Health—General & Rehabilitative

HOPE STRENGTHENS FOUNDATION

Providing Hope & Strength During Difficult TImes

aka HSF

Walpole, MA

Mission

Hope Strengthens Foundation (HSF) is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) public charity that provides critical financial support to individuals and families facing life-threatening illness or recovering from traumatic injuries.

Ruling Year

2010

Principal Officer

Jacob Ferreira

Co Principal Officer

James Fahey

Main Address

80 Emerson Road

Walpole, MA 02032 USA

Keywords

Illness, Injury, Disability, Health, Human Services

EIN

27-1653356

 Number

1955573084

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The diagnosis of a life-threatening illness and suddenness of a traumatic injury can turn a family's life upside down. According to a report from the World Health Organization, the incidence of a disease or injury event has two immediate potential effects. First, the diseased or injured person may have to reduce their normal level of productive activity (whether paid or unpaid) and, second, the household may need to increase its consumption of health services or goods (at the expense of other goods and services).

Hope Strengthens Foundation works directly with individuals and families facing a life-threatening illness or trauma to identify gaps in care. We then build a community of economic and emotional support around a beneficiary's needs and distribute donations to fulfill targeted out of pocket expenditures including medical bills, specialized equipment, and professional care.

In sum, we work to bring hope, support communities & families, and change lives.

Our programs

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

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Human Services

Health

Disability

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with diseases and illnesses,

People with disabilities,

People with physical disabilities

Related program

Health

Context notes

We provide direct medical & care support to approx. 5-7 beneficiaries on an annual basis. Our alignment with & donations to several nonprofit orgs that align with our mission, impact 100s of ppl.

Number of overall donors

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with diseases and illnesses,

People with disabilities,

People with physical disabilities

Related program

Health

Context notes

We average approx. 300 donors each year, most of who are contributors to our two annual fundraising events.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with diseases and illnesses,

People with disabilities,

People with physical disabilities

Related program

Human Services

Context notes

Annual charity golf outing = 144 players + approx. 15 volunteers. Annual roast & raise = 75-100 guests & volunteers (Note: did not hold roast & raise in 2016)

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Launched in 2010, HSF is a 100% volunteer-run charity that works directly with families and individuals to offer them customized financial and personal support to help address the needs and challenges that are not covered by other available support networks. This can be something as simple as helping to cover the costs of physical therapy, or a special changing table for an infant battling a chronic illness. Most importantly, HSF is about providing support based on the self-expressed needs of the families that reach out to us. We accomplish this through a community of individuals and local businesses who both donate resources and offer constant encouragement to beneficiaries.

Primary Goal: Hope Strengthens Foundation is seeking the multi-year project support required to scale HSF's operations and support 50 families by 2020.

Hope Strengthens Foundation (HSF) has developed a strategic plan for building core capacity. HSF's Board of Directors is actively engaging in a fundraising plan to secure the resources required to commence full-time operations and support 50 families by 2020.

Through the efforts of a five-person volunteer Board of Directors and our family and neighbors, Hope Strengthens Foundation has established a successful platform for providing targeted financial support to individuals and families facing live-threatening illness or recovering from traumatic injuries.

Our highly-personalized process for receiving funding support and engaging with our beneficiaries appeals to individuals in a way institutionalized giving and formal programs may not. Just through launching our website and reaching out to our community, we have received inquiries for support from individuals across the United States, and have built long-term relationships with them as they return to normalcy in their lives.

In addition, our HSF team combines a range of skills that include personal and professional experience in the healthcare sector—including management of patient service programs, leadership of public service campaigns, fundraising and nonprofit development, and sales and marketing in the technology sector. We may be a small team of volunteers, but like our individual donors, we believe that our combined talents and experience put us in a unique position to build a powerful organization for supporting families and individuals on the road to recovery from long-term illness and injury.

Since inception, Hope Strengthens Foundation has experienced annual growth in terms of individual donors, corporate partners, and most importantly, the number of individuals and families that we have been privileged to support.

To date we have directly helped 17 families, assisted local hospitals, established a scholarship program, and partnered with high-impact organizations, like The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the PGA TOUR's Birdies for the Brave program. Collectively, these efforts have mobilized more than $125,000 from more than 1,000 individual and corporate donors.

This includes helping people like Meg Hajjar, whose son Neil is battling against Moyamoya disease, which affects blood circulation to the brain and is fatal without complex neurosurgery. Meg and her family have kept hope even in the face of countless challenges, and a recent brain surgery is now starting to improve circulation in Neil's brain. While the surgeons are the real heroes here, HSF has worked directly with Meg and her family, providing financial support, but also constant contact and encouragement, which we think is the advantage we have as a small, volunteer-run team.

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

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

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Gender

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
In his full-time job (HSF is a volunteer-run organization), our Board Chair continues to serve as a leader on a Diversity & Inclusion Group (including 3-years as Co-Chair and 1-year as Chair). He has suffused strategies and best practices into HSF operations based upon his diversity & inclusion leadership experience.