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LOCAL LEARNING THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION

Local Learning: Bringing a cultural lens to complex subjects since 1993

New York, NY   |  www.locallearningnetwork.org
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LOCAL LEARNING THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION

EIN: 20-2728398


Mission

Local Learning connects folklorists, artists, and educators across the nation and advocates for the full inclusion of folklife and folk arts in education to transform learning, build intercultural understanding, and create stronger communities.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Lisa Rathje

Main address

56 E 1st St

New York, NY 10003 USA

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EIN

20-2728398

Subject area info

Folk arts

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Folk Arts (A24)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Local Learning envisions a nation of lifelong learners who understand traditional arts and knowledge as critical tools for transformative solutions to the complex challenges of todays world. To build a more equitable and inclusive world, learners of all ages must purposefully develop the skills embedded in folklife methods to explore local knowledge, thereby recognizing one anothers humanity while learning more about themselves and their communities.

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?

Journal of Folklore and Education

The Journal of Folklore and Education is a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal that publishes work representing ethnographic approaches that tap the knowledge and life experience of students, their families, community members, and educators in K-16, higher education, museum, and community education.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Strategic Direction 1
Prove That It Works: Creating Evidence that Demonstrates the Efficacy and Impact of Local Learning Model
WHY
There is strong anecdotal and qualitative evidence for the efficacy of Local Learnings model of
inquiry-based ethnographic process that triangulates the expertise of educators, folklorists, and artists
to create improved student engagement and understanding of themselves and others. Yet folklife
education lacks multiple studies and rigorous research-derived evidence that supports the felt and
witnessed experience. Local Learning will use this new effort to dcoument evidence to inform future
planning and programs, and strengthen our cases for support and collaboration with funders, partners,
and participants.

Strategic Direction 2
Live How It Works: Become a Model Citizen of a Healthy and Thriving Learning Ecosystem
WHY
We are compelled to work in spaces where cultural plurality is not only allowed but also celebrated.
As pressures on our educator, artist, and folklorist partners from increasingly restrictive local, state,
and national forces mount, Local Learning will be a model and a beacon of a social justice-oriented,
inclusive, and expansive education-focused institution. This modeling includes ensuring that our
internal business practices are equitable, anti-racist, and supportive of the health and well-being of the
organization, staff, board, partners, and communities.

Strategic Direction 3
Proclaim That It Works: Convey Local Learnings Impact & Value Within and Beyond Our Field
WHY
Local Learnings work is beloved, trusted, and has created transformative experiences for learners.
This strategic direction ensures that not only is Local Learning continuing to do the work, but that
it is increasing the organizations visibility in and beyond the education, arts education, research,
community-building, and social justice sphere AND folklife in educations importance and impact.

Supporting and connecting a Network of folklorists, artists, and educators invested in surfacing and honoring community-based cultural expertise
Providing Professional Development programs that share and demonstrate Local Learning models with diverse audiences of educators, artists, and folklorists as part of its inquiry-based educational practices
Centering Evaluation and Research offering tangible evidence that the models and methodologies that center cultural arts and knowledge are creating transformational educational experiences with and for learners of all ages

Financials

LOCAL LEARNING THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

0.72

Average of 0.07 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.9

Average of 0.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 1% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

LOCAL LEARNING THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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LOCAL LEARNING THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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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LOCAL LEARNING THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of LOCAL LEARNING THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION’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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $6,732
As % of expenses 3.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $6,732
As % of expenses 3.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $230,773
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 9.9%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 74.0%
All other grants and contributions 15.8%
Other revenue 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $224,041
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 38.3%
Professional fees 51.9%
Occupancy 0.4%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 9.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $224,041
One month of savings $18,670
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $242,711

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 2.9
Months of cash and investments 2.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.5
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $53,900
Investments $0
Receivables $85,500
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 53.4%
Unrestricted net assets $65,262
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $65,262

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Lisa Rathje

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

LOCAL LEARNING THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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LOCAL LEARNING THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR FOLK ARTS IN EDUCATION

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Halle Butvin

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Term: 2023 - 2025

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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability