A-Squared Lamp Groups, Inc.

Empowering People, Amplifying Success, Building Community

aka A-Squared LAMP Groups   |   Hacienda Heights, CA   |  http://asquaredlamps.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide professional development coaching, consulting, & organizational tools to individuals, at-risk groups, growing organizations, and pre-launch startups that have limited access or funding for resources.

Notes from the nonprofit

We embody and practice what we "preach" and teach to others. We survived Covid-19 financially because of our conservative financial methodology in which we also train others. In 2021, we hired an accountant to reconcile and review our books, which proved our integrity and reports to be accurate. We are 100% volunteer led, and ensure that we do not waste money on frivolous things. Every two years we host a donors/members trip that focuses on one of the aspects of our services to ensure that they understand what and how we do what we do while they support it. In 2022, we are doing an Italy Wellness Retreat with opportunities for cultural immersion, diet/exercise options, emotional intelligence assessments and debriefing, and team building activities.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Susan Zytnik-Kunzler

Main address

PO Box 5331

Hacienda Heights, CA 91745 USA

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EIN

47-1385145

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs (S43)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We mitigate the top reasons for worker and organizational failures by building business education programs, incubation projects, learning services, and valuable resources that guide realistic success-building. Our best work is to work with workers transitioning into a new role and organizations of every kind that are pre-launch through pre-venture funded.

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?

Pay-It-Forward Coaching Scholarship

Each recipient receives a full scholarship for coaching, assessments, and membership to accomplish his or her development targets in one of six coaching areas. That person has one year to pay or raise funds for the next recipient's scholarship, and we connect them to each other into a success community.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Adults

Empowers small businesses and all nonprofits to offer employees, supporters, and recipients full access to online language learning one or more of 70 tongues and 24 ESL modules. And while not mandatory, they are able to set up their own classes/instructors to augment their own programs and needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provides an enterprise-level Learning Management System to professionals, groups, and organizations. Participants receive full admin-access, independently branded and white-labeled portals, independent Paypal-driven fund processing integration, over 400 pre-made development courses included, and a learning cohort of other participants and a designated Member Mentor who onboards and trains. Participants in our project pay less than 25% of what they would spend to purchase their own systems, not counting the hassles of having to set it up and learn how to use it on their own. We set it up, train them, provide access, and connect participants to each other to share and learn together quarterly.

Population(s) Served
Self-employed people
Adults
Multiracial people

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2021

BCC - coach credentialing board 2021

Candid Guidestar 2021

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 2015

IODA 2021

OD Network 2021

ICF 2021

MHS 2021

CPP 2021

People Keys 2021

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 consulting projects completed

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Large business/org incubators launch an avg of 5 per year. We are very proud of our record to provide more personalized, non-competitive access to leaders/groups who need our expertise.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 build professional & organizational development principles, materials, systems, resources, and skills in people and organizations to pre-emptively train them to "see," make effective mitigating micro-adjustments, and then to quickly act against the most common reasons for failure, self-sabotage, and toxic behaviors. This increases people and organizational success rates, compliance, profitability, longevity, marketability, and confidence in accurate progress-tracking and decision-making.

We engage individuals and organizations through low-cost fees or scholarships using our LAMP model: Learning (opportunities), Advancement (services), Membership (benefits), and Partnership (networks).

We provide professional and organizational development SERVICES (coaching, training, consulting) & SYSTEMS (platforms, incubation, resources).

We make high-end services, systems, and expert help accessible to all through flat-fee donation memberships, shared-cost access, participant-funded projects, and donor-funded programs.

We are certified in business incubation, behavioral consulting, group coaching, leadership coaching, executive coaching, emotional intelligence, and conversational intelligence. We are board-credentialed in general coaching and career coaching. We are able to provide full certified coaching services using a wide variety of psychological, entrepreneurial, and leadership assessments.

We are also able to provide full training and consulting for change, business/strategic planning, and continuous improvement using organizational development tools and knowledge-specific guidance for Boards, Company ERGs, Entrepreneurs, Solo- and Mom-preneurs, Leaders, Executives, Community Groups, Nonprofits, Religious Ministries, and Teams of every kind.

We specialize in providing direct assistance to new start-up organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit, and in building diverse high-trust teams focused on success.

1. Began our Pay-It-Forward Scholarship chain successfully in 2015. It is going strong, with all paying for their services to the next scholarship recipient. We are now typically doing two PIF candidates per year on average. Our most recent recipient (completed in 2021) had been looking for a job for more than 8 months without success. He worked with us for 3 months and when he resubmitted his resume to headhunters and websites, received more than 7 job offers within ten day, at or above his salary, benefits, and location targets - and the company that hired him did so without an HR interview and sharing that he was the only external hire for that team.

2. We have successfully incubated startups, bringing two into legal independence and several into adoptive partnerships with larger organizations that will keep their work going intact with greater resources and support. We are currently incubating seven organizations, which includes four solopreneurs, one ministry, one broadcaster, and one international association. We have plans to launch another incubation project/program at the end of this year (2022). They have each expressed positive experiences and excitement about the ways they leverage their participation in the projects with increasing their bottom lines and growth needs (2021).

3. Engagement and sustainability in our shared-cost projects means that they pay for themselves. These include the (a) We-Learn LMS and the (b) Global Expressions Language Learning. Both are running strong and providing platforms, training, and group learning to individuals and organizations who would otherwise be unable to afford to access and successfully understand the technology on their own.

4. We have two more programs that are in-progress (2022) for soft-launching to interested parties in the near future for beta test first: Our (a) Worker Empowerment Work (eg, WE-Work) for providing leadership development pathways and engagement with women, ERGs, veterans, and disabled persons, and (b) our Startup Entrepreneurial Edge Development (eg, SEED) for under represented individuals who need help and potential entrepreneurs who need assistance in real-time.

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?

    Leaders and professionals who are looking for work, seek to promote themselves or their work, or who are starting their own formal or informal organizations.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Cohort Feedback Mtgs,

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

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback and suggestions we received: We eliminated paperwork in our onboarding process to projects and assigned a Member Mentor who can be the people-friendly face of the process. We streamlined the information and gathered the resources into one single place where all of the project participants can add their own information and/or refer back to specific links or contacts. We created a specific discussion group where new insights can be shared with others in the group. We reduced the monthly cohort sessions to quarterly ones where they are hosted by the Member Mentor for training, accountability, & updates or sharing purposes. We eliminated the "chain-tracking" PIF notations and instead verbally communicated the first name of the person who paid their services back to fund them.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have always done this. Every project or program gets beta tested first with the requirement of providing feedback, guidance, or suggestions. Thereafter, we check in frequently to ensure that each participant has a voice to change or tweak-for-success based on their user experience.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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A-Squared Lamp Groups, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Kunzler

Christina Aragon

Duarte School District

Dana Parker Gonzalez

One Body Studios

Nancy Adams Treder

Treder PR Consulting

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/30/2022

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
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data