Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation

 

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PO Box 82151

Mobile, AL  36689

251-307-5903

Office Located at 4513 Old Shell Road Suite 2

 

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Annual Report 2019-2020

 

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Annual Overview

 

2019-2020

 

The Dauphin Island Sea lab Foundation(DISLF) office has been open 2 years in the Development Office at 4513 Old Shell Road. The Assistant Director, Angie Gaillard and Assistant to the Director, Daphne Marcum are still with the Foundation while Helene Hassell remains Executive Director of the DISLF.

 

The challenges brought on by Covid 19 have made the Foundation office change its focus with how typical fund raising was done. The office canceled in person events and pivoted to a Virtual Fundraiser and more letters and emails being sent to our supporters. Even with all the changes it has been a successful year.  I want to thank the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee for all they have done to support and promote the DISLF.

 

Projects Funded at the Sea Lab through funds raised by DISLF 2019-2020:

 

Discovery Hall Programs K5-12

Three scholarships for the Month long High School Marine Science Course

Two Jenny Cook Scholarships underwritten by Austal

One Scholarship funded from the Mike DeGruy Fund

 

University Programs Undergraduate, Masters and PhD candidates

New Microscopes with cameras granted by Regions

  

Campus Improvements

 

Campus Master Plan funded by DISL Foundation to help guide us in the future!

  

Financial Information:

 

DISLF began 2019-2020 with Total Checking of $305,833.60. The Community Foundation of South Alabama had the DISLF Fund at $2,072,691.76 and the George Crozier Fund at

$258,445.49, for total assets of $2,331,137.25

 

 

Goals:

Fundraising goals were established at the beginning of the fiscal year. These goals were based on a three- year rolling average of DISLF donors, gifts and dollars.

 

 

Total active donors:                Goal: 506        Actual: 471

New donors:                           Goal: 24          Actual: 149

Total gifts:                              Goal: 861        Actual: 802

 

Total Giving:              Goal: $234,723           Actual: $252,666.11  

In-kind $1,200

 

 

TOTAL GIVING Cash + Outstanding Pledges + In-kind = $253,866.11

 

Endowments:

 

The Foundation has two funds at the CFSA; The George Crozier Endowment Fund which was established with a matching grant from the Kresge Foundation in 2004, which is governed by the restrictive rules, established by Kresge. The second fund is the DISLF Endowment Fund, (a non-endowed agency fund) which has been funded through the fundraising efforts of the Foundation and is a donor directed fund.

 

Grants 2019-2020:

Austal

Caring Foundation

Bedsole Foundation

Ben May Foundation

Regions Bank Foundation

Rotary Club of Mobile

The Jenny Cook Scholarship Fund

Private Donors

The DISLF Friends of the Sea Lab

Glaze Foundation

State of Alabama Cares Act

 

Special Events and Outreach:

The DISLF hosted two special events; The MEAL and the first ever Cocktails with the Critters Virtual Auction

 

Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon (MEAL) 2019

The eighth annual Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Battlehouse Hotel.  The event was a wonderful success.

 

280 Reservations with 30 Tables

Safety Plus sponsored a portion of the Luncheon at the $2,500 level and John and Denise Valentine the remaining $2,500.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eddie Widder, deep sea explorer, conservationist and authority on marine bioluminescene

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Excellence Award-Recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region. Winner:  Jimbo Meador

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Leadership Award-Recognizes a business or organization whose efforts have resulted in the improvement of marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

Winner: Thompson Engineering ECO Team

 

Fundraising

 

Friends of the Sea Lab

 

We had a large increase in new FOSL memberships this year. FOSL had 111 renewals and 70 new memberships

 

 

 

2019-2020

 

2018-2019

 

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016

 

180

$34,436

202

$26,177

198

$25,980

156

$24,860

169

$25,690

                     

 

 

 

 

Annual/Christmas Appeal:

 

The Annual appeal grossed $8,463 with expenses of $514 for a net profit of $7,949. 1,300 letters were mailed.

 

2019-

2020

2018-

2019

2017-

2018

2016-

2017

2015-

2016

2014-

2015

Gross Income

$8,463

$9,662.10

$14,330.00

$7668.00

$6,665

$9,165

Expenses

$514.00

$722.58

$ 688.99

$666.12

652.89

$627.26

Net income

$7,949.00

$8,939.52

$13,640

$7,001.88

$6,012.11

$8,537.74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letters

1300

1000

900

900

1000

840

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donors

49

50

40

40

37

53

 

Cocktails with the Critters:

 

 Because of Covid 19 the in-person Cocktails with the Critters was canceled. The original date for the in-person event was May 7, 2020. On June 15th we decided to move forward with a Virtual Auction.

 On June 23rd we signed up with Cause4Auction as our Auction hosting sight. Prior to the Virtual Auction we contacted Corporate Sponsors about donations and sent auction letters.

 

 Sponsors: 379 Corporate sponsor letters were mailed on Nov 15, 2019 and 389 on Jan 10, 2020. Once auction went Virtual another 15 were re-mailed on July 31, 2020.

 The number of corporate sponsors was 47.  The number of individual sponsors was 7.  Total Donations

 

Ticket Sales: Actual ticket pre-sales totaled  $100.

 

Donations: Totaled $1,565

 

In-kind sponsors:

WKRG

 

Silent Auction: This year’s auction generated a gross revenue of $25,476 from 81 items.  The FMV of the items this year totaled $56,256.00     

Angie uploaded pictures and descriptions of all of the Auction items to Cause4Auction. Cause4Auction was very user-friendly with excellent reporting

We had a total of 301 Bidders sign up for the Auction. The availability to sign up for the auction ran all the way through the very last minutes of the auction

A formula was used to determine starting bids (40% FMV) and bid increases were uniform based on the item’s value.  We had 3 trips not sell and 2 ‘consignment’ trips not sell.

We also had 3 Donate Now options available. One each for the Foundation, DHP and University Programs. Foundation received $656.00, DHP received $550 and UP received $300.

This was a great addition that we could add through the auction site that we have not done at previous in-person auctions.

 

 

Actual 2020

Actual 2019

Actual 2018

Actual 2017

Total Income

$68,741

$101,685

$75,645.00

$81,211.00

Expenses

($4,623)

($20,278.37)

($20,278.37)

($22,832.76)

Total Expenses

 

 

 

 

Net Income

$64,118

$79,057.53

$55,366.63

$61,002.24

 

Employee Campaign:

A new employee campaign was undertaken this year and was well received. The duration of the campaign was two weeks. The kickoff was an ice cream social and the celebration at the conclusion was Smokin’ Gringos Taco Truck. The campaign was well received by the employees with every department having 100% participation which was the ultimate goal. The total amount raised to help fund Health and Wellness and Jenny Cook was over $6,200. The Employee Campaign will remain an annual event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors


Officers

George Davis, Chair

Bob Collins, Vice Chair

Fred Hardman, Treasurer

Ben King, Secretary

 

Trustees

Bart Briggs

Cele Cameron

Karen Chambless

Karlos Finley

John Goodloe

Robert Greer

Bill Haffner

Scott Heggeman

Brooks Hieronymus

Dr. John B. Howell, IV

Jay Ison

Charlie Jackson

Ernest Ladd

Haley Landers

Mark Langan

Eliska Morgan

Dr. Raoul Richardson

Jeff Schock

Margaret VanLoock

Marc Whitehead

Wes Williams

Garrett Williamson

 

 

Honorary Trustees

Dr.George Crozier

Dr. E.O. Wilson

 

DISL Representatives

Dr. John Valentine

Dr. John Dindo

David England

 

 

 

Advisory Committee

Lisa Goodloe,Chair

 

Walsh Arendall

Melissa Baker

Kinley Bell

Fred Brock

Scott Browning

Goldie Burkholder

Dr. Joe Busta

Suzanne Damrich

Angela Dunn

Mary Ellingwood

Tom Gaillard

Dr. Robert Harlin

Jimmy Hartman

Luella Hunt

Russell Ladd

Austill Lott

Tomi Sue Mayer

Jimbo Meador

Jocko Potts

Julie Sirmon

Chuck Stapleton

Marty Stapleton

Bryan Thames

Amy Thompson

Alan Tolson

Richard Tremayne

Bud Urquhart

Patrick Wilson

 

 

 

New This Year

 

Development Policies and Procedures Finalized

DISLF Committees were formed and activated:

Grants Committee

Finance Committee

Nominating Committee

MEAL Selection Committee

CWC Corporate Solicitation Committee

Cocktails for the Critters

 

A Prioritized Needs List was compiled by the Department Heads and approved by Dr. Valentine

An Honor Roll of Donors was published recognizing donors from years 2018-2019

Prospect Lists was compiled consisting of individuals, Corporations and Foundations

An Employee Campaign was successfully undertaken

An Alumni Association was started for the DISL

 

Tours have been given for:

Ben King

Karen Chambless

Brooks Hieronymus

Rodney Yanker

 

 

Respectively Submitted,

Helene Hassell Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/3/2020

 

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation Annual Overview

 

2019-2020

 

 

The Dauphin Island Sea lab Foundation(DISLF) office has been open 2 years in the Development Office at 4513 Old Shell Road. The Assistant Director, Angie Gaillard and Assistant to the Director, Daphne Marcum are still with the Foundation while Helene Hassell remains Executive Director of the DISLF.

