Withourvoice Inc

Connecting tomorrow's leaders through storytelling

Latham, NY   |  https://www.withourvoice.org

Mission

To increase capacity for intercultural understanding, build diverse community connections and grow compassionate leaders, through the ancient art of storytelling. We envision a world where human connectedness is sought and celebrated by lifting up cultural and individual identity and voice, resulting in a deeper understanding and appreciation of ourselves, others, and the world around us.

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Paula Beth Weiss

Main address

PO Box 271

Latham, NY 12110 USA

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EIN

06-1776505

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Children at the Well Youth Storytellers

In the Children at the Well program young people from many different traditions learn the art of storytelling from professional Teaching Artists who are themselves performers. To find or create stories they feel a deep connection to and want to express, participants explore the riches of their heritage and their lived experience. As they develop their voice and become proficient storytellers they have opportunities to present to audiences of all sizes. Family members, friends, and community members are drawn into the program in a variety of ways and it becomes intergenerational.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens

The Interfaith Story Circle offers informal and open monthly story circles, often hosted by a new Capital Region religious or culturally based community each time. During the pandemic, circles have been hosted bi-monthly on Zoom. There is always a theme to the evening with a guest storyteller to introduce the theme and lead off for the first half hour or so. Then, everyone is invited to tell. Stories can be traditional, personal, rehearsed or spontaneously told.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Where we work

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our participants come from the general population of the Capital Region of New York State. For the Children at the Well program we recruit participants from local city school districts, from religious schools, at community events and through word of mouth, seeking diversity in socio-economic factors, religious observance, gender and cultural differences. The Interfaith Story Circle actively seeks new groups with which to share stories for each of their monthly or bi-monthly programs. Our audiences include a wide spectrum of community members.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The Children at the Well program responded to parents' concerns about the Covid variant last winter and pivoted to a mostly online program, January to April, with a final event held over Zoom.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    I'm not sure, but that would be a good question for us to ask them.

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

    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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Withourvoice Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paula Weiss

Peter Shawhan

Ritika Jain

Caroline Bobick

Matt Reichel

Briana Parchment

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/21/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/21/2022

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Data
  • 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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 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.