Woodhull Freedom Foundation

aka Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  www.woodhullfoundation.org

Mission

The mission of The Woodhull Freedom Foundation is to affirm sexual freedom as a fundamental human right.

Ruling year info

2006

President & CEO

Ricci Joy Levy

Main address

3302 Gleneagles Drive

Silver Spring, MD 20906 USA

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EIN

11-3681116

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are at a critical time as the pendulum of social change swings far to the right. We are going to have to work hard to keep the rights we already have while working to claim those rights not yet recognized. Sexual violence has become a prominent issue in our national discourse, and Woodhull is working to create strategies to prevent sexual violence and to create alternative forms of accountability when harm does happen.

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?

Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit

Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit, now in its 13th year, is the event where it all comes together – the personal and the political; discussions about our personal sexuality, and the goals of our sexual freedom movement.

We share information, experiences, and strategies to use in the fight for human rights and sexual freedom. We'll talk about the denial of our identities, relationships, and families, the undermining of our health care, and reduction of our access to sexuality education, as well as the criminalization of our sexual expression and pleasure. But we'll also be talking about how to create the change we want to see in these and other areas.

At Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit each year, we educate and inform hundreds of individuals who take our messages back to their organizations, communities, and campaigns.

Population(s) Served
Heterosexuals
LGBTQ people

Sexual Freedom Day is an annual celebration of this fundamental human right.  The day includes an educational program focusing on the various issues, identities and communities in the vast realm of the human rights framework, highlighting the current situation and focusing participants towards the future - including the work that has to be done to realize this right.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The "Vicki" Sexual Freedom Award, named after our namesake, Victoria Woodhull, is given annually to individuals whose work and life embodies the mission of Woodhull, the affirmation of sexual freedom as a fundamental human right.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Woodhull's Family Matters Project protects the fundamental human right to family by working to eliminate discrimination based on family structure and relationship choices.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Creating strategies to prevent sexual violence and create alternative forms of accountability when harm does happen.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Victims and oppressed people

The purpose of a Human Rights Commission is to investigate, promote or protect human rights. Woodhull’s Human Rights Commissions will center on a specific issue, identity, or community in the Sexual Freedom Movement. The intention of the Commissions, in addition to investigating Human Rights violations, will be to highlight the strong connections between the various communities by ensuring a diversity of voices at the table.

Sex workers in Oregon organized the inaugural Human Rights Commission focused exclusively on sex work and decriminalization and we are now working together to carry their vision forward to the Woodhull Human Rights Commissions.

Other Commissions will be held with other issues at the center of the conversation, i.e. reproductive rights, censorship, and healthcare, to name a few. Every Commission will have testimony from a wide, diverse range of communities that includes and prioritizes the voices of sex workers and other marginalized people.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
People with disabilities
Adults
Families
People with disabilities
Work status and occupations

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 free participants in conferences

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

Adults

Related Program

Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Because of COVID19 we switched our in-person Summit to a virtual event and all programming was free to anyone who wished to attend. In addition, we provided ASL for every program.

Number of paid participants in conferences

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

Adults

Related Program

Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This data is based on Eventbrite metrics for the annual Sexual Freedom Summit. The 2020 Sexual Freedom Summit became a virtual Summit that was free of charge to any who wished to particpate.

Total number of conferences held

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

Adults

Related Program

Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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

Adults

Related Program

Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We partnered with various organizations to produce virtual programming for the Sexual Freedom Summit. In many cases we highlighted the partner organizations donation options.

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.

The vision of Woodhull is a world that recognizes sexual freedom as the fundamental human right of all individuals to develop and express their unique sexuality; to be personally autonomous with regard to bodily integrity and expression of body mind and spirit; and to enjoy sexual dignity, privacy and consensual sexual expression without societal or governmental interference, coercion or stigmatization.

Education - a national event, regional and local roundtables, workshops, presentations and white papers

Outreach & collaboration - working locally with other organizations to amplify voices and impact

Engagement - identifying programs and opportunities to actively work to create the change we want to see.

We have a small, dedicated core staff but our committed volunteer leadership staff is dedicated to our projects. For instance, the annual Sexual Freedom Summit is almost entirely a volunteer effort.

We have been able to form partnerships with other organizations and work in their states around various pieces of pending or existing legislation.

We have grown from a half-day annual event to a four-day Sexual Freedom Summit with more than 400 attendees and an enormous social media presence.

We're still here - since 2003 - with limited funds but a lot of passion and dedication!

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?

    All individuals whose fundamental human rights to personal autonomy are denied or compromised. Woodhull envisions a world that recognizes sexual freedom as the fundamental human right of all individuals to develop and express their unique sexuality; to be personally autonomous with regard to bodily integrity and expression; and to enjoy sexual dignity, privacy, and consensual sexual expression without societal or governmental interference, coercion or stigmatization. when by government or societal

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

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

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We provide ASL for every virtual program rather than require that people ask for accommodations. This helps to ensure that everyone has access to the same experience without having to ask for something.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, 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?

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

Financials

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Operations

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

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Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hardy Haberman

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Term: 2012 - 2022

Hardy Haberman

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Ricci Levy

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Ted Bernhardt

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Monica Simpson

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Jaime Benavides

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

Mandy Carter

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

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 11/02/2021

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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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2021

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