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Orange County Bar Foundation

 1605 E. 17th Street
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 480-1925 x 101
[F] (714) 480-1933
[email protected]
Karen Ruan
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Organization DBA Project Youth OCBF
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 23-7068923 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Keeping at risk youth in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening.

Mission Statement

Keeping at risk youth in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $2,265,070.00
Projected Revenue $4,384,700.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • STOP SHORT of Addiction
  • Madres Unidas
  • Higher Education Mentoring Program
  • Project SELF

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Mission Statement

Keeping at risk youth in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening.

Background Statement

When our agency was established in 1969, it was considered the philanthropic arm of the Orange County Bar Association. Since then, we have expanded into an independent 501(c)3 charitable agency. As we have grown as a nonprofit organization, we have maintained support from the legal community while fostering long-standing partnerships with law enforcement, health care, education, government, and social service agencies.

Project Youth OCBF is fiscally sound, with a strong governing board of 40 directors and administrative costs that have been streamlined to 11%. We maintain highly skilled bi-lingual, bi-cultural staff and continue to be recognized for strengthening Orange County youth and families through our unique, award-winning programs.

Impact Statement

Our Vision - Youth and their families are empowered to make positive choices, building the foundation for a lifetime of opportunity and success.

Needs Statement

Funds are needed to maintain and enhance all diversion, health education and academic and career development programs. Major costs are staff salaries, rent, program materials, overhead, and office expenses. Staff work directly with clients and coordinate program services.
Additional needs are to "pay off the mortgage" on building purchased in 2017 and endow college scholarships. 

CEO Statement

Project Youth OCBF offers programs and services that have been proven to make a positive impact on youth, their families and our community.

Negative peer pressure, gangs, drugs, lack of parental support, economic disadvantage and lack of resources are just a few risk factors that can mislead youth. The programs fill a gap in our community for much needed intervention and services that can increase resiliency for youth to overcome challenges and move forward with accomplishment. We have dozens of incredible stories that demonstrate the effectiveness of our work.

Project Youth OCBF's Board of Directors is comprised of more than 40 professionals, many of who are from the local legal community. Our highly active board is responsible for fundraising as well as managing the resources of the agency. With such outstanding leadership and programs, it is no secret why Project Youth OCBF continues to grow into an outstanding charitable organization that changes the quality of life for so many youth and families.

Equally impressive is Project Youth OCBF staff, which I believe is the heart and soul of our programs. We are committed to carrying out the vision of our agency and ensuring that every child and parent who receives our services has the ability to feel a sense of achievement.

By learning and supporting our organization, we hope you will come to appreciate the mission of Project Youth OCBF.


Board Chair Statement

Only rarely does one have an opportunity to change a person’s life and, in the process, enrich their own community. Project Youth OCBF, however, has been doing this every day for more than four decades.  

Project Youth OCBF's mission is to keep Orange County at-risk youth in school, out of jail, healthy, and drug-free through education, mentoring and counseling. We do this through some amazing award-winning programs, including our flagship program SHORTSTOP and its companion, Programa SHORTSTOP, Stop Short of Addiction and Brief Strategic Family Therapy, Higher Education Mentoring, Project SELF, Chicas Con Fuerza, Madres Unidas. As I proudly assume the position of President for the upcoming year, I wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the many successes we achieved over the past twelve months in fulfilling this mission. 

Once again – and most importantly – our programs excelled in every facet:

 •          We expanded our SHORTSTOP and Stop Short of Addiction programs offering quality alternatives to juvenile detention in partnership with the Community Benefits Program at Hoag Hospital.

•          Project SELF placed a record 59 students in summer employment at area law firms and professional offices.

•          Higher Education Mentoring graduated  twenty-seven high school students, all of whom received scholarships and will be attending college in the fall.

•          We successfully added two evidenced based teen health models for youth 12-18, Cuidate and Youth Making Proud Choices

 We also saw some exciting organizational achievements:

 •         We have expanded our Project Youth OCBF Associate Board to 40 impressive young professionals committed to making Project Youth OCBF and this community even stronger.

•          Society of Fellows membership grew significantly, with over 200 attorneys, judges, business professionals, and community leaders now proudly in our ranks.

•          The Marathon fundraiser and SHORTSTOP Golf Tournament were resounding successes, raising a combined total of over $150,000.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, the incredible Project Youth OCBF staff, and the families it serves, I thank you for making all of this possible. Because of your guidance, a young woman will be the first member of her family to attend college. Because of your dedication, a young man’s eyes were opened to the opportunity of working in a professional career.  Because of your generosity, a family was saved from the pain of incarceration and addiction.

We know these are challenging economic times, but we are proud stewards of your generosity. Our programs achieve measurable success – from a 92% success rate among SHORTSTOP participants to a 100% college matriculation rate among our HEM graduates – and are efficiently administered, with 90 cents of every dollar of revenue going directly to its programs. 

