Human Services

Tu Nidito Children and Family Services

aka Tu Nidito   |   Tucson, AZ   |  http://www.tunidito.org

Mission

The sole mission of Tu Nidito Children and Family Services is to create a community of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Mrs. Liz McCusker

Main address

3922 N Mountain Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85719 USA

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EIN

86-0769031

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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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?

Children to Children Grief Support Program

Tu Nidito’s Children to Children program offers support groups for children and teenagers who are grieving the death of a loved one. Grief support services extend to the entire family, other caregivers, schools, and the greater community. CTC has provided grief support to thousands of children in Southern Arizona and is Tucson's only child-centered grief support program.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$103,000

Tu Nidito provides home, hospital and community-based support for children age birth to 18 diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Services are designed to assist each family member through the difficulty and stress of diagnosis, change in prognosis and course of treatment. Master’s level Social Workers, Case Managers and highly-trained volunteers provide individualized support to the diagnosed child, their siblings and their families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$240,000

Tu Nidito offers ongoing support groups for children and teenagers who have a parent diagnosed a serious medical condition, such as cancer. We provide a safe place where children, teens and parents can share their experiences in a caring, supportive environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
People with diseases and illnesses
Budget
$35,800

Tu Nidito is available to provide on-site grief intervention and support in the event of a death or tragedy in the community that impacts children and teens. We offer group support, one-on-one support and additional resources immediately following the death. Ongoing follow-up support and intervention is available to help promote healing during the grief process. Please contact Tu Nidito 520-322-9155 to make arrangements for grief intervention. Grief Education Tu Nidito provides grief education to businesses, community agencies, schools and anyone who works closely with children and teens who are grieving the death of a loved one. Tu Nidito promotes awareness and understanding of children’s grief in the community by educating professionals and exploring grief, how children grieve and how to best support a grieving child. In the event of a death or tragedy in the community that impacts children and teens, we offer group support, one-on-one support and additional resources immediately following the death. Ongoing follow-up support and intervention is available to help promote healing during the grief process.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Tu Nidito has Four long term goals to ensure we are working towards our mission:<br/>Tu Nidito will ensure its services are of the highest quality possible, accessible to all, have long term impact and in all manners with impeccable customer service.<br/>Tu Nidito will ensure our local community is educated and trained about and has access to information and resources regarding supporting children who have been impacted grief.<br/>Tu Nidito will have a productive, knowledgeable, and passionate Board of Directors that represents the mission and furtherance of the vision.<br/>Tu Nidito will have the financial means to carry out its mission and vision.

Tu Nidito follows strategies to ensure our goals are being met:<br/>Determine best program practices for success of clients; Implement accurate, effective, and meaningful outcomes for each area of service as well as assess long term impact of service; Ensure staff are trained, qualified and provided with ongoing educational opportunities as well as promote staff retention and exceptional customer service; Ensure volunteers are trained, qualified and provided with ongoing continuing education as well as retained; Provide exceptional customer service; Enhance Tu Nidito’s image and visibility in the community while playing a significant role in de-stigmatizing grief; All board members understand the full scope of Tu Nidito as well as fulfill the responsibilities of being a board member; Ensure board structures facilitate effective Governance; The board will maintain an optimistic, work-oriented, team based environment in which fun and work go together; Expand current donor base and giving levels by identifying new and alternate sources of funding; Donors will know their contributions are meaningful, impactful and vital to the furtherance of our mission.

Tu Nidito has a dedicate board of 20 members. All have diverse backgrounds including medical professionals, legal professionals and accountants that assist with creating a community of support for Tu Nidito services. Tu Nidito has a diverse staff of 10 industry leading professionals with a directorship of over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit management. Additionally, Tu Nidito relies on the dedication of over 200 volunteers that help to run our support groups, work one on one with our family members and support our events.

Tu Nidito's goals and strategies are tracked quarterly to ensure we are making progress in working towards our mission. Through dashboard tracking, the staff directorship and board monitor areas of strength and weakness when it comes to meeting goals. Additionally, Tu Nidito has grown over the past 20+ years of service. Our first year of service we provided support to 12 families; in 2018 we served over 700.

Tu Nidito continues to work towards our goals by meeting and addressing community needs. We have created a new 5 year Long Range Plan focused on Quality of Service. We are offering free Grief Education to school partners in all of Tucson. We are also becoming the first contact for crisis intervention when a death happens at a school or community organization. We aim to continue to grow our referral sources to ensure that the entire community knows about our services and has an acceptance and understanding regarding children and grief; working as a collective whole to ensure that no child grieves alone.

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Tu Nidito Children and Family Services

Board of directors
as of 8/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Aditi Gupta

Morgan Stanley

Term: 2014 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. Oscar Lizardi

Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC

Term: 2014 - 2020

Eric Maneval

Beach Fleischman

Jenna Elmer, SPHR

U of A Facilities Management

Amber Jacoby

Grief Practitioner/Coach

Charlie Bowles

Bowles Realty & Investments

Miguel Cruz

Tucson Federal Credit Union

Steve Morganstern

Bicycle Ranch

Derrick Polder

Summit Funding/Polder Group

Heather Bachman

Tucson Medical Center

Supriya Bakshi

New York Life

Randy Prust

Rincon Pain Management

Melissa Ritchey

Children's Clinic

Laurel Rokowski

Ventana Medical Systems

Andy Townsend

Elvira Elementary School

Matt Winters

Tiffany & Co.

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/15/2019

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

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/15/2019

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 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 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 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 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.

Keywords

Tu Nidito, Children, Family, Cancer, Tucson, Arizona, Leukemia, Diamond Blackfan, Black Fan, Leukodystrophy, ALL, MLL, ALM, Serious, Illness, Death, Grief, Support, Loss, Bereavement