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A Quarter Blue

 172 N. Tustin Street, Suite 308
 Orange, CA 92867
[P] (714) 932-0845
[F] (714) 634-8211
aquarterblue.org
[email protected]
Martha Wade
FOUNDED: 2003
INCORPORATED: 2007
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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 01-0900692 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

A Quarter Blue’s (AQB) Trauma Recovery Center offers therapeutic & practical support to children, teens, & adults affected by crimes. AQB's Education & Training Services offer education to enlighten families on how to protect & empower children, in addition to equip professionals in effective interventions for victims of crime.

Mission Statement

A Quarter Blue’s (AQB) Trauma Recovery Center offers therapeutic & practical support to children, teens, & adults affected by crimes. AQB's Education & Training Services offer education to enlighten families on how to protect & empower children, in addition to equip professionals in effective interventions for victims of crime.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $1,260,350.00
Projected Revenue $1,261,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • AQB Education & Training Services
  • AQB Trauma Recovery Center

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Overview


Mission Statement

A Quarter Blue’s (AQB) Trauma Recovery Center offers therapeutic & practical support to children, teens, & adults affected by crimes. AQB's Education & Training Services offer education to enlighten families on how to protect & empower children, in addition to equip professionals in effective interventions for victims of crime.


Background Statement

A QUARTER of children will be left BLUE from the trauma of sexual abuse. In 2003, A Quarter Blue (AQB) began as a for-profit to educate society in protecting children. 95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education. AQB helped communities develop a sensitivity to those affected by this crime. In 2007, AQB became a 501©3. In 2012, they saw a need for parent support groups, which gave a sense of community as parents and children faced the judicial system and went through the healing process. In 2013, AQB added low to no-cost individual therapy to victims of sexual abuse, since clients came from low to moderate-income households. In 2018, AQB officially broadened their scope of practice to include all crimes. AQB Trauma Recovery Center(AQBTRC) seeks to bring wholeness within families after enduring violent crimes, providing an individual, creative approach for survivors. Services include: individual and group therapy with talk, play, sand, art, & music; practical support: advocate for clients at school meetings and court proceedings, offers moral support outside of therapy, provides physical needs and dreams and referrals when outside of AQB's scope of practice. AQB's Education & Training Services offer education to enlighten families about how to protect & empower children through seminars & distribution of AQB resources. Trainings equip professionals in effective interventions for crime victims. Weekly trainings occur for future licensed Marriage Family Therapists.  Resources include: "I Am A Super Kid: An Age-Appropriate Guide to Empower Three to Seven Year-Olds in Protecting Their Bodies;" "SECURE," a teen magazine that encourages students to avoid destructive behaviors and seek healthy interventions when facing life's challenges; "My Secret Life: A Truthful Look at a Child Actor’s Victory Over Sexual Abuse," the autobiography of AQB’s founder; "Educating Adults to Protect & Empower Children," a book for trusted adults to better understand how to protect, detect, and report sexual crimes against children; "We’ve Been There," a magazine for elementary-aged girls created by high school-aged girls encouraging empowerment; "The Tale of Gale," an illustrated story of a brave young boy who runs for help when he suspects a coach as being inappropriate created by boys, and "Sweet Safety" a creative approach for parents and children advocates to teach safe practices using 16 various candies.


Impact Statement

A little girl tries to save starfish by throwing them back in the sea. A man questions her efforts, “You can’t save all these starfish! You can’t begin to make a difference!” She assured him that it makes a difference to each one she saves. This inspires him to join her efforts. A Quarter Blue (AQB) also measures success one life at a time.

“(Pam) came to AQB as part of her conditional release program en lieu of prison. Haunted by abuse, she spent years numbing the pain while living on the streets. When I first met her, she was angry, guarded, nearly mute. Today she laughs, cries & openly shares her heart. She says she’s regaining herself & having a personality for the first time... sober 2 years, she’s working at a restaurant. She moved into her own apartment with the help of AQB’s donors & volunteers. This is the first place to call home in 16 years.” Cheryl Gilbert, MFT Associate

AQB's client growth led to the rental of a fourth therapy room.  This room also stores the supplies for AQB's newest curriculum, "Sweet Safety."

One of AQB's teens shared that she was hearing voices. AQB immediately scheduled an assessment with a psychiatrist. AQB secured funds to pay for her services. Her bilingual therapist facilitated communication with the parents & psychiatrist. After the evaluation, the two mental health professionals devised a plan to help this teen. Through their collaborative treatment plan, she is now thriving.

AQB’s goal is to increase the number of community events & methods of communication, thus increasing opportunities for education & therapy. AQB will also develop volunteers to achieve these goals. 

AQB needs a large space for community trainings, support groups, and therapeutic art. AQB's board is developing the plan in how to purchase a Trauma Recovery Center. It will have a lobby, six therapy rooms, a large room for group activities & kinesthetic-related therapies, & space dedicated to managing social service .) 


Needs Statement

Increasing partner involvement of those willing to introduce individuals, businesses, and organizations to have a part in AQB’s services or refer others to AQB’s services.  

Developing relationships with advisors to connect AQB with people and organizations willing to consider investing in AQB with their time (volunteers) or their resources (financial support).

Partnering with licensed or certified volunteers to help AQB serve target population, in order to enable work to be expanded and developed.

Increasing dedicated volunteers for education focused events, with passionate, well-spoken people to equip parents with AQB’s Sweet Safety curriculum and AQB’s free prevention resources.

Securing funds for a large space for community trainings and support groups.


CEO Statement

A Quarter Blue believes by enlightening society children will be protected & crime victims will be understood, thus preserving innocence and increasing restoration. AQB’s Education & Training Services offers crime prevention services. AQB’s Trauma Recovery Center offers creative, personalized interventions through practical and therapeutic support for the whole family, excluding violent offenders. Hearing from those directly impacted by AQB’s work paints a clear picture of its importance and distinction:

“AQB has been an invaluable resource for Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership...The response from principals & parents arising from your presentations throughout the county and the resources you provide has been tremendous. “ Tamika Williams, Deputy District Attorney

"By far the best presentation I have attended these two days! So informative! Very real discussion." Conference Attendee 

"They approached this sensitive topic in a clear, concise, & bold way." Conference Attendee

“My training at AQB gave me hands on experience in providing a safe place & a caring process of healing for those who have experienced difficult traumas in their lives. I gained insight and appreciation for the use of art in therapy and other creative therapeutic techniques. I witnessed the impact that these unique methods can have on individuals...” Staff
 
“I was deeply impacted by our Dreams Alive! Program… being able to see my clients receive gifts on their wish list… Seeing hope & joy in their usual teary and pain-filled eyes brought me excitement and thankfulness...” Staff 

“(Jon) hasn’t been able to access to this kind of curriculum in the past due to his behavior. He’s happier when he comes home. I’m thankful he will learn how to be creative & have a positive outlet for expressing himself.” Client

“Thankful for providing art therapy at no to low cost because it is so rare and appreciated.” Client

“Before the art, I felt so alone and angry. The art helped me get feelings out. I learned that I’m not alone. I feel safe when I’m there.” Client 

“I am so grateful for the opportunities to learn, become empowered, & express feelings in healthy ways. Having a safe place to go where I could be heard, receive training and tools to help my child, and most of all to connect with others who understand the overwhelming feelings of isolation, failure, sorrow, betrayal, anger and fear is a priceless gift. We are learning to make educated choices & set healthy boundaries so that the cycle of abuse is broken forever.” Client


Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donate time by volunteering at community events to highlight AQB's services; Check mailed to AQB 172. North Eckhoff St., Orange, CA 92867; phone donations 714.932.0845; Make A Quarter Blue the non-profit to benefit through purchases at smile.amazon.com/ch/01-0900692; Gift purchases for clients' to make the needs and dreams come alive; Gift-in-kind for fundraising

