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All Aboard Northwest

People Live Here! Greater Northwest Passenger Rail Working Group bringing economic, environmental and equity benefits to communities of the Greater Northwest.

Seattle, WA   |  https://allaboardnw.org

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All Aboard Northwest

EIN: 87-4397946


Mission

AANW advocates for the needs of rail passengers in the Greater Northwest (GNW) region of the United States. We build relationships with infrastructure and transportation interests across state lines to promote rail investments that improve economic, environmental, and equity outcomes for our region’s inhabitants. In 2021, All Aboard Northwest was created as the Greater Northwest Passenger Rail Working Group in response to a request from eight US Senators. AANW was registered as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization in 2022.

Ruling year info

2022

President, Design & Local Engagement

Daniel Bilka

Vice-President & Treasurer, Communications

Charles Hamilton Ph. D.

Main address

PO Box 22225

Seattle, WA 98122 USA

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EIN

87-4397946

Subject area info

Environment

Community and economic development

Human rights

Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS subsection

501(c)(4) Civic Leagues and Social Welfare Organizations

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Greater Northwest region must take advantage of today’s opportunities: * Unprecedented federal funding available for transportation alternatives * Growing state and local interest in rail and active transportation * Climate, local economic development, and equity pressures * Existing rail, road, and urban infrastructure available Decisions regarding rail are made not only in Washington DC, but also in state capitols throughout the country. Some states rely on small, volunteer advocacy organizations, while other locations have no organizations at all. Thus, supporters of passenger rail do not have as loud a voice as users of other modes, not because their needs are less important, but because they do not have strong, professional groups representing them. AANW provides the Greater Northwest region with the advocacy it needs.

Our programs

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

Greater Northwest Passenger Rail Summit

The Greater Northwest Passenger Rail Summit brings passenger railroad organizations, advocates and enthusiasts together with local, state and federal elected officials and policymakers, host railroads and rail infrastructure experts to educate, innovate and coordinate for the restoration, expansion and enhancement of passenger rail service across the Greater Northwest. AANW operates in the Greater Northwest region, extending from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington and Oregon).

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Train Treks are a series of outreach and engagement meetings held in local communities. They are an efficient and effective way to meet local stakeholders, gain valuable information, make the proper connections, and build the coalitions needed to realize visionary, large-scale, infrastructure projects.

Train Treks can be focused along a specific corridor (for a specific route proposal), a specific audience (elderly, college students, etc.), a specific type of development (Transit Oriented Development, local industrial economic development), or scope of service and benefit (rural communities with few other options).

All Aboard Northwest (AANW) is requesting funding and sponsorship of Train Treks in order to further the call for a robust multi-modal transportation network. We have a list of valuable Train Trek proposals that will further the goals of seamless transportation in the Greater Northwest Region; robust infrastructure investment.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Context Notes

including opinion pieces and coverage of summits and Train Treks. Also includes pieces on behalf of All Aboard Washington. Details at https://allaboardnw.org/blog/press-coverage/

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our goal is to build a transportation network that will allow anyone to get where they need to go – work, school, medical care, family and friends – even if they don’t use a car. Non-drivers are a large and increasing fraction of the population, including the young, the old, the disabled, the poor, and those who are concerned about the planet’s future.

All Aboard Northwest engages, educates and energizes the public, elected officials, business and local leaders, through outreach, Train Treks, presentations for legislators and communities, advocacy, soliciting resolutions and letters of support, publicity, coalition building and event planning.

* Outreach. AANW shares our vision of bringing economic, environmental and equity benefits to communities with organizations throughout the region.
* Train Treks. We conduct the “Train Trek” series of in-person and electronic meetings in communities of all sizes throughout the region.
* Greater Northwest Passenger Rail Summit. The Greater Northwest Passenger Rail Summit brings passenger railroad organizations, advocates and enthusiasts together with local, state and federal elected officials and policymakers, host railroads and rail infrastructure experts to educate, innovate and coordinate for the restoration, expansion and enhancement of passenger rail service across the Greater Northwest.
* Community Presentations. We present our vision to community organizations, business groups, and local governments, and to regional groups such as the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Summit and the Greater Northwest Passenger Rail Summit.
* Presentations for Legislators. We plan and coordinate events for state legislators, such as the “Whistle Stop” meetings for the Washington and Oregon Legislative Rail Caucuses, in cooperation with state advocacy organizations.
* Advocacy. We represent our cause and our partners before Congress, state legislatures, local governments, and public agencies.
* Resolutions and Letters of Support. We solicit expressions of local support supporting expanded rail options addressed to state and national elected officials.
* Publicity. We generate publicity locally, regionally, and nationally for our cause and our partners. We publish a blog, post frequently on social media, and operate Rail.chat.
* Coalition Building. We build regional coalitions of environmental, economic development, equity, labor, and health organizations, and those representing rail, port, transit and other transportation modes.

Our team of board members, staff and volunteers have the experience, education and training to achieve our goals. We have successfully conducted outreach and engagement activities throughout the region. Our leadership includes:

* Daniel Bilka — AANW President, Design & Local Engagement. Dan is a board member with the Rail Passengers Association. He holds his master’s in architecture from South Dakota State University and is working on architectural licensure. Dan was in the pilot class of the Department of Architecture, gaining first-hand experience in establishing new programs, what is required to succeed, and how to react as directives suddenly change. He has been involved with rail advocacy and public discourse since 2013. He has been involved in multi-million dollar projects from schematic design through construction administration and close-out.
* Patrick Carnahan — AANW Secretary, Writing & Policy Development. Patrick is co-Executive Director of AAWA, a Transportation Safety & Security Specialist at Sound Transit, and a former operator with Sound Transit’s T Line Link light rail. He is an experienced nonprofit administrator and writer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey. Patrick has a strong background in advocacy for economically and environmentally sustainable transportation solutions with a focus on passenger rail. He has spent a significant amount of time abroad and is inspired to apply creative solutions to help solve America’s transportation and land use problems. His writing has been published in the American Public Transportation Association’s Speedlines newsletter.
* Charles Hamilton, Ph. D. — AANW Vice-President & Treasurer, Communications. Charlie is co-Executive Director of All Aboard Washington (AAWA), which promotes safe, reliable, frequent, competitive, and convenient passenger rail services that improve the equity, economy, and environment for all Washingtonians. Charlie is also the founder and co-owner of CHCS Consulting, which provides research, organizational development, publicity, marketing, and website services to a diverse national client base of businesses and nonprofit organizations. He holds a Ph. D. in communication from the University of Maryland, and has a certificate in organizational development and training from Georgetown University.

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 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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

All Aboard Northwest

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

All Aboard Northwest

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $6,920
Program Services $15,370
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $567
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $24,123
Expenses
Program Services $22,012
Administration $1,715
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $23,727

All Aboard Northwest

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $396
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $396

Operations

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

Documents
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President, Design & Local Engagement

Daniel Bilka

Dan is a board member with the Rail Passengers Association. He holds his master’s in architecture from South Dakota State University and is working on architectural licensure. Dan was in the pilot class of the Department of Architecture, gaining first-hand experience in establishing new programs, what is required to succeed, and how to react as directives suddenly change. He has been involved with rail advocacy and public discourse since 2013. He has been involved in multi-million dollar projects from schematic design through construction administration and close-out.

Vice-President & Treasurer, Communications

Charles Hamilton

Charlie is co-Executive Director of All Aboard Washington (AAWA), which promotes safe, reliable, frequent, competitive, and convenient passenger rail services that improve the equity, economy, and environment for all Washingtonians. Charlie is also the founder and co-owner of CHCS Consulting, which provides research, organizational development, publicity, marketing, and website services to a diverse national client base of businesses and nonprofit organizations. He holds a Ph. D. in communication from the University of Maryland, and has a certificate in organizational development and training from Georgetown University.

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All Aboard Northwest

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
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Board co-chair

Daniel Bilka


Board co-chair

Charles Hamilton

Patrick Carnahan

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/3/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/03/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.