Public, Society Benefit

Forest Grove Foundation Inc

Administering to other community groups for the betterment of our community

Forest Grove, OR

Mission

The Forest Grove Foundation administers to other community groups for the betterment of our community. The Foundation provides fiduciary support for organizations seeking a fiscal sponsor for charitable and community-building efforts in lieu of forming a nonprofit.

Ruling Year

1995

Board President

Mr Brian Schimmel

Main Address

2417 Pacific Ave

Forest Grove, OR 97116 USA

Keywords

Incubator, Community, Disadvantaged, Homeless, Love Rocks Run, Anna Abby Playground

EIN

93-1140249

 Number

1760306353

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Charitable and community-building efforts, particularly in rural communities, have limited resources to maximize their impact in the community or the fiduciary knowledge to administer objectives effectively. They are unfamiliar with the advantages of a fiscal sponsor and may apply for 501(c)(3) status prematurely without understanding the financial costs and legal/administrative requirements.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

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

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Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our mission is administering to other community groups for the betterment of our community. The Foundation does this by providing fiduciary support for organizations seeking a fiscal sponsor for charitable and community-building efforts in our community in lieu of forming a nonprofit. We intend to engage organizations that are thinking about starting, or have recently started, a nonprofit or community project and have not previously navigated the processes of applying for 501(c)(3) status. And in the process, educate organizations about the advantages of seeking a fiscal sponsor in lieu of forming a nonprofit, and support them through the journey.

Series of proposed strategies: be visible and valued as essential contributors to our community; increase impactful giving in rural communities (Western Washington County, Oregon); inspire innovative ways to maximize public & private resources; provide a framework for charitable causes to onboard seamlessly; be a purveyor of nonprofit development & capacity building; and foster a platform for community problem-solving & collaboration. A refresh of the Foundation's strategic plan will follow (in 2020) to affirm strategies and a game plan.

The Foundation's strategic plan refresh will identify organizational capabilities to effectively achieve its strategies. Currently, we have two working board members administering financials and civic engagement, and an Encore Fellow (corporate retiree) serving as an Executive Administrator. We enjoy partnerships with local municipalities, the Chamber of Commerce and Pacific University that provide advocacy, grants, administrative services and human resources to support our mission. Our key partner, Community Connection, serves as an instrument for bolstering local service organizations, including fundraising, project management and advocacy.

Currently, the Foundation board reviews financial reports and partner reports on a quarterly basis to assess progress, and uses a Logic Model and established criteria when evaluating a partner organization. The Foundation's strategic plan refresh will identify additional indicators for measuring its progress toward proposed strategies.

Since 2019, a relatively new board of directors has been appointed with the professional and cultural diversity to support our mission, and an aspiration to reinvigorate its impact in the community. An operating procedure was established that outlines functional protocols - e.g., how new partners are evaluated, advising the type of donations and how distributions are administered. Next, the board will refresh its strategic plan to ensure we are effective in fulfilling our goals and supporting the emerging needs in the communities we serve. We will continue to recruit board members that represent areas of professional and cultural diversity that could strengthen our capabilities and address racial disparity in charitable causes.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), community meetings/town halls.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently.
What significant change resulted from feedback
Added to the cultural and professional diversity of our Board of Directors. Adopted the Logic Model to assist charitable and community building causes to articulate goals, activities and outcomes.

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Financials

Forest Grove Foundation Inc

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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