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aka Rise, A Community Service Partnership   |   Hightstown, NJ   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 22-2405087


Mission: Through community partnerships and direct services, we assist local families and individuals in recovering from setbacks and achieving their full potential.

Vision: We strive to be the center of social support services in the Hightstown/East Windsor area, building a cohesive environment where families thrive and feel optimistic about their future.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Leslie Koppel

Main address

PO Box 88

Hightstown, NJ 08520 USA

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Formerly known as

Community Action Service Center




Subject area info

Human services

Thrift shops

Family services

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth


Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Thrift Shops (P29)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rise strives to provide critical assistance to individuals and families in the local community who are lacking in the necessary resources. We assist families who are in transition and require either direct services or referrals to address their needs. Some of our programs include the Rise Food Pantry, the Rise Summer Academic Enrichment Program, Youth Development classes, and Health and Wellness programming.

We offer a safe environment where bilingual Case Managers meet with clients one-on-one to discuss plans for self-sufficiency.

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?

Summer Academic Enrichment Program

In partnership with East Windsor Regional School District( , we host the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, a six-week summer day camp program for local children from kindergarten through eighth grade. This program is designed to provide quality summer childcare for local families while providing a fun and educational experience.  Fees are assessed on a sliding scale in order to be affordable to all families. Summer Camp applications are available on the Rise website.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

As a member of the nutrition alliance with Mercer Street Friends, our program feeds hundreds of families every year and provides nutrition education. Also, we deliver hot Thanksgiving meals and baskets to over 550 families.

Open three mornings a week 52 weeks per year and two evening a month- the Rise Food Pantry serves over 400 unique families each month.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Rise Thrift Store provides our local community with affordable, top-quality resale clothing, furniture, and household goods. Proceeds cover operating costs and fund family support programs that benefit families in the Hightstown-East Windsor area.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

In collaboration with the First United Methodist Church of Hightstown, Rise: A Community Service Partnership, 1st Presbyterian Church of Hightstown, and St. James A.M.E. Church, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) is now offering a third night of free meal service in Hightstown.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Safe Dates is a ten-session dating abuse prevention program that is offered to middle school students. This program aims to raise students’ awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships, raise students’ awareness of dating abuse, change adolescent norms about dating violence, and equip students with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends in abusive dating relationships. It focuses on teaching positive skills for healthy dating relationships, including positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution. Counseling support is provided for children and families.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Special Community Enhancement Contributions to East Windsor Township 2015

East Windsor Township Business Award

Affiliations & memberships

Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce 2019

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.

Understand the interdependence of clients, communities and programs. Our goals recognize that client improvements aggregate to, and reinforce, community improvements, and that strong and well-administered programs underpin both.

Rise- Three Major Program Areas

1. Family Basic Needs
Comprehensive Case Management is available to clients pn Monday-Thursday from 9AM-4PM and on Friday from 9AM-1PM.

Latino Domestic Violence Prevention is a collaborative effort with Womanspace as a partner.

Emergency Assistance: For families in crisis, we intervene to prevent homelessness by providing funding for short-term emergency shelter and utility payment assistance.

Rise Food Pantry: A year-round pantry of non-perishable and perishable food, which includes USDA commodities, with an alliance with Mercer Street Friends.

Holiday Food Basket and "Adopt a Family" Program: As an extension of our Food Pantry and in partnership with the Americana Diner and the Junior League of Greater Princeton, we register hundreds of families for hot meals and food baskets which are delivered to their doors. Holiday gifts for children are donated for the holiday party in the month of December.

Martin Luther King Jr. Sleepy Time Drive: Rise sponsors a drive to collect toothbrushes, toothpaste, bedtime books, slippers, and pajamas for children as part of the MLK Jr. Sleepy Time Drive in January.

Rise to the TASK: In partnership with TASK, Rise provides a free, weekly community supper for the residents of Hightstown and East Windsor.

Winter Coat Drive and Springtime Spruce Up Personal Care Drive

2. Individual Development

Adult Development: Assist clients looking for employment or ways to improve their job skills by helping them find employment and training, explore careers, write resumes, complete job applications, and prepare for interviews.

