Hope for Widows Foundation

We Relate. We Understand. We Listen. We Care.

aka Hope for Widows   |   Forney, TX   |  http://www.hopeforwidows.org

Mission

A philanthropic, charitable giving organization developed by widowed women that strives to offset the financial challenges of and build community among widowed women nationwide We support widows through the grieving process and beyond by providing life transition resources and immediate connection; facilitating the healing process and allowing for rebuilding to start from our communities embrace and we uplift and encourage as widows re-engage in life. A national support system for, and developed by, widowed women. All members of the organization are volunteers and are essential to our mission and are the life blood of what we do. Through our private online support, grief awareness initiatives, resources, programs, and financial support, we serve to offer caring advocacy and connection.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Chasity Williams

Chief Executive of Public Relations

Maureen Bobo

Main address

102 E. BROAD ST. #3171

Forney, TX 75126 USA

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EIN

81-4394119

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

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Programs and results

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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?

Restoring Hope and Peace Grant

The annual Restoring Hope & Peace Grant program was established by Hope for Widows Foundation in 2019 to help widowed women offset financial challenges as they navigate their healing journey.

Population(s) Served

Widow Empowerment peer-to-peer, online support group, where we navigate the challenges of widowhood and encourage growth. We can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Population(s) Served

Widow contributors share their time, energy, and talent even when fighting their own grief battles. A huge source of encouragement, mentorship, and just beacons of advice for our community. Submissions are weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, and quarterly.  Find here: www.hopeforwidows/blog

Population(s) Served

Bringing hope to widows in our community to let them know we understand and care. From self-care regimes, funny and uplifting, coping tools, resources, and more, we want widows to know they are not alone on their journey, We send monthly sunshine packages, which also can be requested and purchased for any time of the year. Also, financial support program through the annual Bring Hope Holiday Assistance program.

Population(s) Served

Provide resources, video clips, and workshops to navigate health, nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle. Along with uplifting and encouraging messages to ease the burden, validate emotions, bring hope and encourage growth while on the grief journey. Our Partner, Therapy Inspired offers virtual and/or in-person individual grief counseling services, group therapy, and tailored workshops to our widow community seeking help with finding peace and hope. Licensed professionals will assist widows and/or their children in providing a safe space to process and navigate their grief while meeting their goals to live a life worth living. Additionally, Life Coaching sessions available to uplift and encourage widows to re-engage and embrace life. No insurance needed. Special discounted rate for Hope Sister’s.

Population(s) Served

Annual initiative to get everyone active while bringing attention to the more than 245 million women around the world who are widowed and the challenges of losing a spouse, and most importantly honoring a loved one. Proceeds will benefit Hope for Widows Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, and will be applied towards the annual Restoring Hope and Peace Grants and other financial support programs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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?

    Widows nationwide

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Widows wanted a resource for professional counseling services and we were able to partner with an organization to provide low-cost counseling and other services without insurance.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    It has gained more trust and community- we not only ask what they want but we look for ways to implement.

  • 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 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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Hope for Widows Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chasity Williams

Hope For Widows Foundation

Term: 2016 -

Lisa Berman

Hope For Widows Foundation

Maureen Bobo

Hope For Widows Foundation

Markell Morris

Hope For Widows Foundation

Chasity Williams

Hope For Widows Foundation

Desiree Fransua

Hope For Widows Foundation

Eileen Clarke

Hope For Widows Foundation

Nick Vujicic

Hope For Widows Foundation

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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/27/2021

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

The organization's co-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