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BigHeart Philanthropy

Do Good Better. Do Better Bigger.

aka POWERED BY ACTION   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.bigheartphilanthropy.org

Mission

BigHeart unleashes the power of engaged communities by arming trusted nonprofit, faith-based organizations, caregivers, and for-profit allies with the BigHeart platform. The BigHeart platform empowers trusted advocates to build connections, engagement, and community; share knowledge and change behaviors; and achieve equity for health, education, and work/wages/wealth.

Ruling year info

2009

Founder and Servant

Mr. Andre P. Hughes

Deputy Director

Susanne Vasilic

Main address

223 W Erie St Suite #4E

Chicago, IL 60654 USA

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Formerly known as

Powered by Action

EIN

26-3988630

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

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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?

Equity Movement

Our blueprint for equity works through trusted advocates (nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and caregivers) from the inside of their organizations out, to break through deep-rooted distrust and to solve the most challenging of all problems: ENGAGEMENT. Second, we build access to resources in differentiated, groundbreaking, and system-altering ways to make equity possible. Third, we monetize engagement and outcomes to provide the foundation to shift and share economic power with trusted advocates and community members, to incentivize and reward results, and to create financial sustainability for the programs and services they provide and require.

Designed for trusted advocates and for-profit allies, the BigHeart platform empowers them to solve inequities that only they can.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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 new grants received

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donations made by board members

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients served

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of online groups served

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

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Related Program

Equity Movement

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of schools served

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Related Program

Equity Movement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of nonprofits served

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 founder of Powered by Action has funded the design and development of a collaboration software platform that demolishes barriers of access and effective communications and collaboration.

Donors and grantors fund the PbA staff that performs the program planning, change management, and on-going operational support associated with customers implementations.

Donors and grantors likewise fund collaborative program initiatives that build curriculums that inform a specific demographic to achieve a desired outcome. For example, our “Knowledge to Succeed for Parents" program teams with schools to better equip parents through interactive sharing of best practices and tips; access to experts and resources; and sharing of peer experiences to more effectively influence their student's academic performance and civic engagement.

Today, our collaboration platform and solutions amplify the efforts of those doing good by helping them do good, better by employing the following strategies and tactics:

● Building Connected Movements and Collaborations by linking networks of online communities that leverage the best of everyone to multiply results.

● Communicating via integrated text/audio/video chat and newsfeeds to increase the number and frequency of ongoing high-quality interactions with people served to achieve desired outcomes.

● Live Interactive Events coupled with a credible face and voice and knowledge of proven practices and resources extend reach and scale impact.

● Monetization of intellectual “know-how", membership, and strategic partners and sponsors.

● Easy-to-use analytics to optimize interactions and engagement.

Powered by Action is working to create a world where all nonprofits can easily capitalize on emerging and impactful technologies and the rise in civic engagement to solve society's toughest problems.

Visionary & Resolve:

Our founder, a retired global managing partner from Accenture, has committed millions of dollars to fund all past/future software development on a pro bono basis.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving:

Our team of technologists located in Chicago, Illinois; Qingdao, China; and Slovakia has hundreds of years of experience in software design and development and have worked for and at some of the most successful tech companies including Accenture.

Program & Change Management:

Our program, change management, and marketing leads have a collaboration disposition that prioritizes leveraging others' expertise and proven solutions versus creating anew.

Earlier projects empowered villagers to build their own school in Asabiem, Ghana; incentivized high school students to improve their grades in Chicago Heights, Illinois; and established a commodity exchange that connected farmers to new markets in Ethiopia. Through these projects, two things became clear:

1. The ability of people and organizations to collaborate directly affects their ability to create impact, and

2. Nonprofits largely do not have access to the digital tools they need to collaborate and scale the distribution of their services.

In June of 2016, we launched v1.0 of our collaboration platform. Today, nine organizations, including The College Board and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, use our platform to connect people with knowledge to those needing help. For example, unemployed individuals who cannot be physically present for career and educational workshops can now access YWCA services 24/7 from anywhere using our platform. Likewise, the College Board connects over 2500 high school counselors across the United States with plans to scale to 20,000 counselors.

Similarly, we are building communities of parents hosted by nonprofits and schools to disseminate parent curricula applicable to their student's grade-level. Because of the “point-and-click" simplicity of our platform and the live interactive audio/video feature set, we anticipate schools will also use it to virtualize tutoring, mentoring, office hours, and to more effectively communicate and share amongst teachers. The ability to democratize access to any service through our network is now being made possible.

We firmly believe that constant and instant collaboration powers social innovation. Thus, we are powering the work of activists, experts, and people with know-how by demolishing the barriers between them and the people they want to help by connecting them virtually 1-to-1, 1-to-many, and 1-to-1000+. Our virtual workspaces include digital whiteboards, audience polling, a “raise-hand" feature for large audiences and the ability to play recorded video content. This makes communications between anyone anywhere feel as natural as any face-to-face conversation. We believe connections, conversations, and communities of people build movements that change the world and improve lives.

In 4 months, we will release v2.0, expanding support for Android and iOS users, allowing nonprofits to reach the largest number of constituents possible.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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BigHeart Philanthropy

Board of directors
as of 02/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Clarence Mitchell

EY

Miriam Neems

myowndoctor

Jessica Mattes

Goldman Sachs

Andre Hughes

BigHeart

Amber Autumn

Summit Design + Build

David Nichols

EY

Marshal Luusa

Accenture

Rick Weinstein

Big Heart Ventures

Stephen Schwab

DLA Piper

Dr. William Payne

myowndoctor

Zhu-Song Mei

BigMarker

Justin Brown

BigMarker

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 1/6/2024

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/02/2023

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 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.