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SARAH

 34 Berlamo
 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
[P] (949) 584-7841
[F] --
www.sarah4hope.org
www.CompassionateCalifornia.org
[email protected]
Sande Hart
FOUNDED: 2002
INCORPORATED: 2008
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Organization DBA S.A.R.A.H. (Spiritual And Religious Alliance for Hope)
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 26-1357326 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Connecting service, relationship building, authenticity and harmony through love and compassion.

The Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope, known as SARAH, is composed of interfaith women focused on ending religiously motivated violence and co-creating a more resilient, safe, harmonious and compassionate community. We recognize that collaboration is essential to community building and we empower one another to make a real difference towards peace and understanding. Our practices are dialogue, community service, panel discussions, and collaborating and supporting like-minded organizations in the spirit of collective impact. 

Mission Statement

Connecting service, relationship building, authenticity and harmony through love and compassion.

The Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope, known as SARAH, is composed of interfaith women focused on ending religiously motivated violence and co-creating a more resilient, safe, harmonious and compassionate community. We recognize that collaboration is essential to community building and we empower one another to make a real difference towards peace and understanding. Our practices are dialogue, community service, panel discussions, and collaborating and supporting like-minded organizations in the spirit of collective impact. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $5,500.00
Projected Revenue $5,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Red Tents
  • The Compassion Games
  • Compassionate California

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Overview


Mission Statement

Connecting service, relationship building, authenticity and harmony through love and compassion.

The Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope, known as SARAH, is composed of interfaith women focused on ending religiously motivated violence and co-creating a more resilient, safe, harmonious and compassionate community. We recognize that collaboration is essential to community building and we empower one another to make a real difference towards peace and understanding. Our practices are dialogue, community service, panel discussions, and collaborating and supporting like-minded organizations in the spirit of collective impact. 

Background Statement

On the morning of 9/11, before fully awake and after hearing the news our founder Sande Hart says she was rattled to a new understanding of the world and immediately heard, "Gather the women." Having no idea what that meant she stayed aware of that calling. Then, the Orange County Human Relations Commission convened 32 groups of interfaith dialogues in living rooms around the county. Each session was hosted by a trained facilitator and typically comprised of a number of diverse faith traditions represented. Sande happened to be invited into a dialogue group with members from a synagogue, a mosque and a church. Deeply curious about the culture and wisdom of the women, Sande found those women and invited the to have their own conversation. A month later, 12 women were invited into her living room, SARAH was created "and the women got out of Her way", says Hart. Agreeing to meet monthly and discuss spirituality in our homes and our communities, have guest speakers, watch important documentaries, explore what motivates us, what inspires us and what frightens us, where we find strength, power and ultimately, we find new solutions to old problems. However, we soon learned that while dialogue is necessary, action is essential and so we took our conversations to the larger community. We motivate, mobilize and inspire through panel discussions, community wide dialogues, we sponsor and co-sponsor community events and collaborate with other concentric circles of influence for collective impact. We realize our greatest gift to our community is not to tell them why they should get a long and celebrate their commonalities and honor their differences, but to provide for them an opportunity for a personal experience 

Impact Statement

 In December, 1.2 million people demonstrated their moral outrage, hope for the future, and passion for women’s empowerment in Los Angeles at the Million Women’s March. Instead of a typical vendor booth, we brought a Red Tent, a sacred space for women to step into in the midst of the world outside. Women came in, sat down, and recalibrated, prayed, meditated, cried, sang, vented, listened in circle with other women. We simply draped four sides of our tent, provided a rug and comfortable pillows, some lighting and chocolates and the women did the rest. At some times there was a line outside waiting for room to come in to sit down. Not unlike our Sacred Circle meetings in homes, SARAH has become known for providing women and safe space to be with other women. We are midwifing one another and our community during this time when women are responding to the impulse to respond, not react, surround, not retreat, pull our shoulders back and look strait into the eyes of the fear and hatred in our world and proclaim, “Not In My House.”.  SARAH holds the space for these women to nurture one another so that we can show up fully in our feminine authority.

 
Community Engagement for Understanding and Reconciliation
We are constantly convening community gatherings such as dialogues, documentary viewings, workshops, orchestrating Cities of Compassion meetings, hosting speakers and community activists.

