The Outdoor Circle

Keeping Hawai'i Clean, Green and Beautiful Since 1912

aka The Outdoor Circle   |   Honolulu, HI   |  www.outdoorcircle.org

Mission

To keep Hawai'i clean, green, beautiful, livable and sustainable by preserving, protecting and enhancing our environment.

Notes from the nonprofit

We welcome input on our organization from all members of the community interested in issues of keeping Hawaii clean, green, beautiful, livable and sustainable.

Ruling year info

1953

Executive Director

Winston Welch

Main address

1314 S King St Ste 306

Honolulu, HI 96814 USA

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EIN

99-0085044

NTEE code info

Environmental Beautification (C50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Like all nonprofits, we always need more money, time and resources to do our work.

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?

Exceptional Trees Map

An exceptional tree is “a tree, stand or grove of trees with historic or cultural value, or that by reason of age, rarity, location, size, aesthetic quality or endemic status, is designated by a county arborist advisory committee as worthy of preservation”. In 1975, the Hawai`i Legislature passed the Exceptional Tree Act (Act 105) after considerable advocacy and public education by community groups including the Mokihana Club of Kaua‘i and The Outdoor Circle. This law protects designated trees -- both public and private -- from improper trimming and unnecessary removal. The law also encourages private property owners to properly maintain designated trees by offering a tax credit to offset the costs associated with maintaining Exceptional Trees.

There are hundreds of Exceptional Trees found throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The Outdoor Circle is developing this database of currently recognized and nominated Exceptional Trees.

Population(s) Served
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 trees planted

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

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Note, this was for only one of our many branches and was for the calendar year, which differs from our fiscal year, but gives an idea of just one activity of the many activities of branches statewide.

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.

Over the last 118 years, The Outdoor Circle has advocated for responsible land use and development, while supporting projects that help to improve the quality of life in Hawai'i's communities. We are also active in government relations serving on numerous boards and task forces. When needed, The Outdoor Circle is willing to take legal action to protect the scenic environment.

Though we are best known for ridding the state of billboards , TOC engages in many activities to support its mission. These include:

Plants and protects trees
Protects viewplanes
Provides environmental education to island children
Fights to have utility wires placed under ground
Works to eliminate illegal and inappropriate signs
Protects open space
Promotes and sponsors community beautification

Over the last 100 years, The Outdoor Circle has advocated for responsible land use and development, while supporting projects that help to improve the quality of life in Hawai'i's communities. We are also active in government relations serving on numerous boards and task forces. When needed, The Outdoor Circle is willing to take legal action to protect the scenic environment.

Though we are best known for ridding the state of billboards , TOC engages in many activities to support its mission. These include:

Plants and protects trees
Protects viewplanes
Provides environmental education to island children
Fights to have utility wires placed under ground
Works to eliminate illegal and inappropriate signs
Protects open space
Promotes and sponsors community beautification

A vigorous volunteer community and board contribute to our successful operations over the last 100 years. We also partner with like-minded groups and governmental agencies for successes.

The need to remain vigilant to protect Hawaii's beauty will never end. We will keep engaging with all areas of the community to remain relevant.

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?

    Community meetings/Town halls, Full Circle meeting of all branches,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have updated out mission statement to reflect a growing concern with sustainability and livability.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, 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?

    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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The Outdoor Circle

Board of directors
as of 9/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott Wilson

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 ? 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? Yes
  • 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 10/25/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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