A Collaborative Approach

Phoenix, AZ   |
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EIN: 46-5706764

This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.
This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.


Beyond Autism, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit school dedicated to educating children diagnosed with autism. Established in 2014, we sought to change the way children with autism are educated in Arizona and beyond. It is a movement that bridges the school experience with home life by not only teaching our students academics, but also social & life skills. \nBy aligning Beyond Autism's goals with the family's expectations in a detailed collaborative approach, we believe that we can transform the lives of individuals and families living with autism.\n\nWe combine traditional ABA-based classroom studies with significant community involvement and recreational therapies in a full-time, year-round program.

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Executive Director

Michelle Puopolo

Program Director

Danielle Tronzo

Main address

525 W Glendale Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85021 USA

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Subject area info


Human services

Population served info

Children and youth


People with disabilities


NTEE code info

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

Secondary/High School (B25)

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

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Student Education

At Beyond Autism, our curriculum is designed to engage and support each student individually. The students are provided a 2:1 student-to-staff ratio, allowing for highly individualized instructional plans. Consistency is crucial to our students which is why we operate a year round program that includes a five week summer session.

We utilize applied behavior analysis-based teaching methods and interventions to build upon pre-existing skills, teach new skills, and alter problematic behaviors. We analyze and incorporate findings from assessments, including the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (ABLLS-R), to create strengths-centered goals for each student’s individualized education program (IEP).

We offer an expansive variety of curriculum aligned with Arizona’s College and Career Ready State Standards (AZCCRS). Our program consists of multi-sensory approaches, including Handwriting Without Tears, TouchMath, and Mimio Reading that are both reciprocally exciting and engaging.

In addition to academics, we recognize that gaining life skills that will improve the student’s overall independence and self esteem. Independent living skills such as dressing, grooming, toileting, and preparing meals are practiced daily. Laundry, money management and safety awareness are additional goals that are incorporated into their IEP.

Community outings provide us with great opportunities to work on generalizing skills and expanding the students’ interests and experiences. We blend social/behavioral and educational goals on field trips, while keeping our students’ individual goals and interests in mind. We pride ourselves on prioritizing student needs utilizing a well-rounded, collaborative team approach.

We recognize that our students might have challenges that can interfere within their school day. Should our team need additional support, we have a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) available to discuss different strategies to implement to address those challenges.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Private, non-profit school for children living with autism.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Where we work


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 2018 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12.73 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2018 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.2 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2018 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 5 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 BEYOND AUTISM 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 2016 2017 2018
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $36,714 $30,214 -$26,603
As % of expenses 16.6% 13.0% -9.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $22,443 $28,962 -$30,792
As % of expenses 9.6% 12.4% -10.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $257,355 $263,410 $266,961
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 2.4% 1.3%
Program services revenue 61.1% 77.8% 87.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 40.0% 24.4% 13.9%
Other revenue -1.1% -2.2% -1.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $220,641 $233,196 $293,564
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 5.7% 25.9%
Personnel 62.2% 67.9% 65.0%
Professional fees 0.6% 2.0% 2.1%
Occupancy 9.6% 11.4% 10.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 27.6% 18.7% 22.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018
Total expenses (after depreciation) $234,912 $234,448 $297,753
One month of savings $18,387 $19,433 $24,464
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $26,423 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $279,722 $253,881 $322,217

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018
Months of cash 2.1 3.0 1.1
Months of cash and investments 2.1 3.0 1.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.4 2.8 1.1
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018
Cash $38,073 $57,384 $26,664
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $32,879 $32,879 $35,815
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 58.3% 62.1% 68.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 24.9% 2.9% 2.2%
Unrestricted net assets $38,861 $67,823 $37,031
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $38,861 $67,823 $37,031

Key data checks

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

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Executive Director

Michelle Puopolo

Michelle successfully ran a prior 501(c)(3) school in Tempe, AZ and set out to establish her own school - one run by parents of a child with autism. Michelle's son Nicholas was Beyond Autism's first student and remains a student today. \r\n\r\nMichelle is an AZ Licensed Practical Nurse, having received her training as a member of the US Army. She is also a certified yoga instructor, with a certificate for yoga for children with special needs.

Program Director

Danielle Tronzo

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 09/13/2023
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Board chair

Richard Coupland

Republic Services, Inc.

Term: 2014 - 2018

Michelle Puopolo

Beyond Autism, Inc.

Richard Coupland

Republic Services, Inc.

Kevin Hafer

Henkel, Inc.

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/24/2020

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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