Human Services

A Little Hope, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • www.alittlehope.org

Mission Statement

A Little Hope, Inc. is a national 501 (c) (3) not for profit, publicly supported foundation whose mission is to provide bereavement support services and grief counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, or loved one, regardless of the circumstances of the death.  

Strong preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the use of trained volunteers and whose programs demonstrate multicultural competence in addressing bereavement needs.

Richard H. Schimel, a founding board member and President of ALH (since 2006) has pursued the resources for our mission to extend beyond our local area.  His passion and boundless energy have inspired our volunteer board of directors, gala volunteers and our corporate and individual supporters.
      
Amy Liebman-Rapp, M.S.Ed.,CT is a nationally known grief educator-counselor and childhood bereavement specialist. She is a founding board, the former managing director (2006-2012) and currently the Strategy and Program Design Consultant. Her current professional memberships include ADEC (Association for Death Education & Counseling-Certified Clinical Thanatologist)and the ACA (American Counseling Association. She is a past member of the Adjunct Faculty of The College of New Rochelle Graduate School (Human Services Division/Gerontology) and has served as a provider for both the New York State Child Care Educational Incentive Program and CT after the tragic events of September 11th. She also served as a temporary caseworker for the American Red Cross of Greater New York Family Gift Program Long Term Recovery Project.

The vision of Richard H. Schimel and Amy Liebman-Rapp, along with the support of the Board of Directors, has shaped the groundbreaking direction towards which the foundation has evolved since 2006.

Main Programs

  1. Granting Program - Inclusion Initiative and Suicide Loss Family Camp in Partnership with Comfort Zone Camp
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Alabama-Arizona-California-Connecticut-Colorado-District of Columbia-Florida-Georgia-Idaho-Illinois-Iowa-Indiana-Kansas-Louisiana-Maine-Maryland-Massachusetts-Michigan-Mississippi-Missouri-Montana-Nebraska-New Mexico-Nevada--New Jersey-New York-North Carolina-Ohio-Oklahoma-Oregon-Pennsylvania-South Dakota-Tennessee-Texas-Utah-Virginia-Washington State-Wisconsin

ruling year

2002

President

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Mr. Richard H. H. Schimel

Vice President

Self-reported

Tanhya Vancho

Keywords

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children & adolescent grief support, children's grief counseling & education

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Also Known As

A Little Hope Foundation

EIN

01-0598889

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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To date, A Little Hope, Inc. reached more than 250,000 American children, teens and young adults.  Grants have been awarded to a total of 92 organizations specializing in children's bereavement in 39 states. 

As part of our 2015 Inclusion Initiative, A Little Hope has partnered with Roberta's House in Baltimore, Maryland to develop and implement a "Citywide School Good Grief Program". With the assistance and expertise of Alesia K Alexander Layne LCSW, CT, two trainings were held this past spring. The first training occurred in May, with 23 representatives from various public schools, the staff of Roberta's House and a core group of volunteers on developing a sustainable peer leadership/ambassador program in 10 schools. The second cycle of trainings were held for two days in June to train actual teen peer leaders/ambassadors from each of these identified schools. Fourteen (14) youth ranging from ages of 13 through 17, gathered to continue working through their grief journey and to begin to learn how to fulfill their roles as peer leaders/ambassadors. The ancticipated impact of their grief work within the different school settings, can possibly reach over 100 youth. The anticipated impact of their grief work within the different school settings, can possibly reach over 100 youth.


As part of our Inclusion Initiative, Little Hope has also partnered with Gerard's House to launch the Nuestra Jornada program. In May 2015, Alesia K Alexander Lane, LCSW, CT went to Santa Fe, New Mexico to train and advise the staff and advisory committee of Gerard's House. She shared her invaluable perspectives on expansion programs in marginalized communities and helped instill confidence in the staff moving forward. They are currently partnering with 3 Santa Fe Public Schools who are now selecting students for 3 weekly grief support groups to start in October. They have created a Spanish-language Community Resource Directory emphasizing services needed by immigrant families, along with an array of other materials in Spanish to help promote and support the Nuestra Jornada program.

According to Katrina Koehhler, Executive Director, " Spanish-speaking immigrants have often felt unwanted and unaccepted in New Mexico. They have faced walls upon walls - the wall at the border, walls to medical care, walls to education, walls to employment...For the first time, someone is stepping towards them with validation. The fact that it is a coalition of people who are both inside and outside their community, makes it even more meaningful". A Little Hope, Inc. is proud to be a part of this coalition.

 
A Little Hope is a proud participant in the Combined Federal Campaign through Child Aid USA CFC Code #49216 .



 

Programs

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

Program 1

Granting Program - Inclusion Initiative and Suicide Loss Family Camp in Partnership with Comfort Zone Camp

The grant application process is by invitation only. The annual granting process commences during the 4th quarter of each calender year.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Military/Veterans

Native Americans/American Indians

Budget

250000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To reach as many marginalized and unserved youth in our cities and rural areas as possible.
    Expand existing independent bereavement centers to multiple locations with their state - with each location having the ability to sustain itself financially.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Partner with existing organizations that are already financially sustainable in location of origin.
    2. Bring in our consulting team of NFP experts to facilitate these expansions throughout the county.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    While we receive many unsolicited requests to apply for funding, who meet the following criteria:
    1. Organization has strong community support;
    2. Growth in the number of children attending the program from year to year;
    3. Organization offers a School Outreach Program;
    4. Extensive training program for volunteers;
    5. Verification of credentials of professionals running the program(s);
    6. Offer grief counseling or have strong referral sources
    7. Camps offer on-going after camp support programming.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The funds we grant are restricted for specific purposes. Grant applications are by invitation only. Interim and year end reports are required as a condition of the grant, describing conclusions, progress and status of the grant objectives, including how funds were expended to attain the objectives.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    A Little Hope, Inc., is the first national organization dedicated to raising awareness and the money to advance the growth of children's grief support and the expansion of bereavement centers and camps for grieving children and teens in the United States. In 14 years, we have grown from a regional organization funding 5 bereavement programs in the NY tri-state area, into a national foundation that has funded a total of 90 organizations in 38 states. We have helped provide services for more than 250,000 American children, teens and young adults.

    We have been successful due to our experience in children's bereavement, strategic planning and our ability to build close relationships with many community based bereavement organizations.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Alabama-Arizona-California-Connecticut-Colorado-District of Columbia-Florida-Georgia-Idaho-Illinois-Iowa-Indiana-Kansas-Louisiana-Maine-Maryland-Massachusetts-Michigan-Mississippi-Missouri-Montana-Nebraska-New Mexico-Nevada--New Jersey-New York-North Carolina-Ohio-Oklahoma-Oregon-Pennsylvania-South Dakota-Tennessee-Texas-Utah-Virginia-Washington State-Wisconsin

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Funding Needs

Annual Sponsorships: Provider of Hope-$5,000. Supporter of Hope-$10,000. Leader of Hope-$25,000. Champion of Hope-$50,000.

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

A LITTLE HOPE INC C/O SANFORD WEINTRAUB
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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

A Little Hope, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Mr. Richard H. H. Schimel

Vice President

Tanhya Vancho

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Prior to the existence of A Little Hope, there was not a single national organization dedicated to raising money to advance the growth of children's grief support and the expansion of bereavement centers, camps and school outreach programs for grieving children in the United States. 
Our success is due to our expertise in children & adolescent bereavement, strategic planning, and our ability to build close relationships with many community based children's bereavement organizations.  In addition, our on-going program assessment process requires tht all organizations that we partner with submit both interim and year end reports."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Richard H. Schimel

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?