Changemaker RFP & Application | Changemaker Alumni | Changemaker Stories

Judi’s House/JAG Institute (JH/JAG) launched the Childhood Bereavement Changemaker initiative in 2019 to empower bereavement partners to use data to inform decision making and enhance impact. With philanthropic support provided by the New York Life Foundation and in collaboration with the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG), we are pleased to expand the Changemaker initiative to additional partner organizations.

Through a series of training workshops and custom technical assistance, a cohort of Changemakers will grow their capacity for data collection and program evaluation through a 12-month process designed to address data and evaluation needs big and small.

Participating organizations will gain access to the knowledge and resources necessary to create efficient data processes to tell their story, identify service gaps and target funding opportunities. These new Changemakers will become part of an extended alumni network aimed at instilling a robust learning community to elevate data discussion in the childhood bereavement field.

2024 Childhood Bereavement Changemaker RFP & Application

The Childhood Bereavement Changemaker (CBC) initiative is an evaluation capacity building program that was developed by Judi’s House/JAG Institute in partnership with the New York Life Foundation to support agencies in understanding and using data to strengthen services for bereaved children and families.

The CBC program allows participating organizations access to a unique, sequenced, evaluation training model including interactive workshops, expert consultation, program evaluation resources and templates, and peer networking. After fully engaging in this learning process, organizations will be equipped with data to inform planning, influence change, increase funding, and enhance overall impact – ultimately ensuring bereaved children in their community have the care they need.

Selected Changemaker organizations should be prepared to commit to 8-12 hours of work each month of the 12-month program.

Applications for the 2024 – 2025 Cohort of Changemakers are now OPEN – please review the RFP and apply by March 1, 2024 at the links below.

Do you have questions about your application or application process? Please contact Maria Bartini (MariaB@judishouse.org) and Maddy Verheyden (MaddyV@judishouse.org).

Childhood Bereavement Changemaker Info-Session


Do you want more information about the Childhood Bereavement Changemaker application and program before applying? This webinar explains the process and benefits of the Changemaker initiative, answers questions, and reviews the Changemaker request for proposal.

Changemaker Alumni

2022 – 2023

Cohort One

Good Grief of Northwest Ohio – Toledo, OH
Jessica’s House – Turlock, CA
Journey of Hope Grief Support Center – Plano, TX
Mourning Hope Grief Center – Lincoln, NE
New Hope Grief Support Community – Long Beach, CA
Peter’s Place – Radnor, PA
The Good Grief Program at Boston Medical Center – Mattapan, MA
The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado – Durango, CO
The Tristesse Grief Center – Tulsa, OK

Cohort Two

Center for Grieving Children – a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fox Valley – Menasha, WI
Erin’s House for Grieving Children – Fort Wayne, IN
Healing House – Lafayette, LA
Heartlinks Grief Center at Family Hospice – Belleville, IL
Michael’s Place – Traverse City, MI
Park Nicollet Foundation – St. Louis Park, MN
Pillars Community Health (Buddy’s Place)– La Grange, IL
The Center for Loss and Bereavement – Skippack, PA
The Kentucky Center for Grieving Children – Lexington, KY
Transitions Kids – Raleigh, NC

Cohort Three

Bo’s Place – Houston, TX
Bridges of Hope – North Charleston, SC
CaringMatters, Inc. – Gaithersburg, MD
Experience Camps – Westport, CT
Fernside: A Center for Grieving Children – Cincinnati, OH
Kate’s Club – Atlanta, GA
Rainbow Kidz of Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County – Statesville, NC
The Center for Grieving Children – Portland, ME
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) – Arlington, VA

2019 – Pilot Initiative

In 2019, 10 passionate Changemakers from across the country were selected to pilot the CBC initiative. For two years, we worked closely with each Changemaker and developed tailored reports that helped inform planning, influence change, increase funding, and enhance their overall impact on bereaved children and families.

The Dougy Center – Portland, OR
OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center – Los Angeles, CA
The Grief Center of Southwest Colorado – Durango, CO
Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas – San Antonio, TX
Alive Hospice – Nashville, TN

Greater Philadelphia Grief Collaborative:
A Haven – Exton, PA
Abington-Jefferson Safe Harbor Program – Philadelphia, PA
The Center for Loss and Bereavement – Skippack, PA
Peter’s Place – Radnor, PA
Uplift Center for Grieving Children – Philadelphia, PA

Changemaker Stories

Alive Grief Support Insider
The Greif Center of Southwest Colorado
Philly Greif Collaborative Flyer

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Judi’s House/JAG Institute partnered with the New York Life Foundation to help support grieving children and families by creating the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model.

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