Move San Diego Inc
PO Box 87588
Attn Elyse Lowe
San Diego CA 92138
Contact Information
Address PO Box 87588
Attn Elyse Lowe
San Diego, CA 92138
Telephone (619) 702-4266
Fax 619 595-1588
E-mail elowe@movesandiego.org
Web and Social Media
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At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2004
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $485,668.00
Projected Expenses $382,893.00
Projected Annual Revenue $485,668.00 (2011)
Description Move San Diego advocates for better transporation options for the San Diego region by working in advocacy coalitions at the federal, state and local level to prioritize transit and active transportation funding. Move's goal is to attract better projects that will allow more transit ridership for a greater percentage of the population, enable a prosperous economy, protect our environment and promote social equity. Move San Diego advocates to elected officials and their staff at all levels of government, City and SANDAG staff, and policy makers to ensure regional mobility options are fast, safe and convenient.
Budget 100000
Category Environment, General/Other Climatic Change
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short Term Success To have created a diverse collaboration of influential organizations working on enhancing transportation options. Create support systems for the development of compact urban communities to be served by high performing transit service. Host several educational forums. Develop a strong messaging plan to engage the general public to participate in the planning process.
Long term Success Develop 500 new stakeholders advocating for transit.  Approve 5 new transit projects, and transit oriented developments in smart growth areas that allow people to move around without a car. Raise transit ridership more than triple that of the present day. Develop a list of long term volunteers and members who participate and support our ongoing educational programs and fundraising events.  Diversify our fundraising portfolio with annual campaigns that result in multi-year pledges for funding sustainability.
Program Success Monitored By Move San Diego will monitor success by evaluating the numbers of groups approached to be a part of our coalition, and aim for a 100% success rate at getting new coalition members. Participation of collaboration members in advocacy efforts will be tracked in an on-line database. At least 8 new non profits will be engaged to advocate on behalf of sustainable growth and land use planning. We will engage 10 interns long term and 10 short term volunteers to help organize coalition meetings and to do additional public outreach. Success will be at least eight media pieces over the next year discussing Move's platform, and collaboration efforts. Move will also work to generate public comments at meetings where key decisions on regional and long term planning are begin decided, and will interview key SANDAG personnel to determine where our efforts assisted them the most in the development of the SCS.
Examples of Program Success Triple the amount of people with access to transit that is just down the street, and fast, frequent and on time. Flatline the per capita Vehicle Miles traveled. Limit future freeway expansion budget dollars.  Increase five-fold the number of people reaching out to their elected officials at all levels of governments asking for more support for transit because of their participation in our coalition. Feed ongoing public dialogue in media and online blogs that demands better transit for our region as a critical element of quality of life. Introduce hundreds of new people not normally involved with regional planning to how transit affects their life, and helps them save money and the benefit the environment.
Description
Move San Diego makes educational presentations to partners, academia, civic associations, trade associations, businesses, governmental agencies, policy advisory committees. Move Volunteers participate in festivals, street fairs, and other community events.
Budget 50000
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success
1,000 people will reach out to elceted officials to advocate for transit support, 100 people will join Move San Diego, 50 people will become volunteers.
Long term Success
5,000 people will be educated by Move San Diego in the next year.
Program Success Monitored By
Member/attendees/volunteer surveys and database tracking.
Examples of Program Success
Requests to schedule presentations from individuals who have heard of Move San Diego programs will be our success indicator.
Description

In an effort to promote transit-oriented and sustainable development, Move San Diego is forming the “MOVE Alliance” (Mobility Options Viable for Everyone) with Walk San Diego and the California Center for Sustainable Energy as well as individual local experts in transportation, planning, urban design and architecture, to launch this sustainable development endorsement program. The MOVE Alliance endorsment will recognize proposed projects that demonstrate a commitment to creating, preserving and enhancing sustainable transit-oriented communities in the San Diego region. Residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects are eligible for this endorsement, and all projects will be evaluated on the same comprehensive set of principles, including (but not limited to):

·       access to high-performing transit,

·       project density,

·       use of smart growth techniques,

·       pedestrian and bicycle accessibility, and

·       proximity to employment.

