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American INSIGHT, Inc.

Think for yourself. Speak out and be heard!

Penn Valley, PA   |  https://www.americaninsight.org
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American INSIGHT, Inc.

EIN: 23-2315158


Mission

American INSIGHT's mission is to promote the history and values of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law by empowering students and independent filmmakers to discuss how these values emerge in societies around the world. American INSIGHT provides the tools to help students speak out against injustice through the power of film and social media. By producing live events and multimedia digital content, our goal is to provide a fresh and lasting outlook on the core values of our nation's history.

Notes from the nonprofit

The development of American INSIGHTs infrastructure and business processes has been funded by private donors and enabled by thousands of hours of volunteer help. The value of our volunteer efforts over the past decade is estimated at over $2,000,000. Our mission and vision are not small; our programs have been developed by dedicated full-time and part-time volunteers. As of 2024, our systems integration has been tested, and is ready for marketing and implementation. We will expand our Board of Directors this Spring. Discover more here: www.AmericanINSIGHT.org and www.FreeSpeechFilmFestival.org

Ruling year info

1985

Founder & Chairman

Margaret Chew Barringer

President + Treasurer

Robert Emmons Haskell

Main address

Box 347

Penn Valley, PA 19072 USA

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Formerly known as

American Poetry Center

EIN

23-2315158

Subject area info

Cultural awareness

Literature and writing

Law

Communication media

Freedom of association and expression

Population served info

Adults

LGBTQ people

Heterosexuals

Women and girls

Men and boys

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NTEE code info

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Law, International Law, and Jurisprudence (V26)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In America today, 95% of our teenagers use cellphones to communicate. At the same time, Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law are in decline in our country. Clearly, there is a need for independent leadership to reverse this trend, and to provide students with critical learning skills based on their latest multimedia technologies. Only by learning and exploring how to use their voice responsibly can the next generation promote and practice the core democratic values that have kept our nation strong for over 250 years. American INSIGHTs vision for the future imagines an ever-growing community of online students who learn to speak out to bring positive change to their lives, and to the world around them.

Our programs

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

FREE SPEECH FILM FESTIVAL

American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival celebrates the passionate innovations of independent filmmakers, and champions the ideas, perspectives and voices that prove vital to the future of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law around the world.

Designed to highlight prominent voices in today’s powerful Human Rights Movement, American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the world to submit films that present their unique perspectives in the fight against injustice. These filmmakers are encouraged to use the art of documentary to engage the global community in a deeper conversation about the complexities of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law within society.

By promoting these documentaries, American INSIGHT hopes to celebrate the fresh perspectives and compelling narratives that both amplify the voices of today’s Human Rights Movement and propel the conversation forward.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

American INSIGHTs annual Free Speech Award recognizes six independent films from among many that are submitted to our Free Speech Film Festival each year. These six films embody the core principles of Free Speech, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, and provides insight into how we as citizens can shape the future of the Human Rights Movement. From July 4 -14th, one Free Speech Award-winning film is chosen by people around the world eager to embrace the thought-provoking and extraordinary stories that are emerging out of this massive global movement.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

American INSIGHTs Free Speech Storyline presents an interactive and educational timeline of historically significant achievements in the advancement of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law from the sealing of Magna Carta in England in 1215 to the present day, chosen by members of our Free Speech Team. Students enrolled in our online course nominate and vote for a new Free Speech Hero every year.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

American INSIGHT’s Internship Program has provided two decades of college-age students with unparalleled online opportunities to improve their skills and develop their resumes. The Internship Program fills a critical need in our nation’s television and film production industry by providing real world experience in film festival and events management, archival research, audio and video production opportunities, community involvement, and social media outreach. This program has been approved by by over 50 colleges and universities on Handshake.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

American INSIGHTs multimedia Free Speech ARCHIVES contain the rare video footage, edited and unedited original materials, audio tapes, sound tracks, documentaries, interviews, historical research, letters, photos and memorabilia of prominent poets, writers, artists, filmmakers, and media celebrities produced by American INSIGHT during its four decades of promoting Free Speech and the Spoken Word.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Think for Yourself. Discover Your Voice. Speak Out and Be Heard!

American INSIGHT's new online course gives you a roadmap to understanding your right to speak freely, to find your inner voice, and to make a difference in your life, every day!

Sign up for our private online course, Make History Every Day! – a self-guided, self-reflective deep-dive through history that connects the core values of our nation to contemporary Free Speech FilmsTM and their filmmakers from around the world.

