True Hope, Real Help

aka SPA   |   Carrollton, TX   |


Single Parent Advocate is committed to educating, equipping, and empowering Single Parent Families with resource information, practical assistance, emotional encouragement, and social networking such that those who need help get help – and those who want to help, can.

Notes from the nonprofit

Single Parent Advocate, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization providing resource connections, growth-based training, and support for single parent families, based in Dallas Texas and the surrounding areas. Additionally Single Parent Advocate corresponds with families from all over the United States and consults non-profits, churches, and businesses on how to build a program for success in serving and engaging single parents within their respective organizations.

1 in 4 children in the US are growing up in a single parent home. Single mothers and fathers have much higher likelihood to live in poverty, as they face incredible work/life balance issues. Single Parent Families have unique needs and issues constantly affecting their inability to overcome ruin. The emotional and financial toll on most of these families is actually helping to create an even younger population of single parents who are just children themselves.

We work to help break this cycle & increase these families' success

Ruling year info


Founder, President

Ms. Stacie Ann Martin (Poythress)

Main address

3044 Old Denton Road Suite 111-236

Carrollton, TX 75007 USA

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NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Single Parent Advocate works hard to establish needed services for Single Moms, Single Dads as well as their children. 1 in 3 children in North Texas are being raised in a single parent home, and most of those homes are struggling financially to find their footing. Only about 30% of the available jobs in North Texas pay enough for a single parent with two children to be self sufficient. They need our support.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safe Socials & Holiday Help

Locally over 250 families (including 300 children) are supported.

The organization hosts social functions and provides emotional and practical support during key holidays and seasons of the year including, but not limited to

Valentine’s Day Safe Social,
Mother’s Day Dinner Celebration,
Father’s Day Fun Day,
Back-To-School Supply Drive & Distribution,
Thanksgiving Food Drive & Distribution,
Christmas Gift Drive & Distribution.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Single parents
Widows and widowers
Working poor

Single Parent Advocate corresponds with Single Parents who write in for advice, posts on blogs and facebook with parenting and other advice.  Additionally, Single Parent Advocate posts and reposts coupons for cost savings at the grocery and auto repair.  We would like to grow this program substantially.

Population(s) Served
Working poor
Low-income people

People often write in asking how they can begin a group in their area or withing their organization. 

Single Parent Advocate would like to begin a program to help community and faith based organizations achieve this. 

It will involve writing and publishing a work book, and also creating an affiliate program where in groups can become members. 

This will be a ground up development and we will also need to recruit leaders to move forward on meeting this need.

Population(s) Served
Interfaith groups

Single Parent Advocate provides funding periodically to Nominated Parents actively enrolled in University, or, Professionally required continuing educational program . This is usually a program that runs adjacent to our Safe Social Back to School Outreach in August.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Working poor
Low-income people
Young adults

Online and In-person training and empowerment for parents and students.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Widows and widowers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Related Program

Safe Socials & Holiday Help

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Families are nominated by area churches, schools, and businesses for our safe social program that provides empowerment, education and assistance during Back to School, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

It is our commitment to continue our advocacy, our training with families, consumers and professionals, and our efforts to organize and support volunteer activism in a collaborative fashion with non-profit, faith based, private and public sector partnerships.

Would you like to join us in working to create relief and opportunities for single parents and their children?

Single Parent Advocate is focusing on strengthening family relationships, developing a volunteer culture, and increasing the breadth of our partner and donor bases. We are also actively recruiting board members. in 2020 we launched a podcast on online educational committee to help in remote learning.

We are actively evaluating building a CRM to better be able to report important information for interested parties.

We have the capability to deliver the safe socials program with volunteer power, but really need to add staff and develop a database for the management of the organization because it is growing so much. We need to add storage and secure an office as well. We have had to start renting host locations for our events and our volunteer board is really stretched. We are also needing to document more outcomes by family to qualify for funding so we need to get a true database begun.

We have purchased liability insurance for our events.

We have partnered with a payment solution that will make donated dollars transact with less cost.

We have begun research on database development. We have also launched educational scholarships in 2017!
Additionally, we have been paying single parents for admin support of as much as 20 hours per month for data entry and similar duties.

We are expanding educational scholarships for single parents, and also updating our Safe Socials program with more streamlined operations. Single Parent Advocate is upgrading it's website to be inclusive of user generated content, and also expanding to include more counties in our region.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback



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Board of directors
as of 11/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Stacie Martin (Poythress)

Free Martin Marketing and Media

Term: 2010 -

Michael Grishman

TMS Consulting

Susan Hummel

Stephanie Truax

Liberty Tax

Stacie A (Martin) Poythress

Free Martin

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/7/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/07/2022

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.