Hidden Villa strives to inspire a just and sustainable future through outdoor education, responsible agriculture, and workforce development. With over 1600 acres of open space we offer 8 miles of hiking trails, 11 acres of organic gardens, a working farm, and a residential internship program. We proudly serve 26,000 youth annually in our programs, and more than 20,000 visitors each year.
Every year, I look forward to taking this opportunity to reflect upon some of the unique work that has been completed with you, and for you, our extended community.
While many of our programs have been in operation for years, some even decades (!), we are constantly assessing their effectiveness and endeavoring to find ways of enhancing them, to ensure that they remain relevant to current times and generations. As we embark upon this, the second year of our current Strategic Plan, these are just a few of the highlights that I’d like to share with all of you:
- Our newly created Visitor Services Department is focused on enhancing our guests’ experiences, by providing fun, educational activities that not only teach about nature and sustainable living, but also honor the Duveneck family legacy through a variety of programs and events.
- Our Environmental Education Program’s curricula are aligned with the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) to further enhance what students are learning in the classroom, as well as offering workshops and online curricula to classroom teachers to assist them in leveraging their field trip experience(s).
- We take great pride in our role as stewards of this beautiful property and have upgraded our water storage and irrigation systems to maximize efficiency and minimize use. All of our farming practices focus on increasing public awareness about more sustainable methods of food production. We are excited to offer new opportunities to host conversations about current food systems and to look at practical solutions to support those who are challenged by issues of food security; our 12 year relationship with the Community Services Agency of Mountain View is just one shining example of that commitment in action.
- Hidden Villa’s legacy of social justice continues to this day; we recently updated our organizational definition around this work, and are developing a framework to use as a lens to assess our effectiveness in fulfilling our mission in this area.
- Over the past few years we have been working diligently to build our reserves to ensure that we have a fiscally sustainable future. As our endowment funds have grown, we have completed several major infrastructure projects, including the reroofing of the Duveneck House, renovation of the pool house, regrading of our entry road, and the (re)painting of the historical White House and Barn.
These are just some of the many things that we are enormously proud to have accomplished over this past year, but none of them would have been possible without your support, so we truly appreciate your continued engagement as we work together to inspire a just and sustainable future, through our programs, land and legacy …
See you on the farm,
Hidden Villa program budget and expenses were in line and in target in FY17. You will notice that our endowment has grown as a result of bequests and Hidden Villa’s governance policy earmarks bequests for long term endowment. With 1,651 acres of land, it is exciting that our endowment is growing so that we can continue to provide open space for our community in perpetuity. Thank you so much for your continued support!
For a deeper dive into Hidden Villa financials, please take a look at our 2016-2017 990s.