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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Inc.

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aka Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team   |   Gloucester, MA   |  capeannvernalpondteam.org

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Inc.

EIN: 20-2678120


Mission

The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team is a non-profit organization dedicated to vernal pond conservation and education since 1990. Our focus is vernal ponds. The issue is the preservation of wildlife habitat, which is ultimately about the health of the planet.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since its inception more than 33 years ago, the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team has done a tremendous amount of work to preserve vanishing vernal ponds and thereby protect the wildlife that rely on those ponds for survival. We do this by teaching and engaging people from all walks of life with presentations, exhibits, field trips and conservation work. We inspire the local community to become active and responsible stewards of wild places. We bring people into the field to discover creatures and habitat in ways they may not have experienced before. We encourage everyone to get outside. Within the past few years approximately ten thousand people became aware of vernal ponds. Yet, we remain a very small nonprofit with a high programmatic impact! To those of you who donated to us, we are grateful. We couldn't do all these amazing things without you. For those who are considering donating, know that we will maximize every dollar that you invest in us. Thank you! Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Richard Roth

Main address

366 Main Street #2

Gloucester, MA 01930 USA

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EIN

20-2678120

Subject area info

Education

Climate change

Wetlands

Endangered species protection

Outdoor education

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Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Academics

Activists

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are hundreds of vernal ponds on Cape Ann. A vernal pond is a fishless confined basin depression with no permanent inlet or outlet and a unique ecology. Vernal ponds provide more food for countless forest species than any other type of wetland.If a pond has been destroyed or disturbed, that specific population will cease to breed.The threats to vernal ponds and nature as a whole are significant. The three primary threats include the impact of human development, the degradation of nearby woodlands, and climate change. The impact of development is likely the most significant current threat, however, climate change is forecast to be the major factor in the decline of large numbers of species in the years to come. Finally, most people have no idea what vernal ponds are or even that vernal ponds exist. We focus on educating the public to understand local ecology.

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?

Vernal Pond Certifications and Workshops

Since its inception, the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team has certified over 320 vernal ponds in the Cape Ann area through the National Heritage and Endangered Species Program, which is part of Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Once certified, vernal ponds are offered the same protection as other wetlands. Team members work on mapping, data collection, and online certification. Additionally, we provide workshops and assistance to numerous organizations and private land owners working to certify vernal pools. Our long-term goal is to continue certification efforts, thereby protecting at-risk vernal ponds on the North Shore. Through these educational and protective efforts, more members of the community have become active in conservation issues and local organizations have a greater understanding of the importance of these ecosystems. We educate and support surrounding communities in Massachusetts in order to replicate vernal pond conservation throughout the state and beyond.

Population(s) Served
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Students
Children and youth
Families
Activists

The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team offers field trips for our members, the public, schools, and organizations. Operating primarily in the springtime during amphibian breeding season, these field trips allow participants to observe the inextricable link woodland creatures have to these ponds. On peak nights, when ponds are teeming with thousands of salamanders and singing frogs, citizen naturalists who brave the cold and wet are rewarded by this rich natural experience. Other seasons also provide opportunities for experiencing pond habitat. During the summer months, amphibians such as froglets transition by the thousands from life under water to life on land. Viewing these migrations are something to behold. Team members are on hand to answer questions and lead discussions on the importance of preserving these areas. Participants experience learning through hands-on discovery and exploration, and walk away educated and encouraged to develop their own sense of conservation.

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Students
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Held throughout Eastern Massachusetts, our live animal presentations and exhibits educate the community about vernal ponds and the complex web of life they support. Our two main offerings are Introduction to Vernal Ponds and Snakes of New England and the World. Presentations are generally designed to educate a group, whereas an exhibit is usually at a community event. They both focus on educating participants and community members about vernal ponds, snakes, local wildlife and habitat. Introduction to Vernal Ponds stresses the importance of vernal ponds and how to protect them, followed by up-close viewing of some of our favorite vernal pond creatures. Snakes of New England and the World focuses on the life and habitat of snakes, followed by the opportunity to see and handle native and exotic snakes. Each year we hold more than 60 presentations and exhibits at schools, libraries, state parks, scouting meetings, businesses, expos and fairs, reaching thousands of community members!

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Adults
Students
Children and youth
Families
Activists

The Vernal Pond Scouts Patch Program provides an understanding of how integral these ponds are in supporting wildlife and our local ecology. To date, over 200 Girl and Boy Scouts have earned their patches. The Patch program requirements include activities such as documenting vernal ponds, making presentations to educate the public, using a field guide to identify vernal pond critters, documenting migration distances, making signs to show how far animals will travel to and from vernal ponds during the year, using GPS to map ponds, and going through the steps of certification. Finally, integrating all the information they have learned, the scouts design a comprehensive and in-depth lesson to teach vernal pond ecology and preservation to other youth. The scouts radiate excitement, wonder, and joy when participating in this unique program. We feel good about passing important scientific information on to other generations who may be able to protect the natural world in ways that we cannot.

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Students
Children and youth
Activists

The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team is involved in a variety of unique conservation projects throughout Cape Ann and the surrounding communities. Our Team works on a number of Federal, State, Local, and Private conservation projects. We’ve assisted with a variety of wildlife relocation, animal rescue, and habitat support efforts. Recently we surveyed the Blanding’s turtle and Blue-spotted salamander in an effort to protect any remaining populations in the Cape Ann area. There are historic records for these creatures and our goal is to preserve our ecosystems in order to ensure the survival of some of these now rare Cape Ann species. The conservation work that we do is extensive and varied. In most cases, it is unlikely the work would get done if the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team was not in existence. It is shocking to think that species are disappearing at such an alarming rate. Our conservation work is very important and we have been successful in protecting numerous animals and their habitat.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Students
Researchers
Activists

Where we work

Awards

Merit Awards for Educatioanal Value, Conservation Message and Excellence in Hi-8 Photography 2000

23rd Annual Wildlife Film Festival

The Ecological Landscaping Award for Most Innovative Exhibit 2010

ELA Conference and Eco-Marketplace

Community Recognition Award 2011

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church

Affiliations & memberships

New England Herpetological Society 2018

Vernal Pool Association 2018

New England Wildlife Center 2018

New England Herpetological Society 2019

Vernal Pool Association 2019

New England Wildlife Center 2019

Cape Ann Climate Crisis Initiative 2019

New England Herpetological Society 2020

Vernal Pool Association 2020

New England Wildlife Center 2020

Cape Ann Climate Crisis Initiative 2020

Cape Ann Climate Crisis Initiative 2021

New England Herpetological Society 2021

New England Wildlife Center 2021

Vernal Pool Association 2021

Cape Ann Climate Crisis Initiative 2022

New England Herpetological Society 2022

Vernal Pool Association 2022

New England Wildlife Center 2022

Cape Ann Climate Crisis Initiative 2023

New England Herpetological Society 2023

Vernal Pool Association 2023

Vernal Pool Association 2023

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 2023

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 animals rehomed

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Conservation Work

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We rehome and adopt in and out numerous reptiles and amphibians each year, so that these critters are not neglected and euthanized.

Hectares of land that are (or are in the process of being) organically certified as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Vernal Pond Certifications and Workshops

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We work to certify vernal ponds and are in the process of numerous certifications that are not yet complete. The process has steps and stages working with the state of MA.

Number of animals rescued

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

Conservation Work

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We rescue animals that are stranded or caught in traps or storm drains, for example. We release them back into the wild unless injured... where we then provide veterinary support.

Number of animal adoptions

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Related Program

Conservation Work

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We adopt numerous animals while providing them with a good home. We then share them through our programs to further educate the public.

Number of people influenced to undertake conservation action

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We do many different projects, educational and conservation activities in schools, parks, libraries, and community events. These people become involved in many direct action activities.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have numerous grantors and are grateful for their support. We use these funds to support all of our programming.

Number of students with good social and leadership skills and self-discipline

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteers are the integral part of our organization and they are the reason we are in existence. Moreover, our student scientists lead our activities and field trips while learning and growing.

