Frog House Project Inc

Rochester, NY   |  afroghouse.org

Mission

A Frog House is a center for local Advocacy, worldwide Collaboration, and ecological Education. We offer workshops and events for all ages to learn about the crucial role of frogs in the environment. What helps frogs supports all life. We focus on wellness for our community, collaborating with others interested in ecosystems and, in particular, mental health. We believe every small collective action for the mighty and important frog can bring big results for our world.

Ruling year info

2020

CEO/ED/Founder

Dr. Margot Lindsay Fass MD

Chair/PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

Miss Pearl Monique Brunt

Main address

527 Linden St

Rochester, NY 14620 USA

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EIN

84-4836099

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization was created with the purpose of encouraging and assisting Pittsford to become a more environmentally friendly community. One with chemical free properties, clean wetlands and water, as well as nitrogen fixing and drought resistant native plants, shrubs, and trees, rain gardens and ponds, creating a healthy environment.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Introduction to frogs and their role in the environment

Students will list at least seven reasons to explain why frogs and other amphibians are important for human beings' existence.
Objective of the activity: Help students understand the importance and value of frogs in our ecosystem.
Materials needed: Paper and pencils
Background info: Activity will start with a short slide show and an explanation

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Magnificent Contribution 2020

Town of Pittsford

Affiliations & memberships

Town of Pittsford 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Our organization was created with the purpose of encouraging and assisting Pittsford to become a model community with kindness and compassion toward all. We would like to see an enlightened practice of maintaining chemical free properties, clean wetlands and water, as well as nitrogen fixing and drought resistant native plants, shrubs, and trees, rain gardens and ponds, creating a healthy environment. What helps frogs supports all life.

Our organization strategies are:

Developing programs that we can offer to the Pittsford community in order to raise awareness of our cause.
Continuing our learning by attending seminars, webinars and workshops.
Creating partnerships with experts in order to help more people understand things such as why having native plants in your garden is important.
Teaming up with other organizations that support education and the environment to learn and grow together.

Chemical free properties: Too many residents carelessly use destructive gardening practices. We have partnerships with Save the Frogs, Barefoot Ecological Design, Impact Earth, Inc, RAICA, Pachamama, Wild Ones, Color Your Community Green and other like minded organizations to refer visitors to, and provide information about them to encourage them to join the movement toward chemical free properties. We have two gardens on the towpath which have signs that show that we are such an environmentally responsible organization and are planted sustainably, as well as a third garden on the property designed by Patty Love, founder of Barefoot Ecological Design, for demonstration to and learning by visitors. Native plants and wildlife cannot survive chemical warfare, and we can show how easily beautiful property can be maintained without them.

What helps frogs supports all life: We have natural frog residents in a newly dug frog pond and are constructing another. Bonnie Abrams, a graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, majoring in biology, also is crazy about frogs, and she and Margot provide facts and relevant information from their own and other sources regarding the environment, frogs and more. We go into schools to give presentations and/or environmental activities that carry this message.

Kindness and compassion: Unfortunately, Pittsford, like every community, has some residents who are divisive and bullies. Our founder and CEO Margot is a psychiatrist, and advocate of Nonviolent Communication, and all of our team (contractors, board members and friends of A Frog House) are emotionally mature. A Frog House is available to the Youth Counseling Center and school counseling services for support, and involves youth as volunteers in a way that they feel comfortable and can have fun. Visitors enjoy a warm welcome in this canal towpath oasis.


Bonnie Abrams, our event planner, is committed to coming up with new programs and ideas that make learning about the environment more interesting and fun. Margot Fass, our CEO, gives all her heart and soul to A Frog House; building relationships and connections that allow us to interact with supporters, volunteers and friends.
Belen, our board member and treasurer, brings invaluable organization and management skills that help us direct our work.

Our organization is 100% committed to achieving our mission.

As described in our most recent blog, we focused this year on the frog’s natural land environment, learning and sharing simultaneously with plus or minus 300 people, involving everyone from 2 to 82 years old.

If they don’t already have it, visitors catch the fever of “Frogaphilia” and many are eager to participate in ecological projects, activities, games, and education. It is quite incredible in this day and age that so many people are totally unaware of the threats to frogs, and consequently to all other species.

We held our first art and poetry contest, and got fine literary contributions for the latter from all over the world. We like to think we influenced the town to name the walk in the Erie Canal Nature Preserve “Frog Pond Trail” and were among the influencers to put in a pollinator garden in that area.

Through good property management of our own, we not surprisingly attracted three different species of frogs. We have prepared various informational handouts and distributed others.

Right now we are ramping up our plans for 2022 to prioritize water and wetland conservation, bringing in experts from New York State Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and the Department of Environmental Conservation for our April 24 Save The Frogs Day educational event.

From then, we are looking forward to working with the town to rid the Erie Canal Nature Preserve of invasive plants, put in proper native shrubs and oxygenate the four mostly separated bodies of water to improve life for everyone.

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

    Everyone in the town of Pittsford is our main target but we are willing to serve everyone who comes visit us. Our mission is to share our knowledge and advocate for the smaller creatures in our environment.

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

    Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

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

    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 understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We were told that the event we conducted was during really hot weather so now we make sure to check the weather ahead of time and send an email the day off the event giving a heads up on weather conditions.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

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

    It shifted our power cause we align to what they need and want. For example, they want more activities that can be done as a family. These two weekends before christmas we are hosting an event where families can bring they children and DIY their own terrarium ornaments.

  • 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for 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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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Frog House Project Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Margot Fass

A Frog House

Pearl Brunt

Sandra Frankel

Lindsay Graham

Nannete Nocon

Belen Patino

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 ? Yes
  • 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 12/14/2021

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
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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/14/2021

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Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.