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DEAF WELCOME FOUNDATION

Equal access is a right, not a privilege

Aurora, IL   |  www.deafwelcome.org

Mission

To ensure the Deaf have equal access to mainstream products, services and amenities through Sign Language TV, Media, Music & Film.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for viewing our profile. Deaf Welcome Foundation is honored to provide the Deaf with equal access to products, services and amenities through entertainment, information and special events. We've won awards for diversity, equity and inclusion for Deaf children and adults and have proven making Deaf welcome makes sense. From the early days of producing original documentaries and hosting special events, to the Deaf Welcome TV Network, we have put smiles on lots of faces! If you're not a partner yet, please know your donations help us integrate communities and progressive municipalities with Deaf Welcome content. Let's end the fears and apprehension that still exists and successfully integrate Deaf Culture with the hearing world. Contact us for proprietary tools, so your corporate meetings, documents and events can be enjoyed, reviewed and remembered, by those who Sign, while we ensure equal access for our Deaf neighbors, family, colleagues and friends.

Ruling year info

2005

Founder & CEO

Ms. Theressa DuBois

Main address

195 Fox Valley Center Drive Unit E17 | Lower Level

Aurora, IL 60504 USA

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EIN

56-2475674

NTEE code info

(Deaf/Hearing Impaired Centers, Services) (P87)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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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?

Deaf Welcome Home Care

We train adults for content creation and production for the DHH caregiving and nursing industries.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Retired people
Unemployed people
Veterans
Emergency responders

Family friendly movies are played in stereo, with open captions and Sign Language interpreting for Signers and non-Signers to enjoy together.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Making a Difference 2007

Hometown Video Awards

Making a Difference 2008

Hometown Video Awards

Affiliations & memberships

PATV 2006

Cablevision 2006

BRCTV13 2008

WFMZTV 2009

TLN Network 2016

ILYTV 2021

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 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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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DEAF WELCOME FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Theressa DuBois

Deaf Welcome Foundation

Theressa DuBois

Deaf Welcome Foundation

TC Hill

PBS Chicago

Aaron Eddy

JJAED Productions

John Valentino

The Whispers Orchestra

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 10/27/2023

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
Black/African American
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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/26/2023

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.