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Fristers

 17815 Sky Park Circle, Suite H, Bldg. 10
 Irvine, CA 92614
[P] (949) 387 7889
[F] --
www.fristers.org
[email protected]
Ali Woodard
FOUNDED: 2008
INCORPORATED: 2008
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 80-0280166 --

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Southern California has areas of concentrated poverty that are among the worst in the country, and these communities account for about 80% of children born to unmarried teen mothers in our region. 

In 2002 our founder created and managed an outreach program at Mariners Church in Irvine to support women facing unplanned pregnancies, partnering with community agencies that serve this population, and providing them with ancillary services.

These efforts led to an understanding of the needs in our community to provide help specifically for pregnant and parenting teenagers—a highly at-risk population that, without intervention, contributes to many of the social ills we face today including poverty, crime, gangs, single parenting, and domestic violence.

Fristers, which stands for friends and sisters, was established in 2008 with a mission to break the cycle of poverty and abuse within the teen parent population by providing education, access to resources, role models and support to teen parents, ages 13-25, and their children.

Our goal is to move young parents and children out of a life of poverty and its consequences, and into the middle class and its possibilities. To accomplish this we offer the LifeCoach program for mothers, Kidsters program for children, and Family Services for teen dads, couples and the family as a unit.

Fristers served 677 unduplicated clients in our most recently completed fiscal year, through seven chapter locations in Orange County. Our programs are human service and educational programs and there is no religious requirement for participation.

Mission Statement

Southern California has areas of concentrated poverty that are among the worst in the country, and these communities account for about 80% of children born to unmarried teen mothers in our region. 

In 2002 our founder created and managed an outreach program at Mariners Church in Irvine to support women facing unplanned pregnancies, partnering with community agencies that serve this population, and providing them with ancillary services.

These efforts led to an understanding of the needs in our community to provide help specifically for pregnant and parenting teenagers—a highly at-risk population that, without intervention, contributes to many of the social ills we face today including poverty, crime, gangs, single parenting, and domestic violence.

Fristers, which stands for friends and sisters, was established in 2008 with a mission to break the cycle of poverty and abuse within the teen parent population by providing education, access to resources, role models and support to teen parents, ages 13-25, and their children.

Our goal is to move young parents and children out of a life of poverty and its consequences, and into the middle class and its possibilities. To accomplish this we offer the LifeCoach program for mothers, Kidsters program for children, and Family Services for teen dads, couples and the family as a unit.

Fristers served 677 unduplicated clients in our most recently completed fiscal year, through seven chapter locations in Orange County. Our programs are human service and educational programs and there is no religious requirement for participation.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $453,000.00
Projected Revenue $454,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • LifeCoach
  • Kidsters
  • Family Services

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview


Mission Statement

Southern California has areas of concentrated poverty that are among the worst in the country, and these communities account for about 80% of children born to unmarried teen mothers in our region. 

In 2002 our founder created and managed an outreach program at Mariners Church in Irvine to support women facing unplanned pregnancies, partnering with community agencies that serve this population, and providing them with ancillary services.

These efforts led to an understanding of the needs in our community to provide help specifically for pregnant and parenting teenagers—a highly at-risk population that, without intervention, contributes to many of the social ills we face today including poverty, crime, gangs, single parenting, and domestic violence.

Fristers, which stands for friends and sisters, was established in 2008 with a mission to break the cycle of poverty and abuse within the teen parent population by providing education, access to resources, role models and support to teen parents, ages 13-25, and their children.

Our goal is to move young parents and children out of a life of poverty and its consequences, and into the middle class and its possibilities. To accomplish this we offer the LifeCoach program for mothers, Kidsters program for children, and Family Services for teen dads, couples and the family as a unit.

Fristers served 677 unduplicated clients in our most recently completed fiscal year, through seven chapter locations in Orange County. Our programs are human service and educational programs and there is no religious requirement for participation.

Background Statement

In 2002 our founder created and managed an outreach program at Mariners Church in Irvine to support women facing unplanned pregnancies, partnering with community agencies that serve this population, such as Mary’s Shelter, and providing them with ancillary services such as baby showers and volunteer mentors. These efforts led to an understanding of the needs in our community to provide help specifically for pregnant and parenting teenagers—a highly at-risk population that, without intervention, contributes to many of the social ills we face today including poverty, crime, gangs, single parenting, and domestic violence.

Fristers, which stands for friends and sisters, was established in 2008 with a mission to break the cycle of poverty and abuse within the teen parent population by providing education, access to resources, role models and support to teen parents, ages 13-25, and their children. Our goal is to move young parents and children out of a life of poverty and its consequences, and into the middle class and its possibilities. To accomplish this we offer the LifeCoach program for mothers, Kidsters program for children, and Family Services for teen dads, couples and the family as a unit. Fristers served 598 unduplicated clients in our most recently completed fiscal year, through seven chapter locations in Orange County.

