PLATINUM2022

Upbring Subordinate

Faith in Every Future

Austin, TX   |  www.upbring.org
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Upbring

EIN: 74-1109745  Subordinate info


Mission

Upbring's mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.

Ruling year info

1961

President & CEO

Michael Loo

Main address

8305 Cross Park Drive

Austin, TX 78754 USA

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Formerly known as

Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc.

EIN

74-1109745

Subject area info

Residential mental health care

Human services

Foster care

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers

Adolescents

Young adults

Seniors

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NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Abuse insults our humanity. It’s our mission to break that cycle. We are Upbring, a Texas-wide organization implementing generational innovation to advance child well-being. Generational innovation creates sustainable change that results in positive shifts across generations. It is marked by a long-range mindset, a bias for action and an aggressive approach to creating new systems and re-engineering existing systems. We are the leaders in delivering a broad spectrum of life-restoring services that elevate and heal human beings in our communities. Intent on shifting perspectives and re-imaging current systems, we work to increase child wellness and safety. We are a direct-action organization. As warriors supporting warriors, our work secures a future free form the damages of abuse. Inspired by faith and compelled by compassion, we’re seeking others to join us in the call to defeat abuse. Our unified humanity and ingenuity will lift us - and will determine our future.

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?

Upbring Foster In Texas (FIT)

Foster In Texas (FIT) works with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to find loving families for thousands of children each year. Upbring operates offices across the state of Texas to walk alongside children and families to aid and support throughout the fostering process.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Upbring BeREAL is a supervised independent living program that walks alongside young men and women aging out of foster care to set them up for success by offering housing, life skills development opportunities, mentoring and assistance for food, clothing, transportation and cell phones.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Young adults

Upbring New Life Children’s Center is a residential treatment center in Canyon Lake, TX for girls ages 11 to 17 who have experienced severe trauma. Our comprehensive treatment program helps these amazingly brave girls reclaim their lives and pursue their dreams.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Bokenkamp Shelter
Through grants provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Upbring operates Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter, located in Corpus Christi, TX, a state-licensed facility serving children between the ages of 12 and 17, the majority of whom fled their country of origin to escape drug cartel and gang violence. Children in our ORR facilities are often scared, confused and alone. It’s our goal to provide the love and support they need to survive and heal from the trauma they’ve experienced.

New Hope Shelter
Through grants provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Upbring operates New Hope Children’s Shelter, located in McAllen, TX, a state-licensed facility serving children between the ages of 12 and 17, the majority of whom fled their country of origin to escape drug cartel and gang violence. Children in our ORR facilities are often scared, confused and alone. It’s our goal to provide the love and support they need to survive and heal from the trauma they’ve experienced.

Grace House Shelter & Therapeutic
Through grants provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Upbring operates New Hope Children’s Shelter, located in McAllen, TX, a state-licensed facility serving boys between the ages of 12 and 17, the majority of whom fled their country of origin to escape drug cartel and gang violence. Children in our ORR facilities are often scared, confused and alone. It’s our goal to provide the love and support they need to survive and heal from the trauma they’ve experienced.

Transitional Foster Care
Upbring operates programs through the Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR) to help children who cross the border alone reunite with their families. We deliver medical care, educational services, recreational opportunities, spiritual care and therapy to help children heal from the extreme trauma they have faced.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Upbring Head Start Preschool sets children up for a bright future by providing a safe, inclusive place in which to learn, grow and thrive. We surround families with the services needed to prepare children to start kindergarten ready to learn.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Upbring Adoption serves families hoping to adopt, and expectant parents considering adoption for their baby. Our staff works closely with both parties to ensure that all members of the adoption triad – the birth family, the adoptive family and the adoptee – are supported and have their needs met.

Upbring has partnered as a primary provider with the New Beginning Association, an NGO (non-governmental organization) accredited by the Bulgarian government to provide international adoption services to adoptive families.

Population(s) Served
Families

Upbring Neighborhood House is an emergency assistance program – founded in 1967 in Lubbock, TX – that provides families with children, people with disabilities and the elderly, with food vouchers, hygiene products, prescriptions, utility assistance and other necessities.

Upbring Health for Friends Clinic is a nurse-managed clinic in Lubbock that provides quality services for people who might not be able to otherwise have access to health care because they cannot afford health insurance. All services are provided at no cost to those who qualify.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Lutheran Services in America 2000

Association of Lutheran Development Executives 2000

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) 2005

Lutheran Diaster Response 2000

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 children who have access to education

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

Children and youth, Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric includes our Head Start, Early Head Start programs, Trinity Charter Schools and private preschools. www.upbring.org/education

Number of children in foster care who have stable placements

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Upbring Foster In Texas (FIT)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children welcomed into loving foster homes through Foster In Texas

Number of clients in residential care

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Upbring New Life Children's Centers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Brave girls given a safe place to heal at our residential treatment centers

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Upbring Community Service

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteer hours served through our Disaster Response program

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.

Our mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.

Generational innovation is a mindset and a method for implementing positive, healthy change that beget greater positive shifts across generations. It is marked by a long-range mindset, a bias for action and an aggressive approach to creating new systems and re-engineering existing systems.

