Widowhood - Real Talk With Tina


GuideStar Charity Check

Widowhood - Real Talk With Tina

EIN: 88-3734371


To create a safe space for candid discussions on the journey of grief while connecting the widowhood community with an extensive range of professionals, materials, and support groups to foster encouragement, healing, and hope not just to live but create a life where they thrive.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Tina Fornwald


Ulanka Beckom

Main address

818 Hagan Ave

Norfolk, VA 23502 USA

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Subject area info

Mental health care

Support groups


Human services

Population served info

Children and youth


Families of origin

Families of choice


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NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (P11)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to give the bereaved a safe space to have candid discussions regarding the process of grieving, depression, and loneliness. Dealing with a worldwide pandemic, people are closed off and often unable to receive direct support as they suffer. Therefore Widowhood Real Talk with Tina (WRTWT) is meeting people at their point of need in the privacy of their home via their mobile device, computer, or television.

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?

Weekly Podcast

Many people talk about the ups and downs of married life, but few prepare for the worst-case scenario when a spouse dies. Marriage is a journey, a stage in life shared by two people on a path meant to be walked together. But what happens when you lose your partner? How does one deal with this permanent separation?

Welcome to Tina’s Widowhood Real Talk, a safe space for widows, widowers, and their loved ones, to talk and listen to stories of love and loss.

Population(s) Served

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 groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Weekly Podcast

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Widowhood Real Talk With Tina (WRTWT) was established in December 2022 As of May of 2023, WRTWT has connected w/over 651,000 people in 20 countries between social media content & our weekly podcast

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 goal is to connect with three million grieving people in 2023.

We plan to provide weekly content on all our social media platforms.

We provide a weekly podcast surrounding topics of grief.

We provide free resources to those who are grieving.

We have a private Facebook Group for widows and widowers.

On October 7, 2023, we are hosting a virtual conference on Zoom titled "Dealing With Greif During the Holidays." This conference will also stream live on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

We have a social media presence on our Website, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Tiktok. We participate in weekly strategic conferences with the Podetize owners to increase our social media presence.

As of April 5, 2023, we have connected with 565,789 from:

12,385 Facebook
4,480 Youtube
547,000 Instagram
100 Twitter
1,824 Tiktok

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

    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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people


Widowhood - Real Talk With Tina
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Widowhood - Real Talk With Tina

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Tina Fornwald


Ulanka Beckom

Widowhood - Real Talk With Tina

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

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Board of directors
as of 05/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Tina Fornwald

Ulanka Lavone Beckom

Jennifer Marriner

Jennifer Pilant

Chris Wissmann

Catherine Fornwald

Michael Henry

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 ? 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 5/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/05/2023

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

Policies and processes
  • 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.