FRIENDS OF THE BETSIE VALLEY TRAIL

Beulah, MI   |  betsievalleytrail.org

Mission

Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail is a benevolent friend of the Trail. It supports the efforts of the DNR and County and intends to see that the Trail is maintained and enjoyed.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Jed Maker

Main address

PO Box 474

Beulah, MI 49617 USA

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EIN

38-3092450

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are two distinct target populations for the Trail: residents and tourists. The Trail provides residents of Elberta with access to a grocery store, restaurants, shops and businesses, and the beach in Frankfort without having to ride a bicycle, or walk on highway M-22. The Trail similarly provides residents of Frankfort with safe access to restaurants and businesses in Elberta, plus the Elberta Bluff natural area, and the Elberta beach.

The Trail provides tourists with an opportunity to sightsee at a slower pace, and visit natural areas that aren't accessible by car. Tourists can also visit neighboring communities without having to drive and find a place to park their car.

Both tourists and residents utilize the Trail as a safe place for outdoor recreation and fitness activities.

In the nearly 20 years the Trail has been in place, the daily usage provides evidence that there is a need for non-motorized travel in the community.

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?

Trail maintenance and education

Raise funds to provide for Trail maintenance, and educate the public about the Trail.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of new donors

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Shows contributions and memberships. Does not include income from special events, or grants received.

Average online donation

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of website sessions

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We were excited to launch our blog last December and our traffic is already way up in 2020!

Number of overall donors

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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of list subscribers

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail non-profit organization was formed in 1993 "to advocate, promote and encourage the development and successful operation of a recreational trail on the former Ann Arbor Railroad corridor in Benzie County." For over 20 years it has supported the efforts of the DNR and County in creating the Trail, and intends to see that the Trail is maintained and enjoyed.

The Friends grant funds for the maintenance of the Trail above the annual $10,000 grant from the DNR. The Trail is regularly blown free of debris, and volunteers along with Trail Adopters conduct clean-up events. Signage, benches, and overlooks have all been installed over the years.

The Friends communicate by mail three times a year with its membership of 300+, plus an additional list of 400+ individuals and families that have donated to the Trail over the years. These solicitations raise approximately $30,000 annually.

The Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail communicates by mail three times a year with its membership of 300+, plus an additional list of 400+ individuals and families that have donated to the Trail over the years. The Friends also communicates monthly to a list of 400+ e-news subscribers, and 400+ Facebook followers. These solicitations bring in ~$30,000 annually.

The Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail consists of a Board of 9 volunteer members, plus an ex-officio Trail Care Coordinator who oversees maintenance and construction needs for the Trail. They are 100% paid-up members of The Friends, and have made monetary donations of varying amounts to both the operating account and the Wm. R. Olsen Endowment for the Betsie Valley Trail.

The Trail corridor was acquired by the DNR in 1996, and the Trail was paved between Frankfort and Beulah in 2000. All 22 miles of the Trail are maintained regularly with the assistance of a grant from the DNR.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF THE BETSIE VALLEY TRAIL

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jed Maker

Kris Welty

Bryce Dreeszen

Beth Roethler

Roger Perry

John Rothhaar

Julie Williams

Bill Skaff

Tom Jackson

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