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Sailing Heals Inc

Salem, MA   |  www.sailingheals.org

Mission

Sailing Heals hosts people who are navigating cancer and serious life-threatening illnesses on restorative, inspiriting sailing excursions. Our purpose is to give those who are diagnosed with serious illness and their caregivers a break from the physical and mental stresses associated with treatments, disease management, and daily life obligations.

Ruling year info

2012

President

Dr. Lori Wirth

Main address

27 Congress Street Suite 205-3

Salem, MA 01970 USA

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EIN

45-2859863

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is an ongoing and often unmet need for psychosocial support available to people across the cancer continuum, their family members, and caregivers. Our core belief is that interacting with nature (blue & green spaces) has immediate positive physiological and psychological benefits; especially for those distressed by and burdened with serious illness. Our aim is to give people a soothing experience on the water: away from the clinical environment, a break from stress and anxiety of "all things cancer," an opportunity to relax with loved ones and create a positive memory. Sailing Heals' is working to address health equity in cancer care by reaching deeper and wider into our vulnerable communities in need of a break, but may not have the financial resources for self-care, may have limited access to our coast and ocean, or are not aware that our free programs are available to them.

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 Sail Excursions

Sailing Heals brings the restorative benefits of being on the ocean to all people across the cancer continuum, regardless of income. Our core belief is that interacting with nature (blue & green spaces) has positive physiological and psychological benefits for people; especially for those struggling with cancer and serious illness. The financial burden associated with treatment and disease management can add this emotional stress, and limit people's access to self-care activities and services.

We host two-hour excursions patients in treatment, remission, survivorship, and their caregivers, aboard chartered schooner sails so they can relax, socialize with others experiencing similar life challenges, and most-importantly, to take a break from the daily grind of "all things cancer."

Since 2011, more than 5,250 people have been able to take a break on the water through our free sail programs.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers
Chronically ill people
Terminally ill 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 free participants on field trips

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

Caregivers, People with diseases and illnesses, People with physical disabilities

Related Program

Free Sail Excursions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Guests who participated in programs: Chartered Schooner Sails, Private Sails with Volunteer Host Captains, Boston & North Shore. Reflects geographic shift from East & West coast events, pre-pandemic.

Number of trips provided

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

Free Sail Excursions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of excursions held per year post-2020 program change to chartered schooner & private sails with volunteer host captains, Boston & North Shore. Pre-2020, small events, East & West Coasts.

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.

Our goals are to continue to offer a spirit-lifting day at sea for cancer patients, their caregivers and others in need of a healing break in our 20+ current ports where we operate and to add one port each year. We'd like to continue to attract quality and experienced individuals as volunteer host captains, board members and volunteers.

We would also like to pay our staff a working wage which is motivating and commensurate with the skills and dedication they bring to the organization.

We would like to create more alliances with businesses that can provide some cost-savings for us in the way of transportation and travel costs and event costs. We have been successful in doing this with our printing and design help but would like to expand these relationships to other areas that can provide professional support and assistance to our organization.

We have a multi-prong strategy for making this work including 2 - 3 larger fundraising events a year and 3 - 4 smaller ones; mail campaigns; our Sailing Hearts legacy/memorial program; and more stewardship of our existing donors/sponsors.

Hard work and sound and regular input from our board and other professionals will lead us to achieve these goals as they have in the past.

In the 12 years we have been operating, we have hosted over 5,250 guests for healing sails in 24 ports around the country. In many cases, our guests have told us that they enjoyed the best day of their summer with us and that our program provided the hope and joy they needed to get through, perhaps, a final phase of their illness and have faith that they will have enjoyable days again.

We have established real and lasting relationships with some of the best yacht clubs and hundreds of generous host captains. We have a dedicated group of volunteers in many of our ports and hundreds of donors who want to support our efforts. We have established our Sailing Hearts legacy program to honor or remember loved ones at each of our events/sails that has been quite moving for all who have participated.

We have managed to sustain an excellent board of directors & grow our staff from one full time Exec. Dir. and part time bookkeeper to now 3 part-time staff and one ED.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Sailing Heals Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Lori Wirth

Ken Adam

Pamela O'Connor

Dudley Welch

Lori Wirth

Peter Gamage

Jennifer Brock

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 ? 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