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FIT 4 THE CAUSE INC

Encino, CA   |  www.fit4thecause.org

Mission

Fit 4 The Cause provides diverse exercise and nutrition education programs for low-income communities, vulnerable children, at-risk teens and fragile seniors in Ventura, Simi Valley, Conejo Valley and the San Fernando Valley. Watch us on EyeWitness News: https://abc7.com/fitness-health-elderly-disability/6186692/

Notes from the nonprofit

Mission: In response to America’s healthcare crisis, Fit 4 The Cause provides diverse exercise and nutrition education programs for low-income communities, many of them with special needs. We serve thousands of beneficiaries including vulnerable children, at-risk teens and fragile seniors in Ventura, Simi Valley, Conejo Valley and the San Fernando Valley. We continue to keep our communities together during the pandemic, offering virtual classes daily. We track progress through our programs and the well-being of these groups.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder, President & Chair

Ms. Cindy Rakowitz

Main address

16000 Ventura Blvd Suite 1000

Encino, CA 91436 USA

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EIN

46-5400388

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

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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?

Group X Programs

One to three hour monthly programs featuring licensed group exercise instructors leading diverse disciplines including cardio-kickboxing, Barre, Zumba, Pole-Fit, Yoga, Cycling and Strength. We raise money for health related causes and qualified indivduals. To date we have benefitted Cancer Support Community VVSB, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer's Foundation, a 50 year old man suffering complications from Diabetes 2 and a 2 year old with Lymphoma. Fit 4 the Cause doubled the number of clients it serves through its Group X Programs in 2019.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Fit 4 the Cause delivered its Move, Dance, Breathe program for the first three months of 2019 before sponsoring it to become an independent nonprofit organization. A method created by Fit 4 The Cause master trainers, this program incorporates warm-ups, cardio, strength training, balance and stretch in a fun-filled​, encouraging environment. This structure works particularly well for seniors and other groups with a variety of movement challenges.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with physical disabilities

Our weekly Zumba classes continue at Many Mansions, assisted living for low-income residents. We have also added food prep and nutrition classes to our service coverage at Many Mansions. We have provided licensed weight loss coaches to residents who were diagnosed as dangerously obese and improved their health. After our service provision, Many Mansions residents have quit smoking, improved their nutritional intake and have committed to healthier living. We serve an estimated 400 Many Mansion residents.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Once or twice weekly, Fit 4 The Cause offers a small group fitness community class at no cost to service recipients. These classes don’t exceed 10 participants so the instructor can give individual attention and suggest regression or progression for people who have special needs or injuries. Each class includes warm-ups, cardio, endurance, strength functional fitness and cool-downs. Nutritional guidance is also provided for community participants.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Fit 4 The Cause provides health enhancing education and services to approximately 1,500 people at low-income housing communities (such as Many Mansions), schools and senior centers, on a year-round basis. Since we serve predominantly low-income communities where the need is greatest, there is never a fee for our classes or services. All classes are conducted by supportive and expertly trained instructors, some of whom volunteer their time or work at reduced rates. Fit 4 The Cause services include:

- Weight Loss Coaching for low-income individuals.
- Personal Training for low-income individuals.
- Nutrition Counseling, Food Preparation and Healthy Cooking for low-income individuals.
- Functional Exercise Training for low-income groups with special needs.
- Fitness Certification Scholarships for low-income individuals.
- Zumba® Classes for low-income communities.
- Recognition Programs for individuals who smash health obstacles through physical fitness.
- Health Professional Referral Program for low-income individuals.
- Fun Fitness Race Event Coaching for low-income individuals.
- Sophisticated health education seminars presented by our medical professionals (Memory Enhancement, Brain Fitness, and heart health).

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

At Sports Academy, a state of the art fitness facility, Therapeutic Exercise specialists teach "Move-Dance-Breathe", a one-hour group fitness class tailored specifically for deserving elderly individuals. Choreographed exclusively by the F4TC team, Move-Dance-Breathe provides a simple combination of warm-ups, dance fit engineered cardio, strength, balance, breath and yoga-inspired cool-downs. A Therapeutic Exercise specialist also offers a one-hour weekly "Chair Exercise" class designed for seniors.

