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 34 Berlamo
 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
[P] (949) 584-7841
[F] --
[email protected]
Sande Hart
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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


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 »

  • The Sustainable Development Goals in Orange County
  • Women's Dignity
  • OC Flower Power To Protect The Sacred
  • Red Tents
  • Compassionate Cities

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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 them 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 a new women, peace and security index unveiled at the United Nations recently evidence shows the active and equal participation of women in all aspects of society is critical for peace and security of our communities and our world. 

To that end, we are constantly gathering women and convening community in dialogues, documentary viewings, workshops, orchestrating City of Compassion meetings, hosting speakers, and community activists.

Elevating the Sustainable Development Goals with workshops and community engagement activities that promote and accelerate the healing in our community, particularly Goals #5 and #11 on Gender Equality and Reduce Inequalities.

Our Goals

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. Provide Workshops to educate our community on interfaith relations, the Sustainable Development Goals, youth empowerment, and women as peacemakers. We continue to host monthly circle gatherings, and hold up a Sisterhood in Orange County that is unprecedented.

Needs Statement

1.We are seeking $2,000 to build our curriculum and collateral for our Sustainable Development programming.
2. We are seeking $4,000 for our Flower Power campaign and initiative to promote a world free of nuclear disaster, starting with San Onofre nuclear waste crisis. 
3. Social Media and Web Support- we are in need of a social media intern to help us stay relevant, aware and current. 
4. 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.
5. We are in need of financial advising and non-profit development coaching.
6. While we have operated on a literal shoe string for 15 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

Board Chair Statement

As a 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 are committed to disrupting core patterns that do not serve anyone or any community. We get to the bottom of why there is fear in our community which results in religiously motivated violence. We look at why the homeless population grows and approach this problem by creating Compassionate Cities. We want to know why women are still not paid equally as men in the workplace, so we support the Cities For the Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We know that women require connection and sisterhood, so we host Sacred Circle gatherings in our homes.

We also 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


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

 Donate On-Line www.sarah4hope.orgIn Kind Donations of conference meeting roomsEngage your circles of influence in our activitiesWeb developerInterns 

Geographic Area Served

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

Organization Categories

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



The Sustainable Development Goals in Orange County

Promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

We are committed to bringing workshops and programs to our community to elevate this understanding and accelerate each Goal, particularly Goal #5 Gender Equality and #11 Reduce Inequalities.
Budget  2,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served Females
Program Short-Term Success  We measure our short term success by the reaction and embrace of our programs. We have only begun and are seeking funding to continue to build our curriculum and collateral. 
Program Long-Term Success  We have adopted the "Unofficial 18th Goal" of Personal Awareness and Self Advocacy and are promoting this effort in all of our workshops, webinars, and online communication. We offer workshops to businesses, small and large groups, corporations, schools, healthcare facilities, youth programs, and the faith based community.
Program Success Monitored By  While the OC Human Relations Commission monitors crime statistics and schools monitor grades, attendance, and disciplinary indicators, we can only hear the feedback from our community to know if this impact. We hold in faith that our words are making a difference. We would like to bring a dedicated program to a single school for a full year to measure our impact, but this has yet to happen. At the global level, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets of the new agenda will be monitored and reviewed using a set of global indicators. The global indicator framework, to be developed by the Inter Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEA-SDGs), will be agreed on by the UN Statistical Commission by March 2016. The Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly will then adopt these indicators.

Examples of Program Success  --

Women's Dignity

Our Women's Dignity initiative supports homeless and displaced women and the organizations currently in Orange County who serve them with feminine and other supplies, resources, campaigns, circle principles to encourage them to support one another, and leadership opportunities.

Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served Homeless Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Victims
Program Short-Term Success  Only 4% of philanthropy goes to improving conditions for women. We need to change that considering the impact on and by women. We expect to see women and children spending less time in shelters and off the streets because when empowered women will contribute to a system of healing and thriving. 
Program Long-Term Success  Women and children are disproportionately impacted by all conditions of a community. They are also the greatest contributors to a healthy community. When we improve conditions for women and girls and children, we will systematically and systemically see impact through a generation of educated, thriving individuals which means ultimately relieving tensions on all systems of a homeless shelters, social services, food insecurity, domestic violence, and environmental degradation. 
Program Success Monitored By  Regular contact with our partners whom we are supporting for reports.
Examples of Program Success  This is our first initiative if funded. 

OC Flower Power To Protect The Sacred

SARAH has partnered with Public Watchdogs to plant 1 million sunflowers to bring awareness to the San Onofre nuclear crisis-in-the-making.

