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The Orange County Friendship Circle

 2240 UNIVERSITY DRIVE
 NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92660
[P] (949) 7219800 x 102
[F] (949) 7230046
FriendshipOC.org
[email protected]
Chani Mintz
FOUNDED: 2006
INCORPORATED: 2006
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Organization DBA Friendship Circle of Orange County
Friendship Circle
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 11-3797166 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The Friendship Circle's Mission is to:

  • Provide children with special needs with a full range of social recreational experiences.

  • Provide their parents with respite and support.

  • Enrich, inspire and motivate teen and adult volunteers through sharing of themselves with others.

Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs, involving them in a full range of social and recreational programs. Children, teens and young adults experience the gift of friendship with their specially-trained buddy and staff; parents enjoy the respite.

Our wide variety of programming focuses on abilities and building friendships through exciting and stimulating activities. The programs are designed to nurture participants' social, physical and cognitive skills and to enhance their community connection.

Friendship Circle facilitates inclusion and companionship to children and young adults with special needs by celebrating their individuality and provides support to their families. Community awareness is heightened by strengthening values of altruism, compassion and acceptance.

Mission Statement

The Friendship Circle's Mission is to:

  • Provide children with special needs with a full range of social recreational experiences.

  • Provide their parents with respite and support.

  • Enrich, inspire and motivate teen and adult volunteers through sharing of themselves with others.

Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs, involving them in a full range of social and recreational programs. Children, teens and young adults experience the gift of friendship with their specially-trained buddy and staff; parents enjoy the respite.

Our wide variety of programming focuses on abilities and building friendships through exciting and stimulating activities. The programs are designed to nurture participants' social, physical and cognitive skills and to enhance their community connection.

Friendship Circle facilitates inclusion and companionship to children and young adults with special needs by celebrating their individuality and provides support to their families. Community awareness is heightened by strengthening values of altruism, compassion and acceptance.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $300,000.00
Projected Revenue $325,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Friends at home
  • Young Adult Circle
  • Sunday Circle
  • Summer and Winter Camp
  • Sports Leagues

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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


Overview


Mission Statement

The Friendship Circle's Mission is to:

  • Provide children with special needs with a full range of social recreational experiences.

  • Provide their parents with respite and support.

  • Enrich, inspire and motivate teen and adult volunteers through sharing of themselves with others.

Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs, involving them in a full range of social and recreational programs. Children, teens and young adults experience the gift of friendship with their specially-trained buddy and staff; parents enjoy the respite.

Our wide variety of programming focuses on abilities and building friendships through exciting and stimulating activities. The programs are designed to nurture participants' social, physical and cognitive skills and to enhance their community connection.

Friendship Circle facilitates inclusion and companionship to children and young adults with special needs by celebrating their individuality and provides support to their families. Community awareness is heightened by strengthening values of altruism, compassion and acceptance.


Background Statement

Friendship Circle is currently in its 13th year of operation. The organization was founded with the goal of bringing happiness and companionship to children and young adults with special needs by celebrating their individuality, as well as bringing energy, support, and peace of mind to their families. It is thought that nearly 20% of the population suffers from some type of physical, developmental or emotional special need. As this statistic continues to grow, the demand for our programs and services grows as well.
 
Participants include both teen volunteers and special needs individuals. Through the Friendship Circle volunteer program, remarkable bonds are forged between children with special needs and their new friends. In addition to making an impact on a child, volunteers see changes in themselves, becoming more fulfilled, self-confident and empowered.
For our young adult special needs participants, a priority of our center is to address the need to increase life skills and encourage independence for participants in our programs as they grow into adulthood. We anticipate that, with the newly completed renovation of our Center, and with it the expansion of our services and programs, the opportunities to offer our services will grow, in particular the number of children and adults and their families served.
 

