Phoenix Zones Initiative

Advancing the rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet through a Just One Health approach

Albuquerque, NM   |  https://phoenixzonesinitiative.org

Mission

Phoenix Zones Initiative advances the interconnected rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet through a Just One Health approach. Led by physicians and a diverse team, Phoenix Zones Initiative promotes legal, economic, and public policy to uplift the most vulnerable, including children and animals, and we provide resources so others can do the same.

Ruling year info

2019

President/CEO

Dr. Hope Ferdowsian

Co-founder

Nik Kulkarni, MD

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 or 990-EZ.

Communication

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

Phoenix Zones Initiative advances the interconnected rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet through a Just One Health approach. Led by physicians and a diverse team, Phoenix Zones Initiative promotes legal, economic, and public policy to uplift the most vulnerable, including children and animals, and we provide resources so others can do the same.

Phoenix Zones Initiative programs center on three areas:

1) Just One Health: We build local, national, and global support to advance the interconnected rights, health, and wellbeing of vulnerable people, animals, and the planet.
Learn more: https://www.phoenixzonesinitiative.org/just-one-health/

2) Child Protection: We challenge the ways that children are viewed and treated, and changing the status quo for vulnerable children through education, outreach, and advocacy.
Learn more: https://www.phoenixzonesinitiative.org/child-protection/

3) Animal Protection: We raise awareness about the needs and plight of animals and the basis for advancing their rights through changes in policy, research, and practice.
Learn more: https://www.phoenixzonesinitiative.org/animal-protection/

Phoenix Zones Initiative takes a three-fold approach:
1) Education and outreach
2) Research and evaluation
3) Advocacy and policy change

Between mid-2019 and mid-2021, Phoenix Zones Initiative:
1) Featured in 30 prominent international articles, editorials, webinars, videos, and art exhibits, reaching 8 million people.
2) Built bridges between individuals and organizations in human and veterinary medicine, public health, the sciences, law and policy, ethics, the arts, media, and business.
3) Hosted 31 events that educated and engaged professionals and advocates across 6 continents, reaching more than 3,000 professionals and advocates.
4) Conducted more than 40 research projects to identify scalable, sustainable, and evidence-based interventions that could protect vulnerable populations through changes in public policy, economic policy, and community-based reforms.
5) Partnered with Project ECHO to fill the need for inter-professional and open access educational resources and technical expertise to advance holistic, inclusive, and evidence-based social and environmental justice interventions that serve the public health needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.
6) Helped draft the NGO Major Group’s 2021 Position Paper, which addresses how governments should implement the SDGs and related targets, and the role civil society can play in achieving the SDGs, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
7) Provided expertise on preparations for the UNHLPF on Sustainable Development. The HLPF is the UN’s core platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Goals.
8) Partnered with the Harvard FXB Health and Human Rights Consortium for the forthcoming December 2021 Health and Human Rights Journal issue section on ecological justice and the right to health.

Support Phoenix Zones Initiative's work: https://www.phoenixzonesinitiative.org/donate/.

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 center on the intersections between humans, animals, and the planet’s wellbeing.

Phoenix Zones Initiative focuses on education and outreach, research and analysis, and advocacy and policy changes.

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 public health. Over the past two decades, she has worked across six continents. 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 people and animals in industry and other areas of society. 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 intergovernmental fora and organizations such as 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 Initiative’s 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, and Phoenix Zones Initiative has received significant financial commitments for its first five years of operation.

Between mid-2019 and mid-2021, Phoenix Zones Initiative:
1) Featured in 30 prominent international articles, editorials, webinars, videos, and art exhibits, reaching 8 million people.
2) Built bridges between individuals and organizations in human and veterinary medicine, public health, the sciences, law and policy, ethics, the arts, media, and business.
3) Hosted 31 events that educated and engaged professionals and advocates across 6 continents, reaching more than 3,000 professionals and advocates.
4) Conducted more than 40 research projects to identify scalable, sustainable, and evidence-based interventions that could protect vulnerable populations through changes in public policy, economic policy, and community-based reforms.
5) Partnered with Project ECHO to fill the need for inter-professional and open access educational resources and technical expertise to advance holistic, inclusive, and evidence-based social and environmental justice interventions that serve the public health needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.
6) Helped draft the NGO Major Group’s 2021 Position Paper, which addresses how governments should implement the SDGs and related targets, and the role civil society can play in achieving the SDGs, particularly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
7) Provided expertise on preparations for the UNHLPF on Sustainable Development. The HLPF is the UN’s core platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Goals.
8) Partnered with the Harvard FXB Health and Human Rights Consortium for the forthcoming December 2021 Health and Human Rights Journal issue section on ecological justice and the right to health.

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 8/9/2021
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 07/28/2021

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, 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

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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.