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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.)
Once again we get to thank the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey as it supports GlassRoots with a generous grant and recognizes the role of the arts and cultural organizations in improving the quality of life for New Jersey residents.