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1000 Friends of Florida, Inc.

Saving Special Places - Building Better Communities

Tallahassee, FL   |  www.1000friendsofflorida.org

Mission

The state's leading not-for-profit smart growth advocacy organization, 1000 Friends of Florida is building better communities and saving special places in one of the fastest growing states in the nation. We promote vibrant, sustainable, walkable, livable communities which provide residents with affordable housing choices and transportation alternatives. We work to protect natural lands that cleanse and store fresh water needed for residents, agriculture and the environment, provide refuge for wildlife, and support abundant recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Above all, we strive to give citizens a meaningful role in shaping the futures of their communities and state.

Ruling year info

1987

President

Mr. Paul Owens

Main address

P.O. Box 5948

Tallahassee, FL 32314 USA

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EIN

59-2761163

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Florida is one of the fastest growing states in the nation, placing increasing pressures on natural areas, water quality and supply, and quality of life. Since 1986, 1000 Friends has been addressing these issues by strategic efforts to save special places and build better communities, using cutting-edge planning and community design approaches.

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?

Saving Special Places

Florida is blessed with many special places, from the iconic Everglades to one of the largest concentrations of springs in the world, from longleaf pine sand hills to scrub habitat, from salt marshes to swamps and agricultural lands, and so much more. But these special places are under increasing threat. If existing patterns of development continue, it is projected that by 2070 more than a third of Florida's lands will be developed and development-related water demand will more than double. 1000 Friends understands that Florida needs its special places to protect both its quality of life and its economy. Well-functioning ecosystems support not only plants and wildlife, but also the health of humans. They clean the air and water, store drinking water, provide flood control, and sustain coastlines during storms. Florida’s natural lands and waters also provide myriad opportunities for recreation for close to 22 million residents and 130 million annual visitors, and are a mainstay of the state’s economy. 1000 Friends of Florida is a recognized leader in protecting Florida’s unique and distinctive resources. We back major statewide initiatives to conserve sensitive natural lands, launched Florida’s lauded greenways program to protect an "emerald necklace” of natural areas across the state, and are a recognized leader in springs protection. We also understand that a strong natural environment is Florida’s best economic development tool.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

1000 Friends’ overarching goal is to foster sustainable, livable communities throughout Florida.

These communities include places for people to live, learn, work, shop and play that are closer together. They feature neighborhoods that offer a range of housing choices, and provide multiple transportation options.

Among its many benefits, this type of design can enhance residents’ health by offering easy opportunities for walking and biking, and is supportive of the millions of older residents and children who can’t drive and those who don’t have access to cars.

Taxpayers pay less for roads, sewer lines and other infrastructure when homes, shops, schools and offices are located closer together. Well-designed communities also protect farmlands and natural areas vital for wildlife habitat, clean drinking water, fresh air and recreation.

1000 Friends develops Florida-specific approaches to encourage compact and energy-efficient community design. These include alternative means of transportation, quality infill development, and strategies to help Floridians "age in place.”

We promote revitalized downtowns and waterfront communities, walkable neighborhoods and improved disaster planning to preserve historic resources.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Since 1986, 1000 Friends has been leading the way to a more sustainable future for Florida. We educate, advocate, negotiate and, when necessary, litigate to protect our quality of life. Citizen involvement is at the heart of all we do. We conduct webinars and workshops and prepare educational materials on Florida’s planning process. Through projects like Florida 2070 and Water 2070, we share visions of what our state could look like if current patterns of development continue, and present more sustainable alternatives. We also advocate on behalf of citizens in the halls of the Legislature and the courts, and working to promote sound public policy on growth and development issues.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

An informed and engaged citizenry is at the heart of all that 1000 Friends of Florida does. 1000 Friends offers free monthly webinars to provide greater awareness and understanding of critical growth and development issues facing Florida and workable solutions. We conduct regular county workshops focusing on the impacts of Florida 2070 and sustainable practices at the local level. 1000 Friends also maintains a comprehensive website that serves as a clearinghouse on Florida-specific planning strategies, sends weekly email alerts, is active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, works with the media and undertakes other efforts to keep citizens, professional planners and attorneys and elected officials abreast of state-of-the art planning to improve the quality of life in Florida's communities. We regularly issue reader-friendly special reports on timely topics. Past reports have covered wide-ranging issues, including Florida 2070/Water 2070 focusing on growth and development, Trouble in Paradise on conservation solutions, wildlife habitat corridors, springshed protection, disaster planning for historic resources, rural land protection, smart growth strategies, and brief overviews on how to get involved in planning issues in your community. We also publish a newsletter, Foresight, which includes the latest information on challenges facing our state, 1000 Friends’ current projects, and more. Finally, our annual reports offer quick snapshots of the issues 1000 Friends addresses each year. All materials may be downloaded and distributed free of charge.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Where we work

