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Lincoln Hills Cares

Creating Unforgettable Colorado Experiences

Denver, CO   |  www.lincolnhillscares.org

Mission

Lincoln Hills Cares creates unforgettable Colorado experiences for youth by forming a connection to cultural history, science, technology, art and environmental conservation. Our programs impart knowledge, encourage thinking and empower youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity, due to economic, social or family circumstances.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are honored that we are able to provide to those who are in need and that we work collaboratively with many other organizations.

Ruling year info

2017

Managing Director

J.R. Lapierre

Main address

2530 N. Washington St. Suite 100

Denver, CO 80205 USA

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EIN

81-4552726

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lincoln Hills Cares develops the next generation of young leaders through outdoor education and recreation, cultural history exploration, and workforce advancement. Our programs empower youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity, due to economic, social or family circumstances. Lincoln Hills Cares enables life changing moments by creating true Colorado experiences for the extended community, nonprofit partner groups and underserved youth populations in the Denver Metro area. As Lincoln Hills Cares continues to grow, its mission will remain steadfast, sharing unforgettable Colorado experiences for many generations to come.

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?

Outdoor Education and Recreation

The Lincoln Hills Cares Outdoor Education Program provides abundant, diversified opportunities for youth to engage in experiential outdoor education programs. These programs are designed to teach and encourage discussions with youth about art, cultural history, the sciences and outdoor recreation through a dynamic STEAM-based curriculum with elements that meet state academic content standards. During these programs youth work in groups, meet new friends, and participate in projects and activities that make science, technology, engineering, art, and math come to life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The vision of the Nizhoni Equestrian Program is to foster personal growth through equestrian experiences. We aim to fulfill this vision by encouraging social and emotional development among youth & teen girls, through equestrian training. With roots that date back to 1924, the Nizhoni Program was re-established in 2013 to provide young women with positive and empowering experiences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Women and girls

TeamWorks integrates paid work experience with education in the natural sciences, life skills training and career preparation for youth and young adults who participate in projects related to environmental conservation, local history, civic engagement and land management. Team members earn working wages while developing real skills and experience in collaborative projects. Under the supportive supervision of expert educators, TeamWorks participants plan and direct projects themselves. Team-based, youth centered projects stimulate innate curiosity, excite intrinsic motivation and so produce lasting learning.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Inspiration Award Finalist 2019

Outdoor Retailer

EE Award 2021

Colarado Alliance Environmental Education

Affiliations & memberships

Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards Finalist 2019

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 on field trips

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status, Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Outdoor Education and Recreation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number has increased again, given the impact of COVID in 2020

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of diversity training courses conducted

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of multi-year grants received

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

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new grants received

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Numbered of staff who are satisfied to be an employee of the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Outdoor Education and Recreation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Lincoln Hills Cares strives to provide unique and innovative outdoor experiences through focused programs and curriculum delivered in our Youth Outdoor Education Programs, Nizhoni Equestrian Program and TeamWorks Service Learning Program for youth and young adults.
INCREASE ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR UNDERSERVED YOUTH AND THEIR FAMILIES TO EXPERIENCE COLORADO'S OPEN SPACES

Lincoln Hills Cares delivers outdoor education and recreation programs and experiences to our Denver Metro and Front Range communities. Through a variety of partnerships with local, regional and national nonprofit and municipal organizations we continue to expand our reach by serving a growing number of youth, young adults and families who may not otherwise have the opportunity.

Lincoln Hills Cares uses nature as a tool for youth development. Our Pathways Programs prepare youth for higher education and career opportunities through an employment-based youth development model. We understand that people protect what they love and love what they know. We aim to foster a love of nature through our shared work experiences, as we represent and develop the changing face of America’s future in public and environmental health, conservation and the environment.
TeamWorks integrates paid work experience with education in the natural sciences, life skills training and career preparation for youth and young adults who participate in projects related to environmental conservation, local history, civic engagement and land management. Team members earn working wages while developing real skills and experience in collaborative projects. Under the supportive supervision of expert educators, TeamWorks participants plan and direct projects themselves. Team-based, youth centered projects stimulate innate curiosity, excite intrinsic motivation and so produce lasting learning.
Lincoln Hills Cares Pathways Programs prepare youth for higher education and career opportunities. Lincoln Hills Cares uses nature as a tool for youth development. Our Pathways Programs use an employment-based youth development model. Regardless of what career or educational direction our youth choose to pursue, we aim to help build and develop them as leaders by offering job training, entrepreneurship, mentorship and social and emotional support.

Through our fundraising efforts, Lincoln Hills Cares collaborates with other organizations to maximize resources to achive results.
Our staff are experts in their fields with a passion to deliver outstanding programming.
We are committed to Increasing staff development with expanded training. Strengthen existing partnerships
Created a platform for expanding the programs to include “off-site” programs and events in Denver metro area
Increase outreach and partnership development.

Lincoln Hills Cares has
-expanded to providing programming for participants from 24 counties and 50+ neighborhoods
-Averaging over 1100 participants at Lincoln Hills property
-Have worked with 50+ organizations to date to provide programming
-Currently provide 38 different curriculum modules
-Increased the diversity of our staff by finding, offering and nuturing and inclusive environment.

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 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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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

  • 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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Lincoln Hills Cares

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beale Tejada

Crane & Tejada Law

Term: 2017 - 2025

Beale Tejada

Crane & Tejada, P.C.

Alton Dillard

Denver Elections Division

Nneka McPhee

Sid Wilson

A Private Guide

Travis Long

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Allan Smith

Invictus Management Consulting Ltd

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/28/2021

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/28/2021

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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 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.