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WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA EAST FOUNDATION INC

What's Your Story? Find Your Voice. Tell it.

aka Writers Guild Initiative   |   New York, NY   |  https://writersguildinitiative.org

Mission

The Writers Guild Initiative makes the art of storytelling accessible to people of all ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds – with special attention to the underserved. Our programs are dedicated to bringing professional film and television writers together with a range of communities whose voices and stories are underrepresented in the popular discourse. Our workshops link accomplished professional writers with members of marginalized communities facing significant challenges. Our goal is to help them use writing to reflect on experiences, share insights, identify a path forward and make their voices heard. What's Your Story? Find Your Voice. Tell It.

Ruling year info

1978

President

Mr. Richard Dresser

First Vice President

Ms. Lulie Haddad

Main address

250 Hudson St Ste 7TH Fl

New York, NY 10013 USA

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EIN

13-2934876

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Film, Video (A31)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Our programs

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

The Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops

The Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops – are the signature program of the Writers Guild Initiative. These workshops share the tools of storytelling with a range of invisible communities and groups that are not often heard in the public discourse. Since the current COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve worked to create models of our workshops that are fully online.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Veterans
Immigrants and migrants
Incarcerated people

This fellowship, underwritten by a grant from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation (www.kingfoundation.org), is awarded to an undergraduate student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon completion of their undergraduate course of study. The recipient is chosen by the Collyer selection committee from a list of nationwide colleges and universities. The winner receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay and is mentored during the course of the fellowship year by a prominent screenwriter

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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How we listen

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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?

    The mission of The Writers Guild of America East, Foundation, commonly known as the Writers Guild Initiative, is to make the art of storytelling accessible to groups whose stories have been written out of mainstream narratives, with a focus on historically marginalized communities. WGI helps emerging writers explore storytelling in all forms, engage with writing to express themselves, and use writing as an invaluable opening for their experiences. We continually seek out and engage different populations. Among those we work with are: Veterans and their caregivers, LGBTQ Asylum seekers, documented and undocumented immigrant youth, those suffering Long-Covid, front-line nurses, survivors of human trafficking, those currently incarcerated and death row exonerees.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Most of the feedback we get is that people want to find ways to continue writing once they have completed a workshop. In response, we have deepened engagement by providing both increased opportunities to write and community with other writers. We offer a weekly writing prompt and we offer opportunities for our participants to write, and if they choose, submit their work to be shared on our blog, social media, in our newsletters and other publications, as well as performed at our Gala.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    The feedback has been essential in thinking through ways to engage meaningfully and creatively with our participants. In addition to the above-referenced writing prompts and writing opportunities, specific populations we work with expressed a desire to share their work. As a result, we have offered "sharing spaces," a virtual closed (not open to the public) open mic, where participants can share their writing or have it read so they can hear it. These events serve to build community, increase confidence and amplify voices.

  • 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • 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, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, 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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WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA EAST FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 01/17/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Richard Dresser

Chris Albers

Andrew Bergman

Eric Bogosian

Marshall Brickman

Adam Brooks

Richard Dresser

Tom Fontana

Lulie Haddad

Jim Hart

Christopher Kyle

Richard LaGravenese

Warren Leight

Kenny Lonergan

Jenny Lumet

John Markus

Marsha Norman

Eric Overmyer

Willie Reale

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

David Simon

Susanna Styron

Michael Weller

Michael Winship

Lowell Peterson

Carla Briscoe

Kia Corthron

Susan Kim

Jamal Joseph

Andrea Ciannavei

Board leadership practices

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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 1/13/2023

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

Leadership

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Race & ethnicity
European/Middle Eastern
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2023

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Data
  • 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 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 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.