Impact Statement

We have a proven record of providing impactful programming with positive outcomes. Our significant use of partnerships and collaborations in the community allow us to maintain a lean cash budget, in comparison to the number of people we serve. Last fiscal year, working with a team that includes board members, full time and part time employees, volunteers and college interns, and numerous church, community and university partners, we provided programs and services for nearly 700 teen parents and children through seven Orange County chapters on a budget of $677,000, representing $270,470 of in-kind donations. Over 500 individuals donated 6,388 volunteer hours and 21 undergraduate and graduate level college students participated in our internship programs through CSUF, Vanguard, and Biola universities.


Needs Statement

Fristers builds programs with the intention of creating replicable and self-supporting sites.  While philanthropic funding is focused on the launch year, it is also calculated to be a lower percentage of support for each site, year over year, as diversified revenue streams gain ground. Over seven launches, we are finding this model to be supported by our experience.  
 
It takes approximately $25,000 to launch a new chapter of Fristers for the first year, and 3-5 years to reach self-sustainability.  We are seeking investors to help us launch additional chapters in Orange County over the years ahead.

CEO Statement

I've been told that Fristers is the best kept secret in Orange County. But we don't want to be a secret. We want to reach every teen mother in the U.S. with education and support that will lead them into a healthy and productive life, full of hope for their future and hope for the future of their child. 
 
As I look back on this past year, I know we have made significant strides in this direction. This is due to our incredible team of board members, employees, interns and volunteers, our church partners, donors and supporters, and the community of businesses, restaurants and agencies that have come alongside us in fulfilling our mission.
 
But we can't stop now. There are thousands of young families in need that don't have a Fristers in their community. We have programs that work. We can help.
 
As your review our profile, I hope you will be enlightened to the tremendous need for our organization, excited by the growth we have experienced in such a short time, and motivated to not only continue, but increase your support through financial contributions, volunteerism, and in-kind donations.
 
Do you know what Fristers stands for? Friends and sisters. Fristers is a community of people helping people. It's not charity...it's human investment. 
 

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Fristers has an extensive volunteer program and offers numerous opportunities for individuals and groups to make an impact in the lives of teen parents and children.  Volunteers bring dinners and desserts, cuddle babies, help our toddlers learn and grow through our preschool curriculum, serve as group mentors, fundraise, and much more!  Training through Fristers University and a background check are required prior to serving.  
 
Generations is our monthly giving program.  For as little as $30 per month, you can support a mother and child at Fristers for one year, giving them the education, access to resources, role models and support that will not only change their lives, but generations to come. Information and sign up via credit card or bank transfer available on website. 
 
Fristers loves in-kind donations!  Gently used baby clothes and baby accessories are passed on to the moms during our quarterly Share Nights. Boxes of diapers and wipes are always welcome.  Donated dinners and desserts from restaurants and bakeries are needed.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
South Orange County
West Orange County
Currently serving Greater Orange County through multiple chapter locations. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services (Adolescent Parents)
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development NEC

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Programs


LifeCoach

Our 36-week LifeCoach program teaches teen moms essential life and parenting skills, and provides individual case management and group mentoring. Our average client stays with the program for 3-5 years. Program includes meals and transportation.

Program goals are 1) Provide a loving, nonjudgmental environment where teen moms can belong and grow, 2) Prevent child abuse and neglect by providing parenting education, 3) Promote healthy pregnancies and provide babies with best possible start in life, 4) Help teen moms reach their greatest potential and be a stable role model for their child, 5) Reduce welfare dependency by assisting with high school graduation and promoting college and vocational training, 6) Help teen moms grow in self esteem.

To ensure impactful education we partner with experts in the community. For example, Human Options provides classes on identifying domestic violence, preparing a safety plan, and how to build healthy relationships. We contract with a delivery nurse who supports our pregnant moms through pregnancy and delivery, teaches newborn care, and helps to identify high-risk issues such as postpartum depression so we can link moms to appropriate services.

