BUILDING FAMILIES TOGETHER INC NFP

Streamwood, IL   |  http://buildingfamiliestogether.org

Mission

We are dedicated to providing resources, to help rebuild families torn apart by a father's incarceration, while inspiring the entire family unit to overcome adversities.

Notes from the nonprofit

Many of these questions we could not answer because we are in our first 10 months of being fully operational. We could not start anything until we received the Illinois Attorney Generals approval March of 2017.We also lost many of our board members for various reasons. We are now rebuilding with self-motivated, dedicated, and a diverse group of individuals. It is our mission and dedication to those we serve to bring the best care we can provide. It is our duty to potential donors to be good stewards and 100% transparent.

Ruling year info

2016

Founder/CEO

Sherry Green

Main address

P.O. Box 924

Streamwood, IL 60107 USA

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EIN

81-3035746

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Services to Prisoners/Families (I43)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

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

Building Families Together wishes to assist families whose lives have been disrupted by incarceration through referral sources and building community service partnerships, while adding services inside the jails and prison systems.

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?

Fatherhood and Reentry Program

This is our own unique 12 week program that is offered in the Lake county jail by a 1 male mentor and 1 mental health professional. This program is run by volunteers to teach men about - manhood, fatherhood, and reentry. This is with the hopes that they are better equip to be returning citizens once they are relapsed.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Men and boys

Through Our mentors we provide experience based mentoring to men returning to society after incarceration.
We place individuals with experienced individuals who have a history of at-least 3 years in society free from criminal behavior and lifestyle.
Through these mentors we provide those participating in our mentoring program with the experience strength and hope they need to succeed.
Through this program we teach participants how to walk the road already paved to productive positive lifestyles and community involvement.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Parents

This program was formed through in-kind donations. We have clothing and household items for our clients (men, women, and children). This was started because when men are released from being incarcerated they only have a pair of sweat pants and tee-shirt. This attire is not good enough for a job interview. In addition, for their significant others and their children it is very difficult to provide for the family if dad was the primary bread winner. So, by providing these items it help lessen the stress on the family unit.

Population(s) Served
Families
Incarcerated people

Our online classes is nationally recognized and satisfies court, legal, and employment requirements. Click here to view our Course Instructor’s credentials and designations.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

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.

Average grant amount

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

Families, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We were unable to obtain any grants for these years, unfortunately.

Number of training workshops

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

Incarcerated people

Related Program

Fatherhood and Reentry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

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

Families, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Fatherhood and Reentry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is representative of our Board of Directors.

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.

These programs will further help our families with the reentry process. We are also actively seeking donor funding to help with our mission. These potential donors, will benefit from increased customer and brand loyalty, attract new business partners and relationships, generate recognition for the good they create in society, and receive tax donation for contributions. In addition, we are actively seeking partnerships to expand our reach and to aid Illinois in the lack of reentry services.

Building Families Together goals are to connect fathers who are returning to society with the resources that research shows as being most vital to avoid recidivating, as well as connecting their families with the support necessary for successful reentry. Initially these connections will be made with other business providing such services. Resources include, but are not limited to: providing referrals for anger management, substance abuse interventions, reentry programs, housing and employment opportunities.

Objectives for the next four years:
1) Increase partnerships to 3 each year
2) Increase working relationship with correction facilities to 3 each year
3) Establish a working relationship with 4 schools a year
4) Establish a working relationship with 3 churches a year
5) Develop a sustainable Corporation
6) Continue to find donors and enhance/increase fundraisers
7) Continue to hire volunteers for branding, marketing website, enhancement, and program design e.g. (Volunteers are from Taproot)
8) Obtain 12 dedicated and motivated members to the Board of Directors
9) Obtain commercial property to service our clients in one place
10) Appeal to donors that care about our cause
11) Implement accessible reentry programs

Keys to Success
• Establish and build relationship and trust with families, communities, and community leaders
• Provide accessible family services
• Establish assessible and sliding scale fee reentry programs on our website
• Build a supportive and active Board of Directors
• Hire motivated interns and volunteers
• Launch a series of fundraisers that will successfully fund our client's needs
• Gain active donor membership
• Write award winning grants
• Assist other organizations in our community with similar interest

Building Families Together is looking to attain start-up and operational funding. Due to Illinois's, statewide funding cuts and without a state budget, obtaining state assistance may not be a viable option. Therefore, we understand for our nonprofit to survive we need the continued support of volunteers and added support of donors. Therefore, we will utilize a mix of several diverse financial resources to achieve sustainability. Without start-up and operational funds, it will be nearly impossible to provide for families who desperately need the help of Building Families Together or to compete with competitors.

Building Families Together prides itself on wanting collaborations, networking and building partnerships. This standard works from a cooperative framework in all that we do. It is a deep-seated part of our cultural as a Corporation. In fact, there are very few projects or programs that do not involve some level of partnership and/or collaboration with others. For example, using a solid referral base can advance overall community initiatives in assisting an underserved population. Building Families Together will also seek collaboration, networking, and partnerships with all individuals that are rooted in our interest. This will help us gain service expansion in this unique industry. Building Families Together's partnership, collaboration, and networking efforts will cause a reeling expansion that will continue over the next several years. We are indeed a Corporation with unique opportunities to forge lasting and meaningful relationships with other corporations to strengthen the nonprofit community.

Every individual working on behalf of Building Families Together (including CEO, volunteers, interns, and the Board of Directors) has been equally charged with the responsibility of having the conversations that lead to expanding awareness of who the company is and what they do, as well as for upholding and embodying the mission, vision, and values of Building Families Together. At this time, we have been able to help 5 families in the past two months with life skills services (coping skills); supplied clothing to their children. We have built strong partnerships with neighboring libraries, other nonprofits, police stations, and IKEA to help with job placement. We will continue to use our marketing strategy to successfully place ourselves in our community as a valuable and much needed resource. This will be accomplished by a volunteer referral coordinator who will create and maintain a network of contacts that will serve as a referral source for the program.

Brochures will be developed to sell the benefits of the program to referrers, donors and clients. The referral coordinator will provide progress reports for the referring program, school, church, or agency. The goal will be to build an effective marketing program on the success of helping 2 or more families a month and gaining 1-2 every 3 months.

A marketing effort will also be implemented to attract and retain quality volunteers for Building Families Together. However, the core of the marketing strategy will be the creation of the program's Board of Directors who will be charged with the responsibility of advocating for Building Families Together to the community.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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BUILDING FAMILIES TOGETHER INC NFP

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bob Whitt

Building Families Together Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2022

Jennifer Witherspoon

Vice President

Hema Kumar

Treasurer

Gil Feliciano

Director

Nilesh Patel

Director

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 1/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/15/2021

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 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 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.