International Foundation for PsychoSocial Wellness
1805 Monument Avenue, Suite 410
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement
The mission of the IFPSW is to support and promote psychosocial well being.
 
Our core values are:
  1. To assist in the preservation of life/health
  2. To improve mental health functioning
  3. To alleviate psychosocial suffering
  4. To protect human dignity
  5. To seek to restore the ability of individuals to make their own decisions
  6. To help to restore individuals’ and communities’ sense of self-determination and quality of life
Web and Social Media
Youth hiking as part of the psychosocial project in Mindouli, Republic of Congo in March 2014.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Brittany Keegan
Board Chair Mrs. Brittany Keegan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Virginia Commonwealth University
Contact Information
Address 1805 Monument Avenue, Suite 410
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 304-3801
Fax 804 308-9204
E-mail administrator@ifpsw.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $8,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,000.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of the IFPSW is to support and promote psychosocial well being.
 
Our core values are:
  1. To assist in the preservation of life/health
  2. To improve mental health functioning
  3. To alleviate psychosocial suffering
  4. To protect human dignity
  5. To seek to restore the ability of individuals to make their own decisions
  6. To help to restore individuals’ and communities’ sense of self-determination and quality of life
Impact

International projects

  • Beginning in 2015, we are working with the Maison Medicale Fleur de Lyse, Dr. Pascal Koulengana, Armel Matona, and others in the Republic of Congo to continue our mission of preventing and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS. This project will include outreach, counseling, and spiritual support to 400 patients living with HIV as well as psychoeducation, sensitization on HIV/AIDS, and counseling to 800 schoolchildren.
  • From 2012-2014, we collaborated with the Catholic Diocese of Kinkala in the Republic of Congo. From 2013-2014, we worked to provide up to 70 debriefers/trainers to make home visits and hold workshops in the Pool Region for 1,000 youth. These visits and workshops focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and education, the psychosocial issues caused by HIV/AIDS, and violence prevention. From 2012-2013, we worked to provide psychosocial care to 1,000 youth who had been affected by the war. This reintegration initiative included psychological counseling, lessons in forgiveness and etiquette.
  • From 2008-2012, we supported Psys d'Afrique (Republic of Congo) in collaboration with the US Embassy to provide care to 1,926 women and youth who were affected by the war. Other projects include collaborating with MSF and the Ministry of Health to provide counseling, job training and mental health care to children and adults living with HIV/AIDS.

 
Local projects
  • A mentoring program focused on psychosocial wellness, where we match mentors with youth and adults in Richmond, VA on a volunteer basis. Mentors provide their mentees with guidance and support in their everyday lives, including staying motivated, taking medications properly and finding ways to live positively and productively.
  • Providing pro-bono or affordable counseling services for those who could not otherwise afford them.
  • A staged reading in 2014 of Lynn Nottage’s Ruined in collaboration with Henley Street Theatre, Richmond Shakespeare, and the Virginia Holocaust Museum. This production, which highlights the plight of women living in the Congo during the civil war, was attended by approximately 75 people. Following the performance, a talkback was held in which audience members and panelists discussed topics related to the performance, genocide, and women’s rights.
  • A presentation on human trafficking in 2014, hosted by the IFPSW and featuring former police sergeant Bill Lightfoot, in which 9 individuals learned about human trafficking in the Richmond area and about what can be done to help prevent human trafficking. On May 23, 2015, IFPSW Lightfoot will present “Domestic Violence and Immigrant Women” at Chesterfield Alliance Church. This presentation will provide information about the basic dynamics of domestic violence, laws designed to protect immigrant women, and available resources.

