Gabrielles Wings Inc

Giving children the tools they need to soar.

Garnet Valley, PA   |
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Gabrielles Wings Inc

EIN: 88-2933537


At Gabrielle's Wings, we believe in the “butterfly effect,” which says one small change can have a huge impact. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to giving elementary-aged children of color in systemically vulnerable communities the kind of experiences, access, programs, and exposure that Gabrielle had during her short life. We are committed to equipping children with the tools they need to soar above their backgrounds, circumstances, family history, or socioeconomic status. Gabrielle was a kind and energetic little seven-year-old girl. She suddenly and tragically gained her “angel wings” on June 6, 2017. While her family and friends remain heartbroken over her loss, they are now focused on extending her legacy by helping other children around the world.

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Michelle Hord

Main address

16 Clemson Drive

Garnet Valley, PA 19060 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Early childhood education


Diversity and intergroup relations

Youth development

Population served info



People of African descent

People of Latin American descent

Low-income people

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Public Foundations (T30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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


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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Camp Morty

Camp Morty, operated by the Westchester Parks Foundation, is solely dedicated to giving kids that come from homeless shelters, the foster care system, and/or are on public assistance a traditional summer camp experience. The camp is a fun­ filled environment where children can feel safe, and where they can learn to educate the mind, body and spirit by learning skills in a therapeutic and supportive way.

In 2022, 309 children attended, including 68 with specialized needs. Gabrielle's Wings was able to provide sensory tools that reduced anxiety and behavioral issues, supporting the children in remaining at camp to enjoy the full experience.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
Extremely poor people
Low-income people
At-risk youth

Gabrielle’s Wings partnered with Cape Gateway International Church and Believers World Outreach to create a learning resource center, which includes internet access and iPads, computers, books and curriculum for children in the community. This is the only such resource center within 30 miles of this Pelican Park Township in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Partnering with the YMCA of the Greater Seattle Area, Gabrielle’s Wings piloted a water safety program specifically focused on children of color in vulnerable communities. The program provided water education and family engagement activities to 180 youth and their families. Black children are three times more likely to drown in the U.S. than their white peers.

We envision a national call to action in which ALL children, especially those of color, have the opportunity to learn to be safe around water, swim and have fun.

Population(s) Served

Gabrielle’s Wings has created three separate “Corners” in partnership with Believers World Outreach, the Sagebrush Church, the Hope Haven safe house for at risk women and children and the Holy Cross school. These projects provide curriculum and resources to encourage and empower children. Additionally, we have built a secure and fenced playground at Hope Haven so children can safely enjoy outdoor play and learning activities.

Population(s) Served

The first “Gabrielle’s Corner” was created in Gabrielle’s home town of New Rochelle. The collection is currently housed at the Huguenot Children’s Library. The lovely reading nook and specialized collection is curated by education and library science professionals and offers books focused on diversity, inclusion and kindness.

​This “Gabrielle’s Corner” was created to give children a peaceful, welcoming space to read and dream. The nook celebrates Gabrielle’s love of reading and features one of Gabrielle’s paintings.

Population(s) Served

In November 2018, Gabrielle’s Wings opened a $250,000 new playground in Gabrielle’s honor at the William B. Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle, New York. This playground is fully accessible to children of all abilities and to the entire community. The previous playground which sat in this space, was Gabrielle‘s favorite place to play.

Many of the touches on the new playground celebrate art, performance, and music – things that Gabrielle enjoyed and that will help the many children of the community flourish.

Population(s) Served

Gabrielle’s Wings has supported several academic and community based programs to offer academic and educational scholarships to those in need.

Partners have included, Grace Freedom Summer, sponsored by the Grace Baptist church of Mount Vernon, New York and the Ujamaa CDC, The Campership Fund, My Brother’s Keeper and Camp Morty. These camps focus on giving children exposure and educational opportunities they may not have access to otherwise.

Population(s) Served

On what would have been Gabrielle’s eighth birthday, we granted our first donation of $10,000 to Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson in New York.

The funds were used to renovate a Girl Scout House in New Rochelle, New York, and “to ensure that all Girl Scouts have access to the resources they need to embrace their leadership potential,” according to a Girl Scouts press release.

Gabrielle White was a member of Girl Scout Troop 02988 and loved earning badges and baking in the Girl Scout House.

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In partnership with The Hord Foundation, Inc., Gabrielle’s Wings has provided academic scholarships to high school graduates of African descent pursuing higher education. The Hord Foundation, Inc. was started by Gabrielle’s maternal grandparents in 1993.

​Gabrielle’s Wings supported scholarships based on academic excellence and students pursuing social, civic, or education studies. These specific scholarships were named in memory of Gabrielle’s great-grandparents and her maternal grandmother.

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Gabrielles Wings Inc

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gabrielles Wings Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $58,828
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $58,828
Program Services $22,500
Administration $11,106
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $35,073

Gabrielles Wings Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $186,767
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $186,767


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

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Michelle Hord

Michelle is an award winning producer, author, and media executive and is the founder and current Board Chair of Gabrielle’s Wings. In 2022, she released her debut memoir “The Other Side of Yet” on Atria Books about the tragic loss of her daughter, Gabrielle, and the hope and resilience that she found during her journey. As a result of her book at work with Gabrielle’s Wings, she has been featured in a number of media outlets including O Magazine, GMA, The Tamron Hall Show, The Talk and has shared her journey with audiences across the country. She founded a consulting practice where she focuses on Talent, Creative Content and DEI solutions. She has more than three decades of creative and executive experience at organizations NBCUniversal, Good Morning America, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is a proud alumna of Howard University and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Gabrielles Wings Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
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Board chair

Michelle Hord

Hope Warrior

Term: 2017 -

Tara Jones

Beth Bunting

Codi Consulting

Kristen Stierwalt-Huff

US Department of Housing & Urban Development

Darnese Daniels

NYC Department of Education

Chisara Ehiemere

NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business

Teresa Hord Owens

Disciples of Christ Christian Church

Susan Jin Davis

Al Roker Entertainment

Jenn Nyiri


Tylitha Stewart


Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/29/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
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Female, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Decline to state

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