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Reel Families for Change

Advocacy. Access. Inclusion.

aka Reel Families for Change   |   Dover, DE   |  https://www.reelfamilies.org
GuideStar Charity Check

Reel Families for Change

EIN: 85-2823053


Mission

Reel Families for Change is a 501(c)(3) think tank committed to generating sustainable solutions for working families in the North American screen industries. We take particular interest in underrepresented and multi-marginalized populations, as we understand that we cannot serve working families without adequately acknowledging the various intersectional identities of their members. These identities include but are not limited to: women; BIPOCs; parents, guardians, and caregivers; LGBTIA+ individuals; veterans; and the differently abled.

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Akima A. Brown

Main address

PO Box 61

Dover, DE 19903 USA

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Formerly known as

Reel Families for Change

EIN

85-2823053

Subject area info

Artists' services

Information and communications

Public affairs

Employment

Corporate social responsibility

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Population served info

Age groups

Family relationships

Ethnic and racial groups

Social and economic status

Work status and occupations

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

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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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Reel Families for Change aims to eradicate barriers to workplace justice for families in the screen (film, tv, and new media) industries. We define family as any symbiotic support unit with comprised of at least two living beings. We take special interest in those who self-identify as multi-marginalized, as these individuals often face disproportionate adversities as it pertains to opportunity for wealth and achievement.

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?

Dependent Care Grant Subsidy

We cannot achieve justice without equity, and we cannot achieve equity without access. This program ensures the presence of parents, caregivers, and guardians in the industry; securing their accessibility to work by eradicating their foremost barrier to accessibility, retention, return, or advancement in the workforce.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Parents
Working poor
Low-income people
Work status and occupations

This is a multi-faceted campaign intended to raise awareness about the hardships faced by American screen-workers and legitimize their workforce contributions as skills laborers and economic drivers. This is done via media, publicity, events, and research reporting.

Population(s) Served

This talk-style podcast showcases screen industry professionals who are already making a difference with things like worker support, time sensible days, and DEI practices in their hiring, retention, and advancement.

The show aims to serve as a platform for others to see what's possible and connect with our guests/hosts to get involved in efforts aligned with the mission and vision of Reel Families for Change.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Self-employed people
Unemployed people
Ethnic and racial groups

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 industry standards/practices developed by nonprofit

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

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Related Program

Reel Talk: A Spotlight Speaker Series Podcast by Reel Families for Change

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Increasing

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

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Other - describing something else

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Decreasing

Number of reports written/published

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Related Program

Screen Industry Work-Life Sustainability Campaign

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of new programs/program sites

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of volunteers

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of list subscribers

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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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.

At Reel Families for Change, we understand that to achieve workplace justice for families in film and television, we must be a foremost thought-leader and solution-generator in the space.

We desire to be a premiere screen-worker support entity, with opportunities for professional development, employment, grant funding for essential needs and mediamaking, childcare accessibility, and consultancy services to aid productions in the implementation of their accommodations and support strategies for cast and crews.

Attaining our goals, means having a clearly defined strategy. We believe this takes places with three (3) specific, intersectional steps:

1) Legitimization (research, reporting, and public awareness).
We aim to raise public awareness about the often harsh realities of screen work, as well as campaign for recognition of screen workers as legitimate, skilled workers. The lack of recognition for what they do as "real work" is tantamount to the many discriminations and abuses many face throughout the sector.

2) Workplace Culture Change Management (data stories, strategic planning, and resource referrals)
After unequivocally establishing the premise of screen workers as legitimate, skilled workers and garnering universal acceptance of production as "work space", we can then begin to identify, acknowledge, and reform these spaces' respective workplace cultures.

3) Accessibility, Inclusion, and Justice Lensing (consultancy services and strategic implementation)
Truly effective workplaces understand that diversity and inclusion are only the beginning; integrative, sustainable solutions that center access, equity, and justice are key. At this phase, Reel Families for Change will be responsible for helping stakeholders draft sustainable longevity plans that not only support their current workforce, but look ahead to how to implement these principles to offset future injustices as society evolves.

Reel Families for Change is currently managed by Akima A. Brown; a filmmaking mother and caregiver with a background in research analysis and equity advocacy.

In addition to her work leading the day-to-day operations of the organization, Akima spends a large portion of her time coalition building with likeminded partner-organizations. By pooling access to their knowledge, resources, and community members these organizations have been able to achieve national impact in the caretaker-artist advocacy space.

To date, with the help of partner organizations like the Geena Davis Institute, The Mom Project, and Women in Film and Video-DC, Reel Families for Change has been able to serve thousands of individuals with our various programs and initiatives. These include, but aren't limited to:

Work-Life Sustainability Report (est. Nov. 2022)
2022 Work-Life Sustainability Summit (June 2022)
Spotlight Speaker Series Podcast (est. Jan. 2022)
Work-Life Sustainability Survey (June 2021 - Dec 2021)
Screenworkers' Family Care Grant (est. Aug 2021)


As we continue to look ahead to new opportunities, we have our sights sets on ensuring access to safe, affordable childcare to every US production that might desire it. We're also building a roster of highly-skilled consultants to aid productions in the creation of time-sensible, worker-supportive sets.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, 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?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

Reel Families for Change

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Reel Families for Change

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $40,065
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $625
Expenses
Program Services $13,981
Administration $1,900
Fundraising $2,600
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $970
Total Expenses $19,451

Reel Families for Change

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $21,239
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $21,239

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Akima A. Brown

Akima A. Brown is an artist, activist, data enthusiast, and futurism student. Her roles are the parent of a child with special needs and caregiver to an aging elder while working within the arts impelled her to work in the change agency space. Her unique capacity for leveraging data to tell stories that, both, identify pain points and outline effective, sustainable solutions has made her a sought-after thought-parter, consultant, and strategist for nonprofits, corporations, and government offices around the world.

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Reel Families for Change

Board of directors
as of 05/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Dinah Louissaint

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 ? No
  • 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 11/7/2022

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
Non-binary, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2021

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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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.