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Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

Rebuilding Hope. Rebuilding Lives.

Washington, DC   |  http://www.wendtcenter.org
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Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

EIN: 52-1095105


Mission

With nationally recognized expertise in grief, trauma and mental health, the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing helps adults and children in the Greater Washington region rebuild a sense of safety and hope after experiencing a loss, life-threatening illness, violence or other trauma. The Wendt Center is a premier resource for restoring hope and healthy functioning to adults, teens and children who are coping with grief, loss and trauma. We provide mental health counseling, training and education, crisis response and case management services to ease the impact of illness, loss, and traumatic events. We respect individuals and their experiences, understand the pain of loss and trauma, and support people in their healing journey.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Ms. Michelle Palmer

Main address

4201 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 300

Washington, DC 20008 USA

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EIN

52-1095105

Subject area info

Mental health care

Bereavement counseling

Public safety

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Families

Non-adult children

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Crime, Legal Related N.E.C. (I99)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We envision a world where no one grieves or suffers alone. The Wendt Center increases our nation’s capacity, competence, confidence, and compassion to navigate the grief and trauma that comes with life’s most difficult moments.

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?

C.H.I.L.D.

Child Healing to Improve Learning and Development (CHILD) is a unique trauma- and grief-focused mental health program that improves the lives of children whose health and functioning are harmed by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Children across the Greater Washington region are dealing with an unprecedented level of exposure to ACEs as they navigate the consequences of the pandemic as well as high rates of community violence, prompting DC Mayor Bowser to declare a public health crisis. C.H.I.L.D. utilizes a two-pronged approach to address childhood adversity and mental health: intensive, evidence-based counseling services for children coupled with innovative, trauma- and grief-focused trainings for child providers. We work in schools, at home, and in office-based or virtual settings to provide comprehensive mental health services focused on the intersection of grief and trauma.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Our professional, experienced counselors work with adults, children, teens, and adults individually as families and in support groups. We offer counseling in our main office in Northwest Washington, DC, and virtually throughout the Greater Washington Area.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Parents
Widows and widowers

Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC is a free grief camp that gives children an opportunity to enter a safe space — away from their everyday lives — to gently explore the normal process of grief. Love, laughter, learning and leisure are the needs of all children, especially those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. The camp is not designed as a replacement for therapy but as an enjoyable opportunity to explore grief where a child’s self-expression is heard, valued and honored.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Wendt Center counselors serve as a steady support to children, adults, families and caregivers affected by a local and national crisis.

Faced with a sudden death of an employee, coping with the psychological sequelae from violence, fear of or realized terrorist attacks, or hoping to address the impact of vicarious trauma on workers, agencies and institutions call upon Wendt Center therapists to provide support and interventions when facing local or national crises.

Examples of crisis response include:

- On site response to schools, agencies and other institutions following violence, trauma or death of staff, students or others
- Support for first responders dealing with the vicarious trauma and other sequelae generated from their work
- Consultation to schools, hospitals and other institutions to design, education and develop programs in anticipation of traumatic events.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Wendt Center Training Institute is a groundbreaking achievement in trauma-informed, community focused mental healthcare. We are building a network of service providers and social leaders equipped to bring hope and healing to the communities in which they work and live. The Wendt Center Training Institute offers trainings and workshops on a variety of topics, to increase the skill, confidence and capacity of mental health professionals and community members as they support persons experiencing grief and loss as well as those impacted by trauma.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Wendt Center relies heavily on the generous contributions of volunteers! For more information, email [email protected].

Population(s) Served
Adults

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 clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Illness, Grief, Loss and Non-Crime-Related Trauma

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through the totality of our programs, the Wendt Center impacts the lives of thousands of people each year.

Number of participants counseled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Illness, Grief, Loss and Non-Crime-Related Trauma

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individuals counseled, not including groups

"Number of individuals receiving training and/or crisis intervention services."

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Outreach and Crisis Response

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Center is on site at the DC morgue to provide stabilization services to those coming to identify a loved one and is present at the domestic violence intake centers to provide crisis intervention.

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Illness, Grief, Loss and Non-Crime-Related Trauma

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total sessions for individual and group counseling related to grief, loss, and/or trauma.

Percentage of clients who receive free services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adult Illness, Grief, Loss and Non-Crime-Related Trauma

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Nearly 50 percent of our clients receive services at no cost to them.

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.

Locally, we are working to ensure that children and adults suffering from exposure to grief and trauma receive the services they need to prevent or overcome the potentially debilitating and intergenerational consequences of that exposure. Our vision is to be a preeminent national resource and model of professional grief and trauma counseling, with a special emphasis on children and youth. We aspire not only to help people overcome the debilitating consequences of trauma and loss through the provision of direct services in the Washington, DC metropolitan region, but to build our national presence, contribute our significant expertise and lessons learned through training and education to nurture the highest quality grief and trauma services for adults and children in communities nationwide.

