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Emilio Nares Foundation

 2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 200
 SAN DIEGO , CA 92106
[P] (858) 5713328
[F] --
[email protected]
Diana Lopez
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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 13-4229276 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

ENF helps families navigate through their child's journey with cancer and ensures no child misses a cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. 

Mission Statement

ENF helps families navigate through their child's journey with cancer and ensures no child misses a cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,200,000.00
Projected Revenue $1,300,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Emilio's Snack Bags
  • Loving Tabs Shirts
  • Ride With Emilio

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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


Mission Statement

ENF helps families navigate through their child's journey with cancer and ensures no child misses a cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. 

Background Statement

Two years after losing their precious son, Emilio, Richard and Diane Nares started the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF). 
ENF provides programs and services for low-income, underprivileged families whose children are battling cancer. Our flagship program, Ride with Emilio, is a transportation service, taking families to the hospital for their child’s chemo, radiation, or other important medical appointments. Other programs include knitting and sewing circles, healthy snack bags for children, end of life child & family support. Ride with Emilio has been honored by President Obama and the US Surgeons General as a model program. In addition, Richard Nares had the honor to be among the top ten finalists to become CNN Hero.
We are a 501C3 tax-exempt organization. All donations to the Emilio Nares Foundation are tax deductible.

Impact Statement

ENF's accomplishments:
1. Distributed 1,200 Loving Tabs shirts nationally, free of charge to newly diagnosed cancer patients.
2. Hired ENF's first Orange County Regional Director. 
4. Surpassed our fundraising goal of $1,000,000 to $1,200,000.
5. Expanded programs & services to CHOC, including Emilio's healthy snack bags, a survivor bell and a charging station for families.
1. Deliver Loving Tab Shirts to even more hospitals around the country.
2. Expand Ride with Emilio to other hospitals in the nation, starting with LA by the end of the year.
3. Expand hours for our OC part time driver to full time.
4. Hire a Marketing Associate for whole foundation.

Needs Statement

1. Annually raise $400,000 to support operation costs of Ride With Emilio in Orange County, so we can continue to ensure no child misses their cancer treatment due to lack of transportation in OC.  
2. Hire a Marketing Associate for Foundation.

CEO Statement

We are very grateful for all the support so that we can continue these impactful programs that benefit families whose children are battling cancer. We deliver services at no cost to our patient families, most of whom live among the poverty thresholds, thank you for sharing in our vision.

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Please visit our website for online donations: orĀ Checks made payable to: Emilio Nares FoundationĀ 

Geographic Area Served

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

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  2. Health Care - Health Support
  3. Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines - Cancer



Emilio's Snack Bags

We provide healthy, hospital-approved snack bags for children after treatment. These bags are assembled by volunteers but distributed by nurses in the oncology/hematology unit. 
Budget  20,000
Category  Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  We want to make sure all patients have the opportunity to eat something nutritious while in treatment.
Program Long-Term Success  This program ensures no child is hungry after medical treatment, provides nutritious alternatives to sugary vending machines and eliminates the food gap to families in need. 
Program Success Monitored By  Our program's success is monitored by the families' and children's feedback. 
Examples of Program Success  --

Loving Tabs Shirts

These shirts are specially designed with open tabs on the shoulder to facilitate access to medical devices without requiring scared children to remove their garment. For children, lifting or removing their shirts several times a day for required procedures creates unnecessary stress and fear. Emilio's Loving Tab Shirts provide comfort when children are receiving grueling medical treatment. These shirts are provided to patients free of charge in an innovative and fun package.  
Budget  $4,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Quality of Health Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  If we are able to provide comfort to one child while receiving treatment and help facilitate a doctor's medical procedure, we have succeeded. 
Program Long-Term Success  We want to eliminate the discomfort of removing their garment for all children who are receiving medical treatment while facilitating access to their port.
Program Success Monitored By  Loving Tabs Shirts success is monitored by families testimonials and stories.
Examples of Program Success  --

Ride With Emilio

Ride With Emilio provides free transportation services to ensure that sick children have access to chemotherapy and other crucial medical appointments. Prior to Ride With Emilio, up to four children each day missed crucial cancer treatment at Children's Hospital of Orange County due to transportation barriers. During the past ten years of operations in OC, missed appointments due to transportation issues have been virtually eliminated.

Budget  226,384
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  At the end of the year, no child would have missed a medical appointment due to lack of transportation, increasing their chance of survival. 
Program Long-Term Success  No child should miss their cancer treatment due to lack of transportation. Public transportation is not a suitable option when your child's immune system is suppressed. Long term success would be every low-income, underprivileged families whose child has cancer, is picked up and taken to their medical appointment. Our goal is also to grow the operations, hire a development director, gain office space and operational staff needed to raise and secure sustainable funding. 
Program Success Monitored By  CHOC Social Workers refer patients to ENF. ENF staff tracks trips, patients, families, gas, mileage, so we can gather accurate data and analyze our impact. 
Examples of Program Success  Our success is measured by the patient families feedback. We strive to serve families by making sure they get to their appointments on time, every time, in a safe and clean environment.


CEO/Executive Director Karen Terra
CEO Term Start May 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Richard Nares 2003 May 2017

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Katie Khasim Director of Development --
Richard Nares Co-Founder & Lead Visionary --
Luz Quiroga Director of Programs --
Karen Terra Executive Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Hero CNN 2013


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Ronald McDonald House 
Rady Children's Hospital 
Binkeez for Comfort 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 58
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 10
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 5
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
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 --
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


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Gary Peterson
Board Chair Company Affiliation gap intelligence
Board Chair Term Jan 2014 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Elizabeth Brann Paul Hastings Voting
Jack Corrao III Corrao Group LLC --
Tracy Downing Downing Family Foundation Voting
Jally Gamboa Metro Steel --
Linda Holland UC San Diego Health, Moores Cancer Center Voting
Mike LaNier Online Bookeeping Voting
Chris Larson TCL USA --
Christine Lazott -- --
Marti Montbleau Community Philanthropist Voting
Diane Nares Banfi Vintners Voting
Alyssa Pearson Wells Fargo Voting
Gary Peterson gap intelligence Voting
Jim Rider Genoptix, Inc. Voting
Scott Stevens -- --
Ben Wood B. Wood Insurance Voting
Andrew Zlotnik Zlotnik Law Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Christine Lazott -- --
Casper Yen -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
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


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Finance


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,300,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,200,000.00
Form 990s

2017 ENF 990

2016 ENF 990

2015 ENF 990

2014 ENF 990

2013 2013 990 Amendment

Audit Documents

2017 ENF Audit

2016 ENF Audit

2015 ENF Audit

2014 ENF Audit

2013 ENF Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $831,752 $871,589 $857,780
Total Expenses $861,889 $808,714 $758,629

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$392,146 $324,137 $308,176
Government Contributions $0 $8,554 $15,000
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $8,554 $15,000
Individual Contributions -- $66,913 $164,181
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,500 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $308 -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $437,798 $471,985 $350,423
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $20,000
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $674,953 $513,105 $474,669
Administration Expense $99,092 $224,209 $189,412
Fundraising Expense $87,844 $71,400 $94,548
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.97 1.08 1.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 63% 63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 11% 8% 11%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $676,778 $702,324 $630,188
Current Assets $592,880 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $16,228 $11,637 $2,722
Total Net Assets $660,550 -- --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 36.53 0.00 0.00

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
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


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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