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National Widowers Organization Inc

aka Men's Grief Network   |   Chilmark, MA   |  www.nationalwidowers.org

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Mission

The National Widowers' Organization educates the public about the special needs of men who have lost their spouse or life partner, and through the "Men's Grief Network" Project those men who are suffering from the death of a parent, child/grandchild, or other loved one. We do this by providing information, promoting the development of support groups for men to manage their grief, and by advocating for research into men's unique needs to deal with grief and loss. Using technology, we conduct workshops to help grieving men and those who support them to understand and deal with the challenges they face. Our vision is to help the invisible universe of grieving men get appropriate support to adjust to a new life. We do this without any cost to grieving men or their supporters.

Ruling year info

2010

President & Vice-chair

Dr. Sherry R. Schachter

Executive Director

Frederick H. Spero

Main address

25 Osprey Lane

Chilmark, MA 02535 USA

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EIN

27-0797752

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Single Organization Support (W11)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Use technology to reach isolated men grieving from the loss of a spouse, partner, or other loved one. Many men after suffering the death of a loved one are left to suffer grief alone and without access to support due to their location or lack of support resources in their area.

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?

Widower-to-Widower

“Widower to Widower” is a peer-based support program for widowers aimed at men who:
feel alone and isolated
feel ashamed of their grief
are unable to cope
can’t share their sadness

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
Heterosexuals
LGBTQ people
Men

These free monthly webinar workshops include 15 minutes of an individual describing his experience dealing with their grief experience followed by 15 minutes with a noted grief and loss educator discussing the challenge men face, how they affect the grief process, and provides examples of what can be helpful when grieving. The workshops conclude with 15 minutes for Q and A. Video recordings of the sessions are available for viewing after the event on our YouTube Channel.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Widows and widowers

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 lessons taught

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

Men's Grief Network Webinars

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Conducted free public webinars on various topics related to men's grief for widowers, or those bereaved due to the loss of a child, grandchild, parent or sibling.

Number of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

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

Men's Grief Network Webinars

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Established a Program Development Committee to create programs for widowers and men grieving from the loss of a loved one.

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.

Make peer-to-peer mutual support available to grieving men who are unable to find local resources to help them.

Develop free online discussion sessions for men regardless of their location.

After 15 years of experience and one year of conducting educational webinar sessions the Board of Directors decided to move forward with expanded programming. Best practices will be reviewed, and funding requirements will be determined.

Internal task for has been established to create the model that will be used to conduct the program.

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 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 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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 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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National Widowers Organization Inc

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

Samuel Feldman


Board co-chair

Sherry Schachter

Samuel M. Feldman

Ken Levy

Sherry Schachter

Kathleen R. Gilbert

Joseph W. Walko

Adam Larson

Eric Washington

Charles E Schwartz

Leslie M. Bernstein

Alan J. Coleman

Kei Okada

Robert Mack

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? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2024

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/12/2023

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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 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.