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 annual attendees at the Dr. John M. DeGrove Webinar Series

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The DeGrove Webinars have experienced a steady and significant increase in attendance, with 2019 attendance more than triple that of 2015.

Total number of new organization members

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Education and Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1000 Friends donor members continue to increase steadily, with new members more than doubling during the period between 2015 and 2019.

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?

The state's leading not-for-profit smart growth advocacy organization, 1000 Friends of Florida is building better communities and saving special places in one of the fastest growing states in the nation. We promote vibrant, sustainable, walkable, livable communities which provide residents with affordable housing choices and transportation alternatives. We work to protect natural lands that cleanse and store fresh water needed for residents, agriculture and the environment, provide refuge for wildlife, and support abundant recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Above all, we strive to give citizens a meaningful role in shaping the futures of their communities and state. 1000 Friends of Florida has two primary goals:<br/><br/>GOAL 1: Building Better Communities -- 1000 Friends works to foster sustainable, livable communities, developing Florida-specific approaches to encourage compact and energy-efficient community design with a mix of shops, homes and businesses. These include alternative means of transportation, quality infill development, and strategies to help Floridians “age in place." We promote revitalized downtowns and waterfront communities, walkable neighborhoods and improved disaster planning to preserve historic resources. Nationally recognized for promoting affordable workforce housing, 1000 Friends focuses on ensuring adequate funding and advocating for inclusionary planning strategies. <br/><br/>GOAL 2: Saving Special Places -- 1000 Friends of Florida is a recognized leader in protecting Florida's unique and distinctive natural resources. We back major statewide initiatives to conserve sensitive natural lands. We also develop and promote state, regional and local planning strategies to promote the conservation of environmentally sensitive lands including springsheds and watersheds, greenways systems, wildlife habitat, military buffering lands, water recharge areas, the greater Everglades ecosystem, and more.

1000 Friends uses the following strategies to meet its goals: STRATEGY 1: Advocacy – 1000 Friends advocates, negotiates and, when necessary, litigates to protect the quality of life in Florida. At the state level, each legislative session 1000 Friends carefully monitors proposed legislation, supporting positive refinements to the growth management process, and working to halt harmful bills that promote sprawl and limit the rights of citizens to participate in their planning process. We also work with state agencies to promote smarter growth policies, have served on or staffed a variety of state panels and commissions, and can effectively represent on key planning issues before the Governor, Cabinet, Legislature and state agencies. 1000 Friends also works to promote sound public policy at the regional and local levels, promoting sound community planning and effective citizen participation. When other avenues are not effective, 1000 Friends can litigate to support its smart growth efforts. 1000 Friends works to establish the necessary “standing" to litigate, and its knowledgeable staff serves as “expert witness" on many important cases. STRATEGY 2: Education and Outreach -- Citizen involvement is at the heart of all we do. 1000 Friends conducts workshops on critical growth and development issues facing Florida and workable solutions with its popular Florida 2070 workshop series where analyze growth and development and recommend sustainable practices geared to the county level. In addition to its newsletter, Foresight, and annual report, 1000 Friends' webinar program is widely popular among both professionals and laypersons across the state. To encourage planning professionals and attorneys to attend, 1000 Friends offers professional continuing education credits for the American Institute of Certified Planners, Florida Bar, Certified Floodplain Managers and Florida Environmental Health professionals. Through projects like Florida 2070, we share visions of what our state could look like if current patterns of development continue and offer more sustainable alternatives.

1000 Friends is Florida's only statewide nonprofit membership organization dedicated to managing Florida's growth in a more sustainable manner. 1000 Friends is able to respond quickly and forcefully to issues as they arise, with considerable access to local and state power brokers, including city and county commissioners, key staff, the media, state legislators, business leaders, agencies, the governor and cabinet and others. Current and former board members are state leaders who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization. Over the years, they have included governors, an Assistant Secretary to the U.S. Department of the Interior, a secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs and founder of Florida's growth management process, a secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, state senators, business leaders, university presidents and other renowned academics, environmentalists, architects, developers and community leaders. 1000 Friends' expert, experienced staff deal with all aspects of growth management and land use law in Florida.