 

Other local projects and local beneficiaries of our support include
  • Supporting the DEA Survivor's Benefit Fund, which provides assistance to those who have lost a family member in the line of duty, for the past three years. In 2014, our contribution impacted approximately 250 people.
  • The Annual Juegatazo, which we have supported for the past three years. This event in Chesterfield, VA, led by Chesterfield County's Multicultural Liason, Juan Santacoloma, and the City of Richmond's Multicultural Affairs Office, provides toys and a party to needy children around Christmastime. In 2015, approximately 2,000 children attended this event.
  • Greater Richmond SCAN's Stewards of Children training during the 5th Annual Prevent-A-Thon in 2013, during which 121 individuals were trained to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
  • Events related to advocacy/genocide prevention at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, attracting over 12,000 visitors per year during the years we supported them.
Needs Our most pressing needs include financial support, volunteer mentors, and pro-bono financial services (audit, review or compilation).
Background
The International Foundation for PsychoSocial Wellness (IFPSW) was founded in 2008 by Maria Tuohy, a former Mental Health Officer for Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders in the Republic of Congo.
During her time there, Maria witnessed the plight of people like Joan*, a woman who developed AIDS after being gang-raped. Following assistance from doctors and counselors, Joan went on to become a volunteer herself working to educate others in her community about HIV/AIDS and to reduce the stigma associated with it.
In another instance, Jack*, a young rebel-boy who had been severely injured during a torture session, was finally able to stop having nightmares after speaking with a counselor. Inspired by these people and their stories, Maria returned to Richmond and founded the IFPSW to help support and promote the psychological well being of individuals and communities both at home and abroad.
The IFPSW’s projects focus on mental healing as well as physical healing. We provide assistance to victims of conflict, violence and sexual assault, and have helped AIDS patients adhere to their treatment plans. We also work to encourage people struggling with low self-confidence to reassess their behaviors and find ways to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
 *names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals mentioned
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
International
National and International
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Brittany Keegan
Company Affiliation Virginia Commonwealth University
Term Mar 2016 to Aug 2018
Email bkeegan@ifpsw.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Jennifer Boyden Heart Havens
Brittany Keegan Virginia Commonwealth University
Janet Strauss Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Brittany Keegan
Co-CEO
Experience Brittany holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention from Virginia Commonwealth University. Brittany spent two years working in the marketing department of Richmond Ballet, and later worked as the Program Coordinator for Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare (now Quill Theatre), where she focused on marketing, fundraising, and website/graphic design. She now works as a Graduate Assistant at VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School for Government and Public Affairs.   Research interests include conflict studies, NGOs, immigration policy, and game theory.
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Collaborations
Local:
  • In April 2014, we will present a staged reading of Ruined by Lynn Nottage in association with Henley Street Theatre, Richmond Shakespeare, African American Repertory Theatre and the Virginia Holocaust Museum.  This powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman living in the Congo during the civil war, and demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit.
  • We have supported Prevent Genocide Month at the Virginia Holocaust Museum for the past three years.
 
International:
  • Since 2012, we have been collaborating with the Catholic Diocese of Kinkala in the Republic of Congo to provide psychological services to individuals, especially youth, who have been affected by trauma or violence.  This includes psychological counseling, lessons in forgiveness, lessons in etiquette, education about HIV/AIDS prevention and education about how to prevent sexual violence and other types of violence.
Programs
Description
2015: Beginning in 2015, we are working with the Maison Medicale Fleur de Lyse, Dr. Pascal Koulengana, Armel Matona, and others in the Republic of Congo to continue our mission of preventing and raising awareness of HIV/AIDS. This project will include outreach, counseling, and spiritual support to 400 patients living with HIV as well as psychoeducation, sensitization on HIV/AIDS, and counseling to 800 schoolchildren.
 
2013 - 2014:  Provided consultation, funding, and training in collaboration with the Catholic Diocese of Kinkala in the Republic of Congo. The diocese offered debriefing sessions and psychosocial workshops to 1,000 youth in the Pool region. Many of the counselors were trained during our 2012-2013 program, and all were overseen by trainers. These visits and workshops focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and education, and addressed the psychosocial issues caused by HIV/AIDS, stress and trauma. They also addressed healthy interpersonal boundaries, sexual violence and other types of violence.
 