Youth Development: Summer Academic Enrichment Program is a six-week summer day camp program designed to enrich our local youth and provide affordable, quality childcare for up to 125 children in grades K-8.

Middle School Safe Dates: A youth-based curriculum that offers participants information centered on developing healthy relationships.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: Based on the bestselling book by Sean Covey, students identify solutions to problems that they face every day by teaching them strategies and self-evaluation techniques.

goLEAD: GenerationOn Leadership, Education, and Development (goLEAD) is a carefully crafted youth leadership institute for high school students.

Rise to College Readiness: A catalyst for developing college aspirations, charting a course for students, and imparting knowledge about the college application process to juniors and seniors in high school and their families.

Rise to Youth Entrepreneurship: The initiative will remove the barriers preventing youth in the East Windsor/Hightstown community from pursuing a successful career path by providing math, personal and business literacy courses and mentoring.

3. Family Health and Wellness

Health Care Access Counseling
Annual Health and Wellness Fair
Family and Children's Mental Health
Nutrition and Parenting Classes

a. Through case management, provide access to the resources that extend beyond our community with referrals and linkages.
b. Offer services in a setting that is accessible to the clients served.
c. Provide adequate space for case managers to meet with clients to assess/meet their needs.
d. Provide regular access to the Rise Food Pantry for families.*
e. Provide access to the Greater Goods Thrift Stores for families in need of household essentials.*
f. Provide internet access for the purpose of upgrading employment and increasing the family income.
g. Provide bilingual/bicultural staff that reflects the diverse community served.
h. Provide positive nutritional information to clients.
i. Screen for Domestic Violence.*
j. Provide hot meal delivery at Thanksgiving for at least 100 families.*
k. Provide a complete Thanksgiving meal for registered families.*
l. Provide food pantry services 3 mornings a week for 52 weeks per year and two evenings per month.*
m. Provide access to health services at the annual Health Fair.*
n. Access to Medi-Cool program for seniors and disabled adults.*
o. Sponsor Safe-Dates program for girls in middle-school.*
p. Sponsor 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens in Middle School.*
q. Sponsor goLEAD (leadership development program in local high schools).*
r. Provide back to school supplies.*
s. Provide pajamas, a book, and toothbrush and toothpaste.*
t. Ease Holiday stress with holiday presents, winter clothing and holiday party for at least 100 clients.*
u. Provide affordable, quality child care for six weeks (full day program) during the summer to assist clients with a safe place for kids to grow and learn while they work.*

Goals Met: The 2017 accomplishments for all programs are noted below.
• provided comprehensive case management to 885 individuals
• furnished 486 families with 25,907 boxes of food and nutrition information through our food pantry
• linked 110 families to food stamp resources
• provided 129 youth with 6 weeks of academic enrichment programming and nutritious meals and snacks during the summer program
• assisted 221 individuals with obtaining emergency assistance ranging from utilities, shelter, food, and clothing
• helped 26 people in finding employment resources such as job banks and classes to develop job skills
• supplied 11 individuals with an onsite Womanspace domestic violence counselor
• linked 51 individuals to a AAMH counselor by providing referrals for individual and family counseling
• provided 1003 children with holiday gifts donated by the community and hosted a holiday party in partnership with the Junior League of Greater Princeton
• included 29 families in the “Adopt A Family" holiday program
• linked 113 elderly and disabled individuals with the Americana Diner to receive a hot Thanksgiving meal
• presented 384 families with a Thanksgiving Food Basket from generous donors throughout the community
• offered 52 individuals access to health screenings, information and resources at the Annual Health and Wellness Fair
• united with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and 3 local churches in distributing 22,484 hot community suppers at the 'Rise to the TASK' three times a week.
• provided 46 middle school children with access to Safe Dates teen dating abuse prevention program
• presented lecture series for 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens to 46 students; goLEAD training to 35 students
• supplied 573 students with Back-to-School backpacks and supplies in conjunction with local houses of worship