1000 Friends of Florida's Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis and reviews the work of the organization, and 1000 Friends prepares an annual report outlining its accomplishment. 1000 Friends works to: a. Play an active role in promoting sound state policy related to growth, development and conservation, including the Legislature, statewide referenda, state agency actions, and key legal challenges. This includes building continued support for dedicated conservation funding, strategies to promote sustainable communities, community resilience, sound transportation policy and more. b. Take a leadership role in key local issues to protect resources of statewide and regional significance by protecting significant natural resources such as the Everglades, springs, greenways, wildlife habitats and corridors, and water recharge areas, and promoting sustainable development to create livable communities and protect natural areas from the impacts of sprawl. c. Increase the capacity of citizens, state and local leaders and professionals to engage in a meaningful manner on growth and development issues facing Florida through increased education and outreach in workshops, traditional media, social media, publications and reports, email alerts, webinars and other forums. This includes increased attendance at webinars and increased outreach to more than 12,000 citizens receiving our email alerts.

Saving Special Places--1000 Friends launched Florida's Greenways system and helped shape and secure passage of Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever, conserving more than a million acres of natural lands. We promote sound planning to protect springs, the Florida Panhandle, coastal resources, waterfronts, military bases, wildlife habitat, and the Everglades. We advocate for effective urban development boundaries in Martin, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties and beyond. 1000 Friends also has earned a reputation as a savvy negotiator and tenacious litigator, establishing vital legal precedents. We have championed more than fifty major administrative and appellate growth management legal cases with statewide significance. 1000 Friends' landmark Florida/Water 2070 study depicts what Florida would look like in 2070 if the state took a “business as usual" sprawling approach to accommodate new growth and development , and an alternative approach which better conserves land and water. Building Better Communities--1000 Friends was instrumental in securing passage of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act, creating the nation's single largest dedicated revenue source for workforce housing. 1000 Friends provides input into the development of state and regional transportation plans, advocates for alternative transportation, and works to limit the construction of sprawl-inducing roads in key rural areas, including the M-CORES project planned for a 300-plus mile swath from Collier County on the fringes of the Everglades. Updated weekly and with more than 100 pages, 1000 Friends' web site at www.1000friendsofflorida.org serves as Florida's clearinghouse on planning. Since 2011, 1000 Friends' free webinars have reached more than 18,000 individuals. Our weekly email alerts reach more than 12,000 contacts and we have active Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. We have produced numerous special reports and held many workshops. 1000 Friends is frequently covered in the media, in news articles and editorial coverage. New priorities--Florida's rate of growth is once again approaching 1000 new residents a day, bringing with it a host of new issues. 1000 Friend and the University of Florida's GeoPlan Center partnered on Florida 2070 and Water 2070 which had a media reach in excess of 135 million viewers. We launched series of 2070 workshops to date focusing on Palm Beach, Martin, Walton and St. Johns Counties, with more planned. We are now seeking funding for Sea Level 2070, a map series to educate state leadership on ramifications of sea level rise on Florida's population distribution, agriculture, and the environment.

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), community meetings/town halls, suggestion box/email.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: 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.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: it is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    We send a survey out after each of our monthly webinars. Due to requests, we have added professional certification credits for landscape architects and are exploring associations with other professional groups.

Financials

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Operations

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

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1000 Friends of Florida, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Susan Trevarthen


Board co-chair

Mr. F. Gregory Barnhart

Lester Abberger

B.L. Abberger & Company

F. Gregory Barnhart

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley

Robert Davis

Seaside Community Development

Jim Nicholas

University of Florida

Earl Starnes

Mark Watts

Cobb & Cole

Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers Associates

Lee Constantine

Seminole County Board of County Commissioners

Courtney Cunningham

The Brand Advocates, Inc.

Susan Trevarthen

Weiss Serota Hoffman Cole & Bierman

Jake Varn

Timothee Sallin

Cherrylake

Timothy Jackson

Weyerhauser

Andrew Dickman

Dickman Law Firm

Jim Swann

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? No
  • 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 02/10/2020

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Keywords

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