As President, I look forward to extending all of these successes and, hopefully, overseeing a few new ones. We have done great things, but only with your continued involvement can we continue doing great things. I look forward to seeing you this year.      Brian M. Daucher, Esq.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Can donate by mailing a check, faxing a completed credit card form, emailing a completed credit card form, online at OCBF website or come by OCBF offices. Also, accept some in-kind donations and need volunteers to work at fund raising events or as Shortstop Community volunteers.

Geographic Area Served

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

Orange County - with targeted programs in Santa Ana only

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Education - Higher Education
  3. Crime & Legal - Related - Crime prevention




A juvenile crime diversion program. Watch our video on the Shortstop program by visiting
Budget  $240,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Juvenile Justice
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) General/Unspecified Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
improved school functioning, improved family bonding, improved decision making skills and increase in legal knowledge
Program Long-Term Success 
proven successful at preveniting recidivism for at least a year after successful completion of the program
Program Success Monitored By  external evaluation and recidivism studies
Examples of Program Success 
no further contact with the criminal justice system. Stay in school.

STOP SHORT of Addiction

substance abuse intervention for substance abusing youth who are in contact with the juvenile justice system.
Budget  $327,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Juvenile Justice
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of the three program sessions: (1)95% of the youth would complete program requirements, homework and restoratative justice services plan. (2) 90% youth and parent increased legal education. (3)85%  reduction in youth that offend or reoffend. (4) 80% Reduction in substance use. (5) 90% Reduction in school-related problems, such as absenteeism, fights, and low grades. (6) 90% Improved family relationships.

Program Long-Term Success 
For youth completing the program successfully, 80% will decrease or stop abusing drugs and alcohol and will not recidivism for at least a year after successful completion.
Program Success Monitored By 
 Local on-site evaluation including drug testing , external evaluation with self-report pre-test, post-test and 3 month follow up. Also,  recidivism studies performed by Orange County Probation Department. 
Examples of Program Success 
Our most recent recidivism study with the O.C Probation Dept. indicated that 82% of Stop Short of Addiction participants had been successfully diverted from the criminal justice system after a 1yr follow-up. Our most recent six-month follow-up survey indicate the following:99% have increased their knowledge of alcohol/drug, 86% have increase their knowledge of legal education, 93% have decreased their alcohol and drug use, 90% have increased family functioning and decreased family stress. We are also pleased to share an essay written by a program participant in our Stop Short of Addiction program:I haven’t used marijuana and I feel great. I can breathe better now and my body is in much better shape. I got my girlfriend back, I’m tutoring an elementary school student , and getting excellent grades in school. The goals I am setting to keep my path right are staying completely sober and clean, keep up my grades, make new friends who are drug free and to keep my priorities straight.

Madres Unidas

a health education and risk reduction and substance abuse prevention program. Watch a video covering our health fair
Budget  291,500
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Substance Abuse
Population Served Females Families Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 
gain in health knowledge, reduce risky sexual behaviors, improved family functioning
Program Long-Term Success  reduce risk of STD's and HIV, improve family bonding, improve access to health care
Program Success Monitored By 
formal evaluation both local and national cross site
Examples of Program Success 
women access health care, women practice safer sex, families communicate better

Higher Education Mentoring Program

A college prepartion program that provides 18 months of college preparation including financial literacy, college planning, college tours, parent education and other skills needed to succeed in higher education for Latino high school  school students starting their junior year.
Budget  $339,032.00
Category  Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Population Served Hispanic, Latino Heritage Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 
youth prepared for higher education, youth enters institute of higher learning, youth stays in higher education enviornment
Program Long-Term Success 
To succeed long term in a higher education setting and increase number of Latinos in higher education.
Program Success Monitored By 
on-site evaluation
Examples of Program Success 
successful program participants who after graduating from college come back to mentor current program participants

Project SELF

A paid 8 week summer internship in law firms or law related businesses for Santa Ana High School Students in the summer before their senior year. 
Budget  $57,050.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Internships
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
100% of participants will successfully complete a summer paid internship where they learned valuable work skills.
Program Long-Term Success 
upon successful completion of Project SELF students will graduate high school and enter college.
Program Success Monitored By 
Program participants complete self evaluation and self satisfaction surveys. Employers complete student evaluations and satisfactions surveys.
Examples of Program Success 
Students self report that the Project SELF program motivated them to go to college and pursue a professional career.


CEO/Executive Director Karen Ruan
CEO Term Start Feb 1980
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Over 25 years experience in non profits, over 15 years as Executive Director of Project Youth OCBF - formal education in social work and legal education

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Jane Martin Jan 1986 Dec 2004

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Nancy Garcia Associate Director
Over 20 years experience at fundraising for non profits.
Martha Madrid Associate Director
Over 30 years experience working with non profits. Has developed and maintained culturally appropriate programs for the Latino community.
Nazly Restrepo Associate Director
A MSW with over 10 years experience in clinical services.
Kathleen Scatton Controller --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Project Youth OCBF collaborates with local law enforcement and local schools to recruit youth participants and provide after school services. Project Youth OCBF also maintains health partnerships through Hoag Hospital and other health providers. Project Youth OCBF is part of numerous educational, health and safety partnerships with other non profit agencies.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 250
Number of Contract Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 92%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 13
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 14
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
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 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


CEO Comments

Time goes by so swiftly and so many changes occur… yet so much remains constant. I find this to be the case with Project Youth OCBF. Karen Ruan, Executive Director


We have endured over 40 years, evolving,expanding,experimenting,evaluating. All really good “e’s.” So what has changed? And what has remained? Wonderful people have come and gone and some have come and stayed. 2013 marks my twenty third year with the Foundation, Martha Madrid recently celebrated eighteen years at the Foundation and Nancy Garcia started with the Foundation almost twenty years ago, left for six years and has returned as of ten years ago. Two other long term employees,Frances Torres and Martha Velizremain with close to thirteen years of loyal service each.


