Foundation for Self Leadership

Peace of mind. Peaceful world.

Hillsborough, NJ   |
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Foundation for Self Leadership

EIN: 20-1318139


To advance emotional and relational healing, and societal wellbeing, through the practice of Self Leadership as identified by the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of the human psyche. We envision and strive to support a world in which individuals behave and interact using inner resources of Self Leadership as a new paradigm for healing and living, bringing acceptance, compassion to each of us and, by extension, to the communities in which we live, with special concern for those with limited financial resources.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Toufic Hakim PhD

Main address

P.O. Box 5730

Hillsborough, NJ 08844 USA

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Subject area info

Health care access

Community mental health care



Psychology and behavioral science

Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

People with psychosocial disabilities




NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

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



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A recent study by the National Council for Behavioral Health cites "lack of access" as a root cause for the current mental health crisis in the US. This crisis requires us to go beyond traditional therapeutic methods. We must meet the need by working through alternative settings, like schools, the workplace and recovery programs. As an intuitive thought process, IFS is uniquely suited to these and endless other applications. It provides a blueprint for attaining inner calm, resilience and wellbeing.

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?

IFS Research

We underwrite independent, scientific research that examines and expands empirical evidence on the efficacy of the IFS in transcending trauma and building emotional resiliency.

The Foundation’s largest funded project to-date is a two-year, randomized clinical trial with the aim of studying IFS as a treatment for PTSD. This study is being conducted at a Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance community mental health center, led by an IFS Level 2-trained addiction psychiatrist, Zev Schuman-Olivier, MD.

A paper from the first IFS study funded by the Foundation for Self Leadership, has been published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. See

Population(s) Served

We catalyze proof-of-concept projects that provide access to IFS beyond psychotherapeutic settings, fostering inner healing and wellbeing. Our focus is on helping the helpers who serve distressed populations.
▪ Funded two-year professional development program for educators at three schools in Hartford, CT (USA). The program began shortly before the pandemic and provided educators with invaluable inner resources to meet the moment.
▪ Incubating the IFS Healing CorpsTM, which brings guidance and support to mental health practitioners working at the front lines: of US military service and survivors of the war in Ukraine.
▪ Launched IFS Leadership Fellows program, bringing the paradigm into marginalized communities through those who live and work within.
▪ Provide community-facing resources, informed by the lens and language of IFS, in response to urgent societal needs, paying special attention to the needs of at-risk populations.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Economically disadvantaged people
Refugees and displaced people

We engage in public advocacy to increase the visibility of IFS. As publisher of PARTS & SELF magazine (, the Foundation for Self Leadership has aimed to facilitate IFS-oriented dialogue, promote knowledge about the IFS practice, share news about applications of IFS and strengthen the IFS community of practice.

Population(s) Served

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.

Average number of dollars received per donor

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

Veterans, Teachers, Victims of conflict and war, Working poor, People with psychosocial disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We had a special campaign in 2023 to fund a fellowship, resulting in larger gifts.

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

A key strategy for the Foundation is engaging individuals and partners beyond the immediate IFS-practicing community in order to build our circle of Friends.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

To foster emotional and relational healing and wellbeing by disseminating the IFS paradigm and practice. In doing so, we aim to contribute to greater peace within ourselves, with each other and in our world.

- Fund independent, scientific research on IFS; creating a growing body of evidence about the efficiacy of IFS across a range of situations. This will accelerate the adoption of IFS by more faculty, practitioners and agencies.
- Incubate programs that provide distressed communities with access to the IFS paradigm, beyond the traditional clinical setting; then evaluate and partner to scale-up successful initiatives.
- Advocate for the paradigm of IFS in the broader health and wellness space; for continued work to adapt and apply the model. Continue fostering a Self-led community even as the model gains recognition.

Current strategies include:
-Catalyzing and funding clinical IFS research
-Introducing the IFS modality into academic settings
-Sharing research findings within help professions
-Fostering the application of IFS within the VA
-Piloting IFS-based programs in K-12 schools
-Launching programs that introduce IFS into communities that have been traditionally marginalized
-Engaging in public advocacy for IFS-informed approaches to societal needs
-Expanding community-based collaborations

