FRIENDS OF PLUM & PILOT ISLANDS INC

Where History and Nature Meet at the Door!

aka FOPPI   |   Washington Is, WI   |  www.plumandpilot.org

Mission

The mission of the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands is to partner with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the preservation, restoration, maintenance, and contemporary use of the historic resources on Plum and Pilot Islands, and to conserve and protect wildlife resources, while providing opportunities for quality wildlife-dependent recreation.

Ruling year info

2007

President

Mary Beth Volmer

Main address

Po Box 61

Washington Is, WI 54246 USA

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EIN

74-3226051

NTEE code info

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

FOPPI's main challenges are: - Preserving maritime history while balancing natural resources - Buildings requiring extensive restoration (buildings and structures are on the National Register) - Limited skilled restoration contractors in local area - Short season for restoration work - Severe weather - Limited funds - Rising water levels on the Great Lakes

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?

Women in Preservation

Teaching women preservation skills with the assistance of mentors.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands Speakers Bureau has programs geared toward the Plum Island maritime history, island wildlife, area shipwrecks and the Women in Preservation (WIP) program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Work with area school systems, boy scouts, girls scouts, etc. to teach how natural environments function, and particularly, how human beings can manage behavior and ecosystems to live sustainably. Program is based on the USFWS Environmental Education model.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Provide opportunity to reach out into the community to acquire new members and volunteers, advocate on behalf of USFWS and introduce the beauty of Plum and Pilot Islands to the public. This is done by having presence at area festivals and special events such as the Door County Lighthouse Festival and the Death's Door BBQ.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Wisconsin State Historical Society 2018

Wisconsin State Historical Society 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of new organization members

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

Adults

Related Program

Speaker's Bureau

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This goal is to introduce more people to the beauty of the Green Bay NWR and the work we are doing to preserve the historic maritime structures on Plum and Pilot Islands. *Note: # depict tot members

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This goal is to increase the number of volunteers that we bring to the refuge for work and special events. 2020-COVID cancelled activities

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This goal is to increase our community involvement by exhibiting are area events, festivals and fairs. 2020-COVID cancelled community events

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grant and targeted fundraising is an indicator of how well we are respected as an organization and who well we have explain the importance of our work. 2020 Awarded $200K; received in 2021

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This goal will analyze the number of unique donors. As PayPal, and other donor streams, do not provide detailed info they are counted as one unit. *2020-COVID year; reduction in donations

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As partners with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, volunteering helps to achieve their goals and support our mission.

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.

As a partner with the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), FOPPI works to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the historic buildings on Plum and Pilot Islands. The USFWS budget for restoration work is quite limited so they rely on FOPPI to raise funds through membership, donations and fundraising to do the preservation and restoration work.

From our strategic plan:

Board Sustainability:
- Identify new candidates for the board
- Ensure succession of director roles
- Provide tools and process to help board members

Fiscal Development
- Identify potential funders with their mission, scope of giving and application process
- Work with historic preservation to fund projects

USFWS Partnership
- Focus on community outreach events as well as speaking venues to introduce, educate, promote and share out mission, goals and objectives

Volunteerism
- Cultivate and sustain a strong volunteer corps to support preservation and educational opportunities for Plum and Pilot Islands

We are also focusing on hosting / sponsoring Special Events such as: Bird Festival, Explore Plum Island, Festival of Nature, Lighthouse Festival and our Annual Sunset Cruise to raise awareness and membership.

In 2018 we began exhibiting are area festivals and have increased our involvement to include the Door County Maritime Festival's Wooden Boat Festival, Canoecopia and the Washington Island Fair.

In 2019 we exhibited at Canoecopia, Door County Maritime Museum's (DCMM) Wooden Boat Festival, Death's Door BBQ, Every Day is Earth Day, Rutabaga Kayak Symposium and the Washington Island Fair. We held, or worked with other organizations, on these special events: Annual Membership Meeting / Volunteer Recognition, Explore Plum Island and the DCMM Lighthouse Festival.

Through advertising and promotion we were able to capture the attention of a local foundation. They awarded us $50,000 in 2017 and, being impressed by our dedication, awarded us another $50,000 in 2018.

Our social media channels are reaching potential members in various demographics and once they come to volunteer on Plum Island many are interested in assuming board member or volunteer leader positions, thereby allowing us to do more with the added resources.

Speaking engagements through our Speakers Bureau brings us to other parts of the state to introduce the beauty of the Islands and the historical gems that are available for them to visit and be a part of.

Our dedicated board members continuously recruit new volunteers who then tell their friends about the Refuge and the word continues to grow.

In 2019 we participated in the USFWS Friend Mentor program. The outcome of the program was a Strategic Plan for us to focus on growth and sustainability.

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 your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

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

    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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We decided to host an Open House for the neighboring community so they could learn more about the work we are doing and ask questions one-on-one with our directors and leaders.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, 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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FRIENDS OF PLUM & PILOT ISLANDS INC

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Beth Volmer

Karen Ellery

FOPPI

Amy Lesjnak

FOPPI

Amanda Danforth

FOPPI

Gary Wilson

FOPPI

Jim Schwartz

FOPPI

John Sawyer

FOPPI

Jude Kuenn

FOPPI

Lew Clarke

FOPPI

Matt Foss

FOPPI

Mike Brodd

FOPPI

Patti Zarling

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Paul Schumacher

FOPPI

Sally Derry

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Patti Zarling

FOPPI

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 03/13/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability