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Crime Survivors, Inc.

 P.O. Box 54552
 Irvine, CA 92619
[P] (844) 853-Hope
[F] (775) 245-4798
www.crimesurvivors.org
www.surviveandthriverunwalk.org
[email protected]
Patricia Wenskunas
FOUNDED: 2003
INCORPORATED: 2004
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Organization DBA Crime Survivors Resource Center
Crime Survivors
Former Names CSI (2017)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 30-0229425 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

To provide hope and healing to victims and survivors of crime through advocacy and the support of resources, information, and empowerment from the critical time after a crime occurs through the challenges and successes of surviving and thriving.

Mission Statement

To provide hope and healing to victims and survivors of crime through advocacy and the support of resources, information, and empowerment from the critical time after a crime occurs through the challenges and successes of surviving and thriving.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $373,000.00
Projected Revenue $373,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Child and Adult Victim Emergency Bags
  • Crime Survivors Resource Guides
  • Survivors Hope Fund
  • Holiday Survivors Programs
  • Legal Support / Parole Hearings

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

To provide hope and healing to victims and survivors of crime through advocacy and the support of resources, information, and empowerment from the critical time after a crime occurs through the challenges and successes of surviving and thriving.

Background Statement

Crime Survivors’ vision is for victims of crime to recover from their experience mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially, by receiving respect, support, and protection from law enforcement, the judicial system, and the community. Crime Survivors’ Board approved mission is to provide hope and healing to victims and survivors of crime through advocacy and the support of resources, information, and empowerment from the critical time after a crime occurs through the challenges and successes of surviving.  Our organization aims to insulate the most vulnerable and underprivileged of our society following the devastating impact of a crime. 

 
We thus are committed to providing hope and healing to victims and survivors of crime through advocacy and the support of resources, information, and empowerment from the critical time after a crime occurs through the challenges and successes of surviving and thriving.  Undergirding our commitment are the following values:
 
  1. We believe that no one should feel abandoned or alone and that every person is deserving of love, respect and dignity.
  2. We believe that the best way to help others with hope and healing is to work in partnership with our community, law enforcement, elected leaders, and members of the media.
  3. We believe that all of us together can lift each other out of darkness and into the light of a restored heart and life
  4. We believe that every broken heart, every hurt, every wound can be healed with love and a strong community of support.
  5. We believe in hopeful healing.
  6. We believe that with faith, there is always hope.

Impact Statement

Over the course of CSI’s 15 years providing services for survivors, we have distributed more than 350,000 CSI Resource Guides, 2,650 meal baskets, 8,000 child and adult victim emergency bags, and 15,000 holiday gifts for Survivors and their families. CSI has helped thousands of victims of violent crime, distributed thousands of dollars in direct aid, and contributed thousands of dollars toward legal support for survivors. CSI has also distributed more than 4,000 “Let’s Meet Officer/Deputy Rank” books, 7,500 “What’s Happening in Court” books, and 2,750 backpacks of school supplies to child victims of crime. These resources help child survivors to understand police and judicial procedures and provide a sense of normalcy during an incredibly trying time.


Needs Statement

Founded in 2003 by Patricia Wenskunas, a survivor of an attempted murder, we strive to care for victims with empathy, respect, and support.  Patricia's own personal experience as a victim has allowed her to identify key underserviced segments of the recovery process.  Her time spent in the hospital and in the months and years following her own crime has taught her the basic necessities that are often overlooked for victims of crime. This unique perspective has allowed Crime Survivors to be a tireless advocate for change within both the criminal justice system and the victims' resource network, identifying gaps in services and desperately needed resources which are not offered to victims and their families. Crime Survivors strives to ensure that every victim and their families is represented and provided with the tools and resources they need to survive and thrive, no matter their circumstances.


CEO Statement

My experience as a survivor and tireless efforts as an advocate lay the foundation for CSI’s work. CSI is governed by an active, 11-member volunteer Board of Directors, which coordinates development and financing and is supported by council members that believes and supports our mission, vision and values and supports us with programs, services and events. The Council also provides a vital connection to the community and members frequently make introductions to community leaders, elected officials and business owners for possible partnerships and collaborations to expand our mission in the community. In addition, CSI consults with an honorary advisory board for advice and support regarding the organization’s goals and programs. CSI’s programs are supported by the work of an extensive volunteer network, consisting of more than 100 volunteers , and a robust network of relationships with other local non-profit organizations, crime victim advocates, law enforcement agencies, and the California Victim Compensation Program.

 

Throughout our 15 years of experience advocating for crime victims and their families, CSI has continually endeavored to refine our program offerings to ensure our resources are making the largest impact possible for the survivors we support. Having an understanding of the immediate needs of survivors and insight in to the criminal justice system, CSI has identified gaps in the services and resources available to victims and targets our programs to bridge these gaps and provide a more comprehensive set of services for Survivors at time when they are most vulnerable.


Board Chair Statement

A Place for Hopeful Healing 

Over the past couple of years, I have had the pleasure of watching Crime Survivors truly challenge ourselves and make incredible progress in providing unparalleled service for those most in need.  While the environment for nonprofit organizations remains a very challenging one, I have seen our community come together and show resilience, determination and a shared sense of purpose, working effectively to help those impacted by violent crime. While the challenges have been many: from a persistently tough fundraising climate to discouraging public misperceptions about crime victims and the stigma that no one wants to talk about. What has been consistent is the incredible commitment to helping victims take back their lives and thrive.

Crime Survivors, indeed faced our share of challenges in 2018, but thanks to all of our generous supporters, I’m pleased to report that we saw many notable successes in 2018. Chief among them was the opening of the Crime Survivors Resource Center in Santa Ana. The year also saw dozens of programs which directly impacted and improved the situation for our survivors. The combination of a newly opened location and direct programming proved to be a powerful formula to make a palpable and measurable impact on many survivors and donors alike. Opening the center demonstrates the collective strength of Crime Survivors; leveraging the involvement of our supporters to create synergies around the vision and mission of our organization. 

Our staff has worked incessantly to raise the voice and awareness of victims of violent crime. Our Founder and CEO has tirelessly given of her time to help victims one phone call at a time, and one meeting at a time. She conducted dozens of roundtables in several different counties to help educate lawmakers and service providers about the resources available to assist those victims in desperate need of help. Crime Survivors has become a trusted resource for influential lawmakers, government officials, and law enforcement administrators seeking to help those victimized by violent crime.  We have moved from asking if we can help to being in high demand from those seeking to make a difference and provide services to victims.

As we move forward in 2019 and beyond, I am proud of what Crime Survivors accomplished in 2018 and excited about the future.  Together, with all of our partners, supporters, and generous donors, we will continue to be the preeminent and “go to” organization when it comes to providing exemplary individualized assistance to those in need. Once again, roughly 90% of operating expenses went directly into providing direct services and programing to help those in need. I couldn’t be prouder of our efforts to be a place for hopeful healing and ensuring that victims survive and thrive. 

Randy A. Burba

Board Chair, Crime Survivors


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations for programs, services, trainings and or event sponsorships can be made online at www.crimesurvivors.org or mailed to PO Box 54552, Irvine CA 92619-4552.  Volunteers can help with day to day support or direct for programs, services and events for our nonprofit organization.Child and Adult Victim Emergency BagsResource GuidesLet’s Meet Officer/Deputy Frank BooksWhat’s Happening in Court Books .Self-Defense & Safety ClassesLegal Support / Parole HearingsSurvivors Hope FundService Providers RoundtableSupport GroupsParent’s NightsLaw Enforcement Training/EducationSpeakingAdvocacyCase ManagementLegal ClinicCrime Survivors Mentoring Program  Holiday Programs:Easter Egg Hunt and Ham Basket ProgramHalloween Harvest and Pumpkin Carving NightThanksgiving Meal Baskets and Bowling NightSurvivors Gift Drive & Elf's Holly Day and Turkey Meal BoxesSpecial Events:Crime Survivors Awards BanquetSurvive and Thrive Run Walk Health & Safety ExpoSurvivors Dove Release and Hopeful Healing Day Contact: Patricia Wenskunas at [email protected] or 949.872.7895www.crimesurvivors.org

Geographic Area Served

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

Crime Survivors, which is located in Orange County, serves survivors of crimes across Southern California.  We work closely with law enforcement and victim's rights organizations, responding immediately when called to assist survivors.

