WOMEN GIVING BACK INC

Helping Women and Children in crisis

aka WGB   |   Sterling, VA   |  https://womengivingback.org/

Mission

Women Giving Back supports women and children in crisis on a first step to stability by providing quality clothing at no cost, assisted by a caring and committed community.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Nicole Morris

Main address

20 Export Drive

Sterling, VA 20164 USA

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EIN

32-0464606

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Women Giving Back’s mission and core services support women and children in crisis and build their confidence and self-esteem by providing quality clothing, school supplies, and career and other support services to foster their return to self-sufficiency. Our Bag to Go program, further supports those in need of immediate clothing and shoes due to severe crisis . By providing free clothing, school supplies, and other support, we directly serve County human service agencies and schools who request our services. Finally, our Community Distributor Partner (CDP) program is a service offered to our smaller community organization partners as an opportunity to make a larger impact on the people that they directly serve. By being WGB CDP partners, these dedicated agencies and organizations can offer their communities an improved quality, quantity, and variety of clothing donations.

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?

Free Clothing for Women and Children

WGB’s mission is more than clothes – our committed volunteers provide personal service and uplifting interaction in a unique boutique atmosphere with onsite childcare, focused on helping increase the self-esteem of the women and children we serve. WGB partners with over 200 Referral Agency Partners who share a common mission of serving their communities by providing services that are connected through client referrals. WGB is proud to be recognized as a valuable resource partner to these Referral Agency Partners which are shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs, medical facilities, group homes, schools, government agencies and faith-based organizations.

Group shopping days and transportation is available, as well as emergency private appointments.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Unemployed people

Our Bag to Go Program fills the emergency need and demand for clients that cannot wait to attend the next store day. Bag to Go request forms are submitted by case managers or social workers who gather information on the women and children’s clothing, shoe sizes and other information to help a volunteer shop and pack the bag with appropriate clothing for the client and their children. Bag to Go is utilized by domestic violence and human trafficking programs as they are fleeing their abusers with nothing but the clothes on their back.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Incarcerated people

WGB’s focus on youth is apparent through our seasonal services such as our Back to School Supply Program which this year served 450 low-income students with school clothes, shoes and school supplies. WGB’s Kids Breakfast & Snack Pack Initiative has helped supply kids with nutritional breakfasts while their mothers shop as well as snack packs to go filled with two-day meals for the children during the summer and other school breaks. WGB’s Holiday Gifts for Kids served over 400 children with brand new toys and bikes last holiday season. WGB also provides Halloween costumes for the kids in October and a full-service Prom Boutique which many of our shelter client’s teens take advantage of private appointments to shop for their prom dresses, accessories and brand-new makeup.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Community Distributor Partner Program (CDP) is an opportunity to make a bigger impact on the people that our partners directly serve. WGB serves as a “hub” for quality clothing donations for the Greater Washington Metro area.

CDPs are “redistributors” who have staff or volunteers pick up clothing from WGB or a volunteer delivers it (within a 30-mile radius) and the CDP gives it to their clients free of charge at their own locations.

Our CDP network includes Title 1 schools, low-income job training programs, places of worship, disaster relief aid, overseas missions and other organizations who have identified a need for clothing in their communities or among their clients and constituents. Through this innovative collaboration WGB and the CDP can address micro-pockets of poverty currently not being served and we can collectively leverage fundraising dollars and reduce costs.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

Awards

Distinguished Partner Award 2018

Fairfax County Neighborhood & Community Services

Best of Reston Civic & Community Engagement Award 2017

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

Stronger Together Award 2021

Loudon County Chamber of Commerce

Helping Hand Award 2021

ABC7 News

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 women who received clothing

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

Women and girls, Homeless people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Free Clothing for Women and Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: We limited in-person shopping. We were operating a needed emergency Covid food pantry and limited our bag-to-go clothing requests to emergency cases.

Number of children who received clothing

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

Free Clothing for Women and Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: We limited in-person shopping. We were operating a needed emergency Covid food pantry and limited our bag-to-go clothing requests to emergency cases.

Number of children who received school supplies

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Holiday gifts distributed

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of snacks served for students participating in programs

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who received prom attire

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

Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Free Clothing for Women and Children

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

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

Free Clothing for Women and Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of pieces of clothing distributed

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

Homeless people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Free Clothing for Women and Children

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.

WGB will strengthen the immediate and long-term supports required to put women and children in crisis in the DC metro region on a
path toward stability. Our goal is to be the most impactful provider of free clothing and emergency support services to women and children who are homeless, living in local shelters, transitional housing facilities, or safe houses, or living at or below the poverty line.

- Meet clients immediate clothing needs in an efficient, timely, and compassionate manner
- Leverage our network of referral agency case managers to help build connections among them, inform WGB’s work, and ultimately build the capacity of these front line workers to meet the needs of their clients. Strengthening the network of supports for women and children
- Invest in staffing, governance, and infrastructure that will allow us to achieve our intended impact sustainably and effectively.

With our network of 2,500 volunteers, over 900 case manager and social workers, a strong governing and fundraising board and dedicated, knowledgeable staff.

We provide a direct benefit to over 11,000 women and children per year— homeless women and children living in local shelters, transitional housing facilities, and safe houses, or living in the County at or below the federal poverty line. The demand for WGB’s services by women and children has been consistently increasing; for example, from 2017 to 2018, demand increased by 33% from approximately 7,331 women and children in 2017 to 9,960 in 2018. Our number of local partner referral agencies has doubled in the last three years to a total of 221.
In addition, in both years we provided on-site supervision and food for their children, as well as distributed Back-to-School backpacks and school supplies and a holiday gift program to help these children stay focused on school and life during these challenging times for their families.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • 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,

Financials

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Operations

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

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WOMEN GIVING BACK INC

Board of directors
as of 5/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Denise Harrover

Van Metre Companies

Terri Stagi

The Stagi Group

Cyndi Shanahan

Freddie Mac (ret.)

Leslie Strittmatter

New Homes Guide (ret.)

Denise Harrover

Van Metre Companies

Cecilia Hodges

M&T Bank

Eve Weber

Selling Loudoun

Shona Bell

Beyond Accounting & Tax

Diane DuBois

The Washington Post (ret.)

Cindy Dwyer

Weichert Realtors

Jane Lyons

Lyons & Sucher

Lisa Geraci Rigoni

The Organizing Mentors

Rebecca Taylor

Model Home Interiors

Vanessa Williams

Cornerstones, Inc.

Lauren Vanni Kinard

First Excel Title

Deepti Malhotra

VMD Corp

Rachel Rubenstein

The Geller Law Group

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/13/2020

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 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 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.