SAINTS PERFORMING ARTS INC

To Be A Saint

aka Saints Drumline Inc.   |   Columbus, OH   |  www.columbussaints.org

Mission

INSPIRING EXCELLENCE THROUGH TEAMWORK, DISCIPLINE, AND CREATIVITY IN CENTRAL OHIO, THROUGH THE PERFORMING ARTS.

Ruling year info

2005

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Marshall Cheatham

Executive Director

Mr. Le Ron J. Carlton

Main address

P.O. Box 361681

Columbus, OH 43218 USA

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Formerly known as

Columbus Saints

EIN

74-3128482

NTEE code info

Boys and Girls Clubs (Combined) (O23)

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Programs and results

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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?

Columbus Saints Drum & Bugle Corps

The Columbus Saints are a drum & bugle corps competing in Drum Corps Associates Class A. based in Columbus, OH. We provide a competitive performance program found in modern drum corps blended with a community and educational focused experience found in classic drum corps.

Like many SoundSport and Drum Corps Associates (DCA) organizations, we rehearse and perform primarily on the weekends, and have an affordable cost allowing members to enjoy the camaraderie and experience of drum corps without the full summer touring commitment. Our corps competes in the all-age class and is open to ages 12 up which means it perfect for high school or college students seeking a new experience!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

This program is designed to appeal to varying skill levels including those with basic dance experience all the way to season marching band veterans looking for an affordable way to continue performing. As with all of our programs our focus is on educating members while providing a unique, local experience while competing in local competitive circuits.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Confucists

Currently, we sponsor two community programs in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club:

Boys & Girls Club Beginning Color Guard
= emphasis on basic dance fundamentals, team building, and performance acumen. Works to expose young members of the Boys & Girls Club Westside in Columbus to the performing arts.

Boys & Girls Club BOOM! (Drumline)
= Weekly program that teaches basic marching percussion techniques including basic 26 American Standard Rudiments, musicianship, marching technique, and performance acumen
= Ensemble performs for numerous events around the community for audiences such as the United Way, Ohio State and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Drum Corps Associates 2018

Drum Corps International (All-Age) 2019

Winter Guard International 2018

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.

Since it's founding in 2003, the Saints primary goal has been to provide accessible arts education and performance opportunities to youth in the Central Ohio community. This is done by providing affordable education; community focused performance and engagement; and partnering with community organizations to ensure we are serving our members and neighbors.

The primary strategies we have used to accomplish our goals are as follows;

1.) Engaging with community leaders to determine needs for youth programming

2.) Partnering with local NGOs to reach and support our youth programs and support similar programs through shared resources

3.) Prioritizing performances in the community and for local, civic, and corporate events to ensure members are supporting their community

4.) Leveraging professional relationships for fundraising, management, and growth allowing for cost of involvement to be reduced

Through community partnerships, and strong support from members, parents, and volunteers the Saints are capable of supporting numerous programs. This includes managing logistics for travel, lodging, food for our programs. Developing and implementing education plans for over 100 participants yearly. Administrating project plans and administrative teams for communication, marketing, compliance and more.

We offer a summer youth music and marching program that travels around the United States competing against groups from all around the world. A winter-spring dance and flag ensemble that teaches dance and flag fundamentals, and competes with groups from all around the world. Community youth programs including workshops, after school programs, and more.

Since 2013 the organization has complete the following:

100% increase in membership
Grown inventory of professional instruments by triple while carrying minimal debt
Founded two additional competitive programs winning state and international titles
Grown administrative volunteer staff by 100%
Grown volunteer staff by 100%
Attainment level for participants rises yearly with each group of students moving on to other ensembles or opportunities such as college, military, trade school and more.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Central Ohio performing arts community, with an emphasis on providing affordable opportunities for education and performance to better engage people of all classes, and races.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback from previous years, on what the students gained, and best experience, we adapted our schedule and shifted our locations for programs to be more centrally located, and more flexible time wise.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It's helped build a culture of inclusiveness, where people feel comfortable expressing their opinions.

  • 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 get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • 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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SAINTS PERFORMING ARTS INC

Board of directors
as of 05/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Marshall Cheatham


Board co-chair

Leron Carlton

Liz Steele

Amy Hayes

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Jeremy Anderson

Bretton Jones

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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? 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 5/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/23/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.