Factor-H

Enhancing the quality of life of HD families living in poverty in Latin America

LOS ANGELES, CA   |  https://factor-h.org/

Mission

Factor-H is a humanitarian nonprofit founded in 2012 and registered in 2018 to enhance the quality of life of families in Latin America affected by Huntington’s disease (HD) and living in poverty. Our mission is to build communities of cared for, resilient and self-sufficient HD families through alliances with local and international organizations. Our vision is to eliminate the suffering of those affected by HD and destitution. We aim to find collaborative ways in various levels to increase awareness and efforts to change the neglect and affliction of the communities where we are engaged.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Dr. Ignacio Munoz-Sanjuan

Main address

7917 HOLLYWOOD BLVD

LOS ANGELES, CA 90046 USA

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EIN

82-5395108

NTEE code info

Specifically Named Diseases (G80)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Basic Needs

The basic needs program aims to provide the most basic form of assistance to vulnerable HD families living in extreme poverty. We assist families in Peru, Colombia and Venezuela by providing sustenance, clothes, shoes, mattresses, cleaning supplies and nutritional supplements for patients. For some families, we try to remediate the lack of access to fresh water and electricity, although thus far these efforts have been limited due to lack of funding.

Our basic needs program also covers health-related programs focused on patients and young children. Several times a year we organize medical and dental assistance days, together with local physicians and volunteer organizations. In Venezuela, we sponsor weekly psychiatry consultations on-site in the San Luis neighborhood, providing specialized care and medications. We place a premium on pediatric care for those children most vulnerable due to malnutrition, particularly prevalent in Barranquitas, Zulia State.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

We started the Kids’ Project (Project Abrazos) in 2016 to provide a better quality of life for children (between 4-15 years of age) at risk for Huntington's Disease who live in extreme poverty. We are currently supporting 141 kids at-risk for HD between Colombia (41) and Venezuela (100). Participating children receive access to adequate nutrition and consistent medical and dental care, have basic needs covered, such as beds, shoes, clothes, and school supplies and uniforms. Up until the pandemic (and we hope to soon resume), the program also offered bi-annual gatherings with other at-risk youth in order to create a community with common issues and promote a sense of hope and joy.
The kids’ well-being and opportunities in life are significantly enhanced by participating in this program. Some of them have been documented and can be found in a new book project The Stigma of the Caterpillar and can be found at https://factor-h.org/el-estigma-de-la-oruga

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

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

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 8/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Ignacio Munoz-Sanjuan

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Board co-chair

Roger Cachope

CHDI

Roger Cachope

Jamie Levey

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 ? 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 02/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/15/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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 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.