Donor Impact 2016

Two burn survivors high-five.


As Phoenix Society’s reach grows, so does your impact. During 2016….


1. You supported innovative program expansion.

  • Our people have always been the driving force of the organization. In 2016, we added new talents to tackle our changing needs:
    • Professional volunteers and contractors were trained for leadership roles in many of our programs, ensuring that our current standards and delivery are sustainable.
    • An Information Systems Project Manager was hired to shepherd the technology advancements behind our innovative program delivery.
    • The Development Team received focused resources, and an administrative assistant was added to support the additional funding needed for our growing programs.
  • Phoenix World Burn Congress 2016 was in two places at once! More than 850 people attended the conference in Providence, Rhode Island – and 62 people joined our inaugural live streaming event in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • The Phoenix UBelong Young Adult Program prepared young adults to become leaders in the burn support world:                
    • Three Peer Mentors fostered leadership skills and supported their peers.
    • Our first Program Intern developed professional skills through planning, facilitation, and peer support for the young adult participants.
  • The Phoenix UBelong Youth and Teen Program expanded to further focus on meeting the developmental needs for each age group and allow more participants to join.
  • The Phoenix Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) Program now provides peer support in more than half the nation’s burn centers. In 2016, five new hospitals and 95 new Phoenix SOAR volunteers joined the program.


2. You fostered strategic partnerships

  • As we ramp up our capabilities, we are preparing to engage and maintain bigger strategic partnerships that align with our values and mission.
  • In 2016, we continued our work with Boston University as co-investigators on a five-year study entitled Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation (LIBRE), the largest study and first quantitative Patient Reported Outcomes data to date on the community reintegration of burn survivors. This computerized tool will be used by Phoenix Society members for individual self-assessment and enable identifying and targeting resources based on need.
  • We collaborated with BioOil to raise awareness for burn survivors with two videos, Everyone has a Story (2015) and Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin (2016). The videos have a combined total of 4.5 million views.
  • We furthered our active partnership with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), connecting the survivor voice to burn prevention. In 2016, we activated advocates for prevention initiatives, collaborated on video projects, presented at NFPA events, and shared social media activity.


3. You contributed to national advocacy efforts

  • In 2016, our staff and survivor advocates participated in ongoing work with key organizations and committees, testimony at hearings, media interviews, prevention and burn awareness campaigns, and letter-writing campaigns. In 2016, our most active issue was opposing efforts to remove life safety devices from the electrical code in several states.
  • We responded to 100% of requests for survivor advocates from our prevention and burn care partners.
  • At the Burn State of the Science Meeting, our survivor advocates used their voice to focus on long-term outcomes beyond acute care, and the critical need for community reintegration to be adopted in the burn medical community’s research agenda.
  • During Employee Education and Appreciation Sessions at three Tyco facilities in April 2016, our Executive Director and survivor advocates shared the aligned missions of Phoenix Society and Tyco. They expressed appreciation for Tyco employees’ work that creates fire prevention technology, reduces injury, and saves lives.
  • In December, we visited the staff of NFPA to share our mission, the value of our partnership, and our gratitude for their work to research and protect life-saving codes and standards.


This article is an excerpt from the 2016 Annual Report. To read the complete Annual Report, click here.

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