The Annual Weekend of Community Service; The Compassion Games, Survival of the Kindest

In May of 2009 we organized our first Annual Weekend of Community Service with Big Sunday, the nations largest service organization where we activated more than 1,000 Orange County citizens out to work together to realize their common values of stewardship and service.  We orchestrate more than 20 faith organizations, community groups, businesses and schools to more than 100 service projects around Orange County. Over the past 5 years, we have grown exponentially. In 2013, in an effort to move our date from a weekend in May to 11 days in September so that we could take part in the Compassion Games, Survival of the Kindest and "coopetite" with cities all around the world, we changed our name to "Weekend of Compassion with Big Sunday, The Spring Trials". Our subtitle was "Pumping up our compassion core, stretching are hearts and hands for the Games in September". In September, we “played” in the Compassion Games where we discovered the power of competition to be first in compassion and first in love. This year, the California Institution of Women's Prison played in our Games and, amongst the remarkable results, the most impressive and measurable was 11 days of no recorded incidences of violence, a first in the prison's history. In the spirit of collaboration, the Big Sunday organization joined us this time. In 2014, we will officially move our Weekend to the 11- day event in September from the 11th, National Day of Service and Remembrance, to September 21st, The United Nations International Day of Peace and Cease Fire. 

Vision of Peace Award  

Since 2002, we have honored those whose shoulders we are standing on with our Vision of Peace Award. When we can publically express our appreciation and respect of those doing important and often unsung work in our community, we can help amplify their efforts while expressing our appreciation. At our 10 Year Anniversary we honored 3 exemplary leaders in our community and invited them to honor 2 of their unsung mentors, heroes, models which not only gave them an opportunity to express their gratitude, but widen their circles of exposure and relationships. We have given out 15 Vision of Peace Awards in the past 13 years.

 

Our Goals

Our goals for 2017 is

Be able to respond to the requests we receive to bring our Red Tents to events.

 

Impact policy at a city level by encouraging more cities to embrace CEDAW (the UN Treaty and Convention on The Elimination of Discrimination of all forms of violence Against Women) and provide opportunities for women and girls to become more politically literate, ultimately resulting in

more women in local government.

 

Continue to host monthly Sacred Circles and hold up a Sisterhood in Orange County that is unprecedented.

 



Needs Statement

1. Social Media and Web Support- we are in need of a social media intern to help us stay relevant, aware and current. 
2. We are always in need of donated space for community gatherings and dialogues. While we continue to meet in living rooms for our dialogue series, our broader community needs require a public venue.
3. We are in need of financial advising and non-profit development coaching.
4. While we have operated on a literal shoe string for 14 years, we are in need of a minimal budget support of $5,000 to manage the basic operations  including web hosting, newsletter and other connection tools.  
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

As interfaith and multicultural women's group, we have the pulse of the community running through our veins and realize our capacity to create, protect, preserve our traditions, and heal our communities, neighborhoods and families for the next 7 generations. We are founded on shared leadership and know that locking arms with concentric circles and likeminded organizations in the spirit of collective impact is essential to affect lasting change in our community.

We realized the greatest gift we could give our community is the opportunity for new and personal experiences, which is what happens when we work shoulder to shoulder with those who we may otherwise fear.  With measurable results, we have found the solutions of a more beloved community lie in personal relationships and collective impact. 

 Sande Hart

President


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

 

  • Donate On-Line www.sarah4hope.org
  • In Kind Donations of conference meeting rooms
  • Engage your circles of influence in our activities
  • Web developer
  • Interns

 


Geographic Area Served

South Orange County
West Orange County
Central Orange County
North Orange County
Predominately Orange County, however chapters are starting up around teh country. 

Organization Categories

  1. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community Coalitions
  3. Public & Societal Benefit -

