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Easter Seals Southern California, Inc.

 1063 McGaw Ave.
 Irvine, CA 92614
[P] (714) 834-1111
[F] (714) 834-1128
[email protected]
Nancy Weintraub
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Organization DBA Easterseals Southern California
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 94-3068149 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Easterseals mission is to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.

Mission Statement

Easterseals mission is to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $204,477,949.00
Projected Revenue $207,538,296.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Autism Services
  • Adult Day/Senior Day Services
  • WorkFirst/Military and Veterans Services
  • Living Options
  • Child Development Services

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Mission Statement

Easterseals mission is to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.

Background Statement



Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easterseals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

Today, Easterseals offers help, hope and answers to more than a million children and adults living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities or special needs and their families each year. Services and support are provided through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S. Each center provides exceptional services that are individualized, innovative, and family-focused and tailored to meet specific needs of the particular community served.

Specifically, Easterseals Southern California serves more than 8,500 children and adults with autism, developmental disabilities and other special needs annually. With over 2,000 employees and 61 service sites we support individuals to work, live independently, receive autism therapies, gain access to early education, learn social skills and other coordinated living tasks. Our service area includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.


Impact Statement

ESSCs impact highlights from 2015-2016 include:

Autism Therapy Services launched social skills group in Rancho Cucamonga & Valencia. Increased support for parents with new parent orientation video. Launched & completed first Mentorship program.

Adult Day Services launched Person Centered Culture Change initiative. Had 1,011,875 volunteer service hours at over 400 not-for-profits.

Child Development Services partnered with First 5 & the San Diego County Office of Education in the Quality Preschool Initiative. Early Head Start & Head Start programs in San Bernardino & N. San Diego Counties received exceptional ratings.

Living Options expanded Residential Services by purchasing 2 new ESSC homes in Pasadena. Coordinated Life Services expanded to serve South LA & increased services in the San Gabriel Valley.

Workfirst & Bob Hope Veterans Support Program secured 258 jobs for people with disabilities & veterans. Expanded Bob Hope Veterans Support Program to Orange County. Earned the maximum 3-year CARF accreditation for the 9th consecutive year.

ESSC goals for 2016-2017 include:

Autism Therapy Services to increase the capacity & quality of current services. Increase staff engagement through training, collaboration, & service enhancements. Increase internal & external awareness of Autism Services.

Adult Day Services will move the Antelope Valley center to a new location in Lancaster. Open a new center in Santa Ana. Provide Person Centered Culture Change training at ESSC & outside organizations.

Child Development Services will expand services to address critical unmet needs. Increase efficiencies within the CDCs to ensure business is conducted effectively.

Living Options will pursue new opportunities to expand existing services.

Workfirst & Bob Hope Veterans Support Program will secure funding & expand Employment Services in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego & Riverside counties. Provide more support to students/families transitioning out of high school.

Needs Statement


ESSC is seeking philanthropic investments to allow the veterans employment program to expand outside of San Diego to Orange County and Greater Los Angeles. The initial annual cost for these combined communities is $500,000.

ESSC is seeking philanthropic dollars to support capital improvement needs at the current 17 residential homes. This includes updating ADA requirements, adding sprinkler systems to homes for added safety and creating drought resistant landscaping to help preserve water resources. The estimated costs for these capital improvements range from $50,000 to $500,000.

ESSC is seeking philanthropic dollars to help aide in the updating and expanding of current Child Development Centers (CDCs). The types of projects that this will help fund include adding increased technology capabilities to each center, renew or replace outdoor interactive play equipment and dollars for increased programs that promote greater parental involvement. The estimated costs for these improvements range from $20,000 to $100,000.

As ESSC continues to grow its programs in service to the community, it continues to look for passionate candidates to join its highly engaged Board of Directors. ESSC strives to add individuals committed to its mission, willing to advocate for the organization in the community, introduce others who may share this passion and also personally invest in the goals and objectives of the services.

CEO Statement

Easterseals provides important, life-changing services that promote independence, self-determination and inclusion in all aspects of community life.

In 2016 we impacted the lives of thousands of individuals and families throughout Southern California, some of whom have shared their exceptional stories of growth in this report. This year, we also rebranded our organization to reintroduce the work we do to a new generation and to highlight the complex challenges facing the disability community. This is now broadly defined to encompass invisible, emotional, social and educational challenges.

We could not achieve all that we have accomplished this year without your generous support. Easterseals continues to join together diverse communities, businesses, organizations and individuals to address the barriers people with disabilities still face and to make a profound and a positive difference in people’s lives every day.

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

 Donate:Online at check or money order mailed to: Easter Seals, 1570 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA, 92705In-Kind Donations, please call: 714-834-1111, ext. 328 or 329To volunteer, please use the "Contact Us" form at:

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
In addition to Orange County, Easter Seals Southern California also serves Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial and Ventura Counties.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  2. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Military/Veterans' Organizations



Autism Services

Easterseals offers behavior services, as well as speech and language, physical and occupational therapies for individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum who are clients of Kaiser Permanente. Our team focuses on therapies that are proven to be effective in increasing skills of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and similar disabilities.

