Red Sled Santa Foundation

It's not just the giving throughout the year. It's about sharing the generosity and how much LOVE we put into Giving.

Northridge, CA   |  https://www.redsledfoundation.org

Mission

We provide programs ,services holiday gifts and essential needs for low income medically challenged and terminally ill children so they can experience a memorable, meaningful and most loving holiday.

Notes from the nonprofit

Donations for new toys, workshop supplies, postage, operating and overhead expenses, new designated workshop, other material resources, volunteers, adding additional workforce members to implement and manage the increased workshops and the foundations growth process, transportation vehicle for youths and supplies. Financial donations for the RSF Grant website program. With the ask those funds will be used to increase RSF abilities to impact more youth and families, RSF with its limited resources has already answered the needs to over 18,000 families since conception three years ago with a small working budget of $100,000, combined resources from a generous donor , founder donated time and resources. We would like to increase these numbers within the next year to accommodate 20,000 youths and their families per year. $500,000 - $1,000,000.00 Annual donation

Ruling year info

2020

CEO/Director

Mr. Cortney Lofton

Main address

18639 Parthenia St

Northridge, CA 91324 USA

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EIN

85-3127834

NTEE code info

Gift Distribution (P58)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Christmas in July Keeping Kids Active

Promoting healthy outdoor activities:
Santa and his sleigh will be pulled by a LAPD Newton Division Cruiser through South Central, Los Angeles To the Historic South Park, then continue on to visit Gilbert W. Lindsay Park, Santa will be distributing; Soccer balls, Futsal balls, Footballs, Volleyballs, and Basketballs.
Community Stats:
31.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in LA City (South Central/Watts) PUMA, CA (50.5k out of 163k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%.
Population 161,275
18,838.1 people per Square mile
35% ARE CHILDREN AND YOUTH BETWEEN 1-19 YEARS OLD

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

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?

    "We provide programs, services, Santa visits, holiday gifts and essential needs for low income, disabled, medically challenged and terminally ill children in our community so they experience a Memorable and meaningful loving holiday".

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

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

    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?

    We opened Santa’s workshop to teach at risk children and young adults how to make toys and fill gift boxes that they will donate to children and families in underserved communities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

    One of the current projects we working on is to roll out an essential needs kit for the homeless . As part of our continuous feedback plan from the community we are serving, we hosted a focus group with deeply committed community workers. Although the process was still in the planning stages, we shared a hygine excersize using a new product with users and walked them through a few scenarios to demonstrate how the product worked to get feedback. One user explained the lack of water accessibility and another user identified there would not be any additional waste or paper litter in the homeless community, so we found a foam activated product that could be used with out water or a towel. This was incredibly valuable research !

  • 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • 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

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Red Sled Santa Foundation

Board of directors
as of 08/10/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cortney Lofton

Cynthia Esser

RSSF

Ashley Sullivan

RSSF

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? Not applicable
  • 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 8/10/2022

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Leadership

The organization's 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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/10/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.