1) The first study ever funded by the Foundation for Self Leadership (in 2014) was published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2021. The research was led by Hilary Hodgdon, PhD, at the Trauma Center, Justice Research Institute, in Brookline, MA, USA. The study, which was an uncontrolled, feasibility pilot, sought to assess the efficacy of IFS on patient outcomes. It was conducted in an ethnically and socio-economically diverse, large metropolitan area in the Northeastern United States. Multiple validated scales were administered. The results showed that IFS therapy had significantly positive effects on adults with PTSD and histories of exposure to multiple forms of childhood trauma. Notably, at the one-month follow-up assessment, 92% of participants no longer met criteria for PTSD. See

2) Launched the Leadership Fellows Program, in partnership with the IFS Institute, to support current and future leaders from the Global Majority and LGBTQIA+ communities that have been traditionally marginalized by society.
24 champions and leaders were selected using a rigorous process and are currently engaged or willing to actively engage to make a difference in their community. They include community agency directors, coordinators, and psychotherapists; leaders of human-services or faith-based organizations; and social activists and advocates for the empowerment of marginalized groups. See

3) The largest funded project to-date is a randomized clinical trial studying IFS as a treatment for PTSD as well as opioid use. The study is being conducted at the Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance community mental health center, led by an IFS Level 2-trained addiction psychiatrist. A pilot study began in 2021 to examine the effects of the IFS protocol in treating 12 individuals experiencing complex PTSD. Given the public-health crisis, the study had to be conducted online with weekly IFS group therapy and bi-weekly individual IFS sessions. An unexpected silver lining of the pandemic: this study is now going to yield results of the first-ever evaluated IFS online group.

4) Amidst the global pandemic and one of the most difficult years known to schools, educators in Connecticut were able to connect with their own Self, nurture their own parts, and provide warm, wise company for each other. This sanctuary for authentic self-care was constructed from the wisdom and practices inspired by IFS. Educators learned that they have extraordinary inner resources and the innate capacity to be calm, curious, compassionate, and courageous. See:

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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 get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Foundation for Self Leadership
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Foundation for Self Leadership
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 8.39 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.1 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Foundation for Self Leadership

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

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Foundation for Self Leadership’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
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$58,533 $153,134 $45,905 -$29,660
As % of expenses -27.2% 67.7% 16.7% -6.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$58,533 $153,134 $45,905 -$29,660
As % of expenses -27.2% 67.7% 16.7% -6.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $385,520 $317,041 $567,079 $318,071
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -17.8% 78.9% -43.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 83.8% 83.7% 99.9% 99.5%
Other revenue 16.2% 16.3% 0.0% 0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $214,813 $226,063 $274,808 $452,547
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 5.2% 21.6% 64.7%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 58.9% 53.4% 44.7% 37.4%
Occupancy 0.5% 0.6% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 10.5% 21.4% 28.4% 44.5%
All other expenses 30.0% 24.6% 26.9% 18.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $214,813 $226,063 $274,808 $452,547
One month of savings $17,901 $18,839 $22,901 $37,712
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $232,714 $244,902 $297,709 $490,259

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 11.6 14.9 25.3 11.9
Months of cash and investments 11.6 14.9 25.3 11.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -3.3 5.0 6.1 2.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $208,003 $280,854 $578,511 $447,795
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $233 $72 $11,229 $6,101
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.9% 7.6% 3.6% 4.3%
Unrestricted net assets -$58,533 $94,601 $140,506 $110,846
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $292,838 $181,781 $428,147 $323,331
Total net assets $234,305 $276,382 $568,653 $434,177

Key data checks

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


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

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Principal Officer

Toufic Hakim PhD

Toufic M. Hakim, PhD, supports the Foundation presently as Executive Director. Previously, he served a Executive Director for Operations and Communications and Executve Advisor since the Foundation's activation. He is currently Senior Managing Principal of Group i&i Consultancy, a firm dedicated to developing organizational capacity, assessments, and funding. His former contributions were in the domain of higher education, where he served as Professor of Physics and Engineering, Assistant to the President, and Senior Research and Grants Officer. He also led two large professional societies as elected president and full-time executive officer. Toufic is drawn to IFS and the work of the Foundation. He continues to be fascinated with systems and interactions, intrigued by language and imagery, and deeply committed to peacemaking.

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 06/24/2024
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Board chair

Vicki McCoy

McCoy Communications and Training, LLC

Requina Barnes

Strength, Inc.

Stewart Brown, PhD

Veterans Affairs (former)

Lester Fagan, JD

Cooley, LLP

Kelly Gaule


Toufic Hakim

Foundation for Self Leadership

Tara Unverzagt

South Bay Financial Partners

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/30/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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