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

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tu Nidito's Mission To create a community of acceptance and understanding for children in grief. Tu Nidito's Vision No child grieves alone. Our Guiding Principles • It is our commitment to provide meaningful experiences to our clients and community. • We strengthen our community by providing support, resources and education in the field of childhood bereavement. • We believe in providing compassion, expertise, integrity and empathy to all grieving families.

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 ages 3 1/2 -18, 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
Children and youth
Adults

Tu Nidito provides home, hospital and community-based support for children age birth to 18 diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Master’s level Social Workers, Case Managers and highly-trained volunteers provide individualized support to the diagnosed child, their siblings and their families. Specialized curriculum helps each family member integrate coping tools, understand emotions, and foster new ways to communicate as they navigate the difficulty and stress of diagnosis, change in prognosis and course of treatment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Tu Nidito offers ongoing support groups for children and teenagers who have a parent diagnosed with a serious medical condition, such as cancer. Support groups provide a safe place to process the changes in each family member’s life due to the medical condition using guided discussions and peer-to-peer interaction. While children and teens are receiving support, the diagnosed adult and their partner attend their own support group. This empowers adults to share their challenges and learn ways to best support their children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Tu Nidito's Grief Education programming ensures that adults who work with youth are aware of how young people grieve and that they have the skills and knowledge to best support them. Grief Education workshops are provided for schools and community agencies to help create an environment of acceptance and understanding regarding children and teens in grief.

Tu Nidito is also 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. Ongoing follow-up support and intervention is available to help navigate the grief process.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

NAGC 2019

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 volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, Parents, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Young adults, Older adults, Adolescents, Children

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Adolescents, Children, Single parents, Grandparents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Community Grief Education Workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Teachers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Grief education programming provides workshops to schools and community agencies to help create an environment of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief.

Grief Intervention Sessions Delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Preteens, Children, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Grief Intervention Sessions are provided to school communities in the event of student/faculty death(s).

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Tu Nidito has four long term goals to ensure we are working towards our mission:

1. MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES: We will provide meaningful experiences to our clients and our grieving community.

2. RESPONSIVE: We will identify opportunities to be flexible in our program options, identify gaps in services, and respond to community needs that align with our mission, allowing us to serve children we have not previously supported.

3. CONSISTENT QUALITY: We will improve the ability of our volunteers and staff to consistently facilitate grief support of children and families.

4. PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIPS: We will ensure that families who would benefit from our services know that we exist and are aware of the breadth of services available.

Tu Nidito follows strategies to ensure our goals are being met:

1. MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES: We will provide meaningful experiences to our clients and our grieving community.
a. Ensure structure and resources provided to clients and community allow for meaningful experiences.
b. Increase length of service for CTC families to a minimum of 12-18 months.
c. Decrease the percentage of families who are immediately eligible for services and do not follow through.

2. RESPONSIVE: We will identify opportunities to be flexible in our program options, identify gaps in services, and respond to community needs that align with our mission, allowing us to serve children we have not previously supported.
a. Identify and, when possible, resolve barriers to participating or staying in services.
b. Identify and reduce friction in enrolling in services.
c. Continually assess gaps in services.
d. Implement alternatives to traditional support provided by Tu Nidito as indicated.
e. Assess areas where additional resources are given to current clients, i.e. one on one, trauma, etc.

3. CONSISTENT QUALITY: We will improve the ability of our volunteers and staff to consistently facilitate grief support of children and families.
a. Staff are well trained, educated and follow best practices.
b. Volunteers are well trained and continually educated.
c. Retain staff and volunteers.

4. PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIPS: We will ensure that families who would benefit from our services know that we exist and are aware of the breadth of services available.
a. Increase percentage of overall inquiries from specific referral sources.
b. Strengthen communication and collaboration with key community leaders while offering cross education and resources.

Tu Nidito has a dedicated Board of Directors, which includes 17 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 25 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 continues to work towards our goals by meeting and addressing community needs. 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 evolve to meet the needs of our community by offering remote/virtual program options in addition to tradition programs. Through family feedback surveys, Tu Nidito continues listening to the needs of our grieving community and adjusting programs to meet identified needs. Tu Nidito continues to work as a collective whole with our partners and community to ensure that no child grieves alone.

Financials

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Tu Nidito Children and Family Services

Board of directors
as of 6/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Aditi Gupta

Morgan Stanley

Term: 2014 - 2021

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

Melissa Ritchey

Children's Clinic

Laurel Rokowski

Ventana Medical Systems

Andy Townsend

Elvira Elementary School

Matt Winters

Tiffany & Co.

Richard Thompson

Catepillar

Gabriela Cervantes

Snell & Wilmer

Lisa Owens-Sredzinski

Berwick Insurance

Angelica Weber

Amgen, Inc

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

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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

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/15/2019

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 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.