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Eighteen Eighty Eight (1888)

 ORANGE, CA 92869
[P] (562) 274-7407
[F] --
[email protected]
Kevin Staniec
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 47-4550601 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Our goal as a nonprofit organization is to provide our diverse neighborhoods with curated content and lifelong learning programs that are educational and entertaining.


Through storytelling, we synergize the creative efforts of individuals to provide essential tools for cultural and civic enrichment—empathy, opportunity, and a collaborative network.

Mission Statement

Our goal as a nonprofit organization is to provide our diverse neighborhoods with curated content and lifelong learning programs that are educational and entertaining.


Through storytelling, we synergize the creative efforts of individuals to provide essential tools for cultural and civic enrichment—empathy, opportunity, and a collaborative network.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $130,000.00
Projected Revenue $150,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1888 Podcast
  • 1888 Workshops
  • Laureate Program
  • Why We Write
  • Plaza Literary Prize

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Mission Statement

Our goal as a nonprofit organization is to provide our diverse neighborhoods with curated content and lifelong learning programs that are educational and entertaining.


Through storytelling, we synergize the creative efforts of individuals to provide essential tools for cultural and civic enrichment—empathy, opportunity, and a collaborative network.

Background Statement

As an author and arts advocate, Kevin Staniec, founded the organization Eighteen Eighty Eight in 2015. Realizing the need for community and the preservation of our county’s stories, our organization has evolved into a community technology project, focusing on innovative literary programming dedicated to education and accessibility.

In the summer of 2017, Eighteen Eighty Eight moved from a digital presence to a tangible experience with the opening of the innovative 1888 Cultural Center. Located in the historic district of Old Towne Orange, California, 1888 Center is home to a bookshop, gallery, and multi-use performance space. The 1888 Center hosts multiple weekly events serving the community in fostering literary arts education and appreciation, including workshops, author visits, live recordings of podcast series, literary trivia nights, and panel discussions. 1888 Center’s writing programs have had a huge impact on our global community, for it has supported more than 1.2 million readers and writers from around the world while collecting 7,042,952 words and 936,359 unique reads.

              Our goal is to educate and entertain our diverse population with curated books, exhibitions, and lifelong learning programs. Our books, podcasts, and workshops provide accessibility and opportunity while also building community, one story at a time.

Impact Statement

Our top accomplishments from the past year include establishing the 1888 Center which provided a cultural and social space for the community. Located in Old Towne Orange, we host a bookshop, art gallery, coffee shop, workshop, multi-use performance space, and receive an average of 200 visits per day. In spring 2018, we expanded our Why We Write program to include our first roadshow, inviting writers to read and discuss their essay submission with local communities. Three events were presented to a live audience and recorded for a podcast which took place in cities throughout Orange County, including Costa Mesa, Anaheim, and Orange. We also launched new programs including workshops, musical performances, trivia nights, galleries, and discussions, resulting in 16 gallery exhibitions, 43 podcast episodes, and 152 programs. We are proud to have gained momentum locally and internationally in the past year. Our program success has resulted in attendance of up to 50 at our live events, over 70,000 podcast downloads globally, and over a million participants worldwide. Lastly, in summer 2018, we were awarded the California Civil Liberties Education Program grant to fund a special 5-part podcast series on racial exclusions in Orange County.

              Our goals include our new Laureate Program that will launch in September 2018. We will nominate an artist to facilitate arts programming throughout Orange County ensuring that our events are accessible geographically. We will also sponsor the artist to host programming in their own city to foster a stronger arts presence. Additionally, the launching of our Ready-to-Assemble Project will create a simple, yet effective plan teaching communities how to create their own cultural center that is fluid and accessible so that anyone can create one. Our project’s aim is to ignite civic and cultural enrichment in depleted areas. We intend to host more events throughout Orange County including a mobile podcast program and launch new marketing strategies. We are also working to expand our workshops beyond the arts by incorporating interdisciplinary frameworks.

Needs Statement

  • More partnerships with surrounding organizations/facilities to grow collaboration within the local area of Orange County and maximize resources.
  • Larger team of volunteers to assist with events, outreach, and program development.
  • Development of larger marketing strategies to continue boosting audience and launching new programming.
  • Funds for guest honorarium (ranging from $300-$600) to maximize speaker potential.

CEO Statement

Our organization redefines what a cultural center can be– compact, fluid, sustainable, community based, and accessible.

We describe Eighteen Eighty Eight as a “cultural center in a shoebox,” challenging the traditional model of arts centers before us. Learning early on that bigger does not mean better, we eagerly ditched the grand architecture and extensive acreage that is typical of the standard museum, art center, or gallery. Rather than focus on size, we shifted our attention to accessibility and possibility--developing a cultural center inspired by the multi-tool concept made popular by the Swiss Army knife--all-in-one for everyone.

At Eighteen Eighty Eight, we consider emotional capital to be as strong as financial resources– a value that has been pivotal in all of our programming. Our physical space, 1888 Center, has only been open to the public for less than a year (since August 2017), and our community has shown massive participation and excitement toward our space and programs. And we didn’t stop there, we leveraged digital technologies to reach beyond our local neighborhoods to connect with communities on a national level to remind the world that no one is without a voice.

Board Chair Statement

Prior to the completion of the 1888 Center, our organization was challenged by our community’s lack of excitement and participation in the arts. To cure our literary deprived area, we launched a publishing organization and took on the task of simply creating more books. We did not realize what was really lacking was a means of connecting the yearning public to literary arts that were accessible and educational. Our breakthrough happened once we took a step back, listened to our audience, and watched what was happening around us. Bookstores were closing, cultural centers were losing funds, and our community didn’t have anywhere to go for literary arts.

             We understood our success would not be rooted in following a traditional model for a cultural center. After considering our community’s present need, we gave it what it was lacking—a permanent home for the literary arts community and a space for community engagement. Our address at 115 North Orange Street, in the largest historic district west of the Mississippi, is now a literary arts beacon for Orange County and beyond.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donation opportunities: membership, mailing check, in-person donation, in-kind donations, sponsorship, partner donations. Volunteer Opportunities: marketing, event coordination, proposal assistance, program assistance, publishing, workshop/podcast speaker.

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
Our organization serves audiences on an international level through our strong online presence. At a local level, we specifically serve Orange County and the surrounding area through a strong focus on the City of Orange’s history in the arts and community.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  2. Education - Educational Services
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1888 Podcast

Discussions between industry innovators and communities are recorded in front of a live audience; episodes are archived as a free educational resource on our website or with your favorite podcast app including Apple and Spotify.
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Each interdisciplinary episode is designed to provide a unique platform for industry innovators and listeners to discuss stories about art, literature, music, history, science, or technology. Our immediate achievement after each podcast event is including all members of the community in the conversation, creating an educational and accessible opportunity.
Program Long-Term Success  We hope to not only start a conversation with these podcasts but hope that the conversations continue to occur long beyond the time of the discussion. Furthermore, we also hope to have our podcasts become a framework for other cultural centers to be ready to create their own podcast program through easy steps, as well as personalizing it to address their community needs.
Program Success Monitored By  1888 Podcasts are recorded and archived as a free online resource where we track and measure data trends—allowing us to leverage momentum and target underserved populations. Streaming and downloads are tracked through our webpage, Spotify, and Apple accounts. Additionally, all analytics are discussed and reviewed during our quarterly board meetings. 
Examples of Program Success  To date, our podcast has received over 70,000 downloads with an increased average of 2,000 downloads per episode. We have increasingly been able to host more popular guests to increase audience and listeners, including: Pico Iyer and Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz.

1888 Workshops

Programs invite the community to work in a collaborative, educational space with industry professionals that focus on topics such as professional development, art, self-care, etc.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Each workshop is designed to stimulate discussion, as well as provide an intimate educational environment for the community to create, share work, and network.
Program Long-Term Success  Our goal in providing workshops to the community is to provide lifelong learning opportunities. The skills we focus on at Eighteen Eighty Eight are meant for community, professional, and personal betterment. Additionally, by creating an intimate work and social space, we will connect our diverse community to each other, creating new perspectives and opportunity.
Program Success Monitored By 

We track the popularity and community use of our workshops through our Eventbrite account, tracking which educational subjects meet the community need and demand. Additionally, all program analytics are reviewed during our quarterly meetings for program adjustment and improvement.

Examples of Program Success 

Due to the popularity of our workshops, we have increased our monthly workshop availability, averaging to one per week. We have also been able to launch more workshop series, allowing the community to grow with instructors and community members over the course of the series.

Laureate Program

Launching in September 2018, our new program will nominate one artist to host programming in our local area (Orange County), as well as sponsor them to provide cultural programming in their own city.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Our immediate achievement for our program will be connecting the public to artists, as well as their community to create and preserve a cultural identity for Orange County. Additionally, as our Laureate hosts programming in their hometown, our program will connect cities on a national or international level.
Program Long-Term Success  Our ultimate goal is to foster art engagement outside of Orange County and ignite communities with the inspiration and tools to create their own Ready-to-Assemble cultural centers.
Program Success Monitored By  We plan to track the success of our program through our usual analytic documentation: the 1888 Center website to calculate quantitative and qualitative data from our page views, MailChimp to track our subscriber activity, Eventbrite to track program tickets/rsvps, and social media.
Examples of Program Success  --

Why We Write

When the task of writing grows inevitably arduous—and seemingly thankless—we must remember why we started. Inspired by George Orwell’s 1946 essay “Why I Write,” this introspective project highlights our motives for writing. We encourage the international writing community to submit their writing. Live events are produced throughout the diverse cities of Orange County and feature author readings from curated essay submissions.
Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of our cycle, we brought three neighborhoods in Orange County together to network and discuss in a physical space. Through our online presence, we have supported over 200 writers and an international audience of readers by archiving submissions online and providing public access to explore the essays.
Program Long-Term Success 

We want to instill awareness to the importance of writing in our daily lives, whether it is for professional, therapeutic, creative or reasons. Our ultimate goal for this program is to create an overall excitement and appreciation for writing in our communities so that we can continue sharing stories and cultivating the creative culture in Orange County and beyond.

Program Success Monitored By  We use Submittable to track and review the submissions. In addition, we also use Eventbrite to monitor tickets and reservations. Our website will provide another form from which we can track data for the improvement of programs.
Examples of Program Success  We have received over 200 submissions from an international community. We also were able to launch our first Road Tour to complement our writing program and to increase audiences geographically.

Plaza Literary Prize

The Plaza Literary Prize is an annual national novella competition. We believe a great story is never defined by its length and welcome all genres and themes with compelling characters and evocative moments. All novellas are published through Eighteen Eighty Eight.
Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of 2018, we will have published, supported, and marketed an emerging writer. In hosting the discussions with the author, we are breaking the lines of separation between author and audience while simultaneously allowing communities who cannot physically participate to be involved.

Program Long-Term Success  Our choice of the novella is meant to break down barriers that restrict or intimidate an emerging writer. As we look for our generation’s Hemingway, Oates, or Steinbeck, we look for a community member that can connect back to the community through their creative work. Ultimately, our prize is meant to publish stories by the community, for the community.
Program Success Monitored By  We utilize Submittable to track our overall submissions and stay connected to our writers. The 1888 Center webpage, as well as Square, monitor book sales and success of our author’s publication. Lastly, Eventbrite tracks ticket sales/ rsvps for author signings and discussions.
Examples of Program Success  In the 2018, we received over 100 submissions from 42 American states and over 27 countries including: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malta, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.


CEO/Executive Director Kevin Staniec
CEO Term Start Oct 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Kevin is the recipient of the Arts Leader Award presented by Arts Orange County and recognized as one of Orange County’s most influential and innovative entrepreneurs in Modern Luxury Magazine, OC Weekly, and the Orange County Register. Kevin has worked at the Autry National Center, the Orange County Museum of Art, and programs arts, culture, and heritage for the City of Irvine. He is an elected member of the Chapman University Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Orange Community Historical Society Board of Directors. From 2013-2015 Kevin served on the Board of Trustees for the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. In 2002, Kevin co-founded ISM, a nonprofit organization that published an internationally distributed culture magazine until 2012. In 2013, Kevin co-founded Black Hill Press, a publishing collective dedicated to the novella. He has produced programs with many institutions including Bergamot Station Arts Center, Grand Central Art Center, Laguna Art Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Trevor Allred Community Manager Trevor Kaiser Allred is a writer, community advocate, and arts enthusiast. He has collaborated with many writers and artists working as the Community Manager at 1888 and as a poet at The dA Center for the Arts. While earning his Master’s in creative writing and critical theory at Cal State Fullerton, he mentored numerous students and campaigned for foreign language learning.
Janet Kim Treasurer

Janet Kim serves as a board member and treasurer. She specializes in the mortgage and real estate industry.  She received degrees in Business Management, Operations Management, and Dance from California State University, Long Beach. She is passionate about art, finance, and her community.  

Kevin Staniec Program Director/ Board Chair Kevin Staniec is an arts advocate, author, and publisher. He has published over 80 books, his exhibitions viewed by more than a half-million people, and his work featured in numerous global media outlets.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Arts Leader Award Arts Orange County 2017
Most Influential & Innovative Entrepreneurs Orange County Register 2017
Most Influential & Innovative Entrepreneurs Modern Luxury Magazine 2015
Most Influential & Innovative Entrepreneurs OC Weekly 2015


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


1888 Center has hosted 16 gallery exhibitions, 43 podcast episodes, and 152 programs including collaborations with collaborations with Alzheimer’s Orange County, Anaheim Packing District, Brew Sessions, California State University, Fullerton, California Writers Club, Chapman University, Claremont Heritage, Contra Coffee and Tea, Cura Studios Inc., Fullerton College, Kaya Press, Laguna College of Art and Design, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Orange Community Historical Society, Orange County Ronald McDonald House, Orange Home Grown, Orange Public Library & History Center, Paragon Agency, Santa Ana College, Moon Tide Press, The Lab Anti-Mall, Uppercase Publishing, University of California, Irvine, and Yefe Nof.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 12
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 92,866
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 2
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

In addition to our collaborations, Eighteen Eighty Eight has received support from Affordable Housing Access (AHA), California Civil Liberties Program, Chapman University, Community Engagement, Community Foundation of Orange, Ingram Micro, and the Orange County Community Foundation, Jane Deming Fund.

Apart from the opportunity to be awarded for leadership and innovation, our organization and programming have been featured in Coast Magazine, Los Angeles Times, OC Weekly, Old Towne Plaza Review, Orange Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, Premiere OC Magazine, Modern Luxury Magazine, and several college and university newspapers.

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Kevin Staniec
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term 2015 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Arianna Basco -- Voting
Ryan Gattis -- Voting
Ian Gibson -- Voting
Janet Kim -- Voting
Kevin Staniec -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

In the next five years, our board is planning on developing and documenting policies and regulations for official use.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Administration
  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Production
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Volunteer


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $130,000.00
Form 990s

2017 1888 IRS 990

2016 1888 IRS 990

2015 1888 IRS 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $95,397 $33,650 $340
Total Expenses $98,831 $20,674 $1,773

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$29,516 $32,100 --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $65,881 $1,550 $340
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $83,977 $14,397 $1,773
Administration Expense $14,854 $6,277 --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.97 1.63 0.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses 85% 70% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% nan%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $77,264 $31,386 $100
Current Assets $63,723 $25,325 $100
Long-Term Liabilities $67,328 $18,310 --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $9,936 $13,076 $100

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 87% 58% 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? Yes

CEO Comments

In the next five years we aim to launch a capital campaign by moving forward with our Ready-to-Assemble Program. We plan to open another cultural center in another city to address art depleted areas. 

Foundation Comments

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


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