Findingbalance

Rating: 4.99 stars   67 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: PO Box 284 Franklin TN 37065 USA

Mission: To be the leading Christian resource for DAILY help with eating and body image issues.
Results: Over a million people reached since 2002 via events, articles, web resources and online support programs. Members of new "Lasting Freedom" (2014) online support program show significant declines in anxiety (-23%), depression (-21%) and unhealthy eating attitudes (-25%) after just eight weeks. Our twelve-week "Finding Balance with Food" curriculum and downloadable "FINDINGbalance Gathering" small group tools have been used around the world, including groups in Canada, New Zealand, Ecuador and the UK as well as the US. "Daily Vitamin" eDevotional provides truth and inspiration 5 days a week to thousands of readers. Annual "Hungry for Hope" conference has been attended by nearly a thousand people in the last seven years. New Christian Eating Disorders Collaborative Network (CEDCN) helps connect those who struggle with Christ-centered providers. And we're just getting started...
Target demographics: Our primary efforts are focused at reaching the three out of four women (and girls) who have eating issues, including chronic dieting, obsessive exercising, organic food obsessions, secret eating, and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.Those seeking Christ-centered recovery solutions.Those who love someone struggling with an eating disorder.Professionals working with eating disorders.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 73 women find freedom from eating issues through our Lasting Freedom program, and served 192 people at our annual conference. All this in addition to thousands we serve monthly through our video-on-demand site.
Geographic areas served: The World! (But primarily the US...)
Programs: www.findingbalance.com - world's largest video-on-demand website for eating and body image issues, featuring 700+ free videos, articles, books and more. "Lasting Freedom" - online support program featuring weekly webinar, weekly "Freedom Team" support group, and 24/7 moderated peer-support website. "Hungry for Hope" premiere Christian conference for professionals and community members impacted by eating and body image issues. http://www.findingbalance.com/hfh "Daily Vitamin" - eDevo - an inspiring verse and 6 lines of text to help you find daily freedom. www.findingbalance.com/dv "FINDINGbalance Gathering" small group lesson program for individuals or groups seeking balance with food. http:www.findingbalance.com/gathering "More Than a Number" campaign and event to help women know their value so they can change their world. Includes a partnership with Compassion International to help shift dollars from diets to end world hunger. http://www.morethananumber.net. .
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with FINDINGbalance since it's inception. Not only am I a huge fan of the founder, Constance Rhodes, but the work that she's doing through her organization to impact lives is tremendous. She's endeavoring to provider leadership and answers for issues that are difficult to address, at best. FINDINGbalance has a reputation of being a high caliber organization and I couldn't agree with it more. You'll be hard pressed to find better content anywhere else.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to increase their funding so they can increase their impact!

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2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Fb is incredible - especially Constance's commitment to excellence in every area of the organization. I know first hand how committed she is to using funds in the most efficient manner possible. She does not waste a dime and always puts others before herself. She has the highest integrity in all that she does and is fully committed to her faith in being the basis of all she produces through FINDINGbalance. Her website has so much depth - unlike any other I have seen. She has more than 600 free video clips, numerous articles, book reviews, everything you can think of. She is an excellent speaker, who is authentic, funny and a joy to listen to. I will continue giving to Fb, knowing that every penny is being put to good use.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I attended Hungry for Hope last June and have benefited from it tremendously. As an Eating Disorder victim, it was great to share experience with others and meet people who have fully recovered from this disease. More importantly, I was able to hear how God has helped them to fight this battle.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attended Hungery for Hope Conference in June 2010.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more activities in New York City.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I first heard about Finding Balance approximately seven years ago. My coworker picked up *Life Inside the "Thin" Cage* for me at a conference, but I didn't think it applied to me since I'd struggled with a clinical eating disorder and thought I had left that behind me. However, as the years went by, I got older and started gaining weight, and I realized that the negative tapes from the eating disorder were still playing in the background. I mostly attributed this to a distorted body image, but as I've been leading a Finding Balance with Food study, I've realized that the negative tapes come from a variety of sources--including culture and other women. What's so revolutionary about Finding Balance is that it's about building balanced, healthy relationships--with food AND with other people. It's about surrounding yourself with fellow travelers who are real and honest and trying to live into the truth about who they are as whole people (not just bodies on parade). And, then, the other super important part that Finding Balance has been involved with is the True Campaign, and their line about the True-Shift is so crucial: to take the time we spend obsessing about our bodies and how we look, and to instead pour that energy and effort into empowering ourselves to accomplish our dreams and to help other people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the curriculum Finding Balance with Food, the on-demand videos on a range of topics on the FB site (including about cutting) and the podcasts as part of the True Campaign.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

focus on empowering women, NOT ONLY to live free of body obsessions in order to have happy, healthy lives, but also to heal emotionally in ALL our areas of woundedness so that we can go on to make a difference in the lives of other women in pain.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the founder and catching her vision to help free women from body obsessions and then to make a shift to empower others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate and professional.

Ways to make it better...

I had better insight that this group is not just about subclinical eating disorders or life trapped with being too thin, but it's also about full-blown eating disorders, including emotional eating and binge eating and obesity-related issues.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding. If they had more funding they could gain more visibility and traffic to their website, helping hook people on the truth of where healing begins--and the purpose of healing (to empower ourselves and others).

One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

In my opinion, this nonprofit stands out because it deals with personal issues related to image, consumption, and life habits. Because its approach focuses more on the causes than the effects of negative thought patterns, it provides deep answers to serious questions. Not only have I benefited from their free online service, but also get to tap into a real community that is exceptionally honest. While some nonprofits see valid problems in others or institutions, this one doesn't point fingers. That in itself breeds humility and true care, something our society really needs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Met the Director, Constance Rhodes, through my daughter who has had emotional issues surrounding eating for many years. She is incredibly gifted at creating mutually supportive group activities and reaching out to those in need with a variety of excellent communication materials and activities. I would not hesitate to recommend her or FindingBalance to a family member or friend.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving updates from the Director personally or on the very informative website weekly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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