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Soulforce

We are Queer people reclaiming our spirits from weaponized religion.

aka Teología Sin Vergüenza   |   Abilene, TX   |  www.soulforce.org

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Soulforce

EIN: 33-0782888


Mission

Soulforce works to end the political and religious oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people. We commit to collective liberation through radical political analysis, spiritual healing, and strategic direct action.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Rev Alba Onofrio

Main address

P.O. Box 2499

Abilene, TX 79604 USA

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EIN

33-0782888

Subject area info

Freedom of religion

Social rights

Ethnic and racial minority rights

Women's rights

LGBTQ rights

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Population served info

LGBTQ people

Women and girls

Christians

Secular groups

Activists

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We intervene where religion, specifically Christianity, colludes with systems of violence like patriarchy, white supremacy, capitalism, and colonization. Our interventions include healing justice, spiritual reclamation, community education, protest, direct action, and artistic expression.

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?

Political and Theological Education

Accessible theological education that integrates racial justice and LGBTQI justice and connects our ethical framework to taking action for culture change.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Activists

Online gatherings, teach-ins, workshops, altar work, and fellowships that support healing justice, artistic expression, and reclamation of religious spaces and moral arguments. Decoding Christian Supremacy for a range of justice movements that encounter the power and capital of the Religious Right.

Population(s) Served
Activists
LGBTQ people

Opposition research that decodes Christian Supremacy for the purpose of spiritual reclamation and political strategy. De-cloaking the Religious Right for churches, grassroots activists, and secular advocacy groups at the United Nations.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Activists

Longterm, strategic direct action that emboldens our movement to take action and ensure that the harm of the Religious Right does not remain morally uncontested. Particular focus on the most powerful and virulent actors on the Right that are stoking culture wars in the U.S. South and the Global South.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Activists

Where we work

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.

Our primary goal is healing justice: providing theological and political education, opportunities for taking action, and community building that reclaims our spirits. Part of that reclamation is also seeking justice in the institutions and systems that impact our lives by providing opposition research, training, messaging, and models for direct action that hold the Right Wing accountable. We equip our people to navigate Right Wing tactics like religious exemption, white Christian Supremacy, and erasing our stories, families, and sacred worth.

Workshops and educational tools that decode white Christian Supremacy to bolster the work of grassroots organizations and faith communities working on LGBTQI, racial, immigration, and reproductive justice. Theological resources that help activists and faith communities construct ethical and theological frameworks that promote justice and pave the way to taking social action. Direct actions and protests that highlight the domestic and international agendas of major U.S. Right Wing actors who promote culture wars against Women, Muslims, People of Color, and LGBTQI People. Resourcing secular organizations that often encounter the Religious Right in order to make moral arguments with confidence. We base our power and grow our programs in the U.S. South for members across the U.S. and in the Global South.

Soulforce is a Southern-rooted organization; as such, our US staff are exuberant Southerners, based in North Carolina, Alabama, and Texas. Our staff staff have a broad range of expertise in racial justice, youth, trans and queer, and grassroots organizing. Our staff have sat on boards of international LGBTQI organizations in order to build authentic relationships with activists in the Global South so that we can hold the U.S. Religious Right fully accountable for their expansive agendas. We have Divinity School-trained staff and a strong network of translators, trainers, and organizational partners with whom we collaborate in order to produce vibrant, intersectional programming.

While most team members hold some form of Christian faith, experiences of faith are diverse and a number of our team members also practice earth-based religions. As for social commitments and community rootedness, our board and staff are consistently dedicated to activism through arts and culture work, ministerial and spiritual leadership training, and popular education for local organizing. Sixty-five percent of our board and staff are also Spanish-speakers.

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 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, as requested

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • 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, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

Soulforce
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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

29.70

Average of 10.19 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10.6

Average of 10 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

20%

Average of 11% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Soulforce

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 Soulforce’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 $12,701 -$31,866 $86,371 $201,651 $215,640
As % of expenses 4.6% -9.3% 32.6% 16.3% 26.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $12,701 -$31,866 $86,137 $201,417 $208,731
As % of expenses 4.6% -9.3% 32.5% 16.2% 25.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $281,724 $310,899 $1,001,911 $909,189 $1,095,511
Total revenue, % change over prior year -36.1% 10.4% 222.3% -9.3% 20.5%
Program services revenue 1.9% 1.4% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
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 0.0% 0.0% 5.3% 5.2% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 97.9% 98.3% 94.5% 94.6% 99.8%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $277,023 $342,765 $264,540 $1,240,707 $800,547
Total expenses, % change over prior year -8.4% 23.7% -22.8% 369.0% -35.5%
Personnel 73.3% 74.4% 83.6% 25.1% 47.8%
Professional fees 2.6% 3.8% 5.2% 34.2% 21.3%
Occupancy 0.2% 0.3% 0.5% 0.0% 0.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 1.8% 0.9% 0.3% 37.4% 21.8%
All other expenses 22.1% 20.6% 10.5% 3.3% 8.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $277,023 $342,765 $264,774 $1,240,941 $807,456
One month of savings $23,085 $28,564 $22,045 $103,392 $66,712
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $703 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $300,108 $372,032 $286,819 $1,344,333 $874,168

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 11.6 7.8 43.6 8.7 10.6
Months of cash and investments 11.6 7.8 43.6 8.7 10.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 9.4 6.4 12.2 4.6 10.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $267,588 $222,201 $961,132 $894,457 $708,343
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $550 $2,243 $0 $251,338 $672,574
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $703 $703 $703 $703
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 33.3% 66.6% 1049.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 14.7% 10.9% 2.6% 9.3% 3.0%
Unrestricted net assets $215,869 $184,003 $270,140 $471,557 $680,288
Temporarily restricted net assets $18,266 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 $18,266 $18,266 $669,266 $585,183 $669,727
Total net assets $234,135 $202,269 $939,406 $1,056,740 $1,350,015

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
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Rev Alba Onofrio

Reverend Alba Onofrio works as the Executive Director of Soulforce to eradicate white Christian Supremacy and support marginalized people in healing from Spiritual Violence. They are a first-generation Latinx queer Femme rooted in Southern Appalachia with over 20 years of movement work focused at the intersections of religion and sexuality.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Soulforce

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 02/27/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

CasSandra Calin, LCSW

Cole Parke-West

Rev Rhina Ramos

tsharre sanders

Eric Borja

Orion Johnston

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 7/27/2023

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/27/2024

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.