Budget  $128,000,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Autism Services provided therapy to over 3,000 participants and their families including 500,000+ hours of ABA services, 125,000+ hours of ABA supervision and 100,000 hours of Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy Services. Autism Therapy Centers opened in 9 locations throughout Southern California and grew to 1000 associates including clinical supervisors, program managers, behavior interventionists, therapist, training staff, schedulers and others.  According to the Satisfaction Survey, Easter Seals improved satisfaction in 13 of 15 areas from 2013 to 2014 and had a 90% satisfaction target met in areas of clinical knowledge, professionalism and communication.

Program Long-Term Success  ESSC plans to launch an academic research arm to its successful Autism Services program in order to collaborate with scientists that would allow our clients to gain access to new potential treatment options in an efficient and timely manner. ESSC wants to expand its current Coordinated Life Services program to meet the needs of the growing population of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders that are graduating from school-based therapy programs and are losing access to some of their therapy services. ESSC plans to expand capacity by achieving productivity goals, increasing recruiting and onboarding efficiencies, enhanced training for staff and diversified funding sources.
Program Success Monitored By  ESSC uses client satisfaction surveys, ongoing clinical assessments, refers to therapist notes, hosts family meetings and provides regular updates to Kaiser.
Examples of Program Success  --

Adult Day/Senior Day Services

Adult Day Services provides individuals the opportunity to become active members of the community by learning daily living, social and work-related skills through regularly scheduled volunteer opportunities, community service projects and other activities.

Budget  $24,000,000.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Adult Day Services participants volunteer and support over 400 community organizations annually. In 2014, Adult Day Services supported 1,538 people which is an increase of 200 people from 3 years ago. Easter Seals opened 4 new centers equipped to support individuals moving out of the State Hospital System and existing individuals with extensive health care needs. We currently support 40 people who have moved out of the Developmental Centers. In addition to our centers, our College Support Services has grown over the years. We now have 20 individuals attending College working towards their degrees or certificates, two of which have graduated with Bachelors Degree’s.
Program Long-Term Success  ESSC looks to expand the use of technology across all Adult Day Program centers and develop the full continuum of services for youth through seniors. ESSC plans to increase quality enhancement and innovations.
Program Success Monitored By  ESSC conducts regular assessments between staff, client and family, refers to case notes and follows-up with Regional Centers.
Examples of Program Success  --

WorkFirst/Military and Veterans Services

WorkFirst assists individuals with disabilities, and veterans (with or without a disability), to secure and maintain meaningful work. WorkFirst also supports individuals interested in developing and operating their own business.

Budget  $613,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Easter Seals was awarded the three year CARF Accreditation with recognition for Exemplary Practices by proving success with increased jobs, higher individual wages, and decreased cost per placement.

ESSC started a new employment services program specifically for returning military veterans and their spouses. At the conclusion of this first year, over 150 veterans were served with employment and other wrap-around services that we and our partners were able to provide. Of that number, 119 sought full-time jobs and 62 were employed full-time and 100% are still employed today. An additional 26 individuals sought educational opportunities and another 11 moved back to their home states.

Program Long-Term Success  ESSC hopes to expand its Military and Veterans program, currently only in San Diego, to Orange County. ESSC plans to increase the number of individuals with disabilities employed, as well as increase the number of military veterans successfully reintegrating through employment.
Program Success Monitored By  ESSC conducts client exit interviews and follows-up with post job placement. In addition ESSC tracks time from assessment to job acceptance, cost per placement, and type of job secured with salary ranges of jobs secured for each client.
Examples of Program Success  --

Living Options

Easterseals provides people with the help needed to live in their own homes, not institutions, at cost savings to taxpayers and with an immeasurable improvement to the quality of life. Support, tailored to individual need, ranges from minimal to 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Residential Services provides the experience of an intimate home setting for individuals with disabilities who have lived most of their lives in a state developmental center.

Budget  $10,000,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Housing, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Easter Seals developed six new residential homes and enhanced services to address medical and complex health issues. Over the last 3 years Residential Services operates 16 homes, supporting 55 individuals with Supported Living Services (SLS) supporting 66 individuals.
Program Long-Term Success  ESSC plans to support individuals who are aging and have increased medical needs stay in their current living arrangement as well as planning to meet the needs of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families find appropriate housing options upon graduation from school-sponsored programs.
Program Success Monitored By  ESSC uses reviews management notes by staff, closely monitors the clients health with personal physicians, conducts regular family updates and continues feedback with Regional Centers.
Examples of Program Success  --

Child Development Services

Easterseals Child Development Centers (CDCs) serve children from birth to five years of age by providing early education and day care services. Centers also provide Family support through parent workshops and training.

