Educational Institutions

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Providing life-long learning opportunities since 1930.

aka Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Saint Louis, MO

Mission

We enrich lives through engaging learning experiences. Our partnerships promote individual growth and enhance the community's quality of life.

Ruling Year

1931

Executive Director

Paula O Gaertner

Main Address

3113 Gasconade St

Saint Louis, MO 63118 USA

Keywords

Education, Culture, Enrichment, Civics

EIN

43-6020367

 Number

5520576388

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Through our programs, we inspire, expand, and enrich lives to anyone in our region, with educational, cultural, and civic opportunities. We expect that these opportunities, the organic "ah-ha moments", and the provision of a "third space" will also give hope to those in our community with little means. Issues addressed in our immediate community: - Approximately 40% are younger than 24 years old, undereducated and underemployed. - Approximately 50% of households are living below the poverty line. - The mortality rate, especially for heart disease, is one of the highest in the region.

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

HiSET/Work Readiness

Study Hall

Enrichment, Culture, Education classes, workshops, etc.

Southside Youth Council

Teen Drop-in Center (The Place)

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Enrichment, Culture, Education classes, workshops, etc.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the total number of students attending free classes and workshops.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Enrichment, Culture, Education classes, workshops, etc.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We host space for the St. Louis Health Dept. Catch and Release Program, Stray Rescue, and Purina Op Spot (Operating Room Van) to house, care, and spay/neuter, while we educate the community.

Total number of organization members

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Study Hall

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The organization began a new membership program in the fall of 2016. Participants using the building for open computer lab, library, and art lab now check in and out

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Enrichment, Culture, Education classes, workshops, etc.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Our Artist-In-Residence created classes and workshops that served 425 people over 396 hours. Focus was on clay, needle crafts, paper crafts, painting, and drawing.

Number of students enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our vision is to be the hub of continued education, cultural, civic, and enrichment learning for everyone in the St. Louis region over the age of 13.

Partnering with a wide range of organizations to collaborate on programing, continually searching out passionate educators of all kinds, and changing up classes we offer every semester to meet the needs and desires of those we serve.

Our consistently updated strategic plan, forward-thinking board and staff, and the architecturally award-winning facility provide us with the foundation.

Our beautiful light-filled space, the volunteers who are committed to us, and our staff continues to build capacity each semester.

The numbers in our classes, those who acquire a HiSET diploma, and those who can state that they have increased their own knowledge or skills in different areas are all measurable. The expansion of enrichment classes, having repeat attendees and having waiting lists: for classes, for those who want to teach at Thomas Dunn Learning Center, and those who want to use our Non-profit Incubator space are all indicators that we are making progress.

We have accomplished the collaboration of organizations to develop some major programs such as YouthBuild, HiSET, and People's University. We have developed successful partnerships in our incubator space, and building our computer lab has been a great asset for the community. We have been losing some of our retired and senior population that have always loved our history and enrichment classes and we hope to build that demographic, as well as reaching some of our smaller immigrant population.

External Reviews

Awards

DIstinguised Building: Careful Stewardship 2015

AIA

Affiliations & Memberships

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 1937

USA Boxing 2015

Photos

Financials

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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?

Yes

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?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/11/2019

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

Race & Ethnicity

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

Disability

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Equity Strategies

Last updated: 11/11/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data

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We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
done
We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.

Policies and processes

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We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
done
We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
done
We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
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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.