Organization Categories

  1. Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  3. Crime & Legal - Related - Public Interest Law

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Programs


Child and Adult Victim Emergency Bags

The VEBs were created to provide essential care items for the first few days as well as resource and referral information to keep individuals on the path to hopeful healing. 8,000 Have been Distributed. 
Budget  $25.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Spouse Abuse Prevention
Population Served Victims
Program Short-Term Success 
Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Program Long-Term Success 
Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Program Success Monitored By 
Partnering with Law Enforcement and other Service Providers to track distribution and success.
Examples of Program Success  Distributed more than 8,000 Child and Adult Victim Emergency Bags throughout Southern California as of 2018.

Crime Survivors Resource Guides

Resource Guides provide an easy way for first responders to ensure that crime victims know where to turn once law enforcement and other personnel have wrapped up their work in and around the scene of a crime. Many survivors will have a long and painful road to healing and they will need a strong, committed group of supporters around them. The Resource Guides help survivors in seeking out these support groups, resources, and referrals. 350,000 Distributed 
Budget  $1.95
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Community Crime Prevention
Population Served Victims People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Program Long-Term Success 
Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Program Success Monitored By 
Partnering with Law Enforcement and other Service Providers to track distribution
Examples of Program Success 

350,000 CSI Resource Guides have been distributed throughout Southern California


Survivors Hope Fund

Items such as travel, bus passes, and lunch reimbursement are provided to victims and survivors as these expenses are not covered by the state programs and assistance. We believe victims and survivors should not have to cover these expenses as they did not request to be put in these circumstances to begin with. $50.000 Distributed through this Fund 
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Sexual Assault Prevention
Population Served Victims Victims Victims
Program Short-Term Success  Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Program Long-Term Success  Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Program Success Monitored By  Track distribution and success for program.
Examples of Program Success 
Crime Survivors assisted with helping for ones to attend court proceedings, parole hearings and a better outcome for justice in such cases.
 
Back to School Back Pack Program: 3,500 Distributed 
 
New glasses, clothing, food, bus passes and transportation, pregnancy and new baby items, and medical support.  

Holiday Survivors Programs

Easter Egg Hunt and Ham Basket Program
Halloween Harvest and Pumpkin Carving Night
Thanksgiving Meal Baskets and Bowling Night
Survivors Gift Drive & Elf's Holly Day and Turkey Meal Boxes

Our Holiday Programs are planned and organized to give crime victims, survivors, and families the opportunity to enjoy the fun and traditions of the seasons surrounded by people who care for their healing. Each program also provides those who are under-served or experiencing challenges with financial self-sufficiency with food and other resources such as gifts, and gift cards.
 
 
Budget  $35,000.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Spouse Abuse Prevention
Population Served Victims Victims Victims
Program Short-Term Success  Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Program Long-Term Success  Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Program Success Monitored By  Partnering with Law Enforcement, Service Providers and Survivors that attend each program and event to track distribution and success.
Examples of Program Success  More than 2,500 at our Halloween Harvest Pumpkin Carving Fun Trick or Treat Night

More than 2,600 Complete Turkey Meal Baskets for Survivors and their Families

Delivered more than 3,750 Cookie Baskets with more than 90,000 Cookies all donated to ones going above and beyond, wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving

More than 1,250 survivors and family members attended our Easter Egg Hunt Celebration

Crime Survivors started the Survivors Gift Drive & Elf's Holly Day back in 2004 and since this program has started CSI has provided more than 15,000 Gifts to Survivors and their families.

Legal Support / Parole Hearings

One of the most essential services we can provide crime victims and survivors is the ability to represent themselves or loves ones in court or during parole hearings. Crime Survivors assists victims and survivors in paying for travel and legal assistance for these instances.

