Blue Bow Foundation

Even heroes need support sometimes.

aka The Blue Bow Foundation, Inc   |   CYPRESS, TX   |  www.bluebow.org

Mission

The Blue Bow Foundation exists to provide ongoing support to law enforcement officers and their families through programs that offer emotional support, financial counseling and hardship assistance.

Ruling year info

2016

Chief Executive Officer

Kimberly Colley

Main address

P.O. Box 1384

CYPRESS, TX 77410 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

47-5318931

NTEE code info

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

IRS filing requirement

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

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2018 and 2017.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Blue Bow Foundation, Inc., exists to provide ongoing emotional and financial support to police families. Our programs are geared toward constant peer support and encouragement, edification, and financial training to help police officers and their families become emotionally and financially secure for life during and after police work.

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?

Emotional Support

We believe that providing an outlet for officers and their families is important--so important that it is the crux of what we do. By hosting family-friendly events, outings and special occasions, we provide an environment outside of work where officers, their spouses, and their families can build relationships with other like-minded people, showing them they're not alone.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Emergency responders

Through a strong relationship with Ramsey Solutions, The Blue Bow Foundation, Inc., assists police families with financial management to help them get out of debt and strive to make extra jobs just that--extra. Financial Peace University's flexible course options allow us to offer these services to a broad scope of police families, including those out of state!

Population(s) Served

When tragedy strikes, whether it's a simple hardship like a pipe bursting or an unavoidable accident, it seems like it always happens when there's no money to send its way. That's when The Blue Bow Foundation, Inc., steps up and help to cover costs wherever and whenever possible. We've all been there, and we want our police families to have as little to fret about as possible. Worse, though, is when the ultimate tragedy strikes. No amount of money can bring back a loved one. In those times, we default to our Emotional Support programs, but we will still raise and give whatever we can financially. After all, the bills don't stop.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Emergency responders
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Emergency responders

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 groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families, Emergency responders

Related Program

Emotional Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID-19 and its variants drastically effected the physical delivery of our programs in 2020 and 2021, but we still were able to reach and support several families.

Number of financial literacy courses conducted

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

Adults, Families, Emergency responders

Related Program

Financial Counseling

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Due to the effects of COVID-19, The Blue Bow Foundation shifted its focus to Emotional Support to help police families work through such a hard time for everyone.

Average number of dollars per person served

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families, Emergency responders

Related Program

Hardship Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Hardship Assistance is an "as-needed" program offered by The Blue Bow Foundation. As a result, average amounts given will vary year over year due to the need's unpredictability.

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.

​The Blue Bow Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that provides ongoing emotional and financial support to police officers and their families. We want to let officers and their families know that help is always there when they need it. In the current climate, which has grown increasingly unfavorable to police in general, it is ever important that police, and in particular their families, have the ongoing support needed to persevere. When tragedy strikes, everyone rushes to help; but who is there when the dust settles and the smoke clears? The Blue Bow Foundation.

Our strategies involve providing resources for counseling for both officers and their spouses and/or children. We host events where officers and their families can relax, knowing they're in a friendly and supportive environment, and enjoy themselves safely. Our financial counseling programs rely heavily on connecting police families to Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, with an emphasis on managing money so that extra jobs are just that--extra. Of course, when tragedy strikes, we stand by the families and loved ones and offer behind-the-scenes support. It may not be glamorous, but we truly try in all things to stand true to our mission by providing ongoing support in the form of meal trains, resource provision, counseling, and comfort.

Over the years, The Blue Bow Foundation, Inc., has developed (and continues to develop) strategic partnerships and relationships with individuals and organizations that share our vision. Our thought is that if we can tap into the vast array of resources available to police families to assist them as they trudge through the difficult life of shift-based public service in an arena where tensions are always high, then that's less of a burden on them. Our idea of support extends far beyond just an offering of money. We want to hold the hands of our police families and encourage, edify, and equip them with what they need to survive emotionally, relationally, and financially during these tough times.

Since its foundation in October 2015, The Blue Bow Foundation, Inc., has reached over 20 different police agencies in the Greater Houston Area of Texas. We've held various emotional support-based events like a crawfish boil, a corn-hole tournament, our "Skeet N' Heat" sporting clays event, and of course our annual Blue Plate Dinner, which is quickly evolving into an annual gala. The feedback we've received on our events has been phenomenal, and it encourages us that we're headed in the right direction. Who can put a price on the value of hearing someone say, "You helped me"? We're passionate about what we do, and it shows.

Additionally, we've sent over 20 different police couples through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, and many of those same couples have reported that they were able to get completely out of debt! What a testament to Dave's program, the tenacity of our police families, and our dedication to helping others. As it goes, "Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you'll feed him for life." That's our goal.

Lastly, we've held multiple fundraising campaigns for specific tragedies and hardship-based events, raising thousands of dollars for officers in need. This has unfortunately included family support for officers who have been killed or who have passed away unexpectedly. Thanks to our relationships with organizations like the National Charity League, we've been able to subtly provide necessities like food, personal items, etc., to families suffering through tragedy.

Our goal is to become the nationwide name in support for police families. We're building a network of people, a network that wants to pay it forward and help because they were helped. That's the true spirit of charity, and we're excited about where it will lead us.

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

    We serve police officers and their spouses/families.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have found that because of COVID, we need to be more available through online programs and social media.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    From the beginning of The Blue Bow Foundation, we have always tried to adapt to changing times so that we are able to offer timely services in a professional manner to those in need. We focus on growing relationships and networking as much as possible so that we are able to be there for everyone in times of need or to help celebrate them for accomplishments.

  • 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

Blue Bow Foundation
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Blue Bow Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Frank Mitchell

The Blue Bow Foundation, Inc.

Term: 2015 -

Jennifer Bruner

University of Houston

Phillip Lillibridge

Harris County Sheriff's Office

Frank Mitchell

Mitchell & Zientek, PLLC

Maria Jackson

FYI Realty

Jay Coppock

Associated Credit Union of Texas, Inc.

Shari Forward

Forward Blueline Ventures, LLC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 1/24/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

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 have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • 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.