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Modern Widows Club Inc.

Pioneers of widow solutions, support and research.

Winter Park , FL   |  https://modernwidowsclub.org

Mission

Mission: Empowering Widows to Thrive. We empower widows to thrive with compassionate support to move through grief to growth. We are pioneering widow solutions, support, and research to lead the widows health movement for women worldwide. As widows helping widows, we offer in-person and virtual support groups, activities, travel opportunities, educational courses, mentoring programs, conferences, videos, podcasts, opportunities for advocacy and philanthropy, and more. Widows receive services and support through our national, international, and virtual groups long after most become ineligible for traditional grief support.

Notes from the nonprofit

The 2020-2022 Pandemic impacted our organization with increased needs and decreased funding. The gap between the two is requiring new grants and donors to sustain our 166% growth in services over this span of time.

Ruling year info

2014

President, Founder, Development Director

Carolyn Moor

Main address

127 W. Fairbanks Avenue #282

Winter Park , FL 32789 USA

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EIN

46-1440059

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (F11)

Women's Service Clubs (S81)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently there are nearly 13 million widows in the United States; over one million widowed annually. Many are raising families, struggling after the sudden loss of a major wage earner and in need to secure healthcare, viable options to protect and provide for themselves and their families while grieving. Resources are scarce and vary in every city/ state. Health wise, widowhood is an all affront attack on women's health and needs to be addressed as the #1 most stressful life event causing many unnecessary issues as they rebuild their life after the trauma of losing a spouse. Bereavement leave legally allows employed widows only 3 days off to finalize end of life planning and then, return to work. This needs to change. There are 258 million widows throughout the world and over 585 million children directly impacted. Historically, widows across the planet are unrecognized, voiceless, undervalued, stigmatized, and isolated economically, emotionally, and spiritually and socially.

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?

Widow Leadership Development

We guide and equip widow leaders within local communities to establish their own chapters, creating centers of hope, resource access, and empowerment for other widows. Positioned uniquely between traditional grief support and the nurturing required for flourishing post-loss, we fill a critical void.

We implement our LEAD e-course and widow leader training in a 2-part process. Each leader spends 2-3 months training to launch their own local peer-support community.

To ensure seamless communication, monthly leadership discussions are conducted via ZOOM.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families
Caregivers
Parents
Widows and widowers

Our annual one to two day health and wellbeing weekend events, designed to uplift and empower widows with holistic support. This inspiring gathering offers wisdom from leading experts, access to pertinent vendors, and a community of role models all dedicated to empowering widows to flourish.

Since 2021, we've warmly welcomed daughters grieving the loss of their father to join their widowed mothers. This program is titled "Legacy Club". This initiative aims to foster a brighter future for the next generation facing possible widowhood, providing them with a specialized program of speakers and peer support.

Past Events:
- 2024: Virtual Worldwide - Date TBD
- 2023: September 14-16, St. Louis, MO
- 2022: September 23-25, Scottsdale, AZ
- 2021: Houston, TX
- 2020: Virtual Worldwide
- 2019: Leadership Conference Only
- 2018: Orlando, FL
- 2017: Orlando, FL

We anticipate a gathering of 200-500 attendees, coming together to share, learn, and grow.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families
Parents
Widows and widowers
Multiracial people

**LOVE FOR WIDOWS Benevolent Fund**

The MWC has proudly distributed 80 micro-grants, ranging from $100 to $1,000, across 70 applications to address the severe hardships caused by COVID-19, including urgent food and medical needs. In response to the staggering increase of over 100,000 widows worldwide due to the pandemic, we are reaching out to foundations and individuals to secure ongoing support for this critical program.

In May 2020, we allocated $70,000 to provide crucial assistance to widow leaders and MWC members facing significant challenges. Additionally, in March 2021, in the wake of the devastating snowstorm, widow leaders and members in our Houston and Austin, TX communities were awarded $500 grants to meet their immediate financial needs.

