PLATINUM2023

Belle Sol Inc

Connect. Support. Empower.

aka Empower Her   |   Bethany, CT   |  https://www.empowerherct.org

Mission

The mission of Belle Sol is to connect with, encourage and support women and girls to promote their social and emotional well-being. Belle Sol invites girls and women to come together and join a positive support system to help comfort, encourage and empower them in their lives. Belle Sol brings programs to other community organizations such as: schools, libraries, churches, businesses, etc.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Danielle Beerli

Main address

14 Collins Rd

Bethany, CT 06524 USA

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EIN

81-1302288

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Women's Centers (P83)

Girls Clubs (O22)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Belle Sol is working to bring its signature programs to other organizations so that girls and women can benefit from the social, educational and supportive topics. Belle Sol also creates programs based on the organization's population and need.

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?

Mother/Daughter Programs

We offer a variety of programs for mothers and daughters to participate in together with the goal of enhancing bonds and forming memories. Included: Paint night, cupcake decorating, tea party, talent show

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

In this program, girls come together participate in education and hands-on learning about a variety of topics such as: leadership, kindness, body image, friendship, self-esteem

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

We offer Red Cross Certification Babysitting classes to children ages 11 and up. This program is co-ed.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

It is important for women to get together in a social capacity within their communities. This fosters relationships, support and community building. We include: Mom's night, wine and easel, Ladies Nite Out, make-your-own essential oils, support groups

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

These classes include body image discussions and adolescent body changes including menstruation and puberty.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Including: Game night and Softball Fundraiser Game

Population(s) Served
Families

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 people on the organization's email list

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth who model positive behaviors for peers

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

Young adults, Adolescents, Preteens, Children

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is being measured through the participant of a youth mentoring program.

Number of youth who consider the implications of their actions on others, their community, and the environment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

GIRLS (Growing, Inspiring, Respecting, Learning, Succeeding)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

GIRLS (Growing, Inspiring, Respecting, Learning, Succeeding)

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

In 2018, we made exciting positive changes for Belle Sol! Our Board concluded that we could better fulfill our mission we needed to fully integrate into the community rather than holding programs at a physical space of our own. We will build upon those community relationships and forge new ones with our goal being to hold our programs and social events around the community at libraries, schools, churches and businesses.
Without the overhead costs of a physical space, we will started a GIRLS (Growing, Inspiring, Respecting, Learning, Succeeding) Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund provides two scholarships per academic year; for a high school senior girls attending college. See our scholarship section on our website for more detailed information.
We have recently launched Empowerment Workbooks and Empowerment Boxes which include a multitude of information for women and girls.
Donations can be specified for general programming, the GIRLS Scholarship Fund.

Belle Sol Inc will continue to reach out to various community organizations including schools, libraries, churches, non-profits and businesses to collaborate on bringing our programs to their constituents.

Belle Sol has increased the GIRLS Scholarship award amount from $400 to $450 and started Christina's Heart Scholarship. We hope to be able to increase the amount for next year. Two scholarships will be given each year from each fund.

Belle Sol Inc. is fundraising through events and the annual fundraising drive to secure enough funds for both general costs as well as building up the GIRLS Scholarship Fund and Christina's Heart Scholarship Fund.

The Executive Director is also working through current community organization relationships and creating new ones to bring Empower Her's programs to the community.

Belle Sol has released the overhead costs of rent and electricity by leaving the rented space which has freed up funds for program costs and the scholarship fund. Belle Sol continues to award two annual GIRLS Scholarships. Belle Sol has been booked for numerous speaking engagements and trainings through various organizations including: Boys and Girls Club, Quinnipiac University, local Girl Scout troops and the Women's Consortium of Hamden.

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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Belle Sol Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Schwenger

Belle Sol Inc

Florian Beerli

Beazley

Michelle Schwenger

Southbury Public Schools

Danielle Beerli

Belle Sol

Diane Michaelsen

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 ? 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? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2021

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

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/31/2021

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.