Market Project Inc

Helping Others Find Their Place

aka The Market Project   |   Washington, DC   |  www.marketproject.org

Mission

To create thriving businesses that offer stable, dignity-affirming jobs for survivors of trauma, exploitation and trafficking, with a focus on products and services that emphasize hands-on engagement, workplace training and healing support.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Dorothy Douglas Taft

Main address

PO Box 15491

Washington, DC 20003 USA

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EIN

46-4190613

NTEE code info

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Job Creation Through Business Development

Guided by the belief that a stable job is often a critical missing link in a person’s trauma healing journey, The Market Project leverages the power of the marketplace and a deep understanding about the impact of trauma to help men and women who have experienced complex trauma, exploitation and human trafficking. The Market Project creates for-profit, market-driven local businesses that offer safe, stable, dignity-affirming, and healing work for survivors of trauma, exploitation, and trafficking. By partnering with local service partner organizations who make employee referrals, men and women are offered the opportunity to find hope and flourish through safe, stable, dignity-affirming work, as well as to begin their journey of emotional and spiritual healing.

While employed, workers learn new vocational skills that are task-specific and designed to help them succeed in the workplace. Managers and supervisors receive one-on-one business mentoring and coaching through a qualified business coach.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Central to The Market Project’s mission is creating a trauma-informed work environment that utilizes a strengths-based management approach for all employees. In partnership with local experts trained in trauma care, we strive to integrate principles such as safety, trustworthiness and transparency, peer support, empowerment, voice and choice into our management practices. Whether an employee is with a local business for 3 months or 3 years, TMP encourages well-being for each employee during their time with the business, and in the growing number of communities in which our businesses operate.

Supervisors and managers of our businesses receive training and coaching on trauma-informed leadership practices including trust, peer support, collaboration, and one’s sense of agency to promote a work culture of healing and health for employees. Additionally, all employees have the opportunity to participate in (free) trauma healing workshops.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

To assess the overall health of our workplace, and determine whether The Market Project is making progress in its efforts to create and operate a trauma-informed environment in its businesses, all employees are surveyed every 6 months. The survey provides our leadership team in the field and in the US a regular opportunity to evaluate the health of our operational environment, as well as collect baseline demographic information from all our employees, including their past experiences of trauma. The data informs TMP as to whether the business is demonstrating progress in its efforts to operate a trauma-informed workplace, while providing insight into the experiences, challenges, strengths and needs of our employees.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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How we listen

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

    People with psychosocial challenges who are economically disadvantaged.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have strengthened the training of supervisors to improve their listening skills and give them a better understanding of the impact of chronic stress in a person's life.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Regular surveying has given them a "voice" and allowed those whom we serve to feel respected and 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Market Project Inc

Board of directors
as of 5/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Dirksen

Eleanor Nagy

Global Transitions Consulting

Mark Hellweg

Clive Coffee

Justin Reimer

The Elisha Foundation

Catherine Johnson

USAID (retired)

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? No

Organizational demographics

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