We are committed to continuing our support for widows in these trying times and invite you to join us in this vital effort. Currently, there is no funding in our benevolent fund to assist widows with their needs in this way.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families
Multiracial people
Economically disadvantaged people
Widows and widowers

Podcasts serve as a global bridge, connecting us with widows everywhere and offering a platform for discussions on education, awareness, advocacy, inspiration, resources, and community. Under the banner of "No Widow Left Behind," we explore the journey toward Healthy Widowhood, focusing on the seven crucial pillars that profoundly affect a woman's life during this phase.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Advocacy and awareness play a crucial role in ensuring our widow support programs gain the recognition and understanding in society. Beyond the initial period of grief, widows find themselves in need of comprehensive life support, navigating through a myriad of secondary losses. The existing support system often falls short, resembling a bridge that is only halfway built. The Modern Widows Club actively works to debunk myths and present the realities of widowhood, advocating across social, governmental, and religious platforms for enhanced support for these profoundly underserved women and their families.

From March 2021 to 2024, we've made significant strides, nearing 15,000 signatures on a petition launched on change.org. This initiative seeks to amplify widow rights both in the U.S. and globally, in collaboration with the Global Fund for Widows. You can learn more and support our cause at [change.org/p/u-s-president-joe-biden-address-widows-issues-now](https://www.chan

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families
Widows and widowers
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

A new direction in a widows journey with our extensive e-course bundle, featuring the HOPE, HEAL, GROW program, meticulously crafted for widows dedicated to embracing forward momentum and achieving comprehensive wellness in widowhood.

When widows dive into the HOPE module with 28 lessons, an interactive e-course that will bring comfort, understanding and uplifting hope in your widowhood journey. Complimentary and no charge to any and all widows.

As they navigate through the healing process we introduce them to HEAL e-course with 38 lessons, and expand to GROW with 43 lessons for a nominal program fee.

Each step on this journey is designed to guide you along the path of Healthy Widowhood, structured around the 7 Pillars of Healthy Widowhood.

This self-paced course allows you the freedom to explore as many lessons as you wish each day, week, or month. They may start their transformative journey today at [courses.modernwidowsclub.org](https://courses.modernwidowsclub.org).

Population(s) Served

PIVOT is MWC Founder Carolyn Moor's flagship course: 6 months of personal and group support, accountability, mentoring and training on how to rebuild life as a widow pivots and grows. Every month, January through June, there are a total of 3- 90 minute ZOOM calls and an expert professional guest speaker each month.
Carolyn mentors 15 widows through the Pillars of Healthy Widowhood.
courses.modernwidowsclub.org

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
Families
Parents
Widows and widowers
Women

A virtual experience to ask MWC Founder Carolyn Moor questions about the widowhood experience. Enjoy a one hour, educational, uplifting and fun time for support, inspiration and widowhood wisdom shared.

This coach-a-thon has proved to increase levels of hope for widows through accessing our virtual mentoring support model. We aim to support a minimum of 100 widows to find solutions through this access.

4x Annually for all widows. A $15 tax deductible fee applies. Scholarships available.
courses.modernwidowsclub.org

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families
Multiracial people
Multiracial people
Parents
Widows and widowers

Our Widow Supporter Newsletter is a six month awareness campaign for those who know a widow, how to best support. Supporting widows is an important job, and we offer resources and guidance for those looking to help a widow.

It may be a family member, friend, neighbor, or coworker. As a widow supporter, knowledge about widowhood topics and circumstances is invaluable. The widow in your life will be grateful for your commitment to learning more about what shes going through.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Widows and widowers
Veterans
Activists

Our WIDOW EMPOWERMENT QUIZ is for widows who want to know whats next, and how to get there. No matter how long its been since you became widowed, this tool can help you determine where you are on the hope, heal, grow, and lead pathway in widowhood. As a snapshot of the phase youre currently in, our quiz can help you identify ways to care for yourself as you move forward, along with ways others can support you.

"Where do I begin?" This is an all too familiar question many widows face. We get it.

We created this short quiz to help you determine which phase of widow empowerment you may be facing at the current time. We were able to develop this from decades of lived experiences from widows just like you right here at Modern Widows Club.

* Read and complete: Approximately 15 minutes.
* Final result: A summary will be provided at the end.

Modern Widows Club created this tool to empower you in identifying your current phase on the Hope, Heal, Grow, and Lead pathway in widowhood.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Widows and widowers

Where we work

Awards

Woman of the Year (Founder, Carolyn Moor) 2022

Orlando Magazine

Woman of the Year 2024

Orange Appeal Magazine

Top 10 People Building a Better Orlando 2023

Orlando Magazine

Affiliations & memberships

Florida Nonprofit Alliance 2024

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 conference attendees

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

Women and girls, Adults, Families, Widows and widowers, Single parents

Related Program

Widow Leadership Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our annual chapter Widow Leadership Program to educate and empower widow leaders with experts, resources, mastermind groups and leadership building curriculum.

