Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Ossabaw Island Foundation, Inc.

  • Savannah, GA
  • www.ossabawisland.org

Mission Statement

The Ossabaw Island Foundation through a public-private partnership with the State of Georgia, inspires, promotes, and manages exceptional educational, cultural and scientific programs that are designed to maximize the experience of Ossabaw Island, while minimizing the impact on the island's resources.

Main Programs

  1. Teacher Training: STEM
  2. Barrier Island Observatory
  3. Interpreting African American life on Ossabaw
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Anyone is welcome to apply to do research, study and education on Ossabaw Island. Please submit an application through our web site, www.ossabawisland.org

ruling year

1980

Executive Director

Self-reported

Elizabeth Egleston DuBose

Director, Ossabaw Island Education Alliance

Self-reported

Dr. Paul M Pressly

Keywords

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environment, historic preservation, education, research, artists

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Also Known As

TOIF

EIN

58-1397054

 Number

0739397412

Physical Address

305 Fahm St

Savannah, 31401

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (C11)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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To Reveal the Voices and mystery of Ossabaw

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

Teacher Training: STEM

The Ossabaw Island Foundations programs include the restoration of historic buildings located on the island, coordinating visits to the island for educational groups, researchers and artists. Primitive camping is available as well as dorm style accommodations in the 1880s Club House.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

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None

Budget

Program 2

Barrier Island Observatory

A network of monitors allows scientific researchers and educators to collect, evaluate and transmit real-time data on barrier island ecosystems.
 http://ossabaw.skio.usg.edu/

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$125,000.00

Program 3

Interpreting African American life on Ossabaw

Archaeological studies, historic preservation, document based research and oral histories are uncovering layers of stories that reveal the lives of the disparate people living on Ossabaw Island over the centuries. Funded by a National Endowment of the Humanities grant.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$40,000.00

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?
    Education Goal I. Advance efforts to expand the appeal and accessibility of Ossabaw Island by developing, promoting and supporting specialized tours and immersion trips that focus on the many gifts of the Island.
    Education Goal II. Expand and enrich K-12, University Level, and instructor/teacher/professor educational programs and summer institutes operated by our partners.
    Education Goal III. Improve meaningful access so that visitors may enjoy the rich experiences that the Island has to offer in the most convenient and efficient ways possible. Education Goal IV. In cooperation with partners, particularly the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO), renovate the present Barrier Island Observatory (BIO) network of data collection sensors and monitors, and install observatory web cameras on the Island, including beach cameras and rookery cameras.
    Science Goal I. Produce a long-term Plan for Scientific Inquiry on Ossabaw Island.
    Science Goal II. Conduct a full review of key scientific research partnerships including but not limited to those with the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Georgia Southern, Savannah State University, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
    Culture Goal I. Review Island programs that support creative artists, writers and other thinkers, and develop plans to expand and enhance their experiences.
    Culture Goal II. Connect the history of Ossabaw to the broader history of America.
    Culture Goal III. Tell the story of Ossabaw Island's role on the Georgia Coast.
    Governance Goal I. Enhance effectiveness of the Foundation Board by adding two standing committees: (1) Finance & Capital Planning, and (2) an Operations Committee.
    Governance Goal II. Develop a long-term financial model that addresses operating and capital needs in order to sustain the Foundation in achievement of its mission.
    Governance Goal III. Produce a Long-Term Strategic Infrastructure Plan for those facilities that support the Foundation's mission of Education, Science and Culture.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Develop plans to make Ossabaw available as a resource for students in public history, including training students to assume the role of trip leaders for groups that visit the Island.
    Commence an ongoing project for creating background material that can serve to enrich tours of the island and provide baseline information that is documented.
    Partner with the STEM Institute, Georgia Southern University, to write proposals and secure grant funding to support visits by STEM teachers to the Island for place-based and problem-based training. Coordinate the meetings with scientists from Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and other partners.
    Introduce informative signage in a selective manner to aid visitors in locating various points of interest on the Island. This will be done with due care for the natural surroundings and in accordance with guidelines for signage generally recognized by state and national authorities.
    Develop a plan including funding and timing for connecting the fiber optic cable at the North End dock to the BIO in order to achieve maximum streaming capabilities.

    In cooperation with partner universities, develop plans for one or more programs to facilitate extended on-island field trips for biological and ecology-based research for undergraduates and graduate students.
    Determine whether an artist-in-residence program is feasible. Review and inventory all currently available experiences for visual artists on Ossabaw Island. Identify new opportunities as demand dictates.
    Develop plans to secure Ossabaw as a center for the study of the African Diaspora and African American history.
    Task the Finance & Capital Planning Committee with conducting an inventory of enterprise risk facing the Ossabaw Island Foundation. This includes liability insurance and IRS requirements for tax-exempt status.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Goals are arranged generally according to the three legs of the mission – Education, Science, and Culture, as well as Governance. It is recognized that the three legs of the Mission have some degree of natural overlap. Goals are long-term and aspirational. Action Plans/Steps are shorter-term initiatives that support each Goal.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Timetables are provided where available for Action Plans/Steps, and budget implications are included in cases where budget implications are significant. All plans and programs contained in the strategic plan will be executed so as to be fully consistent with the Executive Order governing use of the Island and the Use Agreement in place with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and where appropriate, will be coordinated with DNR officials.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    THE OSSABAW ISLAND FOUNDATION
    FIVE YEAR PLAN

    JANUARY 2014 – JANUARY 2020

    Adopted by the Board of Trustees
Service Areas

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International

Anyone is welcome to apply to do research, study and education on Ossabaw Island. Please submit an application through our web site, www.ossabawisland.org

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Funding Needs

Working with middle school students and teachers to develop an on-line field guide, part of a larger curriculum guide being developed for our website. Refining and developing sustainable "Green" practices in the work of the Foundation on Ossabaw Island. Developing an interpretive exhibit about African American life on Ossabaw Island during the nineteenth century for a wider public. Enhancing the Barrier Island Observatory to include real time video throughout the island. Improve the south end camping facility

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THE OSSABAW ISLAND FOUNDATIONINC
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31
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Ossabaw Island Foundation, Inc.

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Executive Director

Elizabeth Egleston DuBose

Director, Ossabaw Island Education Alliance

Dr. Paul M Pressly

BIO

Elizabeth DuBose has served as Executive Director for the Ossabaw Island Foundation since 1998. Prior to working with Ossabaw she was a Neighborhood Coordinator with the City of Savannah for five years.

Elizabeth holds a BA from Hollins University, and a MFA in Historic Preservation from SCAD. Her current civic duties include serving as Treasurer of the Colonial Dames of America's Savannah Town Committee, as a Board Member of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and of Historic Savannah Foundation and as a member of Savannah Country Day School's Development Committee.
Elizabeth is a native of Atlanta and has lived in Savannah since 1989. She and her husband, Mark Frissell, live in Baldwin Park with their daughter, Selden, and four rabbits and one chicken.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Experience a place where students, researchers, educators, artists and creative thinkers listen to the mysteries of Ossabaw Island and challenge themselves in their disciplines, creating new work and revealing their own voices in ways that resonate with the island's spirit.

Elizabeth DuBose"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ted Moore

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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

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?

Yes

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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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
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
No
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
No
We use other methods to support diversity