FURNISHING DIGNITY

Phoenix, AZ   |  https://www.furnishingdignity.org/

Mission

Our mission is to transform lives through community, compassion and essential home furnishings.

Notes from the nonprofit

One highlight which helps to demonstrate our impact was that we celebrated our 700th move in 2020. In this particular instance, we supported Simon and Rose and their seven children as they moved into their own home after almost a year and a half in a shelter program. Our staff and volunteers were so excited to transform a bare, three bedroom home in central Phoenix into a safe and comfortable home environment for this incredible family of nine. No words can truly capture the feeling of this day for our staff, volunteers and the nine individuals who finally had a home. The children, who ranged in age between 1 and 13 years of age were overcome with excitement when they saw that they each had their own separate bed to sleep in. The parents, Simon and Rose, were equally overcome by our support and could now raise their children in the safety, privacy and comfort of their own home.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Tamara Silva

Main address

Po Box 51209

Phoenix, AZ 85076-1209 USA

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EIN

47-2214017

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (L19)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The lack of home furnishings for individuals and families transitioning out of shelter or foster care services is a common issue and gap within our continuum of safety net services for our community's most vulnerable populations. While many of these individuals or families have successfully completed their case plans to leave shelter or foster care on their pathway to self-reliance, the struggle to furnish an entire apartment or home creates added financial burdens for these still vulnerable individuals/families. They often have 4 walls, a roof, a floor and little else. Furnishing Dignity provides essential home furnishings and accessories to transform a barren place into a safe, functional, and comfortable home for all. This includes but is not limited to a kitchen table and chairs to share meals on, a sofa to relax on, dresser drawers to unpack and protect one's belongings, and new beds and pillows for a good night's sleep. These are basic comforts we believe everyone deserves.

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?

Home Furnishings

The need addressed is the lack of home furnishings, and most importantly beds, for clients transitioning out of shelter or foster care. While other organizations can provide temporary shelter, they do not have the funds to purchase home furnishings. Furnishing Dignity’s singular mission is to do just that; to successfully transition individuals into homes furnished with necessities at no cost, thereby decreasing stress on communities, social welfare and healthcare systems.

Furnishing Dignity receives applications for assistance from individuals who meet two criteria: 1) The individuals were homeless or experienced a recent crisis, and 2) The individuals survive at or below federal low income guidelines. A qualification criteria checklist and application/wish list are completed over the phone. If the individual qualifies, a home visit is conducted to assess residency and determine basic items necessary for comfort. Potential items may include beds, dressers, kitchen and bath items, couches, chairs, dining sets, and small home furnishings (lamps, rugs, etc.). Most items provided are “like new”, donated by community members, but mattress sets and pillows are purchased new. Once the needs assessment is complete, Furnishing Dignity schedules a delivery date and relies heavily on community volunteers to accomplish the packing and delivery of household items. Deliveries typically take place 2 days per week. Additionally, Furnishing Dignity has secured partnerships with two moving companies that donate a staff time and a delivery truck to assist with moves.

Furnishing Dignity partners with organizations such as UMOM, Circle the City, Save the Family, Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation, Phoenix Rescue Mission, St. Vincent de Paul Most Holy Trinity Council, St. Vincent de Paul St. Benedict Council, Tumbleweed, and A New Leaf. Partners assist clients with permanent, affordable housing, but do not have resources for furnishings. Furnishing Dignity relieves the stress of transition by assisting with basic needs.

Client demographics: Ethnicity – 46% African American, 28% Caucasian, 21% Hispanic/Latino, 3% American Indian, 1% Multi-Racial and 1% Other; Ages – 0-5 years 21%, 6-11 years 25%, 12-15 years 10%, 16-24 years 10%, 25-44 years 25%, 45-64 years 4%, and 65+ years 5%; and of clients served 63% were female and 37% male.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged 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 households that retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Home Furnishings

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metrics are percentages of people served and who were available for outcomes tracking.

Number of households furnished

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Home Furnishings

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 saw a reduced # of households + individuals served due to COVID19, mandatory stay on evictions, smaller households. Increasing otherwise. Individuals: 2020/355, 2019/508 2018/389, 2017/431

Number of homeowners/tenants rating their feeling of safety in and around their homes as satisfactory

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

Homeless people

Related Program

Home Furnishings

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a new tracking metric for 2017.

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.

Furnishing Dignity's current goals are multi-fold. Since 2014, our agency has continued to experience steady but significant growth to meet the ongoing demand of those it serves. As such, our organizational goals reflect the need for continued growth to meet the demand for our services, board expansion and diversity, and funding diversification that that will support our long-term sustainability and future expansion.

Goal #1 – Increase Operational Capacity and Infrastructure.
Currently operating out of eight storage units in Ahwatukee, Furnishing Dignity seeks to receive via in-kind donation space, purchase or lease a 10,000 sq.ft. commercial warehouse space for a reasonable price in order to maximize its program operations by working more efficiently and effectively. Our ideal commercial warehouse will be located in the Phoenix Southeast Valley, air conditioned and in close proximity to the 1-10 or 202 East freeways. This will allow Furnishing Dignity to combine all of its inventory into one organized and preferably air conditioned space as well as extend the use of volunteers to the summer months when it is typically too hot to work without air conditioning. Obtaining more community partners who refer clients as well as local businesses willing to support our mission through a financial commitment, sponsorship or community service.

Goal #2 – Develop and secure talent by way of board members, volunteers and development committee members to fill specific organization needs. Goals, objectives and benchmarks on the strategic plan will be addressed by individual board members, other volunteers, and committee members, matching organization goals and needs with each person's particular skill sets and desires. This will increase the probability that goals will be worked for and met.

Goal #3 - Continue to build brand awareness through a comprehensive marketing plan. This will include engaging industry leaders in marketing and social media to ensure our messaging accurately portrays our community impact on those we serve as well as the why the need for donations is critical to our mission. Clarifying that while in-kind donations help provide the furnishings we offer free of charge to our clients, financial donations enable us to actually do the work of picking up, sanitizing, organizing furniture and accessories, coordinating staff and volunteers and ultimately delivering complete home furnishings to those on their pathway to self-reliance.

Goal #4 – Develop a deep, diversified funding base. Staff will work closely with the Board of Directors to create a budget for both income and expenses that is responsible, diversified, realistic, and achievable. Income goals will address funding streams from corporations, foundations, individuals, in kind, grants and other indirect support. Review and update annual fundraising plan and adjust campaigns/strategies when necessary.



It is through our dedicated staff and volunteers, engaged Board of Directors, and community of supporters that will help us achieve our strategic goals and secure our long-term sustainability.

Furnishing Dignity, via its board members, partners, community support, and volunteers, works efficiently and effectively to address the most pressing needs of the organization.

Furnishing Dignity has been able to partner with storage facilities, moving companies, and real estate agencies to meet some of the goals and objectives on our strategic plan. This continues to have a positive impact on our program and services. We have expanded our Board of Directors to include two new community professionals, including a new marketing professional. We have successfully recruited a social media volunteer to support a more consistent social media presence, branding and messaging. We are actively engaged in a search for a larger commercial warehouse space. Lastly, Furnishing Dignity continues to diversify its revenue streams with new corporate and foundation supporters as well as increased support from existing funding partners.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

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

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • 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

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

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FURNISHING DIGNITY

Board of directors
as of 6/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nina Targovnik

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Term: 2021 - 2020

Nina Targovnik

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Robert Burghart

Raymond James

Lori Wilson

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Sheryl Bergersen

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Tracy Powers

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Ken Sherman

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Dean Sulzer

Tatum Insurance

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 6/25/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/30/2021

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

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.