Henry Williams Foundation of Love

aka Henry Williams Love Foundation   |   HAZEL CREST, IL   |  www.henrywilliamslove.org

Mission

In memory of how he loved, the Henry Williams Love Foundation has been established to provide short-term supportive services to youth and families in need. Our services are guided by four areas of focus: - Emergency Services/Unexpected Loss/Advocacy - Black Business Incubation - Technology Uptake - Arts Influence

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

Kyla Williams

Main address

PO BOX 703

HAZEL CREST, IL 60429 USA

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EIN

82-1556431

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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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?

The Shuri Project

The Shuri Project is a six-week summer technology mentoring program for girls ages 8-12 with the goals of keeping them safe while building self-esteem and increasing their tech aptitude.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

HWLF was born from its ancestors’ entrepreneurial spirit and wants to stand in the gap to support emerging and existing black businesses through an incubation program. Hence, they can transform into, and show up in the world as independent, viable businesses. This program will be a safe space for black innovators, artists, youth, and business people to ideate, learn, network, attend boot camps, and co-work in a welcoming environment.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations

Survivance is a digital space, a preservation of stories from the ALAANA* community in the greater Chicagoland area about living and surviving during the pandemic, one year later. Survivance is a joint effort with the Henry Williams Love Foundation (HWLF) and storytelling partner, The Pisces Life Podcast and Network.

Population(s) Served

Modge Podge Poetry is a makers workshop that guides teens on a personal literary journey that will manifest itself into a poem on canvas. The purpose of Modge Podge Poetry is to empower, provide introspection and creative expression, along with future goal forecasting all wrapped into an art project that teens can take home with them and serve as a reminder of their ambitions.

Population(s) Served

Eye Recite is a space dedicated to creative writers and reciters. The open mic series runs quarterly, but special Eye Recite Presents events are curated throughout the year.

Population(s) Served

A significant portion of our Emergency Services/Unplanned Loss/Advocacy Program funds are used to support families impacted by loss, illness, and death. For example, HWLF supplements health services payments and medications for the uninsured and underinsured. We also help to defray burial costs and provide hotel stays and supplies for families who are displaced for whatever reason (DV, Fire, Eviction, etc). It is vitally important that we continue to teach good healthy habits (food, exercise, stress reduction, mental health, and life insurance) to address the disparities that exist in our communities and family. HWLF uses its voice to give and shift power.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims of disaster

Where we work

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?

    HWLF provides supportive services to youth and families in need.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, 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?

    In our Black Incubation Program pilot we discovered that participants preferred visual representations of recommendations and actions steps versus written narrative feedback. They preferred the feedback to be in person.

  • 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?

    HWLF values voice. Subsequently, all programming has been developed based on gaps identified by community members, coalitions, research, surveys, as well as news, media, and storytelling. Programs are co-designed with sustainable support in mind.

  • 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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Henry Williams Foundation of Love

Board of directors
as of 11/08/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rhea Bickham

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 ? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/8/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/08/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.