On the Boards

Seattle, WA   |  https://www.ontheboards.org

Mission

On the Boards invests in leading contemporary performing artists near and far, and connects them to a diverse range of communities interested in forward-thinking art and ideas. We believe if we are successful in our work that we can grow our field, enrich peoples' lives, and contribute to civic and global dialogues.

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Betsey Brock

Artistic Director

Rachel Cook

Main address

PO Box 19515

Seattle, WA 98109 USA

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EIN

91-1081983

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Centers (A61)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Live performance brings us together and challenges our senses, perceptions, and imaginations--expanding what we know to be possible. It confronts a future of insularity and champions an open minded, curious, and vibrant world. Since its founding in 1978, On the Boards has been the cornerstone of contemporary performance in the Pacific Northwest.

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?

Artists In Residence

The On the Boards Artists-in-Residence program gives Northwest-based artists, selected by Artistic Director Rachel Cook, time, access, and support for rehearsal and technical experimentation by specifically investing in their individual artistic process and progress.

The Artists-in-Residence program can include works-in-progress and open rehearsals as select opportunities for the wider community to look at the creative process. By also providing professional expertise around production, support in fundraising, and curatorial guidance for projects in development, On the Boards invests in every aspect of the artists’ professional development.

This program has been designed to put the needs of the artist at the center of the work. By encouraging these artists to use On the Boards as a home base they will each explore themes of comprehensive collectivity and belonging.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Where we work

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.

We invest in artists, and connect them and their work to audiences.

On the Boards’ commitment to risk-taking art has never wavered, however, resources for artists and arts
organizations have.

Our current moment - facing a global pandemic while, simultaneously, Seattle’s rapid growth continues to dramatically reshape the local landscape: physically, socially, and culturally. Our city has increasingly fewer places for artists to live, practice, and present. Resources for experimental art practice are diminishing. Our building is a valuable community resource. The needs of our community, and our city in transition are growing, and it is our duty to be generous and responsive.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

  • 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, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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On the Boards

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

Davora Lindner

Prairie Underground

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

John Hoedemaker

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer

Term: 2019 -

Ruth Lockwood

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Emily Tanner-McLean

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Michaela Hutfles

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Tyler Engle

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Tom Israel

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Norie Sato

Artist

Mary Ann Peters

Artist

Lance Neely

Heritage Realty

Jasmine Mahmoud

Seattle University

James Rogers

James S. Rogers Law

Tina LaPadula

HeARTwork Collective

Kate Murphy

PR + Communications Consultant

David Taft

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Lara Behnert

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Mireya Lewin

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Kristin Becker

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Lorrie Cardoso

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Corey Gutch

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Jeanie Chunn

Seattle Restaurants United

Jeffrey Fracé

University of Washington

Zack Hutson

Privateer Holdings

Jennifer Roberts

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Mari London

Spafford Robbins

Robert Stumberger

Bill Way

Amazon

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/19/2020

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/19/2020

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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.