THURBER HOUSE INC

Where laughter, learning, & literature meet.

Columbus, OH   |  www.thurberhouse.org

Mission

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Thurber House is a literary center, museum, and bookstore located in the restored 19th century home of famed author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber. Thurber House hosts events with bestselling authors, writing classes, literary picnics on the lawn, and children's education programs. Other programs include author residencies and the Thurber Prize for American Humor — one of the highest recognitions of humor writing in the United States. Our mission is to celebrate the written word for the education and entertainment of the broadest possible audience and to continue the legacy of James Thurber.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Laurie Lathan

Main address

77 Jefferson Ave

Columbus, OH 43215 USA

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EIN

31-1136182

NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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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?

Summer Writing Camp

Each summer we take our campers on writing adventures solving mysteries, uncovering hidden talents, and tackling everything from puns to prose to poetry.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Evenings with Authors is a series of readings and chats
featuring nationally known bestselling authors. Each year,
Thurber House hosts both a fall and a winter/spring series.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Sharpen those pencils, break out those thinking caps, and join us for our 2019 Writing Wizards. No matter the class, you will be challenged to write outside the box, use your imagination, expand your horizons, and have fun creating new things!

Writing Wizards workshops, for 2nd-8th grade students, will meet each Saturday from February 9 through March 9, 2019, and are limited to 15 students per workshop. Classes are $110 for 2nd-3rd grade and $125 for 4th-8th grade. All classes take place at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Adult Writing Workshops are held each spring and are
designed for adults of all levels of writing experience.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Awarded annually, the Thurber Prize for American Humor is one of the highest recognitions of humor writing in the United States. A panel of national judges selects three finalists from seven or eight semi-finalists. The winner receives $5,000 and a commemorative plaque.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Each summer, the Thurber House lawn plays host to a series of outdoor literary picnics and readings with authors who have an Ohio connection. Join us for this long-running tradition of good friends, good food, and great books!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Every other week, local teens gather at Thurber Center to write, create, and explore ways to get their stories on paper. Whether it's a passion, or just a hobby, we invite any student in grades 9-12 to join us for an opportunity to spend time with others who also like to write.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Flip the Page is written, staffed, and produced by Central Ohio teens. Our mission is to provide a showcase for the work of young local writers and offer opportunities to learn about publishing. All accepted writers receive a complimentary copy of the journal and an invitation to read their work at the Columbus Arts Festival.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

When the leaves start to turn orange and the air
is crisp, that means it's time to Pen and Tell It!
Our afternoon fall workshops for students
grades 2-8 are filled with creativity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Write 'n Ready brings creative activities for 3-5 year olds that encourage and help them explore language, vocabulary, and other reading and writing skills before they enter kindergarten.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Thurber House serves adults and school-aged young people mainly in the Columbus area. Because we have moved the majority of our programming online during the past year and a half, we have added a more diverse audience from around the world.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We heard that a lot of our demographic would like us to continue to have an online option with our programming even once it is safe to return to in-person events as well. Because of this, we plan to move forward with many hybrid options so we can meet the needs of as many people as possible.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We believe it makes the people we serve have a greater connection to Thurber House and the programming they attend. They are able to share thoughts, feedback, and any ideas they might have.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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THURBER HOUSE INC

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

Joshua McClurg-Genevese

AEP

Term: 2020 - 2023

Joshua McClurg-Genevese

AEP

Andrea Dixon

OCLC

Jane Gleaves

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter

Elizabeth Howard

Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease

Angela Kirk

Manley Deas Kochalski

Jonathan Lucas

Huntington Bank

Sara McCain

Central Ohio Transit Authority

Denise Mirman

Friedman & Mirman

Robyn Warhol

The Ohio State University

Julian Halliday

Scribere Documentation LLC

Rebecca Vargo

Nationwide Insurance

Lisa Eschleman

Community Volunteer

Amanpal Garcha

The Ohio State University

Barbara Tootle

Community Volunteer

Paula Cole

Nationwide

Barbara Fant

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? Not applicable
  • 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 1/18/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

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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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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 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.