The Sandy Hook Foundation Inc

The Official Friends Group of the National Park Service at Sandy Hook

Highlands, NJ   |  https://www.sandyhooknj.org

Mission

The Sandy Hook Foundation (SHF) is the official friends group of the National Park Service at Sandy Hook, New Jersey, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Since its founding in 1989, the Foundation has supported a variety of wellness, cultural, educational, environmental, and conservation programs and projects. The Foundation has also restored and preserved historic structures including the Lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters adjacent to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse (the United States’ oldest continually operating lighthouse, c.1764), and the History House Museum, a living history museum. Both fall within Fort Hancock, a National Historic Landmark.

Ruling year info

1990

President of the Board

Mrs. Patricia Alcaro

Main address

84 Mercer Rd

Highlands, NJ 07732 USA

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EIN

22-1994056

NTEE code info

Historical Societies & Historic Preservation (A82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Physical distancing and working from home, along with shuttered gathering spaces such as libraries, museums, cafés, movie theaters, and restaurants, have created loneliness and cabin fever. When a global pandemic leads to a virtual lockdown the great outdoors beckons, especially when the resource exists within one of the most urbanized areas of the country. Gateway National Recreation Area covers 26,000 acres in New Jersey and New York and of that, 2044 acres are the Sandy Hook Unit. Within this urban environment, Sandy Hook boasts grasslands, woodlands, sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and forests. The recent explosion in outdoor activity has led to a greater appreciation for Sandy Hook’s natural and national treasures, and SHF supports the park by carrying out annual planned programs, but also by being responsive to emerging or changing needs.

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?

Free Yoga on the Beach

Sandy Hook Foundation (SHF) funds a Saturday morning yoga program on the beach, from June - August. The Foundation's support ensures the program remains free to the public.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

The public is invited to join astronomers with the STARS Astronomy Program to view the night sky at Sandy Hook several times a year during celestial events.

Population(s) Served

In celebration of National Park Week, Hunt the Hook is a fun and educational scavenger hunt for all ages. Clues will be provided and will take you throughout Sandy Hook to identify and photograph the location, whether historical/cultural or natural in nature, with your Hunt the Hook sign, once you've figured out the answer to the clue. This program brings people to all corners of the park and is educational in nature, yet fun!

Population(s) Served

The free program is offered by the Sandy Hook Foundation and features a live DJ, food trucks, and oversight from the National Park Service for fun roller skating at the beach.

Population(s) Served

The SHF provided funds for the restoration of two historic barracks at the Camp Gateway campsite, to accommodate group camping experiences.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

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 paid admissions

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Low-income people, Working poor

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of people who visited Sandy Hook.

Number of facilities improved

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Low-income people, Working poor

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Installation of alarm system in History House living museum within Fort Hancock. Installation of track lighting in the Fort Hancock Museum for use as gallery space.

Number of free registrants to classes

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes participants in free yoga on the beach (all summer), roller staking event, STARS Astronomy program in 2021

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.

The Sandy Hook Foundation envisions a future that will see growth and development within the Foundation, which will lead to the delivery of broader and more diverse direct programs to our community, the 2.3 million members of the public who visit Sandy Hook annually (2020 stat, NPS).

The Sandy Hook Foundation works directly in partnership with the National Park Service at Sandy Hook to further NPS mandates (i.e. to expand camping within Gateway National Recreation Area) and to respond to emerging needs resulting from 30% increased visitation. The Foundation is working to create a shared communications plan that supports the park in order to better inform the public about park resources, programs, and events. The Foundation also invests in infrastructure at the park such as bicycle repair and hydration stations along the Multi Use Path, to foster good health and well-being for those using the park.

The Foundation's Board of Trustees decided to invest in capacity building by hiring a development professional in 2021 to grow revenue from diverse funding streams to be able to respond to visitors' needs and the park's ability to support those needs. This is the first full-time staff person the Foundation has hired in 32 years. In 2022 the SHF received an opportunity from the National Park Foundation to engage in capacity building work with a professional consultant to help build the board and strengthen our work.

Established in 1989, the Foundation's goal has always been to nurture and protect all of Sandy Hook, including Fort Hancock, a National Historic Landmark site, by supporting programs and projects of environmental, historical, and cultural importance. The Foundation has also provided funds to help restore selected historic landmarks within Fort Hancock. Due to the global pandemic in 2019-2020, the Foundation experienced a significant loss in revenue, but has accomplished the hiring of a development professional in 2021 to spark revenue and resource growth. The Foundation is committed to developing a shared communications strategy together with the NPS in order to better communicate resources and events to the public.

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Sandy Hook Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Patricia Alcaro

Patricia Alcaro

Former Educator, Small Business Owner

Gerard Glaser

National Science Foundation Executive, Retired

Richard Eittreim

McCarter & English, LLP, Of Counsel

Ellen Bollinger

Freelance Journalist

Richard Lilleston

Retired Financial Executive

Maren Morsch

Non-Profit Leader, Past NPS Ranger

Brian Malley

Architect, Past NPS Ranger

Charles Gutch

Bank of America, Auditor

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/3/2021

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