Population(s) Served

Our SPEAK EZ online interviews showcase Free Speech Award-winning directors and their crews. Viewers get an intimate look at the filmmaking process, and discuss the politics behind the creation of these independent films that have been submitted from more than 70 countries around the world.

Population(s) Served

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.

Total number of filmmakers supported

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

Artists and performers, Self-employed people, Activists, Academics, Ethnic and racial groups

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FREE SPEECH FILM FESTIVAL

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of countries represented by visitors

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

Academics, Activists, Artists and performers, Self-employed people, Veterans

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FREE SPEECH FILM FESTIVAL

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Learn more at https://freespeechfilmfestival.org/

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.

American INSIGHT's educational goals include the following:

● To establish a broader understanding of the rights of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law in the world today.
● To enable and inspire safe, authentic, and informed dialog among our students.
● To showcase individuals and organizations who are using their voices to maintain and improve the conditions of democracy and their social and political issues.
● To encourage students to act in the fight for the democracy and their social and political issues, and to inspire the lives of others.

American INSIGHT is well positioned to achieve these goals. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit multimedia production company registered in Pennsylvania since 1983, its educational mission is To promote insight into the history and values of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. The organization has a uniquely successful history in publicly promoting social justice and the Spoken Word for four decades.

Our new Make History Every Day! interactive online nonpartisan course is designed to inspire young citizens to explore and strengthen the meaning and value of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law, to discover their own voice, and to influence the future of our country. It is designed to provide students with private, safe, introspective environment to learn how to express their beliefs, question their peers, publish on our blogs, critique films from around the world, meet filmmakers and industry experts, and continue the interactive conversation that has created and sustained American democracy.

LEARN MORE about all of these programs here: www.americaninsight.org

On the forefront of technology as the Spoken Word made its way onto the Internet, the organization inspired and coordinated literary arts events across the state for the PA Council on the Arts; produced a series of annual symposia in Philadelphia that attracted national and international media attention; and initiated a six-year cultural exchange program through a Reciprocal Exchange Agreement with the USSR Union of Writers.

With the advent of the Internet, American INSIGHT rebranded itself, developed a multimedia Internship Program, and produced a documentary about a ground-breaking artist from Philadelphia. Based on years of research on Violet Oakleys 13 murals in the PA State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, American INSIGHT then developed its Free Speech Storyline and Free Speech Film Festival. Its Free Speech Archives contain forty years of our history in multimedia formats.

The Free Speech Film Festival, Storyline, Archives and blogs form an integral part of American INSIGHTs online course, Make History Every Day!

Our annual Free Speech Film Festival attracts films from (or about) 70 countries around around the world, and culminates in an annual Free Speech Award Ceremony. Our Internship Program has been accepted by over 50 colleges and universities across America.

All of American INSIGHT's online activities are closely monitored by our Board of Directors and professional advisors.

American INSIGHT's Board of Directors is initiating a widespread effort to include community members in the management and promotion of all our activities.

Our annual Free Speech Film Festival and Free Speech Award are in their 11th year. Hundreds of films from over 70 countries have been submitted and judged, and one film each year is given the Free Speech Award.

The Internship program was initiated in 2001, and over 75 university students have participated in our social media outreach and multi-media production.

LEARN MORE about all of these programs here: www.americaninsight.org

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, 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 get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

American INSIGHT, 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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Operations

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

Documents
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Founder & Chairman

Margaret Chew Barringer

Margaret Chew Barringer has been the founder, chairman and full-time volunteer of American INSIGHT, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit cultural institution registered in the State of Pennsylvania that has promoted Free Speech and the Spoken Word since 1983. See further details on LinkedIn at "Margaret Chew Barringer" and "American INSIGHT."

President + Treasurer

Robert Haskell

Mr. Haskell retired in 2012 from Siemens Healthcare / Shared Medical Systems, after a long and successful career in heath information technology. He served in many capacities over his career, including as strategist, systems analyst, architect, designer, and implementer of innovative and comprehensive information technology systems for domestic and international markets; and leader, manager, and executive within the organizations that produced them. He has served as a full-time volunteer at American INSIGHT since 2015.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Compensation
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American INSIGHT, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/11/2024
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Board chair

Margaret Chew Barringer

American INSIGHT, Inc.

Robert Haskell

Siemens Healthcare, Retired

Michael Wood

Princeton University, Professor Emeritus

Karen Curry

Drexel University

Jennifer Beacom

Beacom Consulting

Alicia Galitzin

Galitzin Creative

Oliver St. Clair Franklin

British Consulate, Honorary Consul

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2024

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
Female, 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
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/06/2024

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.