Those that receive the endorsement of the “MOVE Alliance” jury will receive a host of benefits, including permission to use the Alliance’s “seal of recognition,” a formal letter of recognition from the MOVE Alliance members, publicity and exposure through a press release, website recognition and recognition at Move San Diego events, as well as independent testimony at public hearings of decision-making bodies explaining the endorsement program and why the proposed project qualified for sustainable transit-oriented endorsement.

Budget $25,000
Category Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success
Demonstrate collaborative support for transit oriented development, urban infill development. In one  year, review up to 16 project applications in four quarterly meetings. Hire one program level staff person to assist in program delivery and facilitation. Expand the Alliance mebership to include key opinion leaders.
Long term Success
Timely development of 250,000 mixed income housing units located in walking proximity to high performing transit routes. Collaborative work with City staff, planning commissioners and elected officials  in Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, San Diego, Escondido, Vista and Oceanside to faciltate the development of projects that meet and exceed the criteria set for the SANDAG Sustainable Communities Strategy.  Significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled and transporation related greenhouse gas emissions.
Program Success Monitored By
Frequency of project applications received will help us assess the marketing plans effectiveness.
 
Ability to impact the project applications with additional Transporation Demand Management strategies, and improvements relative to the transit experience for customers of the project will be assessed and reviewed and reported.
 
Ability to impact local decision making by influencing key public policies to further support the development of sustainable transit oriented communities that offer acess to amenities without haveing to use a car. Longer term, will be assessed with surveys and interviews with City Staff.
Examples of Program Success
The MOVE Alliance will publicly endorse projects, touting the benefits of the new paradigm of urban infill design. Success will include the local approval of MOVE Alliance endorsed project entitlements at City Council and Planning Commission with maximum multi-modal benefits to project participants. Long term success will include additonal transit funding in the next Regional Transporation Plan update (2015) for housing in these cooridoors, with additional revenue dedicated to trnasit to serve the public demand from the local land use projects.
Statements
Mission Statement The mission of Move San Diego is to convene a broad collaboration of people and organizations to prioritize, fund, and implement sustainable, healthy, convenient transportation and the related land use solutions that get people and goods where they are going, on time, throughout the San Diego region.

Our primary goal is to promote progress on the planning, development, and use of different transportation modes - such as walking, bicycling and public transit - and the land use patterns that help determine their effectiveness. Move San Diego seeks to bring the region's transportation investments into balance by protecting BOTH the region's enormous investment in roads AND its environment and quality of life. Transportation investments must be made in a more strategic. sustainable and cost-effective manner.

Background Statement Move San Diego was formed in January 2004 by citizens, environmentalists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transportation experts to build broad support for sustainable transportation systems and land-use policies. Since 2004, we have grown to have a strong and well connected Board of Directors, which is a mix of environmental and business leaders. Briefly, Paul Blackburn was the Executive Director of Move San Diego shortly after incorporation. The organization went without any paid staff (except expert consultants) until it was joined by Executive Director Elyse Lowe in December 2008. Since then, we have grown to 10+ Board members, including 3 pro bono land use attorneys, 12 volunteers and three interns. We operated out of a home office until June 2009, when we moved in 200 sq feet in downtown San Diego. While our footprint is small, we have been very active in the media in the political scene as the strong advocate voice for sustainable transportation. Our unique approach to transit as a pro-business, pro-quality of life asset to the San Diego area has given us clout with the business community. Including support from major Bio Tech firms in Sorrento Mesa with 1,000 plus employees, to small infill residential developers who are counting on a strong working transit system to make their infill projects work. While our advocacy benefits all transit riders, we are not a "riders union." Our experience has shown that the system when the system is improved overall, more specific sectors such as seniors, low income riders, and other transit captives will benefit as well. We successfully influenced the last Regional Transportation Plan update to include several transit projects, and will work hard to do the same again in the next RTP update.
Impact Statement

Move San Diego's 2011 accomplishments include influencing Regional Transportation Plan update, launching a new program, the MOVE Alliance, and hosting our first public Green Streets Exposition.

We worked for two years to influence the October 2011adoption of SANDAG’s 2050 Regional Transportation plan update, including California’s first Sustainable Communities Strategy. We increased funds for transit (38% ) and Active Transportation (from $700 million to $2.58 billion), and with our partners, we engaged thousands of people, resulting in 4,000 individual comments on the RTP (400% increase). We successfully pushed for an SCS to include a new regional transit oriented development incentive policy, Complete Streets, and for the development of future transportation and land use scenarios that address the “backsliding” of climate emissions in the last decades of the plan.

Move SD launched our first social enterprise program, the MOVE Alliance. The Alliance was created to help Move SD develop a formal process by which we endorse sustainable land use redevelopment and urban infill, and will review two projects by the end of 2011. We engaged 10 experts to participate, and have perpetuated public interest in this program though marketing presentations and press.

In 2011 Move hosted its first Green Streets Expo, free and open to the public. Over 1,000 people attended the Expo, which showcased clean, green, innovative transportation options, ridesharing, carsharing, electric vehicles and bikes, street cars, transit vehicles and local non-profits working on transportation. We held an evening event honoring 5 transportation leaders and innovators, and raised $27,500 for Move San Diego.

Goals for 2012 are to expand MoveSD, increasing our educational outreach, our research capability, and our advocacy effectiveness.We will do this by improving our fundraising and development plans, with the goal to hire 2 new positions by the end of 2012.

Needs Statement Develop and implement fundraising plans/training in order to raise $500,000 annually to be more effective.  Of most benefit are unrestricted capacity building funds to support added staff positions that will serve more of the San Diego region. Position costs including overhead: Executive Director $105,000, Director of Outreach and Development- $75,000, Program Coordinator- $55,000/year, Admin - $25,000/year. We need to raise $30,000 to successfully kick off the MOVE Alliance into 2012. We also need to raise $25,000 for upgrading our technology including new web hosting,  implement a new membership and fundraising database. MoveSD needs to have access to technical experts in transportation to help us analyze, prepare and review plans to increase transit ridership in the SD Region ($50,000).
CEO/Executive Director Statement

Move San Diego is unique. We are the only non profit advocating for improvements to mass transit for San Diego. Move SD convenes a diverse blend of environmentalists, developers and land use experts with strong connections in business, environment and local government. Staff will provide programs that educate San Diego’s residents and civic leaders on the benefits of improving our great transit system, while taking on climate change and improving quality of life at the same time. Transportation deficits are being discussed at a national, state and local level. Move SD is tracking and commenting on important legislation, and is the local non-profit voice of transit advocacy. Move SD is building coalitions that voices the interests of many sectors in the growth of rapid transit as an answer to congestion, transportation choices, public health issues, conservation of natualr resources and climate change.

After three years of being small, we have big dreams. We will work to expand the organization in 2012, so it can be a regional powerhouse and wealth of information how transporation and land use decisions affect the economy and how we live. We will challenge the policy makers to do more with the taxpayers investments in transportation, and make sure that the feasibility of quality transportation options truly drive the dialogue on where to invest. We are reflective of the new paradigm called for by SANDAG. We will help the region grow inward, creating opportunity rich neighborhoods that serve people of all income levels, with Mobility Options Viable for Everyone.

