BEREAVED PARENTS OF THE USA

Where grief meets hope and healing

Poughkeepsie, NY   |  www.bereavedparentsusa.org

Mission

Helping grieving parents and families rebuild their lives following the death of a child.

Ruling year info

1996

President, Board of Directors

Kathy Corrigan

Main address

5 Vanek Rd.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 USA

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EIN

36-4009146

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

That every grieving parent and family receive the support they need for as long as they need it We, as bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents help grieving families rebuild their lives following the death of a child. We accomplish this mission through educating families about the grief process in all its complexities pertaining to the death of a child, sister or brother at any age and from any cause.

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?

BPUSA National Gathering

The BPUSA National Gathering is held annually at a different location each year. The Gathering brings together grieving families from all over the nation to find fellowship and to remember and honor their child, sibling or grandchild who died. Participants can choose to attend workshops that support their grieving process and help them find hope and understanding to rebuild their lives.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

A day-long Training session (including lunch) for chapter leaders and steering committee members to discuss and share topics particular to facilitating the running of a self-help support group for bereaved parents and their families. Scholarships for travel expenses are available for new chapter leadership.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 bereaved parent, grandparent and sibling chapters who have access to grief support.

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

Chapter Leadership Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of conference attendees

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

BPUSA National Gathering

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.

To assist all who have experienced the loss of a child, brother, sister or grandchild regardless of ethnicity, ideology or financial status.
To educate families about the grief process in all its complexities pertaining to the death of a child or a sibling at any age and from any cause.
To connect fellow bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who can offer support to each other and to each newly bereaved family.
To charter chapters and train and assist chapter leaders across the country. These chapters meet on a regular basis to offer self-help support and comfort to local bereaved families.
To publish an online National Newsletter and offer help to individual chapters with newsletters to inform and educate their members about the grieving process.
To sponsor an annual Conference that features inspirational speakers, informative workshops, and heartfelt remembrance ceremonies.
To inform and educate professionals, employers, co-workers, clergy, friends and others on the intensity and duration of parental, sibling and grandparent grief.

We accomplish our mission through educating families about the grief process in all its complexities pertaining to the death of a child, sister or brother at any age and from any cause. We are the parent organization of over 60 chapters across the country who offer assistance to bereaved families in their community. We maintain a website that provides information about local chapter meetings and contains many articles and brochures covering all aspects of the grieving process. We also publish an on-line national newsletter and sponsor an Annual Bereavement Conference that offers comfort and support to grieving families by providing speakers and workshops covering a wide variety of grief-related topics and by offering remembrance ceremonies to honor deceased loved ones.

Personal experience (empathy) role modeling successful grieving practices (hope and healing), review and dissemination of current research on grief and mourning (education).

We have a good, internal, organizational framework (By-Laws, Policies and Procedures Manual, Chapter Leader's Guide, etc.); strong, motivated, dedicated 10-member volunteer board and capable volunteer chapter leadership. We continue to move forward with ongoing successful fundraising and marketing to ensure strong financial stability and stewardship.​

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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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BEREAVED PARENTS OF THE USA

Board of directors
as of 1/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kathy Corrigan

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Term: 2017 - 2021

Debby Hunsaker

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Kathy Corrigan

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Bill Lyon

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Barbara Dietrich

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Liz Boenig

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Charlotte Jackson

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Fran Alger

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Chuck Curtiss

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Katie Alger

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Nicole Nicole Walp Miller

Bereaved Parents of the USA

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 10/24/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability