Sharing Kindness Inc

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ORLEANS, MA   |  www.sharingkindness.org

Mission

At Sharing Kindness, our mission is empathy, education and courageous conversation to raise suicide awareness and to provide grief support for healthier communities.

Ruling year info

2018

Founder

Davis Walters

Main address

PO BOX 1082

ORLEANS, MA 02653 USA

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EIN

38-4038215

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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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?

Documentary Films

We show documentaries at Cape & Islands middle and high schools as a means to start conversations around suicide and mental health, spreading awareness among our most vulnerable population.

ANGST: a documentary that aims to remove stigma and open up conversation around anxiety, helping people understand and manage their symptoms, and know when to reach out for help. Most importantly, it shows people that they are not alone, and that anxiety is treatable.

Shown at the following schools (2018-2019), followed by panel discussion: Monomoy, Dennis-Yarmouth, Mashpee, Falmouth and Sandwich High Schools, and Nauset Middle and High Schools

MY ASCENSION: a 2021 documentary following a suicide attempt that left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader Emma Benoit paralyzed, motivating a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope, while shining more light on the fact that 20 young people die by suicide every day in the US.

Showings (pending): Nauset Middle and High Schools

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students
Preteens
Young adults

GRIEF TOOLS: our own Sharing Kindness curriculum encompasses movement with our certified yoga teacher, journaling and support from our LMHC clinician, art therapy, drumming and mindfulness.

Currently offered to the following groups: caregivers associated with the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center, clients associated with Helping Our Women, and grandparents belonging to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

MOVE YOUR GRIEF: Yoga and journaling with facilitators, offered on a monthly basis for all who grieve

GOOD MOURNING: a facilitated monthly peer support group that meets for brunch and conversations around grief

SUICIDE LOSS SURVIVORS BOOK GROUP: a monthly peer support group for parents who are surviving the death of a child from suicide

TENDING TO YOUR GRIEF: a program for grieving families and children 6-12 years old

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults
Families
Caregivers

GRIEF EDUCATION FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Sharing Kindness is the local host for the annual meeting of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief

GRIEF EDUCATION FOR FUNERAL DIRECTORS: We distribute “Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss: A Guide for Funeral Directors” to all funeral homes on the Cape & Islands in collaboration with the Samaritans

MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION: Two-day showings of Angst for all Cape & Islands Social Workers, Department of Child and Family Services (DCF)

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Adults

Since 2017, the Cape & Islands Suicide Awareness Walk has been hosted by Sharing Kindness in collaboration with National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), the Cape & Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands. A fundraiser for these local organizations, and moreover, an effort to “End the Silence” around the epidemic of suicide, the annual event is an opportunity to honor those we have lost, advocate for those who struggle and support suicide loss survivors. The walk shows those affected by suicide that they are not alone, and encourages them to share their stories.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults
Activists
Children and youth

Where we work

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

    We serve community members who are experiencing grief and loss. Our program serves community members across their lifespan.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We heard from young adults (20 and 30-somethings) that they did not have good access to peer grief support. We have just launched "Good Mourning", a Sunday morning grief support group, held in a neutral location and promoted on social media, including our first experience with TikTok.

  • 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?

    It hasn't changed our relationship, but enhanced it, as those we serve feel heard.

  • 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?

    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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Sharing Kindness Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Davis Walters

Tracy Taylor

Ass't VP, Cape Cod 5

Korrin Dean

Small business owner

Gwynne Guzzeau, JD, MS

Exec. Dir., Helping Our Women

Alexandra Nelson

Mgr, Nonprofit

Steven Garran

CPA

J Carlos Peinado

Filmmaker

Melissa DeMarco

Accountant

David Samuel

Union Gaffer

Christian Jones

Compass RE

Gerard Wheeler

Toyota Inc.

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 01/08/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2022

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 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 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.