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Teen Leadership Foundation

 2039 Pomona Ave. Unit G
 Costa Mesa, CA 92627
[P] (949) 899-8100 x 102
[F] (949) 899-8101
www.teenleadershipfoundation.org
[email protected]
Lisa Castetter
FOUNDED: 2007
INCORPORATED: 2007
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Organization DBA The Launch Pad
Former Names Teen Leadership Foundation (2007)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 20-8707656 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Teen Leadership Foundation is to empower foster teens and emancipated youth to become better leaders – in their own lives and in their communities. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Teen Leadership Foundation is to empower foster teens and emancipated youth to become better leaders – in their own lives and in their communities. 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $482,350.00
Projected Revenue $500,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Teen Leadership Camp- weekend summer camps
  • Mentoring
  • The Knot- monthly youth groups
  • The Network-independent living skill workshops
  • The Launch Pad- transitional housing program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The mission of Teen Leadership Foundation is to empower foster teens and emancipated youth to become better leaders – in their own lives and in their communities. 


Background Statement

Based in Costa Mesa, TLF serves current and emancipated foster youth ages 13 to 22 throughout Southern California, including Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego-Imperial counties. In 2015, TLF served close to 1,800 foster youth. TLF currently has three full-time staff members and one part time, with the rest contracted out.

Teen Leadership Foundation was formed in 2007 in Orange County a few years after its founder was introduced to the many challenges faced by foster youth while she was a summer camp volunteer. Over time, she saw the overwhelmingly positive impact camp had on these teens' view of themselves, particularly the camp counselors' one-on-one attention and the confidence-building leadership activities. Committed to reaching more foster teens with this often life-changing camp experience, the founder left her career as an apparel industry executive to launch TLF.

The goals of the Teen Leadership Foundation are to:

• Prepare transitional-age foster youth for fulfilling futures through individualized support services, mentor relationships, leadership development, and housing that feels like home.

• Enhance the level of foster care services within California and across the nation.

• Remove barriers and build collaboration between the faith, government, civic, and corporate arenas to address the urgent needs of transitional-age foster youth.

TLF has built a network of partners locally and nationally and has earned a positive reputation among foster agencies and organizations. Social service agencies in Orange and surrounding counties routinely seek out TLF's activities for their foster youth. At this critical juncture in their lives, TLF’s education, leadership camp, mentoring and long term residential housing programs help prepare teens for the challenges and responsibilities of adulthood, and provide avenues through which the teens can enter the adult world with a basis of supportive relationships and resources surrounding them. These programs include:

 

Leadership: Held at residential campsites, “Teen Leadership Camps,” emphasize outdoor fun as well as activities that promote confidence, trust and self-esteem. Each youth is matched with a volunteer "camp counselor" who offers encouragement.

 

Relationship: Screening, training and ongoing support are provided for adults interested in mentoring a foster teen or emancipated youth. By becoming a mentor you create a strong voice for an at-risk youth.

 

Community: Known as "The Knot," these monthly events are structured yet fun giving foster teens a chance to enjoy favorite activities, hear an inspirational speaker, and build relationships with adult volunteers.

 

Employment advancement: These workshops known as “The Network,” connect youth with a certification needed for entry-level employment with partnered small businesses. The workshops are hosted monthly on topics such as resume building, interview prep, strength finders and employee etiquette.

 

Transitional Housing: “The Launch Pad,” a seven-unit apartment complex for emancipated youth ages 18 to 22, offers subsidized housing for up to 24 months along with strategies for success with their educational, financial, employment and health and wellness goal.

 

The positive impact of Teen Leadership Foundation’s programs on the lives of at-risk foster youth has been assessed through evidence based practices and through testimonials such as those below. Here’s a sample of what they’ve said.

 

"I have already been in prison and experienced living on the streets … This weekend made me realize I am worth something." – foster youth camper ■"The efforts of the Teen Leadership Foundation have been critical to the life change and development in our emancipating youth.” – foster care group home manager ■“The Teen Leadership Foundation is a huge support system to social workers. They are an agency that genuinely cares about the outcome of the youth in the foster care system … – Orange County social worker

 

 


Impact Statement

Among TLF's highlights in 2017:

- Positively impacted more than 1,800 at-risk foster teens and emancipated young adults through our programs, which target the areas of employment, education, personal finance, and health and wellness.

- Mobilized volunteers in more than 30,000 hours of service.

- Through the sale of our turn-key Training Kit, supported an increased number of church partners across the U.S. in launching their own outreach programs for foster youth. 

In 2017, TLF:

- Strengthened our organizational infrastructure including expanded program documentation, updated governance policies, and streamlined human resource processes.

- Solidified our transitional housing program model in preparation for expansion to a multi-unit apartment complex in 2018.



Needs Statement

Today, there are more than a half million children in the foster care system. In 2008, there were more then 68,000 children in California's foster care system, 39,231 or more then 57% of which are in Southern California, according to kidsdata.org. 

Each year 24,000 teenagers emancipate "age-out" of the foster care system.  
Of these teens who are "aged out" of the system:
 *In California, 65% of youth leaving care do so without a place to live. 
 *50% of emancipated youth will be homeless within six months. 
 *Studies found that between 44-77% of emancipating youth have
   completed high school as compared to 93% of non-foster care youth. 
 *Research shows that only 1% to 5% of foster youth ever graduate from
   college.
 *Within 2-4 years of emancipation, 40% of emancipated youth have been
    on public assistance or incarcerated by that time. 
 *Girls who emancipate from foster care are approximately 3x more likely  
    than their peers to have a child by 19.



CEO Statement

Teen Leadership Foundation remains committed to transforming the lives of at-risk foster youth. To accomplish this, we have carved a long term path to ensure sustainability, effective and efficient. 




Board Chair Statement

Teen Leadership Foundation is celebrating 10 years of operation and life changing work.  Almost 4 years ago TLF went from a small organization with a small operating budget which huge in-kind donations and stepped into its next iteration.  With so many mentors walking along side foster youth, we heard their cries for sustainable housing for their favorite at-risk youth.  We responded to the mentors and youth by opening up The Launch Pad, a family based model of living for at-risk youth.  This program forced our small organization to grow up. The last four years we've grow from $200,000 a year to $500,000 a year, not to mention the millions of in-kind donations that have come alongside in donated man-power and goods.  This year we look to grow again as we believe our model of helping at-risk foster youth transition into the real world is found through our family  based model of “flight crew” members and the way we rally behind them for their success.  We get multiple calls on a weekly basis and have a 30 person wait list to get into our 7 unit apartment complex.  Our desire and aim is to find a location for 40 units or more.  This is a large, but calculated step that allows for more residents, volunteers and churches to come onboard.  Many people have come to us expressing that they have’t found anything quite like Teen Leadership Foundation and the Launch Pad and the way it transforms lives both from a volunteer and participant standpoint.  I personally, found Teen Leadership Foundation, after working for another organization that is committed to foster youth and in all my experience I can say that TLF has the right formula.
 

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities are available with all of our programs, as well as administrative roles in our office. Some examples are Days of Service for corporate groups at our transitional housing apartment complex for emancipated foster youth, workshop leaders for foster youth in areas of expertise such as job preparedness, mentorship to foster youth and committee members for special events. Giving Opportunities: Contributions to help sustain and expand our service to transitional age foster youth are gratefully accepted in a number of ways. Online: A secure donation of any amount can be made through our website at www.teenleadershipfoundation.org. By Phone: Call our office at (949) 899-8100. Monthly Giving Program: Your recurring gift provides sustaining support for any of our program. Business Partners: Businesses can help transform lives through sponsorship of workshops, special events, direct donations and other activities. In-kind Gifts: In-kind gifts play a significant role in our programs, making in possible to keep our operating costs lows. Gift cards for the youth in our programs; tickets to sporting events; furniture, appliances, bedding and other household items for the Launch Pad residents; and refreshments for trainings and other events are just a few possibilities. Estate and Planned Giving: Create a legacy through life income programs, trust and estate gifts, and other vehicles. Cause-related Marketing Programs: In-store donation programs, flat donation or sponsorships, per-unit donations.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

 Southern California – LA, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties: leadership camps, one on one and group mentoring, life skill programs for teens, and transitional housing for emancipated youth. Due to the success of these programs, TLF has established a training kit to be sold to similar organizations in other states who wish to serve the foster youth population.

Nationwide: Based on the training kit, TLF’s programs have been replicated and adjusted in 9 different states.

 

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Human Services - Foster Care
  3. Housing, Shelter - Housing Support

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Programs


Teen Leadership Camp- weekend summer camps

At camp foster youth ages 12-17 are challenged & encouraged to step out of comfort zones as they participate in high & low rope courses that lead to confidence & self-esteem. High ropes programs involve the development & mastery of technical skills which provide outcomes of trust development, craftsmanship & coaching for the youth. Low ropes course elements are designed to explore group interaction, problem-solving & leadership. The camp promotes personal growth & character through its guest speakers & evening entertainment. Volunteer mentors are paired one on one with the camper with an end goal of providing a long-term mentor for each teen. Teen Leadership Camps are largely funded through partnering churches that host and sponsor camps through-out the summer. The budget below reflects administrative costs for TLF.  With-out the in-kind sponsorship summer camps would cost TLF $150,000.00

Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Teen Leadership Camp is held annually with a goal to provide a safe place for youth to have a weekend filled with hope and fun away from the daily impact of foster care. 

