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Miracles for Kids

 3002 Dow Avenue, Suite 126
 Tustin, CA 92780
[P] (714) 730-3040
[F] (714) 730-8267
[email protected]
Rachel  Peterson
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Organization DBA Miracles for Kids
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 91-2160616 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Miracles for Kids helps families with critically-ill children fight bankruptcy, hunger, homelessness and depression so they can focus on what matters most.

Mission Statement

Miracles for Kids helps families with critically-ill children fight bankruptcy, hunger, homelessness and depression so they can focus on what matters most.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $2,747,600.00
Projected Revenue $2,761,502.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Miracles for Kids Programs

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Mission Statement

Miracles for Kids helps families with critically-ill children fight bankruptcy, hunger, homelessness and depression so they can focus on what matters most.

Background Statement

Originally founded in 1998 as The Breeze Fund, Miracles for Kids began as an internal fundraising effort of a local mortgage company with the purpose of raising funds to support the research efforts of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF). The Breeze Fund was successful in raising significant funds for PCRF, but the firm’s owners felt a greater impact could be made by creating an independent 501(c)(3) organization and broadening its fundraising efforts. Therefore, in 2002, Mortgage Miracles for Kids – known today as Miracles for Kids – was created. In 2004, under the leadership of co-founder and still current CEO Mrs. Autumn Strier, the organization began its own operations, building relationships with CHOC Children’s (CHOC), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Mattel Children’s UCLA (Mattel Children’s) and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in the Bay Area in order to meet the needs of low-income families struggling to survive while their child is in treatment for a life-threatening illness.

Impact Statement

Miracles for Kids operates four core programs targeting the fundamental needs of families: 1. Financial Assistance through the Grant Program; 2. Housing at Miracle Manor; 3. Healing through various wellness programs; 4. Food, Clothing and Basic Needs.


Needs Statement

The three biggest challenges the program has seen is 1) an increasing need for financial assistance through the grant bill pay program as it has been operating at capacity, funding the maximum number of families the current budget can sustain; 2) a waitlist of 40 approved families waiting for financial and emotional assistance and 3) the ability to raise the additional funds needed to meet this demand.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations can be made through our website or mailed to 3002 Dow Avenue, Suite 126 Tustin, CA 92780

Geographic Area Served

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

Miracles for Kids serves children in treatment at CHOC Children's in Orange County, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles 
and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in Los Angeles, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in the Bay Area.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services
  2. Housing, Shelter -
  3. Housing, Shelter -



Miracles for Kids Programs

Miracles for Kids programs help: 

  • Pay the Bills: They don’t stop when tragedy hits. The Bill Pay Program helps keep the lights on, the water running and so much more.

  • House: Families in crisis can get overwhelmed by expensive housing costs - Miracle Manor helps relieve this burden.

  • Heal: We have a holistic approach to healing families through healthcare, counseling, outdoor activities, financial literacy and more.

  • Feed & Clothe: Getting basic necessities can be a challenge for families in crisis - we help them get the essentials they need to survive.

Budget  $515,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Additional funding to will achieve achieve two goals:
  1.  Increase funding for critically-needed services which provide low-income families with financial stability and health and emotional wellness
  2.  A targeted reduction of the current waiting list of eligible families.

Program Long-Term Success  Since 2006, the Bill Pay Program has assisted over 1,000 families with critically-ill children throughout Southern California.
Program Success Monitored By 

In order to accomplish The Program’s goals and objectives, Miracles for Kids’ specific contact with Program recipients to evaluate and measure The Program’s success include the following:

1. Formal Quarterly Status Calls: Made quarterly by a Miracles for Kids representative, these calls keep Miracles for Kids aware of any changes in the patient's health, family status and basic contact information.

2. Semi-annual Financial Updates: Provides a detailed update on the family's status, income and monthly expenses. The report is an important benchmark, showing any improvements or changes resulting from first six months of Program support.

3. Social Worker Contact: Phone calls, emails, and in-person meetings with The Program recipient's Social Services Representative helps to keep Miracles for Kids up-to-date on the overall status of the patient and their family.

