IGNITE Collective, Inc.

people supporting people

Mammoth Lakes, CA   |  www.ignitefutures.org

Mission

We believe everyone has the right to a high quality of life. We strive to grow and support autonomy, fulfillment, and meaningful community engagement for all. We support people through positivity and collaboration: Treating people like people Welcoming all Celebrating diversity Providing financial assistance to those who need it Engaging in real-life experiences Encouraging choice-making and autonomy Developing goals with the people we support Having fun!

Ruling year info

2014

Founder & Educational Director

Dr. Molly K. Rearick

Board Member & Treasurer

Christopher R. Rosien

Main address

PO Box 3234

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546 USA

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EIN

46-3339587

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People with disabilities, specifically adults, are underserved in every aspect of life. We work with people who seek jobs, relationships, housing, and other "typical" goals that are not afforded to them.

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?

Skill-Based Summer Programs

Learn meaningful skills in real-life settings!

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

One-on-one community-based services

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Working art studio for adults with disabilities

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Kristina Ebsen, MA, LMFT, ATR

Population(s) Served
Adults

Molly K. Rearick, EdD, CESP

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

hands-on workshops for all community members

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Independent Living Skills (ILS) support is designed to meet the unique needs of adults (ages 18+) with developmental disabilities. Services are approved for up to 20 hours per month based on individual goals (exceptions for more hours may be made). Autonomy is the ultimate goal of ILS, where supports are provided and then actively faded as determined by each person and their team.

​All supports are community-based and focus on one or more of the following areas, based on individual goals:

Self-advocacy
Managing services
Transportation
Relationship development
Emergency preparedness
Healthy living
Money management
Communication
Continuing education
Employment, volunteerism, and internships
Entrepreneurship
Home maintenance and safety
Self-care



We support people in ...

​Making choices about where and with whom to live
Making choices about how to live
Learning, practicing, and using skills that aid in living more autonomously
Learning, practicing, and using self-advocacy skills

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Grant 2014

Autism Speaks

Grant 2015

Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Grant 2019

Disability Communications Fund

Grant 2020

Ability Central Philanthropy

Grant 2021

Ability Central Philanthropy

Grant 2022

Ability Central Philanthropy

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 people with disabilities directing their own supports

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Tailored Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of adults with disabilities receiving sufficient social and emotional support

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Tailored Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We support dozens of people with disabilities and their families in becoming more involved in their communities and in reaching goals of employment, real relationships, preferred living situations, and other areas. Our goal is to help as many people as possible become autonomous in decision-making about their lives.

We provide individualized support to help people reach their individualized goals. These include (but are not limited to) communication support, entrepreneurial coaching, job support, educational tutoring, and a variety of real-life experiences. We make friends with the people and families we support, and do things like go camping, skiing, and hiking - not for pay, because we care.

We currently employ 48 staff and support about 150 clients and families per year, with a budget of nearly $750,000 in 2018. Our staff work for low pay because they love what they do, but this is not sustainable. We need ongoing financial support to ensure that staff and client needs are addressed on a daily basis.

Our leadership hail from a variety of fields (special education, psychology, finance, law, etc.) and bring those skills to bear to address challenges and to ensure that we are providing the mosts high quality supports possible.

Since 2013 we have grown in size and revenue; we now support dozens of clients and families, and receive new intake requests every day. We opened Kindling Studios (www.kindlingstudios.org) which supports artists in Ventura County, and began our Tailored Services program, which helps people attend college and engage in meaningful, paid work. We provide art therapy and consulting services, and are expanding into the realm of relationship and sex education.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People with developmental disabilities and their families

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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IGNITE Collective, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Molly Rearick

Christopher Rosien

Englekirk Structural

Molly Rearick

IGNITE Collective, Inc.

A. Louis Dorny

Gordon, Rees, Scully, and Mansukhani, LLP

Kristina Ebsen

IGNITE Collective, Inc.

Morgan Tingey-Dias

IGNITE Collective, Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/12/2022,

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.