Second Wind Fund, Inc.

aka Second Wind Fund   |   Denver, CO   |  www.thesecondwindfund.org

Mission

The mission of Second Wind Fund is to decrease the incidence of suicide in children and youth by removing the financial and social barriers to treatment.

Notes from the nonprofit

Second Wind Fund has a simple formula for levels of financial support. We are capable of saving a young life for every $1,240 received: 12 therapy sessions x $90 a session = $1,080 3 Suicide Ideation Questionnaires = $30 Travel Reimbursement = $120 Minimal Administrative Costs = $10 Total = $1,240

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Mr. Chris Weiss

Main address

303 E. 17th Ave. Suite 400

Denver, CO 80203 USA

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EIN

73-1701536

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Health Support Services (E60)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Second Wind Fund started in 2002 in response to the loss of four teens who died by suicide in a nine-month period at one Colorado high school in Jefferson County. The issue of youth suicide continues to require urgent attention in Colorado. According to the 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, 17.4% of Colorado high school students self-report seriously considering suicide and 7.8% from high schools report having attempted suicide within the last year. The Second Wind Fund program created following this tragedy, is an innovative system of mental health care that provides up to 12 counseling sessions for youth (19 years and younger) at-risk of suicide who face financial or social barriers to life-saving treatment.

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?

Second Wind Fund - Life-saving therapy for youth at risk of suicide

We match children and teens at risk for suicide with licensed therapists in their communities. If a financial or social barrier to treatment is present, we pay for up to 12 sessions of therapy from one of our specialized network providers. Our unique program helps referred youth discover hope and healing in their lives.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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 youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Second Wind Fund - Life-saving therapy for youth at risk of suicide

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Second Wind Fund's underlying goal is to ensure that all children/youth at risk of suicide have access to life-saving therapy. The impact we are seeking is to save the lives of those children/youth who for one reason or another fall through the cracks of other treatment systems. Our evaluation informs us that the primary reason that children/youth sometimes don't get treatment elsewhere is because financial barriers exist. Second Wind Fund is uniquely placed to serve this population, paying for therapy with professional therapists with funds raised from the community. The impact to the community at large is that, because of Second Wind Fund, every child can access care. We have always been able to say 'yes' when other treatment systems have said 'no' and this has a fundamental impact on the individuals we serve and the community at-large.

Second Wind Fund has served more than 6,500 children/youth since 2002. SWF has its own network of more than 200 treatment providers – each licensed, available for a first treatment appointment within one week, and highly experienced with this population.

When a referral is approved for treatment and paid for by Second Wind Fund, a list of approved SWF therapists will be sent to the mental health professional who made the referral call that work in the individuals community; this list will include SWF therapists that meet the specific needs of the client where possible; the referral source will work with the individual and/or caregivers to ensure the most appropriate therapist is selected and treatment will begin; the therapist will invoice SWF for services rendered; then the therapist will administer an evidence based pre- and post-test for evaluation purposes.

As long as we continue to meet our annual budget, we will have the ability to say "yes" to a child or teen that is in need of our services.

Second Wind Fund has provided to services to over 7,000 youth since 2002. It is our goal to serve the entire state of Colorado. We are currently in 30 counties across the state. We are in the process of providing services state-wide as one organization.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Second Wind Fund, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Juba

Hardy & Juba, LLC

Term: 2019 - 2021

Michael Juba

Hardy & Juba LLC

Orrick Nepomuceno

Optum

Marjorie Laird

Marjorie Laird LLC

Kristen Withrow

Colorado Division of Youth Services

Michael Simpson

Bank of the San Juans

Kayla Fulginiti

The Dear Jack Foundation

Andy Kerr

Jefferson Board of County Commissioners

Madelon Lapidus

Holland & Hart LLP

Kristen Withrow

Colorado Division of Youth Services

Jane Lineman

Denver Public Schools

John Schliep

RMHC - Denver

Barbara Downing

Denver Public Schools

Bryan Wallace

Bridgepoint Investment Banking

Cynthia Giffen

Platte Canyon High School

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 ? 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 03/08/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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