WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

Saving Lives One Grant at a Time

aka WLSFA.ORG   |   Sandy, OH   |  http://www.wlsfa.org

Mission

Ending obesity by empowering people to move from surviving to thriving through weight loss surgery, education and support. Performing charitable services, supporting research and finding solutions to enhance the quality of life in the morbidly obese community. Helping to raise awareness and funds for surgery.

Ruling year info

2011

CEO

Ms. Laura Ann Van Tuyl

Main address

38954 Proctor Blvd #132

Sandy, OH 97055 USA

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EIN

27-2497501

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (G12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (G12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (G12)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Medical treatments for morbid obesity are considered elective by most health insurance policies, leaving many people with no access to bariatric surgery and other medical treatments of obesity. Our mission is to save the lives of people with no access to care by funding grants to pay for medical treatments of obesity, and thus save lives . . . one grant at a time.

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?

Full Grant Program

The full grant program allows qualified bariatric & plastic surgeons to refer patients in financial need to apply for a grant to cover their medical treatment of obesity and related reconstructive surgery. The grant cycle begins June 1 of each year. Patients are refered and are then invited to apply to prove financial need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

The partial grant program is on going. Surgeons who have participated in the WLSFA Full Grant Program are allowed to refer patients with smaller finacial needs such as co-pays, deductables or other fees less than $4,000 not covered by insurance policies for treatment of obesity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The WLSFA hosts an annual conference that offers support, education, motivation and inspiration for people affected by obesity. The event is also host to the WLSFA's national fubdraiser to support our grant programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

This program allows people from across the united states to participate in a healthy activity while raising awarness and funds for the WLSFA.ORG Grant Programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

The "Take The Oath" program gives people a tool to raise awarness for the Stigam and Bias associated to people effected by obeisty. People are provided educational materials and tools to help the public understand the negative effect of this stigma.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
People with physical disabilities

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.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Full Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grants funded each year since the WLSFA was founded. The grants are awarded across the United States by a selection comittee that vets applications in a blinded manner to allow all who apply access.

Number of conference attendees

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

People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Weight Loss Surgery Conference

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

WLSFA events are attended by bariatric patients from the US and Canada. The events provide education, support and inspiration while raising funds for our grant program. Rescheduled due to COVID.

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Full Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

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

Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Full Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of donors retained

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

Health, Social and economic status

Related Program

Full Grant Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

We consider funding grants our number one goal and best accomplishment. Supporting the community we serve with educational conferences and sporting events that also raise funds for our grant programs. We are comitted to remaining a 100% volunteer organization to allow maximum funds raised to go towards are mission of "Saving Lives One Grant at a Time"

Leverage social media to raise awareness for the mission of the WLSFA and build the weight loss surgery patient community into a cohesive and effective force for good. Educate people about the lack of accessibility to the medical treatments for obesity. Work towards ending obesity stigma and bias that hurts the community we serve.

Host Fundraiser and patient conferences at a local and national level.

Develop and grow our Chapter Program to fund regional grants.

Host Virtual 5K Walks and Runs that support our grant programs and offers healthy outlets for our community.

We have established a dedicated active volunteer board of directors and large volunteer pool that allows us to accomplish our goals. This active team allows us to host world class educational and fundraising events, attended by hundreds of weight loss surgery patents yearly. We have funded twenty three surgeries since we began, funding hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical fees. We have a perfect track record offering and delivering on all finacial commitments we enter into. We are a 100% volunteer charity that gives all surplus dollars to the mission we serve. We have built a community of donors and supporters that include weight loss surgery patients, industry partners and medical professionals.

Thirty-two lives saved and surgeries funded.
Hosted seven national conferences across the country.
Raised awareness for the lack of access to treatments of obesity on a local and national level for many years.
Bring hope to people who have none by providing a place for surgeons to ask for financial help for their patients in need. Future accomplishments include the launching of our 10th National Conference and Fundraiser to be held March 11-13, 2022. The 10th Grant Cycle will open, and we will be accepting referrals through the end of 2022. Those applicants will be considered for grants in 2023.
Presently, we are vetting the applications we received before December 31, 2021.

Financials

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Operations

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

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WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

Board of directors
as of 01/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Laura Van Tuyl

Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of AMerica

Term: 2019 -

Sandi Henderson

Banded Living

Laura Van Tuyl

Retired

Cleo Savala

Bill Streetman

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 1/12/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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