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FRIENDS OF TAMPA UNION STATION INC

  • Tampa, FL
  • www.tampaunionstation.com

Mission Statement

Friends of Tampa Union Station is an all-volunteer organization which advocates for the preservation of historic Tampa Union Station as both a landmark and transportation asset.

Main Programs

  1. Friends of Tampa Union Station General Activities
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Friends of Tampa Union Station focuses on preserving Tampa's historic 1912 train station, located at 601 N. Nebraska Avenue in Downtown Tampa.

Located at 601 North Nebraska Avenue in Downtown Tampa at Ybor City's western edge, Union Station was completed in 1912. Once vacant and boarded-up, Union Station is very much an active train station today.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, today Tampa Union Station serves more than 150,000 Amtrak passengers each year and is owned by the City of Tampa.

ruling year

2010

President since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Evan Johnson

Vice President since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Jackson McQuigg

Keywords

Self-reported

Friends of Tampa Union Station, history, railroad, trains, train station, depot, rail

Notes from the Nonprofit

Financials in GuideStar profile for Friends of Tampa Union Station do not include Friends of Tampa Union Station endowment fund, held by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

EIN

27-1003738

 Number

5842485489

Physical Address

Tampa Union Station 601 N. Nebraska Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since its inception in 2008, Friends of Tampa Union Station has worked to ensure the long-term preservation of Tampa Union station. We have raised over $125,000 for the station, most of which has gone directly from donors to the Tampa Union Station endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. We have worked to create awareness for Tampa Union Station with local officials, gotten the station listed on the National Register of Historic Railroad Landmarks, together with the Tampa Bay Times published an educational supplement on area railroad history which was used in Hillsborough County classrooms and hosted over 14,000 people at Train Day events held at the station each May.

Programs

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

Program 1

Friends of Tampa Union Station General Activities

We raise funds for the Tampa Union Station endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay which supports ongoing restoration projects and upkeep at this historic landmark. Our group also helps organize National Train Day festivities at Tampa Union Station every May.

Category

History & Historical Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Friends of Tampa Union Station will continue to raise dollars for the station's endowment fund, which supports the preservation and upkeep of historic Tampa Union Station.

    We are also working with the City of Tampa and Amtrak to determine how the station can be utilized for purposes in addition to its current use as an Amtrak station. A major goal is to make the station available for special events rentals, which would socially activate the station and create a consistent income stream for the endowment fund.

    The station has some immediate repair and restoration needs, including the restoration of many of its windows. Longer term, we hope to help bring about the restoration of the unused platforms and canopies on the station grounds.

    Friends of Tampa Union Station will also continue to educate the public about the potential of Union Station and its availability for future rail and transit projects for the Tampa Bay area in general and Downtown Tampa in specific.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategies include working closely with all stakeholders to raise funds, usefulness, and awareness for the station, including Amtrak, the City of Tampa, CSX, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, corporate sponsors, individual donors, and the public at large.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Friends of Tampa Union Station Board of Directors represents key stakeholders in Tampa Union Station's present and future. Parties represented include the current operators of Union Station, its owner, and Tampa's citizens. The Mayor of Tampa appoints two ex-officio members of the Board on an ongoing basis. Together, this capable board includes shared talents through individuals with backgrounds in historic preservation, real estate, nonprofits, transportation, law, transit, and customer service.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. Endowment fund balance. Perhaps the clearest indicator of our success, the balance in the endowment fund for the station which Friends of Tampa Union Station has established at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is one barometer of our success. To date, the balance of the endowment--which supports restoration projects and upkeep of our historic 100+ year old landmark train station--exceeds $100,000.

    2. Station ridership, visitors and use. Another clear indicator of Friends of Tampa Union Station's success is the number of people who use the station each year. Users of the station include Amtrak passengers who board or disembark from trains, attendees of special programs which we organize like National Train Day, and those who attend special events or rental events organized by others.

    3. Awareness and recognition. Whether it is a newspaper item or a social media mention, we measure our success partially based on what people are saying about Tampa Union Station--or whether they are saying anything about it at all. More people have become aware of Union Station in the recent past thanks to Friends of Tampa Union Station's efforts. That's a trend we intend to help sustain.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    To date, Friends of Tampa Union Station has raised a total of over $125,000 for historic Tampa Union Station. Funds have been raised for "bricks-and-mortar" historic preservation projects by soliciting contributions for the Tampa Union Station endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, through obtaining grants for educational efforts like exhibits and displays at the station, and generating corporate support for the National Train Day celebration held in May of each year at the station.

    In 2014, we celebrated the successful completion of a special newspaper supplement on railroad history which was undertaken by the Friends with the Tampa Bay Times and its Newspapers In Education Program (NIE). The supplement was distributed to all public school students in grades 4 and 5 in Hillsborough county (approximate circulation 33,000) and inserted in all Hillsborough county home delivery and single copy (retail) copies of the Tampa Bay Times on a Sunday (approximate circulation 105,000).

    Additionally, an overrun was printed for distribution at Tampa Union Station's 2014 National Train Day celebration, and class sets of the supplement were available for order by teachers of any grade from NIE at no charge. The approximate total print circulation was 145,000. The project--funded by the Times and matching funds from a $13,000 Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant--also created a permanent website centering on Tampa Bay railroad history which is available at: http://www.tampabay.com/nie/railroads/

    2015's National Train Day celebration at Tampa Union Station was also a great success, with over 2,000 in attendance. The event featured operating HO, G and N-scale trains from the Suncoast Model Railroad Club, Suncoast American Flyer Enthusiasts, Greater Florida Lego Users Group, The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society, and others, live music, food trucks, and history and railroading exhibits from the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library/Burgert Brothers Photograph Collection, Operation Lifesaver, the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, Largo Central Railroad, Tampa Bay History Center, City of Tampa Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Florida Railroad Museum, Friends of Tampa Union Station and other nonprofit groups and agencies from the Tampa Bay area.

    In 2016, Friends of Tampa Union Station is striving for broader recognition for the station as an historical treasure, transportation asset and a place to connect with others. Making the station available for more special events is a key to making this outcome possible. The continued success of the Friends' ongoing fundraising efforts is another.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Friends of Tampa Union Station focuses on preserving Tampa's historic 1912 train station, located at 601 N. Nebraska Avenue in Downtown Tampa.

Located at 601 North Nebraska Avenue in Downtown Tampa at Ybor City's western edge, Union Station was completed in 1912. Once vacant and boarded-up, Union Station is very much an active train station today.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, today Tampa Union Station serves more than 150,000 Amtrak passengers each year and is owned by the City of Tampa.

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Operations

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FRIENDS OF TAMPA UNION STATION INC

Leadership

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President

Mr. Evan Johnson

Vice President

Mr. Jackson McQuigg

BIO

Evan Johnson is a planner and project manager with Tindale Oliver and Associates in Tampa. First appointed to the Friends of Tampa Union Station Board by the City of Tampa as an ex-officio member, Johnson became Board President in 2014. He has a Masters Degree from Florida State University. He and his wife Ashley live in the Tampa Heights neighborhood.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Evan Johnson

Tindale Oliver

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

ETHICS & 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity