AID THE SILENT

Advocating for the (D)deaf and hard-of-hearing

Boerne, TX   |  www.aidthesilent.com

Mission

Aid the Silent (ATS) helps deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) children and teens receive equal access to opportunity by providing financial assistance to enhance communication methods; gain access to education resources; and to grow socially, educationally and spiritually. Aid the Silent’s goal is to give deaf/HOH children the same opportunities to excel as their hearing peers.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Emma Faye Rudkin

Co-Founder

Mrs. Kathy Rudkin

Main address

34910 IH-10 West #701

Boerne, TX 78006 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

47-2883437

NTEE code info

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Centers, Services (P87)

Christian (X20)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Register now

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

This profile needs more info.

If it is your nonprofit, add a problem overview.

Login and update

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?

Deaf Ministry

Through our sponsorships deaf children/teens will have the opportunities to attend faith-based camps and events.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

Our Deaf Education program provides financial assistance for loaner programs that allows schools to distribute hearing aids for children whose personal devices need repair or replacement, early intervention programs for families, conferences and training programs for educators, classroom accommodations, teacher supplies and resources, inclusion outreach initiatives that makes field trips accessible to deaf/HOH students through real-time captioning and sign language interpretation, and through accessibility to the arts through high-fidelity vibration backpacks that translates sounds into motion.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

ATS Deaf Resources program provides financial assistance for resources and services such as hearing aids, accompanying equipment, assistive hearing devices, speech therapy, American Sign Language (ASL) lessons, ear molds, replacement batteries, and audiology visits.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

Funds collected will support organizations that dedicate its efforts to finding treatments and technological advancement that benefit the deaf.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

Deaf Awareness

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Best of Fest - Music Charity 2017

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?

    Aid the Silent serves the deaf and hard-of-hearing community through deaf resources, deaf education, deaf ministry and deaf awareness. Our goal is to be a source of support to help and financially assist economically-disadvantaged deaf or hard-of-hearing children/teens by providing a means to acquire communication through the use of sign language, speech and hearing aids, and/or assistive communication technology, which will allow deaf/HOH children to develop.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Aid the Silent started doing mobile hearing aid clinics due to the feedback we received from those we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • 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,

  • 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,

Financials

AID THE SILENT
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.

AID THE SILENT

Board of directors
as of 4/6/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kathy Rudkin

Aid the Silent

Term: 2015 - 2025

Lance Jackson

Ear Institute of Texas

Ninette Jackson

Ear Institute of Texas

Mark Boston

Surgeon-in-Chief at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio | Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the Baylor College of Medicine

Kathy Rudkin

Aid the Silent

Sandra Parker

In House Counsel for nonprofit

Shannon Badger

Badger CPA

B.J. Bealor Jr.

BB Inspection Services

Shilo Harris

Veteran/Author

Marc Strode

Methodist Healthcare - Senior VP - Rural Market

Monica Ricks

PAX Financial Advisor

Nikki Young

Edward’s Aquifer Authority

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/06/2022

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
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/06/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.