a Big Impact,
Thanks to You.
2019 RECORD OF IMPACT
Increasing Awareness, Supporting Survivors & Reducing The Stigma
Ronnie Susan Walker MS, LCPC
Founder & Executive Director
I am so proud of the compassionate community we have built at the Alliance of Hope. Our vision is that no suicide loss survivor go without support. With profound gratitude to all who have supported and helped shape this community, I am happy to share with you this Record of Impact. Once you have looked at the information and stories, return with me to the most important point of them all – you are not alone.
Adult loss survivors are 10x more likely to consider suicide themselves in the initial months following loss.
POSTVENTION IS PREVENTION
Rated "Top Health Nonprofit"
with a 5 star ranking
How We Are Helping
Education and support is our goal
We respond to hundreds of calls and email requests for information and support from survivors, clinicians, students, and the
That’s how many visits to our site we’ve hosted since 2008, with visitors from 178 countries. Our new mobile-friendly website is now a better resource for the survivors, and the professionals who serve them.
We train funeral directors
to better serve those bereaved by suicide. We created a webinar for the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and presented at their International Convention.
Our Community Forum is available 24/7, 365
It is tended by a licensed mental health counselor and trained team of 25 moderators and stewards who are themselves survivors. It hosts 16,000 survivors from around the world.
90% of users found us helpful
according to our 2017 survey. We are increasing awareness, supporting survivors, and reducing the stigma.
We assist researchers and reporters
seeking to learn about the impact of losing someone to suicide.
Voices of Survivors
How We Are Growing
* 2017-2018 revenue growth
* * 1,191 Organizations link to Alliance of Hope, including:
suicide prevention organizations
grief recovery and loss programs
counseling and crisis support centers
clergy and funeral homes
colleges and universities
"The Alliance of Hope was the single most important and helpful component of my recovery from the most crushing grief imaginable. They saved my life. Really."
- Steve Shannon
In 2018 our revenue increased by 23%, including a net increase in available assets for future work. Based on this trajectory of growth, we’re looking forward to continuing to provide quality service. We are committed to increasing awareness, supporting survivors, and reducing the stigma.
Growth in Contributions since 2009
A Timeline of Growth
"Thank you for saving my life, when initially all I truly wanted to do was join my precious 19-year-old son. I will never forget the support I received and still continue to receive since that fateful day."
About our Logo
Pinckney T., a member of our community who lost her brother to suicide in 2013, designed our logo. We asked her to create something that represented the grief journey of survivors, as well as the unique healing culture of our organization. The lovely lotus she created is a traditional symbol of spirit, growth, and resurrection – rising from muddy waters to blossom as a pure, uncontaminated flower. Her design contains elements of angel wings, tear drops, and two hearts.
“The heart and inverse heart work to support each other, like the community here at the Alliance of Hope. One feeds into the other, with the flower growing from that connection. The logo is meant to remind us, that as a community, we are connected, doing whatever we can to help one another grow and thrive.”
We are grateful to all our Supporters
who make our work possible
Pillars of Hope
Funeral Services Foundation
Herbert Adelman Foundation
Dignity Memorial (Bay-Area, CA & Chicago, IL)
Kaplan Family Foundation
Northwestern University (Campus Catalyst & SCNO)
Sam & Phyllis Bowen
Al Fudge & Sara Kimmitt
Jennifer Shadur & Mike Coop
Donna & Ed Soule
*current board members
Phyllis Bowen (Past Chair)
Ellen Karp (Treasurer)*
Melanie Kenderdine (Chair) *
John McIntosh (Secretary)*
We are grateful to our volunteer moderators who each donate hundreds of hours a year in support of new loss survivors. They bear witness to people’s stories, provide information, and extend hope for going beyond just surviving. We often say “they put the hope in the Alliance of Hope.”
Friends of the Alliance of Hope
These individuals have graciously donated their time and talents to help our organization. Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.
Former Facilitator, Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico
Co-lead, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force
Sr. Manager, Strategic Partnerships
American Heart Association, Nat’l Center
VP Executive Director, Voices for Healthy Kids
American Heart Association
Nonprofit Development Consultant / Splinter Studios
Aaron S. Kase, Esq.
Kase Law LLC
Executive Vice President, Kurth Lampe Worldwide
Gina Lobaco, CFRE
Director of Policy, Chicago Department of Public Health
Former Alliance of Hope Blog Editor and gun safety advocate
Katherine A. Rush
Executive Director, Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK)
Creative Director & Designer | pinckneytempleton.com
IT and Innovation Specialist, Dexis Consulting Group