Sheltering, educating, and healing children for El Salvador's future since 1980

aka COAR Children's Village   |   Wickliffe, OH   |
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EIN: 34-1462492  Subordinate info


COAR Peace Mission strives to be the tangible and real expression of the Gospel to promote justice, community and peace in El Salvador through the support of effective programs in health, education and welfare which assist children and others, not only to develop their full human potential but also to contribute to the betterment of the world in which they live.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Mary Stevenson

Main address

28700 Euclid Ave.

Wickliffe, OH 44092 USA

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Subject area info


Basic and emergency aid

Foster care

Youth organizing

International development

Population served info

Children and youth



Foster and adoptive children

NTEE code info

Foster Care (P32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Roman Catholic (X22)

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



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization responds to poverty and violence in El Salvador (in Central America) by giving 50-100 vulnerable children a safe place to live from infancy - graduation from high school; by subsidizing the local parish school (K-12, 1,000 students); by providing subsidized medical, dental, and pharmacy service at our on-site clinic or visiting professionals; other spiritual or adult-education and vocational training.

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?

Sponsor a COAR Child

We support the COAR Children's Village largely through sponsorship, so, SPONSOR A CHILD!  We welcome your sponsorship of a COAR child.  Sponsors receive a letter and picture twice a year (and are welcome to write more often, but it is not necessary.)  We have two programs rates, $15/month and $25/month.  It will change your heart and save their lives.  Learn more at:

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We love to bring our pictures, props, and story to classrooms, church groups, Spanish clubs - wherever folks gather to learn about the world and help change it.  Call our office or browse our website:

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Through the Mission Cooperative Plan of the Catholic Church we present COAR's mission for the Archdiocese of San Salvador to churches throughout the US and Canada.  We speak at masses and often stay to speak to the parish school, PSR, youth groups, social justice groups, or other parish ministry groups. Call our office or browse our website:

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

COAR's goals are: to protect vulnerable children from the poverty and violence of current-day El Salvador and raise them to be healthy and productive adults, good parents and citizens; to support the crucial institutions of our local parish school and youth programs; to support the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Salvador in its mission to offer Gospel-based compassion and support for the poor and marginalized; to bring North American supporters into genuine solidarity with the COAR children, the families that they come from, and the Church in El Salvador.

COAR's strategies to reach these goals are: to offer comprehensive foster-care for children 0-HS graduation including education, health, psychological help, and family/parent training; support and pay fair wages to a strong professional staff of teachers and child-care personnel; to design, enforce, and audit child protection policies (considered a model within the region); to be in constant contact with the Church hierarchy and program directors to ensure that COAR is working within their strategies to create a peaceful and productive society in El Salvador.

COAR's capabilities to effect these strategies are: a strong team of Salvadoran child care professionals at the COAR Children's Village; a 40-year-long relationship with the Archdiocese of San Salvador's hierarchy and social program developers and directors; a strong donor base in North America that provides steady support to programs (so they don't have to drastically retrench with budget cuts every year); a 40-year commitment to solidarity and subsidiarity with the Church in El Salvador beginning with the murders (in 1980) of St. Romero and the Four North American Churchwomen, including our own Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, and Ms. Jean Donovan of the Cleveland [Diocese] Latin American Mission Team.

COAR's accomplishments since 1980 are: thousands of children who were sheltered during the civil war (1980-1992), reunited with families after the war, or raised to independence in the post-war environment; from 1992-2002 children were raised to engage with the recovering economy after the war; since 2002 children and staff have been protected from gang violence by COAR's physical plant strength and reliability, identification with the Church's anti-gang stance and programs, and internal culture of peace and attention to economic self-sustainability.


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 32.36 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14% 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 COAR PEACE MISSION’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 $43,120 $14,727 $45,564 $102,556 $257,886
As % of expenses 6.7% 2.0% 6.9% 17.0% 42.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $42,312 $14,574 $45,309 $102,556 $257,886
As % of expenses 6.6% 2.0% 6.9% 17.0% 42.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $700,838 $710,529 $637,599 $724,182 $817,257
Total revenue, % change over prior year 23.9% 1.4% -10.3% 13.6% 12.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.6% 0.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.6%
All other grants and contributions 99.3% 99.4% 100.0% 96.5% 96.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.5% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $639,682 $721,404 $660,179 $603,097 $602,371
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.2% 12.8% -8.5% -8.6% -0.1%
Personnel 21.2% 20.4% 19.4% 21.3% 21.3%
Professional fees 1.4% 1.4% 1.5% 1.7% 1.9%
Occupancy 1.7% 1.5% 1.7% 1.8% 1.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 63.0% 65.4% 64.4% 65.0% 65.0%
All other expenses 12.7% 11.4% 13.1% 10.1% 10.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $640,490 $721,557 $660,434 $603,097 $602,371
One month of savings $53,307 $60,117 $55,015 $50,258 $50,198
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $693,797 $781,674 $715,449 $653,355 $652,569

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 3.9 3.2 3.1 8.7 8.3
Months of cash and investments 9.7 8.3 9.7 13.8 18.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.8 8.0 9.6 12.5 17.7
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $205,760 $193,976 $169,139 $439,405 $416,611
Investments $313,326 $307,377 $366,426 $256,591 $516,407
Receivables $6,185 $6,173 $4,362 $9,292 $8,521
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $6,183 $6,183 $4,579 $4,579 $4,579
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 93.4% 95.9% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.0% 1.5% 0.7% 4.5% 1.0%
Unrestricted net assets $468,158 $482,732 $528,041 $630,597 $888,483
Temporarily restricted net assets $65,097 $29,583 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $65,097 $29,583 $20,489 $54,129 $45,742
Total net assets $533,255 $512,315 $548,530 $684,726 $934,225

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. Mary Stevenson

Mary Stevenson is the Executive Director of the COAR Peace Mission – the U.S. fundraising and outreach arm of the COAR Children’s Village in Zaragoza, El Salvador. She was a student at Beaumont High School in Cleveland Heights when Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, left to begin her five-year assignment on the Cleveland Diocese’s Latin American Mission Team. Prevented from visiting the mission in the 1980s because of the civil war, including the murder of Sr. Dorothy, Mary first visited COAR in 1990 and experienced the anguish of El Salvador’s civil war through the orphans at COAR. Repeated visits through the years revealed the deep, healing, vital nature of the care, education, and vocational training that COAR gives its children. Won over by COAR, Ms. Stevenson left a business career in chemistry and software project management to become Executive Director in 2004.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Melanie Reda


Term: 2019 -

John Papadopulos

Christopher Janezic

VASJ High School

Joseph Raguso

Sr. Sheila Marie Tobbe, OSU

Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland

Melanie Reda

Gary Siefring

Margarita Krncevic

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

Joan Myers

Daphne Held

John Atlee Horner

Laura Griesmer

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? 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? No