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Parents support is the foundation for student participation and success. They ensure students are able to engage and be involved in our Team.

Number of students enrolled

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We participate in so many educational events that involve students, at schools, libraries, parks and community venues.

Acres of land that gain formal protection status

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Vernal Pond Certifications and Workshops

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We work to certify vernal ponds which subsequently provides these wetlands protection.

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We believe that children and adults that participate in our programs become small and large leaders in our community. The outcomes are difficult to ascertain, but we know they are huge.

Number of students educated through field trips

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Vernal Pond Field Trips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide educational field trips to schools, organizations, libraries, scouts, nighttime vernal pond viewing to observe vernal ponds and animal migrations.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Team contributes countless hours each day and each week supporting our programs and activities. Literally thousands of hours per week are donated with the goal of education and conservation.

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.

Goal A - To minimize the effects of habitat loss, and the loss of vernal ponds.

Goal B - To enhance community awareness of vernal ponds and the threats that put vernal ponds at risk.

Goal C - To ascertain the health of animal species and directly protect wildlife habitat, in-turn reducing species loss.

Goal D - To increase the public's appreciation and enjoyment of nature and reduce the misconceptions of nature.

Goal E - Recruit and train volunteers to become passionate teachers and stewards of the environment.

Goal F - Create a physical location for operations to make our organization accessible to more people for the purpose of education, conservation, and to experience the natural world together.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, E - Survey vernal pools by photographing the pools and obligate species that inhabit them. Data is submitted to the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program to certify the pool so it gains some protection under the Wetlands Protection Act. We also provide certification training to individuals and organizations so they can certify pools in their communities.

Strategy for Goals B, D, E - Bring our vernal pond and snake exhibits to community and special events to educate and enlighten visitors and participants about the many species of wildlife that live, breed, and depend upon vernal ponds for survival. Participants see creatures alive and up close, many of which theyve never seen or heard of before. Visitors get hands on opportunities to touch and hold many snake species.

Strategy for Goals A, B, D, E - Bring vernal pond and snake presentations to community venues to educate and expose participants to the many unique species of wildlife that live, breed, and depend upon vernal ponds for survival. Students observe these living creatures up close and they have the opportunity to touch and hold many of the snakes.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E - Provide daytime and nighttime vernal pond field trips to members and the public. Participants learn about and explore these vital vernal pond habitats during the peak amphibian breeding season. They observe migrating and breeding animals during these interactive field trips. This discovery and exploration allows participants to experience the inextricable link woodland creatures have to these pools.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E - Provide conservation work in order to understand the health of animal species and protect wildlife habitat. We accomplish this in a variety of ways including animal surveys for habitat protection, vernal pond certifications, and wildlife relocation.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E - Recruit volunteer youth and adults to become involved in our organization assisting with activities such as fundraising, educational programs, events and conservation work. Volunteers have told us they see and feel the value and impact of their contribution.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E, F - Provide a state of the art website connecting our team and the community and allowing us to coordinate our activities. We stay in touch with our membership, donors, volunteers, sponsors, and organizations who request our programming. Our website is a free online educational tool available to everyone.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E, F -
(Short-term strategy) Develop the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team meeting space called "The Shop" which will offer a storefront location for members and the community to gather. It will also be a home-base for managing the organization as well as for fundraising.
(Long-term strategy) Open a wildlife center on Cape Ann for expanded and enhanced community programming.

Describing our Capacity -

Overarching all of our goals listed above are the relationships built with other organizations. These relationships add value to every aspect of our organization. Collaborators include Mass Wildlife, New England Herpetological Society, Vernal Pool Association, New England Wildlife Center, The Trustees of Reservations, Essex County Greenbelt, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Mass Audubon, Parker River, Maritime Gloucester, Kestrel Education Adventures, Cape Ann Trail Stewards, and a myriad of schools and community organizations. We in turn enhance the programs of other conservation organizations. By partnering with other community organizations, schools, and agencies, we share a common ground for our learning platform. These public and private relationships allow us to reach many people in different walks of life beyond our local community.

In addition to our critically important collaborators, we have highly experienced and knowledgable educators. These professionals have decades of experience training and informing the exceptional work they do. The numerous dedicated volunteers and board members provide the foundation of Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team. We have management skills and nonprofit experience to provide the leadership needed to move our organization forward. The City of Gloucester is supportive of the work we do, and we have strong community participation on Cape Ann. We have an albeit small but consistent budget where we maximize our donations through the use of many volunteers and other committed partners. We currently have planning money to be used for the development of a strategic and fundraising plan.

Our reach feels limitless in the way our team comes together and successfully provides these awe-inspiring experiences in nature.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, E - Our organization surveys vernal ponds by photographing the ponds and obligate species that inhabit them.
Progress - We have completed over 320 vernal pond surveys resulting in an equal number of certifications on both public and private land. Annually we complete approximately ten surveys, resulting in protection of these vernal ponds and their surrounding habitat on Cape Ann and the North Shore. This is our way of saving critical wildlife habitat in our corner of the world.

Strategy for Goals B, D, E - Bring our vernal pond and snake exhibits to community and special events to educate and enlighten visitors and participants about the many species of wildlife that live, breed, and depend upon vernal ponds for survival.
Progress - We exhibited to more than 10,000 community members last year.

Strategy for Goals A, B, D, E - Bring vernal pond and snake presentations to community venues.
Progress - We presented to more than 1,000 community members last year.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E - Provide daytime and nighttime vernal pond field trips to members and the public.
Progress - We guided approximately 350 community members last year.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E - Provide conservation work in order to ascertain the health of animal species and/or directly protect wildlife and habitat.
Progress - Approximately 400 community members, students, and volunteers participated in conservation projects last year.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E - Recruit volunteer youth and adults to become involved in our organization assisting with activities such as fundraising, educational programs, events and conservation work.
Progress - We recruited, trained and engaged approximately 20 new volunteers last year. We completed enhanced volunteer training for nearly 50 current volunteers.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E, F - Provide a state of the art website connecting our team and the community and allowing us to coordinate our activities.
Progress - Since our website redesign we have more than 1300 contacts which is our base for emailing, E-blasts, and snail mail. The education tool aspect of the website was significantly expanded. Additionally, the website can enroll members, receive donations, and sell products while logging and totaling those financial transactions. Our website allows us to organize and connect with our Team, which includes volunteers, participants, donors and venues.

Strategy for Goals A, B, C, D, E, F -
(Short-term strategy) Develop the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team meeting space called "The Shop" which will offer a storefront location for members and the community to gather.
Progress - The Shop gathering place renewal plan is complete and we are working on funding sources.
(Long-term strategy) Open a wildlife center on Cape Ann for expanded and enhanced community programming.
Progress - A tentative business plan for the wildlife center is complete and we are working on fundraising sources.

How we listen

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  • 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, 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 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Richard Roth

Richard Roth has a lifelong interest in wildlife, especially reptiles and amphibians. More than thirty years ago Mr. Roth along with a few friends founded the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team. They began by leading nighttime field trips to see the spring breeding activity of Spotted salamanders, Wood frogs, and Spring peepers. Mr. Roth has extensive experience in the field of wetlands and vernal ponds. He is a 35 year member of the New England Herpetological Society, and served as the Director, President and Treasurer. He was also trained by the Vernal Pool Association as well as employed by HYLA Ecological Service carrying out vernal pond and rare species habitat surveys. Mr. Roth produced and directed a movie entitled Vernal Ponds filmed on Cape Ann, which earned the International Wildlife Film Festival Award. Mr. Roth was also trained in nonprofit management. As the Executive Director, he continues to lead the organization and will inspire and inform our work into the next decade.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/03/2024
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Board chair

Mr. Nicolo Taormina

Taormina Tile Company

Term: 2022 - 2026

Richard Roth

Richard Roth

Nicolo Taormina

Taormina Tile Company

Colleen Anderson

Good Harbor Graphics

Victoria Rolf

Victoria A. Rolf

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/17/2024

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.