The Fischer Sundae Puppets
6611 Loamy Courtt
Chesterfield VA 23838-8711
Mission Statement The Fischer Sundae Puppets provide children, parents and caregivers programs that promote literacy and develop creativity.  Programming is provided to public libraries, schools, daycare centers, churches and community agencies.  Through the use of stories based on children's literature as well as original stories and music, programs are designed to promote skills in listening, reading, language development and creativity.  All aspects of each program are performed live. The puppets are created from a variety of materials; socks, paper sacks, kitchen utensils, found objects, felt and fur-cloth in order to demonstrate and encourage children to experience and realize how ordinary items can be transformed through creativity and imagination. Audience participation and engagement contribute to the development of skills in listening, following simple directions and positive social interactions and promote success in formal educational environments.  
Web and Social Media
Video
The puppeteers - Barbara & Charles
Multi-Media Comments The website has proven to be a valuable tool which allows potential program sponsors and donors to learn about the Fischer Sundae Puppets as well as to view our work online.  This access has served to generate performance requests and bookings.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Charles William Fischer
Board Chair Mrs. Linda Corbin-Howerton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address 6611 Loamy Courtt
Chesterfield, VA 238388711
Telephone 804 751-0025
Fax 804 555-5555
E-mail sundaepuppets@verizon.net
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $4,600.00
Projected Expenses $4,600.00
Additional Documents
Budget2015View
Spending Policy2015View
Proposed Budget2014View
Board Report2014View
Budget2013View
Board Report2013View
Budget2012View
Board Report2012View
Program Evaluations2011View
Statements
Mission The Fischer Sundae Puppets provide children, parents and caregivers programs that promote literacy and develop creativity.  Programming is provided to public libraries, schools, daycare centers, churches and community agencies.  Through the use of stories based on children's literature as well as original stories and music, programs are designed to promote skills in listening, reading, language development and creativity.  All aspects of each program are performed live. The puppets are created from a variety of materials; socks, paper sacks, kitchen utensils, found objects, felt and fur-cloth in order to demonstrate and encourage children to experience and realize how ordinary items can be transformed through creativity and imagination. Audience participation and engagement contribute to the development of skills in listening, following simple directions and positive social interactions and promote success in formal educational environments.  
Impact
Accomplishments 2015:
  • Created 4 productions and presented 36 performances reaching 3,137 children, parents, teachers and caregivers Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield and Williamsburg as well as public libraries in Henrico, Essex, Northumberland County, Meherrin Regional Library in Lawrenceville and Emporia.
  • The "creativity kit" bibliography was revised to support the Summer Reading Program theme.
  • Participated in the Cultural Arts Xpo
  • Provided programs for the Chesterfield County Infant Development Family Day event, the Bumblebee Jamboree in partnership with the Chesterfield Master Gardner's program, at no cost to the agencies.
  • Website maintained: www.FischerSundaePuppets.org
  • Designed "thank you" note to send to donors and hosting organizations.

 

2016 Goals:
  • Extend programming to additional libraries, daycare facilities, schools and community agencies throughout Virginia.
  • Redesign puppet stage to enhance portability.
  • Participate in the 2016 Cultural Arts Xpo 
  • Maintain partnerships with Chesterfield's Infant Development program and the Bumblebee Jamboree.
  • Continue to seek funding to permit travel to underserved communities in Virginia.
  • Maintain and up-date website.
  • Enhance use of social media to promote programs and activities.
  • Revise "creativity kit" bibliography to support program themes.
 
Needs
  1. Funding for this program is to permit travel to libraries in communities with little access to live theater to promote reading, the development of early childhood literacy skills as well as to encourage the use of local library resources for life long learning.  Our experience has demonstrated that libraries in rural areas of the Commonwealth are unable to provide even a small honorarium for programs.
  2. Funding will be used to create and/or repair puppets, scenery and equipment, print distribution materials and for meals, lodging and transportation when several performances are scheduled on the same day and when on tour.
Background
Awareness of the need for public libraries to provide a variety of programming opportunities for young children to develop and enhance language experiences and encourage creativity has led Barbara and Charles Fischer to blend their backgrounds in education, librarianship and theater into the creation of The Fischer Sundae Puppets. Initially developed as a hobby and formalized in 2004, they are now a tax-exempt entity organized to operate for the purpose of providing literature-based educational programs to public libraries, schools, daycare centers and community agencies for minimal cost. Each production is designed to provide opportunities for extending the creative and critical thinking skills of children while reinforcing basic skills in listening, following directions, participation and language development, - essential skills for success in formal educational environments.  The puppeteer/ storyteller model allows the performers to use their own voices and lends intimacy and direct interaction with the audience. By utilizing ordinary materials: socks, sacks, found items, kitchen utensils, felt and fur-cloth demonstrates how the "ordinary" can be transformed through creativity and imagination. Whether simple or more complicated puppets with moveable mouths, arms and legs, children are encouraged to explore their own creativity through familiar stories and songs.  Now retired, the couple enjoys traveling and presenting their creative puppet shows.  They do not work with an agent nor do they hire publicity companies to promote their programs.  
 
