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Laura Riding Jackson Foundation Inc

The literary heart of Indian River County.

Vero Beach, FL   |  www.lauraridingjackson.org
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Laura Riding Jackson Foundation Inc

EIN: 59-3160354


Mission

The mission of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is to (a) maintain the home of the poet as a museum for Laura Riding Jackson's works and for the demonstration of her way of life and (b) to celebrate her legacy by promoting literary programs that will nurture a passion for the written word. The corporation is organized to operate exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law) a.

Notes from the nonprofit

LRJF focuses on nurturing a love of literature and of our local environment and history. The Laura (Riding) Jackson House anchors this work which extends from early childhood through adults. Workshops, tours, and readings enliven the house, the grounds, the college campus and the Writing Center by providing a home base for creative liteary people.

Ruling year info

1996

President

Marie Stiefel

Vice President for Operations

Jacque Jacobs

Main address

1914 14th Avenue

Vero Beach, FL 32960 USA

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Formerly known as

Laura Riding Jackson Home Preservation Foundation

EIN

59-3160354

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Arts services

Population served info

Adolescents

Adults

Women and girls

Ethnic and racial groups

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Foundation addresses two community needs: preservation of its historical resources and promotion of literature through the development of creative writing. Meeting these community issues is embodied in the Laura (Riding) Jackson Author Home Museum Historical Preservation: In 1943, Poet and critic Laura (Riding) Jackson chose Florida as the quiet "home place" that enabled her to work. She chose a house that is an example of the successful effort of Florida pioneers to build homes in harmony with a tropical environment. Education: The Foundation reaches out to the community to celebrate the literary arts with performances , poetry readings, summer writing camps for middle school students. The need is acute in Florida as the schools and teachers are focused on testing leaving little time for the development of creative writing skills.

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?

Teen Writers Workshops

Each year, LRJF brings published authors in a variety of literary forms to work with high school students - spoken word poetry, science fiction, graphic novels, etc.

In addition, the Cambridge American Stage Tour (Cambridge Univ., UK) spends 5 days with our high school students teaching acting and writing as well as performing a play by Shakespeare

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Published authors and editors present workshops to aspiring writers in an informal, interactive session.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the community is invited to gather at the historic home of poet Laura (Riding) Jackson for readings three nationally known poets followed by a Southern BBQ

Population(s) Served
Adults

High School students are trained to interview "pioneers" in the local African American community as well as women who have achieved high level of responsibility in corporate America (C-suite). The interviews are recorded. The students write their reports, their reflections on the experience.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Women and girls

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Writers Museum 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of classes offered

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

Adult Writers Workshops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are our professionally led writing workshops for teenagers and adults

Total number of guided tours given

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Docent led guided tours of historic home

Number of organizational partners

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The LRJF coordinates activities and programs with community partners

Total dollars paid to writers

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Honoraria for writing workshop presenters and poetry reading authors

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The Foundation creates a gathering place for writers of all ages and provide a supportive environment in which to extend their skills, interact with professional writers, other local writers, and have the benefit of structured events that enhance these goals.

By touring the LRJ home we expect that residents and visitors who come to Vero Beach will better understand the struggles of her pioneers and the adaptations made to live in a tropical climate

Literary education

Students
• Writing workshops led by professionals for high schoolers called Teen Writer Workshops (TWW)
• Middle School summer writing camp called Write in the Middle (WIM)
• An oral/written history project to interview elderly residents called Teens Listen
• School district-wide poetry contest
• LRJF Writing Awards recognizing students in each county high school (4)
Adult
• Ongoing writing workshops for local writers
• Professionally led instructional writing workshops
• Weekend retreats with a professional Author
Community
• Annual Poetry Barbeque that brings in 3 nationally known poets from around the USA
• CAST…A Shakespeare performing troupe from Cambridge University (UK) that present workshops and performances
• First Friday Gallery Stroll introducing local and visiting authors
• Poetry Open Mike several times per year
• Sponsorship of a local poets group the Porch Poets

Historic Preservation
The house is open to the public on a regular basis with
• scheduled docent guided tours and tours by appointment
• The house is made available for group meetings and activities upon request
• There are Informational signs around the exterior with QR readers connected to videos about Laura and the house
• The Foundation does outreach to the community through speaking engagements on the history architecture and preservation of the house
• The Foundation encourages school field trips and has a long history of students coming through the house
• The LRJF preservation committee monitors the conditions of the house and the objects in it; raises funds and prepares proposals and grants for funding these activities Raising funds to preserve the house, e.g., painting,

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is led by a committed group of volunteers from various parts of our community, many of whom have specific skills, eg. historic preservation, legal, accounting, education, writers. Since December 2017, LRJF has operated a Writing Center in the historic downtown of Vero Beach which has become a gathering place for local writers. A part-time educational program director and a part time administrative assistant manage the Writing Center. Volunteer committees manage the other activities, e.g. historic preservation, workshop schedules, publicity, fundraising.

Donations, grants and special events provide the funds for the various activities. Each year, the foundation has received more recognition

A recent grant has provided fundraising software and coaching to help the volunteers improve skills.

The Writing Center has become the gathering place for writers. Attendance at the on weekly sessions is increasing. Walk-ins are also more frequent. The Foundation is recognized as the place for writers to gather for support with all aspects of their work - from getting started, to getting published.

Introducing Shakespeare to the community for 10 years by bringing the Cambridge American Stage Tour (CAST) to the US to run workshops and perform a play

Since 2000, Teen Writers Workshops have offered teens instruction by professional writers

Adult Writers Workshops offer professional instruction to community members interested in writing

Since 1994 school groups have toured the LRJ historic home

Our first ever "Write in the Middle", a summer camp for middle school students, was well attended and very successful.

The formal, instructional workshops has increased attendance.

Next: the historic home will be moved to the campus of Indian River State College. In addition to having the current programs continue, additions programs will be integrated into the college courses in humanities, literature and education.

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

76.67

Average of 19.37 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

20.3

Average of 6.6 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 3% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Laura Riding Jackson Foundation Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Laura Riding Jackson Foundation Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $65,247 -$117,694 $69,934 $709,294
As % of expenses 40.9% -28.3% 38.5% 331.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $65,247 -$117,724 $69,156 $706,342
As % of expenses 40.9% -28.3% 37.9% 325.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $244,424 $260,641 $251,644 $974,284
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 6.6% -3.5% 287.2%
Program services revenue 9.4% 3.2% 1.9% 0.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5%
Investment income 1.4% 1.0% 0.1% 0.4%
Government grants 43.0% 9.0% 15.5% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 48.2% 82.2% 82.2% 98.6%
Other revenue -1.9% 4.6% 0.2% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $159,516 $416,400 $181,710 $214,188
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 161.0% -56.4% 17.9%
Personnel 11.7% 4.1% 49.3% 53.3%
Professional fees 3.7% 1.2% 0.6% 2.9%
Occupancy 15.1% 5.9% 15.0% 11.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 69.5% 88.7% 35.1% 32.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $159,516 $416,430 $182,488 $217,140
One month of savings $13,293 $34,700 $15,143 $17,849
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $3,545 $4,618 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $172,809 $454,675 $202,249 $234,989

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 23.7 3.5 11.9 20.3
Months of cash and investments 23.7 3.5 11.9 49.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 29.3 7.7 20.4 48.5
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $315,662 $122,699 $180,251 $362,448
Investments $0 $0 $0 $527,928
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $3,545 $33,163 $187,353
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.8% 2.4% 2.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.0% 2.6% 6.7% 0.9%
Unrestricted net assets $389,732 $272,008 $341,164 $1,049,177
Temporarily restricted net assets $38,065 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $38,065 $0 $0 $234,596
Total net assets $427,797 $272,008 $341,164 $1,283,773

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Marie Stiefel

Vice President for Operations

Jacque Jacobs

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Laura Riding Jackson Foundation Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Laura Riding Jackson Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Jacque Jacobs

Rene VanDeVoorde

Susan Boyd

Joanne Mitchell

Marie Stiefel

Sean Sexton

Jacque Jacobs

Susan McDaniel

Carrie Adams

Cherie Clark

Bruce Fraser

Andrew Galuska

Bonnie MacDougall

Cynthia Callendar

Jonnie Mae Perry

Jackie Grady

Board leadership practices

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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