EMPACT NORTHWEST

Empathy in Action

Kingston, WA   |  www.empactnorthwest.org

Mission

Empact Northwest is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization founded in 2010, providing direct rescue and medical services after disasters worldwide; as well as rescue and preparedness training for communities.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Jake Gillanders

Main address

PO Box 542

Kingston, WA 98346 USA

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EIN

27-2879330

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Disaster Response

Empact Northwest is continuing to develop its existent disaster response program.  Empact Northwest has been able to field providers to Haiti after the January, 2010 earthquake; Pakistan after the devastating floods; and we were the first international NGO to enter the northern regions of Japan in response to the earthquake in March of 2011. Since that time, we have responded to multiple locations, including Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Washington State, North Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, Hawaii, and the Bahamas.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Empact Northwest believes in empowering communities to promote resiliency in the face of disaster. In partnership with Bainbridge Prepares and the City of Bainbridge Island, we are proud to host a series of family preparedness classes. Each class is 90 minutes long and is intended to educate participants in individual and family disaster preparedness. Skills gained in this class will include assembling a 72 hour survival bag, family reunification planning, and neighborhood mapping know how. Additionally, participants will take part in exercises designed to foster thoughtful conversation about disaster planning and identification of threats unique to your community. With Empact Northwest’s proven experience in global disaster work, our instructors will share their knowledge and expertise in disaster survival.

The Bainbridge Prepares program is a pilot project for expansion into additional communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Empact Northwest is excited to offer technical rescue courses to fire department, law enforcement, search and rescue, and other emergency response personnel. We draw on decades of collective rescue experience and several Urban Search and Rescue deployments domestically and internationally.

From over the side low angle operations, to increasing levels of technical difficulty involving structural collapse, confined spaces and trench rescue operations, today’s emergency services require highly specialized and multi-discipline technicians who can effectively work in these high pressure emergencies.

Our courses meet or exceed appropriate industry standards, including NFPA 1670, and all individuals successfully completing training will be provided proof of training.

Our courses focus primarily on underfunded agencies and those working in underserved communities.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

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 person-hours spent building response capabilities and responding to disasters

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Working poor, Victims of disaster, Refugees and displaced people

Related Program

Disaster Response

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours for 2021 were limited in part by Covid-related travel restrictions.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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EMPACT NORTHWEST

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Siu-May Wong-Underwood

No Affilliation

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Lora York

Jacob Gillanders

No Affilliation

Siu-May Wong-Underwood

No Affilliation

Lora York

No Affilliation

La Fond Davis

No Affilliation

Ken Klions

No Affililation

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability