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SINGING CREEK EDUCATIONAL CENTER

Cottage Grove, OR   |  https://www.singingcreekcenter.org/

Mission

To inspire children and families toward an appreciation of local history through hands-on learning.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Karen Rainsong

Main address

PO Box 1012

Cottage Grove, OR 97424 USA

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EIN

47-3354809

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Folk Arts (A24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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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?

Summer Camp

Children experience hisory with our varied hands-on programs and they learn by doing. They experience games, crafts, cooking, gardening, costumed interpreters that share specialties like the herbalist, or the trappers. Experiences like nature exploration along the river, journaling, and studying local history make these camps well-rounded. They learn values like teamwork, perseverance, honoring elders, and respect for the land. Our Native American (Indigenous) teaching in local libraries brings responsive cultural programming to rural areas.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Each month our homeschool groups experience a three hour class including crafts, activities, games, time in nature, and circle time which includes discussion, presentation, and learning. The classes include learning about the Indigenous peoples of the area, including cultural awareness and respect. They run from September to May and include monthly homework. Children learn about Oregon history in a fun and engaging way, with a small class size and plenty of personal attention. With our online program September - May kids learn about a variety of subjects with videos and activities. Themes include Justice & Inclusion, Storytelling, Eco-friendly Living, Local Native American stories and crafts, and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Teachers and their classes of children travel back in time with us in historic house, lead by three interpreters who teach about the pioneer, trapper, and Kalapuya Indigenous people. The children learn respect for other cultures and the context in which white settlement happened in Oregon. They make a craft to take home, and touch and learn about items related to each historical group, including learning historic names and uses for tools and other objects.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Living History Farms and Museums (ALHFAM) 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, 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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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

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SINGING CREEK EDUCATIONAL CENTER

Board of directors
as of 08/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Williamson

Justin Ahrenholz

Father

Ann Dockendorf

Aragon Alpacas

Tom Romano

Author

Beth Armbrust

Occupational Therapist

Amanda Ferguson

Planner

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 ? 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/6/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. 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.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.