Fisher-Nightingale Houses

Touching Lives with Compassion

aka Fisher/Nightingale Houses, Inc.   |   Dayton, OH   |  www.fnhi.org

Mission

Providing an opportunity for military and Veteran families to stay together and support each other when a loved one is undergoing medical treatment. The three Fisher Houses provide physical and emotional support to our servicemen and servicewomen, Veterans, and their families/caregivers.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are actively working on a five year strategic plan.

Ruling year info

1991

President, Board of Trustees

Mr. Jeffrey Owens

Main address

PO Box 33871

Dayton, OH 45433 USA

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EIN

31-1313382

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Single Organization Support (P11)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Providing free compassionate care housing (like a Ronald McDonald House) to wounded, injured and ill military men and women, Veterans, and their families. We have been doing this since May 1990 with the opening of the Nightingale Houses are Wright-Patterson AFB OH. Between the three Dayton area Fisher Houses, we have 37 bedroom suite which provide 13,505 free nights a year (and saving guests more than $2M annually). We have assisted more than 25,000 families since 1990.

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?

Compassionate care housing

Compassionate care housing (like a Ronald McDonald House) for wounded, injured and ill military men and women, Veterans, and their families.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Caregivers
Families
Veterans
Retired 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 families assisted in the three Dayton area Fisher Houses.

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

Caregivers, Families, Non-adult children, Widows and widowers, Parents

Related Program

Compassionate care housing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of families assisted by the Fisher Houses in Dayton OH.

Financial support to Fisher House Managers to support families (guests).

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

Caregivers, Families, Non-adult children, Parents, Widows and widowers

Related Program

Compassionate care housing

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

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.

To provide free housing to meet the needs of the wounded, injured and ill military men and women, Veterans, and their families for as long as the military or family member is receiving either inpatient or outpatient medical care.

Continue to raise funds to meet the needs of the Fisher House managers and the guests.

Annual fundraiser ("An All-American Evening"), individual, organizational and corporate donations, Combined Federal Campaign and United Way participation, popcorn operation, etc.

As an example, for 2021, the organization regularly purchased items in support of the Fisher House guests such as Visa cards to purchase food for the guests, cable/internet/DirecTV and bottled water services to support the house operations. When the Fisher Houses are full, the FNHI also pays for overflow guests in Wright-Patt Billeting, the Hope Hotel and local hotels. The organization also proffered gifts directly to the U.S. Government for the operations of the Houses such as landscaping services at all three Fisher House locations, the purchase of a minivan for the Wright-Patt Fisher Houses to transport guests, personal protective equipment due to COVID precautions, and repairs and renovations to Wright-Patt Fisher House I.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Servicemen and servicewomen (active duty, Guard, Reserve, retired), Veterans, and their families/caregivers

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Journals in guest rooms,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    No changes really necessary as long as the organization continues to support requests from the House managers in what they need to support the House guests. We have never denied a request for support from either of the two House managers.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Infromational - how they are affected is not know by us/seen by us (other than donations)

  • 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Fisher-Nightingale Houses

Board of directors
as of 03/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeffrey Owens

Fisher/Nightingale Houses, Inc.

Term: 2021 - 2023

Jeff Owens

President

Dave Babcock

Secretary

Lowell Tenpas

Treasurer

Anthony Dattilo

Legal Counsel

Kimberly Frisco

Media Relations

Michael Beauchamp

Vice President

John Taffany

2nd Trustee

Pamela Piccoli

3rd Trustee

Joani Reynolds

4th Trustee

Dan Sagraves

5th Trustee

Adina Angel

1st Trustee

Board leadership practices

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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 3/2/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.