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SHE RECOVERS Foundation

To connect, support and empower women so they can heal and thrive, achieve their potential and then help other women to do the same

Santa Fe, NM   |  https://sherecovers.org

Mission

SHE RECOVERS® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity and a global grassroots movement serving more than 325,000 women and non-binary individuals in or seeking recovery from life challenges including trauma, substance use, grief and loss, eating disorders, burnout and moral injury, love addiction and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. We are all recovering from something—no one should have to recover alone. The organization connects women through its virtual offerings and in-person community networks, provides resources and support to help women develop their own holistic recovery patchworks, and empowers them to thrive, share their experience, and celebrate success. All efforts are designed to redefine recovery, end stigma and shame, and help more women heal.

Ruling year info

2020

CEO & Executive Director

Susan Carter

Founder

Dr. Dawn Nickel

Main address

14 Millers End

Santa Fe, NM 87508 USA

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EIN

82-5114552

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The imperative to increase support and resources for women in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders and other behavioral health issues has never been stronger. Uncertainty and isolation during the recent pandemic, coupled with trauma related to the unconscionable killing of George Floyd and heightening awareness of racial injustice, has thrown our world into a mental health crisis. Increasing levels of anxiety and depression are being reported, and the risk of suicide is rising proportionately. Domestic violence is increasing at alarming rates. Those recovering from substance use disorders are extremely vulnerable to relapse right now and eating disorders and binge eating are being ignited in individuals facing so much uncertainty.

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?

SHE RECOVERS Online Programs

SHE RECOVERS offers online support and offerings 24/7 to support, connect and empower women. The programs enhance the recovery experience and create lasting change.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Provides trauma informed yoga to women online, at workshops and retreats throughout the year, and certifies others to lead SHE RECOVERS trauma-informed yoga aligned with the organization's Intentions and Guiding Principles.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Provides a certification to women who are interested in recovery coaching that aligns with the Intentions and Guiding Principles of the organization so they can assist women on their journeys of recovery and provide educational outreach in their communities to those in or seeking recovery.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Provides women opportunities to connect, support and empower one another by producing workshops and retreats for women interested in building their recovery capital and help others do the same.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

These face-to-face support group meetings are held in communities around the world led by SHE RECOVERS coaches and assisted by other members of the SHE RECOVERS Foundation community. The meetings are held in alignment with the Intentions and Guiding Principles of the organization for all women in or seeking recovery.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adults

Where we work

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.

The Foundation's overarching goals and objectives are:

1. Provide women from diverse backgrounds increased access to communities of recovery support both online and in person

2. Help women build recovery capital by introducing or providing recovery resources necessary to cultivate individualized and holistic recovery practices

3. Reduce the stigma related to women and recovery through public awareness programs and education of key policymakers, stakeholders and the general public.

4. Contribute to a growing evidence base that shows the efficacy of non-traditional recovery practices

5. Be a trusted source of information for all women in or seeking recovery

CONNECT:
Build a strong, diverse and effective volunteer network of online and local community peer-based and peer-led recovery support groups and programs, ensuring the movement is inclusive of all women.

Vetted and trained volunteers will provide women in or seeking recovery safe and welcoming environments to join together online and “in real life” to provide each other emotional and social support.

SUPPORT:
Help women build recovery capital by introducing or providing recovery resources necessary to cultivate individualized and holistic recovery practices.

Expand In-Person Events to Increase Women’s Recovery Capital: Women are invited to strengthen their recovery capital at in-person workshops and events by fostering relationships, engaging in introspection, sharing their experiences with one another, learning how to practice radical self-care, etc. The Foundation will increase event access by considering locations, cost, topics, and programming designed to meet the needs of diverse communities.

Create Resource-Rich Online Platforms: Emerging evidence reveals women are reaching out in greater numbers to connect with and receive support for various behavioral health issues online. The Foundation will strengthen and grow online programming for women to find encouragement, learn about resources, and get answers to specific behavioral-health-related questions.

Build Capacity to Support Women in Recovery: The Foundation is strengthening the behavioral health workforce by training volunteers to become certified as recovery coaches, trauma-informed yoga instructors, and healing dance modality instructors.

EMPOWER:
Reduce the stigma related to women and recovery through public awareness programs and education of key policymakers, stakeholders and the general public while contributing to a growing evidence base showing the efficacy of non-traditional recovery practices.

Raising Public Awareness through Advocacy and Education: Volunteers will serve as local advocates to combat negative public attitudes, educate policymakers and improve support for recovery in their communities. They will increase public awareness of issues and challenges facing women in recovery.

