Bring belonging to life

aka AMAZE   |   St. Paul, MN   |
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EIN: 41-1972162


AmazeWorks is an anti-bias educator known for transforming classrooms and cultures. Our mission is to champion equity and belonging for all.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Rebecca Slaby

Main address

1380 Energy Lane, Suite 210

St. Paul, MN 55108 USA

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Formerly known as

Love Makes A Family Book Project



Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Early childhood education


Diversity and intergroup relations

Unknown or not classified

Population served info

Children and youth


LGBTQ people

Family relationships

Ethnic and racial groups

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Programs and results

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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?

AMAZE Elementary Curriculum

The AmazeWorks Elementary Curriculum supports teachers in their ability to reach literacy and social studies standards, to address social-emotional learning needs, and to create connected learners who reach their cognitive capacity. Families All Matter is a cross-curricular, literature-based resource that provides lesson plans that include sharing a story, discussion questions, journal prompts, and differentiated group activities. We use high quality trade books that are authentic voice whenever possible. The stories cover a wide range of identities and experiences, allowing children to see themselves reflected in classroom materials. Teachers are provided a Scope and Sequence that maps out suggested books throughout the school year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 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 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 act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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


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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 30.43 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15% 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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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of AmazeWorks’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 $6,328 -$18,966 $103,555 $195,023 $57,973
As % of expenses 1.7% -5.8% 25.8% 32.3% 7.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $6,328 -$18,966 $103,555 $195,023 $57,973
As % of expenses 1.7% -5.8% 25.8% 32.3% 7.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $384,134 $309,118 $505,556 $798,297 $875,410
Total revenue, % change over prior year -19.5% -19.5% 63.5% 57.9% 9.7%
Program services revenue 54.8% 42.1% 33.5% 43.7% 66.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 8.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 45.2% 57.9% 66.5% 48.3% 33.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $377,806 $328,084 $402,001 $603,274 $748,670
Total expenses, % change over prior year -18.5% -13.2% 22.5% 50.1% 24.1%
Personnel 58.3% 67.3% 64.3% 62.1% 61.0%
Professional fees 3.0% 3.9% 11.1% 9.8% 10.1%
Occupancy 5.1% 4.4% 3.9% 3.6% 3.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 33.5% 24.4% 20.7% 24.5% 25.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $377,806 $328,084 $402,001 $603,274 $748,670
One month of savings $31,484 $27,340 $33,500 $50,273 $62,389
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $409,290 $355,424 $435,501 $653,547 $811,059

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 2.2 0.5 3.8 5.8 5.9
Months of cash and investments 2.2 0.5 3.8 5.8 5.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.8 1.4 4.2 6.7 6.3
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $68,874 $14,404 $128,556 $289,731 $369,995
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $37,046 $17,180 $49,355 $65,875
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $6,875 $6,875 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 16.8% 25.5% 2.6% 0.6% 8.0%
Unrestricted net assets $57,292 $38,326 $141,881 $336,904 $394,877
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 $10,000
Total net assets $57,292 $38,326 $141,881 $336,904 $404,877

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.

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Executive Director

Rebecca Slaby

Rebecca Slaby leads AmazeWorks in working with schools, communities, and organizations to create equity and belonging for all. With a MEd from DePaul University, she has 15 years of experience teaching middle school humanities/social studies and has worked with schools on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice on institutional, state, and regional levels. She has been a racial justice facilitator for the YWCA Minneapolis since 2015 and is a trained cultural competency facilitator for the Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board for the state of Minnesota. She has presented at the Overcoming Racism, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Forum on Workplace Inclusion, and local, regional, and national education conferences. She holds a certificate of Executive Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and teaches courses on equity-based pedagogy at the University of Minnesota.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 09/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Alissa Abelson

St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists

Term: 2024 - 2021

Shilad Sen

Macalester College

Juana Alvarado

Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences, ISD 196

Tonya Sconiers

CHARMS Consulting, LLC

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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/12/2023

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
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/22/2023

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 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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.