Impact Statement

We are in the midst of a major renovation of the Friendship Circle Center which will be the first of its kind in Orange County exclusively dedicated to the special needs community. Our new center will serve this community through a variety of therapies, including a dedicated Snoezelen multi-sensory therapy room, the first in Orange County; an art therapy room; a cooking center; a teen volunteer lounge, leadership center and resource room; a multipurpose room for events, lectures and after-school activities; and a parents' lounge for them to relax, share information and gain support from one another. The goal of the new Center is to focus on the needs of the individual while at the same time creating a sense of belonging and community for all involved. This renovated and expanded center is a unique opportunity to impact the greater Orange County special needs community for many years to come.
 
We doubled the attendance at our Summer camp experience by partnering with the City of Newport Beach's Recreation and Senior Services Department.  We expect to see similar growth for our year-round programs and our Winter Camp.
 
We honored the 224 teen volunteers who continuously bring friendship and joy to children and adults with special needs by celebrating their individuality and uniqueness. The teen volunteers get back much more than they give; the special needs participants leave behind lives of isolation and loneliness to discover acceptance and inclusion; and the parents appreciate some much-needed respite while witnessing their children reaching their full potential.
 
 

Needs Statement

The Friendship Circle Center is in the midst of a major remodel. Our multi-million dollar project, scheduled to open later this year, will put our program on the special needs map in Orange County. Featuring fully-equipped, state-of-art, educational, recreational, occupational and therapeutic facilities – including a Snoezelen Room, art studio, instructional kitchen, resource library, game rooms, classrooms and meeting rooms – the new Center will allow for the launching of many new and innovative training and activity programs. It will enrich the quality of life for the special needs community in a home they can truly call their own. We look forward to welcoming the special needs community from throughout Orange County to take utilize this unique facility. There are many naming opportunities still available.
 
Our Summer and Winter Camps offer children with special needs an escape from isolation and loneliness.  Our camps are growing, thanks to a new partnership with the City of Newport Beach, whereby they are now designated as the official camps for the special needs community in the City.  Our year-round programs can also be expected to grow as a result of this partnership.  We do not charge our participants for the year-round programs and camp fees do not cover the full cost.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

We accept check, credit card, stock, in-kind and other forms of donations. We recruit teen volunteers who work one-on-one with special needs individuals in a variety of social and recreational settings.

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
Our organization services special needs individuals and recruits volunteers from throughout all of Orange County.  

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services
  2. Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines - Autism
  3. Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines - Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases

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Programs


Friends at home

The Friends @ Home program, the hallmark of The Friendship Circle, has teenage volunteers spending quality time with children with special needs in the environment the kids are most comfortable and familiar with: their own homes.
Budget  $500.00
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  This program allows for children with special needs to establish relationships with their volunteer buddy.
Program Long-Term Success  This program has helped children with special needs, whose circle of friends is limited, to establish friendships with their volunteer buddy.  The kids come to look forward to their weekly or bi-weekly visits.  
Program Success Monitored By  The program is monitored by the parents as well as the volunteers and the staff.
Examples of Program Success  The program has been successful because many children with special needs lack the ability to make friends on their own. With Friends at Home the children are given the ability to make friends and their families welcome the respite that these visits provide.

Young Adult Circle

As many of our special children and teens grow into young adults and the need for independence increases, Friendship Circle has taken the initiative to equip them with life skills that coincide with growing into adulthood.


Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Birth Defects, Genetic Disorders & Developmental Disorders
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  This program teaches adults with special needs how to do everyday activities.
Program Long-Term Success  “Young Adult Circle” is designed to integrate skills they can use on a daily basis: everyday life activities, social skills, cooking, shopping, adventures and entertainment simultaneously incorporate independence, laughter and friendships that make for great memories.
Program Success Monitored By  This program is monitored by the staff and volunteers
Examples of Program Success  This program has taught over 75 adults with special needs life skills that they use on a daily basis, including cooking, interacting with their peers, participating in games, speaking in front of a group of their peers and other basic skills.

Sunday Circle

Sunday Circle is a two hour drop off program creating a wonderful respite opportunity for parents. This program offers a unique opportunity for children, teens and adults to gain from group activities while still receiving one-on-one attention from their buddies.
 