Total number of new organization members

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

Women and girls, Adults, Widows and widowers, Single parents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Global Advocacy and Awareness Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our database sign ups combined with organic social media reach.

Number of websites and organizations (outside of our organization) that share our resources and information

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

Women and girls, Adults, Families, Widows and widowers, Single parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Partnerships created with CFP's, Estate Attorneys, Researchers, Places of Worship, Corporations, Outreach Charities and Individual Donors to bring resources into our local chapters to build community.

Number of new donors

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

Women and girls, Adults, Families, Parents, Widows and widowers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Private, corporate matching and corporations combined increased appropriately as new chapters were created.

Number of online groups served

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

Women and girls, Adults, Families, Widows and widowers, Single parents

Related Program

Widow Leadership Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Every communit has a private FB page for each community to communicate after widows have attended an actual LIVE meeting. These communities thrive in the area of resource sharing and finding mentors.

Number of advocate or trained spokesperson citations in the media

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

Women and girls, Adults, Families, Widows and widowers, Single parents

Related Program

Widow Leadership Development

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

MWC is the premier research widow population and has been surveyed 3 x for empirical studies published in peer reviewed journals. Local media increases w/ each chapter launch.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Women and girls, Adults, Families, Widows and widowers, Single parents

Related Program

Widow Leadership Development

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All Community Advocates, BOD and ProBono Professionals, as well as, our ED and VA volunteer their time to enable MWC to exist and serve widows. We currently manage 160 volunteers.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Families, Multiracial people, Widows and widowers, Single parents

Related Program

Global Advocacy and Awareness Outreach

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Services include any and all outreach avenues from Modern Widows Club.

Number of curricula designed

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

Global Advocacy and Awareness Outreach

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Launched our Widow Empowerment School of Thought (WESOT) to develop new online programs, design e-courses, evergreen webinars and event registrations from one platform.

Number of widow community advocates applying to lead in their city.

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

Women and girls, Adults, Families, Widows and widowers, Single parents

Related Program

Widow Leadership Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Requests for local MWC communities by widows in underserved areas globally.

Number of participants reporting change in behavior or cessation of activity

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

Widows and widowers, Economically disadvantaged people, Caregivers, Single parents

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2500 Widows participated in our 2021 Widow Empowerment Quiz 1.0 with a follow up on how many moved from hope to heal, heal to grow, or grow to lead on our widow empowerment healthy widow pathway.

Number of participants engaged in programs

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2024 has increased to 300,000 direct services from our 40 programs overall.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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 organization aims to serve 100,000 widows to lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in the world by the end of 2022.

Our 2018 goal was to serve 25,000 widows at 25 local communities.
We've over exceeded that goal and in 2019, we now currently serve 40,000 with 32 communities with 10 new communities launching in 2020. Because of COVID-19 pandemic, Virtual Chapters have been launched and we increased to 43 communities in two short years.

Our annual 2019 Leadership Development Conference received an all time high of 55 leaders attending and supported by a $65,000 foundation grant. Each leader received highly effective leadership skills and tools and how to create their 'elevator speech'. They participated in an MWC fundraiser in Nashville over that weekend, which attracted over 200 attendees and raised $225,000.

Our 2020 Widow Empowerment Event was changed to a Virtual event with 450 widows from 12 countries attending. We announced our plan for a LIVE Widow Empowerment Event for Houston, TX Sept 17-19, 2021 and over 150 widows attended in person.

In 2022, we plan to continue both our LIVE in person Widow Empowerment Event (WEE) in Scottsdale, AZ Sept 23-25 and our Virtual WEE Saturday May 14. Serving both virtually and in person will continue in our future strategy.

Our ultimate goal for intended impact is to enable and empower as many U.S. widows by pioneering and revolutionizing how widows are encouraged to serve, mentor, lead and advocate for the widowhood communities worldwide. We currently are the premier widow research organization and uphold high standards for whom we partner with.

After three years mentoring and serving hundreds of widows Modern Widows Club became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2014 continuing to serve widows as a mentoring, leadership, and empowerment organization serving as a bridge of understanding, comfort, education, compassion, and positive change between widows and society at large.

