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The First Tee of Orange County

 14893 East Ball Road
 Anaheim, CA 92806
[P] (714) 833-8221
[F] --
www.thefirstteeoc.org
[email protected]
Gail Courtney
FOUNDED: 2010
INCORPORATED: 2010
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Organization DBA The First Tee of Orange County
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 27-4581056 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $613,800.00
Projected Revenue $672,900.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Life Skills Experience (LSE)
  • DRIVE Outreach Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Our mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.


Background Statement

Golf Fore Life Skills was founded in 2010 and was approved as The First Tee of Orange County by The First Tee National Home Office in May 2013. In September 2013, The First Tee of Orange County began providing programs to youth, ages 4-17. To date, over 5,400 youth, from 17 cities and communities in Orange County have enrolled in our signature programs – The First Tee Life Skills Experience and Outreach programs.. The First Tee of Orange County has also partnered with other nonprofits:THINK Together, Blind Children's Learning Center, CHOC, and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim, Garden Grove, Fullerton, South Coast and Laguna Beach to deliver our after-school, outreach program called DRIVE.  


Impact Statement

In September 2014, The First Tee of Orange County completed its first full year of programming. In that inaugural year, we served more than 1,400 kids, ages 4-17, with educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values all through the game of golf. We focus on core values such as respect, courtesy and honesty that are inherent in the game of golf and extremely important in life.  
 
The First Tee curriculum was developed in 1997 by experts in the field of positive youth development. An independent research study conducted by the University of Minnesota confirmed youth involved in The First Tee learn and use skills such as decision-making, setting goals and managment emotions on the golf course, and transfer those skills to the classroom and other areas of their lives.

Needs Statement

PARtners for PLAYers: 
Currently, our participant fees cover approximately 10% of our annual budget. Nearly 50% of our participants are on full or partial scholarship. We are committed to offering affordable, accessible programs to the youth of Orange County. PARtners underwrite the participation fee for our students on scholarship.
  • A gift of $500 underwrites one PLAYer for one full year.
  • A gift of $150 underwrites one PLAYer for a 9-week session. 
 
Volunteer Assistant Coaches:
Our Life Skills Experience program is led by trained coaches but we rely on volunteers to help deliver our programs. Volunteer Assistance Coaches are needed as we continue to grow the number of youth we serve. We require a 1:6 ratio of coach to students. Time Commitment: Each class session is nine weeks and we request a 1.5 hour/week commitment from or Volunteer Assistance Coaches.

CEO Statement

The First Tee of Orange County is youth development nonprofit – we shape the lives of young people through the game of golf.  We provide character-building and life-skills lessons through the game of golf which parallels life as players experience the highs and lows of the game. Our programs reinforce values like Integrity, Respect, Responsibility and Perseverance and promote healthy habits.

The First Tee of Orange County accomplishes its mission to build positive character traits in youth through programs that seamlessly integrate core values, healthy habits and the fundamentals of golf. Each Life Skills Experience session is centered on Nine Core Values (Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgment). The program also encourages Nine Healthy Habits (Energy, Play, Safety, Vision, Mind, Family, Friends, School and Community).


Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

We are always in need of volunteers to coach, do admin work or to help with our events. We accept in-kind donations of water, healthy snacks and office supplies.

Geographic Area Served

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

The headquarter for The First Tee of Orange County is located in Anaheim at The Islands Golf Center. Additional program locations for our Life Skills Experience program include Dad Miller Golf Course in Anaheim, Lake Forest Golf Center, Shorecliffs, Fullerton, Anaheim Hills Golf and Riverview.  
 
Additionally we provide after-school enrichment programs at 12 elementary schools in Orange, Tustin and Santa Ana.  We partner with The Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove to provide our DRIVE program to their after-school youth, serving nearly 700 youth annually.  

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Recreation & Sports - Golf
  3. Education - Educational Services

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Programs


Life Skills Experience (LSE)

The LSE is our signature program. It integrates basic golf instruction with curriculum centered on our Nine Core Values (honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment). The program also encourages our Nine Healthy Habits (energy, play, safety, vision, mind, family, friends, school and community). Sessions include time on our driving range, putting green and short chipping course, with classroom instruction to reinforce the core values and healthy habits.
Budget  $181,401.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Females
Program Short-Term Success 
After a year in the LSE, we anticipate:

1) 75% of participants will fully understand the Nine Core Values covered in the Life Skills Experience program. This is measured through assessments conducted at the end of each 9-week session.

2) 25% of participants will report academic success as a result of their participation at TFTOC with enrollment in our A/B Honor Roll program.

3) 30% of students will advance to the next level in the LSE program. This is achieved through a certification and testing process.

4) TFTOC will manage a 30% retention rate of students in the Life Skills Experience.

5) TFTOC will maintain ethnic diversity and gender balance among our participants.  
Program Long-Term Success 

Research proves our programs make a positive impact.

Young people do not automatically act with integrity or demonstrate sportsmanship. The acquisition of values is often a by-product that evolves from an individual’s experiences.

An independent study conducted by the University of Minnesota confirmed that youth involved in The First Tee Life Skills Experience program learn and use skills such as decision-making, setting goals and managing emotions on the golf course and transfer these skills to the classroom and other areas of their life.

Highlights from the study include:

 

  • Participants unanimously identified school as a setting in which they transferred life skills.
  • 73% reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically.
  • 82% felt confident in their social skills with peers.
  • 57% credited The First Tee for their meeting and greeting skills.
  • 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.

