FRIENDS OF THE SAN JUANS

Protecting and restoring the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea for people and nature since 1979.

aka FRIENDS   |   Friday Harbor, WA   |  www.sanjuans.org

Mission

Protecting and restoring the San Juan Island and the Salish Sea for people and nature.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

R. Brent Lyles

Main address

PO BOX 1344

Friday Harbor, WA 98250 USA

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EIN

91-1087153

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A citizen group formed Friends of the San Juan Islands in 1979 to preserve the beauty, character and wildness of the islands in the face of increasing development. Our first major effort was working alongside county staff to adopt the first Comprehensive Land-use Plan. We use science to inform decisions that conserve the county’s environment and economy in addition to community engagement. We continue to participate in this same work today with community support. Today, as in our early days, the work we accomplish is in the things you don’t always see to protect and restore the intrinsic values of our islands. We’ve expanded our responsibilities and environmental perspectives, such as stopping Xylene manufacture and export in Anacortes, ensuring a refinery expansion does not impact Southern Resident orcas, and discovering 15 new forage fish spawning beaches with our volunteer community scientists (illustrating the benefits of shoreline restoration in the food chain of marine ecology

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?

Defending Healthy Seas

Orcas need salmon, need forage fish, need natural beaches!
Friends’ work creates interdependencies that are healthy, sustainable, and generative. Safe Shipping, Beyond Fossil Fuels, Species Protection through education, restoration and protection. Healthy seas are vital to humans and wildlife. An abundant sea where all of its inhabitants thrive and have access to both sufficient food and healthy breeding grounds directly impacts the wellbeing, economy, and futures of people. Human-caused threats produce dire consequences for our highly sensitive marine landscape. Marine sound pollution disrupts orca whales’ ability to feed, mate, and communicate. Oil spills devastate marine and shoreline environments, killing wildlife. Through our marine plastics education program we work with San Juan County students for plastic education and reduction.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Friends improves shoreline habitat conditions for today so they have a future where they are resilient, adaptable in the face of climate change, and vibrant places for all who depend on them. The San Juan Islands’ rugged shorelines remain relatively natural and intact compared to urban areas around the Salish Sea. However this is rapidly changing. Shoreline development and associated beach structures such as bulkheads are altering natural nearshore processes, and the ongoing removal of shoreline trees and shrubs destroys productive habitat. Shoreline Protection, Shoreline Restoration, Technical Assistance.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Friends works together with community to retain San Juan County’s intact resource lands, wetlands, prairies, and cultural traditions, to preserve the unique character of the islands and the natural processes that depend on a thriving, resilient landscape. Defending our Land, Climate Change, Cultural Restoration. San Juan County’s rural character is reflected in its open fields, working farms, and tranquil forests.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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 new grants received

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

Adults

Related Program

Defending Healthy Seas

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of multi-year grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Protecting Natural Shorelines

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of critically endangered species for which conservation measures have been launched or supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Southern Resident Killer Whales, Chinook salmon, Marbled Murrelets

Number of press articles published

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019 we celebrated our 40th Anniversary and as a result had multiple donations by board members.

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 Classroom events, in addition to replicated annual events 2020. 2020:Public events were virtual from March through November 2020. We engaged our members in summer program Q&A and annual meeting.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Defending Healthy Seas

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Engaged participants include volunteers and students in VR immersive education program.

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups with whom communication has been achieved and expectations shared

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Communication to take action through email to members, stakeholders and groups.

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Supports Thriving Communities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Public and private schools on three ferry served islands.

Number of consulting projects completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Protecting Natural Shorelines

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Consulting with shoreline property owners regarding technical assistance for restoration work.

Number of conservation actions at site(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Protecting Natural Shorelines

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of initiatives where site(s) have been declared protected areas

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Protecting Natural Shorelines

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Acres of natural habitat restored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

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.

Sustained advocacy for improved commercial vessel traffic safety and oil spill prevention; opposition to new fossil fuel export projects; and protection of endangered and threatened species through habitat management, recovery actions, and legal protections.

Restoration of altered nearshore habitats; technical assistance for shoreline property owners; sea level rise research and adaptation education; and resource protection through science-based management.

Support for clean energy solutions and climate resiliency; restoration of Coast Salish tribal heritage and cultural; and protection for San Juan County’s farms, forests, freshwater, wetlands, and prairies from harmful development.

Growing regionally and influentially as effective facilitators in safe shipping, experts in marine restoration and cultivating greater community engagement.
Continuing to participate effectively in local and global issues impacting the islands.
Continuing to act locally and think globally, take meaningful actions to restore our natural shorelines, ensure healthy seas and a thriving communities.
Deepening the stewardship of members.
Instilling responsibility and hope to protect what we love.
Increasing membership, community engagement, and our endowment to sustain our work towards our mission.

Professional, hardworking, motivated and experienced, staff and contractors.
The ability, knowledge and desire to participate at all levels of governance: Local, State, Federal and Canadian (on transboundary issues) to move the dial for environmental protection.
Partnerships, collaboration across disciplines, and strong allies.
Work within natural, not political boundaries.
Board Members with various professional backgrounds, education and experience who are dedicated, engaged, involved and informed.
Stewardship through our members.
Approximately 2000 members from throughout the Salish Sea and PNW.
We amplify many voices through social media and in person actions.
Recognition of issue optics. We are nimble and can adapt quickly.
We understand the political labyrinth and how to access decision makers.
We work with diplomacy, efficiency and dedication.

We have protected and restored what is natural, unique and pristine in our islands and the Salish Sea.
Our restoration has resulted in more natural spawning beaches for forage fish, upon which the Southern Resident orca depend.
The Educational Outreach, increased awareness and provided actions to take, to increase the responsibility to protect what we love in the San Juans.
Increased membership marks our campaign to share Information to increase the understanding of what must be protected and why.
Numerous meetings have allowed us to influence decision makers, at the county/state/federal level to address regulations and policies based on best practices, science and needs (e.g. orca, climate, shipping, oil spill prevention, housing.)
Our engagement and watchful eye, ensure the application of regulation and enforcement is equally applied to all development.
Help others (decision makers, community members) understand the interrelationships of plants, animals, people, transportation, climate restoration, protection.

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    It has changed the relationship to be more inclusive and our community feels more engaged and vested in our mission driven work. It's noticeably more collaborative.

  • 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 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?

    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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FRIENDS OF THE SAN JUANS

Board of directors
as of 03/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ken Carrasco

No Affiliation

Term: 2022 - 2024

Ken Carrasco

President

Bruce Rylander

Treasurer

Michael Riordan

Vice President

Carol Kibble

Secretary

San Olson

Ken Burtness

Janet Alderton

Chris Wolfe

Kas Guillozet

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 2/8/2022

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
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: 02/08/2022

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 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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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.