Budget  $14,000,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Easter Seals has successfully expanded our CDC services in Upland, Ontario, Valley View and Montclair as well as assuming management of the CDCs in Ventura. ESSC was awarded the $2.5 million Head Start grant for North San Diego County to add 3 new CDCs. ESSC has added teen parent training classes, a Nurse Family Partnership Collaboration to serve additional pregnant women and increased outreach to children through the national Make the First 5 Count Initiative. In 2014, ESSC reported a total of 1,112 children being served.

Program Long-Term Success 

ESSC plans to use innovative, quality and state-of-the-art services to expand into targeted communities.

Program Success Monitored By  ESSC refers to teacher/student report cards and direct parent interactions to consistently report to Head Start and Early Head Start agencies and other state mandated testing for this age group.
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Whitley
CEO Term Start Aug 1989
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Mark Whitley began serving as president and CEO of Easter Seals Southern California in 1989. Under his leadership, the organization has experienced significant growth.

Highlights of Easter Seals’ success since Whitley began leading the organization include adding many new programs that serve over 8,000 additional Southern California residents with disabilities each day. Furthermore, Whitley has facilitated Easter Seals’ budget growth from $1.5 million to over $108 million. There are now more than 2,000 employees, with most providing services and working directly with individuals with disabilities.

Whitley continues to drive Easter Seals Southern California toward success with a strong focus on “Quality Service” that includes autism services, residential services, child development centers, and the transformation of adult day services to become more vocational. According to Whitley, under his lead Easter Seals Southern California will always be meeting urgent community needs.

Whitley has worked for Easter Seals organizations throughout the country since 1976. He began his Easter Seals career as a recreation coordinator for Easter Seals Arkansas. Before transferring to Easter Seals Southern California, he held increasingly responsible positions including special events coordinator at Easter Seals National Headquarters in Chicago, president of Easter Seals Utah and president of Easter Seals Maryland.

Whitley received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from the University of Arkansas.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Susan Berglund Chief Financial Officer --
Carlene Holden Executive Vice President, Government Affairs --
Beverlyn Mendez Chief Operating Officer --
John Saavedra Chief Human Resources & Chief Risk Officer --
Nancy Weintraub Chief Development Officer --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --



Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1,380
Number of Part Time Staff 1,044
Number of Volunteers 1,252
Number of Contract Staff 23
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: 2,424
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified 2,424

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan Yes
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 --

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

Adult Care/Residential Facilities

Child Care Services

Disabled Care/Facilities

Residential/Day Camp Facilities

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Molly Ingram
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Sept 2016 - Aug 2017
Board Co-Chair Andre Filip
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation ELA Advertising
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2016 - Aug 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mark Bertrand Boeing Capital Corporation Voting
Andre Filip ELA Advertising Voting
Hans Getty US Bank Voting
Phil Gomez dSd Partners Voting
Jodi Huston City National Bank Voting
Molly Ingraham Community Volunteer Voting
Paul Kott Paul Kott Realtors, Inc. Voting
Kimberly Michel Michel Financial Group Voting
Mike Murtaugh Murtaugh Meyer Nelson & Treglia LLP Voting
Doug Palmieri CVS Health Voting
Mary Platt Community Volunteer Voting
David Ritblatt delibrainy LLC Voting
Lewis Shiro Riot Games Voting
David Wolf American Business Bank Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 10
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 20%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $207,538,296.00
Projected Expenses $204,477,949.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

Audit Documents

2016 2016 Audit

2015 2015 Audit

2014 2014 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $178,488,347 $140,088,979 $108,979,116
Total Expenses $160,636,313 $129,010,880 $106,672,210

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$990,134 $1,689,295 $1,205,605
Government Contributions $12,789,938 $11,040,660 $6,604,908
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $12,789,938 $11,040,660 $6,604,908
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $164,246,338 $127,082,042 $100,780,384
Investment Income, Net of Losses $124,238 $6,463 $1,952
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $288,298 $259,699 $364,188
Revenue In-Kind $5,042 $10,131 $22,079
Other $-238,988 $-259,699 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $141,679,682 $111,839,183 $94,001,530
Administration Expense $17,830,309 $16,361,594 $11,779,686
Fundraising Expense $1,126,322 $810,103 $890,994
Payments to Affiliates $86,838 $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.11 1.09 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 87% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 6% 11%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $70,809,340 $48,326,424 $31,339,762
Current Assets $41,139,235 $33,825,860 $16,910,875
Long-Term Liabilities $7,049,955 $7,155,080 $7,068,892
Current Liabilities $23,317,020 $19,313,205 $13,505,975
Total Net Assets $40,442,365 $21,858,139 $10,764,895

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.76 1.75 1.25

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 10% 15% 23%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
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? --

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

2016 Annual Report (2016)

2015 Annual Report (2015)

2013 Annual Report (2013)

No Other Documents currently available.