4. Surveys: Conducted on an annual basis to determine specific recipient needs, ranked in order of importance, and whether our programs our meeting these needs.

5. Year-end Reapplication Process: Conducted at the end of the one-year grant period if, with the recommendation of the Social Services Representative, the recipient family is in continued need of Program aid.

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CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Autumn Strier
CEO Term Start --
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Mrs. Autumn R. Strier is President and Co-Founder of Miracles for Kids, in Orange County, California. Mrs. Strier brings to the organization over sixteen years experience in the public sector, having held relevant positions in the non-profit, governmental and private arenas.

Previously, Mrs. Strier served as Statewide Public Policy Manager for the New Jersey chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she worked for three years directing statewide public policy affairs for the organization and lobbying on behalf of people with disabilities in Washington DC. Prior to this position, Mrs. Strier spent four years at Morgan Stanley in New York, NY, assisting state, county and city governments, authorities, and non-profit organizations to structure and finance public sector projects in the municipal bond market. While in New York, she also spent two and a half years working for the Giuliani Administration, assisting in the oversight of high profile projects for the Deputy Mayor for Operations. Mrs. Strier helped co-found an internationally-affiliated training and resource center for non-profit management in Santa Barbara County and served as assistant to the Finance Director and City Manager for the City of Carpinteria, California.

Mrs. Strier earned her degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She earned her degree of Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management, with honors, from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Mrs.Strier was named one of Orange County's “Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40” by OC Metro magazine in 2009, and an Orange County Business Journal “Women in Business” Honoree in 2010.

Mrs. Strier has worked as a staff member or volunteer within the non-profit sector for most of her life, and is the reason she has chosen to dedicate her life to this field.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 500
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

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

Government Licenses


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Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Troy Medley
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 -
Board Co-Chair Mr. Jason Pendergist
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2017 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Paula Ansara-Wilhelm -- --
Mr. Ken Cruse -- --
Ms. Kelli Ellis -- --
Mr. Brian Fischbein -- --
Mr. Curtis Green -- --
Mr. David Heil -- --
Mr. Doug Ingram -- --
Mr. Troy Medley -- --
Mr. Michael Meyer -- --
Dr. Moni Mosharaf -- --
Mr. Jason Pendergist -- --
Mr. Bob Rovzar -- --
Mr. Jordy Spiegel -- --
Mr. Gary Standel -- --
Mrs. Autumn Strier -- --
Mr. Tom Swanecamp -- --
Mr. Perry Viscounty -- --

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: 87
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 13
Gender Female: 13
Male: 87
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $2,761,502.00
Projected Expenses $2,747,600.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financial Statements

2013 Audited Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Total Revenue $1,575,837 $1,727,642 --
Total Expenses $1,941,726 $1,431,072 --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$679,759 $502,301 --
Government Contributions $0 $0 --
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $0 $0 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $0 $0 --
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $895,431 $1,221,457 --
Revenue In-Kind $84,472 $0 --
Other $-894,784 $-1,217,573 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Program Expense $1,549,413 $1,095,839 --
Administration Expense $317,918 $163,296 --
Fundraising Expense $74,395 $171,937 --
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.81 1.21 --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 77% --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 10% --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Total Assets $4,049,949 $3,861,939 --
Current Assets $864,901 $916,477 --
Long-Term Liabilities $3,771,570 $3,364,468 --
Current Liabilities $206,814 $60,017 --
Total Net Assets $71,565 $437,454 --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.18 15.27 --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 93% 87% --
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Miracles for Kids is renovating a multi-unit apartment building that offers subsidized housing to families with children battling chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Named "Miracle Manor," the property is an extension of Miracles for Kids' commitment to providing financial aid and stability to Orange County‚Äôs most at-risk families. Located less than a mile from CHOC Children's in Orange, CA, Miracle Manor encompasses 12 spacious two- and three-bedroom units.
Campaign Goal $5,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2015 - Dec 2020
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $2,581,161.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


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.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.