Board Chair Statement

Thank you for visiting the Move San Diego profile. We are working hard to collaborate with multiple partners to bring forth a new vision for the future of the San Diego region built upon a diverse range of sustainable, accessible mobility choices. Our region has reached a tipping point where the impacts of climate change, suburban sprawl, and increasing fossil fuel based energy costs can no longer be ignored. These challenges create incredible opportunities to focus resources to build compact, complete neighborhoods while protecting our cherished open spaces, develop a new economy with a foundation in green and clean industries and services, and provide a world class public transportation system. Move San Diego is more than just transit advocacy and education, it is about continuing to improve the quality of life for all of the region's residents.

After 17 years in the public sector working on land use and development for the cities of San Diego and San Jose, and now in the private sector as a land use development advisor to a master builder, I have seen firsthand the need for an organization like Move San Diego to not only exist, but to thrive. The past policies of sprawl and the cultivation of this region's auto oriented culture must change in order to improve our health and wealth. Move San Diego is THE go to group, working to provide the view of multiple stakeholders, and willing to do the arduous task of updating public policy to ring in the new paradigm of sustainable development. Policy makers need to hear from more then just the NIMBY, no growth movement. MoveSD is the voice for facilitating positive regional change through urban design and smart growth.
 

Thank you again for your interest in Move San Diego- we will not be successful without your participation and support. Please, get involved and join Move San Diego today. Your personal time and investment will help us bring about a world of change. I look forward to getting to know you well as we begin to work together to support sustainable communities.

 
Sincerely,
 
Stephen Michael Haase, AICP
Move SD Chairman
 
Service Categories
Environmental Education
Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
CA - San Diego County All
The 18 individual jurisdictions and the County of San Diego that make up the San Diego region. We concentrate on advocating for transit and transportation options in the densely populated urban centers and transit corridors.
Comments
Board Chair Statement

Thank you for visiting the Move San Diego profile. We are working hard to collaborate with multiple partners to bring forth a new vision for the future of the San Diego region built upon a diverse range of sustainable, accessible mobility choices. Our region has reached a tipping point where the impacts of climate change, suburban sprawl, and increasing fossil fuel based energy costs can no longer be ignored. These challenges create incredible opportunities to focus resources to build compact, complete neighborhoods while protecting our cherished open spaces, develop a new economy with a foundation in green and clean industries and services, and provide a world class public transportation system. Move San Diego is more than just transit advocacy and education, it is about continuing to improve the quality of life for all of the region's residents.

After 17 years in the public sector working on land use and development for the cities of San Diego and San Jose, and now in the private sector as a land use development advisor to a master builder, I have seen firsthand the need for an organization like Move San Diego to not only exist, but to thrive. The past policies of sprawl and the cultivation of this region's auto oriented culture must change in order to improve our health and wealth. Move San Diego is THE go to group, working to provide the view of multiple stakeholders, and willing to do the arduous task of updating public policy to ring in the new paradigm of sustainable development. Policy makers need to hear from more then just the NIMBY, no growth movement. MoveSD is the voice for facilitating positive regional change through urban design and smart growth.
 

Thank you again for your interest in Move San Diego- we will not be successful without your participation and support. Please, get involved and join Move San Diego today. Your personal time and investment will help us bring about a world of change. I look forward to getting to know you well as we begin to work together to support sustainable communities.