Budget  $160,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family Services for Adolescent Parents
Population Served Females
Program Short-Term Success  When pregnant teens choose to parent, many lose the support of their family and friends. Seeing few options or choices for their life, they are often overwhelmed with a sense of hopelessness, inability and depression. Teen moms need a support community.  Fristers provides a loving, nonjudgmental environment where teen moms can belong and grow.  It is the first step toward life change.
Program Long-Term Success  The program sets clear goals and objectives, providing the basis for a quantitative measurement of success.  The criteria for success in LifeCoach are the identifiable positive changes in the lives of participants.  Program goals include 1) prevent child abuse and neglect by providing parenting education, 2) promote healthy pregnancies and provide babies with best possible start in life, 3) help teen moms reach their greatest potential and be a stable role model for their child, 4) reduce welfare dependency by encouraging higher education, 5) help teen moms grow in self-esteem and bring hope for their future.  Outcomes from the 2013-14 program year are listed under Program Success.
Program Success Monitored By  To ensure that we are meeting our program objectives, we employ a quasi-experimental research design to evaluate the program. In order to identify trends and relationships between variables, we conduct longitudinal research via an extensive survey completed by all moms when they first join Fristers and at the end of each Fristers program year (September through May). The evaluation questions are determined by the Executive Director, with assistance from members of the board and advisory team who have experience working with teen parents. Evaluation results are shared with the leadership team and board of directors to determine program effectiveness and where changes and/or additions should be made to the curriculum. Thus, the evaluation process is a crucial aspect of our program management.
Examples of Program Success 
We are excited to share the evaluation results from our LifeCoach program for the year 2013-14:
 
343 moms participated in our program
100% plan to return in the new year
100% felt loved and supported by Fristers
100% feel better prepared to care for their child
100% would refer Fristers to other teen moms
100% have a better outlook for their future
99% improved self-esteem
99% made new friends at Fristers
98% learned of community resources
96% improved one or more of their relationships
96% learned a new skill
66% have a high school diploma or GED
65% achieved goals set at Fristers
49% currently enrolled in school
45% employed
27% increased their annual income
21% graduated high school, college or vocational training program 

Kidsters

While parents are in program, children ages 0-7 are engaged in Kidsters, a frontline prevention program that provides an early childhood education curriculum and early intervention services. Children 3 months – 2 years are in the nursery, ages 3-5 years are in the preschool, and ages 6-7 are in our homework club. Program goals include 1) Provide and maintain a safe, supervised and nurturing environment, 2) Promote healthy social, emotional, physical, and literacy growth, 3) Promote value and self-worth and 4) Provide ongoing assessment to detect abuse or neglect, development delays and behavioral issues for early intervention.

Budget  $136,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Teen mothers rarely, if ever, put their children into preschool.  Most cannot afford it.  But studies show that there are great benefits to preschool, which extend far beyond Kindergarten.  Though not a preschool, Kidsters offers children of teen mothers a preschool environment and preschool curriculum.
Program Long-Term Success  At Kidsters we foster an appreciation of learning so that children will value and enjoy reading and learning, respect teachers, respect other children, and learn how to act appropriately. We benefit the children through socialization, increased communication skills, and learning patience by taking turns and participating in group activities. We expose them to academic concepts through our unique curriculum which develops their self confidence as they learn new skills such as the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colors. We give at-risk children the basics of a strong foundation to be successful when they begin school and in life.
Program Success Monitored By 
Outcomes for Kidsters are measured through direct observation of the children—ages 3-5 years—by our trained staff members during quarterly assessment days. Children are assessed in the areas of key school readiness skills including, but not limited to, identifying numbers, letters, shapes, and colors, holding a pencil and scissors properly, matching objects, rhyming, and writing their name.
Examples of Program Success 
The Kidsters program was launched in 2013. At that time we instituted a self reporting evaluation method, asking the children’s mothers to observe and report on their children’s abilities. Unfortunately, we found this was not a reliable source of information, and have made the necessary changes to utilize another method to ensure proper evaluation of our program. Key outcomes for the Kidsters Childcare & School Readiness program will be available in July 2015.

Family Services

Family Services provides services for teen dads, relationship workshops for teen parents who are married or in a relationship, and activities and events for the family as a whole.

Fristers works with dads in a strategic, directed way through individual coaching and case management, group education workshops, and community resource referrals. We help dads step up to their role as a parent and be more engaged. We help them to stay in school, gain and maintain employment, and connect with their child in a healthy and productive manner.

For the parent couple, married or not, we provide workshops that address healthy communication, anger management, building trust and keeping families together. And we provide safe events for the entire family to participate in such as picnics and carnivals.

Family Services helps to build strong, stable families. 

Budget  $42,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family Services for Adolescent Parents
Population Served Families Males Females
Program Short-Term Success 

As a result of participating in our Family Services coaching, workshops and events:

90% of couples will demonstrate improved skills in the areas of communication, anger management, and building trust.

90% of couples will demonstrate an improved awareness of their children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development needs, and a capacity to provide healthy parenting.

90% of couples will demonstrate an improved ability to manage stress in daily living, and to maintain a violence-free environment at home.
Program Long-Term Success 

Research shows that the presence of a mother and a father in a child’s life and a healthy parent-parent relationship creates the climate for positive parenting and positive emotional home life.  Family Services strengthens Orange County teen families as parents, as individuals and as family units, creating healthier homes and healthier children, and breaking a cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect.

