The Red Door Project

aka The Red Door Project   |   PORTLAND, OR   |
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The Red Door Project

EIN: 45-3729152


The Red Door Project’s mission is to leverage the power of stories to change our racial ecology. Founded in 2011, RDP envisions a society where our differences catalyze listening, learning, and thoughtful action. Our systems approach to exploring race and human interaction provides a framework for examining root causes of problems and needed policy changes. We ask participants in our programs to engage in open dialogue, witness multiple truths, discover shared values, and consider how to apply these learnings in everyday life.

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CEO, Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Kevin Jones


Lesli Mones

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Subject area info


Law enforcement



Diversity and intergroup relations

Population served info


Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

Victims and oppressed people


NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Evolve Experience

In 2016, The Red Door produced Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, a set of autobiographical monologues by black playwrights that explore their feelings about the well-being of black people in a culture of institutional profiling, written in the wake of police shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and others. The Red Door’s work with Hands Up led them to partner with members of the Portland Police Bureau, with whose support they developed a new show called Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue. These monologues, based on interviews with law enforcement officers, depict the lived experiences of cops of all ranks, many of whom live at the intersection of this complex conversation as officers of color. Over the following three years, the Red Door toured their productions throughout the Pacific Northwest to over 15,000 audience members.

Interweaving monologues from Hands Up and Cop Out, Evolve is a new performance experience that explores the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color. In the midst of profound conflict, Evolve challenges biases and takes this charged, complex conversation to a level that generates compassion and empathy. With the development of this new production came a shift in the Red Door’s focus, from performing for general audiences to presenting The Evolve Experience as a training module for criminal justice and law enforcement professionals that combines live performance and curriculum components. While there are many different kinds of training available to professionals in the criminal justice industry, what the Red Door offers is unique. Art has the power to affect people on a deep, emotional level, in a way that traditional classroom training does not.

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Best New Nonprofit 2012

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Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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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.

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  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    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 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, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people


The Red Door Project
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 2021 Audited Financial Statements 2020 2020 Audited Financial Statements 2019 RDP 2019 Reviewed Financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.31 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.8 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The Red Door Project

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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The Red Door Project

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The Red Door Project’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$71,169 $56,397 $460,938 $404,664 -$150,297
As % of expenses -11.2% 8.9% 68.3% 50.2% -15.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$71,169 $56,397 $460,938 $404,664 -$150,297
As % of expenses -11.2% 8.9% 68.3% 50.2% -15.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $503,011 $829,466 $939,123 $1,303,502 $942,907
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 64.9% 13.2% 38.8% -27.7%
Program services revenue 6.6% 5.2% 6.0% 4.7% 13.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 6.1% 5.2% 45.9% 48.3% 54.4%
All other grants and contributions 87.3% 89.6% 48.1% 46.9% 31.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $635,172 $634,018 $674,479 $806,745 $953,480
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -0.2% 6.4% 19.6% 18.2%
Personnel 36.0% 47.7% 38.5% 53.5% 50.6%
Professional fees 41.0% 33.0% 46.4% 40.0% 39.7%
Occupancy 1.1% 2.0% 1.1% 1.2% 1.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 21.9% 17.3% 14.1% 5.3% 8.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $635,172 $634,018 $674,479 $806,745 $953,480
One month of savings $52,931 $52,835 $56,207 $67,229 $79,457
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $688,103 $686,853 $730,686 $873,974 $1,032,937

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.7 4.2 13.5 16.3 13.5
Months of cash and investments 2.7 4.2 13.5 16.3 13.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.9 2.9 11.0 15.2 11.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $143,396 $220,164 $757,861 $1,093,159 $1,069,603
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $63,500 $172,789 $60,000 $110,439 $130,199
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,184 $2,184 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 19.4% 3.3% 4.3%
Unrestricted net assets $98,367 $154,764 $615,702 $1,020,366 $870,069
Temporarily restricted net assets $108,529 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $108,529 $247,580 $51,286 $143,379 $283,103
Total net assets $206,896 $402,344 $666,988 $1,163,745 $1,153,172

Key data checks

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

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CEO, Co-Founder, Artistic Director

Kevin Jones

Kevin E. Jones is the principal conjurer and co-creator of The Red Door Project. He is an award-winning actor and director who has performed on the stage and screen for more than 30 years. Kevin is also a communication, organizational, and diversity consultant with over 25 years’ experience working with private and non-profit organizations. His approach utilizes complex systems thinking, cognitive mechanics and organizational change theory. As Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and CEO of the Red Door, Kevin brings this big-picture thinking to every play, project, and consulting session. Kevin Jones’ work offers a new way to approach seemingly intractable issues in our hyper-divisive environment.


Lesli Mones

In addition to being the co-founder of the Red Door Project, Lesli Mones is the co-founder and principal of Plural Consulting, an executive consulting company that focuses on breakthrough learning and development. For the last 20 years she's been helping business leaders develop the self-awareness tools that result in sustained behavioral change. Her approach is grounded in the beliefs that change is inevitable, growth is intentional and intelligent risk is essential to achieve one’s potential. Lesli knows the world in which executives operate and has the experience to help them to learn, grow, and achieve the results they care about most. Through her direct communication and coaching style, she provides leaders with clear and actionable feedback that enables them to maximize and leverage their strengths and not be derailed by their challenges.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
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Board chair

Lesli Mones

Kevin Jones

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/23/2023

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.