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I WILL SURVIVE INC

Supporting the Fighters

aka IWS   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.iwillsurviveinc.org

Mission

We provide economic support, prevention education, and health & wellness services to those with higher risk and affected with breast cancer. Serving the greater Atlanta area consisting of 13 counties through direct support and virtual assistance nationally and internationally. Affiliated in the United Way of Greater Atlanta 211 affiliate program and American Cancer Society.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Capri Bell

Main address

384 Northyards Blvd., Suite 190

Atlanta, GA 30313 USA

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EIN

27-5430698

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Clients in our program are fighting war on poverty and war on health. We are aiding them in this fight against both in order to not only survive breast cancer, but to thrive beyond the terrible disease and to live enriched lives thereafter with their families. DeKalb and Fulton County have some of the highest mortality rates of breast cancer across Georgia. Black women have a 40% mortality rate over caucasian women, yet caucasian women have a higher incidence rate.

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?

Economic Support

Provides breast screenings to individuals without health insurance/proper coverage, assistance for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer (medical bills, rent/mortgage, utility bills, travel costs to and from health care facilities).

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families

Provides educational materials and resources to assist in the survival process of breast cancer and reduce recurrence and mortality rates of breast cancer as well as the prevention of breast cancer and other health disparities through health education workshops.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with diseases and illnesses

Provides gifts for healing for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors for increase of health equity, quality of life, and self sustainability to reduce generational and situational poverty.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families

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 death caused by cancer

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

People with diseases and illnesses, People of African descent

Related Program

Health and Wellness Services Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All cancers moved from stage 3 to stage 4 for these 3 clients out of thousands of women served. 1 client did nothing for one year after she had cancer in 2013, then came to us for help.

Total dollars distributed for utilities assistance

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

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses

Related Program

Economic Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This number is total from 2010 to 2019 to include utilities and housing direct support.

Number of women counseled about mammograms

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of mothers reporting that they breast-feed their babies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Pounds of fresh produce distributed per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of low-income households who have received utilities assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of care packages delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

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.

We do not just want to focus on surviving breast cancer and helping community members with awareness and preventative measures, we want to ensure survivors and their families are sustainable by reducing mortality rates, generational poverty, and health disparities.

We would like to work on moving into financial longevity as well to ensure the cycle of generational poverty is broken. We start by getting survivors and their families to become home owners with employment opportunities that allow more financial freedom.

We would also like to launch our new program on Youth Mentorship for breast cancer survivors teenagers.

Through strategic partnerships and community targeted funding campaigns to ensure success is met.
Through active and engaged board of directors, staff, and volunteers to grow the mission effectively and efficiently.

We have accomplished 100% of no homelessness and hunger while families are battling breast cancer.
We have accomplished 95% living cancer free post 3 years of enrollment of program while diagnosed with cancer.
We have accomplished 20% increase of adults in households enrolled in higher education.
We have accomplished 75% increase of healthy behaviors and grades of youth of survivors through mentorship.

Next we hope to have 100% high school graduation rates of students of survivors.
100% of survivors five year post program with quality of life (better employment pre cancer, higher income pre cancer, etc.)

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 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?

    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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I WILL SURVIVE INC

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Molly Hopkins

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Charles Atkinson

Doraville Police Department

Catiffaney Banks

Emory

Patrice Watley- Williams

Kroger

Amy Payne

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Molly Hopkins

Livi Rae Lingerie

Henry Oelsner

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Charles Atkinson

City of Doraville

Feiji McKay

Analytics

Sharon Willingham

Maximum One Realty

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 6/7/2023

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/08/2023

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 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 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.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.