The images that our amazing photojournalism intern Sarah Chaffee captured last summer give us a glimpse into the transformative power time in nature can have.
Your gift allows us to extend opportunities for life-changing experiences to all children.
2017 has been a very reflective year for us, we have taken time to and ask difficult questions and look for ways we can amplify our impact in Ithaca and beyond. Staff members participated in visioning exercises, the New Jim Crow Community Book Read and several workshops including "Undoing Racism" with the People's Institute for Survival and "From Scarcity to Abundance" with the Natural Leaders Initiative.
We emerged with a clear focus for our mission and business goals as we move into 2018.
Mission: Increase Nature Access for All
Nature connection can be a place of common ground between diverse communities. We have come to believe that our work will only be truly successful if it is happening for everyone. We are working to creating a culture based on and inclusive of a broader experience because it will make us stronger. And, we believe that this larger ring of influence and diverse perspectives will expand opportunities for powerful change. Our efforts to increase Nature Access for All include:
- A plan for greater staff and participant diversity
- New and Improved Community Partnerships
- Continued Staff Development
- Initiatives to help us reach all children in the ICSD
Business: Financial and Organizational Stability
Our business objective this year will focus on our financial success for organizational stability and growth.
- Expanded fundraising efforts (stay tuned for a possible winter event!)
- Increasing sponsorships & partnerships
- Expanding program areas with room to expand
- Get outside grant writing help
If you would like to hear more or help with these goals, please be in touch, we would love to talk!
If you too believe in the transformative power of nature connection and community, I hope you will consider a tax-deductible year-end gift to help us on our way.