Geographic Area Served

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

AQB's TRC is centrally located in Orange, California, strategically close to the 55, 22, 57, and 5 freeways, so that crime survivors can easily come from adjacent cities and counties. AQB chooses to be in a less crime infested area, so that clients feel safer. AQB's services are provided throughout the county, most of AQB’s clients live in surrounding areas, including Santa Ana, whose annual violent crime rate is 1,613. (Statistics gleaned from Neighborhood Scout)

Organization Categories

  1. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Counseling
  2. Crime & Legal - Related - Crime prevention
  3. Human Services - Victims' Services

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Programs


AQB Education & Training Services

AQB Education & Training Services offers education to enlighten families about how to protect & empower children through seminars & distribution of AQB resources. Trainings also equip professionals in effective interventions for crime victims.

Resources include: "Sweet Safety," a creative approach for parents & advocates to teach safe practices with 16 candies, such as, Pop Rocks which teach trusting intuition--the tingling feeling is similar to the funny feeling, when something may not be safe; "I Am A Super Kid: An Age-Appropriate Guide to Empower 3 to 7 Year-Olds in Protecting Their Bodies;" "SECURE," a teen magazine focused on healthy interventions when facing life's challenges; "Educating Adults to Protect & Empower Children"; "We’ve Been There," a magazine for elementary-aged girls to encourage empowerment; "The Tale of Gale," an illustrated story of a brave young boy who runs for help when he suspects a coach as being inappropriate created by boys.

 

Budget  $40,000
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Child Abuse Prevention
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success  With the addition of a committed volunteer to social services, education, and volunteer coordination we are excited about the possibilities to increase our communal impact. We are recruiting volunteers to be trained in presenting “Sweet Safety” at communal events: Cypress Community Festival, National Night Out, Orange International Street Fair, & more. AQB's numerical impact in equipping community members in 2017 was 5,519 participants; the projected for 2018 is 10,000 participants.
Program Long-Term Success 

As A Quarter Blue's has more opportunities to educate community members about effective ways to stop childhood crime, they celebrate the possibilities of lowering crime rates involving children and families. When a crime is prevented, normally it is immeasurable. At the same time AQB has received two phone calls of appreciation that a child and a family member understood the grooming process and were able to stop a potential crime from occurring.

Program Success Monitored By 

A Quarter Blue is faithful to the process. Each staff member and volunteer picks up pebbles of preventative information and drops it in the community in hopes that the ripple effect will take place, and ultimately create a mighty wave that safe adults are dedicated to empower children so they are protected. The true data is immeasurable. At the same time, as participants share with others and refer AQB's resources and training opportunities, their speaking calendar should increase.

Examples of Program Success 

"AQB has been a tremendous partner in our efforts to educate students & parents. We're grateful for your willingness to donate your time, resources & expertise to educate parents at Parent Supporting meetings throughout the county. Parents & caregivers are invariably motivated to ask questions & seek more information for the betterment & protection of their children. The response from principals & parents arising from presentations throughout the county & the resources you provide has been tremendous. Having a partnership with AQB has been invaluable with student awareness & prevention, & as a resource for students who are victims. Through education & dedicated, follow-up with students and families, AQB empowers students to use their voice, express their feeling & to find the valuable resources they need to persevere & overcome. With the shared goal of promoting education to our country's youth, AQB has been a tremendous supporter of OC GRIP." Tamika Williams, Deputy District Attorney


AQB Trauma Recovery Center

AQB’s Trauma Recovery Center (AQBTRC) seeks to move victims to survivors to victors. AQBTRC gives crime survivors a place to be heard, be real, and be themselves. They are not alone. Help is available. Healing is definitely possible! AQB processes trauma through verbal and non-verbal means, while integrating effective techniques to liberate people from the confines of the past to help them find places of contentment and productivity. Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a tool utilized for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). AQB’s multiple-disciplinary approach brings hope & a sense of safety as survivors mend their shattered lives becoming whole & content. Staff provides case management services, psychotherapy, advocacy, substance abuse treatment, and referrals as needed. AQB’s Therapeutic Interventions include Individual Therapy (Talk, play, sand, art, music), Parent Support Group, Peer Support Groups (Men, Women, Teens, Children), and Weekly Art.

