Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Bald Girls Do Lunch Inc

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Specifically Named Diseases, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Bald Girls Do Lunch (BGDL) helps women with alopecia areata live full and fulfilling lives, and it’s all centered around the idea of getting together for “lunch.” Our lunches and other events are fun, friendly, educational, relaxing and, most of all, totally empowering. By being with people who experience the same things you, your self-esteem improves and you gain confidence, camaraderie and a powerful sense of community. Since 2007, we’ve brought lunches, workshops and demonstrations to 60 cities in 25 states, and are connecting more women all the time. BGDL is the only non-profit specifically created specifically for women with alopecia areata, the autoimmune skin disease that stops the normal growth of hair on the scalp, brows, lashes and body. Alopecia can have a devastating effect on a woman’s self-image — but sitting around and wishing for a cure or treatment is NOT what we’re about! In addition to our lunches and events, we have an active blog and newsletter, and cosmetic line called Signature Collection. You can check them out at www.baldgirlsdolunch.org.

Results: Over 2500 women with alopecia areata receiving e-newsletter..... One-on-One makeup sessions with professional artists at BGDL Beauty Workshops in NY, IL, CT and RI...... Infographic: "Understanding the Lives of Women with Alopecia Areata"..... 3-time Gold Triangle Award winner from the American Academy of Dermatology..... "Virtual Lunch" - the only e-newsletter created for women with alopecia areata with outstanding open rates!..... Comprehensive weekly educational blog at blog.baldgirlsdolunch.org

Target demographics: Women and teen girls with any type and any duration of the autoimmune skin disorder, alopecia areata. We also assist women with scarring alopecias.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide USA, and Canada

Programs: In-person workshops, meet-ups , social and educational activities to conquer the isolation experienced by women with alopecia areata. Our global communications, superb e-newsletter and in-person events for women bring true life changes. Care packages for the newly diagnosed include our very own Sleep-hat.....both a real and a virtual hug from the women in our network to our newly diagnosed "sisters".

Community Stories

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have continued to be impressed with the positive impact that BGDL has had on the alopecia community. Especially in the last several years with their new makeup line. Helping women with alopecia to feel beautiful and pretty with products customized just to their needs has really furthered the organization's cause. I've been lucky enough to continue my involvement volunteering at various events and the experience has been very rewarding.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was referred to Bald Girls Do Lunch from a blog, as I was researching top products for creating eyebrows, as mine have basically become invisible over the years. I wanted make up products that would allow me to draw the brows on and keep them on. I ordered the brow powder, sealer and brush. Once my order was placed, I received an email asking questions about my hair coloring and skin tone, as there was a brow powder color that did not show up on the order form and may be a better match. After answering and asking a few questions it was determined that Dark Blonde would most likely be a better choice so my order color was changed. Thea, at Bald Girls Do Lunch, and I exchanged a few emails, and I felt like I had just made a new friend. She truly provided the absolute best Customer Service I have experienced probably ever in my life (and I am no spring chicken). Thea seemed to actually care about my satisfaction with the products and that I received the right products for me. I have since reordered and again, Thea, the true definition of Customer Service, sent me a personal email, thanking me for reordering from Bald Girls Do Lunch. I will continue to order, which supports medical hair loss issues. Here's to you, Thea, you are the best, Thank you again.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

thea3 07/28/2016

Thank you madgranmom for sharing your experience with our BGBrows.com alopecia makeup shop. Any time we can add a human touch, we're delighted to make alopecia that much easier to manage.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I've had alopecia areata for 43 years, and this is the first event I've ever attended. I just wish groups and support like this were around when I was growing up with this disease. Although we had a small group, it was great to talk with other women about their experiences, as well as getting great tips on makeup and headwear from Thea, the founder of BGDL. I loved the relaxed setting of dinner and drinks, and the fact that Thea travels so you don't have to go too far to attend an event. This group finally made me feel like I'm not alone.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

thea3 06/27/2016

We're so glad you were there! When you said " This group finally made me feel like I'm not alone" we're delighted to know that. Conquering the isolation of alopecia is one of our reasons for being the women's network for alopecia. Thank you for telling us the difference we're making for women.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

So responsive! When my 12 year-old daughter, Rachel, was recently diagnosed with alopecia areata my wife and I got online to learn as much as we could as quickly as possible. We found Bald Girls Do Lunch to go above and beyond our expectations. We talked to Thea at Bald Girls Do Lunch who answered all our questions the same day. We just knew talking to her that we were in good hands and that she was all about getting us sorted out and on the right path.
We feel so relieved to know there is this is resource for parents of girls. Thea got us connected with a young woman in her phone support list because she knew that this particular person got her alopecia the same age as our Rachel.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an amazing nonprofit. The stories and advice are great and it really brings people together.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