Participants along with their trained teen buddies and Friendship Circle staff partake in structured activities and free play. Specialized art, music and dance therapy – with seasonal themes – raise the spirits and promote creativity, while sports activities exercise gross motor skills and promote physical fitness.
 
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Birth Defects, Genetic Disorders & Developmental Disorders
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The children with special needs that come to Sunday circle are able to interact with kids who like the same things as them.
Program Long-Term Success 
Sunday Circle helps to teach children everything from gross motor and cognitive techniques to communication, language and social skills.  
Program Success Monitored By 
This program is monitored by the staff and the parents. 
Examples of Program Success  The kids who were shy and didn't like to participate are now participating and having fun.  

Summer and Winter Camp

At Friendship Circle camp, children, teens and adults with special needs have their school breaks transformed into an exciting camp experience. The fun-filled camp features a variety of activities, games and sports, as well as field trips each day. Of course, our dedicated volunteers will be there to assist the children one-on-one, giving them an incredible experience. It's a time where children and volunteers build great friendships that they cherish and remember for a lifetime.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Birth Defects, Genetic Disorders & Developmental Disorders
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The children with special needs get to experience camp. 
Program Long-Term Success  This program gives the individual with special needs a camp experience with their friends from the other programs that we offer. 
Program Success Monitored By  This program is monitored by the staff and the parents
Examples of Program Success  Many of our campers return year and year to both the Summer and Winter Camps.  They look forward to the well-planned activities and field trips as well as seeing their special friends and volunteers.  

Sports Leagues

Basketball Buddies 

Basketball Buddies is a program for kids with special needs who would like to learn fundamental basketball skills and make new friends! Participants play along side their teen buddies who assist them in using their newly learned skills. For ages 12 and up.
 
Soccer Stars
 
Soccer Stars pairs teen volunteer soccer players with kids, teens and adults to teach them the fundamentals of soccer. The kids get a chance to play soccer at their own pace and take pride in improving their skills. 
Budget  $1,000.00
Category  Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other Birth Defects, Genetic Disorders & Developmental Disorders
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The special needs participants benefit from exercise and from developing skills in a sport that interests them.  The volunteers learn how special needs individuals interact with their peers.
Program Long-Term Success  Our Sports Leagues provide a place for special needs children and teens to play team sports that they may not normally have the opportunity to play.  They play with and learn teamwork and sportsmanship from the teen volunteers and from the other special needs participants.  
Program Success Monitored By  The staff, the parents and the children
Examples of Program Success  Participation in our sports leagues, both by special needs participants and teen volunteers, continues to grow.  

Management


CEO/Executive Director Chani Mintz
CEO Term Start Jan 2006
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Chani Mintz -- --

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

Work with Regional Center and other Orange County based special needs organizations 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 224
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 92%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: 92,660
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
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 Quarterly
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- Quarterly

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Jo Ann Krupp
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Philanthropist
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Brian Duchman Crescent Heights Voting
Jo Ann Krupp retired Voting
Chani Mintz Friendship Circle Voting
Gerald Werksman Attorney Voting
Felicia Wiseman retired 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: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 5%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 3%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Campus Planning and Development

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2018 to Aug 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $325,000.00
Projected Expenses $300,000.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2017 990

2016 990

2015 990

2014 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 $145,724 $218,106 $142,997
Total Expenses $131,071 $138,596 $106,560

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$145,724 $218,106 $142,997
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 $104,830 $113,751 $85,250
Administration Expense $23,912 $23,160 $17,563
Fundraising Expense $2,329 $1,685 $3,747
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.11 1.57 1.34
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 82% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 1% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $278,816 $271,460 $179,462
Current Assets $278,816 $271,460 $179,462
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $9,085 $16,382 $3,894
Total Net Assets $269,731 $255,078 $175,568

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 30.69 16.57 46.09

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Percentage(If selected) 95%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose

for the purpose of renovating our existing Center to better serve our children and families

Campaign Goal $900,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $260,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

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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.

Documents


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