Shared Adventures


Santa Cruz, CA   |
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Shared Adventures

EIN: 77-0366565


Shared Adventures is a community-based program dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with disabilities. We have fostered a culture of inclusion by providing a year-round recreational program in the Central Coast area. We are proud to offer activities and events for all sectors of the physically and developmentally challenged populations. Too often people living with disabilities are left out of activity programs that do not provide adaptive equipment or the one-to-one support they may need. Hobbies, exercise, and extracurricular activities are essential components of a healthy lifestyle, and disabled people should not be excluded from these opportunities.

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Foster Andersen

Main address

PO Box 396

Santa Cruz, CA 95061 USA

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Subject area info


Adaptive sports

Human services

Developmental disability services

Population served info

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Programs and results

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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?

Camp Adventures

Camp Adventures is an overnight, 4-day summer camp designed for children with special needs and their families/caretakers. The four days will be jam-packed with fun activities such as pool time, lawn games, boating trips, arts & crafts, ropes course with rock climbing & ziplining, archery, campfires with s’mores, a talent show & more all in a supportive and safe environment. The camp offers shared lodging in fully accessible, modern cabins and a dining hall that can accommodate ANY dietary need. Caregivers and family members are completely included in the fun. Join families from all around the Bay Area to make new connections, reconnect with old friends, and reach new goals with your family.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Day on the Beach is the highlight of each year, when more than 300 people with special needs, 400+ family members and friends, and over 250 enthusiastic volunteers team up to share a full day of adaptive sports—kayaking, outrigger canoeing, SCUBA diving, beach wheelchair rides—and life-changing memories. Day on the Beach has given participants and volunteers an unforgettable experience of breaking through barriers to see dreams become reality.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

This program welcomes disabled youths and adults of all skill levels to participate in ongoing sports and physical activities. We offer lessons in Horseback Riding, Archery, Table Tennis, Rock Climbing, and more.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Paralympic Sport Club 2013

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal at Shared Adventures is to improve the quality of life for the special needs population, to get people outdoors and moving beyond their limitations, and to bridge together the able-bodied and challenged community through outdoor and indoor activities. To achieve these goals our financial goal is to generate a minimum of $100,000 per year in donations and grants.


Shared Adventures
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 20.08 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.9 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Shared Adventures

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Shared Adventures

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 Shared Adventures’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 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $35,680
As % of expenses 20.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $35,680
As % of expenses 20.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $213,107
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 5.7%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.2%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 94.1%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $177,427
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 41.0%
Professional fees 8.6%
Occupancy 3.2%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.5%
All other expenses 46.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $177,427
One month of savings $14,786
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $192,213

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 6.2
Months of cash and investments 6.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.2
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $92,214
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.7%
Unrestricted net assets $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $91,558

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

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Foster Andersen

Foster has been running the Shared Adventures program in Santa Cruz for the past 21 years. Moving here after the earthquake in 1990, he wanted to help fix a broken community. After arriving he enrolled in a computer graphics drafting program at Cabrillo College where he finished in 1992. While attending school he had been involved as a community leader with the independent living center, was a board member for the commission of disabilities and after graduating got a job in his field of study in Los Gatos as a computer graphic drafter. After 6 months as computer graphics drafter he realized it was not the career he wanted to settle for and decided to start the Shared Adventures program on the west coast. While attending the physical education class at Cabrillo, Terry Simms and a group of surfers asked if anyone wanted to go surfing; this was his queue to establish a board of directors and get the organization off the ground. In 1994, Shared Adventures became a nonprofit 501 c3.
Foster has also been involved with numerous other nonprofits in the Berkeley area, where he lived for three years after moving to California in 1987. He grew up in Rochester, NY where helped co-found Shared Adventures with a sit ski program in 1985. He has multiple engineering degrees in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, and computer graphics drafting. He is also the inventor of a patented Frisbee you can throw with your thumb, called the Quad-bee, that has sold over 500 all over the world. Now serving on the In home support service commission for the last 6 years, he is continuously getting involved with community affairs and helping out the special needs community.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Steve Miller

Daryl Wise

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Steve Miller

Foster Andersen

Kim Evans

Cecily Cahill

Board leadership practices

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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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 3/29/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/29/2023

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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.