Helping those who help children succeed

aka ICS   |   Greenville, SC   |
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EIN: 27-1904900


Launched in 2010, the Institute for Child Success (ICS) is an independent research and applied policy organization. ICS works to create a culture that facilitates and fosters the success of all children. ICS supports policymakers, service providers, government agencies, funders, and business leaders focused on early childhood development, healthcare, and education, with the goal of improving the lives of young children prenatal to age eight and their families. ICS helps young children succeed by working with stakeholders to seek holistic solutions to complex early childhood challenges.

Ruling year info



Jamie Moon

Main address

613 E. McBee Ave.

Greenville, SC 29601 USA

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Subject area info

Early childhood education

Health care quality

Public policy

Child welfare

Social sciences

Population served info



Non-adult children


Ethnic and racial groups

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (V05)

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



What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ICS serves as an incubator for new knowledge, a clearinghouse for the most up to date research, and a trusted advisor to governments, policy makers, foundations, and nonprofits seeking to improve outcomes for the children they serve. It also continues to provide innovative thought leadership and opportunities for professional development, training, and education to the field. ICS cultivates early childhood ecosystems by helping individuals and organizations co-create a better, brighter future for the next generation of children.

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?

Pay for Success

ICS performs feasibility studies for counties, cities and states across the U.S. We complete landscape, market, and outcomes analyses.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Outstanding Nonprofit Organization 2020

Riley Institute at Furman University

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Child well being

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

Infants and toddlers, Children

Related Program

Pay for Success

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Child wellbeing is measured in numerous, intersecting and overlapping ways. It occurs when multiple entities are working together and interrelated outcomes are achieved.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

At the Institute for Child Success, we cultivate early childhood ecosystems to ensure that all children can succeed, thrive, and reach their potential. As a successful cultivator of early childhood ecosystems, ICS has identified a roadmap for initiatives, based in its significant experience providing technical assistance to communities. The roadmap has three co-dependent parts that result in Child Success: Stakeholders, Values, and Process. ICS seeks to help communities move through this roadmap in order to cultivate their early childhood ecosystem.

Our strategies are:
Facilitate/support research initiatives that promote the development and implementation of best practices and policies.
Collect and disseminate data and information that propels individual and collective action to improve the early childhood support system.
Provide evaluation services to organizations needing services to assess effectiveness of interventions and innovations.
Provide tools for statewide partners seeking to implement best practices.
Convene stakeholders to increase knowledge base, raise awareness, increase consensus and provide a vehicle for state solutions to strengthen the early childhood support system.
Facilitate and/or support efforts to scale initiatives that work.
Grow the leadership capacity to build a strong, effective early childhood system.
Develop/support innovations that facilitate strengthening the early childhood system.
Facilitate innovation in the early childhood arena.
Maintain a leadership presence in influencing state policy.
Encourage private sector engagement in developing strong, effective early childhood policy.

The Institute for Child Success team brings together expertise from across many disciples, including public policy, evaluation, research, convening, and administration to support our strategic goal and priorities.

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 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 ICS-FS 2021-Final 2019 Financial Statements 2018 Financial Statements
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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.34 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 INSTITUTE FOR CHILD SUCCESS 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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $498,111 $2,466 $72,293 $55,854 -$9,129
As % of expenses 28.2% 0.2% 4.9% 3.8% -0.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $498,111 $2,466 $72,293 $55,854 -$15,654
As % of expenses 28.2% 0.2% 4.9% 3.8% -0.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,141,652 $1,640,611 $1,547,482 $1,525,513 $2,842,292
Total revenue, % change over prior year 15.5% -23.4% -5.7% -1.4% 86.3%
Program services revenue 10.8% 11.0% 12.8% 6.1% 6.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 41.7% 28.4% 0.0% 10.6% 5.4%
All other grants and contributions 47.3% 59.0% 87.2% 83.2% 88.1%
Other revenue 0.1% 1.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,763,616 $1,638,145 $1,475,188 $1,469,659 $2,042,532
Total expenses, % change over prior year -14.3% -7.1% -9.9% -0.4% 39.0%
Personnel 56.5% 45.7% 60.6% 71.0% 57.4%
Professional fees 28.0% 36.0% 24.0% 3.8% 35.6%
Occupancy 2.8% 1.9% 2.2% 2.1% 1.6%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1%
All other expenses 12.7% 16.4% 12.9% 23.0% 4.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,763,616 $1,638,145 $1,475,188 $1,469,659 $2,049,057
One month of savings $146,968 $136,512 $122,932 $122,472 $170,211
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $43,500
Total full costs (estimated) $1,910,584 $1,774,657 $1,598,120 $1,592,131 $2,262,768

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 4.1 1.9 3.8 3.8 10.1
Months of cash and investments 4.1 1.9 3.8 3.8 10.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.7 4.0 5.0 5.5 3.9
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $607,414 $259,469 $464,010 $469,088 $1,718,464
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $182,535 $430,956 $225,813 $369,850 $152,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $43,500
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 15.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 31.2% 21.3% 10.4% 19.6% 41.6%
Unrestricted net assets $545,568 $548,034 $620,327 $676,181 $660,527
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $808,889
Total net assets $545,568 $548,034 $620,327 $676,181 $1,469,416

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Jamie Moon

Jamie Moon joined the Institute for Child Success (ICS) as President in 2012. He oversees the organization’s mission, operational, and strategic direction focusing on early childhood education, health and wellbeing. Originally from Upstate South Carolina, Jamie earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston and master’s degree in International Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC. Prior to joining ICS, Jamie was the Executive Director of the Center for Developmental Services (CDS) from 2009-2012. Jamie also served as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State, working as a consul and vice consul at several posts in Latin America. Earlier in his career, Jamie led the client relations efforts of Blackbaud, a technology solutions firm supporting philanthropic organizations. Jamie serves as Board Chair of Together SC’s Advocacy Allies and on the advisory board of the Perinatal Awareness for Successful Outcomes (PASOs).

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Gary Glickman

G2 Advisory Services

Term: 2022 -

Susan Shi

Community Leader

Frances Ellison

Community Leader

Carolyn Ellis

Cliff & Carolyn Ellis Foundation

Desmond Kelly

Prisma Health - Upstate

William Schmidt, MD

Prisma Health Children’s Hospital - Upstate (Retired

Ann Robinson

Bank of America

Merl Code

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

Sylvia Echols

Board of Directors, Early Learning Partnership of York County

Dick Wilkerson

Michelin North America (Retired)

Neil Grayson

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Tami McKnew

Fox Rothschild

Calvin Calhoun III

Vice Chair, Truist

Loranne Ausley

Attorney and Member, Florida House of Representatives

Marion E. Broome

Duke University School of Nursing

JoKeitha Seabrook

3FG Consulting

Chris Story

City of Spartanburg, SC

Crystal Campbell

Dorchester County First Steps

Deb Long

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System

Paul Dworkin

Help Me Grow National Center

Francis Rushton

Beaufort Pediatrics & University of South Carolina

Ben McAdams

former Congressman

Kelly Escobar, PhD

FUEL at Robin Hood

Shimica Gaskins

Grace/End Child Poverty

Francis Rushton, MD

ret. Beaufort Pediatrics & University of South Carolina

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 6/8/2023

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
Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/09/2021

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

  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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.