BO WILLIAM HARTWIG FOUNDATION

We Are Your Child Loss Safe Haven, You Are Not Alone.

aka Bo's Heavenly Clubhouse   |   Horicon, WI   |  www.bosheavenlyclubhouse.com

Mission

We are committed to providing tools for parents and families that have experienced the death of their child to help them through their grieving and healing process. Among many other things, we send care packages, host child loss support groups and help with funeral expenses for children that are 18 years and younger in the state of Wisconsin.

Ruling year info

2016

President, Founder

Mrs Amanda Hartwig

Main address

121 S Cedar St

Horicon, WI 53032 USA

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EIN

81-3578245

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

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

Single Organization Support (P11)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The biggest problem that Bo’s Heavenly Clubhouse faces is the absolute need for funding to help these families that are suffering with the death of their child. It’s very hard to know how pressing it means to a family staring at a funeral bill when the last thing they’ve expected to happen, happens. They watched their child take their last breath. Or maybe they weren’t that lucky, maybe they were like the founder of Bo’s and found her lifeless sons body in his crib, when she thought he was asleep and gave him CPR. And prayed for a different outcome. Because we all pray for a different outcome. Whether you know your child is going to die or you’re faced with the daunting truth that your child died suddenly, unless you have gone through it yourself, it is very hard to see the depth of struggle that these parents face every day after their child dies.

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?

Bo Lions

Bo Lion Memorials Bo Lion Memorials are made from your little angels clothes, formed and stuffed with care, to create a lion figure. We have two Bo Lions in our home and they serve an invaluable purpose to not only my husband and I, but our daughter as well. Bo was a mischievous, happy, curious little 10 month old. He would often crawl around with a yellow lion pacifier in his mouth. In times of trouble or sadness, he would reach out for the lion to bring him comfort. Bo Lions, founded in 2015, by Jodie Baumhardt and Amanda Hartwig, bring comfort to parents suffering the excruciating sadness of child loss. These lions are handmade with much love. The time spent carefully constructing every Bo Lion is evident. Your child's clothes are so important and valuable that they should be made into something to be displayed and loved, rather than packed away. Every Bo Lion that is made from Bo's Heavenly Clubhouse is completely free of charge in an effort to reach suffering families and bring a sliver of consolation.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Non-adult children

We provide numerous means of support but one of the biggest passions is hosting child loss grief support groups at a local coffee shop. Here parents will truly find a safe haven. Nothing that they say leaves the four walls. They can scream, cry, yell and shout or sit in silence. Whatever they feel that they need to do. We are big advocates about saying your child's name.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Adults

If children around or local area, in Wisconsin die from ages 18 years old and younger,
We help with financial stress of funeral expenses.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Families

We ship care packages that consist of Bibles, grief books, journals, pens, colored pencils, coloring books, stress balls, tissues, uplifting messages, a sympathy card, pamphlets, encouraging reminders that they are not alone.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

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 infant deaths

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

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Care Packages

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We send care packages nationwide, this number only goes up when we add the number of child death that are not infants.

Number of deaths due to sudden infant death syndrome

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Help with Funeral Expenses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

THESE METRICS ARE COMBINED WITH THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH ALLIANCE, THE INFANT DEATH CENTER OF WISCONSIN

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.

Overtime we would love to be a self-sustaining organization that is able to open a grief relief/retreat center. We would love for parents to have a place to go to take a deep breath and know that they are not alone. Our mission is to give them hope in their darkest hour.

We have a child loss support groups that we host in Beaver Dam at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop. And that has been our home until we can afford a facility of our own.
But to make our goal happen it is going to take a lot of prayers, sweat and tears. Amanda, the President of our organization works tirelessly to try to find a way for us to sustain ourselves. Because unfortunately we cannot survive on donations alone. That is why we consistently do fundraising.

Our organization has capabilities beyond belief.
We work one on one with families at all hours of the day and night. Our phones are truly always on. They’re always next to us. My husband and I take shifts sleeping and helping families. This is our calling and we will do whatever we can to make sure that our families and any other families that come to us or taken care of and that they truly feel a sense of hope when they realize that they are not alone, Through the darkest time of their life.

We have accomplished a lot so far. This dream of ours happened after the darkest time of our life. Our son slipped out of our grip. He died in our home and he died while he was sleeping. None of us knew what was happening until it was too late. We have taken steps to educate people on the adenovirus which is what he died from. This is the common cold. So it is very hard to be proactive when it is the common cold because most cases children do not die from this. Especially when they have no symptoms whatsoever. Like Bo.

We have partnered with Angelcare which is a baby breathing monitor that goes underneath the crib while they sleep to monitor the baby is breathing movements and heart rate.

We have successfully maintained a steady amount of parents that come to our support groups in Beaver Dam Wisconsin. There are new families that come and they are welcomed with open arms.

We host workshops to teach parents how to handle and maneuver their way through the grieving process.

We have gathered a group of dedicated wholehearted Board of Directors that truly care about our organization. And they are solely volunteer. We have zero paid employees.

We have fund raised for a local hospital to successfully purchase a CuddleCot Bassinet for babies that are stillborn. We sponsored the entire CuddleCot Donation.

We have shipped out over 300 care packages since 2016.

We continue to work hard on taking care of funeral costs and final expenses for children under the age of 18.

We create alliances with other organizations to help give our parents and any other parents that come to us with the need of support.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    PARENTS OF CHILD LOSS, FAMILIES OF CHILD LOSS, FAMILIES IN WISCONSIN, USA. PARENTS OF CHILDREN THAT DIE IN UTERO, STILLBIRTH, ADOLESCENT AND ADULTHOOD. MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. CHILDREN OF ALL AGES.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, INDIVIDUAL MESSAGES,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    WE FUNDRAISED FOR A CUDDLECOT BED WHICH IS A COOLING BED THAT ALLOWS THE PARENTS AND FAMILIES TO BOND WITH A CHILD THAT WAS BORN SLEEPING. THE FEEDBACK AFTER WE SUCCESSFULLY DONATED THIS COOLING BED THAT PROVIDES THE GIFT OF TIME TO FAMILIES WAS OVERWHELMING. STILLBIRTH IS ALREADY INCREDIBLY DEBILITATING AND TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE GIFT OF TIME TO THESE FAMILIES. THIS PROVIDED US INSIGHT OF THE GREAT NEED IN OTHER COMMUNITIES AND COUNTIES IN OUR SURROUNDING AREAS THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED TO FUNDRAISE FOR OTHER CUDDLECOTS.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    IT HAS PROVIDED OUR BOARD WITH THE IMPLICATION THAT WE ARE HERE FOR A PRIMARY PURPOSE OF HELPING FAMILIES ON THEIR PATH OF GRIEVING AND HEALING AFTER THE DEATH OF THEIR CHILD. IT HAS IMPACTED OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE CLIENTS THAT WE SERVE AS WELL BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE DIDNT KNOW THAT WE HELPED AS MUCH AS WE DID IN CERTAIN CASES.

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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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BO WILLIAM HARTWIG FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 6/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Amanda Hartwig

Bo's Heavenly Clubhouse

Term: 2016 -


Board co-chair

Mr Wayne Hartwig Jr

Jessica Goodman

Secretary

Laure Hartwig

Director

Wayne Hartwig Sr

Director

Christina Plummer

Co Treasurer

Jamie Jacobs

Director

Julie Labinski

Director

AIMEE ZILLMER

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/23/2020,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data