Population(s) Served

This new fitness program, tailored to previously sedentary 80 to 101 year-olds, is provided free of charge every week to 30 low-income individuals.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Fit 4 The Cause began partnering with the Tri-Counties Regional Center, an organization serving youth and adults with developmental disabilities, to begin offering fitness classes in late 2019.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Fit 4 the Cause began delivering this exciting youth fitness program in 2019. Each week Zumba® Kids serves 250 K-6 children, who learn to love physical movement in a fun, social, and non-judgmental environment. The children belong predominantly to low- to moderate-income families and do not pay a fee to join.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

This gentle, trauma-sensitive Chair Yoga class includes the use of props and resistance bands to make poses more accessible. The objective is to strengthen, energize, and increase flexibility in the body while calming the mind and central nervous system. The practice of yoga and meditation has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

Where we work

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 new clients within the past 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

F4TC Fitness Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

With the end of the pandemic and transportation provision up and running, we’ve added 200 new participants over the past 12 months.

Total number of clients in the past 12 months.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

F4TC Fitness Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hours of fitness instruction per week.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

F4TC Fitness Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of hours of nutrition/health education per week (excluding fitness classes).

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of clients who are low- to moderate-income.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Percentage of clients who were not previously exercising.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Fit 4 The Cause works to create a healthier world with fewer barriers to physical fitness and more opportunities for individuals to take control of their futures through improving their health.

Devoting every day to ascertaining its community's health needs, Fit 4 The Cause makes an incredible impact bringing Zumba®, Strength-Training, Tai-Chi, Yoga, Kickboxing and other free community classes and programs into the lives of people who previously had little or no physical activity.

Fit 4 The Cause is deliberately expanding its board presence with medical professionals, providing up-to-date, top-tier wellness curricula for fragile seniors, at-risk youth and special populations with limited motor skills affected by injury or illness. A team of volunteers, medical professionals and fitness professionals provide at least 40 hours a month of wellness education to those in need.

Fit 4 The Cause nurtures deeper connections between participants and organizations in their community through wellness education. We plan to expand our reach in launching “Fit 4 The Cause 2 Go"—The community's first fitness studio on wheels. This mobile gym will deliver fitness to our community's doorsteps-from in-home beneficiaries who have limited mobility to underserved groups who rarely have the opportunity to enjoy endorphin-induced exhilaration. This includes after school programs, assisted living facilities, hospitals and multiple community partners requesting our wellness education services. We are now serving 1,000 elementary school students at Ocean View School District in Oxnard and expanding to Point Hueneme School district through a very impactful dance fit/physical fitness program. Attendance, focus and behavior have improved significantly reinforced by a teacher, principals, student, parent survey. We are now entering year two.

Financials

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FIT 4 THE CAUSE INC

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Rebecca Buck

Los Robles Homecare Services

Hallie Blau

Blau Law

Eric Hunt

Glass Malek

Dee Levy

BBSI

Lorne Label

UCLA

Brian Sullivan

Humana

Chris Woo

C2Tech

Henry Eshelman

Eshelman Red Rose, Inc.

Heywood Friedman

Law Offices of Friedman & Bartoumian

David Kestenbaum

Kestenbaum Law Group, APC

Anita Pressman

Personal Fitness Trainer

Juan Ros

Forum Financial Services

Michael Shore

Chiropractic

Jack Edelstein

Executive Coach

Lorne Label

Neurologist

Stephen Landsman

Squar Milner LLP

Alissa Morton

Morton Marketing Systems

Ivette Dunlap

Certified private fitness trainer and nutrition educator

Jessica Julian, LMFT

Wellness Officer, Engage Treatment Program

David Mack

Hospice Marketing Professional

Gina Meyer

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Board leadership practices

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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? 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? No