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Phoenix Zones Initiative

Advancing justice for all so people, animals, and the planet can thrive.

Albuquerque, NM   |  https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org

Mission

Phoenix Zones Initiative advances the interdependent rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet through education and outreach, research and innovation, and leadership and advocacy. Led by physicians and an interdisciplinary team, our work draws on our expertise in medicine, global public health, and ethics. We advance social, economic, and environmental policies and practices to uplift the most vulnerable, and we provide resources to empower others to do the same.

Ruling year info

2019

President/CEO

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian

Co-founder

Dr. Nik Kulkarni

Main address

13170-B Central Ave SE PMB 385

Albuquerque, NM 87123 USA

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EIN

84-2337171

NTEE code info

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IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many outdated policies and practices drive the exploitation of vulnerable individuals and communities while fueling global crises such as climate change, diseases, and conflict. We're on a mission to change that.

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?

Phoenix Zones Initiative Programs

Phoenix Zones Initiative is working to create a world of Phoenix Zones--places that advance the health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet, allowing society to rise and thrive like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

In the heart of where change is possible--from diverse communities to the Nation's Capital and the United Nations--we work to change lives and reimagine social, economic, and legal norms for the better. And we do it by training today's and tomorrow's leaders to promote civic engagement; providing leadership that offers meaningful solutions; and advocating for grassroots and systems-level change.

Learn more about our work and programs: https://www.phoenixzonesinitiative.org/our-work/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Health
Victims and oppressed people
Academics

Where we work

Awards

Four Stars 2022

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of organizational partners

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Phoenix Zones Initiative Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of partners brought together in coalition, partnership, or alliance.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

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Totals By Year
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Phoenix Zones Initiative Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of pro bono hours contributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Phoenix Zones Initiative Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

A conservative estimate based on data from Results and Reporting Form.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Phoenix Zones Initiative works at the nexus of the health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet.

We use our medical and public health expertise to help dismantle outdated policies and practices that exploit the most vulnerable and that contribute to global problems that touch us all--from violence and conflict to emerging infectious diseases and the growing epidemic of chronic diseases to worsening environmental threats.

Phoenix Zones Initiative advances the health and wellbeing of people, animal, and the planet through education and outreach, research and innovation, and leadership and advocacy.

Education and outreach: Phoenix Zones Initiative educates leaders and the public on how to make meaningful change to solve global challenges, including the climate emergency, air and water pollution, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, poverty and hunger, and other health threats that affect people, animals, and the planet.

Research and innovation: Phoenix Zones Initiative's research and innovation informs public, governmental, and corporate policies and practices to transform cultural values on a global, interconnected scale.

Leadership and advocacy: From Washington, DC, to the United Nations, Phoenix Zones Initiative works to transform polices and practices that affect people, animals, and the planet.

Learn more about our approach and impact: https://www.phoenixzonesinitiative.org/our-work/.

Phoenix Zones Initiative is led by physicians and a diverse cross-sectoral team.

The organization's co-founder, president, and volunteer CEO, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian, is a double-board certified internal medicine and preventive medicine physician with expertise in ethics and global public health. Over two decades, she has cared for individuals who have experienced displacement and violence, while she has also worked on policy to address structural inequities and human, animal, and environmental exploitation. Her public health expertise covers climate change, hunger, chronic diseases, emerging infectious diseases, poverty, forced migration, and conflict.

Her work across six continents has included the development of medical, public health, and educational guidance and resources for nongovernmental organizations, national governments, and intergovernmental organizations, including the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States, the United Nations High-Level Political Forum, and the World Health Organization. She has authored highly cited publications and spoken at academic institutions and through media outlets across the globe about connections between human, animal, and planetary wellbeing.

Phoenix Zones Initiatives team consists of professionals with expertise in medicine, public health, the law, education, public relations, nonprofit management, research, and advocacy. The team's expertise includes decades of programmatic and executive leadership experience, as well as experience with strategic campaigns to advance social and environmental policy. Members of the team have also written critically acclaimed books and articles on the connections between people, animals, and the planet.

Phoenix Zones Initiative's strategic plan includes multi-year financial projections.

Guided by an ambitious strategic plan, Phoenix Zones Initiative has

-hosted local and international events, engaging thousands of professionals and advocates across seven continents.
-trained professionals to tackle global challenges in their areas of expertise.
-provided educational materials and resources to educators and journalists.
-been featured in prominent publications and platforms--including international articles, editorials, webinars, videos, and art exhibits--reaching millions.
-provided updates to legislators and other policy makers on ethical medical innovation and human-relevant tools and approaches; evolving public opinion and physician perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of current research methods; and opportunities to transform medical research.
-influenced the passage of national legislation and provided expertise in international forums, including those hosted by the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Environment Program.

Learn more about Phoenix Zones Initiative's impact: https://www.phoenixzonesinitiative.org/annual-report/.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • 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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Phoenix Zones Initiative

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH

Nik Kulkarni, MD

Kavita Rajasekhar, MD

Sonia Silva, MPA

John Gluck, PhD

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 ? 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 12/25/2022

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
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/25/2022

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 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 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.