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 15.29 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13% 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 HIGHTSTOWN-EAST WINDSOR COMMUNITY ACTION SER CENTER’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 $6,357 $18,964 $43,056 $483,018 $384,620
As % of expenses 0.7% 2.1% 4.6% 50.2% 27.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,499 $7,528 $24,573 $464,865 $327,136
As % of expenses 0.2% 0.8% 2.6% 47.5% 22.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $865,926 $910,012 $983,979 $1,444,396 $1,709,704
Total revenue, % change over prior year 9.0% 5.1% 8.1% 46.8% 18.4%
Program services revenue 5.2% 5.2% 4.8% 0.0% 1.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.3% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1%
Government grants 29.0% 27.1% 19.9% 14.6% 25.8%
All other grants and contributions 25.1% 26.0% 35.4% 67.6% 49.5%
Other revenue 40.5% 41.4% 39.5% 17.7% 23.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $859,595 $891,048 $942,184 $961,378 $1,386,384
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.7% 3.7% 5.7% 2.0% 44.2%
Personnel 61.0% 61.3% 61.9% 59.1% 54.9%
Professional fees 9.6% 10.2% 9.6% 13.3% 15.5%
Occupancy 12.1% 12.7% 9.8% 9.8% 11.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 1.0% 0.4% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 17.3% 15.8% 17.7% 17.6% 17.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $864,453 $902,484 $960,667 $979,531 $1,443,868
One month of savings $71,633 $74,254 $78,515 $80,115 $115,532
Debt principal payment $0 $3,666 $4,625 $87,709 $36,500
Fixed asset additions $304,111 $0 $19,069 $0 $500,407
Total full costs (estimated) $1,240,197 $980,404 $1,062,876 $1,147,355 $2,096,307

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 5.3 5.9 6.4 12.7 6.3
Months of cash and investments 5.3 5.9 6.4 12.7 6.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.4 6.4 6.3 11.1 6.4
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $379,097 $436,111 $499,278 $1,017,842 $732,405
Investments $0 $0 $500 $0 $0
Receivables $71,349 $75,323 $55,886 $47,320 $146,874
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $378,798 $378,798 $396,799 $396,799 $896,670
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 16.3% 19.1% 22.7% 27.1% 18.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 26.0% 29.1% 29.9% 6.9% 3.5%
Unrestricted net assets $589,862 $597,390 $621,963 $1,086,827 $1,413,963
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 $231,600 $170,300
Total net assets $589,862 $597,390 $621,963 $1,318,427 $1,584,263

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

Executive Director

Ms. Leslie Koppel

Executive Director, Leslie Koppel has a unique background in both retail management and public policy. For over two decades, Ms. Koppel worked in traditional retail settings, retail management and later in direct sales, design and marketing. After starting a family, she became engaged in local public policy particularly in the area of education. She won elected office as a councilperson in 2006 and 2010, and followed her passion returning to the Bloustein School at Rutgers University to earn a Masters Degree of Public Affairs and Politics in 2009. She became Middlesex County Freeholder in 2017. In the spring of 2010, Ms. Koppel was hired as Director of the Greater Goods Thrift Store. Under her leadership, Greater Goods turned from red to black, producing a net income for the first time since its 2006 launch. In September of 2010, Ms.Koppel incorporated the Director of Greater Goods Thrift Store responsibilities into her current position serving as Executive Director of Rise.

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 06/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mrs. Nancy Laudenberger

No affiliation

Nancy Walker Laudenberger

Government Representative

Carlos Fernandez

Rutgers University

Al Rosenberg

East Windsor Township Council Member

Betsy Wallace

Wallace Consulting

Susannah Hollister

Marcia E. Suarez

Legal Services of New Jersey

Kevin Perlmutter

Limbic Brand Evolution

Carol Tegen

Open Society Foundations

Marjorie A. Gutman

Gutman Research Associates

Rakesh Bhatia

NRG Energy

Karin R. Mitchell

Jill S. Westerberg

Westerberg Law LLC

Tom Davidson

The Taubman Company

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 7/28/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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