Generational innovation embraces the philosophy that systems and solutions must be continuously updated to address their embedded characteristics and reflect current realities. When systems aren’t updated, embedded characteristics of existing systems and current realities degrade the efficacy of social policy.

Partnering with generous friends like you, Upbring delivers evidence-based programs and services that make measurable progress toward five key markers of every child's success: safety, health, education, life skills and vocation. Our life-changing programs include foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services.

Thousands of Texas children are in crisis, forced to live in a reality they didn't choose. For them, childhood is made up of hands that hit instead of hold, voices that scream instead of soothe and adults that check out of their responsibilities and heap household and childcare duties on the children themselves. Instead of hearing loud cheers from the football stands, many of these kids receive absent calls from jail. Graduating from high school often feels like a long shot, and attending college or trade school is often labeled an impossible dream.

The harsh reality of abuse and neglect often extends beyond the four walls of a home and into the fiber of our communities—in many cases a result of crime, economic disparity, mental health disorders or substance abuse.

The charge to break the cycle of child abuse is extraordinarily ambitious. But it's worth the hard work because our Texas children deserve no less. We have faith in every future, and we know that with your help, every child in our great state can become an exceptional adult.

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.19

Average of 5.14 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.2

Average of 0.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16%

Average of 24% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Upbring

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Upbring’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $7,221,031 -$3,000,133 $2,844,412 $3,047,968 -$5,475,109
As % of expenses 11.9% -3.7% 3.1% 3.2% -5.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $6,958,161 -$3,222,728 $2,604,685 $2,818,788 -$5,630,386
As % of expenses 11.4% -4.0% 2.8% 2.9% -5.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $68,192,366 $78,976,011 $88,560,129 $96,832,412 $105,628,164
Total revenue, % change over prior year 19.9% 15.8% 12.1% 9.3% 9.1%
Program services revenue 45.4% 36.8% 32.3% 22.1% 14.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.5% 1.4% 1.0% 1.3% 0.9%
Government grants 32.9% 54.1% 60.7% 67.6% 78.5%
All other grants and contributions 19.2% 6.3% 4.9% 7.8% 4.8%
Other revenue 1.1% 1.4% 1.2% 1.2% 1.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $60,616,657 $80,093,919 $92,904,751 $95,606,844 $108,209,848
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.9% 32.1% 16.0% 2.9% 13.2%
Personnel 54.7% 55.5% 47.2% 56.8% 56.9%
Professional fees 4.3% 3.8% 4.5% 6.0% 6.7%
Occupancy 7.6% 11.6% 16.2% 7.2% 9.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 24.8% 20.6% 22.1% 18.1% 14.0%
All other expenses 8.6% 8.5% 10.0% 11.9% 12.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $60,879,527 $80,316,514 $93,144,478 $95,836,024 $108,365,125
One month of savings $5,051,388 $6,674,493 $7,742,063 $7,967,237 $9,017,487
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $1,396,032 $597,493 $692,290
Total full costs (estimated) $65,930,915 $86,991,007 $102,282,573 $104,400,754 $118,074,902

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 0.4 0.7 0.4 0.2 0.2
Months of cash and investments 7.6 5.8 5.6 5.5 4.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.3 4.3 3.9 4.1 3.0
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $2,022,635 $4,714,950 $3,405,660 $1,500,431 $2,013,347
Investments $36,457,233 $33,767,096 $39,564,446 $42,337,214 $37,333,742
Receivables $6,901,587 $6,057,964 $6,540,734 $5,342,677 $5,671,446
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,954,426 $8,014,342 $9,387,431 $9,974,009 $10,631,713
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 79.4% 81.4% 71.8% 69.8% 66.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.1% 8.2% 11.1% 9.2% 24.5%
Unrestricted net assets $33,597,979 $30,375,251 $32,979,936 $35,798,724 $30,168,338
Temporarily restricted net assets $11,141,159 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $7,107,136 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $18,248,295 $18,065,691 $20,534,508 $19,636,489 $18,286,090
Total net assets $51,846,274 $48,440,942 $53,514,444 $55,435,213 $48,454,428

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Michael Loo

Michael Loo is an insightful leader and an innovative trailblazer who combines his business brain with his mission-focused heart to bring forth programmatic solutions that give thousands of children a reason to have faith that they will have a second chance to experience a happy and healthy childhood. With his analytical problem-solving abilities, relentless determination and immeasurable compassion and empathy for children, Michael hones business tactics he excelled in during his time as an executive at multibillion-dollar companies to achieve organizational goals. At Upbring, the highest goal is driving its important mission: breaking the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Upbring

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

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Upbring

Board of directors
as of 09/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mrs. Sharon Smith


Board co-chair

Mr. L. Wood Franklin

Pastor Emmanuel Jackson

Billy Coe Dyer

Mary Beth Gaertner

Brett Carleton

Roxanne Riefkohl

Jordan Scott

Rev. Lincon Guerra

Harrison Keller

Jason Paull

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/29/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

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