Friends of the Domes Inc

Cultivating a Life Long Love of Nature

Milwaukee, WI   |  https://milwaukeedomes.org/

Mission

To carry on educational, recreational or scientific programs or activities for the benefit and support of the Domes located in Mitchell Park, Milwaukee County

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Christa Beall Diefenbach

Main address

524 S Layton Blvd

Milwaukee, WI 53215 USA

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EIN

39-1727792

NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

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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?

Education Center

Our education center hosts thousands of visitors of all ages annually. Our rotating exhibits provide opportunities for our community to engage with nature in an urban setting. Our two full time educators create programming and exhibits to ensure the visitor experience is engaging and diverse at every visit.

Mission:
The Friends of the Domes (FOD) experiential Education Program will provide diversified and engaging hands-on education to better connect adults, families, and children with nature.

The goals of our Education Program include:
Interpreting the conservatory collection to the public, providing every person opportunities to acquire nature-based knowledge, providing programming that attenders find educational and satisfactory and promoting positivity racial inclusivity in our diverse local neighborhoods.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children
Parents
Caregivers
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve individuals throughout the community and abroad. Our visitors include, but are not limited to: school children (k-12) throughout Wisconsin, caregivers, families, and the elderly.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, many of our visitors have not been able to physically enter the Domes. In order to continue engaging with our community, we have created a number of online and virtual workshops, field trips, and educational materials for our community to interact with. Our educators continue to offer virtual learning sessions for schools throughout Wisconsin where they highlight the importance of the natural world and provide resources on sustainable living.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We believe that access to the natural world is a human right. As such, our community members and visitors are kept at the center of our programming. We make an effort to remain transparent to our community stakeholders and keep them aware of our future. We have found that this open communication has created an environment of inclusivity for our visitors. Many of them have an intimate connection to the Domes and remain supportive of strategies to maintain and strengthen this one-of-a-kind conservatory.

  • 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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Friends of the Domes Inc

Board of directors
as of 06/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeremy Guth

Praelucens Law

Peter Smiley

Praelucens Law

Margaret Wittig

Beverly Smiley

Karen Vin Rueden

Tom Mortensen

Mike Roemer

Marianne Schmid

Jack Smileyt

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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/22/2022

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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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.