BeMoreLikeClaire Inc

BE KIND • WORK HARD • GIVE BACK

aka #BeMoreLikeClaire   |   Lawrence, KS   |  http://www.bemorelikeclaire.org

Mission

Our mission is to carry on Claire's legacy by cultivating the power of collective generosity so that all may live a safe and healthy life.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Shannon VanLandingham

Main address

P.O. Box 1494

Lawrence, KS 66044 USA

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EIN

84-2751372

NTEE code info

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

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

LT Dr. Claire Elizabeth VanLandingham was a promising young Navy dentist when her life was tragically cut short. On January 3, 2018, she was murdered by an ex-boyfriend. She was a bright light and had big plans to make the world a more fair, compassionate, and loving place for all people. #BeMoreLikeClaire is a way for those of us who loved her - and those who never had the pleasure of meeting her - to pool our efforts to continue in some small way the work that she most certainly would have done. #BeMoreLikeClaire’s mission is to carry on Claire's legacy by cultivating the power of collective generosity so that all may live a safe and healthy life. In our world today, many people do not have access to healthy food, health care, or safe and affordable housing. Many people do not have positive role models or experience with healthy relationships. Climate change threatens to destroy our planet and our ability to thrive on Earth.

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?

#BeMoreLikeClaire Habitat House

We awarded a grant to sponsor a Habitat House for a family of 5. We will also supply the bulk of the volunteers to build the house.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Total number of grants awarded

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Our mission is to carry on Claire's legacy by both harnessing the power of collective generosity to improve the quality of life for all, and amplifying the work of nonprofit partners through grant making, volunteering, ​and community outreach.

#BeMoreLikeClaire Guiding Principles:
All people should have access to healthy food.
All people should have access to holistic and comprehensive health care.
All people should have access to housing that is safe and affordable.
Positive caring role models and mentors transform lives.
All relationships should be free from cruelty and built on trust and respect.
The earth and its resources should be protected and respected.​

#BeMoreLikeClaire will achieve our goals by:

•Fundraising through events and campaigns.
•Outreach and relationship building with potential grantees.
•Assessing community needs with stakeholders.
•Using best practices regarding non-profit management.

As an organization, we have the capability to:
• Create successful fundraising that enables us to reach our grant funding goals.
• Engage an active and growing community of donors with whom we communicate through newsletters, social media and the use of our website: www.bemorelikeclaire.org.
• Lead with a strong and educated Board of Directors.
• Collaborate with other well respected organizations.
• Operate using Organizational Policies and Practices based on Non-Profit Industry Best Practices.
• Maintain an all volunteer organization that allows us to operate will very low overhead.

#BeMoreLikeClaire has awarded a total of $143,595 in grants:

6/27/2018 Purchase of Van for Douglas County Dental Clinic $12,270
11/28/2018 Girl Scout Troop dues and startup funds $2,000
6/13/2019 Willow Domestic Violence Center Restoration House bedroom remodel $3,000
12/06/2019 Denture Lab for Wabash Valley Health Center $25,000
1/07/2020 Habitat for Humanity House Sponsorship $50,000
1/07/2020 “Claire’s Community”: Community-wide program to educate about healthy relationships with Willow Domestic Violence Center $11,325
8/31/2020 “Claire’s Kitchen”: Renovation of Teaching Kitchen at Just Food of Lawrence $40,000

Total Awards as of 9/1/2020: $143,595

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Grantees check in periodically with updates and the impact our gifts made. People who attend Claire's Community training for relationship violence prevention tell us about ideas or behaviors they have changed since attending the training.

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

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are changing some parts of our curriculum to reflect feedback we have received in order to make it more accessible to all people, no matter what their background, education level, or income level might be. We are also translating it into plain English, Spanish, and offering training through a multilingual, multi cultural lens.

  • 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?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • 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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BeMoreLikeClaire Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christine Metz Howard

The University of Kansas

Term: 2021 - 2022

Micki Chestnut

Claudia Quigg

Baby Talk

Shelly Triplett

Michelle Ward

Erin Wolfram

Robyn Burton

Kandis Muhs

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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/19/2022

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, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/19/2022

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 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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.