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Walk With Sally

aka Walk With Sally   |   El Segundo, CA   |  http://www.walkwithsally.org

Mission

Walk With Sally lessens the burden of cancer for children and families through mentorship, mental health support, art healing and financial empowerment.

Ruling year info

2004

CEO and Founder

Mrs Tash Brooks

Main address

840 Apollo St, Ste 324

El Segundo, CA 90245 USA

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EIN

61-1472800

NTEE code info

Adult, Child Matching Programs (O30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cancer support research has typically focused on the medical progress of the patient but there is an increasing urgency to respond to the psychosocial needs of the patient and the patient's family. Because of the dramatic and prolonged effects of cancer and cancer treatments, cancer is sometimes referred to as a “family disease." Dependent children are uniquely impacted when a parent or sibling has cancer. They witness the frightening physical manifestations of the disease and treatment, which can include severe weight loss, hair loss, nausea and vomiting. Their routines and relationships are disrupted by treatment schedules and emergency medical visits and hospitalizations. The nature and intensity of internalized and externalized symptoms of psychological distress in these children are influenced by multiple factors, but all children experience some degree of fear and anxiety, sadness and anger, as well as guilt.

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?

HeArt to Home

This is an art healing program designed to assist children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling due to cancer. Through each session the child is given the opportunity to explore their feelings, access their grief, and ultimately begin the healing process through art expression.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The majority of Walk With Sally's families are living below the poverty line due to the financial costs associated with cancer. Our Financial Empowerment program aims to support families with urgent and immediate financial aid by supporting housing costs, utilities, groceries, medical related expenses (including supplies, medication, visits, etc.) and funeral costs.

Population(s) Served

Walk With Sally hosts quarterly group friendship activities with all mentoring friendships, their families, and prospective families as well. These activities have included the Gentle Barn, Whale Watching at the Ocean Institute, and Surfing & Ocean Healing (in partnership with the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation) at El Porto Beach.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Mentoring children between 7 - 17 years of age affected by a parent, guardian or sibling's cancer throughout Los Angeles county by matching them with an adult over the age of 18 that has experienced the same.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Walk With Sally provides free clothing, baby goods, hygiene products, beauty supplies and toys to children and families qualifying for additional support.

Population(s) Served

Unprocessed grief and survivorship trauma experienced by children and teens, dramatically increases at risk behavior, poor mental health and impacts a child's ability to dream and planfor the future; fostering negative outcomes for youth. BELIEVE BECOME is a 6 week program, overseen by a Licensed Social Worker that focuses on self esteem, positive psychology and empowering teens to explore their talents
and interests and create actionable steps to turn their dreams into reality. Each student will be given an
opportunity to explore their career aspirations through the mentorship of an individual who has a successful
career in their area of interest. This program culminates in a quick pitch competition for graduating seniors, who will be awarded scholarships towards their dreams.

Population(s) Served

Hope for the Holidays offers our cancer impacted community the opportunity to focus on the importance of connecting to their family through joy, rather than being burdened with the fear of additional costs associated with the holidays. Each enrolled family has the opportunity to create a gifting wishlist and our community is able to fulfill that wishlist and even deliver it directly to the families in need. We also offer meal support and a holiday party, where our community can gather and celebrate the holiday spirit.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Celebration of Community Award 2019

Kiwanis Club of Torrance

Affiliations & memberships

Kiwanis Club of Torrance Celebration of Community Award 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of days between a request for services and an actual meeting with a service provider

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Walk With Sally is committed to continually looking at ways to reduce our wait time for new Mentees to meet their new Mentor. Adding full time personnel has had a direct effect in this fulfillment.

Average number of years a client receives service

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our average Friendship lasts over the national mentoring average of 4.5 years. As we continue to double our program we have many newer Friendships.

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As Walk With Sally has invested in skilled staff, resources and creating additional programs to support the family unit, we were able to support far more clients than ever before.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of families served

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

Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Currently Walk With Sally aims to accomplish the following:
*An increase in enrollment and participation of culturally diverse families nationally.
*To ensure that our programming is informed, impactful and culturally sensitive.
*Double the size of our programs once more in less than two years.
*To begin to scale our program nationally within the next 2 years.
*Double the licensed mental health professionals on staff.
*Create an international satellite program within 3 years.
*Create new program opportunities for members of our community financial insecurity and lack of health insurance, within 5 years.

1. Walk With Sally has hired a bilingual Program Director and a licensed social worker who specifically recruit, treat and facilitate all family support within the Spanish speaking community. Our Program department also contains a total of two individuals all working on outreach, recruitment, intake, matching, and sustaining all Friendships through their one year and beyond. Additionally, we provide quarterly activities for the community creating a sense of belonging for all Friendships. We host Mentor Round Tables between the 6 and 8 month mark to discuss issues any may be having including any grief counseling, emotional intelligence and healthy processing.
2. To increase enrollment and outreach, we have begun reaching school districts and cancer support communities throughout Los Angeles and in particular within the Spanish speaking communities. We have translated program materials into Spanish and are currently working on translating our website. Lastly we have begun marketing campaigns for mentor recruitment along with corporate outreach through employees.
3. To create a corporate outreach program reaching national organizations with offices in Los Angeles County and Orange County with 50 employees or more offering a volunteer opportunity to their employees and a Walk With Sally informational program.
4. Ensure that staff are undergoing DEI training to ensure that programs stay informed, impactful and culturally aware.
5. Create proprietary programming to offer to NGO partners in international communities with underserved populations.

We have a three person program staff that has perfected the family intake, mentor training, matching and managing system and we believe can case manage up to up to 150 full time active Friendships, 1000 family members and approximately 200 volunteers. We have both Program and Development personnel creating outreach opportunities either through community organizations or companies within the region. We have acquired a vast and diversified array of business, civic and medical professionals and ambassadors in our Advisory Board as well as our Board of Directors that have helped us strategize and create open doors throughout the United States. The increasing demand for our programs and services has given us the opportunity to create original and fresh programming to support the vast array of needs associated with the various costs associated with cancer. Lastly, we have developed and continue to develop our digital database and software that aids in tracking and communicating with our families, volunteers and donors as well as prospective opportunities within each category.

1. We have increased the number of families enrolled within the program as well as created and maintained active and consistent communication with mentors and families. In addition, there is increased and consistent participation in supplemental activities. We have also increased the number of families within the monolingual Spanish community. We have translated our program materials into Spanish.
2. We have created a survey that is designed to show specifics and improvements in the mentee's academic achievement, behavior, confidence level, social interaction and overall attitude. These surveys are being scientifically measured in order to show our results to date. Though these results are not yet completed, again we do expect them to be sent to us within the year.
3. We eliminated our increasing waitlist by providing opportunities for support immediately upon enrollment.

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 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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

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Operations

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

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Walk With Sally

Board of directors
as of 04/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Russell Hossain

Russell Hossain

Cross Country Mortgage

Richard Pimentel

Community West Bank

Ed Vukmirovich

Diamond Hill Capital

Ellen Robbins

Akerman LLP

Stacy Hennings

Opus Regulatory

Peter Browning

Browning Family Foundation

Erik Helmstetter

Oder Investment Management

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 4/5/2023

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
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: 04/05/2023

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.