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Undies For Everyone

Houston, TX   |  http://www.undiesforeveryone.org

Mission

Undies for Everyone provides children in crisis with new underwear, recognizing the importance of a small basic need as part of a child’s increased chances for long term success.

Notes from the nonprofit

In May, 2021 UFE adopted a whistleblower policy.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Rabbi Amy Weiss

Main address

3610 Willowbend #1000

Houston, TX 77054 USA

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EIN

46-0640114

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Families living in poverty experience domino effects including material hardship, directly affecting a child’s chances at future success. A pediatric journal article, “Poverty is Not Just an Indicator: The Relationship Between Income, Poverty, and Child Well-Being” highlights the issue, “Income poverty is associated with lower parental capacity to invest in developmental inputs that contribute to children's development and educational outcomes”(https://www.academicpedsjnl.net/article/S1876-2859(15)00383-6/fulltext ). Lack of underwear is a clear material hardship, made more difficult for impoverished families to secure because new underwear is not accepted by clothing donation organizations, it is a costly item, and few agencies give children underwear. A survey commissioned by JCPenney found that “46% of parents living in poverty say that underwear is among the clothing items that tend to be the hardest to find or get for their child(ren)” (https://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/20

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?

2023 Underwear Distribution

UFE is giving 7 pairs of underwear to over 214,000 children living in poverty and/or crisis. Distribution partners include federally mandated school district Homeless Department, Child Protective Services, Community Closets, Boys and Girls Clubs and pediatric mobile units. Over 75 distribution partners work with UFE to distribute 1.5 million pairs of underwear in 35 U.S. cities.

Population(s) Served

Undies for Change: Created to make it possible for children anywhere in the US to receive underwear and offer a companies and organizations an opportunity to volunteer in their own offices. When a company or organization sponsors an Undies for Change program, we ship a minimum of 2,520 pairs of flat underwear, bags, and stickers. A UFE staff member trains the group leader to roll and pack the underwear in bags of 7, box it and deliver it to a local children’s organization. Undies for Change has quickly become a very popular program, and to date, participant companies include Chevron, Geico, Emerson, Halliburton and countless volunteer organizations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

One Click Undies has informally been a part of UFE programming for more than five years but was officially named and partner materials created in 2021. Using a custom created Amazon wish list, individuals, organizations, and companies sign up to do a virtual drive that can easily be added onto Undies for Change or done as a stand-alone project. The underwear is sent to Undies for Everyone World Headquarters in Houston, then packed by volunteers for shipping to partner distributors.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Volunteering in Houston is a popular activity for families, groups and companies committed to volunteering. As one of the only nonprofits that welcomes children as young as 6, many families bring their children to us for their first philanthropic experience. We are committed to family participation, believing that we can serve children in need and teach children who do not need underwear about the importance of helping kids just like themselves.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

2019 Innovation in the Field of Child Advocacy 2019

Children at Risk

Amy Weiss named Hero 2022

CNN Heroes

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

How many children receive underwear each year

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2017 totals DO NOT reflect Hurricane Harvey numbers. Decrease from 2020 to 2021 reflects change in programming from serving one pair per child after an in school accident to each child receiving 7.

How many pair of underwear are distributed each year

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2017 numbers do not reflect serving men, women and children affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1,500,000 pairs.

Number of new donors

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

2022 Goals:

1. Distribute 1,100,000 pairs of underwear to underserved US children.

2. Add Los Angeles as the 16th UFE city.

1.Implement expansion plans to serve children in 16 US cities .

2.Identify and create partnerships with volunteer and granting organizations in each city.

3. Partner with vetted social service agencies and federally mandated school district Homeless Departments.

4. Employ PR and marketing communications to establish presence in new cities.

5. Offer local packing opportunities to benefit additional local children.

Undies for Everyone has capabilities limited only by our imagination. New underwear for disadvantaged children is a need that has not been specifically addressed by other organizations and UFE is well aware of the opportunities to successfully replicate the program in other cities and states.
The COVID pandemic opened an opportunity for UFE to change distribution, focusing on giving 7 pairs to children served by school districts and social service agencies. This change assists children in millions of impoverished homes experiencing material hardship.

-In 2021 UFE is set to increase underwear distribution by 26%.

- UFE has distributed over four million pair of underwear since its inception in 2012, including 2 million pair to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

- UFE partners with federally mandated school district homeless departments, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and vetted social service agencies directly serving impoverished children.

- More than 1,800 volunteers serve UFE each year (prior to COVID). Reopening volunteers this year.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 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 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 people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Undies For Everyone

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Megan Ryan

Jim Grace

Grace McEwan

Barry Mandel

Discovery Green Conservancy

Megan Ryan

Patient Advocate

Stephanie Magers

Chevron

Lisset Garza

Shell Oil, retired

Cyndy Garza-Roberts

Comcast

Mark Parsons

Reliant Energy

Dominique Calhoun

Calhoun Meredith

Dr. Sanghamitra Misra

Texas Children's Hospital

Evan Wildstein

Every Texan

June Deadrick

CenterPoint Energy

Jamie Kaplan

Consumer Electronics Association

Rebekah Herman

PNC Bank

Jason Buchman

Stratum Reservoir

Jay Aiyer

Harris County Attorneys Office

Noemi Scantlebury

United Airlines

Jaclyn Goodell

Conoco Phillips

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/14/2024

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, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/04/2023

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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 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.