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ZACK'S PLACE ENRICHMENT CENTER INC

Enriching the Lives of People with Disabilities and the Community

Woodstock, VT   |  www.zacksplacevt.org
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ZACK'S PLACE ENRICHMENT CENTER INC

EIN: 20-5962374


Mission

The mission of Zack’s Place is to provide a safe, free, weekday setting where individuals of all ages with special needs are free to explore art, cultural, fitness, and educational programs while developing friendships. Our programs engage participants with the instructors, each other, and the community at large while instilling a sense of confidence and citizenship. Our participants are vital and talented individuals with much to offer. Our programs give them opportunities to contribute to and benefit from the community.

Notes from the nonprofit

Zack's Place Enrichment Center is supported by donations, fundraisers and private foundations. We have a tremendous impact on the people with special needs that we serve. All of this is offered free of charge. There is no Government or municipal funding and no fees at all. We do this because we want everyone, regardless of financial status to have these valuable programs accessible to them.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Dail Frates

Main address

PO Box 634 73 Central Street

Woodstock, VT 05091 USA

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EIN

20-5962374

Subject area info

Performing arts

Special needs education

Developmental disability services

Independent living for people with disabilities

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When people with severe disabilities age out of the school system they are faced with few choices on how they are going to spend their time. Most will not be going to continuing education, some will have jobs but most will work very little. Some will not have transportation which will isolate them. In rural Vermont these are the choices our population with disabilities faces as they graduate from the school system. We currently have over 100 people with special needs on our roster that attend programs at Zack's Place. They are people with developmental disabilities from all over the Upper Valley and beyond. A number of people have autism, some have cognitive disorder, some have cerebral palsy, some Down Syndrome and many other differing abilities. Some participants spend the entire day with us and others come for the classes or workshops they are interested in participating in. We offer the workshop, classes or program. We do not give medical care or day care.

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?

Programs in general discription including Fitness, Adaptive Sports, Art, Theater, Music, Fieldtrips

We are a 501(c) (3) community enrichment center. Our programs are provided at no cost to participants, their parents, or guardians. In pursuit of fellowship and creative outlets for their disabled son, ZP was founded by the parents of a special needs teenager 13 years ago. In subsequent years, event income and strong donor-based support facilitated the ongoing delivery and growth of the enrichment programs.
Our free, weekday, 9 to 5 programming offers social and life skills training as well as cultural, educational, artistic, and fitness programs that provide participants with a full day of planned activities, which include: volunteer work for other local nonprofits; music; dance; theater; reading and writing; science; Art; fitness; nutrition; and cooking. We also offer adaptive sports including skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, bowling, and horseback riding. We offer out many fieldtrips to just about any educational outlet. Our varied programming is indeed integral to the success of our center; however, the other half of the equation includes the friendships that exploring the world together helps grow, and the camaraderie that occurs when taking on new challenges together.
We are located in the Village of Woodstock in the building we purchased in 2014, after raising $442,000 in a six month capital campaignThe facility is within easy walking distance of all that Woodstock has to offer.
We have over 85 participants who vary in age from 7 to 60, with special needs resulting from physical, cognitive, and developmental challenges such as cerebral palsy, Autism, and Down syndrome. Although some of our constituents live in Woodstock, a majority is from all over the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Our enrichment center serves special needs individuals in a unique way. When a person ages out of the educational system, they lose their social and intellectual stimulation. Our center fills that void by offering programming and our participants choose what programs they wish to partake of. In our center, age is no restriction to socialization. Our participants bring their talents and gifts into the community and many volunteers come into our circle as they discover what our center has to offer.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

We have hiking, cycling, skiing, snowshoeing, golf, horseback riding, and canoeing and Kayaking

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

At ZP we have art on a daily basis whether it be crafing, painting, music, dance or theater.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

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 free participants on field trips

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Programs in general discription including Fitness, Adaptive Sports, Art, Theater, Music, Fieldtrips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We take many field trips per month and our buses are full and participants meet us at the location to join us too! Our trips are educational, art and fitness

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Programs in general discription including Fitness, Adaptive Sports, Art, Theater, Music, Fieldtrips

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In a given year we have over 100individuals attending programs on a weekly basis. We also joined by volunteers, students from local elementary and high schools, seniors in our area and local business.

Total number of classes offered

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

Programs in general discription including Fitness, Adaptive Sports, Art, Theater, Music, Fieldtrips

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients served

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

Programs in general discription including Fitness, Adaptive Sports, Art, Theater, Music, Fieldtrips

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our purpose is to afford our special needs population of all ages, access to programs that provide them with an enriching and social day while also engaging them with the community at large. For those that have aged out of the school system these programs keep them learning, social, and continuing as part of the community.

In addition to the full time executive director, an Associate Director,two program directors are responsible for overseeing the delivery of the hands on programming each day. In addition, professional instructors deliver specialized classes such as art, yoga, music, fitness, and reading and writing. Volunteers conduct other programs such as dance, Zumba, certain crafts, and cooking. Community members are always welcomed and many participate in our regular program activities. Participants requiring an aide are accompanied by their individual aide hired and paid independently of Zack's Place. Many of our participants attend without the need for an aide such as those with autism or Downs syndrome and they attend independently. With this model, depending on what the program is, we are able to include a group of 20 or more participants in any program. We are proudly offering our sixth musical production to be performed on stage at the local theater this May which will star 18 of our own participants and 18 people from the community at large.

Each year since our beginning we have realized these goals and grown and improved. We have a dedicated and caring staff and very active and involved board. Our funding, which is derived solely from grants, donations, and the proceeds of our own fundraisers, has matched our growing need. Our local communities have embraced Zack's Place with ever growing generosity as our footprint has expanded. The rural community we serve is a close knit one. As awareness of the truly unique programming and of what we and our participants bring to the community has become more known, our ability to fundraise has also grown. That being said, some of our contributors and grantors are geographically distant but our quality of our programs inspires those donors as well.

We have succeeded in providing a safe, enriching, and social setting where people who would otherwise be home alone or accompanied by aides to shopping malls fill their days. Our participants choose the programs they will partake in. Some love the arts, theater, and music. Some love the fitness activities such as yoga or adaptive sports such as cycling, golf, bowling, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, or swimming. Some love the winter Special Olympics adaptive sports of snowshoeing or skiing. Our snowshoe program is a “unified" where local middle and high school students partner with a ZP athlete and compete as a unit. The local high school students sponsor a prom each spring, decorate the gym, provide music and snacks, and dance with us for hours. Our objective is to bring our people with special needs forefront and center into the everyday world we all live in while providing a fun and rewarding experience. September of 2016 marked the beginning of our 10th anniversary year, and our board began a successful “Sustainability Campaign" to create an endowment fund to ensure the long-term viability of this wonderful place we call Zack's Place.

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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

50.75

Average of 26.50 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.1

Average of 5.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

15%

Average of 15% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

ZACK'S PLACE ENRICHMENT CENTER INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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 ZACK'S PLACE ENRICHMENT CENTER 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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $68,937 $188,913 $252,403 $285,359 -$70,120
As % of expenses 25.4% 65.3% 118.9% 93.8% -22.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $45,193 $161,319 $223,168 $256,193 -$105,596
As % of expenses 15.3% 50.9% 92.4% 76.9% -30.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $363,506 $426,864 $505,831 $532,320 $337,845
Total revenue, % change over prior year -21.7% 17.4% 18.5% 5.2% -36.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.4% 1.8% 1.6% 3.0% 4.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 6.0% 5.6% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 88.8% 91.3% 86.4% 81.8% 85.4%
Other revenue 9.8% 6.9% 6.0% 9.6% 10.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $271,419 $289,080 $212,255 $304,110 $307,405
Total expenses, % change over prior year 10.1% 6.5% -26.6% 43.3% 1.1%
Personnel 54.9% 55.6% 70.4% 57.6% 68.4%
Professional fees 12.0% 9.8% 8.8% 7.8% 7.8%
Occupancy 5.5% 5.1% 7.2% 3.9% 4.2%
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 27.6% 29.4% 13.6% 30.7% 19.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $295,163 $316,674 $241,490 $333,276 $342,881
One month of savings $22,618 $24,090 $17,688 $25,343 $25,617
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $33,501 $55,895 $33,222 $52,065 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $351,282 $396,659 $292,400 $410,684 $368,498

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.3 2.1 7.6 8.6 3.1
Months of cash and investments 17.2 21.3 44.4 41.0 37.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 16.3 20.8 40.7 37.6 34.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $75,187 $50,373 $134,365 $217,586 $79,333
Investments $314,476 $463,899 $650,550 $820,775 $882,293
Receivables $4,000 $1,850 $2,504 $500 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $572,731 $628,626 $661,848 $713,913 $713,913
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 20.4% 23.0% 26.3% 28.4% 33.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.5% 1.5% 0.9% 1.6% 1.3%
Unrestricted net assets $823,895 $985,214 $1,208,382 $1,464,575 $1,358,979
Temporarily restricted net assets $4,000 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 $4,000 $0 $55,000 $60,000 $60,000
Total net assets $827,895 $985,214 $1,263,382 $1,524,575 $1,418,979

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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

Executive Director

Dail Frates

Dail Frates, ED, inspired by the love of her stepson, Zack Frates, co-founded Zack's Place in 2006, together with her husband Norm Frates. Dail graduated from WUHS in VT, and thereafter attended ESC and the USF. She had a career in the airline industry. After relocating to VT, and became a real estate agent in 2002, and enjoyed a career selling real estate. She served on the ZP Board and Chair of the Fundraising Committee and established successful fundraisers to sustain the Enrichment Center. In 2010 she relinquished her role as a board member and became the ED. ZP grew and serves over 80 participants with a full day of programs. Volunteers from the community flocked to the Center to offer their skills. Dail's passion and experience as the parent of a special needs child combined to make the enrichment center a unique place where, not only people of all ages meet to partake in the varied programs, but where they make friends both within the ZP family and with the community at large.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

ZACK'S PLACE ENRICHMENT CENTER INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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ZACK'S PLACE ENRICHMENT CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 01/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Norman Frates

Mascoma Bank

Term: 2006 - 2056


Board co-chair

Bettyanne McGuire

Jeff Dillon

Jim Godfrey

Tyler, Simms & St. Sauveur, CPAs, PC

Lisabeth Maloney

Dartmouth Hitchcock

Bettyanne McGuire

Helen Norton

Ron Jaynes

Norman Joseph Frates

Mascoma Bank Vice President

Katherine Medeiros

Peggy Boylan

Kathleen Casey

Roger Amato

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 1/25/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/27/2021

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

Data
  • 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 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.