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South County Crosscultural Council

 P. O. Box 520
[P] (949) 290-8275
[F] --
[email protected]
David Peck
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Organization DBA La Playa Center; Laguna Day Worker Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0753877 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

The Crosscultural Council is dedicated to helping neighbors bridge their cultural differences in order to benefit the entire community. Our vision is embodied in La Playa Center and the Laguna Day Worker Center.

Mission Statement

The Crosscultural Council is dedicated to helping neighbors bridge their cultural differences in order to benefit the entire community. Our vision is embodied in La Playa Center and the Laguna Day Worker Center.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $99,110.00
Projected Revenue $98,223.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • La Playa Center
  • Laguna Day Worker Center

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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


Mission Statement

The Crosscultural Council is dedicated to helping neighbors bridge their cultural differences in order to benefit the entire community. Our vision is embodied in La Playa Center and the Laguna Day Worker Center.

Background Statement

The South County Crosscultural Council was founded twenty years ago to integrate newer residents into Laguna Beach. Starting with living room dialogues, where neighbors shared life stories, we soon found the resources to begin La Playa Center in 1996, an English-as-a-Second-Language school with free childcare. Located for its first ten years in the Sunday school space at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, La Playa Center is now housed in the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and offers 3 levels of ESL instruction. We also collaborate with the Boys & Girls Club preschool on workshops dealing with child development and family health issues.

The parents, children, and volunteer teachers of La Playa Center have marched in the Patriots Day Parade every year, and the students of La Playa are famous for the tamales they make and sell on Hospitality Night at the Laguna Presbyterian Church. In 2010, we published '1000 Tamales,' a cookbook of favorite crosscultural recipes from La Playa students and teachers alike.

In 1999, the City asked the Crosscultural Council to take over the day worker site that had been established a few years earlier in Laguna Canyon, and the Crosscultural Council has been successfully running the Laguna Day Worker Center ever since. The LDWC provides a safe and efficient way of bringing workers and employers together, and we have steadily increased the number of jobs at the site. Local contractors and homeowners feel confident Center staff will match them with the right workers for their jobs when they visit the site.

The Crosscultural Council has also been involved in a number of other community activities which benefit Laguna Beach residents in need. We helped in hiring the first LBUSD liaisons to the Latino community, and we work with the School District on related educational issues. We sponsored the community Thanksgiving Potluck in Bluebird Park for many years, and published a new Laguna Beach 'Services Directory' in both English and Spanish in 2016.

Impact Statement

Top accomplishments of past year:
1. Adding new members to our Board of Directors.
2. Recruiting more students for our ESL classes at La Playa Center.
3. Making the Laguna Day Worker Center a more efficient hiring site.
Top goals for current year:

Our major goals for the next three years include maintaining and expanding our present programs. La Playa Center offers free ESL classes with childcare 4 mornings a week during the school year, and provides a meeting place for Spanish-speaking parents of Laguna students. In addition, we sponsor field trips to various Laguna Beach facilities and host motivational speakers for the parents. The Laguna Day Worker Center is open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. six days a week, where staff organizes workers to create a safer and more efficient hiring site. The LDWC helps Laguna Beach residents find work at the same time it helps contractors and homeowners find skilled and honest workers. In the coming year we hope to expand the services at the LDWC, by offering English and other classes, as the end of the recession brings in more jobs.

Our major goal is the completion of the project to bring electricity to the LDWC. With power, we will be able to bring heat and light to the office building to aid our staff in their daily job. In addition, we will be able to expand our services for day laborers (ESL classes, immigration rights workshops, health assessment, etc.) using the power SCE and our electrical contractor will soon provide.


Needs Statement

1. Financial support for our programs  
2. Volunteers at La Playa Center
3. Board of Directors recruitment

CEO Statement

The South County Crosscultural Council is a unique nonprofit providing family services to the South Orange County community. At La Playa Center, parents are receiving ESL instruction with free childcare, while at the Laguna Day Worker Center contractors and homeowners are hiring reliable and hardworking employees, who often move into permanent employment.

Board Chair Statement

As an organization which has been established in Laguna Beach for over twenty years, the Crosscultural Council has established itself as a major force in helping recent immigrants to South Orange County integrate into our community.  I am proud of the work our organization has accomplished in the last two decades, for I have witnessed the American Dream in action, as students at La Playa and workers at the LDWC have become valuable and respected members of our community. 

