Health—General & Rehabilitative

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Carlsbad, CA   |  www.FreshStart.org

Mission

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts transforms the lives of disadvantaged infants, children, and teens with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related health care services. Our vision is to build a community of volunteers committed to seeing that every child with a physical deformity is given the opportunity to have a positive self-image, thereby enriching the lives of both the receiver and giver.

Ruling year info

1996

CEO

Shari T. Brasher

Chief Development Officer

MIchelle Pius

Main address

2011 Palomar Airport Road Suite 206

Carlsbad, CA 92011 USA

Show more addresses

EIN

33-0460177

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Public Health Program (E70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2018, 2017 and 2016.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts provides reconstructive plastic surgery and related services all at no cost. We take care of physical deformities and cosmetic issues caused by accident, disease, abuse and of course birth defects. I would like to clarify and expand a bit on the medical care we provide as many automatically assume that we only take patients with severe conditions, when in fact we treat a variety of issues that are causing kids to feel low self-esteem. We do laser treatments for acne and chicken pox scarring, pin ears back, breast reduction for males, tongue reduction, eye procedures to correct crossed eyes and “shaky” eyes, laser hair removal, birthmark removal and varicose vein treatments. We are all about rebuilding confidence and self-esteem. Fresh Start is the safety net for kids that are uninsured, underinsured or are being turned down by insurance or a government program for something that is deemed “cosmetic”. We care for children in the USA and around the world

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Surgery Weekend

The Surgery Weekend Program provides comprehensive, free healthcare for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured children suffering from physical deformities and other conditions. Six weekends annually, Fresh Start holds a Surgery Weekend where volunteer medical professionals perform reconstructive surgeries on children with deformities. Between each Surgery Weekend, Fresh Start also holds speech therapy clinics, dental clinics, and laser treatments to ensure a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient.At each Surgery Weekend Cycle, Fresh Start treats approximately 65 children, totaling approximately 400 children annually.Medical treatments are provided at the Fresh Start Clinic at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego by an all-volunteer team of medical professionals. Fresh Start treats a wide variety of conditions including congenital defects and deformities caused by accidents, burns, or abuse.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$481,690

Where we work

Awards

Daily Point of Light Award 1992

Points of Light Foundation

Volunteer Action Award 1993

The Office of the President

Healthcare Champion Honoree 2009

San Diego Business Journal

Healthcare Champion Honoree 2011

San Diego Business Journal

Best Local Nonprofit 2011

Ranch & Coast Magazine

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Surgery Weekend

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Although the number of children we erved has dropped slightly, the cases required more extensive surgery and treatment and the value of services was much higher than in previous years.

Number of people unable to obtain or delaying needed medical care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All of the children we served would not have been able to receive medical care without becoming a Fresh Start patient.

Number of volunteer health care providers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Surgery Weekend

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Surgery Weekend

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of returning volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related Program

Surgery Weekend

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Provide access to highly specialized medical care for disadvantaged children suffering from physical or cosmetic deformities that live in the United States and around the world. All medical care and related services are at no cost to the patient or family.

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts reaches out to social service agencies, school nurses, community clinics and pediatricians to raise awareness about Fresh Start as a resource for all children in need of the medical care we provide.

We recruit and retain a roster of 400 medical and lay volunteers that donate their time and talents to ensure that Fresh Start patients receive the best possible outcome.

Annually the number of patients we treat increases. We also track benefits beyond medical care such as self esteem and confidence, progress in school.

To date Fresh Start has provided $41,000,000 in medical care to 7,700 patients. Our goal is to increase our capacity to be able to offer reconstructive services to all disadvantaged children that apply for help.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), paper surveys, focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), case management notes.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to identify and remedy poor client service experiences, to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    Many applications we have received cite the need for laser services for scar reision and hair removal. We have also been asked to help with more complex cases internationally. We are doing more charity cases off schedule and partnering with Rady Children's Hospital to ensure that children in need of the medical care we provide receive the best possible care. AND, no family or patient ever receives a bill. With the current financial crisis, unemployment is skyrocketing along with the loss of employer sponsored health insurance and fears of the unknown, Fresh Start is gearing up to accommodate even more children.Fresh Start is the safety net for the uninsured, underinsured and the growing number of financially insecure families in our communities in need of care for their children.

Financials

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Board of directors
as of 9/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Michael Brucker

Brucker Plastic Surgery

Term: 2017 - 2019

Gregory Ostrow, MD

Scrips Clinic, Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabimus

Erik Moore

Moore, Schulman, and Moore

Jeremy Hirshberg

Transitive Media

Robert Lake

Bridge Bank

Sue Carr

Berkshire Hathaway

Jeffrey Umansky, MD

Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery

Tommy Reynolds

Hardcore Fitness

Ian Sells

eComPartners

Frank Fazio

ZO Skin Health, Inc

Traci Holley

Axos Bank

Tyson Simon

KFORCE

Maggie Shoecraft

Retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/10/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

No data

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Keywords

reconstructive surgery, free surgery, pediatrics, deformities, cleft lip, cleft palate, medical care