Twenty three years ago my employment made us a staff team of five; today we are an expanded team of fourteen. The Foundation board of directors numbered less than fifteen and now we number a substantial forty. In the early 1990’s, juvenile crime diversion through Shortstop and a newly implemented Program Shortstop (Spanish language version), as well as Law Related Curriculum in the schools were what the Foundation boasted. Today, through the talent of numerous staff and volunteers and endless hours of research and evaluation, the Foundation operates upwards of nine programs, in English and Spanish, which range from juvenile crime diversion, substance abuse prevention, health education, and the pursuit of higher education. We continue to evolve, always looking to improve upon services and to keep up with the ever increasing needs of young people and their families living in Orange County.


We have expanded our efforts to collaborate with those in the community who are like minded in their drive to improve the living standards of theyoung we serveand thefamilies we preserve. Through evaluation we have challenged ourselves to document why we need to do what we do and to prove what we do works. Always an endeavor is to raise the capital required to forge ahead and thrive…. We count ourselves fortunate to have the loyal donors and support systems in place for our continued success. Our proven effective program results help us maintain current donors and cultivate new ones. We look forward to enduring forty more years in order to continue to serve our community

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Brian Daucher Esq
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sheppard Mullin
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair Steve Card
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Savillis Studley
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2019 - Dec 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Steve Card Savillis Studley Voting
Steve Card Savillis Studley Voting
Brian Daucher Esq. -- Voting
Mark Erickson Esq. Haynes & Boone Voting
Dennis Ghan Esq. Palmeri Tyler Voting
Alan Greenberg Esq. Greenberg Gross Voting
John Hurlbut Esq. Rutan & Tucker Voting
Kyle Kawakami Esq. Irell & Manella Voting
Dan Robinson Esq. -- Voting
Maria Stearns Esq. -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Carolyn McKitterick Community Volunteer Voting
Jonathon Skorheim Esq. Skorheim & Associates NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 32
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 34
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

The evidence continues to show that Project Youth OCBF's programs work. Project Youth OCBF's SHORTSTOP Program has most recently been shown to have a 92% success rate for those completing the program and has through the years won several national and community service awards. Numerous graduates of our high school mentoring programs attend or have graduated from colleges and universities throughout the state despite significant obstacles.

Contributions made to Project Youth OCBF stay in Orange County.  Project Youth OCBF is efficiently run, as evidenced by the fact that 85 cents of each dollar of revenue goes directly to its programs. Contributions to Project Youth OCBFfund efficiently-run, cost-effective programs that really do make a difference for many families in our county.

Investing in Project Youth OCBF is investing in the future of Orange County youth. Dennis Ghan, Esq. Past President - Project Youth OCBF

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Investment
  • Marketing
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $4,384,700.00
Projected Expenses $2,265,070.00
Form 990s

2018 990 Form

2017 990 Form

2016 990 form

2015 OCBF990

2014 990 Form

Audit Documents

2018 2018 Annual Audit

2017 2017 Annual Audit

2016 2016 Audit

2015 2015 Annual Audit

2014 2014 Annual Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $1,771,316 $2,029,132 $1,843,142
Total Expenses $169,090 $1,660,044 $1,448,241

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$1,048,859 $1,247,681 $1,155,405
Government Contributions $493,962 $541,265 $451,804
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $493,962 $541,265 $451,804
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $19,185 $56,765 $40,530
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,324 $857 $1,170
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $207,986 $182,564 $194,233
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $1,399,525 $1,384,766 $1,196,957
Administration Expense $134,736 $127,265 $111,687
Fundraising Expense $144,829 $148,013 $139,597
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 10.48 1.22 1.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses 828% 83% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 8% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $3,795,732 $4,004,786 $1,985,874
Current Assets $1,651,172 $1,729,378 $1,903,714
Long-Term Liabilities $1,359,646 $1,661,490 --
Current Liabilities $194,996 $194,250 $205,916
Total Net Assets $2,141,272 $2,149,046 $1,779,958

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.47 8.90 9.25

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 36% 41% 0%
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) 0%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose
Pay down the mortgage on our new building, Endow college scholarships
and programmatic support  
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates Sept 2018 - Dec 2021
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $255,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

Project Youth OCBF is a fiscally sound agency with a low federally negotiated indirect cost rate. Annual single source audits are completed by external auditors.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the 990s and the audited financials as well as consultation with the organization.


Other Documents

annual report (2016)

Diversion Recidivism (2016)

No Other Documents currently available.