Public, Society Benefit

Briezys Bunch

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Indianapolis, IN

Mission

Briezy's Bunch is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that aims to make an impact in the lives of those affected by epilepsy by providing financial assistance, emotional support, and educational resources.

Notes from the Nonprofit

We are people who are passionate about helping others with epilepsy. We do not fundraise to pay for salaries, and all monies collected are used to provide assistance for individuals and their families who are affected by this disorder.

Ruling Year

2017

CEO/President

Dr. April Krowel

Main Address

11715 Fox Rd, Ste 400 #145

Indianapolis, IN 46236 USA

Keywords

epilepsy, medical, healthcare

EIN

82-1695683

 Number

8408438914

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Individuals with epilepsy are often either uninsured or underinsured, and more likely to live below the poverty line. Even with private insurance or Medicaid resources, insurance sometimes chooses not to cover critical care needs. As a result of not receiving medications, adaptive equipment, monitoring devices, and more, these individuals experience a diminished quality of life, and some have died without proper life-saving medications. Additionally, individuals with epilepsy and their families and caregivers experience various mental health concerns including increased stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and decreased social support. Finally, there is stigma related to epilepsy and proper education is necessary to reduce this among individuals, families/caregivers, and the general public.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Critical Care Needs Financial Assistance

Support Group

Educational Resources

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Caregivers,

Families,

People with disabilities

Related program

Critical Care Needs Financial Assistance

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

We provide funding for seizure monitoring devices, cooling vests, anti-suffocation pillows, and epilepsy family camp. We also adopt a family during the holidays.

Number of individuals attending community events or trainings

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Best estimate of direct contact at awareness days and local community events.

Number of clients participating in support groups

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Educational Resources

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Educational Resources

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Briezy's Bunch is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that aims to make an impact in the lives of those affected by epilepsy by providing financial assistance, emotional support, and educational resources.

We are currently utilizing crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising strategies. Also, we are in the planning stages of larger scale fundraising that may turn into an annual event. We have added board members with fundraising and marketing skills to assist in our efforts.

Our board consists of amazing volunteers and passionate leadership. We plan to utilize our networks to help spread awareness about our organization as well as any and all events we host.

Briezy's Bunch will be making progress if we can assist individuals access their critical care needs, provide a space for emotional support groups, and continue to educate families and the public about epilepsy. Helping one person is still making a difference. Our goal is to be able to raise enough funds to help dozens of people each year.

We have assisted families in navigating the epilepsy journey, from providing referrals and information for care access. We have also started a support group in our local community to provide an environment that improves mental health of families and caregivers, as well as the individual affected by epilepsy, and contributes to their social support system. Additionally, we have planned several small fundraisers and are in the planning stages of an annual fundraiser.

External Reviews

Awards

Top-Rated Nonprofit 2017

Great Nonprofits

Financials

Briezys Bunch

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Operations

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

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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