Active Minds, Inc.

Changing the conversation about mental health

aka Active Minds   |   Washington, DC   |  www.activeminds.org

Mission

Active Minds (www.activeminds.org) is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. Through award-winning programs and services, Active Minds is empowering a new generation to speak openly, act courageously, and change the conversation about mental health for everyone. Active Minds is dedicated to saving lives and to building stronger families and communities. Our signature programs include the Send Silence Packing® exhibit, our Active Minds Speakers, the Healthy Campus Award, and the Active Minds National Conference. Powering the Active Minds movement is a network of campus chapters located at more than 500 colleges, universities, and high schools nationwide.

Notes from the nonprofit

Active Minds is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. Powered by a network on more than 800 high school and college campuses, in workplaces and communities, and through a vast public audience, Active Minds is creating communities of support and saving lives. Our signature programs include a college and high school chapter program, the acclaimed Send Silence Packing® exhibit, our compelling Active Minds Speakers, and the newly launched Active Minds @ Work initiative. A recent landmark study by the RAND Corporation confirms that Active Minds has a significant, positive impact on student health and well-being by creating a supportive climate for mental health on college campuses.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director and Founder

Alison Malmon

Main address

2001 S Street, NW Suite 630

Washington, DC 20009 USA

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EIN

20-0587172

NTEE code info

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

Mental Health Disorders (F70)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

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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?

Chapter Development and Support

Active Minds is dedicated to promoting the young adult voice in mental health. In 2018-2019, the organization supported chapters on 554 college and high
school campuses in all 50 U.S. states and 4 countries. These 554 chapters trained 15,679
volunteers, who reached 591,068 young adults with vital information about suicide prevention,
promoting mental health, symptoms of mental illness, and available resources for seeking help
through Active Minds programming and training.

Population(s) Served
Students

The Active Minds National Conference is the leading conference in college mental health. Held in February of 2019 in Washington, DC, our National Conference brought together over 500 participants from 42 states and DC, representing 108 colleges, universities, high schools, and outside organizations. The Conference featured inspiring breakout sessions led by esteemed mental health, higher education, and other experts from organizations such as It's On Us, Steve Fund, The Trevor Project, The JED Foundation, Crisis Text Line, NASPA, National Campus Leadership, and more.
Born This Way Foundation founder (and mom to Lady Gaga), Cynthia Germanotta, headlined the weekend along with MTV star and #1 NY Times Best Selling Author, Ben Nemtim. On our opening morning, following introductions from Georgetown University’s President John J. DeGioia, Leslie Crutchfield ( Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and author) kicked off the conference with a discussion about social movements and what factors make social movements successful. It provided an excellent framework for the discussions that followed about mental health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Send Silence Packing is Active Minds’ powerful suicide awareness exhibit. Suicide claims the lives of more than 1,100 college students each year and each one of those deaths touches us all. Send Silence Packing exhibits more than 1,000 donated backpacks -- a powerful display representing the magnitude of this loss. Many of the backpacks Active Minds has collected have been donated, along with very personal stories, in memory of loved ones impacted by suicide. By displaying backpacks with personal stories that put a face to lives lost to suicide, Send Silence Packing carries the message that preventing suicide is not just about lowering statistics, but also about saving the lives of students, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters and friends. In 2018-2019, Send Silence Packing was exhibited on 29 college and high school campuses and community spaces.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Research shows that the best way to break stigma around mental health is through personal contact. As a result, Active Minds has recruited and trained 15
professional speakers to tell their stories around mental health in an engaging, educational, and powerful manner. Active Minds Speakers travel the country throughout the year giving keynote presentations at high schools, colleges, and workplaces; to parents and
administrators; and at conferences and national events. In 2018-2019, Active Minds Speakers held 100 speaking engagements in 27 states.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Active Minds has created Awareness Day programming
for our chapters, partners and supporters such as Suicide Prevention Month, Stress Less Week,
HereForYou and PostSecretU. During these programs, students and community members are
introduced to mental health topics that are very relevant and often misunderstood, in an
approachable way. By educating through innovative and relevant means including existing
student networks (ie. fraternities and sororities, honor societies, athletics), a comprehensive website at www.activeminds.org, and an interactive presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Active Minds aims to raise public consciousness and change the way
mental health issues are understood and publicly approached. In 2018-2019, 1,136 campuses and
communities ran Active Minds' Public Education and Awareness Campaigns, with an estimated
in-person and online reach of 449,940 people.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Recognition 2008

Campaign for Mental Health Reform

Innovation Award 2003

Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Washingtonian of the Year (founder and ED Alison Malmon) 2007

Washingtonian Magazine

Citizen of the Year (founder and ED Alison Malmon) 2008

Potomac, Maryland Rotary Club

Woman of Distinction (founder and ED Alison Malmon) 2007

American Association of University Women and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Brava! Award for top female CEOs in Washington, DC 2014

SmartCEO Magazine

Nominee 2012

American Giving Awards

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 students receiving information on suicide

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

Adults, Young adults, Students

Related Program

Send Silence Packing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through Active Minds' chapter network and national programs, hundreds of thousands of young adults and community members learned about suicide, suicide prevention, and how to help a friend in need.

Number of paid participants in conferences

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

Activists, Students

Related Program

Active Minds National Conference

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year, Active Minds hosts a National Conference to convene and train student advocates. In 2020, the Conference was held in Washington, DC bringing together 602 attendees from around the US.

Number of volunteers

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

Adolescents, Young adults, Students

Related Program

Chapter Development and Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019-2020, the organization supported chapters on 589 college and high school campuses in all 50 U.S. states and 4 countries.

Number of programs documented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Chapter Development and Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Amazingly, in 2018-2019, chapters and national office held 7,809 programs - including Awareness Campaigns, Speakers Bureau Presentations, mental health trainings, and more - last year alone.

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.

Active Minds is the leading organization empowering young adults to change the conversation about mental health. Young leaders can lead the change to create a culture around mental health that is open, educated, and supportive. Our aim is to inspire all members of our communities to speak openly about mental health so that no one suffers alone, and all have comfort and confidence when seeking help.

Through education, research, and advocacy, Active Minds empowers more than 15,000 individuals, including students on over 600 campuses, annually to advocate for improved mental health services, educate their communities about mental health, and create a more comfortable, open, and informed environment for talking about mental health. Active Minds supports these individuals and organizations through our Active Minds Speakers; an award winning national traveling exhibition, Send Silence Packing; innovative and effective public education programs and campaigns; an annual National Mental Health Conference; and, a robust online and social networking presence.

Active Minds’ full time national office staff guides programming dedicated to mental health advocacy and creates informative, high-quality resources for individuals, organizations, and students on over 500 campuses across the country. The professional staff includes individuals with Masters in Public Health, Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and Masters in Higher Education Administration. Our full time staff comes with a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, but all with an overwhelming passion for changing the conversation around mental health. In addition, Active Minds is the premier organization speaking the language of young adults, peer-to-peer, valuing and amplifying the creative and substantial programs created by our young adult leaders and corporate partners.

Alison Malmon, Founder of Active Minds, created Active Minds as our first chapter in 2003. She continues in her now full-time role of Executive Director. Alison has been honored with the Smart CEO Brava! Award, recognizing top female CEOs in Washington, DC and was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as its Fun Fearless Female of the month. She has also been recognized by the American Association of University Women, American Express, and more.

Our National Advisory Committee made up of leading experts in psychology, psychiatry, adolescent mental health, and related fields guides the programmatic work of the organization. The 18-member Active Minds Board of Directors provides legal and fiduciary oversight. Our Student Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of Active Minds students from across the US who have shown exemplary leadership and dedication to Active Minds and mental health advocacy on their campuses. The SAC serves as an advisory body to the national office staff and brings the student perspective to organizational decision-making.

We are proud to have a presence on 15% of all colleges and universities in the United States, representing tremendous year-after-year growth and the distinct proof of concept and need. We aim to grow to reach more than 1,000 campuses annually by 2022, and to create more diverse programming to be representative of as many identities as possible. A RAND study showed participation in Active Minds improved mental health help-seeking behaviors, and reduced stigma within campus communities. With 15 years of Active Minds student alumni now working professionally, we will move to bring Active Minds programs and positive mental health communities to all the places young adults are, so no one suffers alone and all are able to speak openly and confidently about mental health.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

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

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • 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 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Active Minds, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steven Lerman

Lerman Senter PLLC

Term: 2014 -

Rick Mosenkis

WorkZone

Jen Hartstein

Hartstein Psychological

Brad Blanken

Bandwith.com

Anthony Bongiorno

Esq.

Ken Brody

Sutton Square Partners

Paul Di Vito

Marketing Consultant

Michael Glickman

Computer Network Architects

Julie Kantor

Twomentor, LLC

Gail Kamer Lieberfarb

National Mental Health Awareness Campaign

Ilene Rosenstein

University of Southern California

David Roter

Snap Inc.

Ami Nash Shah

Hemington Wealth Management

David Wisniewski

Brewer Gayhardt Wisniewski Financial Consulting Group

Paula Craw

VP, Student Success and Outreach, ECMC

TJ Annerino

President, Active Minds Student Advisory Committee

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 03/12/2021

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

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/12/2021

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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 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.