ave, Front St & League St)
* Moyamensing Point (corner of Moyamensing Ave, 2nd St & Christian St)
* Weccacoe Playground (400 Catherine St)

As part of this morning volunteer project, called Love Queen Village Day, QVNA provides recruits volunteers, provides all needed tools and supplies, and coordinates food & beverage donations from coffee shops which are available for volunteers at each pocket park. In addition, QVNA obtains food & beverage coupons from local restaurants for morning volunteers as a thank you for their community services.

In advance of the event, QVNA coordinates with the City of Philadelphia sanitation department to receive paper garden waste bags and work gloves for volunteers, as well as the scheduling of garbage trucks to pick up all garden waste collected in those bags by volunteers immediately following cleanup activities.

Also in advance of the event, QVNA coordinates the collection of iris and daylily bulbs from the QVNA/Southwark Community Gardeners, which if not used on Love Queen Village Day would otherwise be disposed by those gardeners.

This is an Earth Week activity that combines community engagement in beautification activities that are fun, supports the goals of Earth Week, involves businesses as well as residents, and increases the pool of QVNA volunteers throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Financials

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QUEEN VILLAGE NEIGHBORS ASSN

Board of directors
as of 8/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Eleanor Ingersoll

Justin Fishman

Vice President

Mike McPhilmy

Treasurer

Meredith Piotrowski

Secretary

Joseph Brin

Director

Chris Mullen

Director

Caitlyn Allen

Director

Mark Grabarits

Director

Rosamond Howard

Director

Matt Atkins

Director

Michelle Grimley

Director

Noah Swistak

Director

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? 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/19/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/13/2020

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

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.