Phoenix Zones Initiative

Advancing the Rights, Health, and Wellbeing of People, Animals, and the Planet

Albuquerque, NM   |  https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org

Mission

Phoenix Zones Initiative powers a movement to advance the interconnected rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet.

Ruling year info

2019

President/CEO

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian

Main address

13170-B Central Ave SE PMB 385

Albuquerque, NM 87123 USA

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EIN

84-2337171

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Disease patterns, the climate crisis, and countless patterns of exploitation have shown that the rights, health, and wellbeing of people and animals are intimately connected. Emerging pandemics and social and environmental injustices illustrate these interconnections in real time. The novel coronavirus pandemic has shed a light on these important connections and gross inequities in society, and it has also created opportunities to re-envision our relationships with each other, animals, and our life-sustaining planet.

Our programs

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

Phoenix Zones Initiative Programs

Working from both the ground up, and the top down, Phoenix Zones Initiative creates and fuels evidence-based models of transformation that recognize connections between human, animal, and environmental wellbeing, and we offer expertise, resources, and tailored training to help others to do the same.

Phoenix Zones Initiative also works directly on systems change, in order to make it easier for those working locally to build stronger, more resilient communities.

Phoenix Zones Initiative programs center on five areas:
1) Food—The global food market
2) Fiber—The clothing and textile industry
3) Community—Urban and rural environments
4) Knowledge—Research and education
5) Service—Community and public service

Phoenix Zones Initiative takes a three-fold approach:
1) Research and analysis of complex, interconnected problems
2) Identification of holistic solutions that honor the rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet
3) Advocacy for grassroots and systems-level reform and scalable, sustainable, evidence-based models of change

In Phoenix Zones Initiative’s first full year, people like you have helped Phoenix Zones Initiative:
1) Inform and advance two federal bills in the US House and Senate that restrict or ban animal trafficking in the US and internationally, and which would also help prevent future pandemics.
2) Engage with intergovernmental organizations like UNICEF and national children’s rights organizations on how to work together to end child trafficking.
3) Advance support for human and nonhuman rights, health, and wellbeing through articles, editorials, white papers, webinars, the arts, and an effective advocacy toolkit.
4) Extend the influence of a health and rights-based message via conferences and webinars that have reached thousands of people.
5) Build novel coalitions with groups like the Harvard FXB Health and Human Rights Consortium, and environmental consortiums like the US Climate Action Network.
6) Establish working groups to provide key leadership on how to create more ethical and compassionate food, fiber, and research systems.
7) Co-edit a forthcoming Health and Human Rights Journal issue on ecological justice and the interconnected right to health for people and animals.
8) Launch tactical research and government agency audits to identify how governments could better meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

Details about Phoenix Zones Initiative's policy agenda and programs can be found at https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Social and economic status

Where we work

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 reports written/published

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

Increasing

Context Notes

To learn more about Phoenix Zones Initiative's publications, please visit the Resource Center: https://www.phoenixzonesinitiative.org/resources/.

Number of organizational partners

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

Increasing

Context Notes

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

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Virtual gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 focuses on widespread ethical and structural change. We push forward legal, economic, and public policy to advocate for the most vulnerable and marginalized people and animals. Our programs, such as food, fiber, knowledge, community, and service, center on the intersections between humans, animals, and the planet’s wellbeing.

Phoenix Zones Initiative focuses on public education and outreach, policy research and analysis, the creation of diverse coalitions, advocacy for grassroots and systems-level action, and evidence-based models of social change. In order to advance meaningful and sustainable impact, Phoenix Zones Initiative advocates for high-yield changes in policy and practice.

Phoenix Zones Initiative is led by physicians and a diverse cross-sectoral team. Within its first year of operation, the organization assembled a team of dozens of individuals with critical expertise.

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 public health. Over the past two decades, Hope has worked across six continents to advance human and animal wellbeing, health, and rights. In the US, she has provided healthcare and advocacy for homeless, veteran, immigrant, and other vulnerable populations, while also working to end the exploitation of animals in laboratories and food production. She has led key educational, research, and policy initiatives, collaborated with the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States on global public health issues, and developed resources for nongovernmental organizations, national governments, 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.

Additionally, Phoenix Zones Initiative’s senior leadership team consists of professionals with degrees in domestic and international law, cultural anthropology, sociology, and women’s studies, as well as concrete experience in nonprofit management, community relations, research, education, and advocacy. Together, members of the senior leadership team have a depth and breadth of expertise caring and advocating for children and adults with atypical psychiatric and cognitive abilities, Indigenous persons, sexual violence survivors, vulnerable animals, and many other marginalized individuals and communities. The team's expertise includes decades of programmatic and executive leadership experience, monitoring and evaluation for the United Nations and US State Department, and strategic winning international campaigns to advance social and environmental policy. Members of the team have ties to the US Fulbright Scholars Program, the European Environmental Bureau, the Animal Law and Policy Program at Harvard University, and other influential governmental, academic, and nonprofit organizations. They have written critically acclaimed books and articles on the impact of US migration policy, the US torture doctrine, and anti-civil rights policies, as well as the adverse treatment of animals in various sectors of society.

Phoenix Zones Initiative's strategic plan includes multi-year financial projections, and Phoenix Zones Initiative has received major financial commitments to:
1) Research and analyze complex, interconnected problems.
2) Identify holistic solutions that benefit people, animals, and the planet.
3) Advocate for systems-level reform and evidence-based models of change.

In Phoenix Zones Initiative’s first full year, people like you have already helped Phoenix Zones Initiative:
1) Inform and advance two federal bills in the US House and Senate that restrict or ban animal trafficking in the US and internationally, and which would also help prevent future pandemics.
2) Engage with intergovernmental organizations like UNICEF and national children’s rights organizations on how to work together to end child trafficking.
3) Advance support for human and nonhuman rights, health, and wellbeing through articles, editorials, white papers, webinars, the arts, and an effective advocacy toolkit.
4) Extend the influence of a health and rights-based message via conferences and webinars that have reached thousands of people.
5) Build novel coalitions with groups like the Harvard FXB Health and Human Rights Consortium, and environmental consortiums like the US Climate Action Network.
6) Establish working groups to provide key leadership on how to create more ethical and compassionate food, fiber, and research systems.
7) Co-edit a forthcoming Health and Human Rights Journal issue on ecological justice and the interconnected right to health for people and animals.
8) Launch tactical research and government agency audits to identify how governments could better meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

Learn more about Phoenix Zones Initiative's programs and progress at https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org.

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 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH

Nik Kulkarni, MD

Kavita Rajasekhar, MD

Sonia Silva, MPA

Ayanna Buckner, MD, MPH

Allan Kornberg, MD, MBA

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 12/23/2020

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/14/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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 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 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.