UPPER DARBY ARTS AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION LLC

Uniting the Community Through Arts and Education

aka Cultureworks Greater Philadelphia   |   Drexel Hill, PA   |  http://www.udfoundation.org

Mission

By building partnerships with the community and the Upper Darby School District, the Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation supports innovative projects that will enrich the educational experience of each child in the District.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation LLC is now operating under the fiscal sponsorship of Cultureworks Philadelphia. The Foundation began in 1998 as a grantmaking organization for the Upper Darby School District. It has recently expanded its mission to include operating community arts programs such as Upper Darby Summer Stage and the Schoener MusicMan Academy. With the addition of these established programs our budget is increasing to $1.5 million and we have attracted some major gifts to support this transition. The Foundation is prepared to expand its impact in the community and the board is excited about the new direction of the organization.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Mr. Harry Dietzler

Director of Creative Educational Programs

Jennifer Schoener

Main address

1051 Pontiac Road #707

Drexel Hill, PA 19026 USA

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Formerly known as

Upper Darby Educational and Cultural Foundation, Inc.

EIN

23-2934964

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

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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?

Upper Darby Summer Stage

Upper Darby summer Stage is a nationally recognized youth theatre program that has involved over 700 children and over 120 professional staff every summer since 1976 in the creation of seven fully staged musicals performing for more than 34,000 people. Summer Stage has been awarded the prestigious Barrymore Award and was a semifinalist for a Tony Award for Theater Education. Summer Stage offers classes and workshops for elementary and middle school students, musical productions for high school and college students and a technical theater program for high school students. Summer Stage presents 30 performances each season for the community featuring low ticket prices and professional quality.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families of origin
Grandparents
Low-income people
Artists and performers


The Schoener Fund has brought high-quality and enriching music education programs to Upper Darby children through our MusicMan Academy. This seven-week summer program for school-aged children consists of workshops located throughout Upper Darby that offer instruction in a variety of musical instruments at all skill levels, and is taught by experienced teaching artists.

The Schoener MusicMan Academy has provided hundreds of children with unique musical experiences: the MusicMan Camp, Jazz Jam! Camp, Stay in Shape music lessons, Little Stars Childrens’ Theater, Community Drumming for Kids, and Hummin’ & Strummin’ for Seniors!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Low-income people
People with disabilities
People of African descent
People of Asian descent

The Foundation has awarded more than 1,100 grants to teachers in the Upper Darby School District for projects ranging from classroom libraries, murals, science labs, Robotics, After Prom, K-2 Literacy, early childhood education, STEM, instrument donations, an autistic classroom and more. Grants have totaled more than $2.7 million.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Middle Eastern descent
Students
Teachers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of PA Education Foundations 2006

Upper Darby Lansdowne Rotary Club 2018

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Foundation served the entire community as audiences for our performances. We serve students as participants in our programs. We serve artists and teachers as staff members. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the state of Pennsylvania, with more than 80 languages spoken in our schools.

  • 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), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are now making several programs full day programs as a result of parent interaction. We have adjusted show times in response to audience comments.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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 any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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UPPER DARBY ARTS AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION LLC

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Terrence Tracy

CEO Broad and Liberty

Term: 2017 - 2023

Steve DeMott

PECO

Kevin Dietzler

Villanova University

Ben Doranz

Integral Molecular

Carolyn Felker

Retired, Upper Darby School District

Margaret Fullmer

Mercy Catholic Medial Center

Nashid Furaha-Ali

Upper Darby Township

Brian McFadden

SEPTA

Charles Mohnacky

Retired Educator

David Othmer

Strategic Planning Consultant

Mariela Smith-McClallen

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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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/07/2022

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/07/2022

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Data
  • 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 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 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.