Description 2012 - 2013:  Provided consultation, funding, and training in collaboration with the Catholic Diocese of Kinkala in the Republic of Congo to provide psychological care to 1,000 youth and children in the Pool region. This included psychological counseling, lessons in forgiveness, lessons in etiquette, meals and school supplies. Part of the project involved training religious and lay professionals in basic counseling and debriefing techniques.
Budget $2,000.00
Long Term Success Program completed.
Description
We have provided support to Psys d’Afrique (PDA) in the Republic of Congo, most recently in collaboration with the US Embassy from 2011-2012 in the Pool and Bouenza regions, where they provided care to 1,926 women and youth who had been affected by the war.
 
In addition, the IFPSW has supported PDA in collaboration with MSF/Doctors Without Borders and the Ministry of Health in the Congo on a range of projects dating back to 2008. These projects included providing psychological counseling, social insertion (through job training/creation), and mental health care for children and adults living with HIV/AIDS. The total cost of this project was $19,005.75, with $14,254.32 provided by the U.S. Embassy and the remaining $4,751.43 provided by the IFPSW through both cash and in-kind donations.
Budget $4,751.43
Description
Past and current operations include:
  • Providing pro-bono or affordable counseling services to those who may not otherwise have access.
  • Providing volunteer mentors to youth and adults.
  • A presentation on human trafficking in 2014, hosted by the IFPSW and featuring former police sergeant and IFPSW board member Bill Lightfoot, in which 9 individuals learned about human trafficking in the Richmond area and about what can be done to help prevent human trafficking. On May 23, 2015, Lightfoot presented an information session about “Domestic Violence and Immigrant Women” at Chesterfield Alliance Church with Spanish translation by Ives Alvarez. This presentation provided information to about 35 individuals about the basic dynamics of domestic violence, laws designed to protect immigrant women, human trafficking, and available resources.

Past and current advocacy work includes:

  • Hosted a staged reading of “Ruined” by Lynn Nottage followed by a talkback to share the struggles of women living in the Congo during the civil war. In association with Henley Street Theatre, Richmond Shakespeare, and the Virginia Holocaust Museum.
  • Events related to genocide prevention in association with the Virginia Holocaust Museum, including a commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, the Million Bones genocide awareness project, and Congo/Women Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo Traveling Exhibit.
  • A panel discussion of human rights and mass atrocities, in association with STAND at VCU, the Virginia Holocaust Museum, and the USA Rwandan Community.
 
Description
In Virginia, beneficiaries of our support include:
  • The Drug Enforcement Agency Survivor’s Benefit Fund (2012 and 2013). Last year, this fund provided assistance to 82 families who had lost a family member in the line of duty.
  • Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)’s Stewards of Children training during the 5th Annual Prevent-A-Thon, in which 121 individuals were trained to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
  • Events related to advocacy and genocide prevention at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, attracting over 12,000 visitors per year during the three years since we have been supporting them.
  • Little Sisters of the Poor/St. Joseph's Home, where our grant provided 41 elderly residents with hair care, internet access, cable and telephone service.
  • The 9th Annual Juegatazo, which provided toys and a party to needy Spanish speaking children in Chesterfield County and the City of Richmond around Christmas time. The IFPSW’s contribution provided gifts for eight children and our message was heard by approximately 1,000 people.
  • Occasional grants to individuals, if the request aligns with our mission. Examples of past individual grants include helping a child cover expenses to attend a skating competition to boost her self-worth, and helping another child, whose platform included mental health and providing help to those in need, attend a pageant. We have also provided individuals with necessities such as food gift cards, a heater, and even a bicycle for transportation.  Grant amounts vary by program.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $8,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$5,275$12,446$2,060
Administration Expense$290$467$1,829
Fundraising Expense$150$387--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.290.921.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%94%53%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%4%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,621$3,169$5,432
Current Assets$2,621$3,169$5,432
Long-Term Liabilities$1,114$3,235--
Current Liabilities$0$79$4,154
Total Net Assets$1,507($145)$1,278
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--40.111.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets43%102%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • If an organization has gross receipts that are normally $50,000 or less, it can choose to file Form 990-N.