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Keep Akron Beautiful

It's up to all of us!

aka KAB   |   Akron, OH   |  www.keepakronbeautiful.org

Mission

Keep Akron Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, which was established in 1981 to implement a comprehensive litter prevention, recycling promotion, and beautification program for the City of Akron. The agency develops and implements public education and community improvement programs on litter prevention, recycling, waste management and beautification to encourage citizens to take pride in Akron by participating in these activities.

Ruling year info

1981

Principal Officer

Ms. Jacqueline (Jacqui) Kay Flaherty-Ricchiuti

Main address

850 E Market St

Akron, OH 44305 USA

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EIN

34-1341298

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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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?

Litter

LITTER COLLECTION PROGRAM
Litter & Illegal Dumping Removal Five Days a Week
Keep Akron Beautiful litter and illegal dumping removal is performed Monday through Friday throughout the year by an in-house litter crew who supervises court-ordered community service workers.

In 2019, we removed 113.05 tons of litter and illegal dumping!

CLEAN UP AKRON MONTH
Our Largest Volunteer Impact of the Year
Clean Up Akron Month is KAB’s largest volunteer effort of the year. Every April, thousands of volunteers from all around the area take the initiative to get involved and help clean up their city.

LOAN-A-RECEPTACLE
Litter & Recycling Receptacles for Public Events
Keep Akron Beautiful loans out 50-gallon litter and/or recycling receptacles to assist with public litter control at public space events. These 50-gallon wax-coated cardboard trash and recycling containers are borrowed for use at downtown festivals, Lock 3 concerts, city park events, Soap Box Derby, etc.

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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 participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Litter

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Keep America Beautiful results

Number of press articles published

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

Litter

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/cleveland/news/2022/03/23/akron-has-a-big-litter-problem https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/news/local/2022/10/14/keep-akron-beautiful-littering-down-akron-city-communit

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.

Strategic Priority 1: We will provide high quality, sustainable programs and services that are closely aligned with the Keep Akron Beautiful mission.

Strategic Priority 2: We will nurture, seek and develop partnerships that increase program impact, financial support and visibility/awareness for KAB.

Strategic Priority 3: We will build financial strength and sustainability through accountability, revenue growth, fundraising and risk management.

Strategic Priority 4: We will share stories that demonstrate the impact of KAB’s programs and attract others to support our mission.

Strategic Priority 5: We will develop and maintain effective board leadership and a high-performing workforce.


Strategic Goal 1-1: Install and maintain professional urban gardens, called Flowerscape and Adopt-A-Sites, located on highly visible public sites.
Strategic Goal 1-2: Promote and support the City of Akron’s recycling programs.
Strategic Goal 1-3: Provide litter and illegal dumping collection services and graffiti eradication on public property.
Strategic Goal 2-1: Work with local government, schools, community organizations, corporations and the philanthropic community to bring together people and resources to support our mission.
Strategic Goal 2-2: Develop partnerships that help us increase the diversity of our workforce, our board and our volunteers, and our ability to better serve the community.
Strategic Goal 3-1: Ensure sound fiscal practices.
Strategic Goal 3-2: Increase unrestricted fundraising and revenue generation.
Strategic Goal 3-3: Protect our people and our property.
Strategic Goal 4-1: Develop communications plan that uses a variety of channels to reach diverse audiences.
Strategic Goal 4-2: Position/promote KAB’s CEO and other staff as subject matter experts in urban beautification, recycling and other mission-related topics.
Strategic Goal 4-3: Emphasize use of social media platforms to tell KAB story.
Strategic Goal 4-4: Make connections with neighborhoods throughout the City of Akron.
Strategic Goal 5-1: Follow the best practices of nonprofit governance.
Strategic Goal 5-2: Develop and maintain a high-performing workforce.

Keep Akron Beautiful has bold goals, but a great team- board and staff in place to meet these goals.

Strategic Goal 1-1: Install and maintain professional urban gardens, called Flowerscape and Adopt-A-Sites, located on highly visible public sites.
Objective: Ensure that Flowerscape garden plans include elements of beauty, wildlife habitat, native plantings, food production and ecological benefits. For the third year, KAB worked with the Great Streets Akron program to support beautification efforts in selected neighborhoods. Leah worked with Mark Greer, Coordinator of Great Streets Akron, on the partnership which will continue in 2023.

Objective: Secure adequate funding and equipment to support beautification programs. KAB is seeking $5,000 in funding to fence in the back area near the office building to provide secure storage for plants. A grant request to Akron Community Foundation was declined so the search for funding continues.

Strategic Goal 1-2: Promote and support the City of Akron’s recycling programs.
Objective: Work with the City of Akron Sanitation and Recycling Department to carry out the program’s goals, including the education of residents on the importance of recycling and how to recycle properly. Recycle Right achieved a 13% decrease in the recycling contamination rate in 2022; the rate dropped from 25.88% to 22.3%.

Strategic Goal 1-3: Provide litter and illegal dumping collection services and graffiti eradication on public property.
Objective: Recruit, train and hire a litter workforce to support our Litter Coordinator and Litter Supervisor. The City denied KAB’s requests for funding for additional staffing for litter removal in 2022 and 2023, so the current staff. (Daniel and William) will continue to handle the work as well as possible.

Strategic Goal 2-1: Work with local government, schools, community organizations, corporations and the philanthropic community to bring together people and resources to support our mission.
Objective: Work with Akron Public Schools, specifically Litchfield CLC, on their Middle School College & Career Academies to inform, educate and engage middle school students on what Keep Akron Beautiful does in the community. Jacqui agreed to serve on the advisory board for the Career & Academy Nonprofit Leadership team. Jacqui and Leah led projects days with students in May (Flowerscape and potted plants) and October (bulb planting at the school). A very successful partnership.

Strategic Goal 3-2: Increase unrestricted fundraising and revenue generation. Objective: Expand the role of current and former board members in financial development activities including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. CJ implemented new committees for external and internal relations for the KAB board.

Strategic Goal 4-1: Develop communications plan that uses a variety of channels to reach diverse audiences.
Objective: Share more stories with media – newspaper, radio, online publications, TV, etc. Jacqui wrote an Op-Ed to the ABJ, very successful!

Financials

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Keep Akron Beautiful

Board of directors
as of 03/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

CJ Haines

Core Scientific

Term: 2022 - 2024

Geary James

Dominion

Lisa Denholm

Sikich Financial

Randy Katz

Summit County Apiary

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/8/2023

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:

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White/Caucasian/European
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Female
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