MPower Alliance

Where Birthmothers Thrive Through Individual and Community Support

San Francisco, CA   |
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MPower Alliance

EIN: 26-1647338


MPower Alliance works to mitigate the psychological and emotional trauma women and birthing people experience when they voluntarily or involuntarily relinquish their children for adoption.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Angie Swanson-Kyriaco

Program and Development Coordinator

Pearl Chen

Main address

250 Columbus Ave. Suite 204

San Francisco, CA 94133 USA

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Subject area info

Mental health care

Human services information


Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

People with psychosocial disabilities

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

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

MPower Alliance works to mitigate the psychological and emotional trauma women and birthing people experience when they have voluntarily or involuntarily relinquished their children for adoption. Historically there has been a desert of post-relinquishment care and support for birth mothers/parents in the United States. A significant number of MPower Alliance's clients relinquished their children due to systemic barriers such as poverty, housing insecurity, and lack of affordable and accessible health care. Many are often unprepared for the intense grief and shame that is often associated with adoption. Left unsupported, the grief and shame can impact other areas of their lives both professionally and personally. MPower Alliance works to support birth mothers/parents in their professional and educational supports, making therapy accessible to them, building a community of support, and advocacy.

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?

Birth/First Mother Retreats

MPower Alliance hosts several Birth/First Mother Retreats each year to provide birth mothers with an opportunity to share common experiences, participate in therapeutic workshops and build community. Birth mothers leave the two day retreat feeling rejuvenated and inspired having made new allies who share a common bond.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with psychosocial disabilities

Research shows that women who place a child for adoption experience significantly higher levels of depression and receive less support than the general population. In order to provide birth mothers with the support they may need to begin or continue the healing process, MPower Alliance issues counseling grants that provide ten (10) sessions with a licensed, adoption competent therapist.

Population(s) Served

MPower Alliance Academic & Vocational Grants are designed to enable birth mothers/parents to achieve their personal and professional goals. Grants are available to women and birthing people who lived in California at the time of placement or placed with a family in California. The grants are designed to bridge gaps between other forms of financial support.

Population(s) Served

MPower Alliance has an education and outreach program to raise awareness about birth mothers/parents and the lifelong impact of relinquishing one's child for adoption. We speak at conferences, organize informational campaigns, and provide opportunities for members of the community to connect and share experiences. We believe it is important to inform the general public about issues of importance to birth parents and how those tie in with reproductive, social, and gender justice.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with psychosocial disabilities
Women and girls

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 groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse

Related Program

Education & Outreach

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Context Notes

MPower Alliance made a concerted effort to building alliances and partnerships with other groups in 2022. There are still many opportunities to educate other groups about MPower Alliance's work.

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.

MPower Alliance is expanding its outreach to connect with more birth parents to ensure they have access to services, support, and community. MPower Alliance wants birth mothers/parent to know that they are worthy of living lives of purpose, meaning, and beauty as well as have the tools and resources they need to manage lifelong grief. MPower Alliance supports birth parents as they navigate and open adoption or reunion with their child or children. MPower Alliance wants to reduce harm to pregnant people who are contemplating adoption and are unaware of their rights and the possible impact adoption could have on them and their children. In addition, MPower Alliance works to educate individuals and groups to see that adoption is a reproductive justice, gender justice, and birth justice issue.

MPower Alliance strives to education and advocate by utilizing through different platforms such as social media, interviews with the media, Op-Eds, and participating in educational webinars. Storytelling and 1:1 conversations can also make a big impact on raising awareness and movement building.
MPower Alliance is also working on growing the organization internally in order to reach and serve more birth mothers/parents.


MPower Alliance
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 0.00 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 1.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

MPower Alliance

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 MPower Alliance’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 2016
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $65,676
As % of expenses 52.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $65,319
As % of expenses 52.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $189,723
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 98.8%
Other revenue 1.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $124,231
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 26.7%
Professional fees 24.5%
Occupancy 7.4%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 17.8%
All other expenses 23.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016
Total expenses (after depreciation) $124,588
One month of savings $10,353
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $134,941

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016
Months of cash 16.8
Months of cash and investments 16.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 17.1
Balance sheet composition info 2016
Cash $174,181
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,700
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 96.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $177,444

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016
Material data errors No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Angie Swanson-Kyriaco

Angie Swanson-Kyriaco is the Executive Director of MPower Alliance and is a first/birthmother. Prior to her role with MPower Alliance, she worked for Planned Parenthood California Central Coast for thirteen years. Ms. Swanson-Kyriaco holds a MA in Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara. She has many years of experience serving on and working with boards of directors. She currently serves on the board of directors for Isla Vista Youth Projects. Ms. Swanson-Kyriaco is a former appointee to the Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness Commission, the Commission for Women and the South Coast Homeless Advisory Committee. She has volunteered with Pacific Pride Foundation, Santa Barbara County Women's Political Committee, and CASA of Santa Barbara County. Ms. Swanson-Kyriaco is a lifelong Californian.

Program and Development Coordinator

Pearl Chen

Pearl Chen is a birth/first mother and a native of San Francisco who has long been involved with MPA. As the Development and Program Coordinator, she offers a range of skills including, but not limited to, managing communications, database management and supporting financial operations. She has also been a Wine and Wishes Gala chair and an MPA board member. In May of 2017, she completed her Bachelor's in Social Work at San Jose State University.

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 02/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Christina Ogburn-Chow

Ramona Pedersen

Nanci Rider

Jenny O'Toole

Jenny Barnes

Ashley Morales

Jenny Sindel

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 ? 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 2/15/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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