NAT KING COLE GENERATION HOPE INC

Music Education - Now More Than Ever

Boca Raton, FL   |  natkingcolegenhope.org

Mission

Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. provides access to music education for children with the greatest need by cultivating opportunities and funding programs for instruction, mentoring and resources. Founded in 2008, Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. strives to uphold and build on the Cole family legacy; we envision music education as an entitlement, not a privilege, for all children.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Shanna St John

Main address

4710 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 204

Boca Raton, FL 33431 USA

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EIN

80-0149522

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Music (A68)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Access to quality music education.

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?

Summer Music Camp

Students from Title 1 public elementary, middle and high schools are transported to local universities, colleges or cultural venues to attend Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Summer Music Camp. Camps provides students without means an opportunity to receive the highest quality music instruction.

Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. partners with school district, universities, colleges, and local businesses and corporations to provide one and two week music camp that have focused on strings and jazz to date.

Students received small and large group instruction as well as one-on-one lessons with university and college students serving as their mentors.

Camps culminates in a community concerts held for family friends and the entire community.

Population(s) Served

This 4 year college scholarship benefits a student pursuing a degree in music.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Nat King Cole Generation Hope accepts donations of musical instruments, refurbishes them and places them where those most in need will be able to use them. Funds are currently needed to cover the cost of refurbishment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Music Mentors in Schools places graduate and post-graduate music students/mentors in Title 1 school classrooms. Mentors work closely with music teachers to formulate and implement a plan designed for the classroom and individual students. Mentors provide individual, sectional and group instruction through coaching and mentoring. Progress is monitored weekly and assessments are done each semester. In addition, several schools participate in our summer camp program thereby receiving year round access to quality music education and mentorship.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Hosted by Nat King Cole Generation Hope and attended by music educators from across the U.S. and beyond, this three-day virtual conference strives to provide access to quality music education topics specifically for music educators. Themes to date have been: Virtual Learning and Resources led by John-Rine Zabanal of VanderCook College of Music and Accessibility and Equity in Music Education led by Edrick Rhodes of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Adults

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 free participants in conferences

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

Work status and occupations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Program launched in 2020

Number of clients served

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

Young adults, Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Mission awareness & impact - utilizing our volunteers, communication venues and partnerships within the community we broadcast the needs of children, schools and organizations in the area of music education and the benefits to each child overall when music education is a part of their daily lives.

Volunteer development - identification, training and activation of volunteers serving on our Board of Directors, Committees, Programs and Events. We actively seek volunteers who have a passion for our mission, train them to represent our organization and to go out in the community to help realize our vision.

Develop strategic partnerships at the local, state and national levels. Build a donor base that will support the organization's mission and vision. We actively seek funds throughout community. Grants, individual donations, sponsorships, events as well as in-kind donations are sought throughout the year.

Mission Awareness & impact
Strategy - We are currently utilizing volunteers to spread the mission of the organization as well as creating a database specific to our programs to track impact on the children, schools and organizations we serve.

Volunteer development
Strategy - We actively seek volunteers who have a passion for our mission, train them to represent our organization and to go out in the community to help realize our vision.

Strategic partnerships
Strategy - utilize volunteer and staff experience and connections to build a sustained support and donor base which includes foundation and business grants; planned and annual giving; corporate and business sponsorship; and special event income.

Nat King Cole Generation Hope has a very strong Board of Directors, volunteer base and veteran staff member; all focused on our three strategic goals: Mission Awareness & impact, Volunteer development and Strategic partnerships. Ongoing communication and training is implemented among the entire volunteer base as well as a yearly retreat attended by Board members to insure that the mission of the organization is adhered to and implemented.

A concerted effort is being made to secure the “right" volunteers in all areas needed. They are provided the tools necessary to represent our organization and access to support as needed.

Funding has been budgeted to improve communication efforts (website and social media) and to upgrade our database management system; both of which will improve our donor outreach.

Nat King Cole Generation Hope currently has ongoing communication with school districts in Florida and Illinois with additional expansion on the horizon; multiple non-profits which we either fund or collaborate with; and numerous businesses which we engage through volunteerism and/or funding support.

We are also in the process of gathering information on the STEM to STEAM movement across the country. We agree with those who are asking that the Arts be added to mandatory curriculum along with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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

    Underserved children K-12 - we provide access to quality music education College music students - we provide a scholarship each year and opportunities to teach/mentor

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, 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?

    In 2020 we created a new program - Music Educator Virtual Conference. This program was a direct result of requests for continuing education and access to timely topics like virtual education, Covid 19 classroom preparations specifically for music instruments, etc. This program has just completed it's second year and plans for 2022 have already begun.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    It has always been our goal to have a 360 degree view of our organization. We view our organization as a part of the community and we all work together to fullfill our mission. All viewpoints have value and are appreciated.

  • 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 the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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NAT KING COLE GENERATION HOPE INC

Board of directors
as of 12/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Casey Cole

Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc.

Term: 2008 -

Timolin Cole

Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc.

Casey Cole

Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc.

Kristen Huffines

Aspire Artists Agency

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/16/2021

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
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

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/16/2021

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 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.