Ralph & Lilian Fendig Summer Theatre for Children Inc

Creative/performing Arts for Children by Children

aka Fendig Theatre for Children, Fendig Summer Theatre for Children   |   RENSSELAER, IN   |  FendigTheatre.org

Mission

Organization's Mission: To help children discover themselves, build confidence and connect with their community through creative/performing arts activities. Organization’s Expanded Vision: To become the organization known for bringing all people of Jasper County together to collaborate, learn new things, tell stories of the past, present and future, consider different perspectives, share ideas, seek understanding and connect with each other.

Ruling year info

1987

Board President

Heather Heinig

Board Treasurer

Michelle Potter

Main address

503 S Melville St

RENSSELAER, IN 47978 USA

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Formerly known as

Rensselaer Summer Theatre

EIN

35-1691308

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1976, Fendig Summer Theatre has aimed to teach our community's children how to run a theatrical production all on their own. Adults assist the children in learning how to produce a show, but everything the night of the performances is done by the children. Every child who auditions is given a role or can assist in the various aspects it takes to run a production. Being able to provide this experience for the community makes Fendig Summer Theatre unique and inclusive to all children regardless of background and experience who live in the Rensselaer Central School District. Fendig serves around seventy children every summer at no cost to the members. Fendig provides the youth with a quality, educational theatre experience.

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?

Summer Production

The Summer Production is our main program providing an opportunity for children living in and/or attending school at the Rensselaer Central School Corporation district boundaries. The children must have finished 4th grade through 8th grade. Any Child wishing to participate will receive a role and/or participate in the technical portions of the show such as lighting, sound, set construction, make-up, costuming or any other areas of the production. We have three performances, when the show starts, the children runs the show. Theatre for children by children.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adults

Fendig Theatre for Children is providing digital content on our Facebook and Instagram pages, Youtube episodes, creative/performance workshops, radio shows, video performances, Zoom meets and more. Our organization was looking for ways to increase our impact. The pandemic forced us to try something we never even thought about, showing us just how much we really can make a difference. To date we have had participants not only from our local community but from thirty four additional Indiana counties and seven other states!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Parents

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our program goals include giving the children an opportunity to learn about the performing arts through a high quality theatre experience. This experience also provides the children and other community members to engage with each other to enhance the quality of life within the community.

Strategies to be successful are to have a board of directors dedicated to the longevity of our program throughout the year. We also strive to hire talented staff to educate and train our children. Staff members must understand that our goals include teaching performing arts skills as well as skills focusing on teamwork and communication with all involved, the children and our volunteers. In the end the participants have experience in how their individual part combines with others to impact a community.

The Fendig Summer Theatre for Children has been successfully implementing our program for forty four years. We have worked hard to be a positive presence in the Rensselaer community. Priorities are taken to ensure resources are used efficiently, the community is involved and that we communicate with our patrons. The program has an endowment set up to ensure we have long term investments for the program as well as the generosity of our patrons both in funds donated as well as knowledge to pass on the each year's participants.

The program has produced forty four successful full length performances. Many of our alumni go on to give back to the program exclaiming experiences shaping how the program shaped their lives and how it helped them understand the power of participating in the community.

What's next? In addition to preparing for our 45th summer production, we are in the process of acquiring our own property to develop a warehouse for our resources, a space to expand education in the arts and a venue to hold additional performances throughout the year.

Financials

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Operations

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Ralph & Lilian Fendig Summer Theatre for Children Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Heather Heinig

The Ralph & Lilian Fendig Summer Theatre for Children

Term: 2011 -


Board co-chair

Michelle Potter

The Ralph & Lilian Fendig Summer Theatre for Children

Term: 2019 -

Michelle Potter

Jeff Gastineau

Jon Messman

Kristie Housman

Beth Houston

Kyle Geesa

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 ? 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? Not applicable
  • 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 10/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's 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

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

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 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.