Human Services

HOPE STRENGTHENS FOUNDATION

  • Walpole, MA
  • www.hopestrengthens.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Human Services
  2. Health
  3. Disability
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Primary area served is New England. However, we have also coordinated support for individuals and families facing life-threatening illness or recovering from traumatic injuries in Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, and California. Expansion will continue as we review situations where we can make a positive difference.

ruling year

2010

Principal Officer

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Jacob Ferreira

Co Principal Officer

Self-reported

James Fahey

Keywords

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Injury, Illness, Disability, Health, Human Services

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Also Known As

HSF

EIN

27-1653356

 Number

1955573084

Physical Address

80 Emerson Road

Walpole, MA 02032

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Hope Strengthens Foundation seeks to positively change the lives of those facing hardship as a result of life-threatening illness or traumatic injuries. We strongly believe that hope not only strengthens, it can heal.

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

Human Services

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Program 2

Health

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Program 3

Disability

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Animal Control

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Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of participants engaged in programs

Target Population
People with diseases and illnesses, People with disabilities, People with physical disabilities

Connected to a Program?
Health
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
We provide direct medical & care support to approx. 5-10 individuals & families on an annual basis. Our alignment with & donations to several orgs that align with our mission, impact 100s of ppl.

2. Number of overall donors

Target Population
People with diseases and illnesses, People with disabilities, People with physical disabilities

Connected to a Program?
Health
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
We average approx. 300 donors each year, most of who are contributors to our two annual fundraising events.

3. Number of attendees present at rallies/events

Target Population
People with diseases and illnesses, People with disabilities, People with physical disabilities

Connected to a Program?
Human Services
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Annual charity golf outing = 144 players + approx. 15 volunteers. Annual roast & raise = 75-100 guests & volunteers.

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?
    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.

    HSF is focused on 1 key goal for 2016:

    Increase the number of individuals (or families) we can support by approximately 25%.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    HSF is attempting to receive the funding to develop an innovative donor—recipient online giving platform that will allow donors to offer targeted support to individuals and families whose lives have been burdened due to circumstances extending from serious illness or injury.

    Our experience with both donors and the families we support has shown that the personal connection is just as important as the financial support, both in motivating donors to give, and encouraging families to overcome serious challenges. We believe that through a redesigned, interactive and customizable online donor experience, we can engage new and existing donors to expand their support to those HSF strives to serve.

    The online web platform would focus on incremental, specific funding goals, identified by the beneficiaries and supported by our community of individual donors. For example, we recently provided funding for the purchase of Neil Hajar's changing table, as he had outgrown the table intended for infants and toddlers. This type of tangible and salient giving often appeals to donors moreso than donations to general purpose funds. It also creates excitement for these donors by tapping into the thrill of meeting funding goals for things like Neil's changing table, collaborating with friends and family to pool giving for specific needs, and a fully transparent and traceable record of how their funding is being used.

    Such online platforms have shown to have tremendous potential, as evidenced by the rapid expansion of kiva.org and other online giving channels. However, these approaches have not had as large a success in the health sector. We believe this is because traditional health needs are often high-cost, opaque and intangible—such as a medical procedure. These types of needs will always best be addressed by governments and large-scale philanthropy. However, there are other needs that arise after a patient comes home that are not always covered by traditional, institutional funding. These are the types of needs that can be met by individuals, and we seek to build a network of small-value, but repetitive, donor-beneficiary relationships that help fill these gaps in well-being and recovery.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    HSF is uniquely positioned to launch such an online, interactive giving channel in the long-term illness and injury space in the New England area. Through the efforts of a five-person volunteer Board of Directors and our family and neighbors, we have already built momentum for individual giving. We also believe that our low-key, light-touch, 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 tool for supporting families and individuals on the road to recovery from long-term illness and injury.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    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.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    To date we have directly helped 10 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 nearly $100,000 from more than 1,000 individual and corporate donors, including through our 4th Annual Hope Strengthens Foundation Charity Golf Outing on May 9, 2016. 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.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Primary area served is New England. However, we have also coordinated support for individuals and families facing life-threatening illness or recovering from traumatic injuries in Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, and California. Expansion will continue as we review situations where we can make a positive difference.

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Funding Needs

Hope Strengthens Foundation works directly with families and individuals to offer customized financial and personal support for the needs and challenges that are not covered by other available support networks. We are always looking for expertise as it relates to navigating patient service programs at hospitals and accessing available federal or state resources to assist families facing significant medical needs.

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Operations

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HOPE STRENGTHENS FOUNDATION

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Jacob Ferreira

Co Principal Officer

James Fahey

BIO

Jake Ferreira co-founded Hope Strengthens Foundation with Jim Fahey in 2010. He currently serves as the California Deputy State Director for Mission: Readiness – Military Leaders For Kids. Mission: Readiness is a nonprofit organization led by retired generals, admirals, and senior military leaders ensuring continued American security and prosperity into the 21st century by calling for smart investments in the upcoming generation of children. Previously, Jake served as a director with the PGA TOUR and continues to help raise awareness and support for military personnel and their families through the TOUR’s Birdies for the Brave program.

As an officer in the United States Coast Guard, Jake has completed multiple tours of duty and deployed for operations across the United States. He continues to serve in U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 2014.

Jake received his bachelors and masters degree from Northeastern University. He currently resides in Oakland, CA with his wife Julia and their son Cruz.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"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.

HSF was founded by long-time friends James Fahey and Jacob Ferreira in 2010. Its roots were established when a mutual friend, Joe, valiantly battled against and beat cancer. Joe’s drive towards remission was centered in two simple words: Hope Strengthens. That motto not only drove Joe, it inspired his family and friends to come together as a community. In an effort to support him, many members of his community organized a fundraiser to ensure that Joe could focus all his energy on his recovery and rest easy knowing his expenses would be covered while out of work. It was this effort that energized Jim and Jake to create a foundation that could support others just like Joe.

Today, Hope Strengthens Foundation exists because of Joe’s strength and the unyielding support that can be found in communities all across our country."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jacob Ferreira

Hope Strengthens Foundation

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?

No

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?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity