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Support Our Aging Religious

aka SOAR!   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  http://www.soar-usa.org

Mission

The mission of SOAR! is to: raise and provide funds for congregations to meet immediate needs of their retired and infirm members; educate the public about the serious retirement needs confronting elderly religious; and develop a national network of concerned individuals who wish to respond to this need.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Sister Kathleen Lunsmann IHM

Main address

8484 Georgia Avenue Suite 300

Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

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EIN

52-1485481

NTEE code info

Roman Catholic (X22)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (X12)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As the median age of consecrated Catholic religious in the United States today continues to rise, Sisters, Brothers and Priests are facing a retirement crisis. Many religious received only modest stipends or no compensation, and there are no provisions for retirement. The cost of health care has also dramatically increased.

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?

Grants to Congregations

SOAR! provides grants to congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Priests to care for their aging members.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Catholics

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.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Seniors, Catholics

Related Program

Grants to Congregations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

SOAR! grants assist religious communities in caring for their aging members. They are awarded for specific needs. These grants help ensure the safety and dignity of men and women religious.=

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

Seniors, Catholics

Related Program

Grants to Congregations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As the average age of religious women and men increase, so do the needs. Grants awarded in 2023 increased 71% over grants funded in 2022. The grnats ensure the safety and health of aging religious.

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.

SOAR! strives to be the national resource to which congregations of Catholic women and men religious can turn to meet the critical safety, health and emergency needs of their aging members.

SOAR! seeks to expand its reach to provide grants to more congregations. It hopes to increase new grantees by 5 congregations each year over teh exnt 3 years.


SOAR! raises awareness through mail and various media, and enlists the public's aid to help congregations meet the immediate needs of their retired and infirm members.

In evaluating its grants program, SOAR! recently moved to a 2 -cycle grant system. The ideal will be to have a rolling grants program that will address needs as tehy arise. This will assure the Sisters who are in need can get help as cirtical issues arise. SOAR! is identifying a number of key benefactors and increasing members to our monthly giving program, Faithful Friends, to help us meet this need.

Additionally the board has approved an increase in maximum funding from $25,000 to $50,000 to better help congregations care for their aging members.

SOAR! benefits from experienced, dedicated employees and board members.

We primarily seek donations through a robust direct mail program as well as special events, including fundraising dinners in New York and D.C.

In fiscal year 2023, the SOAR! board of directors approved more than $3.1 million in grants. This is the largest annual grant amount ever awarded by SOAR! and easily surpassed last years total of $1.8 million.

This increase underscores of religious congregations with aging members. Each year, more congregations are challenged by the changing needs of their aging communities, Funding larger grants gives communities the opportunity to address long term planning. The grants will benefit 7,633 senior religious women and men in 116 Catholic congregations in 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These funds will help ensure the safety, dignity and vitality of aging Catholic Sisters, Brothers and Priests across the United States.

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 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 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, 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

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Operations

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

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Support Our Aging Religious

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Kathleen A. Curran


Board co-chair

Deborah Dunham

Matthias Winter

Mary Lynn Shanahan

Lucas Swanepoel

Megan Rounsaville

Michael Coppotelli

Brother Tyrone Davis

Lauren Nunez

Molly Corbett

John McCauley

James O'Neill

Andrew Ryan

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 1/26/2024

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

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2022

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.