Budget  25,000
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Victims Families Victims
Program Short-Term Success 
Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Program Long-Term Success  In the future CSI wants to open a Crime Survivors Resource Center, Launch a Legal Clinic and expand our services and programs to ensure that every survivor is thriving through Hopeful Healing!
Program Success Monitored By 
Resources and Support for ones victimized, empowering them to have hopeful healing to survive and thrive!
Examples of Program Success  Recently Crime Survivors provided attorney support and all family expenses for three parole hearings where those found guilty of crimes against these survivors were likely to be released if they were unable to attend the hearings or have had legal representation at these hearings. In all three, there were five year denials because of Crime Survivors support, resources, and empowerment for these families.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Miss Patricia Wenskunas
CEO Term Start Oct 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Founder CEO, Crime Survivors, Inc.
Founder, Orange County Crime Stoppers
Crime Survivor 
Owner Event Planner, Creative Coordinating
Facilities Manager / Event Planner Huntington Harbor Bay Club
Sales Manager / Sales Representative RL Polk & Company

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Commendation County of Orange 2014
10th Anniversary Celebration Accomplishment Congressional Recognition 2013
Commendation County of Los Angeles 2013
Resolution California Legislature 2009
Leadership for Victim Rights Association of Deputy District Attorneys 2008
Resolution California Legislature 2008

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Crime Survivors partners and collaborates with law enforcement, government agencies, nonprofits, foundations and  health and human service providers working with victims, survivors, families and our communities. 
 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
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

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CEO Comments

Challenges for the organization is funding opportunities to support programs, services and day to day operations. Opportunities are available to work with those victimized, helping them to recover by providing hope and healing and support that brings awareness, prevention, advocacy and healing . Growth for organization has endless possibilities.

Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Randy Burba
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chief, Chapman University Public Safety
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
John Adair Semi-Retired Loan Officer Voting
Burton Brink Retired, Sergeant Los Angeles Sheriffs Department Voting
Randy Burba Chief Chapman University Public Safety Voting
Ernie Castello Freelance Media Marketing Voting
Todd Dressen Officer, Los Angeles Police Department Voting
Beverly Johnson Johnson & Bertram LLP Voting
Terry Johnson Detective, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Voting
Steve Katz Commander, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Voting
Thomas Laing Retired, Chief Los Angeles Sheriffs Department Exofficio
Matt Regan Vice President Marketing Manager Wells Fargo Bank Voting
Frances Rodriguez Wilbur Curtis Co. Inc., Voting
Patricia Wenskunas Creative Coordinating Voting
Janet Wilson-Irving -- 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: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): Do not ask
Gender Female: 40
Male: 60
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
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

CSI is recruiting for Board members, Council members, advisors, rank and file volunteers.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Audit
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • By-laws
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Staff Development
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
  • Volunteer

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $373,000.00
Projected Expenses $373,000.00
Form 990s

2018 990

2017 990

2016 2016 990'S

2015 990's 2015 Filed

2014 990's CSI 2014 Filed

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Revenue $380,488 $339,378 $274,795
Total Expenses $366,747 $327,509 $251,761

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$187,661 $151,020 $169,651
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- $1 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $198 $7,304 $5,475
Revenue In-Kind $192,629 $181,053 $99,669
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $333,630 $298,542 $226,821
Administration Expense $22,247 $19,654 $13,818
Fundraising Expense $10,870 $9,313 $11,122
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.04 1.04 1.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses 91% 91% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 6% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $91,921 $76,907 $94,085
Current Assets $85,661 $76,907 $94,085
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $1,273 -- --
Total Net Assets $90,648 $76,907 $94,085

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 67.29 inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
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? --

CEO Comments

Challenges for organization is funding opportunities to support programs, services and day to day operations. Opportunities are available to work with those victimized, providing hope, healing and support by bringing awareness, prevention, advocacy and healing. Growth for organization has endless possibilities.      

Foundation Comments

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

Documents


Other Documents

Annual Report (2015)

CSI Flyer (2015)

No Other Documents currently available.