THE FOUNDATION FOR LIVING BEAUTY

Educating, uplifting and empowering women with cancer.

Pasadena, CA   |  www.livingbeauty.org

Mission

Women battling cancer deserve the best chances for survival. Many do not have access to the resources to aid them on both the physical and emotional fronts of their journey. The proper educational and nutritional support, modified physical activity and a dynamic socio-emotional support system are critical to improving their health outcomes, this sets us apart from cancer research organizations.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Foundation for Living Beauty is proud to be at the forefront of providing wellness and healing modalities to women with cancer, and since its inception in 2005, has maintained the highest standards of programs and services.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Nancy Davidson

Assistant Director

Ariana Barrett

Main address

254 N. Lake Ave. #842

Pasadena, CA 91101 USA

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EIN

20-2914212

NTEE code info

(Cancer) (G30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2019, more than 890,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with cancer. Hospitals are beginning to acknowledge the importance of treating the whole person and are incorporating integrative wellness centers that offer complimentary therapies. Recognizing this need since 2005, the Foundation for Living Beauty exists to educate, uplift and empower women with cancer by providing women with opportunities to explore wellness and healing modalities in a peaceful environment while developing a sense of community with other women along the same path. We are driven by the understanding that the challenges women have to overcome on their cancer journeys are complex and multifaceted. With this in mind, programs are specifically designed to facilitate the healing of an individual as a whole: mind, body and spirit. We offer workshops, day and overnight retreats, educational seminars, sisterhood support events, and one-on-one sessions focused on different integrative healing practices.

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?

Wellness Retreats

Our “signature” programs are Wellness Retreats. Wellness Retreats are 3-4 day journeys that transport our participants out of their everyday grind of coping with cancer into a peaceful environment where they are fully immersed in holistic lifestyle training. These empowering retreats encourage our participants to incorporate self-care, wellness and healing practices as they return to the obstacles of their daily lives. From our special healthy menus, co-education workshops and classes, as well as lifestyle consultations, every aspect of their stay on a retreat envelops Living Beauties with healthy and compassionate care.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Women and girls

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 Foundation for Living Beauty aims to be a source of healing, education, and support for women with cancer. The team at Living Beauty works to address a common problem for many women on their cancer journey: the desire to combine their traditional medical treatment with more alternative treatment options that address all aspects of a patient’s life. We aim to offer support for our “Living Beauties” that gives them the tools and empowers them to aid in their continued healing no matter where they are on their cancer journey or what challenges they may be facing at any given time related to their cancer experience.

Our goal at The Foundation for Living Beauty is to provide a multi-tiered, wrap-around program approach to help women that are healing from cancer experience better health outcomes. A cancer diagnosis for many women can negatively affect all aspects of their lives including physical well-being, emotional health, self-esteem and community support. We aim to provide holistic wellness programs that address all of these issues that women may face along with their diagnosis. For example, two main issues that we have found that women face include isolation and depression. According to the American Cancer Society, women who feel isolated and are without a social support system experience a 40% chance of cancer recurrence and a 60% increased risk of dying from cancer. The Foundation for Living Beauty combats this by creating a safe space for women to create community and sisterhood. Our goal is to provide women with education, knowledge and skills that can help them with the side-effects that cancer treatment can bring and facilitates long term healing to reduce risk of isolation, depression and other overall health issues that negatively affect a woman’s ability to continue to thrive with a cancer diagnosis. Women battling cancer deserve the best chances for survival. Many do not have access to the resources to aid them on both the physical and emotional fronts of their journey. Living Beauties are provided with a vast array of programs like yoga4cancer, energy healing, plant-based nutrition, mindfulness, meditation, and more. The proper educational and nutritional support, modified physical activity and a dynamic socio-emotional support system are critical to improving their health outcomes, this sets us apart from cancer research organizations.

For the past 15 years, The Foundation for Living Beauty has been at the forefront of developing and providing holistic wellness activities and education for women with cancer. Facilitators at the top of their fields are invited to retreats to present workshops on their topic of expertise in relation to enhancing quality of life during the cancer journey. Living Beauty hosts more than 45 events per year, maintains a comprehensive database of outside resources, and awards grants to women experiencing financial hardship and food insecurity. In all, we have provided programs free of charge to over 2,500 women with cancer.
The organization is administered by four women who are dedicated to serving women with cancer. Executive Director Nancy Davidson brings more than 30 years' of nonprofit management experience to The Foundation for Living Beauty. The Board of Directors, made up of 12 professionals, community advocates and cancer patients and survivors, brings a wealth of talent and energy to the organization, driving fundraising efforts and program growth.

What started out as a small sisterhood that created healing energy for one another, has since
grown into a vibrant nonprofit organization focused on internal wellness and healing. Currently, more than 900 women with all types of cancer at many different points in their journey call The Foundation for Living Beauty home, and our staff provides more than 45 wellness opportunities per year for women to learn and build community with others. We have been at the forefront of holistic wellness and continue to create new opportunities for women. In the recent pandemic, the organization pivoted to online programming, enabling our Living Beauties to have wellness and support experiences from the safety of their homes. An added benefit is that now Living Beauty’s programs are more accessible to women from other geographic areas. When the organization returns to in-person programming, virtual programming will continue to be a resource to women from other parts of the country who want to experience what Living Beauty has to offer. We have launched an Expanding Our Boundaries c Our long-term goal is to create our own Wellness Center, where women can come to experience the wellness opportunities Living Beauty has to offer on a more continual basis.

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

    The Foundation for Living Beauty serves women over the age of 18, of all races and ethnicities, with any type of cancer, at any point in their journey.

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

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

  • 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?

    In response to feedback from our Living Beauties, the organization is adding program content around the important issues of sex and intimacy for women with cancer. Additionally, in recognition of the pandemic and the related isolation of immuno-compromised women, the Foundation for Living Beauty has implemented virtual wellness programs. Our constituents have expressed their desire for a hybrid program moving forward to include both in-person and virtual programs, which the organization will continue moving forward.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    The constituents who provide Living Beauty with feedback feel heard, and feel that their voice is important in determining programming, outreach, marketing and community support.

  • 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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THE FOUNDATION FOR LIVING BEAUTY

Board of directors
as of 10/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Erin Gershik

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Amie Satchu

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Michael Rahimzadeh

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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 10/15/2021,

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
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

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/15/2021

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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 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.