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Great Explorations, Inc.

Where creativity comes to life!

aka Great Explorations Children's Museum, Great Ex   |   St. Petersburg, FL   |  www.greatex.org

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Mission

To stimulate learning through creativity, play, and exploration.

Ruling year info

1987

CEO

Mrs. Angeline M. Howell

Main address

1925 4th Street N.

St. Petersburg, FL 33704 USA

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EIN

59-2763359

NTEE code info

Children's Museums (A52)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Early Explorations Preschool

With the support of Dr. William Heller, Early Explorations Preschool opened at Great Explorations in the fall of 2007 to serve children ages 2 to 5. The school has since grown from two classrooms to seven, and we now serve 110 children per day.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

• Nurture and develop great futures through fun and creative exhibits and programs that engage children from birth into adulthood.
• Create access to the museum for our community's most vulnerable children and families.
• Create community partnerships that benefit area children and families in multiple capacities.
• Continue to create innovative programs for young children and their caregivers.
• Support young children in developing a foundation for critical thinking skills and information literacy.
• Expand organizational capacity to deliver educational programs that complement the regional preschool/early elementary curriculum.

- Continue our award-winning daily preschool (110 enrolled).
- Serve: • 3000 people annually in our Terrific Tots program for toddlers and caregivers. • 2600 campers annually in schools out and summer camps, providing scholarships for 20% of those spots. • 100,000 people annually through engaging outreach programs and community events.
• 576 annually people through our partnerships with child-serving organizations in the community by providing access for parenting classes and workshops to at-risk families. • 2000 admission scholarships annually for individual children and families without the economic means to cover the cost of admission or membership. • 5,000 students annually for field trips. Offer 10 free field trips and 10 free Museum-To-You programs to Title 1 schools. We will work with these schools to offer standards-based educational opportunities that supplement and support school curricula. • Conduct 720 daily programs annually with museum visitors.

The museum continues to strengthen financially, and we continue to build our attendance and membership base. We have seen an increase across the board in multiple revenue areas including our early childhood programming, museum admissions, museum memberships, educational programs, and development income.

This year our staff and board of trustees participated in developing a new long term strategic plan addressing the continued quality of our exhibit development and educational programming as well as the diversification of our funding sources to ensure the financial stability and sustainability of our organization. We have seen success this year in strengthening the museum resources through increased private donations and corporate support and sponsorships.

Accomplishments:
Great Explorations Children's Museum Continues to be on Cutting Edge in the museum field.
By receiving what is considered the highest achievement for a museum the Alliance of Museums
(AAM) accreditation recognizing excellence in operations, service and management. Our organization
is the fist mid-size children's museum in the country to receive AAM accreditation
and one of only seven children's museums in the United States to earn this honor.


What we have learned and what needs further work:
Increase awareness of the importance of board of directors' education as a means of strengthening organizations.
Emphasized board of directors education as an important priority in our public speaking.
Implement new board development programs.
Identifying and reaching out to potential donors through board members is challenging. We will work on educating the board through development programs that fit into their schedules.

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 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 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 identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Great Explorations, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Melissa Pinkerton

Lauren Carlan

Realtor

Jason Palmer

Stetson University College of Law

Kara Rowe Rowe

Jabil

Jordan Loebel

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Angeline Howell

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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 2/18/2021

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

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/04/2023

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 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 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.