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Programs


Red Tents

Our Red Tent initiative was birthed organically as an impulse in response to the fear, sense of disempowerment, confusion, mourning, and moral outrage we were sensing in our community following the 2016/17 political environment. We realized women were seeking a safe place to process, talk, listen and explore their feelings and thoughts. We bring our Red Tent to events and places where we are invited and simply provide that safe space. 
Budget  $4,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified Children Only (5 - 14 years) Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success  Our short-term success is developing working groups of stake holders in each city to come together along with local government to address the safety net issues of their city and together map out a plan to address them in a manner of collective impact. When we heal one sector, we improve the conditions of another. When we work together across sector lines we can achieve success together.  Huntington Beach is our first official City of Compassion in this effort. Laguna Beach, Tustin are next. (Outside of Orange County through our efforots: Santa Monica, Santa Barbara,San Jose, San Francisco) UC Irvine and Golden West College have just announced they want our help to become a University of Compassion. Stanford Universite and Claremont/Lincoln University has just announced their campaigns.
Program Long-Term Success 
By developing sustainable and resilient programs in each city, we will be able to measure their success through a matrix assessment from "at risk" to "thriving" in categories specific to their city's needs. We know a successfully Compassionate City will be one that is willing to work together to solve their issues in a manner of collective impact. We also know that communities will thrive and grow and resilient relationships will be nurtured.
 
Our long-term goal is to see through the process of making California License Plates through the DMV for "a State of Compassion" which will financially support this entire program for all cities and compassionate efforts in California.
Program Success Monitored By 

We are currently seeking funds to develop a comprehensive matrix assessment to measure the impact in each city from "at risk" to "thriving".

Each city's matrix will be unique to their specific top issues. By developing sustainable and resilient programs in each city, we will be able to measure their success through a matrix assessment from "at risk" to "thriving" in categories specific to their city's needs. We know a successfully Compassionate City will be one that is willing to work together to solve their issues in a manner of collective impact. We also know that communities will thrive and grow and resilient relationships will be nurtured.

Examples of Program Success 

We have successfully engaged our interfaith and secular communities in dialogue and collaboration for the past 13 years. We are steadfast and focused on being the women of our community who make sure everyone is aware of one another and is working to alleviate tension, fear and misunderstandings about the other.


The Compassion Games

After 4 years of facilitating The Annual Weekend of Community Service with Big Sunday, in 2013 we changed our name to The Annual Weekend of Compassion with Big Sunday in order to play with the rest of the world in the Compassion Games, Survival of The Kindest. Our original decision to facilitate a weekend of service was to engage our interfaith community in a non-divisive and collaborative way to cross-pollinate our community to work shoulder to shoulder on a common value of compassion. When we heard about the Games, we decided to give it a try. Not only did 5 more institutions join us, but also we doubled our volunteerism. We now are a team at the Compassion Games.

Budget  $1,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served General/Unspecified Elderly and/or Disabled Families
Program Short-Term Success 
The Compassion Games theory alone sparks the imagination of people when they hear about it in our community talks. The ideal of "coopetition" is one that always gets attention. When we compete to cooperate, we are changing the way we walk in the world and see our neighbors. While anthropologists will say we are wired for survival, that survival does not require us to out run the other, but to work together because together we will go farther (Ubuntu). Darwin never said "Survival is for the fittest". Darwin said, "Survival is for the most adaptable and compatible".  We see that short-term success the minute we start talking about the Compassion Games.
Program Long-Term Success 
Over the past 5 years, our community has come to expect our annual event. However, it is the relationship building that happens when we bring together a mosque and a temple or a church and another denomination to work together on a project that is most impressive. After collaborating to create a fun day in the park for the Illumination Foundation, the OC Islamic Foundation and Temple Beth El have partnered throughout the year to support this needy organization.  When University Synagogue and Irvine Community Congregational Church found themselves packing boxes at the OC Food Bank, they decided to keep up the compassion throughout the year and did a back pack and school supplies collection for inner city schools later that year. What's more important than the continued projects is the relationships that their children are now witnessing.
 
Once we commit our compassion, we then go to the "Compassion Map" and log it in with a pin on the map. Everyone in the world can see our act of compassion and also who we are helping. This then further amplifies the nonprofit we are serving. 
 
