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Forgotten Children Inc

 4401 Atlantic ave., Suite 253
 Long Beach, CA 90807
[P] (800) 4451326
[F] --
www.forgottenchildreninc.org
[email protected]
Tera Hilliard
FOUNDED: 2006
INCORPORATED: 2006
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Organization DBA Rachel's House of Healing
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 74-3200194 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to rescue, restore, educate and bring hope to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
 
Our vision is to empower and equip individuals, families and communities by breaking the cycle of sexual exploitation through partnerships and community awareness.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to rescue, restore, educate and bring hope to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
 
Our vision is to empower and equip individuals, families and communities by breaking the cycle of sexual exploitation through partnerships and community awareness.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $300,000.00
Projected Revenue $300,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Road to Freedom
  • Rachels House of Healing
  • Drop In and Resource Center

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Overview


Mission Statement

Our mission is to rescue, restore, educate and bring hope to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
 
Our vision is to empower and equip individuals, families and communities by breaking the cycle of sexual exploitation through partnerships and community awareness.

Background Statement

A community-based, non-profit organization, Forgotten Children, Inc. (FCI) provides after care and extensive support services to victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and violence.
 
Established in 2006, in direct response to the growing issues of human trafficking in San Bernardino, Lynwood, and the South Los Angeles community. Forgotten Children, Inc. is an organization that is dedicated to abolishing Human Trafficking. Our mission is to rescue, restore, educate and bring hope to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
 
Since our inception, we have established a safe house in San Bernardino, several street teams, a jail bag program and a resource/support center in Lynwood. We have reached more than 5,000 women.
 
The purpose of FCI is to reduce the number of women and families impacted by human trafficking by providing awareness and training to families, schools, churches and key community stake-holders located in "hot zone" areas such as: Compton, Lynwood, Long Beach, Orange County, South Los Angeles and San Bernardino. 
 
We are here to assist victims’ transition from a life of pain and hopelessness to one of healing and restoration. 
Our Drop-In and Resource Centers are a safe place where women who are victims of sexual exploitation can come and receive resources and information regarding their physical, mental, and emotional needs. They are welcomed into an environment where they can relax, find comfort and feel safe.
 
When necessary, the center provides transportation to relocation sites or other appropriate services.
 
Street Teams-Street teams go out every Friday night wherever the girls are “working” to spread the love of Jesus Christ. We distribute “love bags” that contain gum, a small set of toiletries and phone numbers for resources. 
 

Re-Entry Program-Road to Freedom is an 8-week reentry diversion program designed for women incarcerated for prostitution and sexual exploitation. Participants are provided with resources, education and the tools they need to identify behaviors that caused them to become a victim of human trafficking and prostitution.

 
Residential Housing-Rachel's House of Healing (RHH) provides residential housing and life skill training for women eighteen years of age and over. We help women who have been trafficked into prostitution and sexually exploited. We have on-site staff 24-hours per day as-well-as counselors to address chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS, Anger Management, and Family Reunification. Rachel's House has the capacity to house four full time residents and one short-term resident. 

Impact Statement

In 2017, we saw a record number of girls in all programs compared to previous years.  As the enterprise of human trafficking continues to grow, so does the need for comprehensive trauma informed programs and services. 

The following is a 2017 breakdown of the number of people served and program successes: 
Residential
We housed 25 residents.
We closed escrow on June 11, 2017 for our safe house in San Bernardino, CA.
We launched Rachel’s Sew & Sow which is part of our employment development and social enterprise program for residents.
 
Street Outreach-We outreached to more than 2,000 girls in various areas throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Bernardino County. These areas have high human trafficking and prostitution rate. We distributed more than 250 freedom bags to women released from jail and provided diversion classes to 236 inmates at Central Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Ca. 
 
2018 GOALS (Jan 1-December 31)
Training-Identify at least 15 public entities to expand human trafficking awareness trainings. We will target: (1) leadership in law enforcement agencies; (2) emergency room professionals at local hospitals; (3) churches and local congregations and (4) middle/high school administrators. Trainings will also assist agencies develop protocols regarding the questioning of possible trafficking victims. 
Outreach-Increase outreach efforts utilizing communications technologies most likely to be available to victims such as; radio stations, television programs, and social media. 
Case Management to 100 survivors identified through street outreach, referrals and diversion classes. 
Counseling and Trauma Treatment-Provide 100 human trafficking survivors with culturally relevant counseling and treatment. Treatment interventions will include Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral, Treatment and Cognitive therapies.

Needs Statement

Our top 5 most pressing needs are:
1. Funding-We are currently funded by private and individual donors. Our goal is to diversify our funding sources to include foundations and businesses. Our goal is to solidify monthly support of $25,000 to operate all of our programs.
2. Volunteers-Due to our limited funds, we depend on volunteers to make up the difference in all of our programs. Finding committed volunteers is often a challenge.
3. Resources for residents and program participants-We are in need of gift cards to clothing stores, movies, Target, Walmart and local grocery stores. Gift cards are used for our safe house and street teams. Gifts cards can range in from $5.00-$500.
4. We are also in need of a van for our safe house to transport residents to various appointment, school etc.  
5. We are looking for board members from the Orange County and Inland Empire area. Our goal is to add two new board members by by December 31, 2018. 
 

CEO Statement

Forgotten Children, Inc. (FCI), is a unique organization. Our staff and volunteers are committed to eradicating human trafficking and sexual exploitation. 
 
I've personally watched our entire team go beyond the normal call of duty to ensure a victim is protected and safe. We've had to make hard decisions concerning the mental and emotional state of a victim and we've had to walk alongside of a resident when she had to face her trafficker.
 
The heart of FCI is rooted deep in the love and compassion we have for this work. We understand every girl is unique and should be treated as an individual. We are committed to creating programs and services that will foster healing, growth and restoration.
 
Human trafficking impacts every community and has the power to destroy an entire family. It is for this reason that I fight. I am committed to fighting for those who can't fight for themselves. I believe change happens when good people stand up and do something.  As the CEO, I will train, educate and challenge churches, community leaders, parents and elected officials to stand up and do something. Together we make the difference. 

Board Chair Statement

My heart was opened to the issue of human trafficking after my trip to South Africa. I had to opportunity to serve in a ministry that rescued women off the streets and out of the hands of traffickers.  When I returned to the states, my initial thought was to return to Africa; however, once I discovered that the same issue of trafficking existed in my own city, I knew I had to so something.  

It doesn't seem possible that it has been more than 12 years since we identified a need and began the ministry. I am amazed at our growth and what we have accomplished. We started on a hot summer night 12 years ago, with a table, coffee, water, a hug and prayer. From that humble beginning, God has allowed us to grow our street teams in multiple cities, open drop in centers, offer awareness workshops, provide jail ministry and most excitingly, open a safe house for the victims. This safe house provides an opportunity for healing of mind, body, soul and spirit.

Much has taken place since our humble beginnings. We have grown our street teams, allowing us to reach more victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation with God's love.

My goal is to work with our CEO to build an organization the fights against the darkness of human trafficking.  My personal mission is to share God's love and plan to every victim I come in contact with. I believe, women everywhere need to know they do not have to settle for the lies of pimps, gang bangers and predators. It's time for all us to stand tall and fight this modern day slavery.  
 

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

FCI is solely supported by caring partners, monthly supporters and small grants. Volunteers are important and needed in the following areas: Street Outreach, Mentors, Facilitators, Admin Support, and Special events. In-kind contributions of: hygiene products, gift cards (Target, Movies, Fast Food), dog good, cleaning supplies, female underwear, sweat tops and bottoms. To get involved email us at [email protected] or to give financially make checks payable to: Forgotten Children, Inc. 4401 Atlantic Ave., Suite 253, Long Beach, CA 90807.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
FCI currently serves the greater Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire. 

Organization Categories

  1. Housing, Shelter - Housing & Shelter NEC
  2. Religion- Related - Christianity
  3. Human Services - Human Services

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Programs


Road to Freedom

RTF is a program designed to create self-sufficiency among survivors of human trafficking and reduce the recidivism rate of returning to the "life." RTF encompasses: street outreach, diversion program for incarcerated victims, reentry/post release services, and community resources.

Many of the victims are led to believe they have no valuable skills to contribute to society. The success rate of reintegration for survivors is minimal, since viable options are not available to earn a living, causing many to unwillingly return to the sex trade.

Our goal is to provide all participants with the tools necessary to redirect their lives and become
contributing members of the community. RTF is a three-phase program designed to create a learning experience and promote good work habits and basic skills which are appropriate for the
workplace. The following phases are designed to ensure program completion and success:

Phase 1-Intake and Assessment-Participants will work with the staff to identify skills, personal
interest, barriers and immediate needs.
Phase 2-Program Implementation & Case Management-Participants will be paired with program mentors based on their interest. Case management is used to plan, implement and monitor the options and resources required to meet the participants service needs.
Phase 3-Internship and Program Certification-Upon successful completion of the program, participants will
receive a certificate of completion. Staff will work with employers to secure internships and job placement.
Budget  $30,000
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Ex-Offender Services/Supervision
Population Served Females Victims Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Successful reentry programs work to fill the gap that exists between recently released inmates and sustainable success. For many incarcerated individuals, the first few hours and days after they leave prison or jail are critical. In many states, they are handed a few dollars and dropped off at the nearest bus or train station. Not only are they faced with the prospect of finding transportation and shelter with little or no resources, but the structure and experience of being in prison can exacerbate the lack of education, problem solving skills and resiliency that often led to their incarceration in the first place.

We will conduct eight weekly classes in our drop in center and at the Central Regional Detention Facility (CRDF). At the end of each session, we will graduate 5-10 participants. 

We will establish collaborative partnerships with local law enforcement, community service providers, businesses, and other appropriate entities to provide wrap around services.
 
 
Program Long-Term Success  Certain women and girls are especially vulnerable to sex trafficking and prostitution. These include impoverished, uneducated and drug- addicted women and runaway girls. These women and girls have few economic alternatives beyond prostitution. Runaways, in particular, are highly susceptible to the false love and support offered by traffickers and/or pimps. In all cases, poverty contributes to the vulnerability of women and girls.

Studies show, victims of human trafficking experience severe trauma that directly impact their ability to reclaim their life thus keeping them vulnerable to a life of prostitution. Research also tells us that experiencing traumatic life events can affect the way people learn, plan, and interact with others. Providing human services to individuals who have experienced trauma calls for an approach that takes into consideration their trauma histories.

Our staff and volunteers are trained to address trauma related issues that directly affect victims. We believe economic empowerment will strengthen survivors and equip them with the skills, resources, and confidence to financially support themselves and their families. The workplace is a key environmental factor in our mental well-being and health. Economic well-being impacts personal identity, self-esteem, and social recognition. Moreover, economic options contribute to social integration, including social contact, social context, time structure, and social identity, all of which affect people's health and mental health status.
Our long term goal is to create self sufficiency and reduce the recidivism rate of those returning to jail and a life of human trafficking. 
 
Strategy 1.1:Reduce victimization by preparing participants for successful transition and re-entry into their communities.
Objective 1.1: Assess and classify participants to identify behavior and programming/employment needs.
Objective 1.1.2: To train staff, volunteers and mentors in their role in the development of an individualized treatment and goal plan.

Strategy 1.2: Ensure participants are prepared to transition prior to program completion.
Objective 1.2.1: To provide participants with educational, vocational, and substance abuse treatment and other program needs based on their individual needs/priorities, program space availability, and transition date.

Strategy 1.3: Implement a discharge and/or aftercare plan for all participants.
Objective 1.3.1: To identify resources available to assist participants with transition plans

Strategy 1.4: Ensure an environment with internal and external community involvement.
Objective 1.4.1: Network with local business, colleges and community leaders to discuss issues related to the "Transition from Human Trafficking" Initiative.
Objective 1.4.2: Establish local advisory and employment groups to support re-entry efforts.
Objective 1.4.3: To educate all staff on the concept of re-entry and their role in the process.
Objective 1.4.4: To increase the use of volunteers/mentors with a variety of areas of expertise in victim trauma/re-entry programs.

 
Program Success Monitored By  Program success will be monitored by case management, pre & post tests, exit survey's and participant testimonies. 
Examples of Program Success 

Despite the occasional success story of a former inmate or program participant building a success life, research continues to show that as many as 75% of ex-prisoners find themselves back in the criminal justice system within the first year. Successful performance management of re-entry programs and other anti-recidivism resources are critical to change those outcomes. And at the end of the day, reducing recidivism is important for both individuals and communities.

Through our partnership with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, we've been able to provide diversion classes to more than 1,200 inmates, provide resources to 300 participants, and house and graduate two inmates through our safe house. 


Rachels House of Healing

Rachel's House of Healing (RHH) provides residential housing and life skill training for women eighteen years of age and over. We help to women who have been trafficked into prostitution and sexually exploited. Located in San Bernardino, this is the city's only female facility and the only facility with long-term residential housing. All other shelters offer 18 months or less of housing. We have on-site staff 24-hours per day as-well-as counselors to address chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS, Anger Management, and Family Reunification. Rachel's House has the capacity to house four full time residents that can stay for up to 2years if they are clean and sober (random drug and alcohol testing determines this), and have no other place to go. Additionally, each resident must be an active participant of our four-step 180-program that addresses the mind, body, soul, and spirit.

Budget  $153,385.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Crisis Shelter
Population Served Females Victims Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
Residents entering the program are required to complete a 30-day black out period. It's doing this time, that we assess needs, set goals and complete intake forms and enroll in our 180-program. Residents are also paired with mentors to assist with program success. 
 
Residents are required to meet weekly with staff to assess personal and program goals.  
Program Long-Term Success  Upon successful completion of our program, residents will be able to reunite with family members, live independent and productive lives as well as readily identify behaviors that have the potential to cause harm to their lives.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is measured by weekly team meetings, case notes and pre/post program survey's. Residents are also paired with mentors that work directly with mental health staff to address potential triggers and disorders.  We also conduct random drug testing to ensure program success.
Examples of Program Success 
Last year, we had three residents to complete the program and re-unite with their family.
 
One resident in particular was trafficked from UTAH and had severe mental and emotional trauma. She was also diagnosed with sever PTSD and had no intentions of getting help. She was brought to RHH by a domestic violence shelter after they realized she was a victim of trafficking.  Our staff worked with our on-site therapist to create a treatment plan and achievable goals. 
 
After 22months of being in our program, the resident completed 2years of community college and was reunited with her family where she has enrolled in nursing school. She is living a vibrant and productive life. We connected her with a therapist to continue her treatment and we keep in contact. 

Drop In and Resource Center

Drop-in and Resource Centers are a division of FCI. The goal of each center is to provide victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation alternative options while teaching them how to become self-sufficient and independent. Our Drop-in and Resource Centers are a safe place where women who are victims of sexual exploitation can come and receive resources and information regarding their physical, mental, and emotional needs. They are welcomed into an environment where they can relax, find comfort and feel safe.

We also provide hygiene products along with clothing, hot meals and resources for short-term shelter. Anyone with a desire to leave the “life” is provided with the resources necessary to assist with their decision. 

Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Information & Referral
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Victims US& International
Program Short-Term Success 
The number one purpose of this program is to reduce the recidivism rate of girls returning to a life of prostitution and trafficking.  We believe through strong community support, coupled with a comprehensive program, we will see a decrease in the number of girls returning to the life.
 Mentors hold girls accountable and provide a safe place go. Mentors work directly with center staff to track progress, ensure needs are met and provide minimum case management. 
 
Program Long-Term Success 
We currently provide resources, referrals and wrap around services. Our goal is to reach 45 victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation by December 31, 2017. Through our intake process, we capture basic demographic information to track: age, ethnicity, resource given and immediate need.
 
Our goal is to provide resource and support to at least 70% of the girls coming in for services. We also work with mentors to provide employment readiness, GED assistance and job placement.
Program Success Monitored By  All participants receive an intake form to determine needs, measure outcomes and ensure needs are addressed. Participants also receive a survey at the conclusion of their program. 
Examples of Program Success  We have successfully graduated six participants. Three of the six are gainfully employed and have not returned to the "life".

Management


CEO/Executive Director Tera Hilliard
CEO Term Start July 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

She has worked in the Non-Profit sector for more than 20 years. She is the former Clinic

Director for the Westside Pregnancy Clinic, and has served as Executive Director of The

Grace Elliott Center, assisting pregnant and parenting women. She also served in

varying capacities for the Salvation Army Compton Corps Community Center, the Rosa

Parks Sexual Assault Crisis Center and the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles. She is the

former Program Manager of the Black Infant Health program at Great Beginnings for

Black Babies. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Paula Daniels Oct 2005 July 2015

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

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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

We currently collaborate with local law enforcement, attend human trafficking task force meeting's in Los Angeles, Orange County and Long Beach.  We also work with various human trafficking organizations, and victims based programs. 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
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? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
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 Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Pastor Paula Daniels
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder
Board Chair Term July 2015 - July 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Sheila Booker Real Estate Agent Voting
Pastor Paula Daniels Founder/President Voting
Anjana Gounder Bookkeeper Voting
Gwen Hogans Volunteer Voting
Dyan Howk Licensed Therapist Voting
Ed Vickery Retired Budiness Man 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
Simon Gounder Company Owner NonVoting
Pastor Woodrow Robinson Pastor NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 90%
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 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $300,000.00
Form 990s

2017 990

2016 990

2015 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 $301,962 $235,014 $176,846
Total Expenses $298,924 $225,638 $150,273

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$256,212 $229,669 $176,846
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 --
Earned Revenue -- $0 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $0 --
Membership Dues -- $0 --
Special Events $45,750 $5,345 --
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 --
Other -- $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $298,924 $225,638 $150,273
Administration Expense -- $0 --
Fundraising Expense -- $0 --
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 1.04 1.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $332,501 $179,805 $103,973
Current Assets $1,222 $179,805 $103,389
Long-Term Liabilities $348,831 $45,478 --
Current Liabilities $9,700 $0 --
Total Net Assets $-26,030 $134,327 $103,973

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.13 inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 105% 25% 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

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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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