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INK WELL FOUNDATION INC

Drawing together for children facing illness and hardship

Washington, DC   |  www.inkwellfoundation.org

Mission

We are a group of professional animators, illustrators, and cartoon artists who draw with hospitalized children.  Our talented crew has worked on everything from "The Hulk" comic books to "The Rugrats" movies to "Speed Racer" cartoons and much more.Our goal is to let the kids draw with the very artists who create their favorite film, TV, and illustrated characters.  We hope to share the power of art as self-expression, and as a good way to just take a break from trying times and have some fun.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Elizabeth Winter

Main address

2737 Devonshire Place NW Apt #519

Washington, DC 20008 USA

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EIN

26-3551869

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many children facing illness and hardship such as abandonment and neglect feel isolated, fearful and unsure of their worth and their futures. Long hospital and foster care stays can have a lasting impact on children, making them feel not wanted or supported. We want to ensure that no child feels that way regardless of physical conditions, economic status or any other aspect of their lives that is beyond their control.

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?

Free arts activities for children facing illness and hardship

Since 2005, our team of top professional artists from the illustration, cartooning and animation industries have provided free arts activities to children facing illness and hardship. We travel to hospitals, health and foster care centers, do a demo of an activity and then create along with the children, encouraging them to express themselves through art, learn new skills, and recognize talents they may not know they had. The children keep all the art and also receive their own art kit so that they may continue creating on their own.

We hope to provide supportive comfort and company during what are often isolating and frightening times, inspiration to explore art as a means of self-expression, and also to just give the kids the joy and thrill of creating with the artists behind many of their favorite TV shows, films, and books.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Where we work

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.

Our organization strives to improve children's sense of self and well-being. As professional artists, we feel it is our duty to bring our skills and imaginations to help these children imagine a brighter time and to picture themselves in it. We feel encouraging them to create and simply providing them with some company and laughter can be a powerful way to begin healing.

Our themes are usually geared toward self-esteem building like, "draw your super hero self-portrait" or "design a dream pillowcase with visions of what I want to be." We leave the children with evidence that they accomplished something by not drawing for them but drawing with them. Both the pro artist and child sign the artwork we create and the kids keep all the art. We use high quality durable paper so that the art will last a lifetime. The kids can use this art to decorate their walls (often livening up sterile, bland hospital rooms or foster care center walls) and to see daily evidence that they made something they can be proud of.

We are top professionals in animation, illustration and cartooning. We are in a unique position to provide these children with a one-on-one experience with the artist who create the films, shows and books that they love. We have a pool of over 100 very dedicated artist volunteers and many years of events under our belt that enable us to continue to succeed.

This year we created storybooks with the Gilda’s Club kids, we taught puppet-making with at-risk youth in L.A., and helped children losing their hair due to cancer treatments to create their own designer ball caps at Ronald McDonald House. All this in addition to our regular visitation to hospitals and health care centers like Bellevue, Mount Sinai, Childhelp, Covenant House and more.

Our professional volunteer artists, coming from companies like Nickelodeon, Disney, Pixar and more give free art kits to each child, and then sit with them to teach creative skills and hand craft something special together. We make sure that all supplies are top of the line so that the children may keep their artwork and continue creating for all time.

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 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

  • 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, 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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INK WELL FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 05/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elizabeth Winter

The Ink Well Foundation

Term: 2005 - 2025

Elizabeth Winter

No Affiliation

Heather MacDonald

Toots Crackin Productions

Peter de Séve

Blue Sky Studios

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 5/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/04/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.