 
Sincerely,
 
Stephen Michael Haase, AICP
Move SD Chairman
 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2010
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Is your organization a member of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)? No
Collaborations
Transportation for America, Climate Plan, TransForm, Sustainable San Diego including: CalPIRG, SD Housing Federation, the SD County Bicycle Coalition, Endangered Habitats League, Walk SD, Urban Land Institue- San Diego Chapter. Additionally partner with Sierra Club, Regional Economic Development Corporation,  Downtown San Diego Business Partnership, San Diego County Taxpayers Association
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Cox Conservation Heros- Marcela Escobar-EckCox Kids Foundation2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stephen Haase
Company Affiliation Baldwin and Sons
Term Mar 2011 to Dec 2012
Email smhaase@baldwinsons.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms. Kathy Breedlove Land Development ConsultantVoting
Mr. Aaron Contorer Everyone Counts
Ms. Marcela Escobar-Eck Atlantis LLCVoting
Ms. Emily Fulkerson Southwest StrategiesVoting
Mr. Stephen Haase Baldwin and SonsVoting
Ms. Keely Halsey Opper and Varco, LLC
Ms. Sarah Kruer Jager Monarch Investment LLCVoting
Ms. Stacey Lankford Pennington SLP Urban PlanningVoting
Mr. Gary London London Realty AdvisorsVoting
Mr. Andrew Poat Public Policy ProferssionalVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 86%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Ms. Keely Halsey
Company Affiliation Opper and Varco
Term Dec 2010 to Dec 2012
Email khalsey@envirolawyer.com
Risk Manangemnt Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Legislative
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Elyse W. Lowe
Term Start Dec 2008
Email elowe@movesandiego.org
Compensation 85000
Experience 11 years in municipal government including six years as a policy advisor and committee consultant to a San Diego City Councilmember. Experience in community economic development policy, redevelopment, environmental policy and land use planning, as well as managment and administration. Previous experience includes Budget analyst with Financial Management in the City of San Diego, and Recycling Program Specialist specializing in state integrated waste management policy and local implementation. Continuing education in Community Economic Development through SDSU, State Water Policy through the Water Education Foundation,  and leadership training through LEAD San Diego.
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 12
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Comments
CEO Comments

The challenges of building a new non-profit in tough economic times are likely understood by many. Our board is transitioning from being mostly advisory to a working board that is assisting in fundraising, advocacy and organizational development. We have created many opportunities for our organization to succeed in our role as advocates, and are building the volunteer capacity to help us with outreach until we can afford to bring in the staff needed to further our mission: a development director, a program coordinator and a part time administrative assistant.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2011
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2011
Projected Revenue $485,668.00
Projected Expenses $382,893.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt Status
IRS Letter
Form 990s
Detail Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$167,132$172,834$181,084
Administration Expense$15,568$11,895$21,733
Fundraising Expense$15,670$20,773$19,732
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.141.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%84%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%9%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$124,782$117,028$144,749
Current Assets$68,530$0$144,074
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$14,692$8,274$65,332
Total Net Assets$110,090$108,764$79,417
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.660.002.21
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201220112010
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Permit? Yes Nov 2011
Registration Yes Nov 2011
Comments
Organization Comments
Move SD was formed in 2004, with funding from a developer and an environmental group, created to tackle sustainable transporation issues. Begininningwith one main funding source, Move SD has now successfully diversified its funding base to receiving more then five foundation grants, private donations, general membership fees, a small social enterprise progam and unrestricted funds earned from events.
 
Move SD hopes to greatly expand our operations in 2012, and has the potential to expand our capacity. We have been in discussions with a national funder, and hope to continue this relationship so that we may further diversify our funding base for the coming year.
 
Our challenges include being a relatively new non profit with very little general public name recognition, and one that does not provide a tangible social service on a daily basis. However, the opportunity we have to bring forth civic engagement in meaningful public processes that affect everyday life for thousands of San Diegans is unquestionable.
 
We have built a supportive base that has taken us from a non-profit without long term fiscal sustainablity plan, to a small nonprofit that is building a solid fund development plan, and taking the action steps necessary to implement it.
 
Where we have not raised enough this year to hire new staff, we have supplemented with interns to keep us actively engaged in every activity we need to be successful. With your support, and continued support from the business and environmental communities, we will thrive and grow in the coming year.
Nonprofit Move San Diego Inc
Address PO Box 87588
Attn Elyse Lowe
San Diego, CA 92138
Primary Phone 619 702-4266
Contact Email elowe@movesandiego.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elyse W. Lowe
Board Chair Mr. Stephen Haase
Board Chair Company Affiliation Baldwin and Sons
Year of Incorporation 2004

 

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