Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Hearts of Gold, Inc.

reimagining the future of homeless mothers and their children, together.

aka The Thrifty HoG   |   New York, NY   |  www.heartsofgold.org

Mission

Hearts of Gold's mission and purpose are both simple and audacious ─ to help homeless mothers reimagine their lives and their children’s futures, in a world where they are educated, empowered and economically secure.

Ruling year info

2011

Founder & CEO

Mrs. Deborah Koenigsberger

Main address

11 West 25th Street

New York, NY 10010 USA

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Formerly known as

The Thrifty HoG

EIN

13-4194879

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Homeless single mothers living in New York City shelters need education, training and mentoring in order to secure and retain steady, living-wage employment, and achieve economic stability and self sufficiency. Hearts of Gold's work is more vital today than ever before because homeless mothers and their children are not getting the education and support that they need to lift themselves out of homelessness and poverty, and transition out of the shelter system, into their own permanent homes.

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?

Hearts of Gold Fresh Start University

Hearts of Gold Fresh Start University is a workforce development program that is offered exclusively to homeless, formerly homeless and low-income single mothers living in New York City. We provide classroom training, living-wage paid internships, workshops and mentorships to help the women we serve make the journey from dependence to self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Females
Homeless people

The Hearts of Gold Learning Center provides the stability and support that NYC's homeless children desperately need to thrive ─ all year long. HoG tutors guide the children through their homework, provide extra help in problem areas, and make sure that each child receives a full meal because we know that “hungry brains don’t learn”. Our ultimate goal is to bring the grades of the children we support up by at least two levels beyond their grade level, thereby affording them a real shot at higher education opportunities.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Parents

STEP introduces teens and tweens to cultural, iconic and educational activities throughout New York City, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Washington DC. This summer program encourages the children to build their writing, photography and reading skills, and includes a visit to the Yale University campus to motivate the children to aim high and learn what is possible with hard work and dedication.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adolescents (13-19 years)

In 2019 The Hearts of Gold Learning Center introduced “Full STEAM Ahead”- a 6 week summer program with educational and social development activities focused on the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Twenty-five curious and eager school children ages 6 -10 were so engaged that they didn’t even realize that they were LEARNING! They constructed suspension bridges, made their own ice cream, searched high and low for clues on a Central Park scavenger hunt, spent an exciting day day at Google, and applied for their very first library card and immediately checked out books!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
At-risk youth

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Hearts of Gold's mission and purpose are both simple and audacious ─ to help homeless mothers reimagine their lives and their children’s futures, in a world where they are educated, empowered and economically secure.

Our key strategies are: STABILIZE: Provide crisis intervention such as emergency food, clothing, household supplies and assistance. SUPPORT: Prepare homeless mothers and their children to succeed by providing: * Workforce skills training and support to homeless single mothers * Educational tutoring, summer enrichment programs, and back to school supplies to their children. SUSTAIN: Help homeless mothers and their children create long-term sustainable change in their lives by providing ongoing education, and creating a support network through community events and celebrations.

Thanks to the leadership of our Founder/CEO and Board of Directors, the support of our community partners and the generosity of our patrons, sponsors and volunteers, Hearts of Gold has been positively impacting the lives of homeless mothers and their children since 1994.

We actively assess the effectiveness of our programs and services by tracking our clients’ short-term and long-term progress. We collect both quantitative and qualitative data which we use to measure and manage outcomes and ensure that the mothers and children we serve are making progress toward their individualized goals.

The homeless mothers and children we support have achieved amazing success. For example, our private and semi-private tutoring programs, summer enrichment programs and school supply giveaways have motivated underserved at-risk children to stay in school, excel, and pursue their dreams of higher education. Since 2014 we have tutored more than 200 homeless, formerly homeless and low-income children. We are proud to report that children from this program have gone on to win scholarships and graduate from top institutions such as Brown University, Boston University, Johnson & Wales University and Boston College. Our workforce development program has helped homeless mothers gain valuable work experience through our living-wage paid internships and intensive classroom training, making it possible for them to establish career paths that have allowed them to lift themselves out of poverty, break free from the vicious cycle of homelessness, and create a brighter future for their children. For example, one graduate, who is pursuing her BA, now helps other homeless single mothers create a fresh start in her position as a Director of Housing at a shelter for homeless families. Her ability to draw from her own experiences and the transformative impact of Hearts of Gold, has made her a highly effective role model for her clients, proving to them that they too can “do it.” Our goal is to help more homeless mothers and their children achieve their own success, and positively impact the lives of over 50,000 homeless women and children in New York City by 2029.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Hearts of Gold, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Valerie DiFebo

Jack Gindi

Inge Zegwaard

Michael Weil

Deborah Koenigsberger

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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

Keywords

education, homeless mothers, housing, homeless children, tutoring, workforce education, homelessness, domestic violence