 

The challenges brought on by Covid 19 have made the Foundation office change its focus with how typical fund raising was done. The office canceled in person events and pivoted to a Virtual Fundraiser and more letters and emails being sent to our supporters. Even with all the changes it has been a successful year.  I want to thank the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee for all they have done to support and promote the DISLF.

 

Projects Funded at the Sea Lab through funds raised by DISLF 2019-2020:

 

Discovery Hall Programs K5-12

Three scholarships for the Month long High School Marine Science Course

Two Jenny Cook Scholarships underwritten by Austal

One Scholarship funded from the Mike DeGruy Fund

 

University Programs Undergraduate, Masters and PhD candidates

New Microscopes with cameras granted by Regions

  

Campus Improvements

 

Campus Master Plan funded by DISL Foundation to help guide us in the future!

  

Financial Information:

 

DISLF began 2019-2020 with Total Checking of $305,833.60. The Community Foundation of South Alabama had the DISLF Fund at $2,072,691.76 and the George Crozier Fund at

$258,445.49, for total assets of $2,331,137.25

 

 

Goals:

Fundraising goals were established at the beginning of the fiscal year. These goals were based on a three- year rolling average of DISLF donors, gifts and dollars.

 

 

Total active donors:                Goal: 506        Actual: 471

New donors:                           Goal: 24          Actual: 149

Total gifts:                              Goal: 861        Actual: 802

 

Total Giving:              Goal: $234,723           Actual: $252,666.11  

In-kind $1,200

 

 

TOTAL GIVING Cash + Outstanding Pledges + In-kind = $253,866.11

 

Endowments:

 

The Foundation has two funds at the CFSA; The George Crozier Endowment Fund which was established with a matching grant from the Kresge Foundation in 2004, which is governed by the restrictive rules, established by Kresge. The second fund is the DISLF Endowment Fund, (a non-endowed agency fund) which has been funded through the fundraising efforts of the Foundation and is a donor directed fund.

 

Grants 2019-2020:

Austal

Caring Foundation

Bedsole Foundation

Ben May Foundation

Regions Bank Foundation

Rotary Club of Mobile

The Jenny Cook Scholarship Fund

Private Donors

The DISLF Friends of the Sea Lab

Glaze Foundation

State of Alabama Cares Act

 

Special Events and Outreach:

The DISLF hosted two special events; The MEAL and the first ever Cocktails with the Critters Virtual Auction

 

Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon (MEAL) 2019

The eighth annual Marine Environmental Awards Luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Battlehouse Hotel.  The event was a wonderful success.

 

280 Reservations with 30 Tables

Safety Plus sponsored a portion of the Luncheon at the $2,500 level and John and Denise Valentine the remaining $2,500.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eddie Widder, deep sea explorer, conservationist and authority on marine bioluminescene

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Excellence Award-Recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region. Winner:  Jimbo Meador

Gulf Coast Marine Environmental Leadership Award-Recognizes a business or organization whose efforts have resulted in the improvement of marine environmental sustainability in the Alabama Gulf Coast Region.

Winner: Thompson Engineering ECO Team

 

Fundraising

 

Friends of the Sea Lab

 

We had a large increase in new FOSL memberships this year. FOSL had 111 renewals and 70 new memberships

 

 

 

2019-2020

 

2018-2019

 

2017-2018

2016-2017

2015-2016

 

180

$34,436

202

$26,177

198

$25,980

156

$24,860

169

$25,690

                     

 

 

 

 

Annual/Christmas Appeal:

 

The Annual appeal grossed $8,463 with expenses of $514 for a net profit of $7,949. 1,300 letters were mailed.

 

2019-

2020

2018-

2019

2017-

2018

2016-

2017

2015-

2016

2014-

2015

Gross Income

$8,463

$9,662.10

$14,330.00

$7668.00

$6,665

$9,165

Expenses

$514.00

$722.58

$ 688.99

$666.12

652.89

$627.26

Net income

$7,949.00

$8,939.52

$13,640

$7,001.88

$6,012.11

$8,537.74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letters

1300

1000

900

900

1000

840

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donors

49

50

40

40

37

53

 

Cocktails with the Critters:

 

 Because of Covid 19 the in-person Cocktails with the Critters was canceled. The original date for the in-person event was May 7, 2020. On June 15th we decided to move forward with a Virtual Auction.

