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The Freadom®️Road Foundation

A way out

Elmwood Park, IL   |  www.thefreadomroadfoundation.org

Mission

To break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. We do this through literacy, marketing, and strategic partnerships.

Ruling year info

1997

President

Maria Hayley

Co Principal Officer

Martín Gómez

Main address

P.O. Box 350012

Elmwood Park, IL 60707 USA

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EIN

36-4109624

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to address the problem of children of the incarcerated and others (adults and children) living in impoverished communities, with low educational levels, consequent low employment opportunities, and hopelessness contributing to their being caught in - or at risk of being caught in - the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. Education is a documented way out of this dire situation. Inequitable opportunities for education in the form of books, literacy materials, and family supports leading to school readiness, success in school, and resources for independent learning are too often the case in communities described above. We aim to address this inequity.

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?

Freadom®️ Families

In collaborative partnership with family support organization Family Focus - Englewood, families with children ages birth to three choose new books magazines, resource materials, book character dolls, bookcases, get connected to libraries, visit bookstores and are encouraged to create home libraries.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Family relationships
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations

Initiated with the late John Stephan - long time officer of the Kiwanis Club of Lake View Chicago in partnership with the Chicago Boys and Girls Club of Logan Square where he also served as Club Director, this program seeks to reverse the dire prediction of probable future incarceration of third graders falling below proficient in national reading scores. The program engages all members of the family of the child "in jeopardy" to raise the child's reading scores and develop a love of reading and writing within the home environment. Connections are made to other resources, especially libraries and book stores.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
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 children and their family members who receive literacy materials and/or literacy enhancing services

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Relates to all programs

Number of literacy related items distributed

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers relate to all programs combined. 2023 jump is due to purchase and amply stocking two large cabinets at two sites, rather than only making individual distributions.

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 aim to address the educational inequities described above by providing literacy resources and services where these are missing in partnership with relevant organizations. These include libraries, family support organizations,
social agencies such as Kiwanis, Boys and Girls clubs, health related organizations, as well as correctional and Reentry organizations, among others.

We aim to create online programs and resources, such as a curated library and educational downloads.

We plan to grow our revenues by licensing our trademark, increasing our endowment fund, attracting sponsors, and increasing our mailing list as a basis for conducting an online fundraiser in 2025

We plan on sending out the Survey we have developed to our stakeholders and incorporate the responses in the revised draft of our Strategic Plan.

We plan to revise the first draft our five year Strategic Plan by 2025



We have identified the 15 top zip codes in Chicago where conditions are such as to pose the highest risk for educational failure and incarceration. This will guide us in our journey become a presence in all 15 - step by step as our finances and human capacity increase.

We have developed and continue to seek partnerships with relevant organizations.

We have developed the first draft of our five year Strategic Plan encompassing five major focus points -
Research, Materials, Marketing, Financial and human capacity, and Evaluation. Goals for this year are described in the section "Goals"above.

We have a dedicated Board which contributes $1,000 each annually for each year served, and a distinguished Board of Advisors

We are have a $5,000 pledge annually by Kiwanis Club of Lakeview to sustaining our existing children's programs

We have an endowment fund we are growing

We have long time volunteers

Our budget is consistently in the black

We have conducted years of extensive research which on which we base our programs and strategies.
Research is ongoing.

We have grown form serving 50 people when we began direct programming in 2014 to nearly 400.

We began with our presence in only one of our targeted zip codes, which as increased to four.

We began direct service with an annual budget of $1,000. Our program budget this year was nearly $15,000 (and growing)

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • 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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The Freadom®️Road Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Maria Hayley

The Freadom®️Road Foundatio


Board co-chair

Mr. Martín Gómez

MJ Gómez Associates LLC

Term: 2020 - 2028

Martin J. Gomez

MJ Gomez Associates

Anna Crockett

Executive Function Matters

M. Kevin Price

Anson Industries

Sujin Huggins, Ph.D

Dominican University

Thomas D. Rosenwein

Rosenwein Law Group

Joseph N. Lazzara

Retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/10/2024

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/26/2023

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 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 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 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.