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SUSTAINABLE HONEYBEE PROGRAM INC

Better bees, better beekeepers

aka SHP   |   Alexandria, VA   |  http://www.sustainablebees.org/index.html

Mission

To provide education and experience in sustainable beekeeping best practices related to stress free beekeeping resulting in improved honeybee health and sustainability.

Ruling year info

2011

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Richard Whitlow

Main address

P.O. Box 467

Alexandria, VA 22313 USA

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EIN

26-3620983

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Other Services (D60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sustainable Honey Program seeks to address the following problems: (1) best practices for sideline and hobby beekeepers (2) improved regional honeybee stocks (3) regional economic development using honeybees and hive products to promote economic growth

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?

Hygienic Queen Program

The hygienic queen program is designed to produce honey bee queens that exhibit significantly increased hygienic behavior. Hygienic behavior is the tendency for bees to detect and remove from the colony bees that are diseased or dead. In rapidly removing dead and diseased bees the colony increases the possibility of remaining healthy. Hygienic testing is performed periodically using standard methods where a small selection of brood is frozen and then examined 24 hours later to determine removal rates. If all the dead brood has been removed then the queen is rated at 100% hygienic. SHP uses only 100% hygienic queens as its breeder queens.

Population(s) Served
Adults
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$10,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

1. Establish Sustainable Bee Practices. To establish and sustain practices that support and sustain highly desirable traits in SHP bee stocks, known as the “Virginia Honeybee", without the need for chemical intervention in hives or surrounding areas.<br/>2. Nurture the Development of Beekeepers. To nurture the development of beekeepers at all levels by providing appropriate knowledge, skills and experience based on sustainable best practices in bee husbandry.<br/>3. Develop Strong Community Partnerships. To develop strong collaborative partnerships and strategic liaisons with key stakeholders in the community and related entities. <br/>4. Build the SHP Staff. To develop sustainable recruitment and retention mechanisms for highly qualified volunteers at SHP. <br/>5. Secure Sustainable Funding. To secure sustainable funding that provides all needed equipment, facilities, and resources to support SHP continuity.

1. Create a Virginia Honeybee (a model for regions to establish beekeeping as a viable economic driver)<br/>2. Create and Deliver Intermediate & Advanced Beekeeping Courseware (the basis of growth in regional beekeeping at the hobby and sideline levels)<br/>3. Develop an SHP Staff to Support the SHP Vision, Mission, and Goals<br/>4. Develop an SHP Endowment Fund

1. Dedicated and capable staff with extensive private sector experience<br/>2. Deep bench of experience beekeepers<br/>3. A reasonably supportive community of donors

SHP employs the following KPIs to determine progress towards goals and objectives: Regional sustainable bee stocks 1. Survival rates > 90% (measured at March 1 and September 1) 2. Hygienic bees in => 25% of hives (March) 3. # Regional Programs Completed > 2 per calendar year 4. Overall Rating of Regional Programs => 75% (post program survey of recipients) Training & Education 1. Courses delivered => 1 per calendar year 2. Workshops delivered => 4 per calendar year Staff 1. Staff Retention Rate > 70% 2. Volunteer Retention Rate > 50% 3. Staff Training > 2 per calendar year SHP Endowment 1. Donations from outside volunteers > $5000 per calendar year 2. Board meetings => 2 per calendar year

Progress To-Date (2019) Develop sustainable bees • Over winter survival rates for our bee stocks for the winter of 2018/19 was 92% (all hives all loss sources) and 96% (nucleus hives, all loss sources). • Hygienic testing was not conducted in Spring of 2019 • No regional beekeeper programs were completed in 2019 • No program recipients rated the regional program. Education & Training • 4 courses were delivered in 2019 • 2 workshops were delivered in 2016 2 Staff • Staff Retention Rate > 100% • Volunteer Retention Rate ~ 45% • No staff training was conducted in 2019 SHP Endowment • Donations from non-volunteers $17,700 in 2019 • The board met twice in 2019.

Financials

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Operations

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

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

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