VOICES FOR ALABAMAS CHILDREN

aka VOICES   |   Montgomery, AL   |  www.alavoices.org

Mission

VOICES works to ensure the well-being of Alabama's children through research, public awareness, and advocacy.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Mr. Stephen Woerner

Deputy Director

Mrs. Rhonda Mann

Main address

PO Box 4576

Montgomery, AL 36103 USA

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EIN

58-2020321

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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VOICES works to address a variety of issues impacting children in the state of Alabama. We advocate and provide educational awareness for these key issues including pre-k, childhood obesity, and child safety. Established in 1992 through the vision of leading child advocates and corporate leaders, VOICES for Alabama's Children was the first, and remains the only, statewide child advocacy organization to promote research-based policy solutions to improve overall child well-being, as well as document the health, safety, education, and economic conditions of children in each of our state's 67 counties through the Alabama Kids Count Data Book. We were established and exist today to be the voice for all of Alabama's children and influence change before state and local decision makers, business leaders and other key stakeholders.

Our programs

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

Alabama Kids Count

The Alabama Kids Count Project includes the Alabama Kids Count Data Book that reports on the well-being of Alabama's children using multiple indicators in the areas of health, education, safety, and economic security. The data is presented on a county by county basis and gives demographic information on the county as well. This is the single most comprehensive source of data to measure child well-being in the state of Alabama.

Population(s) Served

More than 1,000,000 Alabamians of which 245,000 are children live in areas of our state with little or no access to healthy food options where they live.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Voices for America's Children 1996

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our ultimate vision and purpose encompasses an Alabama where all children are safe, healthy, educated, and economically secure in order to reach their full potential. We work to build strong cross-issue networks that share knowledge, organize constituencies, and engage in high-impact advocacy campaigns for change.

Our strategies to achieve our goals include the following:

1) Decision Maker Education: Run campaigns that continue our education and advocacy to state agencies and use our legislative champions to apply pressure to state agency leaders. Additionally, we engage in relationship building and conducting district visits with budget chairs to educate on the status and opportunity around our campaigns such as Healthy Food Financing and Early Care and Education. Strategies are ongoing in the timeline. District visits take place in October – November 2018 and will incorporate key grasstops who can influence legislative members.

2) Grassroots & Grasstops Engagement: VOICES maintains engagement and support from the Alabama donor community who see our programs as means to a much larger end with regard to community and economic development. Additionally, we contract with grassroots' organizers such as farmers, mayors, grocers, economic development leaders to organize lobby days. As a key part of our community engagement strategy we exhibit and/or present at business led annual conventions. We proactively recruit new grassroots/grasstops supporters to be utilized alongside our current 4,000 plus VOICES CAN grassroots advocates in educating media and key decision makers on strategic asks throughout campaigns. We also host advocacy trainings to build advocates' capacity to engage in campaign work. Lastly, we will continue partnerships with organizations who have been instrumental with generating demand for our programs. 2018 is an election year in Alabama, so we will also plant advocates at candidate forums across the state to pose questions about key VOICES issues as a general engagement and education strategy.

3) Strategic Communications Plan: We will execute the annual organizational strategic communications plan, including: public awareness campaigns including social media, paid social media ads, op-eds, personal story videos; Letters to the Editor, and editorial board visits along with key coalition partners in five targeted media markets in the state of Alabama including Ozark/Dothan, Mobile, Decatur, Birmingham, and Tuscaloosa.

Financials

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Operations

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

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VOICES FOR ALABAMAS CHILDREN

Board of directors
as of 11/13/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Judd Harwood

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Term: 2019 - 2021

Judd Harwood

Bradley

Jeff Adams

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Terri Averett

Community Volunteer

Marie Blair

Community Volunteer

Debbie Burks

Re/Max Advantage South

Frank Franklin

UAB Dept. of Health Behavior, School of Public Health

Melanie McNary

BLOX, LLC

Jeff Rabren

Regions Financial Corporation

Suzanne Respess

Children's of Alabama

Francis Rushton, Jr.

Retired Physician

Alison Scott

Baptist Health Foundation, Inc.

Jera Stribling

Joseph S. Bruno Foundation

Sue McInnish

Community Advocate

Timothy Wills

Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama

Erin Delaporte

Alabama Power Company

B. Stallworth

The University of Alabama

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No