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Laguna Dance Festival

 P.O. BOX 897
 Laguna Beach, CA 92652
[P] (949) 715-5578
[F] --
www.lagunadancefestival.org
[email protected]
Joy Dittberner
FOUNDED: 2004
INCORPORATED: 2005
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Organization DBA Laguna Dance Festival
Former Names CaDance (2010)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 86-1154557 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

To support and promote the development of dance creation, presentation and education and to increase public appreciation of the art form in Orange County and beyond.
 
For over a decade Laguna Dance Festival has presented world-class dance in intimate theaters such as the Laguna Playhouse.  The Festival generally takes place in September, bringing national and internationally recognized dance companies to perform. Lead by Jodie Gates, Founder and Artistic Director, the Festival has grown to establish a year-round presence by providing free community performances at local art galleries and the Laguna Art Museum during selected First Thursdays Art Walks, Festival of Arts summer series and other activities such as Dance on film. A series of Master Classes taught by renowned teachers and choreographed are offered throughout the year for advanced students aged 12 and older. In 2016 a Laguna Dance Festival Scholarship fund was established to help young artists achieve their goals in a competitive and often costly pursuit. 
Laguna Dance Festival has been the recipient of numerous local awards for its innovative and provocative programming as well as recognized nationally in such papers as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. 
 
 

Mission Statement

To support and promote the development of dance creation, presentation and education and to increase public appreciation of the art form in Orange County and beyond.
 
For over a decade Laguna Dance Festival has presented world-class dance in intimate theaters such as the Laguna Playhouse.  The Festival generally takes place in September, bringing national and internationally recognized dance companies to perform. Lead by Jodie Gates, Founder and Artistic Director, the Festival has grown to establish a year-round presence by providing free community performances at local art galleries and the Laguna Art Museum during selected First Thursdays Art Walks, Festival of Arts summer series and other activities such as Dance on film. A series of Master Classes taught by renowned teachers and choreographed are offered throughout the year for advanced students aged 12 and older. In 2016 a Laguna Dance Festival Scholarship fund was established to help young artists achieve their goals in a competitive and often costly pursuit. 
Laguna Dance Festival has been the recipient of numerous local awards for its innovative and provocative programming as well as recognized nationally in such papers as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. 
 
 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $280,210.00
Projected Revenue $290,990.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Annual Festival
  • Educational Components

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

To support and promote the development of dance creation, presentation and education and to increase public appreciation of the art form in Orange County and beyond.
 
For over a decade Laguna Dance Festival has presented world-class dance in intimate theaters such as the Laguna Playhouse.  The Festival generally takes place in September, bringing national and internationally recognized dance companies to perform. Lead by Jodie Gates, Founder and Artistic Director, the Festival has grown to establish a year-round presence by providing free community performances at local art galleries and the Laguna Art Museum during selected First Thursdays Art Walks, Festival of Arts summer series and other activities such as Dance on film. A series of Master Classes taught by renowned teachers and choreographed are offered throughout the year for advanced students aged 12 and older. In 2016 a Laguna Dance Festival Scholarship fund was established to help young artists achieve their goals in a competitive and often costly pursuit. 
Laguna Dance Festival has been the recipient of numerous local awards for its innovative and provocative programming as well as recognized nationally in such papers as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. 
 
 

Background Statement

When Jodie Gates retired from her remarkable career as a former principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet, she settled in Laguna Beach. She immediately experienced the conspicuous absence of dance in a town known for its art. One afternoon Ms. Gates and a group of like-minded friends decided to do something about it and CaDance was born. The name was later changed to Laguna Dance Festival (LDF) but the mission to present world-class dance in unique and intimate venues, focus on education to enhance audience appreciation and inspire new artists, remains the same. That was ten years ago and Laguna Dance Festival under Ms. Gates artistic direction has earned a national reputation for exceptional programming. In 2014, The Orange County Register named Ms. Gates one of Orange County’s ‘Most Influential’. Ms. Gates has established a remarkable career as an educator, director, choreographer and dancer. She has had the honor to perform before three US Presidents. Recently Ms. Gates accepted a position as Vice Dean and Director of the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

The Laguna Dance Festival showcases the best dancers in the world on the stage of the Laguna Playhouse as well as providing free performances with original choreographic works at selected galleries during First Thursday Art Walk and pre-performance lectures during the Festival.

Education is a large part of Laguna Dance Festival’s mission and the Master Class Series offers young dancers and pre-professionals the chance to train with master teachers from around the world. It may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in an intimate setting with nationally recognized dancers/teachers. Students often learn part of a routine then have the opportunity view it on stage the same night. Some past teachers include Desmond Richardson of Complexions and So You Think you Can Dance, Joaquin DeLuz and Gonzalo Garcia, principal dancers for NYC Ballet, and Hope Boykin of Alvin Ailey. Laguna Dance Festival also provides scholarships to some students allowing them to take each Master class free of charge.

LDF also participates in artistic collaborations. Last year 'Ekphrasis' premiered at the Festival, an original choreographic piece, set to an original musical score inspired by original art. Ekphrasis is nominated for a 2015 Art Stars Award for Best Artistic Collaboration by Laguna Beach Art Alliance.
LDF has a dedicated, growing Board of Directors ensuring its continuation.

Impact Statement

Laguna Dance Festival was recently honored by Arts Orange County at the 16th annual awards ceremony October 2015. Laguna Dance Festival (LDF) doubled the number of master classes offered this past year to the excitement of those lucky enough to get into a class. Teachers like Hope Boykin from Alvin Ailey and Desmond Richardson from Complexions taught technique and choreography as well as shared personal stories about their professional careers.

LDF hosted Misty Copeland, the most popular ballerina with a rags to riches story to tell in her new book. Misty held a book signing  after her performance, thrilling young admirers.  

Laguna Dance Festival collaborated with Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Live! to produce "Ekphrasis". The  2014 world premiere presented the work of choreographer Bernard Gaddis set to an original score by composer Alan Chan, both inspired by Lotus Land, a painting by Lee Mullican. Mr. Gaddis was selected through a LDF choreographic competition. This artistic endeavor is nominated for ‘Best Artistic Collaboration’ by Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts. Many free rehearsal performances were offered to the public.

Goals:  Dance is one of the most expensive artistic endeavors to produce. Over the years costs have risen substantially: dancers, web development, marketing, theatre rent, crew costs, media buys and travel costs have all increased significantly as well as gotten more complicated with social media and new technology. In order to continue to present the highest caliber performances, LDF needs to raise more revenue to meet these cost increases. 

The Board is shifting towards a governing and fundraising board to meet increased financial demands and to support hiring of its first, part time Executive Director. 

The Festival is an annual affair and there has been an awareness gap during the rest of the year. LDF set in motion a year-round 'friend and fundraising' schedule. This campaign is increasing media presence, attracting more supporters and raising more money.

Building a stronger and larger Board with young members is a key to sustainability and growth. LDF continues to add new board members with the skills needed to lead us into the future. Currently in 2017 there are 13 members.  


Needs Statement

Financial need $60,000 - Ticket sales cover less than 1/3 the cost of producing the Festival. All costs of producing the Festival have risen substantially. Hotel rates in Laguna Beach, where contractually dancers must be housed, have doubled. Theatre rent and crew costs have risen 30%. LDF is moving away from an all-volunteer organization by hiring a part-time executive director. This also adds to the expense bottom line.

Board development. LDF plans to increase its board size by ten members in 2015. These new members will meet a new set of criteria that includes fundraising and governance. 

Fundraising expertise.

Strategic planning expertise. 
 
Underwriters for Spring gala - $30,000 to underwrite Spring Gala.
 

CEO Statement

I became in involved with Laguna Dance Festival (LDF) as the Volunteer Coordinator. At that time the Festival performances were held at the local high school. There were no services. My 'crew' stuffed and handed out playbills, manned the will-call table, were ushers, clean-up crew, hospitality hostesses, drivers, check-in managers for master classes, and we even picked up and rolled out the marley floor for the Master classes. 

The Artistic Director and Founder, Jodie Gates had commandeered some of the best dancers in the world to perform on the local high school stage. It was thrilling and a wonderful gift to give the community. I was hooked. I served as Volunteer Coordinator for several years then joined the Board of Directors. That was 9 years ago. The Festival has since moved to a more fitting location, The Laguna Playhouse where we enjoy the services of a ticket office and ushers! The Laguna Dance Festival offers world-class dance on the theatre stage and in art galleries and site-specific outdoor venues. The unique setting of Laguna Beach’s stages and venues offers the viewer an intimate, visceral experience of participating in dance up close and includes opportunities to meet dancers and choreographers.

For the past 10 seasons LDF has enchanted and thrilled audiences with performances by extraordinary companies such as Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Parsons, Hubbard Street II, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and BODYTRAFFIC to name a few, along with stars of dance. Our highly regarded educational component serves as a performing arts pipeline to elementary, high school and university students in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

Laguna Dance Festival has earned a national reputation, received many accolades and won several awards. As LDF enters its 11th season, we are taking the necessary steps to keep the organization strong and healthy, building the Board and hiring staff to do the heavy lifting. It is an honor and privilege to serve this organization and continue the beautiful legacy of dance in our community. For the short time the dancers are on the stage audiences young and old are transported to another more transcendent place. 


Board Chair Statement

As a long-standing member of the board of Laguna Dance Festival, and now the current Board Chair, I continue to be thrilled with my involvement in one of the most stunning art contributions to our community and beyond. LDF brings world-class dance to a small-stage setting in a way few, if any, organizations do, and certainly not in Southern California. Our commitment to education of adults, as well as children of both privilege and poverty, is among our highest priorities. Our commitment to quality professionalism only increases as we strategize our continued growth needs. In philanthropy, the arts may take a back seat to more pressing basic needs, yet the arts are unique in their capacity to raise our consciousness above the basics, to the very soul of our existence. Our Founder, our Board, our supporters, and our loyal audience continue to prove their commitment to present dance to serve these higher goals.


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

There are many ways to contribute to Laguna Dance Festival.  Donations can be made at http://lagunadancefestival.org/contribute or by mailing a check to Laguna Dance Festival, P.O. Box 897, Laguna Beach, CA 92652 (make payable to Laguna Dance Festival).  You may also contribute by donating stocks or bonds or by purchasing an ad for the Festival playbill.In-kind services such as graphic design, marketing, printing, legal, food or wine donations, accounting services, videography or photographic services, donations for fundraisers or help with setting up fundraisers  are welcomed. In addition, you can serve on a committee to hang posters, distribute information or sell advertisements in the playbill. Volunteers are needed during the Festival to transport dancers, sell merchandise, act as hostesses and set up hospitality. Volunteers can also assist at various community events by distributing information about the Festival. LDF also uses volunteers to check-in students for master classes. You can fill out a form on our website.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

LDF draws dancers and dance-lovers alike from all over Southern California and beyond. Our Master Class series provides young dancers from local high schools, performing arts schools, universities and dance programs with the opportunity to train with sought-after professionals in their field. Our programs serve students from schools including UCI, OCC, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College, OCSA, LBHS and more, in addition to dance schools and programs all throughout the county.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Dance
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
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Programs


Annual Festival

Since 2005, Laguna Dance Festival has presented more than 75 performances.
In 2017, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Ballet BC will perform at the intimate 410-seat Laguna Playhouse. Regular tickets are $65 and students with valid ID $35.
 
Budget  $240,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance Festivals
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  Brisk ticket sales and meeting fundraising goals
Program Long-Term Success  Reorganization of the board to become a fundraising, governing board will insure fiscal security. The hiring of an Executive Director will insure organizational continuity and increased presence in the surrounding communities.
Program Success Monitored By  Ticket sales and revenue, number of sponsors, attendance at Spring gala, dollar amount of contributions. 
Examples of Program Success  Laguna Dance Festival is entering its 11th season of providing world class dance and exceptional educational programs. LDF has been cited as one reason Laguan Beach is one of the top 20 small towns in America to live. LDF has gained a national reputation for excellence. 

Educational Components

LDF offers master classes and free performances, artistic collaborations and pre-show lectures.   
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Dance
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  These classes inspire aspiring dancers and promote creativity and the art form. It has been shown that studying the arts increases academic scores, encourages creative thinking and improves student performance overall. 
Program Long-Term Success  LDF Master classes offer a unique opportunity for aspiring dancers to train with 'famous' world-class dancers. Last year LDF doubled the number of master classes filling the need for high quality education in this area. Most master classes sell out quickly. LDF maintains its policy of offering five scholarship per class to a local deserving student. 
Program Success Monitored By  Number of students taking classes.
Examples of Program Success  Master classes are an integral part of Laguna Dance Festival’s mission to nurture dance education year-round. The Laguna Dance Festival is regarded as one of Orange County’s major annual cultural events and continues to be an important showcase for new and established dance companies and artists.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Joy Dittberner
CEO Term Start Jan 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Ms Dittberner brings 25 years of management, marketing and sales experience to the position of Executive Director. She served on the Board of another non-profit for 9 years, heading up board fundraising, serving as Chair of the annual gala and on Executive Search Committee. Fundraising tripled during this time period. 
Prior to joining the board of Laguna Dance Festival, Ms Dittberner served as Volunteer Coordinator for four years, one year as Vice Chairman and two years as Chairman. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Deena Harros Operations Manager --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Most Influential 2016 Orange County Register: Jodie Gates Orange County Register 2016
Best Arts Program Laguna Beach Arts Alliance 2015
Outstanding Arts Organization ArtsOC 2015
Best Art Collaboration Nominee Laguna Beach Arts Alliance 2014
Best Artist of the Year Jodie Gates Laguna Beach Art Alliance 2014
Best New Arts Program Laguna Beach Art Alliance 2008

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Artistic collaboration with Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Live!, various art galleries around town, One Laguna, Laguna Beach High School Dance Department, UC/Irvine School of Dance for an Artistic Residency program and USC new Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 45
Number of Contract Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

Over the past twelve years, Laguna Dance Festival has operated with a contracted Artistic Director and a part time assistant. The rest of the work was carried out by volunteers and the board. LDF has reached the point where all volunteer staff is not sufficient to move the organization forward.  In 2015 LDF hired a part time Executive Director to manage the increasing business demands of running a Festival.  
Laguna Dance Festival has been honored with many accolades.

Laguna Dance Festival, which recently celebrated its 11th year of presenting visiting dance companies of all genres, received the 2015 Achievement Award for Outstanding Arts Organization. The festival has hosted 44 companies, 80+ performances, more than 49 master classes and over 50 free public events.

Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Karen Wilson
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term - Dec 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mari Bukofsky -- Voting
Ward Bukofsky CPA Voting
Kathy Conway -- Voting
Mary Dawe Retired Voting
Sue Freeman -- Voting
Stacy Hagen South County Dance Voting
Nancy Meyer -- Voting
Amanda Paracuellos Sugg & Paracuellos, LLP Voting
Robbie Prepas -- Voting
Deb Schlesinger -- Voting
Edie Tonkon -- Voting
Karen Wilson Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 11
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 84%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

I have been actively involved with non-profits, both professionally and as a volunteer, for over 40 years. My perspective is that oftentimes the challenges carry within themselves the opportunity. As a newly elected board chair of Laguna Dance Festival, having served on the board for about 7 years, I am not unaware of our own challenges and opportunities. Specific to this year, I see our opportunity arising out of our challenge.

 

For our first decade presenting world-class dance on a small-scale stage to the residents and guests of Orange County, we operated strictly as an all-volunteer organization, with only a small stipend for tasks that required professional services to operate a 501c3, and a small honorarium for our founder, who also serves as our Artistic Director. Coming into our second decade, we have grown immensely in our capacity to educate both youth and adults about the value of arts in our modern day world, and in bringing world-class dance companies while reaching growing numbers of viewers county-wide and beyond.

Our challenge is sustainability with a growing organization in the midst of a decreasing volunteer population given today’s economy, as well as increased costs of production in virtually every expense area. Because of these challenges, we realize we are at the point of growth that requires paid contract staff to undergird the year-round responsibilities that inevitably accompany such growth. At a certain point in growth, remaining a completely volunteer-run organization drives growth in the opposite direction. Laguna Dance Festival is at that Nexus.

Our opportunity is evident in our board’s increased commitment to find resources to support the necessary contract staff: we are in need of an Executive Director, and we are fortunate to have found a committed individual who has volunteered for years with LDF, has expertise, understands the growing needs of longer hours year-round, and we are delighted to engage her. The board’s responsibility is to find the funds to support a contract part-time ED. We are committed to doubling our board size as well as finding ongoing means of increasing our fund-raising capacity. Already this January, we have increased our board from 6 to 9, and hope to double it within the year. All board members are committed to finding new means of raising funds, and already we have scheduled new monthly fund/friend-raisers for 2015.

To support this ED, we already have in place a high-level contract assistant whose compensation is accounted for; and provided funding comes in from various sources, we are looking in the future to add a contract fund development person.

Our goal is to always expand the opportunity for our community to experience dance as an art form of the human body. Dance not only transforms both dancers and viewers as they interact with movement and music; dance transcends our everyday world, elevating every sense to a height that understands the best can always be imagined, always created, and always experienced.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Executive
  • Finance

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $290,990.00
Projected Expenses $280,210.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 990ez

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $209,013 $166,952 $153,223
Total Expenses $210,983 $160,930 $119,554

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$77,287 $52,454 $37,425
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 -- --
Earned Revenue $114,624 $91,500 $93,993
Investment Income, Net of Losses $42 $62 $65
Membership Dues $0 $22,936 $21,740
Special Events $0 -- --
Revenue In-Kind $0 -- --
Other $17,060 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $0 $160,930 $119,554
Administration Expense $0 -- --
Fundraising Expense $0 -- --
Payments to Affiliates $0 -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.04 1.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses 0% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $83,802 $87,034 $70,078
Current Assets $83,802 $72,721 $70,078
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $9,671 -- --
Total Net Assets $0 $76,100 $70,078

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.67 inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

The major challenge for 2017 is increasing revenue sufficient to pay for increased programming.  This challenge is being addresses by aggressively increasing the number of dues-paying board members and redirecting/retraining the Board to a governing and fundraising board. LDF now has 13 board members and set a year round fundraising campaign underway.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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