Our Mission: Working Together for a clean, GREEN, and healthy community.
Organization Description: Keep Hall Beautiful is a 501c3 and serves as the local certified affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful System,
as well as the state Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation. KHB is dedicated to educating citizens about environmental stewardship, providing traditional and non traditional recycling opportunities, developing and fostering collaborative relationships with local and surrounding area organizations who support similar goals and missions, as well as providing a much needed community service program focused on local roadside clean ups and illegal dumpsite removal. Through our volunteer projects, citizens are involved in community clean ups, beautification efforts, special events, recycling and tree plantings.
4. This year Keep Hall Beautiful again had several great accomplishments. This year Keep Hall
Beautiful won three awards recognizing our organization for our hard work and dedication to our community. This year for the 2nd year in a row, Keep
Hall Beautiful was the winner for Best of Hall 2020 Environmental Beautification award, again for the 2nd year in a row we also received the Keep Georgia Beautiful Governor s Circle Award and the nationally recognized award, Keep America Beautiful President s Circle Award Our organization has facilitated as well as participated in a wide variety of programs, activities, and events throughout the year to achieve these goals, including but not limited to the following:
ANNUAL PROGRAMS EVENTS: America Recycles Day (Keep America Beautiful Program) Earth Day Events at Local Universities and Schools Georgia s Cities
Week (partnership with Downtown Gainesville/Main Street Gainesville) Great American Cleanup (Keep America Beautiful Program) Greens for a GREEN Community Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser Rivers Alive (partnered with City of Gainesville Water Department) Shore Sweep (partnership with Lake Lanier Association)
Sweep the Hooch (partnership with Chattahoochee Riverkeepers) National Planting Day (Keep American Beautiful Program) Performed on Square 2x s a
year. Arbor Day (partnership with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce) Bring One for the Chipper (Collaboration with Hall County and City of Gainesville Solid Waste) Pre K and Kindergarten Special Guest Reader Day at Local Schools Monthly Community Cleanup Events Keep Hall Beautiful Annual Member Social Homeschool Environmental/Beautification Workshops (partnered with 3C Tutoring Homeschool) Tire Amnesty Week (Collaboration with Hall County Landfill)
Active Presence on Local Committees, Boards, and Programs with Local Organizations i.e., Lanier Federal Credit Union Board, Leadership Hall County,
KHB Code Enforcement Roundtable Committee executive, partner committees as well as the education and outreach, land, water and air/energy workgroups and the Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee
Annual KGB State Conferences Annual KAB National Conferences Annual Georgia Recycling Coalition Conference Webinars and Conference Calls (KAB, KGB
and GRC) Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Leadership Hall County Local community information sessions and roundtables (Code Enforcement, Storm Water, Community Gardens, Chamber Meetings/After hours before hours Events, etc.)
Keep Hall Beautiful continues to grow through its projects and programs. With the assistance of KHB s Governing Board Members, we have been able to
accomplish many of the objectives set forth as Keep Hall Beautiful s organizational goals and internal aspirations. We now have a much larger participation and support network allowing us the opportunity to grow our programs and services and better utilize our resources.
5. Keep Hall Beautiful is dedicated to expanding educational opportunities and community/volunteer services. Many of the goals we set forth for our
last fiscal year have progressed rapidly and the tasks are well underway or have been completed. The goals for this year s budget were based on the continuing trend of growth in our community as well as the necessity for community outreach and education for growth within our organization in this community. **Please see attached Goals and Objectives FY2020 and FY2021 page comparison**
6. Keep Hall Beautiful faces the same budgeting challenges as most local nonprofits. Therefore, proactive measures have been taken in order to
prioritize and maximize the services currently being offered. We manage a three budget system which allows us to ensure we are operationally sound and can grow our programs and services through our fundraising efforts. We consistently strive to be good stewards of our financial resources and provide a higher rate of return from our contributions. Currently, we are not financially relying on our reserves to balance our budget.
7. Keep Hall Beautiful has taken extensive measures to ensure all goals, objectives, tasks and efforts
are in direct alignment with our mission of Working together for a clean, green and healthy community. We use any and all opportunities to continue
to grow support and awareness around the importance of good environmental stewardship. We have continuously been growing our programs, services and resources and with the funding from City of Gainesville we continue our mission to grow support and awareness from our efforts of doing and teaching environmental stewardship to our community members.
5. Explain how you developed your goals for next year s budget. What do you hope to accomplish using the funding from the City of Gainesville? The
Board and staff of Elachee Nature Science Center continually assesses the needs and growth opportunities for the organization. Goals for programs and facility are incorporated in the budget, and are based on continuous improvement and the goals established in a current strategic plan. The City of Gainesville funding will continue to support the services and programs that Elachee provides for an ever-increasing population and visitor base. The 3,000 increase requested will be used in hiking trail bridge repairs. The City of Gainesville s recent Master Plan for Parks identified the need for natural surface trails, particularly in the southern side of Gainesville. Elachee maintains 8 miles of trails and has identified 45,000 in capital improvements needed on trails. We have been successful in raising over 15,000 (from donors) towards this goal in the last year. Trail usage and impact continues to grow substantially as do the maintenance needs.
7. Did you review programs/services to determine their necessity? How do they tie into your goals? Did you expand, add, decrease or eliminate
programs/services? If so, what community and budget impact will the changes have? Our programs and services are constantly evaluated for effective progress in fulfilling our mission to promote environmental understanding through education and conservation. We are adding new programs and services to serve a variety of ages and populations. Our family-friendly programs include RaptorFest, Tree
Festival, Trillium Trek and Snake Day. Other public offerings include Master Naturalist, Brown Bag Lunches, guest Speakers, Science Nights (held in
downtown Gainesville), astronomy events, and bird and naturalist-led walks. The Elachee Visitor Center continues to add outdoor and indoor exhibits on local natural history. Thousands of casual visitors attend every year.