Shepherds of Griffin Bike Park Inc

More Kids on Bikes

Terre Haute, IN   |  https://shepherdsofgriffinbikepark.org/

Mission

The Mission is to raise funds to help Griffin Bike Park extend its capacity to maintain and expand its role as a national-caliber riding area so that world-class races, competitions and special events can be enjoyed there, and to provide a full spectrum, destination riding experience for riders of all ages, skills, and abilities. Our efforts will procure sustainable revenue for the ongoing maintenance, tools, and equipment needed for the successful operation of the facility. We desire to expand the park with new trails, features, and signage to increase the opportunities for individuals and families to improve fitness and health. Last, but not least, we will honor those who have served our country protecting our freedoms, our families, friends, and communities.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Gene Earl Griffin

Main address

7854 S Persimmon St

Terre Haute, IN 47802 USA

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EIN

84-1872240

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (N12)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Shepherds of Griffin Bike Park are working to improve their relationship with the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department. Finetuning that partnership will allow us to successfully coordinate the ways that we will be supporting and helping them in funding the needs of Griffin Bike Park. Griffin Bike Park is one of their county parks that requires financial assistance from the local community. By establishing the needs of Griffin Bike Park we have been able to develop a specific plan for new trails, maintenance of the existing trails, as well as an understanding of what future overall goals may be. The Park's Department recently hired Nat Lopes, the owner of Hilride Progression Development Group. We have had four conference calls together and he has assisted Shepherds and the Park's Department with creating MOUs and methods of communicating better as we go forward in our new 2025 Mission plan for Griffin Bike Park. We are all very excited and know the Best is Yet 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?

Trips for Kids Chapter & Mountain Bike Team Program

Griffin Bike Park has created a hub for the community to bring families closer together. The Park has truly become a hub for the community with a wide range of programs, camps, and clinics designed to introduce new riders to the sport and to model healthy active outdoor lifestyles for the entire family. A 1-mile beginner, basic training skills trail, a 5-mile beginner loop trail, and a skills park are designed to provide first time, beginner and disabled riders with positive learning experiences that build safe riding skills. And with the addition of 1.5 miles of new trail and the improvement and enhancement of the 5-mile beginner loop riders will provide even more opportunities for beginner riders to enjoy the park. The “Trips For Kids Chapter Program” is designed to provide underserved kids and families with bikes, helmets and trained ride leaders to get out on the trails. And the “Interscholastic Mountain Bike Team Program” is designed to provide middle and high school-aged riders with skilled coaches and ride leaders and team-based experience to further develop riding skills and fitness. And the “Skills Clinic Program” is designed to provide both first-time riders as well as advanced riders with expert level professional coaching, skills instruction, and training..

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We desire to help Griffin Bike Park continue in its current status as a World Class Mount Bike Park. Our goal is to assist in its mission to continue to be a national-caliber riding area and recreational tourism destination for the Wabash Valley. By providing resources to expand and maintain the 300-acre park, it will continue to be able to provide riders from all backgrounds, ages, skills, and abilities with a wide range of exciting riding opportunities. These include exploring the trails and the unique landscape and ecosystems found within the park. With our assistance, the park will be able to support riders as they progressively learn skills by tackling a wide range of technical trails and enhanced terrain features. The park is designed as a community hub and we want to make sure it directly engages and inspires local youth, young adults, and families in a sport that promotes healthy, active, outdoor lifestyles while providing exciting, challenging, and rewarding experiences. We also seek to sustain the World Class Memorial park as it honors and remembers our Heroes that have given their lives for our Freedom.

We have laid the foundation for our mission by developing over one hundred and forty sponsors and supporters. Our strategy is to enhance our relationships with these great community stakeholders by continued communications and expressions of our appreciation and gratitude for their engagement with us in this venture. We will also continue to expand our donor base by asking our existing sponsors for their referrals. Additionally, we will continue to apply for and receive funds from our grant writing processes. The strategy is to communicate, communicate, communicate. This will be done with newsletters, emails, and personal calls. Our success has come from continually keeping our supporters in the loop and up to date with the landmark accomplishments of the Park. Also, our transparency with the Park's Department and Stakeholders has provided even more confidence in the plans of our nonprofit. We are using professions to assist us in our operations, taxes, and goals as we move forward from month to month.

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?

    Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages with an focus on mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers.

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

    Community meetings/Town halls, word of mouth,

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

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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?

    We added adaptive trails for disabled users.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    It has strengthened our relationships and provided new ways for us to serve the community more effectively. This was accomplished by meeting over a period of two months focusing on improving communications with Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, Griffin Bike Park Management, and the Friends of Griffin Bike Park.

  • 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 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,

  • 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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Shepherds of Griffin Bike Park Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gene Griffin

Shepherds of Griffin Bike Park, Inc

Term: 2019 -

Bill Sumansky

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Owen Sedgwick

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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 3/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
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: 03/10/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.