The Equity Project

aka The Equity Project   |   PHILADELPHIA, PA   |  http://www.equityphilly.org

Mission

In addition to historic divestment, intergenerational poverty, and the legacies of systemic racism, Kensington is at the epicenter of the opioid epidemic and has recently experienced an exponential rise in gun violence, exposing our youth to unprecedented levels of violence, human suffering, and trauma. The Equity Project, committed to racial equity through radical access, believes every community has the right to services that transform, spaces that inspire, and access to the resources needed to reach our full human potential. We build the power of our Black and Brown youth to heal from trauma, build the resiliency needed to reach their goals, and harness their creativity for change.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder & CEO

Natalie Knochenhauer

Main address

426 E Allegheny Ave Unit 5W

PHILADELPHIA, PA 19134 USA

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EIN

83-2696563

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Brave Space

The Equity Project seeks to address both the immediate disparities and trauma impacting Kensington’s youth, but also, equally as important, to empower our youth to be heard and harness their creativity for change. Equity, for us, goes beyond access to resources and necessarily includes beautiful, calm green spaces with trauma-informed sensory environments that present opportunities for creative exploration, respite and play that foster safety and social equity.
Brave Space, an after-school, youth-led safe space and trauma-informed enrichment program with organized activities taking place between 2:30 and 6:00 p.m. and on occasional evenings/weekends.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Youth-led group that engage in community projects to address youth culture of violence.
Hosted the only youth-led for youth “On the Table” conversation in Philadelphia. Youth
planned a meal, a presentation, invited guests (local high school
students) to a round-table meal, where they led a discussion on the challenges
and needs youth identify in their own community. Youth received a mini grant
afterwards to implement their work.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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The Equity Project

Board of directors
as of 1/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ceceily Bradford-Jones

Families Forward Together

William Duffy

TD Bank

Bree Kinney

American Airlines

Steven Bradley

Bradley & Bradley Assoc

Chantelle Fitzgerald

Mindset Strategies

Michael Cohen

Myoderm

Danilo Ghiotto

American Airlines

Brent Howard

Shift Capital

Francisco Leon

Shift Capital

Naomie Nyanungo

Office of Adult Education/Office of Workforce Development

Alan Rosenburg

Virginia Sheetz

DiBruno Bros

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 ? 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? 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 01/19/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/19/2022

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 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 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.