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For Alison Foundation

a life of promise, a legacy of changing lives through the arts

aka For Alison   |   Collinsville, VA   |  www.foralison.org

Mission

The For Alison Foundation exists to create opportunities for children in Southern Virginia to experience the arts.

Notes from the nonprofit

The For Alison Foundation was created to honor the life of journalist Alison Parker, who was murdered on live television in 2015. She was a talented dancer and loved promoting the arts in her broadcasts. The mission of the FAF is to give young people in Southern Virginia the opportunity to experience the arts that they might not be able to without outside funding, and to provide scholarships to talented students to pursue their creative dreams. The FAF has no paid staff and very little overhead. There is one fundraiser per year in August, Alison's birthday. Board members all knew Alison and share the goal to provide arts opportunities for young people in the communities she loved.

Ruling year info

2016

Director

Barbara Parker

Main address

P.O. Box 1205 1394 Plantation Drive (physical)

Collinsville, VA 24078 USA

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EIN

81-1446257

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rural communities, unlike large metropolitan areas, often lack opportunities for student to experience the arts. In southern Virginia, school budgets are stretched thin and while local museums and arts centers provide excellent programming their resources are limited.

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?

Grandin Theater Film Lab Support

The Grandin Theatre Film Lab is a robust and integrated model of experiential learning in filmmaking. The program is an extension of, or addition to, cinematic education area schools provide. Our goal is to prepare our local youth for future education, careers, and interests in the film, entertainment, and communications industries.
https://www.grandintheatre.com/film-lab-program

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

For Alison Foundation provides need-based scholarships for talented young musicians who have auditioned and accepted as a part of the RYSO.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

A need-based scholarship for a talented student at the Star City School of Ballet in Roanoke.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

This program pays for groups of high school students who are taking theater classes to attend professional Broadway touring company performances at regional performing arts centers.

Population(s) Served

This program pays for high school art students to travel to and tour art exhibitions at regional museums including the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, VA and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

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 young people who experience the arts in a way that they do not in the school classroom through professional performances, museums, scholarships, and private lessons.

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

Adolescents, Preteens, Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This represents the number of creative young people we were able to give a unique arts opportunity that they would not have in the classroom.

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.

The goal of the For Alison Foundation is to provide opportunities for students in southern Virginia to be involved in the arts (outside of what is available locally) by funding field trips to the theatre, ballet, and museums; scholarships for talented students to pursue the arts individually on a higher level; and to support other organizations who provide unique experiences in the arts for young people.

1. To work closely with area schools and teachers to identify field trip opportunities that would be meaningful to their students

2. To work with organizations to identify young people who are talented yet lack the resources for additional training in their chosen art form

3. To support area organizations that provide arts opportunities for young people that they do not receive in school

1. The For Alison Foundation is a volunteer organization with little overhead.

2. Fundraising is for program funding, not salaries or operating expenses.

3. Because the board works directly with the schools and other organizations in planning and provides the funding, For Alison Foundation is able to utilize their staff members and outreach to organize the events rather than doing everything on our own. Partnerships allow us to do more with our resources.

Top Program Service Accomplishments since inception 2016:
* Grant for 58 Martinsville High School art students to see Ruth E. Carter's "Afrofuturism" exhibit at the Taubman Museum
* Grant for 65 Bassett High School drama students to see "Beetlejuice" at the Tanger Center
* Grant for 80 Carver Elementary students from Henry County to see "James and the Giant Peach" at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, VA.
* Grant for 52 Campbell Court Elementary 5th graders to see "The Lion King" at the Tanger Center
* Trips to the Blackfriars and Mill Mountain Theater in Roanoke for 263 High School theater students from Henry County, VA.
* Eight annual grants to support the award-winning Grandin Theatre Film Lab after-school program in Roanoke, VA for 155 students.
* 23 need-based dance and music scholarships to the Star City School of Ballet and the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra in Roanoke, VA
* Grants to support Southwest Virginia Ballet's Dance Espanol for 553 4th graders in Martinsville & Henry County, VA.
* Grants for for 87 Martinsvile and Henry County high school students to attend professionally conducted workshops.
* Grants for 553 Martinsville and Henry County 4th graders to attend “The Nutcracker” ballet by Southwest Virginia Ballet in Roanoke
* Grant to Piedmont Arts for students to help an artist create a butterfly garden tile mural.
* Grant to purchase a professional video camera for the Martinsville High School news station.

Financials

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Operations

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

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For Alison Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lynn Ward

Lynn Ward and Associates

Term: 2022 - 2023

Barbara Bailey Parker

Virginia Commission for the Arts

Lauren McGarry

Martinsville Public Defender's Office

Elizabeth Huckfeldt Huerta

Piedmont Community Services

Jo Grayson

Retired educator

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/25/2023

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