Our Flower Power campaign and initiative provide service opportunities, an awareness campaign and a collaborative environment where all of Orange County is contributing to the solution of preventing nuclear crisis. 

Besides this important conversation starter at the community level, we are beautifying our cities in Orange County and also cleaning the air. Sunflowers absorb harmful nuclear radiation! We are planting during the state wide Interfaith Awareness Week, August 5-12th and engaging places of worship and our other secular partners in the community. We want to get our congregations talking and planting! This is also an important time to "cross pollinate" our faith communities to work shoulder to shoulder on bended knee and with shovels in hand to protect all that we consider sacred.
Budget  $4,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Hazards Control
Population Served General/Unspecified General/Unspecified General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

We will create community among our places of worship and interfaithful neighbors, bringing them together for a cause that impacts all of humanity. When we focus on our unifying goals, we can dismantle fear and disempowerment, misunderstanding and intolerance at the critical community level.

Program Long-Term Success 

This is our first year with our new FlowerPower initiative!

We have wanted to find our way back into mobilizing community service and when this issue emerged and the opportunity to be a part of the solution, it was a match made in heaven!

Program Success Monitored By 

We will ultimately know that we are successful when we stop the San Onofe nuclear plant from burying nuclear waste on our coast line in barrels not worthy to hold the waste.

We will beautiful our communities, a visual demonstration of interfaith collaboration and cooperation.

We will notice increased numbers of community members working together to address their community's needs, easing the impact on all the institutions that struggle to keep up with the growing demand

Examples of Program Success 

For 7 years we hosted the Interfaith Weekend of Community Service, galvanizing more than 1000 interfaith neighbors out to about 100 service projects. The results of those weekends are still prevalent when we look around and see growth in our interfaith events, lasting friendships and alliances that would not have otherwise existed. We had to stop because we were both exhausted and also had little funding.  

 We don't have a choice to do this project. Our lives and our future depend on it. 

Red Tents

We have 2 signature approaches to accomplishing our goals as an organization. We hold sacred space gatherings to provide women a safe place to dialogue, discuss feminine leadership, prepare ourselves to be active and effective in our community, and be in community together.  We have been wildly successful in more than 15 years of monthly gatherings. We have also initiated a "Start a SARAH Circle" portal found on our website.
While we know dialogue and such gatherings are necessary for a safe and harmonious community, action is essential. Therefore, to that end, we host community service events, programs in the community that promote interfaith cooperation and understanding, and respond spontaneously to the needs as they arise.  
Budget  $2000/yr
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  We will see more SARAH Circles emerging and more women in their community getting involved and showing up. 
Program Long-Term Success 
Women will know they have a sisterhood to call on when disempowered, need clarity, support, and dispel rumors about their specific faith tradition.
Program Success Monitored By 

How many women attend and return.

Examples of Program Success 

We have successfully engaged our interfaith and secular communities in dialogue and collaboration for the past 15 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.  Because people all around the world know who we are, because women continue to show up, because relationships continue to thrive, we know we are successful. 

Compassionate Cities

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
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.  
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Sande Hart
CEO Term Start --
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
Women Power and Peace Award Peace X Peace 2010
Bowe's Award for North America The United Religions Initiative 2008
Community Builders Award The Southern California Parliament of World's Religions 2008
Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Report University of Ca Irvine 2007
Women's Interfaith Movement Post 911 Initiative Report Harvard University Pluralism Project 2005
Unity of Peace Award The Orange County BaHai Community 2003


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


We live to collaborate!! While we are constantly finding new partners, we currently partner with: 
The United Nations International Day of Peace Committee
The Acjachemen Band of Mission Indians 
The Orange County Interfaith Network and all Interfaith Councils
The United Religions Initiative
Cities for CEDAW
UN Women
Charter For Compassion
Building Bridges
We The World

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

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

Foundation Comments



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
Betty Draper Community Volunteer Voting
Sande Hart Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: --
Other (if specified): 2 Persian, 1 Bangladeshi, 1 Greek,
Gender Female: 12
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 12%
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


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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

2018 990N

2015 990N

2012 990N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $3,250 $2,700 $8,350
Total Expenses $2,750 $450 $364

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $750 $200 $2,200
Revenue In-Kind $2,500 $2,500 $5,950
Other -- -- $200

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $250 $200 $200
Administration Expense $2,500 $250 $164
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.18 6.00 22.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses 9% 44% 55%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,000 $1,100 $7,986
Current Assets $1,000 $1,100 --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $1,000 $1,100 --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
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. .


Other Documents

SARAH Financials (2017)

SARAH Financials (2013)

No Other Documents currently available.