Program Long-Term Success  Teen Leadership Camp's are held annually. The long term outcomes are for volunteer counselors to become long-term mentors as a foster teen navigates through the foster care system. Currently TLF has a 60% retention rate that volunteers will take the next step in our volunteer funnel and become deeper involved in a youths life. 
Program Success Monitored By 

The positive impact of Teen Leadership Camp's on the lives of at-risk foster teens has thus far been assessed through testimonials such as those below. Here’s a sample of what they’ve said.

"I have already been in prison and experienced living on the streets … This weekend made me realize I am worth something." – foster youth camper ■"The efforts of the Teen Leadership Foundation have been critical to the life change and development in our emancipating youth.” – foster care group home manager ■“The Teen Leadership Foundation is a huge support system to social workers. They are an agency that genuinely cares about the outcome of the youth in the foster care system … – Orange County social worker

Examples of Program Success  .

Mentoring

Mentoring is one of TLF’s core programs that strategically matches foster youth with an adult mentor. As the mentor becomes a consistent & stable presence for their mentee, TLF is there to train & support the mentor so that they are properly equipped to provide mentorship. Foster youth are especially in need of healthy adult role models & support & guidance necessary to function as healthy adults. At this critical juncture in their lives, mentoring helps prepare teens for the challenges & responsibilities of adulthood, & provide avenues through which the teens can enter the adult world with resources surrounding them.

Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

After an already rocky start, foster teens face a second potential tragedy: they approach adulthood woefully unprepared without any established relationships with responsible, older adults to whom they can turn for guidance. These youth are poised to fall prey to problems that they haven’t been taught to understand, much less handle with skill and wisdom. TLF’s mentoring program aims to change this cycle. To that end, TLF will expand its existing Mentor Program within Orange County by:

  • Recruiting 100 or more mentors within project period
  • Developing new and revised training materials
  • Conducting mentor trainings with a high level of quality
  • Requiring bi-weekly contact between mentors and mentees
  • Communicating the program accomplishments with project partners
  • Retaining mentors long-term (2+ years)
Program Long-Term Success 

One aspect of TLF’s mentoring program is to identify and train volunteer case managers, in order to continue to expand and keep over-head low. Case managers are individuals who has been involved for many years with TLF’s mentor programs and have had extensive training with mentoring foster youth and managing volunteers. 

In addition, TLF trains up volunteer trainers in other counties or states ( train the trainer model) which helps us replicate our program out of the area as well as continue to keep over head low.

Additionally TLF will continue to expand the use of our training kit to more organizations nationally so that foster youth in other states can experience the life changing impact of mentorship.

Program Success Monitored By 
Mentor and mentee surveys are completed at the onset of the mentor/mentee match, as well as every six months while the mentor and mentee meet. This helps TLF to ensure that the youth are being mentored well, the mentor is receiving the support they need, and that the match is a strong and healthy one. 

Over the past 10 years TLF has seen an academic improvement in our mentees (among other things):

  • Improved academic performance (GPA increase of 75% in first year)
  • Improved high school graduation rates by 41%
  • Increase in enrollment in colleges or trade schools by 35%
 
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The Knot- monthly youth groups

The Knot is a monthly youth group designed to bring community mentoring after summer camps. Sports, crafts, fun, games, & food are all part of a consistent afternoon. Providing consistent meetings throughout the year, the Knot is an environment for youth to meet positive, patient, & caring adults. The Knot reminds teens that life is better in a supportive & caring community. 

Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The Knot's short-term outcomes are to provide community for foster youth post camp season and during holidays. 
Program Long-Term Success  The Knot places emphasis on long term connection with a goal of giving volunteers an entry level volunteer role. 
Program Success Monitored By  Testimonies
Examples of Program Success  .

The Network-independent living skill workshops

The Network provides foster youth ages 15-22 with independent living skill workshops. Youth have the opportunity to participate in one, or both, of the Network tracks: employment & sustainability. The employment track will cover topics such as resume building, basic Microsoft Office skills, interview etiquette, & employment fundamentals. The sustainability track will cover topics such as basic budgeting, cost of living, & the value of vocational and higher education. Through these independent living skills workshops youth will have a fuller understanding of what it requires to live on their own – outside of the foster system – & be better equipped to live independently.

Budget  $60,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Business
Population Served At-Risk Populations Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The Network short term outcomes are: 
*400 foster youth will graduate from the program, demonstrating an increased understanding and confidence to obtain employment within project annual period. 
* 30 new small business employers will join the current network of employers giving foster youth an opportunity for employment each calendar year. 
* Train 15 new volunteer to be peer trainers of the curriculum, adding to the program's capacity in 2019.
Program Long-Term Success 

Adverse outcomes for youth emancipating from foster care in the United States have been well documented. As the Hilton Foundation's 2012 foster care landscape research found, only 25% of emancipated youth are consistently employed, slightly over half have no earnings in the four years after care, 65% of teens leave foster care without a place to live, and 27% of the homeless population spent time in foster care. To help break these trends, The Network provides life skills workshops for transitional age foster youth ages 15-22 to prepare them for the realities of supporting themselves after foster care.

