PLATINUM2024

Monkeyshines Media Inc

Bay Shore, NY   |  https://monkeyshines.media/inc/

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Mission

Were a New York State not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, dedicated to publishing and supporting Long Island artists and writers. We publish and mail a free zine, Bindle, 4 times a year, where we showcase creative content from creators from Nassau and Suffolk counties, and beyond.

Notes from the nonprofit

We run tight and lean -- all donations go directly to creating the magazine and shipping to our readers and distributors.

Ruling year info

2021

President

Jonathan Russell

Main address

1318 Thompson Dr

Bay Shore, NY 11706 USA

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EIN

87-1137058

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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

We currently have a small subscriber base and a small selection of creatives that we publish. We have very little outreach and word-of-mouth.

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?

Bindle Zine for 2024

We print and distribute a free magazine of works from artists, photographers, poets, and other writers four times a year. Copies are always free and our subscribers do not pay for shipping. We maintain and update the companion website and offer PDF copies of the magazine as well. We reach out to local creatives to share their work.

We send out our issues to readers across the country, thanks to our supporters and contributors.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
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.

Number of periodicals distributed

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

Adults, Artists and performers

Related Program

Bindle Zine for 2024

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We published 2 issues in 2023, and 4 issues in both 2022 and 2023

Total number of periodical subscribers

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

Adults, Artists and performers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of different periodicals published

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

Adults, Artists and performers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We publish quarterly. In 2023, we changed our title and design, and published twice in one year. We do not expect any delays in 2024.

Number of works published from new writers

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

Adults, Artists and performers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Writers are considered "new" if they have not published professionally before. We have new writers that have been included in more than one issue, but we count them only on the initial issue.

Total number of works exhibited

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

Adults, Artists and performers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

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.

We're looking to increasing our reach, including our subscriber base and distribution points, and to publish a larger selection of artists, photographers, poets, and other writers.

Our two main goals for 2024 are doubling our subscriber base and making our charity 100% funded by donations and sponsorships.

We will attend local art shows and vendor shows, to acquaint the magazine to a larger artistic community. We are virally advertising our magazine with small giveaways, such as stickers and keyrings with the Bindle logo. Additionally, we will be reaching out and featuring local artisans who work in physical media, to share their work.

We're reaching out to the artists and writers we publish, asking them to share copies of the magazine with their friends/audience. We will be working with people to act as "brand ambassadors" who will bring copies of the magazine to public and commercial locations and use social media to notify their followers. We are also looking for larger monetary donations, in the form of sponsors, to enable us to print more copies of each issue and produce more viral merchandise for us to give away.

In our Summer 2023 issue, we interviewed a Long Island letterpress printer and with that issue we included branded coasters, which the printer had created for us, allowing us to share her story and her creative output with our subscribers. We attended a local vendor show where we connected with several new artists and supporters.

We will continue to connect with the local art and poetry scenes on Long Island and give away copies of the magazine in person.

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 bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback, We have the utmost concern for privacy, and do not directly solicit feedback from our readers

Financials

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Operations

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

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Monkeyshines Media Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jonathan Russell

MacPhoenix Design

Term: 2021 -

Katherine Rasmussen

Thomas Becker

Jimi Braun

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 1/26/2024

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
Male, Not transgender

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/09/2021

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.