Program Success Monitored By 

Outcomes for Family Services are measured by a pre and post test, designed with the participation of our collaborating experts and advisors. Tests measure 1) quantitative changes in participants [measurable], and 2) qualitative changes [self-identified].

Quantitative changes include: improved skills for maintaining a stable and positive couples relationship, improved parenting skills, increased ability to manage stress and anger. Qualitative changes include: positive changes in couples relationships, sense of well-being as a family and attitudes about the future.

Examples of Program Success 

Survey results from our 4 week dads workshop held in spring 2017 included:

  • 100% feel better equipped as a father as a result of the workshop
  • 100% learned the importance of being in the lives of their child(ren)
  • 100% learned how to present themselves in an interview
  • 100% learned techniques to manage daily stress
  • 100% feel motivated to improve personal health as a result of the workshop
  • 100% learned the effects of violence on a child's brain development
  • 100% feel supported as a dad at Fristers
  • 100% plan to attend future Fristers dad events

Survey results from our 4 week couples workshop held in fall 2016 included:

  • 100% improved their relationship
  • 100% improved communication skills as a result of the workshop
  • 83% improved anger management skills as a result of the workshop
  • 75% improved trust-building skills as a result of the workshop
  • 100% would attend another Couples 101 workshop

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ali Woodard
CEO Term Start Aug 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Ali knows first hand the fear and anxiety associated with teen pregnancy, as she herself was pregnant at 17. Fristers grew out of her personal experience with teen pregnancy and her desire to surround young mothers with love and support. Ali oversees the day-to-day operations of the nonprofit. In 2002 Ali founded and led an outreach ministry at Mariners Church in Irvine, California called One Thirty Nine. One Thirty Nine partnered with community agencies that serve women facing an unplanned pregnancy and provided ancillary services for those agencies such as baby showers, craft nights, and Bible studies. In 2003 she founded Club Mom, a support and education program for teen moms that was launched in 2008 as Fristers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Ali served on the board of Toby’s House, a shelter for pregnant, homeless women, and Birth Choice Health Clinics from 2002 to 2008. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from CSULB, and over ten years of corporate experience, working for real estate company, Koll, and investment banking firm, Montgomery Securities.
 

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Leader of Integrity award to Ali Woodard Ethical Edge 2014
Top-Rated Nonprofit Great Nonprofits 2014
Top-Rated Women's Empowerment Nonprofit Great Nonprofits 2013
Best Externally Focused Ideas Externally Focused Network 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

It is a core value of Fristers to collaborate and partner with the community to ensure relevant education for our parents and children, link families to appropriate agencies and services for support, and provide for immediate needs including homelessness, domestic abuse, or inability to secure food or diapers.

Some of our partners include Child Abuse Prevention Center, Nurse Family Partnership, Connect the Tots, Human Options, OC Department of Education, Western Youth Services, and OC Department of Child Support Services.
For parent referrals to our programs, Fristers collaborates with pregnancy centers, maternity shelters, teen parent high schools, hospitals, the County of Orange Public Health Nursing Department, AFLP, and Cal-Learn, Fullerton College, Nurse Family Partnership, Children's Bureau--Bridges for Newborns, Family Resource Centers, and more.  

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 26
Number of Volunteers 500
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 90%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 22
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 28
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
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 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 Greg Sizemore
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Aug 2011 - Sept 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Becca Adkinson Nordstrom Voting
Joyce Bedrosian Bedrosians Tile & Stone Voting
Skip Lanfried Pastor, Friends Church, Yorba Linda --
Honey Pfleger George T. Pfleger Foundation Voting
Jackie Sanson Community Volunteer Voting
Greg Sizemore Retired Voting
Brittany Stilwagner CPA Voting
Ali Woodard Founder, President & CEO 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: 1
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
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

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $454,000.00
Projected Expenses $453,000.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $328,418 $321,092 $263,860
Total Expenses $357,085 $301,663 $212,060

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$275,952 $294,105 $225,984
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $0 $0 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $6 $21 $213
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $52,460 $26,966 $37,663
Revenue In-Kind $0 $0 --
Other $4,001 $3,621 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $267,857 $213,781 $148,128
Administration Expense $85,291 $77,190 $56,996
Fundraising Expense $3,937 $10,692 $6,936
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.92 1.06 1.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% 71% 70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 3% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $127,173 $153,706 $134,793
Current Assets $120,551 $147,271 $128,994
Long-Term Liabilities $2,134 $0 --
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $516
Total Net Assets $125,039 $153,706 $134,277

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf 249.99

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 2% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
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? Yes

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.

Documents


Other Documents

Annual Report (2014)

Annual Report (2015)

No Other Documents currently available.