With our media outreach, chapter leadership, life changing events and media coverage, we are positioned to attain our 5 year goals now that our infrastructure is fully supported.

Implementing a successful mentoring and leadership models Modern Widows Club uses a proven approach to give widows a powerful, growth community and a voice, to enable and empower them to move forward and become vital thriving contributing members of society.

By training more widows to become community advocates, we'll be able to raise awareness and presence so more widows can find a supportive, positive and understanding community to meet their numerous resource needs.

Long term our visionary communities provide a resource that doesn't currently exist for this demographic of women.

The resources and core assets to support Modern Widows Club to attain our long-term goals are:

Internal Resources
1- A passionate and dedicated Executive Director, Founder and Development Director who is motivational and inspirational.
2- A committed Board of Directors
3- A community of widows who donate with annual memberships and donations.
4- A community of over 150 trained community advocates who are women who have experienced widowhood who are moving forward and reaching back. Their commitment is strong.
5- An established group of pro bono professionals to assist with legal, accounting, marketing, strategic planning, budgeting, research and social media.

External Resources
1- Partnership with Global Fund for Widows/ Heather Leathers, NYC increase global widow awareness.
2- A strong partnership with New Hope for Kids, a local children's grief center in Orlando, FL
3- Partnerships with 4- campuses at Life Austin Church and one mega campus with First Baptist Church in Orlando to promote International Widows Day June 23.
4- Our Founder has been featured in CBS Sunday Morning, The Wall Street Journal, Global Leadership Summit, Growing Bolder Magazine, HuffPost LIVE expert, NPR, PBS, TLC and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Local publications include Orlando Sentinel, Central FL Community Magazine and Lake Mary Magazine.
5- Several corporations such at Price Financial, Edward Jones, Charles Schwab, Raymond James, Dignity Memorial and many speakers have provided services and resources to our community.
6- Journal of Financial Service Professionals: We partnered with this prestigious peer-reviewed academic journal to produce the first ever survey with 1100 widows and 3600 widows with second survey responding from our research population to indicate how widows feel about their finances.

We are serving the mission by positively impacting over 50,000 widows around the world in our database and social sites.

Our basic operational start up needs for a lean staff has been raised providing us the ability to hire a full time Executive Director, Development Director, Program Team Director, Communications/ Social Media Director to support local chapter growth and effectiveness.

We receive new community advocate training requests monthly and don't anticipate that this will end any time soon. Widows are given grief and bereavement services for the first year, then there is few to nothing for helping to empower them. By educating and marketing to more of society, we open up the opportunity for cross pollination in assisting with resources coming directed to help assist our community of widows.

Modern Widows Club is positioned to be the premier widows organization to pioneer permanent change for future generations.

We've already been the subject of study for the Nonprofit and Leadership Masters Program at the University of Central FL. We've learned that we are focused on women, not men (widowers) even though they need programs as well.

We've learned that as we grow, we find lawyers, doctors, financial advisors and many other service oriented careers within our club- this networking helps our community to access trustworthy connections on a professional and a personal level. This is reassuring to our women since trust is a big issue for them. The risk of growing too large too fast is a big topic of discussion by our BOD. We did not launch any new chapters in 2015 because of this reason. We stabilized our current chapters as our foundation and pillars to receive feedback and input to evaluate where our strengths and weaknesses were.

We are focused on revolutionizing how widows are served, but understanding why they've been underserved for too long. We are the trailblazers in innovating how widows today and tomorrow will find life support.

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 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 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 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

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Modern Widows Club Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Megan Kopka

Apprise Wealth Asset Management

Term: 2026 - 2024


Board co-chair

Dave Joswick

Retired New Hope for Kids

Term: 2024 - 2026

Carolyn Moor

Modern Widows Club President

Megan Kopka

Apprise Wealth Managment Firm

Dave Joswick

Retired New Hope For Kids Grief Center

Skye Bergeson

Edward Jones CFP

Hillari Wennerstrom

Nonprofit Executive Director

Alicia Scala

Confidential

Todla Hobson

Mental Health M.A.

Gwen Mysiak

PUNT Pediatric Center Executive Director

Gini Swancy

Sotheby's Realty

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/27/2024

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

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/14/2020

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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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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 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.