Recognizing that significant erosion of funding for children's programs in libraries and the elimination of most of the funding for the arts in public schools makes it extremely difficult for these agencies to provide unique and imaginative live theater in their communities. The Fischer Sundae Puppets request an honorarium rather than a specific fee for performances. Their stage requires an area of only 8' x10' and can be easily adapted to almost any environment. Following each performance, every child is presented a "creativity kit" containing materials and directions for creating their own puppets as well as a list of some books which can be easily adapted.  This extends the experience beyond the performance itself and also encourages children to discover the enjoyment found in reading and exploring their own creative ideas.
CEO Statement The Fischer Sundae Puppets believe it is extremely important to encourage and develop the creativity of children.  Our programs are literature-based, use live voices and music rather that pre-recorded tapes in order to permit the members of the audience to spontaneously respond to the puppets and stories.  The puppets are made from ordinary items in order to demonstrate how the "ordinary can be transformed into the extraordinary" and to encourage children to use available materials to create their own puppets.  Audience participation is designed into each performance to develop basic skills in listening and following simple directions. The performances provide opportunities for the development of language skills and encourage reading. Most programs are held in libraries to encourage children and their care providers to become more aware of the multitude locally available programs and resources.  Knowing that libraries, schools and many community agencies have limited resources we ask for an honorarium rather than a specific fee and seek outside funding sources so that financial restrictions will not inhibit an entity wishing to schedule performances.  
Board Chair Statement
The Fischer Sundae Puppets have always been generous in sharing their talents with others.  Not only have they provided programs for all ages at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Chesterfield, VA), they have also done so for Family Day at Chesterfield County’s Early Childhood Development Program and for the Bumblebee Jamboree in cooperation with the Master Gardeners of Chesterfield County. as well as the public libraries in Chesterfield, Henrico, Amherst and Middlesex counties.
 
As retired librarians and teachers, the Fischers are committed to providing quality live programs for children and families which encourage language development, reading and creativity.  They are also keenly aware that most libraries have had to decrease programs for children due to diminishing budgets.  This is unfortunate since programs for children lay the foundation for life-long learning, introduce children to books and a variety of language and socialization experiences as well as stimulate curiosity while providing parents and care providers an enhanced awareness of resources for their personal use.
 
The greatest challenge facing the Fischer Sundae Puppets is that of funding.  The recent development and launch of their website has generated great interest with immediate responses from public libraries in underserved areas of the state.  Although no specific performance charge is required, some libraries have been able to provide an honorarium of $100.00. Even this amount is beyond the means of small libraries in rural areas such as Edinburgh, Tazewell and others. However, funding is essential to defray the cost of travel, puppet and stage maintenance and materials for distribution.  As stable sources of funding are acquired, the Fischer Sundae Puppets can offer their programs throughout the Commonwealth regardless of a library’s ability to pay, contribute to the educational development of children and enhance the effectiveness of local institutions. 

The Rev. Martha L. Jenkins – Retired

February 2011

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Ashland
Tri-cities Region
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Charles City County
Sussex County
Richmond, City
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Charlottesville-Albermarle
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
Statewide
National
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Linda Corbin-Howerton
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Email lchowerton@comcast.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Andrea Plummer Brown Henrico Public Library Branch Manager
Mrs. Linda Corbin-Howerton Retired - Director of School Improvement - Chesterfield County Public Schools
The Rev. Delano Douglas Director, United Campus Ministry at Virginia State University
The Rev. Martha L. Jenkins retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 40
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
The Fischer Sundae Puppets have always been generous in sharing their talents with others.  Not only have they provided programs for all ages at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (Chesterfield, VA), they have also done so for Family Day at Chesterfield County’s Early Childhood Development Program, for the Early Learning Center at Westwood School in Petersburg, VA, and for the public libraries in Chesterfield, Henrico and the City of Richmond. 
 
