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DHF – Progress Report 2010


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DHF – Progress Report 2010

  1. 1.   Annual Report May 2009 to April 2010   Diabetes Hands Foundation | Annual Report | May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010  
  2. 2. Annual Report | May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010   Letter from the President The fiscal year that ended April 30, 2010 marked our first year after Diabetes Hands Foundation received its 501(c)(3) determination from the US Internal Revenue Service (in September 2009). This important milestone made us eligible for government and private grants that were not available to us until then. Additionally, all donations to Diabetes Hands Foundation became tax deductible retroactively to the date of our incorporation in March 2008. In August 2009, EsTuDiabetes turned 2 years old, with more than 4,000 members. In March 2010, TuDiabetes turned 3 years old and had reached 14,000 registered members. In both communities nearly 40% of the visitors (registered or not) kept coming back on a regular basis. In time for World Diabetes Day 2009, we launched our Making Sense of Diabetes video. This video came as a result of our first video-based awareness initiative. We asked members to share with the community on video the story of with their life with diabetes through one of the five senses. This project was sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. On World Diabetes Day 2009, we launched the Big Blue Test, one of our most successful awareness program to date. As a result, if you searched for “Big Blue Test” on Google you get almost 200,000 results. On the Big Blue Test, we invite people with diabetes to test their blood sugar, exercise for 14 minutes, test again and share the experience. In early 2010, we launched the Diabetes Advocates program, aimed at pooling the resources of individuals and groups dedicated to diabetes advocacy. We developed promotional printed and online materials to P.O. Box 9421, Berkeley, CA 94709 | 650.283.4862 | | 2  
  3. 3. Annual Report | May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010   inform people at diabetes conferences in 2010 about the blogs, online communities and newsletters developed by the nearly 30 members that joined the program in its first year. By the April 2010, we were ready to launch the TuAnalyze application on TuDiabetes. This application resulted from a collaboration with Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital Boston. The application lets TuDiabetes members track, share and compare their diabetes data with others. Data shared also helps nonprofit research studies conducted by Harvard Medical School to better understand how social networks can be used to improve the health of those who participate in them. Also by May 2010, we were nearing the launch of HealthSeeker, the first Facebook game aimed at helping players develop healthy lifestyle habits with the support of their network of friends. We developed this game in collaboration with Joslin Diabetes Center and was also made possible thanks to the financial support of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Last, during this year we produced the No-Sugar Added Poetry book, sponsored by Roche Diagnostics. The book is the first offline initiative of the foundation and is available starting the summer of 2010. Diabetes Hands Foundation has continued to get significant media coverage, through articles on The Indianapolis Star,, The Huntsville Times and Our work was also featured on the Social by Social book. Throughout the fiscal year, we diversified our funding sources by conducting two online fundraising campaigns (one in September 2009 and one in December 2009), securing nonprofit contracts (as in the case of our collaboration with Children’s Hospital Boston), developing new sponsorship relationships for our programs and including limited ads on our communities and newsletters. Manny Hernandez President P.O. Box 9421, Berkeley, CA 94709 | 650.283.4862 | | 3  
  4. 4. Annual Report | May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010   About the Diabetes Hands Foundation     The Diabetes Hands Foundation (DHF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects people touched by diabetes and raises diabetes awareness. Through its online communities ( in English, in Spanish) and its other social media channels, DHF offers support and information to more than 200,000 people every month. Both communities offer a culturally sensitive experience to their members (people with diabetes as well as their loved ones), helping them connect with others they can relate with. Our members can message each other or participate in discussions with the rest of the community. They can share videos, photos and blog about their lives with diabetes. Members can start their own groups or join existing interest groups. On TuDiabetes, members can track, share and compare their diabetes data, using the TuAnalyze application, developed in collaboration with Childrens Hospital Boston. Since 2008, DHF has developed pioneering diabetes awareness programs that involve the participation of community members on the generation of diabetes awareness materials. Each program revolves around a specific theme and works as an interactive conduit that connects individuals through self- expression and creativity. As a result, the community participates in the generation of useful and authentic content, which in turn, strengthens the community through the participation and empowerment of its members. Word In Your Hand™: a word that describes how you feel about diabetes. Drawing Diabetes and Diabetes Supplies Art: capturing life with diabetes through creative expression. No-Sugar Added Poetry: a diabetes poetry contest, turned into a collection of 39 poems written by members of Making Sense of Diabetes: video contest and compilation capturing life with diabetes through one of the 5 senses. The Big Blue Test: one of our most popular initiatives to date, asking people to test their blood sugar, exercise 14 minutes, test again, share the experience. P.O. Box 9421, Berkeley, CA 94709 | 650.283.4862 | | 4  
  5. 5. Annual Report | May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010   Some of our Our Va l u e s Awareness Programs   Community Support Word In Your Hand: this project started with a post by a We foster a positive TuDiabetes member who posted a photo showing his environment where our hand with the word “Courage” written on it: that is how he felt about diabetes.   We invited members of the members support and help community to contribute the photos of the words on their each other hands. As a result, we produced a compilation video in   time for World Diabetes Day 2007 showcasing the best Health and Well-Being submissions. In August 2009, we produced two new Word In Your Hand videos. We actively promote positive and proactive actions to stay No-Sugar Added Poetry: this is an innovative, educational and moving program healthy while having through which we encourage participants to share through poetry how diabetes   has affected their lives. We worked throughout the year to diabetes. produce a book, which will become available in the summer of 2010. This can be a great resource for people who are newly Communication and diagnosed as well as people who have had diabetes for some Information time, diabetes educators and patients alike, or simply if you want to give a gift to someone to help them understand life with We encourage the   diabetes. exchange of information and storytelling about diabetes.   Making Sense of Diabetes: Diversity and Respect members of TuDiabetes We value diverse points of shared their take on life with diabetes through one of the view. All people touched by five senses. Each week of   diabetes are welcome. October 2009 was dedicated to a different sense, with the three best videos getting awarded prizes. In time for Creative Expression November 14, 2009, we produced a compilation video sharing life with diabetes through the five senses through the submissions we received. You can watch the We see creativity as a video at catalyst for emotional healing and raising diabetes The Big Blue Test: what started as a way to celebrate reaching 14,000 members awareness. between our two communities (in July 14, 2009), when we tested our blood sugar at the same time, turned into an opportunity for a new and engaging diabetes Transparency awareness program. November 14, 2009 we held the first   We embrace openness and Big Blue Test, inviting participants from all diabetes online communities to test their blood sugar, exercise for 14 authenticity, as long as it minutes, test again and share their experience. We plan doesn’t conflict with the on expanding the program and turning it into an annual other values. opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of exercise for diabetes management.   P.O. Box 9421, Berkeley, CA 94709 | 650.283.4862 | | 5  
  6. 6. Annual Report | May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010   Revenue   DHF financials In Percent 56% Contributions, Gifts, Grants (%) 44% Program Service Revenue (%) Expenses In Percent 11% 31% TuDiabetes, EsTuDiabetes, TuAnalize HealthSeeker 16% No-Sugar Added Poetry 7% Other Awareness Programs 21% Management & Admin. Expenses 14% Fundrasing Expenses P.O. Box 9421, Berkeley, CA 94709 | 650.283.4862 | | 6  
  7. 7. Annual Report | May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010   Assets (as of April 30, 2010)   DHF financials $90,000 $80,000 $70,000 $60,000 $50,000 $40,000 $30,000 $20,000 Other Assets (AR, inventory, furniture, equipment) $10,000 Current Assets (cash, savings) $0 FY 2008-2009 FY 2009-2010 Liabilities (as of April 30, 2010) $16,000 $14,000 $12,000 $10,000 $8,000 $6,000 $4,000 $2,000 Current Liabilities $0 FY 2008-2009 FY 2009-2010 P.O. Box 9421, Berkeley, CA 94709 | 650.283.4862 | | 7  
  8. 8. Annual Report | May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010     Officers, Directors & Advisors   Officers Manuel Hernandez – Chairman of the Board Henkel Garcia - Treasurer Andreina Davila – Secretary Directors Manuel Hernandez – Chairman of the Board Henkel Garcia – Treasurer - Director Andreina Davila – Secretary - Director Luis Emiro Garcia – Director Cesar Castro - Director Advisors Priscilla Call Essert Kelly Close David Edelman Kerri Morrone Sparling Maria Luisa O’Connell Jody Ranck Sean Ross   P.O. Box 9421, Berkeley, CA 94709 | 650.283.4862 | | 8  
  9. 9. Annual Report | May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010         More information…       Learn more about the Diabetes Hands Foundation at: Join our online communities: (in English) (en Español) Follow us on Twitter: @DiabetesHF @TuDiabetes @EsTuDiabetes @D_Advocates Become a fan of our Facebook page: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: P.O. Box 9421, Berkeley, CA 94709 | 650.283.4862 | | 9