Unlocking Transformational Outcomes: By advancing research on modalities yielding transformational outcomes for women in recovery. Through collaborative relationships with reputable behavioral health and recovery research institutions and program evaluators, data will be collected to support program development, activities and resources for the women we serve.

ESTABLISHED COMMUNITY: The organization’s greatest asset, thus capability, is its dynamic and devoted community. More than 325,000 women in or seeking recovery utilize SHE RECOVERS platforms. Coaches currently host 33 in-person Sharing Circles throughout the USA, UK, Canada, France and Australia, and today volunteer to facilitate 2 one-hour teleconference meetings daily to support the community. The volunteer support by members of the community during this unprecedented time has been indicative of the deep commitment these women have to volunteerism.

LEADERSHIP: The organization has retained visionary leaders all of whom are in long-term recovery and have exceptional experience and leadership skills in organizational development and non-profit management. This is an essential capability to recognize the growth and sustainability necessary for the organization to fulfill its mission.

Dr. Dawn Nickel, Founder and Board Chair, the visionary who began the SHE RECOVERS movement, is trained as a Certified Professional Recovery Coach and holds a PhD in health care policy, with a focus on women who experience issues related to mental health, addiction and intimate partner violence. As a passionate proponent of evidence-informed policy and practice, her areas of content expertise include: women and behavioral health disorders, addiction and recovery; mental health, healthy aging including age-friendly communities; end-of-life care; gender and caregiving; supporting children, youth and families with complex needs; organizational behavior; knowledge workforce of the future, and change management.

Taryn Strong, Founder and Board Vice-Chair, known as a key influencer in the cyber-sober world, dedicates herself to helping women shine from the inside out. Following 13 years of training and certifications, she has developed a unique “Yoga for Recovery” program integrating yoga and meditation with spirituality and recovery principles from a wide variety of recovery pathways.

Susan Carter, Executive Director, a senior leader in non-profit organizations, helped launch the global movement in the fight against breast cancer as a founding employee and chief architect of all marketing, branding, and communications for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Following Komen, Susan became CEO of the Arthritis Foundation, South Central Region where she oversaw operations of the $7.3 million nonprofit organization in a three-state area including Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

Payton Kennedy, Director, Volunteer Network and Foundation Events
Payton has 20 years of experience in event planning and operations, has been an integral part of creating organizational structure, and policy & procedures for events and retreats. She is a yoga teacher and creator of SHE RECOVERS DANCE, promoting self-discovery, body positivity, freedom, joy and empowerment.

The Foundation is a natural outgrowth of the success of the SHE RECOVERS passion project, initiated by a mother and her daughter in 2011. What started out as a Facebook page has now become an online international movement of women in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders, other behavioral health issues and/or life challenges. Some of the Foundation’s accomplishments include:

o The SHE RECOVERS Facebook Page, created in June 2011, now has over 270,000 followers
o The SHE RECOVERS Instagram Account, created in April 2019, already has 15,000 followers
o 2,200 women have been provided in-person transformational experiences at SHE RECOVERS retreats, conferences and workshops since 2012
o 100 women have been trained and certified as SHE RECOVERS Recovery Coaches since 2017, with an additional 100 currently in training
o The SHE RECOVERS Together Private Facebook Group was formed in January 2018 and now has 4,500 members. Members find encouragement, learn about novel resources and healing modalities, share success stories, and most importantly build an accessible network of support. The Group continues to grow by approximately 100 women per week
o 33 SHE RECOVERS Sharing Circles have been formed, primarily in cities across the United States and Canada but also in Paris, London and Sydney, Australia. The Circles are held in person monthly and facilitated by SHE RECOVERS Coaches. Average attendance at each Circle is between 10-20 women.
o 25 women have been trained as SHE RECOVERS Trauma Informed Yoga Instructors since October 2019
o In March 2020 SHE RECOVERS launched Together Online Zoom Gatherings – twice daily meetings. Between 120 and 160 women attend these support calls each day
o The SHE RECOVERS Podcast has had 150,000 downloads since it launched nearly weekly episodes in 2019
o SHE RECOVERS website averages 8,000 new users per month

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

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

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SHE RECOVERS Foundation

Board of directors
as of 03/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Dawn Nickel

SHE RECOVERS Foundation

Term: 2018 - 2025


Board co-chair

Taryn Strong

SHE RECOVERS Foundation

Term: 2018 - 2025

Dawn Nickel, PHD, CPRC

Volunteer

Taryn Strong, SRYT

Volunteer

Mary Beth O'Connor

Federal Social Security Administration

Kirsten Newquist

Drive Medical

Cynthia Guzmán

National Latinx Psychological Association

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 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 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.