Educational Institutions

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Providing life-long learning opportunities since 1930.

aka Thomas Dunn Learning Center   |   Saint Louis, MO   |  www.tdunn.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1931

Executive Director

Paula O Gaertner

Main address

3113 Gasconade St

Saint Louis, MO 63118 USA

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EIN

43-6020367

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

HiSET/Work Readiness

The Hi-SET program prepares people to take their HiSET (GED) exam and possibly continue on to trade school or college. We offer individual and small group tutoring, flexible hours, and scholarships to pay for the testing. Work Readiness happens through computer classes and a variety of soft skills workshops.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Daily open hours for the community to use the computer lab and library. Homework helpers and tutors for junior high through adult. Resume editing, job search assistance, ACT prep, financial empowerment, and other drop-in programs offered.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Music, Art, Film, Book, Food, Civics... A holistic approach to the enrichment of our region by offering a variety of health and wellness classes, themed art receptions, space for other organizations to meet and teach, and much more are offered in a variety of programs and to ages 13 and up. A computer lab, multiple classrooms, art room, library, training kitchen, and gardens help provide the background for multiple passions.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

A group of engaged young adults (teen years) who meet regularly, learning about and giving back to the region. Growing in many different ways to be the voice of our community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)

(The Place)- In the summer of 2019, we acquired space in Marquette Recreation Center for a Drop-In Center that is staffed by Thomas Dunn Learning Center employees and University practicum students. Organically, the Youth Manager and university practicum students will develop relationships/mentorships with teens to assist them on a case by case basis.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
At-risk youth

Where we work

Awards

DIstinguised Building: Careful Stewardship 2015

AIA

Affiliations & memberships

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America 1937

USA Boxing 2015

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
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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. <br/><br/>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.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis

Jill Forbes

Craig Schmid

Roderick Nunn

Gary Gunter

Terry Nelson

Geoffrey Grammer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 11/11/2019

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 without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

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
  • 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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.

Keywords

Education, Culture, Enrichment, Civics