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The Legacy of Hope Foundation

Providing miles of smiles by revitalizing our community.

Newport News, VA   |  www.thelegacyofhopefoundation.com
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The Legacy of Hope Foundation

EIN: 85-3584006


Mission

Providing miles of smiles by revitalizing our community through hope, love and giving. We provide free clothes, shoes, personal hygiene items and non-perishable food items to low-income and our homeless community.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Teresa Lassiter

Main address

246 Poplar Avenue

Newport News, VA 23607 USA

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EIN

85-3584006

Subject area info

Food security

Job training

Entrepreneurship

Human services

Youth development

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Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Social and economic status

Low-income people

Health

Work status and occupations

NTEE code info

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Strengthen social support systems for families to build equity through our resource and empowerment center that is inclusive to individuals and families to help alleviate poverty and hunger. We provide access to free clothing, nutritious food, youth mentoring and empowerment to connect youth with caring adults to build self-esteem, confidence, courage and character and educational programs on life skills and healthy eating to address food insecurities and health disparities that may be caused by lack of healthy nutritious food. By ensuring access to clothing, food, education and empowerment our programs contribute to improving the overall well-being of individuals, our youth and families, breaking the cycle of poverty and dismantle barriers of social and economic injustice. We give families tools to empower them through workshops and training in financial literacy, computer training, healthy lifestyles to enhance job skills, build businesses, own homes and achieve self-sufficiency.

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?

Geraldine's Closet

Geraldine's Closet gives access to free clothing each week to help alleviate poverty by providing free clothing to underserved, low-income individuals and families. The closet serves as a resource to help alleviate clothing expense and to build self-esteem and confidence. The closet provides clothing for babies, youth, women and men We give access to clothing that is needed for everyday, job interviews, career attire, special occasions and church attire. The closet also gives access to personal hygiene, socks and winter coats to keep individuals and families warm during the winter months. Open every Wednesday from 3p to 5p, Thursday from 2p to 5p and every 2nd and 4th Saturday form 12p to 2pm.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Women and girls
Children and youth
Men and boys
Low-income people

The We Can Do Good program brings food security to those in need by providing weekly distribution of free meals and groceries. We assist families who endure various challenges in life, driven by ongoing economic uncertainty, rising food cost and unemployment. Our program mission is to ensure underserved and low-income individuals and families receive food security ensuring resources and services are available to households struggling to make ends meet. The We Can Do Good program allows us to do good and bring good food to youth, individuals and families. As part of this program, we provide healthy food choices as well as workshops to promote healthy eating and lifestyles to help reduce health issues and disparities. We also focus on providing youth with healthy nutritious snacks during times of teaching, empowerment and during the summer months. We provide Thanksgiving basket to families so that they may enjoy and provide a time to celebrate the holiday.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Families
Women and girls
Men and boys
Seniors

Our mission is to serve underserved youth.The number of youths reporting poor mental health is increasing according to the Center for Disease Control, building strong bonds and connecting youth can protect their mental health. Through the Legacy Learning Academy, we are giving youth an advantage by connecting them to caring adults to build self-esteem, confidence, courage and character. We give youth access to learning. mentoring and development after school on the weekends to empower them to be a positive influence and impact their communities. The youth meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 12p to 2p to cultivate an atmosphere of learning, arts & crafts, workshops on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, computer training and more.

Population(s) Served

Empowering families to cope and thrive through life challenges, breaking cycles of poverty by providing essential resources and education. Being a resource to families to help them overcome poverty and the mental stresses that come with it. Our focus is to help families overcome stress, depression and anxiety through monthly mind motivation and access to free clothing and food. We have opportunities for adults to come together to find solutions to become mentally stable to handle life challenges by providing workshops on financial literacy, homeownership, healthy lifestyles and provide information and access to wrap around services by partnering with other organizations. We also provide opportunities for workforce development to give families access to training for jobs interviews, job readiness as well as connecting with employers for job vacancies.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Family relationships
Social and economic status
Family relationships
Children and youth
Social and economic status
Family relationships
Social and economic status
Family relationships
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Community Leaders Award 2023

Community

Affiliations & memberships

Network Peninsula 2021

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 meals served or provided

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

We Can Do Good

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hygiene kits distributed

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

Geraldine's Closet

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who received school supplies

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

Legacy Learning Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth mentored

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

Legacy Learning Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who receive new clothing

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

Geraldine's Closet

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

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

Geraldine's Closet

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed social skills (e.g., interpersonal communication, conflict resolution)

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

Legacy Learning Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

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 goal is to help alleviate poverty and hunger by providing access to free clothing, food education and empowerment for youth individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet. We strive to reduce mental stressors and health issues that are related to lack of nutritious healthy food.

We connect youth with caring adults to build self-esteem, confidence, courage and character giving our youth an advantage to prevent youth violence by ensuring that youth have access to safe spaces offering mental wellness, youth can have improved self-esteem, increased quality of life, and avoid the school-to-prison pipeline.

Connecting individuals and families with resources to improve mental health, increase awareness and remove the stigma that is associated with mental health issues.

Providing access to youth, individuals, families, and the community with their daily basic needs through our resource and empowerment center by giving them access to free clothing, food, education and empowerment. As we open our resource and empowerment center, we are building social and emotional support systems to help alleviate poverty and the mental stressors that may be attached. We offer youth empowerment and mentoring twice per month and life skill training each month giving support to individuals and families.

We have purchased a space for individuals and families to come to receive free resources to meet their daily basic needs as well as partnered with donors, grantors and other organizations to provide and sustain our programs. We open our resource and empowerment center each week to connect with us to empower them to improve mentally, socially, financially and emotionally. Our volunteers assist in meeting the needs of the community by giving hours of their time to care for their needs.

Our organization started in 2020, to date we have served over 2,000 families, over 6,000 individuals and distributed over 22,000 resources. We have provided over 50 youth empowerment and mentoring sessions and provided food access to over 500 individuals.

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 and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

The Legacy of Hope Foundation
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Teresa Lassiter

I love working with and helping people. I haver over 25 years of customer service experience working in many areas. I have over 13 years of Human Resources experience, over 14 years working in the Circuit Court system and supervisory experience. I have developed teams to complete many tasks, worked in the community to help bring love and hope to neighborhoods as well as coordinated events. I have over 10 years of pastoral experience working in all aspects of ministry. I am dedicated to changing our communities through love, hope and giving.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 06/06/2024
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Board chair

Ms. Angela Major

Angela Major

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Caresa Carter Robertson

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Anissa Kearney-Rawles

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Gwendolyn Burrell-Bennette

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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? Not applicable
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/2/2024

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/02/2024

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 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 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.