BDGL helps so many women with alopecia all across the country with their content and events. Women with alopecia are underserved by all of the existing organizations, so it is great to see BGDL stepping up to help them in a very specific way.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am always amazed by the wonderful impact Bald Girls Do Lunch manages to have on so many people. There is no other organization like it and therefore, it has such an important role in the lives of all the people (most importantly the women with alopecia) that it serves. It is truly inspiring to see BGDL's phenomenal growth in regards to the number of people served as well as the international reach. Wishing Thea and BGDL continued success!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I think Bald Girls Do Lunch is a wonderful organization. Thea Chassin, the thoroughly dedicated and creative founder of BGDL, has empowered and united women and girls with alopecia through casual meet-ups, fun events and informative newsletters. She started the organization with the desire to share all her first-hand knowledge and experience with the various issues that affected her along her journey with alopecia. Women no longer need to feel alone, afraid and ashamed. There is a supportive community of women out there for you!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thea is awesome. I only wish I knew about Bald Girls years ago.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bald Girls do Lunch is a great organization. We took my daughter to an event shortly after her alopecia diagnosis. It helped her to see that she was not the only one. It really helped her.

We follow the Bald Girls do Lunch blog. It has all kinds of information and tips about alopecia. It is a great resource if you have alopecia or want to help someone with alopecia.

4 Jan_66

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a clinical social worker and someone who has had alopecia since age 5 (I'm now 63), I feel very grateful for BGDL. I wish organizations like BGDL, Alopecia World and NAAF had been around when I was younger. It is incredibly important
for individuals and families to have knowledge, support and caring as they live with and learn to accept and managing the effects of Alopecia.

Thea has an incredible and positive spirit, great sensitivity to others and has made a great contribution.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has really strengthened my resolve to be strong in public. I live in the desert and it's too hot for wigs or hats so bravery is the only way to go. Thank you Thea and BGDL.

4 New I.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with Bald Girls Do Lunch on different projects has been an enriching experience. In this capacity, I have been receiving all their communications and I also follow this organization on social media. I am amazed at the depth of topics presented as they pertain to living a fulfilled and successful life as a woman or girl with alopecia.
It never ceases to amaze me how well-researched every blog post, every article is and also how Bald Girls does respect the autonomy of each member/reader. Information is presented objectively. There is never any pressure to partake in anything, to do anything, etc. The decision to act is always up to you. I appreciate that, as so many organizations push and pull at the same time. I had to privilege to meet Thea Chassin, Founder of Bald Girls Do Lunch many times in person. She has a very special way to empower women drawn from her own experience as a woman with alopecia. A very rare combination of high professionalism with high ethics with a great heart - that is Thea as well as the MO of her organization.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so lucky to find Bald Girls Do Lunch when I lost my hair at age 59. Thea Chassin showed me that you can be beautiful when you are bald. She showed me how to wear head scarves & how to apply makeup - especially eye brows! She introduced me to others with alopecia and sharing our stories was so helpful to all of us. This may not be the most debilitating disease, but mentally it does take a toll. Thea and her organization mitigate its impact.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so happy to find Bald girls Do Lunch group. I wanted to share my feeling and experiences as an alepecia person. It has always been a feel good time to be among with these gals/ women sharing our feeling & dealing with alepecia. Thea has been so wonderful pulling everyone together all over the states for lunch and comroderie. Thank you Thea...

Photo-girl

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first was diagnosed with AU in the early 1990's and could have really used a group like BGDL. I went ten yrs with AU then in 2003 I was blessed with total hair growth. I have had all my hair back now for 11 yrs. but now I am again losing my hair. Just knowing that BGDL is there for me and many others just like me is comforting. Thank you for all the information you have provided.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bald Girls Do Lunch is a phenomenal organization! I lost all of the hair on my body five years ago. BGDL offers resources, support and most importantly a community where I fit in and feel like "one of the girls." BGDL offers the latest information on clinical research - the good and the bad. It offers hope, not specifically for a cure, but for being at peace with who I am as a bald woman. It offers advice on talking about being bald and it also offers humor, which is probably one of the hardest things to regain when your hair is gone!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have very recently been diagnosed with rare scarring frontal fibrosing Alopecia and am having trouble with the rapid hair loss. My dermatologist has told me that my hair will never come back and has suggested I wear a wig. As a person who hates even wearing a hat in winter I was in shock. I thought I was alone and had no where to turn. My internet search led me to BGDL and thank heavens for that. I look forward to having a community of women who are in the same boat. I will value their help and support as I learn to deal with this affliction. I live near Calgary Alberta Canada and do not know if there is a group in that city but at least I will have the group here to turn to for support.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit out there! When you are a bald woman, you feel so alone and Bald Girls Do Lunch really makes you feel connected with other women like you! There are other great Alopecia groups out there, but none are as awesome as Bald Girls Do Lunch!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for this web cite! When I did not know where to turn the week my daughter lost all her hair, Thea was right there willing to help. I stumbled on the web address and found the support I needed, up close and personal. Six years have passed an I still look forward to the wisdom I gain. Thank you!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I always look forward to reading anything from Bald Girls Do Lunch....Its informative and makes me feel like I am not the only one in the world with AU. Its an important blog to those of us who need to hear what is being done for Alopecia and coping ideas to help get through those rough days...and there are many for me.