Continue to build state-of-the-art infrastructure and operations to support the highest quality, effectiveness, and reach of services. Develop and maintain new strategic partnerships that will help elevate the profile of the Wendt Center to participate in a national discussion on grief, loss and trauma. Expand grief and trauma certification programs for mental health professionals that build the capacity to serve children, adults, and families impacted by grief and trauma.

The Wendt Center has a highly engaged and effective Board of Directors who govern, support, and oversee the overall direction and success of the organization. Our staff is highly trained, nationally respected, and frequently called upon for consultation by news media and other professionals as a result of their specialized expertise and deep experience in service delivery to children and adults affected by grief and trauma. We have a five-year SAMHSA grant (for the prestigious National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative) to provide evidence-based interventions to children exposed to trauma as part of our Resilient Scholars program. This grant links us closely with a robust network of the most recognized, qualified and experienced professionals in children's mental health nationwide and puts us at the epicenter of current efforts to improve and deliver the best in trauma interventions to children and youth. We are strongly supported by local/national foundations and local/federal government agencies.

The Wendt Center has made significant progress toward its strategic goals. We have implemented grief and trauma certification programs for mental health professionals and school-based mental health professionals that build the capacity of the region to serve children, adults, and families impacted by grief and trauma. We continue to build strong infrastructure. We have established major new relationships and are poised to assume greater national visibility in the near future. We have secured funding to provide additional training in the latest evidence-based interventions to our clinical staff, ensuring a menu of interventions that is responsive to the particular needs of our clients. We have accomplished significant work on the development, implementation, and reporting on clear, measurable outcomes that can objectively support our reputation for highly effective services. We continue to work to diversify our funding streams, increase our reserve, and increase effectiveness of billing systems (insurance revenue) and earned income.

Financials

Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.85

Average of 3.41 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.5

Average of 1.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

15%

Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Wendt Center for Loss and Healing’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $391,280 -$376,158 $35,766 -$16,195 $269,933
As % of expenses 9.8% -7.9% 0.8% -0.3% 6.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $378,074 -$384,550 -$13,622 -$86,861 $201,627
As % of expenses 9.5% -8.1% -0.3% -1.8% 4.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,180,510 $4,364,734 $5,056,506 $4,803,311 $4,439,971
Total revenue, % change over prior year 6.6% 4.4% 15.8% -5.0% -7.6%
Program services revenue 15.3% 13.0% 13.2% 17.8% 17.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 62.1% 56.3% 50.8% 55.2% 53.5%
All other grants and contributions 22.6% 30.8% 35.8% 27.0% 28.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,981,489 $4,756,767 $4,425,622 $4,889,059 $4,417,490
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.5% 19.5% -7.0% 10.5% -9.6%
Personnel 73.5% 66.3% 69.9% 67.1% 65.2%
Professional fees 4.3% 4.8% 10.8% 12.3% 11.9%
Occupancy 8.6% 8.8% 11.7% 11.4% 12.5%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 13.7% 20.1% 7.5% 9.2% 10.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $3,994,695 $4,765,159 $4,475,010 $4,959,725 $4,485,796
One month of savings $331,791 $396,397 $368,802 $407,422 $368,124
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $528,162 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $48,731 $578,364 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $4,326,486 $5,210,287 $5,422,176 $5,895,309 $4,853,920

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.3 0.4 3.5 1.8 2.5
Months of cash and investments 1.3 0.4 3.5 1.8 2.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.7 1.2 -0.2 -0.3 0.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $414,743 $161,686 $1,296,837 $750,573 $918,123
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $995,014 $898,438 $794,217 $789,405 $733,270
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $208,971 $257,702 $836,066 $853,623 $864,123
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 91.2% 77.2% 29.7% 37.4% 44.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 24.3% 42.2% 56.7% 50.9% 54.2%
Unrestricted net assets $916,397 $531,847 $518,225 $431,364 $632,991
Temporarily restricted net assets $201,375 $185,500 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $201,375 $185,500 $688,506 $618,953 $371,501
Total net assets $1,117,772 $717,347 $1,206,731 $1,050,317 $1,004,492

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Michelle Palmer

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Wendt Center for Loss and Healing

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Wayne Rusch

Cheryl Keamy

Lesley Pate Marlin

Carol Pensky

Lisa Schneiderman

Andrew Wone

Kathryn Jones Hanley

Pandit Wright

Barbara Lambert

Abby Schneiderman

Michael Grupe

Charles Berardesco

Elizabeth (Ibby) Jeppson

Wayne Rusch

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 1/30/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
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Paid to fundraiser