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

People can donate by sending checks to our P.O. Box, and they can volunteer to be ESL teachers at La Playa Center.

Geographic Area Served

South Orange County

Organization Categories

  1. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
  2. Education - Adult Education
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Intergroup/Race Relations



La Playa Center

3 levels of ESL instruction are offereed Monday through Thursday mornings at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach during the school year, with free childcare. We also offer a literacy class, and have in the past offered a computer class. We also invite speakers to talk about health care, nutrition, parenting, education, immigrant rights, and other important topics.
Budget  $24,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Hispanic, Latino Heritage Families
Program Short-Term Success 
At the end of the school year, students will have attained greater language skills, which will provide greater employmenet opportunities and more confidence dealing with day-to-day activities.
Program Long-Term Success 
Success in our programs results in students becoming more fully integrated into the Orange County community, and more confident about parenting, dealing with their childrens' schools, etc.
Program Success Monitored By 
Educational outcomes are harder to track, but student success can be verified by the comments of our dozen or so voolunteer ESL teachers, who see the progress their students are making over a year. In twenty years, we have seen fifteen hundred students move through our programs, and the majority become valuable and confident members of our community.
Examples of Program Success 
The stories out of La Playa are endless. One mother started English classes (with her own daughter in our childcare), become the childcare assistant, and then was hired as jobs coordinator at the Laguna Day Worker Center. Another student learned enough English that he became one of the managers at one of Laguna's leading restaurants. The stories continue every year.

Laguna Day Worker Center

We have been operating the Laguna Day Worker Center since 1999, and have staff who organize the workers and help contractors and homeowners to find honest, reliable, hard-working employees for short term jobs. We are open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. six days a week (closed Sundays).
Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served Hispanic, Latino Heritage Adults Males
Program Short-Term Success 
Our short-term goal is to enable our clients to earn the money to support themselves and their families. We hope to establish ESL and other classes at the day labor site (immigration rights, health services, etc.) which will help workers to become more employable.
Program Long-Term Success 
Our goal for the clients at the LDWC is fulltime employment with benefits, and full integration into the Laguna Beach community. Our goal for the residents of Laguna Beach is to continue to provide dependable workers to homeowners and contractors.
Program Success Monitored By 
Our success is gauged, on the one hand, by the growing numbers of contractors and homeowners who come to the site looking for skilled workers, by the number of workers we attract to the site, and by the number of workers who eventually find fulltime employment. We also know we are successful because so many people in the community (including city and police officials) commend us for running a day labor site which is safe and efficient, and which saves the City countless resources.
Examples of Program Success 
Our success has been established by the number of residents of Laguna Beach who have written and told us how happy they are that we are running the site, and by the number of workers who have started as day laborers, found full employment, or went on to further education to improve their employment opportunities.


CEO/Executive Director david peck
CEO Term Start Jan
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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The South County Crosscultural Council collaborates with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, the Food Pantry, and other local agencies which work with mainly low-income Latino families, coordinating on issues of education, food, parenting, etc.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 24
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 75%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair David Peck
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Board Chair Term May 2013 - May 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Maria Dominguez Healthcare worker Voting
Teresa Dominguez -- Voting
Juan Carlos Gallego -- Voting
Joan McFarland ESL teacher Voting
Sally Rapuano Director, La Playa Center Voting
Irma Ronses Jobs Coordinator, LDWC Voting
Tim Ronses Local business owner Voting
Martin Tobin Business owner Voting
Fritzi Weaver 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: 60
Hispanic/Latino: 40
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 70
Male: 30
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Our Board of Directors is an active, helpful group, and most of them volunteer as teachers in our ESL program at La Playa Center.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $98,223.00
Projected Expenses $99,110.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 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 $87,070 $91,879 $82,367
Total Expenses $71,649 $103,478 $87,667

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$87,070 $91,879 $82,367
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $70,544 $98,009 $87,016
Administration Expense $1,105 $5,469 $651
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.22 0.89 0.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses 98% 95% 99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $4,715 $579 $1,178
Current Assets $4,715 $579 $905
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- $11,285 $285
Total Net Assets $4,715 $-10,706 $893

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf 0.05 3.18

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? --

CEO Comments

We are a small nonprofit with a budget under $100,000. We have a bookkeeper who provides monthly financial reports, and a CPA who files our 990.

Foundation Comments

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


Other Documents

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