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Lions Heart

 19782 MacArthur Blvd, Suite 310
 Irvine, CA 92612
[P] (800) 894-8877 x 101
[F] --
[email protected]
Rebecca Tankersley
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 26-2781977 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Inspiring teen volunteering and leadership for a new generation dedicated to positive social impact.

Mission Statement

Inspiring teen volunteering and leadership for a new generation dedicated to positive social impact.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $506,000.00
Projected Revenue $561,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Lion's Heart Teen Leadership Quest
  • Lion's Heart Teen Volunteers

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Mission Statement

Inspiring teen volunteering and leadership for a new generation dedicated to positive social impact.

Background Statement

Lion’s Heart found its roots in Orange County, CA and continues to be a leading inspiration for all chapters across the country. Terry Corwin created the organization right out of her Trabuco Canyon home in 2004 with a small but eager group of 20 teenage members. Under her enthusiastic leadership, the organization has connected over 10,000 teens to causes they care about while also providing them with the most up-to-date technological tools they need to make those connections--whether it’s through the Lion’s Heart member portal, mobile app, or in-person meetings. By participating in service activities, teens will have the opportunity to develop important skills that will enable them to achieve their lifelong goals.

“Think of others before yourself,” is truly at the core of the Lion’s Heart philosophy. Our mission is to inspire teen volunteering and leadership for a new generation dedicated to positive social impact. Our vision is to create a world of engaged teens who volunteer and grow into community focused leaders now, and for a lifetime.

“We want these kids to become leaders and understand giving back is just what we should all be doing,” says Terry Corwin. “I wanted my own boys to be aware that everyone isn’t as fortunate as they are, to see the world as bigger than where they are living right now, and that they could make a difference. Lion’s Heart grew from there and I’m so proud of that.”

Impact Statement

 The average Lion’s Heart teen member contributes over 52 hours of service each year. Plus, nearly 40% of Lion’s Heart members qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award each year, meaning many members are giving over 100+ hours of their time to help others in need. Furthermore, our alumnae survey data shows that nearly 80% of our members continue to participate in service after leaving high school and over 60% of alumnae take on leadership roles.

One of our top accomplishments from the past year is having expanded our membership nationwide and provided nearly 10,000 teen memberships since our organization began in 2004. As of Summer 2018, Lion’s Heart has created over 240 chapters in 30 states with Lion’s Heart teen members contributing to a service power of nearly one million hours of service! We are breaking down barriers and providing teens more access to meaningful community experiences.

One of our main goals over the next year is to develop and implement a comprehensive leadership program called the Lion’s Heart Teen Leadership Quest, which focuses on teens building positive personal, group, and societal leadership skills. Our ultimate goal is provide enriching programming that supports teens as they build service goals and prepare for adult life.

“Volunteering with Lion’s Heart has been very beneficial for me,” says Orange County, CA high school senior, Scott Cole. “After seeing the impact of how my volunteer work has helped others, the idea of positively influencing somebody's life keeps me interested and always wanting to do more. The biggest surprises I have received from serving others is how even the smallest amount of kindness can really touch someone and how good it makes me feel to help others.”

Needs Statement

We are working to provide enriching programming for our members as they build their service goals and give back to their communities. We need $50,000 to develop and implement our upcoming Lion’s Heart Teen Volunteer Leadership Quest, a three-tiered digital curriculum for teens that focuses on building positive personal, group, and societal leadership skills. Funding for this area would support production of the digital courses, printing of supplemental learning materials, course facilitator trainings, and partnerships with educational advisors. Secondly, we need between $25,000 and $50,000 to sustain our retention and outreach efforts so that we can engage more teens from all walks of life in community service. Funding would impact our ability to provide memberships for underserved populations; to create college scholarship programs for members; to improve our mobile application offerings; and to support facilitator resource production. We continue to open new chapters across the country and are thrilled to be on track to meet our long-term goal of having active Lion’s Heart teen volunteers in every state.

CEO Statement

We continue to hear time and again from parents that they want their teens to develop a positive sense of empathy by having meaningful extracurricular activities that expand their world view. In turn, teens themselves want to have the ability to make a powerful impact on their communities while also achieving their personal goals. In today’s world where the average teen spends about a third of their day connected to a media device, Lion’s Heart strives to banish apathy and connect young people with unique experiences that carry purpose and spark innovation. We’ve created a custom digital platform that allows teens to track their service participation, earn awards/scholarships, and interact with peers and mentors. Furthermore, we elevate awareness of nonprofit organizations and their causes by connecting teens with local volunteer opportunities through the free digital listing calendar.

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations are processed online during the enrollment process, through our shop page, and via social media campaigns. Donors may send in checks by mail or give via credit card over the phone. Volunteer opportunities are available year-round to teen members and adults. We also have a corporate partner program for local businesses to get involved.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
The Lion’s Heart office is located in Irvine and serves over 240 chapters across 30 states nationwide. Our largest and most active chapters are located in Orange County--including Huntington Beach, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, and Newport Beach. Members participate in service projects that help others across the county and beyond. Local organizations our teens have partnered with include Pediatric Children’s Research Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank, South County Outreach, Mission Hospital, OCCoastkeepers, and HashtagLunchbagOC.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Community Service Clubs
  2. Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations - Voluntarism Promotion
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs



Lion's Heart Teen Leadership Quest

The Lion’s Heart Teen Volunteer Leadership Quest is a three-tiered digital curriculum for teens that focuses on building positive personal, group, and societal leadership skills. Funding for this area would support production of the digital courses, printing of supplemental learning materials, course facilitator trainings, and partnerships with educational advisors.
Budget  15,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term success factors will be measured by the number of LHTQ enrollments within the first year the program is launched and as modules are released. There will also be participant surveys conducted at the beginning and end of each individual’s experience with each module. Short term success will also be measured with alumni follow-up.
Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate goal of the Lion’s Heart Teen Leadership Quest (LHTLQ) is to prepare teens for adult life as service-minded individuals by providing them with strong leadership skills and resources for personal growth. Long-term success will be measured through Lion’s Heart alumni studies and surveys that show how the LHLQ experience has shaped individual’s decision-making; career and educational paths; and involvement in leadership roles. Tracking the number of program participants, milestone achievements, and course evaluations will also be standard methods of evaluation. Our vision for the LHTLQ is to have the program (and capstone course/project that participants will complete) be on-par with other youth milestone projects--to be included on the same shelf as the Girl Scout Gold Award and Boy Scout Eagle Scout Award. Youth taking charge for a better tomorrow.
Program Success Monitored By  Qualitative successes will be measured in the anecdotes shared by teen participants who complete the courses and embark on developing their own projects. Quantitative success will be measured by the number of participants who complete each module. We would likely need to bring on a new staff person to take on the role of Program Manager to support overall LHTLQ performance and manage program implementation, execution, and evaluation.
Examples of Program Success  The program has not been launched, however, Lion's Heart membership continues to grow with new chapters forming across the United States each and every day.  We are thriving and in a position to offer more programming as more teens come to us to develop their service and leadership skills.

Lion's Heart Teen Volunteers

We are Lion’s Heart: teens dedicated to positive social impact. Our volunteer program connects 6th-12th grade students with local service opportunities that help them build a strong community service portfolio. Through our digital platform, teens can track their service hours, earn leadership awards, and export a copy of their service portfolio to use on scholarship, college, and career applications. We are nearly 10,000 Members strong with new chapters forming every day across the United States!  Our teen members are the heart and soul of our organization and the ability for us to connect them with community service opportunities is paramount to our core operation
Budget  800,000
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Members completed an average of 52 hours per year and 40% of our members earn the Presidential Volunteer Service Award every year.
Program Long-Term Success  Members have completed approx 1 million hours of service to their communities, serving with thousands of Nonprofits. We have also found that 80% of our members continue to volunteer after graduation and 69% take on leadership positions. 
Program Success Monitored By  Members volunteer logs are audited several times through out the year. Our program success is measured by not only our high number of hours, but the members incorporating the Lion's Heart mission and values into their daily lives. This is analyzed by a member experience survey sent to parents and members every year, featuring questions on behaviors they have noticed in themselves/their member since joining. 
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CEO/Executive Director Rebecca Tankersley
CEO Term Start Apr 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Becca Tankersley is the Executive Director of Lion's Heart and responsible for for all major decisions for Lion’s Heart, and reports to the Board of Directors. She also currently serves as a member on the OneOC Nonprofit Advisory Council in Santa Ana, California. She became involved in the nonprofit world at a very young age; her first memory volunteering is at 5 years old. After high school Rebecca did a year of AmeriCorps with City Year Rhode Island. It was there that she realized there was no other career path for her, and she dedicated herself to a lifetime of service. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Dynamics (Nonprofit Management) from Wilmington University in Delaware.

She began her career with the American Cancer Society and came to Lion's Heart from the Girl Scouts of Orange County. She is extremely passionate about community service and founded the Orange County chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Terry Corwin Aug 2004 Apr 2018

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Stephanie Hicks Marketing/Creative Director Stephanie Hicks is the Marketing/Creative Director for Lion's Heart and is responsible for marketing, web and app design, graphic design, and product development. Stephanie graduated from Appalachian State University in North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders, California State University, Northridge with a Master’s degree in Audiology, and a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institutes of Pittsburgh. She has owned her own freelance graphic design firm and has worked as a freelance graphic designer for clients such as Lion’s Heart for the past 13 years. Stephanie is a former PTA President, is very involved in Fragile X Research, and has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations related to kids, teens, and children with special needs.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Rebecca Tankersley- Women of Influence Nomination Irvine Chamber of Commerce 2019
Outstanding Youth Group National Philanthropy Day 2009


Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 6,000
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 2
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan Under Development
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 Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair MR Jim Bastian
Board Chair Company Affiliation Shulman Hodges and Bastian LLP
Board Chair Term Jan 2018 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jim Bastian Shulman, Hodges and Bastian Voting
Scott Cole Community Volunteer Exofficio
Clay Corwin Stonecreek Company Voting
Terry Corwin Community Volunteer Voting
Jan Kerchner College Blueprint Voting
Glenn Llopis Glenn Llopis Group Voting
Neeraj Sharma -- 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: 1
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 6%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 6%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

Board diversity is a major priority in the strategic plan. We are also incorporating board fund development plan in 2019 to increase board giving.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $561,000.00
Projected Expenses $506,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Lion's Heart 990

2016 Lion's Heart 990

2015 Lion's Heart 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 $654,587 $421,611 $288,865
Total Expenses $671,721 $375,056 $291,503

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$646,674 $411,576 $288,865
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $7,913 $10,035 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $0
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events -- -- $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $0
Other -- -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $466,866 $305,352 $291,503
Administration Expense $204,855 $69,704 $0
Fundraising Expense -- -- $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.97 1.12 0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 81% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $75,598 $88,392 $40,697
Current Assets -- -- $36,868
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $5,480 $1,140 $0
Total Net Assets $70,118 $87,252 $40,697

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.00 0.00 inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 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? No

CEO Comments

The past year we have ramped up expenses to account for our anticipated growth. Previous there was not paid staff and our growth became unmanageable. We anticipate ended 2018 with a 100,000 deficit, but we will break even by March 2019. 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and 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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