GARY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP CORPORATION

One Building, One Block, One Community At A Time

aka Gary Community Partnership   |   Gary, IN   |  www.garycommunitypartnership.org

Mission

To champion community projects and strategies designed to eliminate blighted conditions and foster a sense of pride in the communities of Gary, Indiana.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director/President

Mr Jeffrey Edwards

Co Managing Director

Mr Ben Penick

Main address

591 Johnson Street

Gary, IN 46402 USA

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EIN

83-2885789

NTEE code info

Urban, Community (S31)

University or Technological (B43)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In previous years, Gary Indiana was a thriving blue collar working class city. Through globalization of manufacturing jobs and the flight of mid and upper income residents, financial crisis have left many in the city without hope. The loss of job stability and educational opportunity compounded with the decay of family values create a sense of helplessness and hopelessness for many in Gary. Gary Community Partnership was created to restore hope in the community through creating project wins that impact neighborhoods immediately, championing sustainable change that grows throughout the neighborhoods we serve.

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?

Youth Empowerment 2020

Youth Empowerment 2020 is our weekend cleanup program designed to engage teens in community work with an opportunity to earn a $15.00 stipend for investing 2 hours in their community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

In 2020 GCP launched its community garden to begin its journey of empowering residents to take charge of their health by planting and harvesting vegetables and fruits which are toxin free and naturally grown in their community.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
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.

Total pounds of debris collected

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

Young adults, Adolescents, People of African descent, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Youth Empowerment 2020

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We collected 4 dumpsters full of trash in 2020

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.

Our goal is to impact neighborhoods one block at a time in a meaningful and sustainable manner. This includes championing activities and community ownership of the neighborhood's appearance for occupied and unoccupied properties. We want to empower residents with the tools necessary to maintain the appearance of their communities and create a sense of hope and pride which can change the trajectory of a community. With a primary focus on youth, our goal is to empowerment to achieve success and to incentivize their engagement through a work/reward process. As teens become more engaged in our programs, they will experience greater opportunity to earn financial reward.

We believe that change in a community starts with creating hope that things can change, and simultaneous creating small sustainable wins. To accomplish this task we seek partnership and support from city leadership and established businesses. We work to this end, building bridges and buy-in through participation city sponsored programs including "Love Your Block". We have also establish partnership and sponsorships with community businesses including McDonalds, Methodist Hospitals, Peoples Bank, BMO Harris Bank, First Financial Bank, Centier Bank, Teachers Credit Union, and Legacy Foundation. As we create opportunity we also bring community members along to establish positive wins which show progress such as our Youth Empowerment 2020 Program where we pay teens a stipend of $15 for 2 hours of weekend community service. This strategy not only allows us to engage youth in mentor and development opportunities, it also transforms mindsets of the youth participants as it relates to community cleanliness in addition to providing economic relief to teens.

We have the leadership in place affording us constituency in for-profit and non-profit organizations which value community empowerment. We also have the management in place to solicit and successfully operate projects. Finally we have the volunteer base that allows for execution of community authorized projects.

Weekend cleanup program for teens
Native Flower Garden creation for youth employment
Community vegetable garden for youth education and free produce source
Community playground replacement for youth
Community Park adoption for continued recreational improvements in the community
Youth Financial Literacy Program for short and long term education on how to utilize money effectively

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?

    SMS text surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We utilized feed back from our 2019 "On The Table" discussion, sponsored by The Legacy Foundation to help further develop our community cleanup program. Youth stated that they enjoyed our summer program but wished they could earn money when they cleaned up the community. In 2020 we updated our program to include a $15.00 stipend for every 2 hour cleanup event for each youth that participated. We are continuing to improve our program based on this feedback model

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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GARY COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP CORPORATION

Board of directors
as of 2/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Jeffrey Edwards

Walgreens

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Mr Ben Penick

BP

Term: 2018 -

Deanda Edwards

Baby Bumps

Lisa Penick

Royce Thompson

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Shantanoo Govilkar

DivIHN

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
  • 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 02/11/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without 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: 06/18/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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 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.