Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation

EUREKA SPGS, AR   |  esccfoundation.org

Mission

To inspire community center advocacy and financial support.

Ruling year info

2015

Board Chairperson

Diane Murphy

Main address

PO BOX 126

EUREKA SPGS, AR 72632 USA

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EIN

47-4843865

NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2010, voters funded a new Eureka Springs High School leaving the former high school property for sale. The Eureka Springs School Board asked its Facilities Committee to form a subcommittee (which became the Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation) to develop a plan for the property. Holding several charrettes with residents to get ideas about the vacated property, the overwhelming choice was a community center. The community recognized that there was an important missing element to improving their quality of life and in building a stronger Eureka Springs - a community center which offers classes, a gym, indoor exercise, a gathering space, outdoor recreation, and special events. The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation has brought hope to residents that this gateway to the historic district will continue to be developed for community use. It has been met with enthusiasm and gratitude from Eureka Springs residents when each goal in the development plan has been met.

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?

Eureka Springs Community Center

We offer a full week of classes, programs, and opportunities to use the gym and the Fitness Center to people in the Western District of Carroll County. We also offer day passes to area visitors. The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation (ESCCF) was established as a 501c3 organization in 2015 to transform the abandoned, deteriorating campus of the old Eureka Springs High School into a vibrant facility that engages youth, families, and seniors, re-energizes community spirit and provides focused activities for people of all ages.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation is committed to the redevelopment plan for Eureka Springs Community Center Campus.

This redevelopment plan will:

* IMPROVE quality of life for residents through development of a community center, splash park, and community trails.
* LAUNCH a professional opportunity by adding 13,000 Sq. Ft. of Class A office space, called the Eureka Springs Business Center.
* CREATE a multi-use green space including an outdoor, farmers markets, and an exhibition space.
* STIMULATE economic development by adding handicap accessible meeting space for government and private meetings.
* RESPECT the environment by developing a strategy for energy-efficient and sustainable facilities.
* ADD a community greenhouse, youth activity room and community living room for community gatherings and growth.

Board committees need to community fund raise, to seek grants, and to foster relationships with potential individual donors, businesses and corporations for immediate and long-term giving.

Their fundraising success allows:
* improvements to be made to the community center campus.
* staff to be hired to manage the Center including organizing classes and events to be held at the community center for area residents.

Fundraising strategies change in volatile times, such as the 2020 Covid-19 health crisis, but commitment drives the Community Center Foundation Board to continue, albeit somewhat differently, fundraising activities to meet operational and capital improvement expenses.

A major component of the funding sustainability plan from the start was developing the Eureka Springs Business Center, 9 units available, 900-3700 sq ft. located on the community center campus. Revenue generated from these leases will support much of the operational expenses of the Eureka Springs Community Center. The Property Manager is working with the Board to have the Eureka Springs Business Center fully occupied.

Community support in the local banking community has always been strong for the Eureka Springs Community Center, evidenced by a grant awarded which allowed the Foundation to build a walking trail around the community center campus. The trail is solid surface and level, accommodating a wide range of walkers. The trail success inspires the Board to seek additional funding for lights, benches and exercise equipment all of which will enhance the trail experience for its users.

The continued nurturing of the Foundation's relationship with local banking institutions allows improvements to the Center which, in turn, improves the quality of life for the community's residents.

The Board's Grants Committee is focused on a writing grants to assist with the construction of an outdoor event pavilion to be used by the Eureka Springs Farmers Market and others. They regularly review other grant opportunities.

Grants are also being targeted to rehabilitate a large area in the community center. Once completed, this area will be open for social events and community meetings further cementing the value of the community center to area residents.

The Board's Major Donor Committee is working on a strategy which includes outright gifts and planned gifts such as wills, trusts, remainder trusts. Committee members are presenting these donation choices to potential major donors.

Partnerships with other area non-profits have been fostered with great success in programming and resource sharing. This strategy will continue to be employed in future project to the benefit of both organizations.

The Community Center staff join the Board in promoting community center memberships and room rentals adding an important component to the operations budget.

The Eureka Springs Community Center has a full-sized gymnasium with bleachers, a large Fitness Center with new professional equipment, two large meeting rooms and a large outdoor space for classes, activities and events. The campus is centrally located in Eureka Springs with plenty of parking. The small dedicated staff brings new recreational activities to the Center and supports the existing programs and activities. The Community Center Foundation Board is fully engaged in assisting the staff and in taking on the responsibility of fundraising to support the operational costs of the running a community center and for continued capital improvements to the campus.

The Board aggressively seeks out major donors, large operational grants, and corporate support. Much success has been realized with over 1,000 donations made to the Community Center Foundation since its inception in 2015. These donors realize the valuable resource the community center is to the community and that their charitable giving keeps the doors open.

Both the staff and the board actively seek out local and regional partnerships to mutually benefit their objectives. These productive relationships create events and activities that are beyond the scope of individual organizations and present them to larger audiences.

In 2019, the Eureka Springs Community Center (ESCC) offered a variety of classes from Art classes in partnership with Eureka Springs School of the Arts to Zumba® exercise. There was enthusiastic participation in ESCC classes, programs and activities with annual family and individual memberships at 392.

The staff increased to five employees.

Work was completed on remodeling the Fitness Center, a major goal of the Eureka Springs Community Center. It opened in May 2019. Renovation included insulation, LED lighting, ceiling fans, security cameras, new HVAC units, padded flooring and the installation of quality cardio and weight equipment.

The Community Center held its first Summer Youth Program which included access to a nearby motel swimming pool and crafts afternoons back at the Center. This successful program was well received by a number of youth, 12 years and older.

Partnering with the Eureka Springs School District, the Eureka Springs Community Center administered the After-School Program throughout the school year with elementary school teachers giving K-6 grade students a varied and stimulating after school experience.

The outdoor space continued to be used by the Eureka Springs Farmers Market, operating weekly on Thursdays all year. Growers and others sellers offered produce, plants, flowers, bread, attracting customers from the surrounding area. All agreed that moving the Farmers Market limestone pad closer to Highway 62 provided greater highway visibility and easier access.

The community greenhouse, leased by the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, was used to raise plants for placement in city parks. The other half of the greenhouse is used by the Parks Commission for community benefit through classes and demonstrations, and included partnering with the Native Plant Association for plant sales.

The Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Eureka Springs used the meeting rooms as did other organizations for meetings and special events at the Center all year.

With great appreciation from the ESCC board and staff, a large home was donated to the Board in 2018. It was sold in 2019 thus making funds available for Business Center renovation.

In late 2019, the board set its 2020 work plan which included: renovate Building 200 into the Eureka Springs Business Center; replace Community Center roof over the future meeting rooms and lounge area; build walking trail around the Community Center Campus; increase hours of operation; replace current website with a more informative and interactive website.

Financials

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Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diane Murphy

Century 21 Woodland Real Estate

Term: 2015 - 2023

Diane Murphy

Century 21 Woodland Real Estate

Glenn Crenshaw

All Seasons Real Estate, llc

Jean Elderwind

Retired library administrator

Kathy Remenar

Retired high school teacher

Adam Biossat

Realtor, Bay Real Estate

Debbie Davis

Retired university educator

Bill Featherstone

Chair, Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission

Megan Kirk

Business Owner

Fatima VanZant

Business Owner

Jack Moyer

Executive Vice President, Basin Park & Crescent Hotel

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/29/2020,

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Leadership

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

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