Western Folklife Center

Elko, NV   |  http://www.westernfolklife.org

Mission

The Western Folklife Center uses story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Ms. Kristin Windbigler

Main address

501 Railroad St

Elko, NV 89801 USA

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EIN

87-0447025

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We need to sharpen our website pages and images. We updated our website platform two years ago and now need to trim up and make our pages more user friendly.

Our programs

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

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, other

The Western Folklife Center is recognized nationally as one of the most important and successful independent, non-profit folk arts institutions in the country. It is considered the premier folk arts and culture programming organization in the Western United States. The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, now in its 17th year, provides a stage for the West's best cowboy poets and musicians and draws an annual audience of 8,000. The week-long event combines performances of poetry and music along with workshops ranging from financial management to rangeland issues to traditional folk arts. Voices of Youth is an internship opportunity given to Elko County teens to learn the skills of professional photography and audio recording and produce a radio vignette and photographic exhibit portraying life in the rural West. The digital ranching workshop is a six month long program for local ranchers to learn documentation skills using digital cameras, video and computers. The Archive is literally a bank of knowledge about the American West. Through the digital medium the WFC's archive will become a lifeline to understanding and appreciating the people and traditions of the West. The WFC produces radio programming for public radio nationwide including Weekend Edition-Sunday, the Savvy Traveler, and a series called "Folk Economy" for Marketplace, NPR's premier business show with an audience of four million people nationwide. In addition, a TV documentary, "Why the Cowboy Sings" is currently under production in conjunction with KUED television that will air on public television. An edited version will become part of the permanent exhibit at the Center in Elko, Nevada.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We are working step by step to update and clean our pages, as well as, stay in compliance with Charity Navigator's requirements of having key landing pages for important information.

We will work to slowly make key changes to our website. First, we will update our Gift Shop to have an online shopping presense with the ability to shop for store items and to renew or join as a member of our organization. Next, up will be to create a landing page that has our organizations financial pages, mission and vision statements and a donor privacy policy. Finally, we will work on updating our photographs and eliminating or combining our navigation tabs.

We have a very small staff (9) , however, we work very well together in setting and meeting our goals. We each have a set of useful skills required to make our website current and user friendly and we are all enthusiastic about making this happen.

We have created a landing page for our financials and our donor privacy policy to comply with Charity Navigator requirements. We are currently working on the online store and changing our online giving module and hope to have it up and running in the next week (April 5, 2019 is our current deadline).

In the next several months, we hope to have updated photographs and eliminate some of navigation selections.

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

    From our headquarters in rural northeastern Nevada, the Western Folklife Center works closely with diverse artists and rural communities throughout the American West to bring their stories and cultural expressions to local, regional and global audiences. Elko County citizens benefit most directly from our year-round programs and our major event the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. This event brings thousands of artists and visitors to the community with an estimated 8 million economic impact. Our educational programs serve over 8,000 K-12 students annually.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, to identify new voices to present in our programs, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Recent survey feedback regarding how we deliver information (ticket sales and event promo brochure, event schedule, program book) has guided us to make changes in what information is offered only online, what is printed and mailed, and what is printed as an educational keepsake. Our constituents represent a wide range of ages with varying degrees of technical abilities and broadband access and we continue to try to design programs and communications that are mindful of these differences.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Soliciting feedback has allowed us to get better acquainted with people, often leading to a deeper investment in our organization and its future. Through surveys and other year-round feedback solicitation we have met valued individuals that have become volunteers, ad hoc advisors, board members, staff, and ambassadors for the Western Folklife Center.

  • 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 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Western Folklife Center

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

Mr. Jonathan Griggs

Maggie Creek Ranch, Ranch Manager

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mr. Rob Dondero

R & R Partners

Term: 1998 - 2019

John Breternitz

Q&D Construction, Inc. (retired)

Rob Dondero

R & R Partners

Leslie Parraguirre

Colours, Inc.

Gail Steiger

Spider Ranch

Patrick Sullivan

The Boeing Company (retired)

Tiffany Tiberti

Sun West Custom Homes

Preston Wright

Mary's River Ranch

Jesselie Anderson

Utah Board of Regents

Paul Caudill

NV Energy (retired)

Scott Hansen

Lewis/Hansen Attorneys At Law

Annie Hatch

Wyoming Arts Council Folk and Traditional Arts

James “Jim” Kelley

VP, Wells Fargo (retired)

H. Russell McMullen

Businessman (retired)

John Muraglia

Businessman

Vess Quinlan

Cowboy Poet/Veteran

Reed Simmons

Avison Young

David Richmond

Judge (retired)

Chaz Mitchell

Businessman

Jonathan Griggs

Ranch Manager

Kay Nowell

Rancher, Poet

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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 5/24/2021

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability