Dorchester Seniors Inc

Summerville, SC   |
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Dorchester Seniors Inc

EIN: 57-0703785



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Principal Officer

Leigh Thomson

Main address

312 N Laurel St

Summerville, SC 29483 USA

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Subject area info

Human services

Senior services

Population served info


Senior women

Senior men

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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?

About DSI

Dorchester Seniors Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization established in 1980 by the Dorchester County Council. DSI provides services for the senior population and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
DSI's mission is to provide opportunities to all senior citizens of Dorchester County to enhance their educational, mental, social, spiritual, and physical well-being.
To achieve this goal, DSI works cooperatively with other community agencies and organizations through advocacy for senior citizens and interagency coordination including outreach, assessing needs and planning actions.

Population(s) Served
Older adults

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.
  • 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 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, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Dorchester Seniors Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2020 990 Tax return 2018 990 Tax return
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 18.35 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 39% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Dorchester Seniors Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Dorchester Seniors Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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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Dorchester Seniors Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Dorchester Seniors Inc’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 $56,563 $101,802 $160,732 $166,832 $175,639
As % of expenses 2.9% 5.1% 8.3% 8.5% 8.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,275 $30,651 $90,861 $86,376 $91,228
As % of expenses 0.1% 1.5% 4.5% 4.2% 4.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,025,702 $2,103,760 $2,108,958 $2,139,419 $2,669,476
Total revenue, % change over prior year -0.5% 3.9% 0.2% 1.4% 24.8%
Program services revenue 1.3% 2.1% 1.7% 1.4% 1.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.4% 0.5% 0.2% 0.1%
Government grants 53.8% 51.8% 59.3% 66.2% 53.8%
All other grants and contributions 43.9% 44.5% 36.9% 31.7% 42.7%
Other revenue 0.8% 1.2% 1.6% 0.6% 1.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,969,139 $2,001,958 $1,948,226 $1,972,587 $2,153,092
Total expenses, % change over prior year -0.9% 1.7% -2.7% 1.3% 9.2%
Personnel 68.1% 66.0% 63.5% 65.8% 62.8%
Professional fees 1.5% 1.2% 1.5% 1.4% 2.3%
Occupancy 2.5% 2.1% 2.1% 2.1% 1.9%
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 27.9% 30.7% 32.9% 30.6% 32.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,024,427 $2,073,109 $2,018,097 $2,053,043 $2,237,503
One month of savings $164,095 $166,830 $162,352 $164,382 $179,424
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $167,769 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,356,291 $2,239,939 $2,180,449 $2,217,425 $2,416,927

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 10.3 10.3 11.0 11.4 13.1
Months of cash and investments 10.3 10.3 11.0 11.4 13.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.6 1.9 2.5 3.1 3.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,684,699 $1,719,146 $1,791,013 $1,874,936 $2,342,992
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $66,804 $65,440 $56,938 $66,415 $70,370
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $597,371 $629,166 $679,246 $741,032 $779,861
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 58.7% 63.5% 67.3% 70.7% 75.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.6% 5.1% 4.9% 4.9% 4.7%
Unrestricted net assets $513,899 $544,550 $635,411 $721,787 $813,015
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,400,000 $1,400,000 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,400,000 $1,400,000 $1,400,000 $1,400,000 $1,740,745
Total net assets $1,913,899 $1,944,550 $2,035,411 $212,178 $2,553,760

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No Yes No


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

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Principal Officer

Leigh Thomson

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Dorchester Seniors Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Dorchester Seniors Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Emily Watts

James Villeponteaux

Vice Chair

Harin Main


Diane Thomas


Barb Allen

Don Baus

Russell Cornette

Carol Davis

James Hodges

Tim Hudson

Dianne Jones

Pamela Kelly

Tim Lewis

Jan Parsons

Frank Thomas

Mailka Watson

Kathlene Winston

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2023

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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.