Human Services

GUIDING STAR PROJECT

Ironton, MN

Mission

The mission of The Guiding Star Project is twofold. First, we will establish Guiding Star Centers that promote a new norm for Women's Healthcare by providing fertility, childbirth, breastfeeding, and family life services. Second, we will change the cultural narrative surrounding Women's Healthcare and provide a definition and framework for wholistic and life-affirming care.

Ruling Year

2015

CEO & Founder

Leah Jacobson

Spokesperson, National Board Member

Abby Johnson

Main Address

Po Box 238

Ironton, MN 56455 USA

Keywords

Women's Health

EIN

45-4370118

 Number

4006045727

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Reproductive Health Care Facilities and Allied Services (E40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Mainstream Women’s Healthcare does not typically provide natural, holistic, pro-woman, or pro-family care. The protocols and procedures commonly prescribed are often at odds with what is best for women’s health. Many protocols, in fact, harm women’s health in favor of having women fill a societal expectation of our roles, rather than helping us maintain a healthy body. Women who find themselves facing a crisis pregnancy often feel left alone and without resources, making them feel that abortion is their only feasible option. Resources that they need are often unknown to her and can be difficult to find and time-consuming to access. Multiple services are rarely located in a single location. The management of the suppression of our healthy and natural functioning should not be women’s healthcare, but that is often what it is. Wholistic, life-affirming, woman-affirming care should be the norm!

Our programs

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New Affiliate Expansion

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We are working to establish comprehensive centers nationwide for women and families that uphold Natural Law and promote a New Feminism; a complementary view of humanity that places women, men, and children in loving family circles of trust, stability, and of mutual giving and acceptance. These centers will provide support for natural means of family planning, fertility care, childbirth, breastfeeding, and family life. Guiding Star Centers will be evident by their empowering atmosphere and the convenience of a ‘one-stop shop’ for all the support women and families need to honor their natural gift of fertility and the important role of motherhood. These Centers will meet the needs of everyday people in wholistic, life-affirming ways. We will facilitate cooperation between many providers to better serve women and families in one convenient, professional, welcoming location.

The following strategies will be the focus of GSP over the next two years. The strategies are divided into two major parts: 1) Women's Heathcare; 2) Cultural Change WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE In order to ensure the quality of our Affiliates and the care the provide, we will develop a benchmark system that guides Affiliates growth by encouraging them in community collaboration to expand their services and continually strive for higher levels of care, In order to develop Affiliate relations and move them through the benchmark system, we will acquire an Affiliate Director to provide Affiliates with necessary support and regulation. CULTURAL CHANGE To create cultural change we will form a speakers' bureau with a line-up of speakers who will go across the country talking on different aspects of GSP's vision for women's healthcare. We will also create Guiding Star Media to produce books, brochures, and educational materials.

With a network of 6 Guiding Star Centers currently operating, and a number of potential affiliates, a community of experts in the field of Wholistic Women's Healthcare have been assembled. These experienced medical providers and service providers contribute to the success of The Guiding Star Project as a whole, and are GSP's finest resource. The Guiding Star Project as a brand is continuing to grow in recognition, and is present at some of the largest and most prestigious events centered on pro-woman and pro-life healthcare. Over the last two years GSP has gone from being operated by volunteers, to a paid staff of three individuals who are educated and experienced in the management and operations of an organization.

First, our progress can be measured by the number of affiliates we have across the country. As our number of affiliates grows, this indicates our influence in the realm of women's healthcare is also growing. Second, our progress can be measured by the care and service provided in Guiding Star Centers, and through the response of the clients who use the services at Guiding Star Centers. Finally, our progress in the realm of influencing cultural change can be measured by our recognition/influence on social media platforms, including views on Youtube, and followers on Facebook.

Since 2015, six Guiding Star Centers have opened across the country, and become fully operational. In the past year, GSP staff has consulted with professionals in the field of women's healthcare and developed a standard of service for all Guiding Star Centers, along with a Guiding Star Affiliate Operations Manual to ensure the quality and success of each Center. In terms of cultural change, we continue to increase instances of exposure to the public through conferences and speaking events. This year has seen a doubling of the number of speaking events our Guiding Star speakers have been invited to. GSP is continuing to rely on the expertise of our partners to provide educational opportunities, such as women's healthcare webinars and educational brochures.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No