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Council for Life

Empowering women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices

DALLAS, TX   |  www.councilforlife.org

Mission

Council for Life exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. Council for Life is motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion. CFL is committed to raising public awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and providing financial support to agencies that share our mission.

Ruling year info

2003

Principal Officer

Lee Anne Morris

Main address

4516 LOVERS LN PMB 103

DALLAS, TX 75225 USA

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EIN

05-0532415

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Council for Life exists to empower women, men and youth to make life-affirming choices. Council for Life is motivated by Christ-like love and responsive compassion. CFL is committed to raising public awareness of the complex issues that surround unplanned pregnancies and providing financial support to agencies that share our mission.

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?

We listen to frontline agencies describe their life-affirming work & needs for financial assistance

Sexual Risk Avoidance, Pregnancy Centers, Abstinence and Mentoring, Adoption Services, Maternity Care, Post Abortion Counseling, Targeted Media

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

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 clients participating in educational programs

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

Pregnant people, Families, Non-adult children, Parents

Related Program

We listen to frontline agencies describe their life-affirming work & needs for financial assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Agencies attending our Fall Forum

Number of organizational partners

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

Families, Parents, Pregnant people, Non-adult children

Related Program

We listen to frontline agencies describe their life-affirming work & needs for financial assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Life-Affirming Agencies to which we provide grants

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Families, Parents, Pregnant people, Non-adult children

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

$ amount of revenue

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Since 2001, Council for Life has educated our community about the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies and to be the connector providing financial support to beneficiaries that serve women and families in need as they courageously choose LIFE in the midst of a culture that tells them otherwise. Council for Life is honored to partner with life-affirming agencies serving the most vulnerable in our community. Each agency that has received a grant from CFL sets a standard of excellence providing compassionate care and free and confidential services to those faced with the complex issues surrounding unplanned pregnancies.

Increased Visibility and Influence,
A Culture that Honors Life
An Established Affiliate Program
Expanded Community Participation
Dynamic and Strategic Fundraising
Next Generation Leaders
Transformative Youth Education
Strategic and Impactful Events
Innovative Messaging Platforms
Enhanced Partnership with Churches
Broadened Leadership and Infrastructure
Collaborative Network of Life-Affimring Services

1. Increased Visibility and Influence: CFL has become a "known name" in Dallas and is seen as a visionary and authority on the issue of life. We are a credible voice that the media turns to (local, state, and national). CFL is known in Texas as a pro-life authority (resource). We have name recognition as a Nexus for pro-life movement and make the city and state more aware of life issues.
2. A Culture that Honors Life: We are increasing awareness through our educational events and giving face to the truth about abortion.
3. An Established Affiliate Program: We have laid a foundation for 3-5 new affiliates, with a Waco affiliate firmly established
4. Expanded Community Participation: We are holding events at the community level and expanding into new neighborhoods each year.
5. Dynamic and Strategic Fundraising: We are executing a development plan with existing and new donors. We are considering an endowment to fund operating expenses, enabling annual giving to go straight to our mission.
6. Next Generation Leaders: We are enlarging our collaboration with young adults and have a large Young Leaders for Life group that is growing its influence and impact.
7. Transformative Youth Education: We are partnering with agencies /schools who have life-affirming youth education programs
8. Strategic and Impactful Events: We have streamlined our events and have fewer events with higher impact. We are hosting identical events/speakers in multiple locations.

GALVANIZING OUR COMMUNITY:
We are enhancing beneficiary relationships by hiring a staff member dedicated to grant process and agency relationships
We are engaging Young Leaders through a committee of young people formed to organize CFL events appealing to their age group
We are defining our youth engagement by partnering with and supporting organizations already in schools
We are engaging and supporting churches through a committee of CFL members from different churches to act as liaisons to provide life-affirming resources and encourage pastors to speak like from the pulpit
POSITIONING FOR GROWTH:
We are honing our focus by prioritizing our programs and goals
We have restructured our operations by our expanding staff, reexaming our policies and procedures, defining board and staff responsibilities, and revising our board structure.
We are implementing a comprehensive development plan
We are creating a strategic affiliate model by using our established Waco affiliate to hone and improve
STRENGHTING OUR IDENTITY
We are refining our messaging to develop a compelling narrative to engage in non confrontational conversations about life, equip our community to counter deceptive messages, and share consistently our purpose and mission
We are creating and clarifying communications by hiring a dedicated and talented staff member to focus on PR and marketing

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 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, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Council for Life

Board of directors
as of 04/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rebecca Lutz

Kristen Ainsworth

Sandy Ammons

Ready Bateman

Julie Beiersdorf

Mary Louise Binning

Susan Blackburn

Rosalyn Brown

Stacy Burke

Mary Grace Cardenas

Ann Carruth

Lisa Chenot

Shirley Churchill

Katie Crews

Becky Cullum

Lissie Donosky

Barbara Durham

Diann Garnett

Julia Geyer

Mollie Halpin

Julie Hildebrand

Besty Hunt

Kelli Karlow

Rebecca Lutz

Kay McCrary

Charleen McCulloch

Lisa Roossien

Amy Shackelford

Cathy Sisk

Paula Strasser

Rivers Teske

Lisa Troutt

Dana Turner

Linda Vandercook

Carla Zeller

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 ? Yes
  • 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 5/3/2023

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/03/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.