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You Are Special

 456 N Shaffer St.
 Orange, CA 92866
[P] (714) 863-6058
[F] (714) 744-8128
www.youarespecial.org
[email protected]
Michelle Hensley
FOUNDED: 2002
INCORPORATED: 2009
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Organization DBA You Are Special Food Pantry
You Are Special Community Outreach
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 27-0323708 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

YAS is dedicated to the proposition that financial literacy for widows is the foundation of sustainability and views entrepreneurship as a key to empowerment. 

 

Mission Statement

YAS is dedicated to the proposition that financial literacy for widows is the foundation of sustainability and views entrepreneurship as a key to empowerment. 

 


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $810,000.00
Projected Revenue $810,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Fresh Rescue and Food Pantry Program
  • Thanksgiving Food Giveaway
  • Widows Financial Literacy and Micro-Grant Program
  • Back to School BackPack program
  • Empty Bowls at Chapman University

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

YAS is dedicated to the proposition that financial literacy for widows is the foundation of sustainability and views entrepreneurship as a key to empowerment. 

 


Background Statement

YAS started in 2002 when a small group of concerned Orange residents began gathering food, often from their own pantries, and distributing it to homeless individuals living on the streets.  The program quickly grew in response to the great demand from people who simply needed to eat.  YAS was incorporated in 2009.  Our mission is to alleviate hunger in the City of Orange and nearby communities by operating a food pantry and by providing other safety net services, such as hotel vouchers, clothing and gas cards.  In addition to Orange, we serve residents from the cities of El Modena, Santa Ana, Tustin, Villa Park and Anaheim.  We serve anyone who requests food, no questions asked. While initially founded as a program of Covenant Life Church, YAS is now a separate 501(c)(3) organization with an independent board of directors and responsibility for our own finances and fundraising.  Since our founding, the church has provided YAS with 1,300 square feet of rent-free space; however we are outgrowing this site and plan to relocate to a larger facility sometime in the next few years.  YAS is almost entirely volunteer-run, with modest stipends ($2,000 annually) paid to our drivers and to me for my full-time work as Executive Director.  Food is donated from local grocery stores and restaurants as well as people in the community just dropping off food.

Impact Statement

You Are Special Community Outreach has grown significantly within the last 10 years from one to currently five community service programs developed to address the needs of the working poor. The Fresh Rescue Program (The Collection of fresh, unused food from local grocers and restaurants), our Weekly Food Distribution Program, a Community Back-to-School Backpack program, the Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach Program, and the Empty Bowls Awareness program, which is a community collaboration with Chapman University along with, volunteer collaborations with local residents, companies and schools.

In 2014, we rescued 382,100 lbs. and purchased 24,000 lbs. of food for those in need. We distributed 406,000 lbs. of food to feed over 72,000 people last year. Every Wednesday, YAS opens the doors at 8:15 am to over 300 struggling families and individuals. Each recipient gets 2 bags of groceries. Weekly numbers & demographics are collected in order to better understand our recipients and their needs. With this data, we discovered the need for school supplies for children. Our Back-to-School backpack program emerged and we gave out filled backpacks to over 500 needy children in 2014. During our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach in 2014, we collected and handed out 787 uncooked turkey dinners thru generous donations from supermarkets and individuals in our community. In 2014, YAS volunteers worked approximately 23,100 hours to distribute food to needy families. Our volunteer program was designed to engage corporations, colleges and individuals to support the Orange community thru labor, food drives, fundraising and volunteering of talents. Our continued goal is to engage volunteers to encourage neighbors helping neighbors, to assist those who are struggling, to preserve their dignity and show them love.

 


Needs Statement

With more and more people coming to us for food, we need additional funds to buy, sort, store, refrigerate and distribute food.
 
Specific Items Needed:
1) Funds to pay part-time employees
2) Quality Fruits and Vegetables
3) Computers
4) Tracking system for our clients
5) New Facility Space
 

CEO Statement

YAS started out of a desire to serve our community in an area of greatest need which happened to be food even in an area where there is a lot of wealth. We asked a question, "Would we be missed if we left this city?" The answer at that time was no. Now, 12 years later, the answer is yes. We would be missed because a lot of working poor and those who are now unemployed are able to supplement their food needs with the good food we give them.

Board Chair Statement

I am writing on behalf of You Are Special which runs a food distribution program in the City of Orange which serves all of Orange County.  Many people in the community are familiar with YAS and even serve in some capacity as a volunteer. The economic downturn has left many public agencies unable to meet the demands of those facing hunger in our local community. As many as 456,000 people go hungry every month in Orange County alone. Sadly, food banks are no longer able to support the need as before, and donations are harder to come by. In spite of this, we thankfully continue to meet the needs of hundreds of people per month.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Other ways to donate are through sending a check, or business help for widows.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Local
Central Orange County
West Orange County
North Orange County

The target population for our services are widows, homeless, working poor and low-income residents of Orange County, with a focus on the cities of Orange, El Modena, Santa Ana, Tustin, and Anaheim.  We also serve seniors and will deliver groceries to them when necessary, as well as people with disabilities.  However, our primary target is the working poor: those who work but do not earn enough income to support their families.  We do serve anyone who requests food, with no questions asked. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Financial Counseling
  2. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Home Economics
  3. Employment - Job Training

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Programs


Fresh Rescue and Food Pantry Program

We have been told to be faithful in the small things which means to be faithful with whatever you have, what you have been given and whatever you do. Poverty and low income are problems here in California and so is food waste. Every year farmers, restaurants and supermarkets throw away millions of pounds of food. We then give that food which we have rescued, to a number of Orange County families and people in need. YAS started in 2002 when a small group of concerned Orange residents began gathering food, often from their own pantries, and distributing it to homeless individuals living on the streets.The program quickly grew in response to the great demand from people who simply needed to eat.YAS was incorporated in 2009. Our mission is to alleviate hunger in the City of Orange and nearby communities by operating a food pantry and by providing other safety net services, such as hotel vouchers, clothing and gas cards.In addition to Orange, we serve residents from the cities of El Modena, Santa Ana, Tustin, Villa Park and Anaheim.We serve anyone who requests food, no questions asked. YAS is a charitable organization that creatively takes unsold food and re-distributes it and other products directly to those in need which is usually based on emergency or short term basis. (This is what we do!) Whereas a food bank is a nonprofit that solicits, receives, inventories, stores and distributes food and other products to various charitable agencies which tend to charge a fee to agencies (such as YAS) in order to cover their costs. As an agency, we do not charge a fee to those who come but we do pay a fee for food received from our food bank. Our food pantry is where the local community can come and receive food for themselves and their family for no cost where we get to know the people personally (which we all love). A food pantry keeps the food local to those in the area of the location or the general surrounding area.
Budget  $494,950.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled Families
Program Short-Term Success 

What we have accomplished this past year 2014
1) Approximately 31,833 lbs food distributed and over 6,000 people fed monthly
2) 382,100 lbs of food rescued plus 24,000lbs purchased given out to people in need
3) Over 23,100 volunteer hours in 2014
4) YAS still operates out of 1,300 sq food facility with 2 vans, 8 donated refrigerators, 4 donated freezers and 1 walk-in commercial cooler/refrigerator
5) Increased stores to rescue food by 7 additional stores
6) Started a mobile food pantry, delivering left over groceries from our main location to three communities in Santa Ana.

Program Long-Term Success  Since its inception, YAS has served over 360,000 people in need, food. We have been able to re-distribute otherwise, good food to these people by creatively picking up or gleaning from farms, from local grocery stores, through the Second Harvest food bank and private donations more than $300,000 annually over the past three years and close to that the prior 3 years. We are able to help many families with the amount of food. All this has been done out of a small 1300 square food facility. This year we have begun to expand beyond our Orange location by starting a mobile pantry. We are now able to provide groceries to families in three communities in Santa Ana. The long term success is that we have met the goal of feeding those in need weekly since we have started.
Program Success Monitored By  Our volunteers count and/or weigh all food items to determine the number of pounds distributed. Volunteers also count the number of people who collect grocery bags of food at our weekly distribution and at the mobile food pantries. Currently, we track total weekly numbers and are evaluating how we can best gather information that will tell us how many people return week after week.
Examples of Program Success  We currently have people that have come from the line and now serve as volunteers within the organization. Donald Grouns is a man who started to volunteer with us in 2014. Although making an impact on poverty in third world countries, he noticed the lack of community involvement from churches in Orange County. When he and his family started to get involved with YAS, they were amazed at how this small group of people could serve so many families in desperate need of nutritious food here in Orange County. Donald offered to assist our organization with his previous experience and skills in grant writing. The passion for helping his community grew as he began looking for other ways to serve. He began a mobile pantry, taking the left over food from our weekly food distribution at our main location in Orange to give to needy people in the city of Santa Ana. Due to his service, people who would be unable to attend our distribution are able to receive food assistance and have their needs met.

Thanksgiving Food Giveaway

This outreach is the only one of its kind in Orange County. During the month of November, YAS volunteers collect Thanksgiving food items. We go to local grocery stores, including Stater Bros, Ralphs, and Pacific Ranch Market, to get community members and the stores involved in donating to their neighbors in need. Volunteers stand outside the stores with food collection cans and hand out flyers to shoppers to ask them to purchase a few items for our food bank. This increases sales for the stores, enables people to easily help those who need it, and benefits the recipients of the aid. The week of Thanksgiving, we pack grocery bags full of the collected ingredients for hearty dinners. Each bag includes a fresh or frozen turkey, canned vegetables, potatoes, yams, gravy, rolls, marshmallows, sugar, and a pie.  In 2014, we distributed over 787 full holiday dinners to low-income families and group homes for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Budget  $90,150.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The short term success of this program is that every year we have been able to keep our word so far in giving out Thanksgiving Dinner. The success of the community working together to give to those in need is wonderful to watch and experience. In 2014 we gave over 787 dinners out to those in need. We do give to some homeless people, but we know that there is a local organization that does this too, so we don't want to duplicate it.
Program Long-Term Success 

 

Local families in need of a Thanksgiving meal receive all the necessary ingredients for a complete Thanksgiving dinner: a turkey and all the trimmings. The families receiving the food are people that YAS has served during the year as well as families referred to us by local social service organizations, local school counselors, churches and other organizations. The long term success is that this program has grown as well. We are known for this program by the community as well as the stores that allow us to stand and request food donations. This increases awareness that the beloved OC does have hunger issues, and those in this area love to give locally. This program has increased over the years and is now an established program. We have given out well over 6000 full Thanksgiving Dinners to those in need since the beginning of YAS's Thanksgiving program.


Program Success Monitored By  Volunteers work a month in advance to collect the names of those in need and have a sign up sheet. We have a hard copy and a computer copy. We record their Identification Card information and the size of their families as well. We give out tickets to each family to monitor the meal give away, and we have a large volunteer group that helps manage the process the night of the give away . We also collect food from the community by going out to 9 local grocery stores with pre-approvals through the corporations and asking for good donations from the customers.
Examples of Program Success 

The week of Thanksgiving, we pack grocery bags full of the food that we collected for low-income families. In the year of 2008, we distributed over 400 full holiday dinners to low-income families and group homes in our local community for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. In 2009-2012 we gave away 690 dinners which is a 75% increase and has continued every year until this past year, 2014, during which we gave away 787 dinners. Each bag of groceries includes a frozen turkey, canned vegetables, potatoes, yams, gravy, rolls, marshmallows, as well as a pie for each family.


Widows Financial Literacy and Micro-Grant Program

YAS started as a community outreach for the low income in Orange County, Ca and really whoever had a need could come and get food. It’s hard to believe we had such a need in Orange County, but we did.

When my husband passed away, I was faced with widowhood, what to do, how to live life and eventually was able started my own business. I had quite a learning curve. I came out of a marriage raising 7 children and although the church took care of me for a year, was now faced with creating income for myself. I had finance but not every one who faces widowhood does. The fact is if you are working as a widow, you lose 50% of your income but for a lot of us, we lose 100% of our income. Widows are a quiet, invisible and an underserved group. I had no idea of the feelings and situation that widows faced until I became one.

My goal here is to serve economically disadvantaged widows by requiring them to take a class in financial literacy thenproviding a small grant to help those who desire to start their own business, receive  financial education and a small grant to help in order to sustain a living or be a side business.

For me, this is a journey of faith when I was ready to walk away from another non-profit but through prayer and faith, this is the result, a micro-business and micro-grant program for widows.

Budget  10,000
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Females At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  The first steps in financial literacy and the next step in transitioning from a wife, a grieving widow then a sustainable widow.
Program Long-Term Success 

To help a widow overcome economic challenges by becoming self sustaining, to strengthen her family relationships and thereby her community. 

Program Success Monitored By  The widow would have to complete the financial literacy course. 
Examples of Program Success  --

Back to School BackPack program

At the end of the summer, we provide backpacks for school aged children K-12 stuffed full of school supplies so they have the necessary supplies to start school. From summer 2008 to August 2009 the number rose from handing out 300 backpacks to 750 backpacks to children in need of school supplies which is a 150% increase. For YAS this is a basic need for the El Modena area and some of the local elementary schools.  
Budget  $6,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families Migrant Workers
Program Short-Term Success  The success for this program is when we are thanked by the parents, moms and grandparents for taking a burden off of them. During 2014, we have out over 500 filled backpacks to school children from needy families.
Program Long-Term Success  These are needed items every year. It helps many families in our local area be able to help children and families in need. We get phone calls at the end of June asking when we will start this program. The success of this program is it is ongoing and helps children and their parents. YAS has given out over 2300 backpacks to school age children. We have had requests for college backpacks as well. We then supply these individually with other items. We have a good reputation for our backpacks.
Program Success Monitored By  We have sign up sheets and the back packs are taken. 
Examples of Program Success  --

Empty Bowls at Chapman University

Together we have a common purpose to learn about the hardship of food insecurity, the hunger and poverty that exists within our own affluent region, and ultimately to give back to the community. Several art students from Chapman University are donating time and their handmade bowls to raise money and awareness for those in their community who are hungry and hurting. We will have a simple meal of soup and bread for a donation of each bowl for approx $20 to $25 which will cover the costs of the bowls and the rest will be donated to the You Are Special Food Pantry in order to help feed those in need right in our own local area.

The You Are Special Food Pantry and Chapman University Empty Bowls collaboration is working together to make a dent in our community with regards to hunger and to know that we each individually and collectively can make a difference.
 

Budget  $125.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

We held two events in 2014, one during the spring and one in the fall. During both events, the students, professors, and community members seemed extremely interested in the cause. The main objective of the event, to raise awareness of hunger in local community, was acheived. During the first spring event, we made $840.00 profit, which was enough to pay for 2.5 trucks (delivery of 3000lbs of food =7500lbs) and gas to pick up 2.5 weeks worth of fresh rescue another 7500+ lbs, feeding approximately 2,960 people. During the second fall event, we made $725.30 profit, which helped support our Thanksgiving food give away, providing full thanksgiving dinners to local families in need.

Program Long-Term Success  Both the staff and faculty at Chapman as well as the community in the city of Orange around Chapman respond favorably to the event. The staff at Chapman University have expressed an interest in continuing this event every semester using different bowls with different designs. We have extended the program beyond Chapman campus, having sale days at the Growl Juice Pub in the Old Town Orange Circle.
Program Success Monitored By  The event is monitored and organized by Michelle Hensley, the Executive Director from You Are Special, as well as volunteer Danielle Hartman. Chapman University art faculty Eric Chimenti also coordinates the event and the creation of the bowls. Chapman staff member Justin Koppelman coordinates the logistical planning and student volunteers from Chapman University.
Examples of Program Success  Chapman has been attempting to inspire more community service from their students, however the students at Chapman University were previously unaware of the hunger in their local community of Orange County. Through the planning and hosting of this event, the students were inspired to serve their fellow citizens by providing food. The students have started a community garden in which they will be donating the food to the You Are Special Food Pantry. The students have expressed interest in donating both their time and resources to provide food for these families and individuals in need.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Michelle Hensley
CEO Term Start Jan 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Executive Director and CEO , Michelle Hensley, is the founder of YAS and has an MBA which she used as a marketing director in a worldwide security company for five years. She has also completed her second master’s which is in Biblical Christian counseling, NANC and IABC certified, started, developed and oversees all the work for the YAS program for twelve years.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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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

We work with Project Dignity, Salvation Army, Migrant Workers of Santa Ana Unified, Mercy House, Hands of Mercy, Second Harvest, Parents and Children Together, and Fishes and Loavesx10.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 45
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 5
Caucasian: 20
Hispanic/Latino: 20
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 25
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
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 Ms. Michelle Marie Hensley
Board Chair Company Affiliation You Are Special Food Pantry
Board Chair Term Sept 2002 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Wally Gonzales Project Dignity Voting
Mrs. Michelle Marie Hensley You Are Special Community Outreach Voting
Mrs. Eydie MacInnis Community Philanthropist 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: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $810,000.00
Projected Expenses $810,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 YAS 2014 990

2013 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Unaudited Financial Review

2010 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $9,474 $253,372 $674,729
Total Expenses $18,246 $280,921 $661,223

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$9,474 $249,354 $674,729
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $0 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $0 $0 $0
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $0 $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind $0 $217,210 $588,435
Other $0 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $5,167 $259,612 $645,824
Administration Expense $13,079 $19,080 $13,398
Fundraising Expense $0 $2,229 $2,001
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.52 0.90 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 28% 92% 98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 1% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $16,053 $24,825 $52,700
Current Assets $5,635 $10,619 $30,278
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $326
Total Net Assets $16,053 $24,825 $52,374

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf 92.88

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
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? Yes

CEO Comments

YAS would have another audit however, we do not have the finance to have the audit but are working towards another one when we are able. 

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

YAS 2014 Balance (2014)

YAS 2014 Profit and Loss (2014)

No Other Documents currently available.