FRIENDS OF FORDS POND

The Friends are making a park

aka Friends of Ford's Pond   |   Sutherlin, OR   |  https://fordspond.org

Mission

The mission of the Friends of Ford's Pond is to work in a mutual relationship with the City of Sutherlin (City) to assist in the coordination of development and maintenance of the Ford's Pond property for recreational benefit to the City; and to educate the public concerning the health benefits of outdoor recreation and to increase environmental awareness.

Ruling year info

2015

President

James Houseman

Main address

P.O. Box 99

Sutherlin, OR 97479 USA

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EIN

46-5538887

NTEE code info

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sutherlin is located in Douglas County, which is reported as one of the unhealthiest counties in Oregon. According to the 2018 Douglas County Community Health Assessment, several key health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, and dementia could be improved through outdoor recreation, specifically walking in nature.

Our programs

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

Implementation of Master Plan

Begin implementation of the park's facilities identified as 6 phases of construction:
1 Pond Perimeter Path ($705,200) - Funding committed by Oregon state parks grant programs
2A Southeast Community Park; Phase 1 Parking, Restrooms, Paths, Picnic Shelter ($906,345) Funding committed by Oregon state parks grant programs
2B Southeast Community Park; inclusive natural playground ($300,000) - Actively fundraising now!
3 North Frontage; parking, boat launch, boat parking, restroom enclosure ($545,000) - Oregon State Marine Board application submitted in March 2021
4 West Hillside; trails, viewpoints, benches, oak savanna restoration ($194,000) - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners grant for $25,000 underway for oak savanna restoration (400 seedlings planted in 2020)
5 Secondary Trails; viewpoints, bird blinds, shelter ($228,800)
6 Wetland Enhancement; wetland restoration and enhancement, viewing platforms, boardwalks ($476,200)

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

NonProfit Association of Oregon 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

This project will provide safe access to new walking opportunities for existing and expanded user groups and is a priority of the city’s Parks and Open Space Plan (2005) and the Ford’s Pond Master Plan (2017). According to public input during the master planning process, the park’s recreational potential could not be realized due to inaccessibility issues and mobility-challenged persons felt underserved. These barriers were cited as the reason many did not use the park, with “falling/injury” listed as a primary concern. The public’s perception is that the park is only for able-bodied persons. We are aiming to achieve funding for the first improvements at Ford’s Pond, which is a 1.7-mile ADA-Accessible pathway.

Utilize funding through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, private donations and charitable foundations. We have partnered with local organizations Including:
The Ford Family Foundation
Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation
Rotary Club of Sutherlin
Lions Club of Sutherlin
Sutherlin Area Chamber of Commerce
Umpqua Valley Audubon Society
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

We have 5 board members and a pro-bono grant writer and 37 volunteers working hard to achieve our goals.

In 2019, the Friends prepared 2 state parks grants totaling $632,000, on the city's behalf, which were awarded; obtained matching grants and donations totaling $76,000 from The Ford Family Foundation, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Sutherlin Area Chamber of Commerce, C. Giles Hunt Charitable Trust, Rotary and Lions Clubs, local businesses and individuals, to fund the first phase of capital improvements. In 2020, design and engineering services are underway to construct an ADA-accessible path and parking area, and utilities for a future restroom.

Financials

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Operations

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

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FRIENDS OF FORDS POND

Board of directors
as of 3/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James Houseman

Friends of Ford's Pond

Term: 2020 - 2021

Beth Houseman

Retired

Brian Menefee

Wicks Emmett CPA

Larry Whitaker

City of Sutherlin Councilor

Geoff Faraghan

Winery Co-owner

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 ? 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? 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 01/20/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/24/2020

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Policies and processes
  • 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 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.