Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

MOBILE BAYKEEPER INC

Clean Water. Clean Air. Healthy Communities.

Mobile, AL

Mission

Mobile Baykeeper provides citizens a means to protect the beauty, health and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed our coastal communities.

Ruling Year

1998

Principal Officer

Mrs. Casi Callaway

Main Address

450C Government St

Mobile, AL 36602 USA

Keywords

environment, environmental advocacy, ensure responsible growth, drive smart infrastructure investments, educate and engage the community, protector of Mobile Bay Watershed

EIN

63-1190615

 Number

0566696867

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

As the environmental watchdog, informed voice of reason, and collaborator for solutions of the Mobile Bay Watershed, our job is to ensure responsible growth, drive smart investments in infrastructure, and educate and engage the community in Coastal Alabama. We work on critical issues that affect our waterways like sewer spills, stormwater runoff, industrial pollution, coal ash, and litter.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Responsible Growth - 2018

Infrastructure Investment - 2018

Educate_Engage - 2018

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of audience members willing to take action on behalf of a specific issue

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

As various issues arise each year, we send periodic action alerts to our email database encouraging citizens to "take action" and send a letter to the appropriate decision makers related to the issue.

Number of individuals attending briefings and presentations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

This metric includes people reached through presentations and speaking engagements given. It increased dramatically in 2016 because we hired a full-time Education & Outreach Coordinator.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

This number includes volunteers from fundraising events, litter cleanups, interns, and general office help. It was down from 2015 because we had one less fundraising event in 2016 than in 2015.

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

This metric is specific to training high school students to become certified water quality monitors through our Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) launched in 2016.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

This metric includes any time Mobile Baykeeper was mentioned via broadcast, radio, print, or digital media throughout the year.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our goals are clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. We strive to show community members the importance of the triple bottom line - maintaining a thriving economy while protecting the health of our environment and community. A healthy environment leads to a vibrant community and dynamic, growing economy.

Mobile Baykeeper uses a three-phased approach to achieve its goals:
1) Research: We identify problems and find creative solutions. We review more than 100 permit applications annually, write comment letter on a minimum of 20 permits each year, respond to 100-150 citizen concerns annually, and maintain an extensive library of environmental issues as a community resource. 2) Collaboration: We build partnerships with diverse groups to obtain the best results. Collaboration has been at the root behind every successful campaign we have been involved with in our 20-year history. Most recently, in 2016, we successfully collaborated with businesses and industry to help pass the most protective waterfront petroleum storage tank ordinance in the nation, protecting the health of our environment, economy, and community for generations to come. 3) Education: We educate and engage our citizens to raise awareness on important issues affecting our water quality. In 2015, we developed the Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP), an education program that teaches the importance of connections within watersheds while also providing tools to monitor the health of waterways and solve pollution problems. As of October 2017, we have educated more than 2,000 students in Mobile and Baldwin Counties and have trained 76 students to become certified water quality monitors through the Alabama Water Watch program.

Mobile Baykeeper is a highly capable organization well-suited to meet its goals of clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. Founded in 1997, we have grown from a staff of one and membership of 300 to a full-time staff of eight supported by 19 board of directors and more than 4,500 members.

To continue remaining an effective organization, we recruit, train, and invest in a high performing staff and provide a proper compensation and incentive structure that enables us to retain a quality team. Additionally, our board members bring a diverse set of skills and experiences to the table and is heavily vested in the success of the organization so that we continue to advance our mission.
We also have a considerable community presence at the local, coastal, and statewide level. Through a variety of public and media outreach events, we interact with community members, businesses, and decision makers to leverage their support, build our membership, and raise awareness of the important connection between a healthy environment, economy, and community.

A healthy financial structure allows us to focus exclusively on our mission. We achieve this through a diverse source of revenue including membership donations, fundraising events, and program-focused grants. We are committed to ensuring all funding we receive is spent wisely and we are building an endowment to help us achieve long-term financial stability in our organization.

We are governed by a 19-member board of directors who closely scrutinize and evaluate our progress throughout the year. Our board is also divided into various sub-committees: Program Committee, Finance Committee, and Development/Communications Committee. These sub-committees focus on specific areas to ensure each aspect of the organization is making sufficient progress to advance our mission. Each committee is guided by specific goals and objectives to ensure progress is being made throughout the year.

We also conduct periodic surveys to our membership and various influential community members who are connected to our work in some way. Every three years, we hire an outside consultant to develop a strategic plan. This clearly divides our work into different focus areas, each with its own set of measurable objectives to achieve within a certain time frame during the year.

Founded in 1997 as West Bay Watch, Mobile Baykeeper has spent 20 years developing diverse coalitions to accomplish its goals of clean water, clean air, and healthy communities in Coastal Alabama. Diverse partnerships have been behind every successful campaign in which we have been involved throughout our history.

We partnered with commercial and recreational hunters and fishermen to defeat an on-shore and multiple offshore open loop Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) proposals from establishing themselves in our community and threatening our way of life on the water. We worked with Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS) to influence a major development project that changed the way the state of Alabama builds roads and protected the drinking water supply for the entire state.

We worked with local business, civic, and industry leaders to help pass the most protective waterfront petroleum storage tank ordinance in the nation. Today, we continue to join forces with business and community leaders to ensure the largest environmental disaster in our nation's history, the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster, is answered with a lasting investment in the long-term health of our environment, economy, and community.

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Financials

MOBILE BAYKEEPER INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Full-Time Staff.

Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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