The Network long term goals are to:
*Replicate The Network nation wide 
* Increase small business employers to national chains 

Program Success Monitored By  TLF currently works alongside Loma Linda undergrad students and utilizes pre and post surveys to provide evidence based outcomes.
Examples of Program Success  --

The Launch Pad- transitional housing program

The Launch Pad is a seven-unit apartment complex in Costa Mesa that provides transitional housing for young adults who have emancipated out of the foster care system & those at-risk of homelessness. The Launch Pad offers housing, support services & individualized planning to help these young adults achieve the goals they set for themselves. The Launch Pad is a logical next step in the Teen Leadership Foundation’s self-sufficiency & leadership programs for foster teens, & it helps meet a dire need for housing for emancipated youth in Orange County.

Budget  $20,000,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

The Launch Pad's goal is to prepare each youth for a fulfilling and self-sufficient life beyond the foster care system. In the short-term, our benchmarks are that:

•Residents will be paired with a mentor within first 30 days

•Residents will be paired with a support team (budget coach, tutor, child care, etc.) within the first 60 days

•Residents will secure at least part-time employment within 90 days

•Residents will obtain a high school diploma or GED within six months

Program Long-Term Success 

TLF is currently looking to expand its housing program to increase capacity to 60 youth. 

Program Success Monitored By  TLF currently works alongside Loma Linda undergrad students and utilizes pre and post surveys to provide evidence based outcomes. 
Examples of Program Success  .

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Lisa Castetter
CEO Term Start Feb 2007
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

After graduating from Indiana University, Lisa moved west from her home state to pursue a career in the apparel and textile industry. Her experience as a volunteer at a camp for teens in foster care opened her eyes to the enormous challenges faced by these young people. Determined to help prepare these teens for productive and fulfilling futures, Lisa left her 17-year career as a buyer for major global retailers to launch Teen Leadership Foundation (TLF) in 2007. In the course of developing TLF, she has become a leading adviser to churches nationwide on outreach to teenagers in foster care and emancipated youth. Lisa is also a frequent speaker on issues of foster care and adoption, and she sits on various nonprofit boards and advocacy teams.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms Lisa Castetter Feb 2007 --
Ms Lisa Castetter Feb 2007 --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms Tina Cochran Community Engagement Director --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

TLF has a wide range of partnerships including many local corporations that send employees to volunteer, 22 local churches, Unified School Districts in 2 counties, foster family agencies, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Education, and the Department of Justice in all major counties in Southern California. 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % 92%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. John Tumminello
Board Chair Company Affiliation Principal, Stratton Road Advisors
Board Chair Term Jan 2104 - Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Lisa Castetter Founder and CEO, Teen Leadership Foundation Voting
Ms. Kelly O'Dell MSW Foster Care Advocate --
Mr. Steve Olson Owner, Mariners Companie Voting
Mr. John Tran Ardent Law Group --
Mr. John Tumminello Principal, Stratton Road Advisors Voting
Mr. Ryan Zeulner Outreach Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

It is our goal to increase our board to 8 members over the next two years; our hope is to diversify the ethnicity and experience as well as expand the talents relevant to our non-profit to help increase our presence. TLF looks to add a youth advisory board to aid in strengthening our housing program. 

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Building

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $500,000.00
Projected Expenses $482,350.00
Form 990s

2016 TLF 990's

2015 TLF 990's

2014 TLF 990's

2013 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $443,176 $353,945 $273,121
Total Expenses $400,113 $357,401 $357,513

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$388,148 $272,171 $192,921
Government Contributions $0 $21,000 $23,500
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $21,000 $23,500
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $54,728 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $300 $1,533 $751
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other -- $59,241 $55,949

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $219,978 $141,173 $176,357
Administration Expense $166,916 $162,309 $167,449
Fundraising Expense $13,219 $53,920 $15,683
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.11 0.99 0.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses 55% 39% 49%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% 18% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $407,953 $364,890 $368,346
Current Assets $371,779 $312,350 $338,103
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities -- $0 $0
Total Net Assets $407,953 $364,890 $368,346

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

TLF has a governing Board of Directors who are legally responsible for all activities of Teen Leadership Foundation. The Board members are responsible for determining policy, approving the annual expenditures and determining the goals of the organization. Board members must demonstrate commitment to the mission and goals of TLF.

 In addition, TLF has a local next generation committee and building expansion committee.

 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


Other Documents

Program Brochure (2017)

No Other Documents currently available.