Educational Institutions

FRIENDS OF OUTDOOR SCHOOL

Engage. Support. Advocate.

Portland, OR

Mission

Friends of Outdoor School is dedicated to increasing student access to Oregon Outdoor School programs that contribute to educational development, inspire youth, and promote personal growth.

Ruling Year

2011

Executive Director

Ms. Kim Silva

Main Address

PO Box 82684

Portland, OR 97282 USA

Keywords

Oregon, "Outdoor School", "outdoor education", education

EIN

27-4657069

 Number

7711072676

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

For many children, Outdoor School is their very first experience hiking in a forest, getting their feet wet in a stream or exploring sea life along a sandy beach. For others, ODS gives them new understanding and perspectives about the natural world they thought they already knew. These experiences expand young minds and can transform lives.

Unfortunately, due to education budget cuts by 2015 participation had fallen from over 80 percent to approximately 45 percent.

Additionally, numerous barriers exist that have historically limited participation by underserved communities.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Outdoor School funding

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of policies formally established

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Outdoor School funding

Estimated number of new funding sources secured for the sector

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Outdoor School funding

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TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Outdoor School funding

Estimated number of supportive policies secured for the sector

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Outdoor School funding

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Outdoor School funding

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our Vision: Every Oregon student attends a week of Outdoor School. Mission: Friends of Outdoor School is dedicated to increasing student access to Oregon Outdoor School programs that contribute to educational development, inspire youth, and promote personal growth. Our goals are to: Secure permanent funding outside of the K-12 budget so that all students in the state may attend a week of ODS Engage the community of Oregon ODS lovers to champion for and engage with ODS Build networks among community groups, businesses, nonprofits, school districts, and government agencies to raise the profile of ODS, in order to ensure program accessibility and success.

We accomplish our mission through advocacy, fundraising, and community engagement. Friends of ODS is the key connection between Outdoor School and the larger community of individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies that support Outdoor School programming. Our current strategies include: -Positively influencing the implementation of SB439 and M99 by working with Oregon State University (OSU) Extension, Oregon State Legislature, the Governor, Oregon Department of Education, Oregon State Board of Higher Education, and other relevant State agencies. -Building an active network of ODS providers and sites to work together to provide outstanding ODS experiences to students. -Training and engaging the ODS stakeholders across the state to advocate for ODS to decision-makers. -Organizing communities around the state to support and champion their local ODS programs and sites.

Since 2003, Friends of Outdoor School has carefully built support for Oregon Outdoor School. Our vast network connects Outdoor School programs, facilities, school districts, funders, volunteers, city and state government, and others to Outdoor School and to each other.

Our goals are to: -Secure permanent funding outside of the K-12 budget so that all students in the state may attend a week of ODS -Engage the community of Oregon ODS lovers to champion for and engage with ODS -Build networks among community groups, businesses, nonprofits, school districts, and government agencies to raise the profile of ODS, in order to ensure program accessibility and success. We will know we are making progress when: -Full funding for Measure 99 is secured from the Oregon Legislature and that all Oregon students have access to a week of Outdoor School -Outdoor School programs have the capacity to host the demand of all the schools in Oregon -Outdoor School sites are developed to provide a safe, inspiring, and educational experience for each student -Outdoor School programs and sites are engaging with each other to share best practices, celebrate successes, and solve problems

In 2015, Friends of ODS was instrumental in helping to pass Oregon Senate Bill 439, which established the first-ever statewide Outdoor School program.

In 2016, we led a coalition to secure the state funding needed. That November, 67% of Oregon voters passed the measure into state law. However, due to a $1.6 billion state budget shortfall, the $22 million per year that the measure designated for the new state program was cut to $12 million.

Friends of ODS continues the fight for the full $22 million to be reinstated, and for the funds to remain a permanent part of the state budget.

Moreover, Friends of ODS and the majority of our partners continue to undergo training and other work in diversity, inclusion and equity as we continue to support all communities' participation in this life-changing program.

External Reviews

Financials

FRIENDS OF OUTDOOR SCHOOL

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & 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