 3-Year Goal

 

  • Increase volunteerism by 100&
  • Engage 50% of the OC Public Schools to play in the Compassion Games, (69 Schools)

 

Short Term Goals

  • Develop programming to sustain our 3-Year plan
  • Quarterly gatherings to educate our community to “Play” together.
  • Increase volunteerism by adding 2 new faith based organizations each year.
Program Success Monitored By  Numbers of volunteers, hours serves, dollars raised for a non-profit, and people served. Mostly we read their stories and hear their experiences, which are profoundly moving, creative and or simply touching and inspiring. 
Examples of Program Success 
The Compassion Games started with 19 Team, 15 of them coming from SARAH's first year. 4 years later, more than 10,000 teams from 60+ countries play in the Compassion Games. The Common Wealth Games is now exploring a way to engage their 30,000 volunteers in the Compassion Games, this year being held in Australia which is in process of becoming a Compassionate Country/Continent.  We hope to continue to inspire and model how the Compassion Games are played locally.  
When the Orange County Islamic Center in Anaheim clearly "won" the coopetition in our first year, they (tongue in cheek) asked us, "What do we win?" Our answer, "You get to help University Synagogue in Irvine beat you next year!" They enthusiastically cheered.  Since then tensions in our community have tempered quite remarkably because when we can serve others together whom we both love, it's hard to hate someone. 

Compassionate California

In 2010 we founded Compassionate California, an effort to bring more compassion to our world by way of the Charter for Compassion International. We focus on training and supporting Cities of Compassion
throughout California until we can say we live in a "State of Compassion". This effort outgrew the Mission and Vision of SARAH and we put it in the hands of an entity that is governed and managed by it's own leadership group and organization. SARAH still plays an active role in supporting this effort, helping to support and nurture a number of Cities of Compassion either affirmed officially or on their way including Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Jose, Upland/Pomona, Santa Monica and San Francisco. UC Irvine, Stanford University, Claremont Lincoln University and Golden West College have just begun their processes of becoming Compassionate Schools.  We also bring our communities the Compassion Games, a creative and dynamic way of expressing community service through competition, or "coopetition" where we inspire one another to work a little harder , longer and bring a few more people along. 
Budget  $500.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served Females
Program Short-Term Success  Compassionate Huntington Beach developed a strong task force including local government, first responders, educators, community builders, and active citizens to come together and identify their most pressing issues and then work together to address them. They identified homelessness as one of their key initiatives and have since been working in the manner of collective impact to serve the needs of the homeless. This group was also responsible for opening a Sr. Center and continue to respond to the needs of their community. You can see more at CompassionateHB.com
Program Long-Term Success  We hold the vision that compassion lies at the heart of all decisions and policy making, is the impulse when any one individual sees another suffering and takes immediate action to help heal them, when a middle school boy honors a middle school girl and both grow up to honor and respect their environment- all resulting in ending the need for domestic violence shelters, juvenile detention centers, food pantries and all of the safety net issues of any community are resolved.  We know how interrelated, systemic and viral our problems are. We also accept our role in showing how interrelated, systemic and viral our solutions are, but only when we start with the innate imperative that all people are born with the same amount of- and is not gender specific; the capacity compassion.
Program Success Monitored By  We keep in constant contact with the community organizers and hear their stories. We also attend their events and watch and/or advise depending on their needs.  
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Sande Hart
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CEO Email [email protected]
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

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Affiliations

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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
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Plans & Policies

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Risk Management Provisions

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Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

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CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
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Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Sande Hart
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Sept 2002 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Linda Cook Secretary Voting
Sande Hart Community Volunteer Voting
Nadia Hussan Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: --
Other (if specified): 2 Persian, 1 Pakistani, 1 Greek,
Gender Female: 13
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $5,500.00
Projected Expenses $5,500.00
Form 990s

2015 990N

2012 990N

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2009 990N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $8,350 $2,690 $3,380
Total Expenses $364 $1,564 $864

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $2,200 $190 $130
Revenue In-Kind $5,950 $2,500 $3,000
Other $200 -- $250

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $200 $200 $700
Administration Expense $164 $164 $164
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- $1,200 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 22.94 1.72 3.91
Program Expense/Total Expenses 55% 13% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $7,986 $1,126 $2,516
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Short Term Solvency

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Long Term Solvency

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Spending Policy N/A
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Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
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Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

We are currently addressing the need to refocus our energies on more sustainable fundraising efforts. We have found that, because so much of our work is in gifts in kind and full cooperation and collaboration with others, we have not established ourselves as an organization that regularly fundraises. Our programming is changing moving forward and we are finding it more and more critical that our group shows up to serve the mounting tensions in the world. We will be adding membership donations and other forms of more aggressive fundraising campaigns.  

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per compiled financial statements and consultation with the organization. .

Documents


Other Documents

SARAH Financials (2017)

SARAH Financials (2013)

No Other Documents currently available.