As retired librarians and teachers,  the Fischers are committed to providing quality live programs for children and families which encourage language development, reading and creativity.  They are also keenly aware that most libraries have had to decrease programs for children due to diminishing budgets.  This is unfortunate since programs for children lay the foundation for life-long learning, introduce children to books and a variety of language and socialization experiences as well as stimulate curiosity while providing parents and care providers enhanced awareness of resources for their personal use.
 
The greatest challenge facing the Fischer Sundae Puppets is that of funding.  The recent development and launch of their website has generated great interest with immediate responses from public libraries in underserved areas of the state.  Although no specific performance charge is required, some libraries have been able to provide an honorarium of $100.00. Even this amount is beyond the means of small libraries in rural areas such as Edinburgh, Tazewell and others. However, funding is essential to defray the cost of travel, puppet and stage maintenance and materials for distribution.  As stable sources of funding are acquired, the Fischer Sundae Puppets can offer their programs throughout the Commonwealth regardless of a library’s ability to pay, contribute to the educational development of children and enhance the effectiveness of local institutions. 

The Rev. Martha L. Jenkins – Retired

February 2011

                 

 

As I have booked the Sundae Puppets multiple times at the library I manage for Henrico County and have also seen them perform at other libraries, I can attest to the quality of the performances and the positive way children and families in the library community are affected by the puppet shows.
 
The philosophy of the Sundae Puppets and the mission of the public library intertwine to encourage the love of reading and to support literacy in children. Barbara and Charles Fischer are expert puppeteers who develop puppet shows that are enjoyable for children and families and that incorporate frequent opportunities for children to interact with the puppets. The Sundae Puppets presentations encourage an appreciation of fairy and folk tales from a variety of cultures and also include those that are completely drawn from the imagination of the puppeteers. Often, presentations are designed around Summer Reading Programs in the public libraries and serve to reinforce reading of books of those themes. The shows are creative with little use of technology. Children have the opportunity to improve their attention spans and to interact with a live performer. The Sundae Puppets presentations are enjoyed by all who see them and participants take away the pleasure of the experience and the encouragement to read more. Reading and literacy are the foundation concepts of all their presentations.
 
With increased funding, Barbara and Charlie Fischer will be better able to offer their puppet shows to more libraries in the Richmond and Commonwealth areas. More children and families will benefit from the quality of their shows and from the clear message that reading and literacy are important in the lives of everyone.

 

Andrea P. Brown

Manager, Glen Allen Branch Library

Henrico County Public Library

February 2011

Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Charles William Fischer
Experience Dr. Fischer holds degrees in education, theater and fine arts from SIU and Kansas State University with emphasis in the development of creativity.  He has more than 40 years experience in the development of  programs for children and youth. He designs the stage, puppets and scenery for the Fischer Sundae Puppets as well as the promotional materials for programs. 
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Mrs. Barbara Harkins Fischer
Term Start Jan 2004
Email bcfisch1@verizon.net
Experience Barbara Fischer holds BS and MLS degrees from George Peabody College (now affiliated with Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, TN.  She has teaching experience in elementary education and has served as a children's librarian with the Nashville Public LIbrary System,  Head of Children's Services for the Wichita Public Library System, Children's & Youth Services Consultant for The Library of Virginia' Library Development Division as well as a Library Branch Manager with the Chesterfield County Public Library system.  She has experience in program development, storytelling and management.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Programs
Description Puppet programs featuring African folktales, original songs winter tales and multi-cultural stories have been developed for presentation at public libraries and day care settings. These programs are available to support Black History events and are available throughout the year to meet the needs and interests of the requesting group.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $1,000.00
Short Term Success Attendance at library programs will be increased, circulation of materials will be increased and parents and caregivers will become more aware of the resources of the library to support life-long learning.
Long Term Success Research in the field of literacy demonstrates that the more opportunities provided young children, parents and caregivers to experience programs which enhance language development, listening, following simple directions, reading and creativity the greater the likelihood of success in more formal educational environments.
Description We are currently developing puppet productions to support programming needs of public libraries for their 2016 Summer Reading Programs. Requests for are currently being received and programs will be available in May for presentation in public libraries, day cares, schools and community agencies throughout Virginia.  The program will feature folktales, songs and stories suitable for audiences of all ages and ethnicities.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $5,000.00
Short Term Success Attendance at library programs will be increased, circulation of materials will be increased and parents and caregivers will become more aware of the resources of the library to support life-long learning.  Children will maintain essential reading and comprehension skills leading to success in school.
Long Term Success Research has shown that children who are actively engaged in reading and language development activities during the months schools are not in session do not suffer a significant drop in reading and literacy skills.  Creative and imaginative programs such as the Fischer Sundae Puppets bring children into the library where they have opportunity to enjoy stimulating programs which encourage the development of imagination and creativity. Library programs which engage children in creative activities contribute to the development and maintenance of essential skills and success in school.
Description A variety of seasonal and holiday puppet productions are available to meet the programming needs of libraries and other agencies.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $1,000.00
Short Term Success Attendance at library programs will be increased, circulation of materials will be increased and parents and caregivers will become more aware of the resources of the library to support life-long learning.
Long Term Success Research in the field of literacy demonstrates that the more opportunities provided young children, parents and caregivers to experience programs which enhance language development, listening, following simple directions, reading and creativity the greater the likelihood of success in more formal educational environments.
Description
Since 2013, in cooperation with the Chesterfield County Extension Department Master Gardners a special program was developed to support the Bumblebee Jamboree at Maymont on June.  Participation in the Bumblebee Jamboree continued in 2014 for an estimated 2,000 individuals and in 2015 for approximately 2,300.  Throughout the  day children and parents enjoyed 9 presentations of "What's Under Buddy's Porch, "Bon Bon Bunny," and "What's above and What's Below."  
Throughout the year a variety of puppet programs are developed to meet the programming needs of libraries, schools and other agencies.  These programs can be designed to meet specific requests to support a topic or theme.  To encourage creativity children were encouraged to create their own puppets.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $1,000.00
Short Term Success Attendance at programs will be increased, circulation of materials will be increased and parents and caregivers will become more aware of the resources of the library to support life-long learning.
Long Term Success Research in the field of literacy demonstrates that the more opportunities provided young children, parents and caregivers to experience programs which enhance language development, listening, following simple directions, reading and creativity the greater the likelihood of success in more formal educational environments.
Description
Workshops for teachers are available to support and enhance classroom educational objectives as well as encourage creative and critical thinking skills for students.  All workshop materials are provided. Demonstrations provide examples of application of puppet  styles and techniques.
 
Workshops for youth ages 10 - 17 are available to encourage reading and comprehension as well as to encourage the development of creative and critical thinking skills.
Population Served Adults
Budget $200.00
Short Term Success
The development of skills which have direct application toward enrichment of teacher effectiveness supports success within the classroom.
 
For students, the development of critical and creative thinking skills enhances self-confidence and leads to success in school. 
Long Term Success Programs which provide support and application of creative and critical thinking skills enhance the effectiveness of teachers as well as students.  For students, language enrichment opportunities encourage creativity and self-expression.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Through our website we received inquiries and performance requests.  Informational print promotional materials were distributed to public libraries throughout Virginia about performances to support Summer Reading Programs.  In 2014 thirty-five (35) performances were presented in libraries and for community agencies in urban, suburban and rural communities. We request an honorarium rather than a specific fee and seek outside funding sources so that financial restrictions will not inhibit an entity wishing to schedule performances.  Based on the response from libraries in rural as well as urban areas, there is a continuing need for inexpensive and creative programs to encourage reading and library use during the summer as well as throughout the year.  The bibliography in the "creativity kit" was revised to support the Summer Reading theme and 2,985 copies were distributed to the children attending as well as to parents and care providers requesting copies for older siblings.   Copies were also given to children's librarians and care providers to use as a resource.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $4,600.00
Projected Expenses $4,600.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,686$2,773$1,543
Administration Expense$398$343$156
Fundraising Expense$291$415$211
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%79%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue36%36%56%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Funding to support programs offered by The Fischer Sundae Puppets for libraries, day care centers and community groups to encourage children to read and to use their imaginations. Funding provides program development, travel throughout the Commonwealth, promotional materials and distribution materials for members of the audience. Following every performance each child receives a "creativity kit" packet of materials for creating a puppet of their own as well as information about puppetry and books to enjoy. This permits the performance to be extended into the home or school environment.
Goal $4,600.00
Dates Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Organization Comments All expenses are directly related to the development and presentation of programs, the development and printing of the "creativity kit" given to each child and basic mileage and travel to performance sites.  The creators of the Fischer Sundae Puppets, Barbara & Charles Fischer, receive no financial compensation from the program.
Foundation Comments
  • Files a Form 990-N.
  • Financial information provided from financial reports prepared by the organization.
  • The organization does not have any assets or liabilities to report.