Viviennes Joy Foundation

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aka Vivienne's Joy Foundation   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  viviennesjoy.org

Mission

Vivienne's Joy Foundation is a charitable foundation dedicated to bringing awareness to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, supporting other bereaved parents and bringing joy to others. ​

Ruling year info

2017

Presdident & Founder

Julia Burgess

Main address

1041 Grand Ave, #111

Saint Paul, MN 55105 USA

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EIN

82-1027687

NTEE code info

Private Independent Foundations (T22)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to raise awareness of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, support bereaved parents primarily through support of the family retreat and bring joy to others through community outreach work.

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?

Vivie's Playground

Community Build playground funded entirely by Vivienne's Joy Foundation. Built in 2018 in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St Paul, MN.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our goal is to allow all families, regardless of need, who have lost a child to SUDC to attend the annual family retreat. We are also working to raise awareness of SUDC and support our community in MN as much as possible.

Our primary strategy is a strong fundraising platform primarily through a biannual gala.

Our Board and group of volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and have a wide variety of skillsets that we leverage to achieve our goals.

We have fully funded a community build playground in St Paul for a total of ~$300K. We are also committed to funding $50K for the 2019 SUDC Family retreat as well as $5K for the weekend meal program at an elementary school in St Paul.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Viviennes Joy Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julia Burgess

Sara DeKok

Laurie Burgess

Lisa Adelmann

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 ? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/14/2021

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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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability