We think donor transparency is important.
Fact 1: We want to give our students the most impactful experience, providing them with information, skills, safety, real-life experience and new vision for their future.
Fact 2: Creating Glass Art, purchasing supplies and maintaining a fully functioning studio is expensive.
Fact 3: Most of our students could not afford to pay the full cost of our programs.
So, we ask you for a lot.
We ask you to trust that our programs are making a difference.
We ask you to believe that our students can benefit from the time they’re here at GlassRoots.
We ask you to make their experiences possible through your gifts.
So why do we focus on transparency? Well, you wouldn’t want to give to an organization that spends 50% of their donations on break room snacks, would you? You expect that donations that you give go toward helping those that we serve, doing the work we say we’ll do. We are honest about where the dollars actually go and we report that information.
And, while we think of transparency as just being about financials, and although this is important, overall transparency involves a whole lot more. Being transparent means that we are willing and able to distribute critical data about all aspects of our operations.
To that end, we
We want to connect you to GlassRoots, and we know that connection is often created through shared values. Shared values, such as strong ethics, honesty, fiscal responsibility, and the propensity for collaboration are all evident we are transparent.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this topic, or about GlassRoots in general.
Barbara Heisler, CEO
PS. As you can see, Guidestar thinks we're doing well with our transparency - awarding us a 2018 Gold-Level Seal of Transparency!
Each year at this time we take stock and give thanks for all we've been able to accomplish throughout the year with your help. At GlassRoots, we’re grateful for your support that continues to help us grow, surpass goals, and transform lives.
We issued our annual evaluation report documenting our work (online here), for our third full year of our data collection and analysis. The results of our evaluation efforts continue to inform our policies, practices and programming choices. Our data, both the quantifiable and anecdotal, shows that GlassRoots’ programming for youth and young adults is impactful and achieving program objectives, as evidenced in, among other measurement; high scores for program satisfaction, intent to recommend our programming to others, returning students, and participants stating an intent to return to GlassRoots for more classes or workshops.
We have created new program partnerships enabling us to serve more students in our unique youth entrepreneurship programs this year. Over the past several years we have been actively working to build new partnerships throughout the Newark and our region and we’re seeing the fruit of these efforts. The number of students we serve and the program hours offered continues to grow.
We have reported fabulous successes of the students in our post high school programs, those programs introduced within the past several years to meet newly identified community needs. Without a doubt GlassRoots programs are helping students accomplish great things.
And, finally, we're recognizing that this will be our last full year in this space, which has served us so well, but which we have outgrown. At this time next year we'll be offering our programs in our new space not too far down the street.
All of this is possible because you support us. You make it possible for our amazing staff (and they are absolutely amazing!) to make a difference every day with the students we serve. Your funding and support keep our doors open, our furnace lit, and creativity flowing.
So, as the year ends, we once again hope you’ll consider a gift to GlassRoots to further expand our reach! Your gifts serve all of our students -- young people who catch the spark during class trips to our studios or residency programs with our teaching artists, high school youth in our YES! Youth Entrepreneurship programs, young adults in our Bead Shop and Fellowship programs, and differently-abled adults who workshop in our studios.
And, always, our studios are open for your visits - to create, shop, or to simply stop stop in. Until you do, our videos can bring our students and programs to you!
We appreciate your consideration!
From our studios to your home, our staff and board wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and joy in the New Year,
PS. We'll be closed from December 24 through 2019 New Year's Day, but we will acknowledge any gifts received during this time as 2018 gifts (for tax purposes.)
Barbara had the chance to talk with Steve Adubato about entrepreneurship, leadership and our future plans. So much has happened since our first visit three years ago. Watch!
Throughout each day, students will be impacted by countless experiences that will help to shape their character and guide them on a path that may offer a stronger, better future. At our annual fall celebration a few weeks ago, we talked with our guests about the range and impact of our out-of-school programming, and, not surprisingly, the knowledge of our program reach was new to some. Researchers report that many of the benefits of out-of-school programming – including building social capital by providing the opportunity to develop friendships with peers and adults, opening doors to new experiences, and closing the opportunity gap – have long been ignored.
GlassRoots out-of-school programming for youth includes three long-term programs, plus a wide variety of camps, special programs and lessons. Our long-term programs include:
Through these programs alone we served over 500 students last year, in nearly 4000 visits, providing almost 10,000 hours of instruction!
Generally, too many urban, low-income youth grow up without even a cursory understanding of what high-quality arts programs are like, or what benefits may accrue from participation. GlassRoots’ evaluations show that we play an important role in providing this understanding for students from the Greater Newark community.
National studies show that arts-based after-school programs:
Our findings mirror the national studies. You can read more about our impact on our Impact Page.
Your gift today makes it possible for GlassRoots to continue to work with youth and provide alternatives to risky behavior. Your gift is about offering the experience that shapes their future. And your gift to GlassRoots affirms that our programs channel energy into positive quests for better education, stronger family life and rich community.
As part of a well-regarded report, which studied the impact of the arts on learning, researchers found that young people engaged with arts-based organizations gain practice in thinking and talking as adults. They go on to say that participants in arts-based programs had dramatic increases in language development, reasoning, and questioning ability. They end by saying, “a key outcome for youth engaged with the arts is not just academic development, but also work opportunity—the chance for youth to apply skills, techniques, and habits of mind through employment in arts and/or community-related fields.”
In our YES! Program, similarly, our students reported high gains in skills in multiple measurements: goal setting, financial management, marketing and selling, team building, written communication and creative thinking; all skills needed to help students keep up with the lightning-pace of today’s modern markets.
Please join us and invest in this community dedicated to giving youth brighter futures.
And perhaps, consider making your gift as a monthly donor knowing that each month you will have an immediate impact on GlassRoots’ students!
Please make a gift today to immediately impact the future of our students!
With our great thanks,
Barbara Heisler, CEO
In 2018, with the help of Dana Glazer, GlassRoots captured our story in a most compelling way! Take a look and tell us what you think. Here's our favorite:
There are six short videos and one longer video for you to enjoy and share here.