 On June 23rd we signed up with Cause4Auction as our Auction hosting sight. Prior to the Virtual Auction we contacted Corporate Sponsors about donations and sent auction letters.

 

 Sponsors: 379 Corporate sponsor letters were mailed on Nov 15, 2019 and 389 on Jan 10, 2020. Once auction went Virtual another 15 were re-mailed on July 31, 2020.

 The number of corporate sponsors was 47.  The number of individual sponsors was 7.  Total Donations

 

Ticket Sales: Actual ticket pre-sales totaled  $100.

 

Donations: Totaled $1,565

 

In-kind sponsors:

WKRG

 

Silent Auction: This year’s auction generated a gross revenue of $25,476 from 81 items.  The FMV of the items this year totaled $56,256.00     

Angie uploaded pictures and descriptions of all of the Auction items to Cause4Auction. Cause4Auction was very user-friendly with excellent reporting

We had a total of 301 Bidders sign up for the Auction. The availability to sign up for the auction ran all the way through the very last minutes of the auction

A formula was used to determine starting bids (40% FMV) and bid increases were uniform based on the item’s value.  We had 3 trips not sell and 2 ‘consignment’ trips not sell.

We also had 3 Donate Now options available. One each for the Foundation, DHP and University Programs. Foundation received $656.00, DHP received $550 and UP received $300.

This was a great addition that we could add through the auction site that we have not done at previous in-person auctions.

 

 

Actual 2020

Actual 2019

Actual 2018

Actual 2017

Total Income

$68,741

$101,685

$75,645.00

$81,211.00

Expenses

($4,623)

($20,278.37)

($20,278.37)

($22,832.76)

Total Expenses

 

 

 

 

Net Income

$64,118

$79,057.53

$55,366.63

$61,002.24

 

Employee Campaign:

A new employee campaign was undertaken this year and was well received. The duration of the campaign was two weeks. The kickoff was an ice cream social and the celebration at the conclusion was Smokin’ Gringos Taco Truck. The campaign was well received by the employees with every department having 100% participation which was the ultimate goal. The total amount raised to help fund Health and Wellness and Jenny Cook was over $6,200. The Employee Campaign will remain an annual event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors


Officers

George Davis, Chair

Bob Collins, Vice Chair

Fred Hardman, Treasurer

Ben King, Secretary

 

Trustees

Bart Briggs

Cele Cameron

Karen Chambless

Karlos Finley

John Goodloe

Robert Greer

Bill Haffner

Scott Heggeman

Brooks Hieronymus

Dr. John B. Howell, IV

Jay Ison

Charlie Jackson

Ernest Ladd

Haley Landers

Mark Langan

Eliska Morgan

Dr. Raoul Richardson

Jeff Schock

Margaret VanLoock

Marc Whitehead

Wes Williams

Garrett Williamson

 

 

Honorary Trustees

Dr.George Crozier

Dr. E.O. Wilson

 

DISL Representatives

Dr. John Valentine

Dr. John Dindo

David England

 

 

 

Advisory Committee

Lisa Goodloe,Chair

 

Walsh Arendall

Melissa Baker

Kinley Bell

Fred Brock

Scott Browning

Goldie Burkholder

Dr. Joe Busta

Suzanne Damrich

Angela Dunn

Mary Ellingwood

Tom Gaillard

Dr. Robert Harlin

Jimmy Hartman

Luella Hunt

Russell Ladd

Austill Lott

Tomi Sue Mayer

Jimbo Meador

Jocko Potts

Julie Sirmon

Chuck Stapleton

Marty Stapleton

Bryan Thames

Amy Thompson

Alan Tolson

Richard Tremayne

Bud Urquhart

Patrick Wilson

 

 

 

New This Year

 

Development Policies and Procedures Finalized

DISLF Committees were formed and activated:

Grants Committee

Finance Committee

Nominating Committee

MEAL Selection Committee

CWC Corporate Solicitation Committee

Cocktails for the Critters

 

A Prioritized Needs List was compiled by the Department Heads and approved by Dr. Valentine

An Honor Roll of Donors was published recognizing donors from years 2018-2019

Prospect Lists was compiled consisting of individuals, Corporations and Foundations

An Employee Campaign was successfully undertaken

An Alumni Association was started for the DISL

 

Tours have been given for:

Ben King

Karen Chambless

Brooks Hieronymus

Rodney Yanker

 

 

Respectively Submitted,

Helene Hassell Executive Director