Ossabaw Island Foundation, Inc.

Revealing the voices and mystery of Ossabaw Island

aka TOIF   |   Savannah, GA   |  www.ossabawisland.org

Mission

The Ossabaw Island Foundation through a public-private partnership with the State of Georgia, inspires, promotes, and manages exceptional educational, cultural and scientific programs that are designed to maximize the experience of Ossabaw Island, while minimizing the impact on the island's resources.

Notes from the nonprofit

"I want this island to be a refuge outside the "real" world, where creative people can stand and find a lever to move the earth", Eleanor "Sandy" West, a former owner and resident of Ossabaw Island.

Ruling year info

1980

Executive Director

Elizabeth Egleston DuBose

Main address

13040 Abercorn St. Suite 20

Savannah, GA 31419 USA

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Formerly known as

Ossabaw Foundation

EIN

58-1397054

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (C11)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Establish a renovation plan for the 1926 Torrey-West House. Explore carbon neutral opportunities for operation of the house.

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?

Teacher Training: STEM

The Ossabaw Island Foundations programs include the restoration of historic buildings located on the island, coordinating visits to the island for educational groups, researchers and artists. Primitive camping is available as well as dorm style accommodations in the 1880s Club House.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Archaeological studies, historic preservation, document based research and oral histories are uncovering layers of stories that reveal the lives of the disparate people living on Ossabaw Island over the centuries. Funded by a National Endowment of the Humanities grant.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Excellence in Restoration 2010

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation

Excellence in Restoration 2003

Historic Savannah Foundation

11 Most Endangered List 1995

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Excellence in Restoration 2009

Historic Savannah Foundation

Excellence in Outreach and Collaboration 2017

Coastal Museum Association

Excellence in Education and Interpretation 2017

Coastal Museum Association

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Maximum number of participants allowed on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Young adults

Related Program

Interpreting African American life on Ossabaw

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

No more than 35 people are allowed on a day trip to Ossabaw Island

Average price of field trip tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents

Related Program

Interpreting African American life on Ossabaw

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Ticket price includes boat transportation to the island and back and a guided tour while on the island.

Total number of guided tours given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, People of African descent

Related Program

Interpreting African American life on Ossabaw

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of learners who came to Ossabaw Island in one year.

Number of program days on Ossabaw Island

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents

Related Program

Interpreting African American life on Ossabaw

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This represents the number of days we offer programming on the island.

Number of nights spent on Ossabaw Island by groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Teacher Training: STEM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of nights spent on Ossabaw Island by a group.

Number of groups who visited Ossabaw Island

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of organized groups who visited Ossabaw Island through the Ossabaw Island Foundation.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People of African descent

Related Program

Interpreting African American life on Ossabaw

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We offer two fee free trips a year. One Super Museum Sunday, Lift Every Voice.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Education Goal I. Advance efforts to expand the appeal and accessibility of Ossabaw Island by developing, promoting and supporting specialized tours and immersion trips that focus on the many gifts of the Island.
Education Goal II. Expand and enrich K-12, University Level, and instructor/teacher/professor educational programs and summer institutes operated by our partners.
Education Goal III. Improve meaningful access so that visitors may enjoy the rich experiences that the Island has to offer in the most convenient and efficient ways possible. Education Goal IV. In cooperation with partners, particularly the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO), renovate the present Barrier Island Observatory (BIO) network of data collection sensors and monitors, and install observatory web cameras on the Island, including beach cameras and rookery cameras.
Science Goal I. Produce a long-term Plan for Scientific Inquiry on Ossabaw Island.
Science Goal II. Conduct a full review of key scientific research partnerships including but not limited to those with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Georgia Southern, Savannah State University, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Culture Goal I. Review Island programs that support creative artists, writers and other thinkers, and develop plans to expand and enhance their experiences.
Culture Goal II. Connect the history of Ossabaw to the broader history of America.
Culture Goal III. Tell the story of Ossabaw Island's role on the Georgia Coast.
Governance Goal I. Enhance effectiveness of the Foundation Board by adding two standing committees: (1) Finance & Capital Planning, and (2) an Operations Committee.
Governance Goal II. Develop a long-term financial model that addresses operating and capital needs in order to sustain the Foundation in achievement of its mission.
Governance Goal III. Produce a Long-Term Strategic Infrastructure Plan for those facilities that support the Foundation's mission of Education, Science and Culture.

Develop plans to make Ossabaw available as a resource for students in public history, including training students to assume the role of trip leaders for groups that visit the Island.
Commence an ongoing project for creating background material that can serve to enrich tours of the island and provide baseline information that is documented.
Partner with the STEM Institute, Georgia Southern University, to write proposals and secure grant funding to support visits by STEM teachers to the Island for place-based and problem-based training. Coordinate the meetings with scientists from Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and other partners.
Introduce informative signage in a selective manner to aid visitors in locating various points of interest on the Island. This will be done with due care for the natural surroundings and in accordance with guidelines for signage generally recognized by state and national authorities.
Develop a plan including funding and timing for connecting the fiber optic cable at the North End dock to the BIO in order to achieve maximum streaming capabilities.

In cooperation with partner universities, develop plans for one or more programs to facilitate extended on-island field trips for biological and ecology-based research for undergraduates and graduate students.
Determine whether an artist-in-residence program is feasible. Review and inventory all currently available experiences for visual artists on Ossabaw Island. Identify new opportunities as demand dictates.
Develop plans to secure Ossabaw as a center for the study of the African Diaspora and African American history.
Task the Finance & Capital Planning Committee with conducting an inventory of enterprise risk facing the Ossabaw Island Foundation. This includes liability insurance and IRS requirements for tax-exempt status.

Goals are arranged generally according to the three legs of the mission – Education, Science, and Culture, as well as Governance. It is recognized that the three legs of the Mission have some degree of natural overlap. Goals are long-term and aspirational. Action Plans/Steps are shorter-term initiatives that support each Goal.

The Ossabaw Island Foundation continues to foster and facilitate ecology, archaeology, historic preservation, cultural study.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have adjusted our trip times due to input from visitors.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ossabaw Island Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ty Butler

J. Truitt Eavenson

Retired

Cheryl Dozier

Georgia State

Clark Alexander

UGA

Susan Hancock

Abshire

Bryan Schroeder

Giving Kitchen

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
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: 08/23/2021

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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 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.