FISH OF VANCOUVER

Feeding Families, Nourishing Children

Vancouver, WA   |  www.fishvancouver.org

Mission

To provide food for the hungry in the community of Vancouver, Washington

Ruling year info

1982

President, Board of Directors

Katlin Smith

Treasurer

Alice Davies

Main address

906 Harney St

Vancouver, WA 98660 USA

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EIN

91-1166344

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food Insecurity in Clark County is a significant problem. According to Feeding America, just over 66,000 residents in Clark County have food insecurity. When children are considered alone, the percent of children who experience food insecurity jumps to nearly 1 in 4 children in our county (24.1%). Within a three-mile radius around FISH of Vancouver's Harney Street location, three of the public elementary schools have more than 85% of children on free and reduced lunch, an indication of the poverty level of the area FISH services. And the need is growing as Vancouver's housing costs skyrocket, forcing families and individuals to cut their food budgets. As one of the more than 40 partner agencies of the Clark County Food Bank, FISH of Vancouver is in a unique location to help hungry families in our community.

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?

Emergency Food Distribution

FISH distributes food (and clothing) to families and individuals who are food insecure. FISH serves approximately 1350 households per month and distributes more than 500,000 pounds of food per year to people in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

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 children 0-18 receiving emergency food

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Years are divided by July-June statistical years. Numbers include duplicated individuals who can access the food pantry weekly. Note: 2021 is estimate and will not be exact until end of June 2022.

Number of elderly receiving emergency food

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Years are divided by July-June statistical years. Numbers include duplicated individuals who can access the food pantry weekly. Note: 2021 is estimate and will not be exact until end of June 2022.

Total number of people receiving emergency food

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Years are divided by July-June statistical years. Numbers include duplicated individuals who can access the food pantry weekly. Note: 2021 is estimate and will not be exact until end of June 2022.

Total Pounds of Food Distributed

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Years are divided by July-June statistical years. Note: 2021 is estimate and will not be exact until end of June 2022.

Total Households Served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Years are divided by July-June statistical years. Numbers include duplicated individuals who can access the food pantry weekly. Note: 2021 is estimate and will not be exact until end of June 2022.

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.

Our Strategic Goals, as outlined in our 2022-2024 Strategic Plan are:
Goal 1: Maintain a facility that is safe, stable, accessible, and innovative for effective food distribution.
Goal 2: Enhance operations, systems, and programs to ensure they remain responsive to evolving client and community needs.
Goal 3: Professionalize fundraising strategies to sustain success and support a long-term vision for financial health.
Goal 4: Strategically cultivate and steward relationships, leadership, and initiatives to maximize community impact in addressing root causes of hunger for a food secure tomorrow.

1. Strengthen our core food distribution programs to maintain standards of quality, provide a choice-centered client experience and expand our geographic reach through strategic partnerships.
2. Diversify and expand our revenue streams to Invest in management and operations to support the steady growth of FISH.
3. Expand our management and support for volunteer recruitment, training, supervision, and appreciation.
4. Continue our ongoing and integrated communications campaign to build awareness of FISH and issues around poverty and hunger.
5. Facilitate a program planning process with the board, volunteers and community stakeholders to determine potential program and site-based planning.
6. Invest in management and operations training to support the growth of FISH.

FISH has developed and is implementing capabilities in the following ways:
- Hiring of an experienced, professional Executive Director
- Recruitment of a hands on, working Board of Directors including professional expertise in the areas of law, accounting and financial management, human resources, communications, community involvement, building management and public health
- Hiring of an Operations Manager to oversee operations of the FISH pantry and warehouses
- Hiring a Volunteer Coordinator as a professional employee
- Financial stability through purchasing and retiring debt on a 10,000 sq ft commercial building that houses FISH and a commercial tenant

- Addition of new coolers and freezers for safe food distribution
- Continuation of pick up of food from grocery stores, Clark County Food Bank and other sources
- Implementation of new client data collection system
- Coordination of grants with contract Grant Writer
- Continued building revenue management with building tenant
- Formalization of site tours
- Strengthening of Sustaining Circle program
- Addition of Volunteer Coordinator position to staff
- Increased recruitment and training of volunteers
- Addition of new Board members
- Continuation and expansion of communication materials including newsletter, expanded website, social media presence
- Use of graphics design studio for web and print materials
- Planning for evaluation of building usage in 2020
- Addition of staff capacity
- Addition of new partners including food distribution to housing project for veterans and domestic abuse program
- Addition of Business Friends of FISH (BFF) - to provide sustainability through monthly donations of funds and services
- Creation of a facilities reserve fund
- Addition of integrated software program for donor management and volunteer scheduling
- Successful grantwriting for technology, equipment and other funding

Financials

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Operations

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

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FISH OF VANCOUVER

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

Katlin Smith

UrbanWords Group

Term: 2017 -

Dr. John Greves

Vancouver Clinic

Alice Davies

Retired, Community Volunteer

George Laing

Retired, Clark PUD

Tom Lingo

Alcoa

Betty Sue Morris

Retired, County Commissioner

Bob Durgan

Retired, Construction Administration

Susan Lanford

PeaceHealth Staff

Eddie Odoms

Business Owner

Bennett Brandenburg

Attorney at Law

Dr. Beth Lee

Retired, Family Physician

Katlin Smith

Retired, Public Relations Professional

Larry Smith

Retired, Vancouver City Council

Terry Murphy

Interior Design Firm Owner

Sandford Plant

Retired Medical Doctor

Bruce Paris

Retired Banking Executive

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2021

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability