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THIRD LENS CORPORATION

Where construction + design intersect ministry

aka Third Lens   |   Auburn, AL   |  www.third-lens.org

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Mission

Third Lens is a community of architects, engineers, real estate, and construction professionals who use their talents and resources for eternal purposes. Our vision is to change how nonprofits approach construction projects by taking on the challenges of design-build so our partners can stay on mission while we help grow their impact. Third Lens provides architectural design, engineering, and construction management services to ministries with building needs. Mission Statement: To design and build environments of healing, empowerment, and redemption

Ruling year info

2010

President

Brian O'Neil

Main address

PO Box 2723

Auburn, AL 36831 USA

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EIN

27-0670656

NTEE code info

Unknown (Z99)

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Programs and results

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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?

Design and Construction Management

Third Lens provides end-to-end Program Management Services to other faith-based nonprofits in need of facilities.

Services include:
• Site Selection
• Master Planning
• Design Management
• Permitting
• Budgeting & Scheduling
• Contract Negotiations
• Construction Management

The ministry hires local labor and professionals whenever possible to support the local economy. Our
experience has found this to be the most cost- and time-efficient method. Additionally, we hire and train a local staff member or church affiliate to be the eyes and earson the ground. Vocational training is a key impact of Third Lens’ work in the mission field. Program managers utilize technology to monitor progress and make periodical site visits, as needed.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of facilities improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Christians, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Design and Construction Management

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Projects in which design and/or construction has been completed.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Design and Construction Management

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of lives impacted by projects under management

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Health, Religious groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Design and Construction Management

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are estimates given to us by our in-country partners related to the number of lives each facility will impact in the lifetime of the building.

Amount of development costs managed (completed projects only)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Design and Construction Management

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Value of development costs for construction projects completed in a fiscal year.** **design-only projects not considered

Amount of donated services donated to projects

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Design and Construction Management

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In-kind valuation of donated professional services as provided by the volunteer.

Total amount of donations received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Design and Construction Management

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Projects
• 30 Completed Projects
• 60 Projects Launched
• Establish formal Project Selection Process
• $1.25MM in donated, in-kind services
Places
• Open a Regional Field Office
Process
• Launch Project Launch - Church Initiative
• Open Design Studio (board goal)
• Launch Fellowship Program (board goal)
• New Project Launch Services
• Establish formal Staff Support requirements and tools
People
• Staff Leadership Development Curriculum (“TLU”)
• Fully Staffed PM Team
• Place 10 fellows/missionaries in the field at some point
• 60 Interns complete the program
• Full-time development officer
Partners
• 100 New Industry Partners
• 30 New Ministry Partners
• 5 New Strategic Partners


2022 Staff Goals

People
• Business Plan: Staff Leadership Development Program
• Hire 2nd PM in addition to Ed Wright
• Line up 1 fellow for 2023
• 12 interns complete the program
• Job Description for Development Officer

Partners
• 20 New Industry Partners
• 6 New Ministry Partners
• 1 New Strategic Partner

Process
• Complete ‘The Third Lens Way’ PM Manual
• Establish Vision for Church Initiative
• Business Plan for Design Studio
• Business Plan for Fellowship Program
• Observe Opportunities: Facility Activation and Financial Services
• Set fundraising goal for active full-time staff for 2022
• Explainer Video Produced in 2022

Projects
• 6 Completed Projects
• 12 new Projects Launched
• Written project selection process
• $250k of donated, in-kind services

Places
• Vision Plan: Hub-and-spoke model

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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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THIRD LENS CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 02/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Lecraw

Gaskins + Lecraw

Term: 2022 - 2023

Brian O'Neil

Third Lens

Tom Rhodes

Bradfield, Richards, Rhodes, and Associates

Brent Reid

Winter Construction

Artis Johnson

Johnson Construction Services

Jack Godfrey

Greater Georgia Concrete

Bill McMahon

Third Lens

Katie Leonard

Pratt Industries

Ryan Austin

Hoar Program Management

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 2/23/2024

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/21/2022

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 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 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 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.