 

The First Tee's goal is to provide character education and life skills programs to help young people be successful in school and in life.
Program Success Monitored By  Participants in our LSE program are assessed at the end of every 9-week session. The evaluation parameters and forms are provided by The First Tee National Home Office. Only participants that successfully complete the assessments and certification process can advance through our program. TFTOC maintains a participant database to track academic success, program advancement, retention, ethnic diversity and gender balance on an ongoing basis.
Examples of Program Success 
This is an excerpt from a speech a participant gave at an event after just a year in our LSE program:
 

My name is Madi and I am 9 years old. I had the privilege of being enrolled in the first class at The First Tee of Orange County on a scholarship and I have been a member ever since.

My favorite thing about The First Tee is my coaches. They keep inspiring me to do my best with a great attitude.  

At The First Tee, we learn a core value each week in class such as honesty, respect and courtesy. My favorite core value  is sportsmanship. During a round of golf, we have many opportunities to exercise sportsmanship. It is hard to lose, however, whether you win or lose, we should always treat our opponents with respect and kindness. Losing is a part of life and learning the core value of sportsmanship will help me go through those tough times in my future.

DRIVE Outreach Program

DRIVE (Develops Rewarding Inspiring Values for Everyone) is our after-school outreach program currently at 12 schools in Santa Ana, Tustin, and Orange. Participants learn our Nine Core Values through games that modify familiar sports, including baseball, football and bowling, to incorporate the basic golf shots. Each activity empowers kids to apply core value behavior and basic golf strokes, and challenges them to apply these behaviors in other areas of their lives. DRIVE enables TFTOC to extend our Life Skills Experience program to many more young people beyond our Anaheim and San Juan Capistrano facilities.  Currently, TFTOC partners with THINK Together to deliver the DRIVE program.

Budget  $77,743.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations Females
Program Short-Term Success  We anticipate youth that participate in DRIVE will be exposed to core value behaviors and be challenged to apply these behaviors in other areas of their lives.
Program Long-Term Success  Through DRIVE we aim reach thousands of youth in Orange County that exposes young people to the behaviors associated with The First Tee's Nine Core Values. We will partner with schools and youth serving organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA.
Program Success Monitored By  TFTOC’s program director and trained coaches conduct onsite evaluations of the DRIVE outreach program at each location at least every two months to ensure the program is being delivered properly and to train any new site personnel.
Examples of Program Success 
This is testimonial from Bill Fennessy, Director of Programs at THINK Together:
 
"Our youth leaders find The First Tee DRIVE easy to understand and implement. The program provides very engaging and really fun activities that our students are excited about, all the while learning important core values and life skills they will need to be successful."

Management


CEO/Executive Director Gail Courtney
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Gail Courtney brings to The First Tee of Orange County more than 15 years of experience in community relations, fund development, operations and marketing.  She previously served as the executive director of the Downey Chamber of Commerce.

"The First Tee of Orange County is proud to welcome a proven leader dedicated to serving nonprofits -- backed by a wealth of experience in relevant industries,” says Tim Casey, president of the organization's board of directors. "Gail’s longstanding fund development knowledge,coupled with her extensive management background, will allow  her to seamlessly step into this executive leadership role and immediately help TFTOC kick off 2016 in fine form."

 
Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University majoring in Liberal Art.s   
 
 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Teal Guion Program Director

Coach Teal knows exactly how the game of golf can impact a young person’s life. She’s living proof! Teal started playing the game when she was 3, and by age 7 she decided she wanted to earn a college scholarship through golf. She led the boys golf team (there was no girls golf team) at Palm Springs High School and received a full-ride to Brigham Young University, where she played for two years before transferring to Cal State Long Beach. She got her first job at Mission Hills Country Club and went on to become the program director at The First Tee of Coachella Valley. After her family relocated to Oceanside, Teal was offered the program director position at the Orange County chapter.

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

The First Tee of Orange County collaborates with a number of youth development organizations throughout Orange County including, THINK Together, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Garden Grove. We also provide outreach programs to Children's Hospital of Orange County and the Blind Children's Learning Center.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 31
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
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 No
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

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Tim Casey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, City Manager of Laguna Niguel
Board Chair Term Jan - Dec
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ryan Baderian Union Bank Voting
Gary Bridge -- Voting
Tim Casey Retired, City Manager of Laguna Niguel Voting
Melissa Davis-Lowe -- Voting
Lisa Getson Apria Healthcare, Retired Voting
Verlyn "Sonny" Jensen Jensen & Jensen, LLP Voting
Alan "Al" Morris Worldwide Golf Enterprises Voting
Jonathan Murphy Snell & Wilmer Voting
Dennis Pattison Bank of America, Merrill Lynch Voting
Steven Plummer Tustin Ranch Golf Club Voting
Chuck Swanson Beacon Resources Voting
Kevin Twer HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications Voting
Reni Vidovich Community Volunteer 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: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
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 80%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

It is in our strategic plan to grow and diversify our Board of Directors with an emphasis on recruiting women and individuals of diverse ethnic backgrounds to reflect the communities we serve.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $672,900.00
Projected Expenses $613,800.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2011 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $745,596 $600,272 $337,382
Total Expenses $528,009 $414,426 $405,655

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$508,729 $382,813 $172,496
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $90,171 $58,161 $44,389
Investment Income, Net of Losses $0 $0 $0
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $146,696 $159,298 $120,497
Revenue In-Kind $0 $0 $0
Other $-138,395 $-159,298 $-120,497

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $375,220 $250,389 $271,117
Administration Expense $70,530 $80,877 $77,762
Fundraising Expense $82,259 $83,160 $56,776
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.41 1.45 0.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses 71% 60% 67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 13% 15% 19%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $701,376 $483,789 $297,943
Current Assets $681,862 $443,285 $236,449
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $701,376 $483,789 $297,943

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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? No

CEO Comments

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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.  There were no income or expenses in 2011.

Documents


Other Documents

TriFold Brochure (2015)

Southland Golf (2016)

Orange County Register article (2014)

No Other Documents currently available.