Budget  $100,000
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Child Abuse Counseling
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  We will continue to measure success through the process of healing and changed lives. We currently have not set measurable goals, but will begin to gather data to show short-term success.  Suicides will be stopped through appropriate interventions. Clients will receive healthy coping strategies, rather than turn to drugs as a coping mechanism to mask the pain from unresolved childhood trauma.  The root cause will be processed so that healthy decisions will be made.  We will acquire data from their volunteer program as a conditional release from prison, if able.  We may start to measure referrals from those who have seen the results of AQBTRC's therapeutic services.  This is an area of needed development.
Program Long-Term Success 

We read the headlines daily: * More Than 50 Dead in Las Vegas Strip Shooting * Retired Anaheim Drama Teacher Accused of Molesting Students, Possessing Child Porn * Mother of Disabled Child and Ex-husband Found Dead in Murder-Suicide * 15-Year-Old Girl Killed Trying to Stop iPhone Robbery

These headlines show the obvious plague that seems to be overtaking society. While AQB’s Trauma Recovery Center staff works with victims behind each of these headlines, with donor support AQB strives to have an impact in reducing the likelihood of senseless crimes. Headlines often are actually about unresolved childhood trauma. 

A Quarter Blue has the ability to transform culture, by transforming people’s understanding and lives.  We look forward to seeing changes in the lives of individuals which will ultimately change headlines.

Program Success Monitored By  Each therapist sets goals with his/her client.  Currently this information is shared in confidence.  AQB will explore how to appropriately gather and measure this data within the restraints of therapy's law and ethics guidelines with the clinical supervisor and staff.
Examples of Program Success 

has In 2018, over 12 suicides have been stopped due to appropriate interventions.  

Recently a judge reprimanded a service provider for not referring their clients to AQBTRC because has seen the transformed lives in his court room.
 
A woman celebrating 2 years of sobriety has recently been hired as a drug counselor where she formerly received treatment.
 
Through AQB's advocacy & therapy, 4 pedophiles have been sentenced because of the brave testimony of over 14 young witnesses.
 
A husband (24) & wife (22) were on the brink of divorce.  Both were victims of molestation.  He grew up in a drug cartel family, & was suffering from level 40 depression & had suicidal thoughts.  Through committed individual counseling this level has reduced to 20. He now believes he is worthy of a happy life & marriage.  Because both of them have been committed to the process this marriage has been preserved for their 3-year-old son.  
 
 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Martha Wade
CEO Term Start Aug 2003
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Martha Nix Wade has had tremendous success as a former child actress (co-starring on The Waltons, Days of Our Lives, and many other television shows), and continues to be active as a writer, informative speaker, and executive director. She also received an MA in Intercultural Studies from BIOLA University, a teaching credential from Whittier College, and a BA from UCLA in dance.

Martha's messages come from her personal experience of surviving sexual abuse. No matter the audience or the focus of her talk, the impact on listeners is powerful. It offers insight, knowledge, courage, and empowerment to prevent child molestation, offer healing tools for those recovering from this unthinkable crime, or discovering the ways in which we need to love and respect those around us. Her passion is to educate and empower adults and children to avoid becoming victims of sexual abuse and to present answers and viable techniques and tools, offering hope and strength to victims in the aftermath. Through her artistic talents and her vulnerability, she creates a safe and appropriate environment to discuss the tendencies of sexual assault, without unleashing disturbing details concerning her own abuse.

Her autobiography will be releases in April, My Secret Life: A Truthful Look at a Child Actors Victory over Sexual Abuse.

Martha and her husband of 25 years, Gary, live in Orange County, California with their two children, Bailey and Ryder.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Elizabeth RIvas Woman of Distinction Award from Congressman Lou Correra 2018
Martha Nix Wade Woman of Distinction Award from Congressman Lou Correra 2018
Martha Nix Wade Above and Beyond Award "Angels on Earth" 2012
Martha Nix Wade Empower to Survive and Thrive from Congressman Ed Royce 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

With Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership(GRIP), we work alongside of the Deputy District Attorney and police officers to facilitate trainings in the community to protect children and help families know that police are their to protect them.  AQB trains many professionals for the San Bernardino Children's Network Conference.   With many service providers AQB helps equip them to be more effective in their interventions with families, and when needed AQB supplements their services.  AQB's resources are requested throughout the country for use in resource centers and doctor's offices.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 73
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

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

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? --
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

AQB has established the need for more Advisory Board Members.  These members will be asked to take calls in regards to their expertise in line with AQB's work, meet with the Executive Director once a year for counsel, and invite friends and colleagues to AQB's events.  AQB continues to look for ways to increase AQB's effectiveness in the community to protect children through education and restore broken families following crime.  AQB is also looking to increase "database" to include people who will invest in AQB's work and attend events.  AQB also continues to work through ways for people to be less resistant to preventative education and starting therapy to face the effects of criminal trauma.

Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mrs. Martha Wade
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director, Founder
Board Chair Term Apr 2007 -
Board Co-Chair Mr. Micah Burpo
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation SoCal Juniors Volleyball Club
Board Co-Chair Term Apr 2003 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Wayne Brazil Treasurer, Supervisor Voting
Mr. Micah Burpo Vice President Voting
Mrs. Jennifer Havriluk Member Voting
Ms. Dawn Stitt Secretary Voting
Mrs. Martha Wade Executive Director, President Voting
Mrs. Catherine Youngerman-Hernandez Member 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
Mr. Wayne Brazil Community Volunteer Exofficio
Mrs. Roylyn Burton Community Volunteer Exofficio
Lieutenant Katherine Hamel Community Volunteer Exofficio
Mrs. Maya Hivale Community Volunteer Exofficio
Sargeant Eric Rivas Community Volunteer Exofficio
Dr. Natasha West Community Volunteer Exofficio
Dr. Sharon Wollaston Community Volunteer Exofficio

Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 83%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments

How can A Quarter Blue more effectively increase their donor base? We are continuing to seek counsel from business owners to discover ways to increase donor base. How should A Quarter Blue more effectively market its expanded trauma recovery services to the community to open the doors for education and healing with a topic that is "taboo"? We had a meeting with multiple business owners to strategize. One of the main ways we are conquering this is changing our website. The second is increasing communication with police departments and service providers. How may AQB better insure that new hires are proactive in networking to increase their clientele base. We are currently working with a business coach and other business people in the community to develop different approaches to assist with this perceived challenges.

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, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,261,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,260,350.00
Form 990s

2017 990_2017.pdf

2016 990_2016.pdf

2015 9902_2015.pdf

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 $145,078 $103,803 $104,596
Total Expenses $146,595 $99,582 $97,286

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$145,078 $103,803 $104,596
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 $136,620 $76,788 $81,455
Administration Expense $6,725 $22,794 $15,831
Fundraising Expense $3,250 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.04 1.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 93% 77% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $9,891 $15,019 $21,904
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- $3,511 $4,857
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets -- $11,508 $17,047

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities nan nan nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 23% 22%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose A Quarter Blue hopes to purchase a building to accommodate A Quarter Blue's Trauma Recovery Center's services in addition to community events to build safer, healthier communities.  The timelines are in process of being developed.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

AQB is seeking ways to build committed monthly donors and increase acceptance of grant funds.  AQB hopes that as Advisory Board members are added, barriers will begin to fall due to their scope of influence and insights.
 
A perceived obstacle is the taboo nature of stopping sexual abuse and therapy, and people seeing the value of a financial investment.  This is an incredible opportunity to  break down walls to open doors for protecting children and restoring broken people and families.  AQB needs more warriors to be part of the battle.

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.