My Story Matters


Orem, UT   |
GuideStar Charity Check

My Story Matters

EIN: 45-4361591


My Story Matters, a 501c3 charity organization, promotes healing, inspires hope, and celebrates courage in everyday heroes by engaging them in a process that helps them reflect, recount, record, and reframe their stories.

Ruling year info


Executive Director, Founder

Amy Chandler

Main address

462 East 800 North

Orem, UT 84097 USA

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Subject area info

Cultural awareness

Elementary and secondary education

Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Individuals everywhere are feeling overwhelmed and even stuck in an uncertain world. Perhaps they are being held captive by anxiety, depression, addiction, or despondency, or maybe completely feeling tied to the mast by their corporate job, their daily routine, or a new chapter of life emerging. They are lost, trapped, and feeling stuck.

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?

Angel Series

Our Angel Series focuses on helping families heal after a beloved little one has passed away. Individuals in the community nominate families who are in this situation, and, when the family is ready, our volunteers guide them through a healing process to memorialize this precious soul.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Mission Statement:
Providing a B.E.A.C.O.N. to students in their journey to second chances pointing them to Belief, Empowerment, Action, Confidence, & Ownership Now
At My Story Matters we engage each learner in a self reflective model that leads them in taking ownership of their story in the past, present and future. We empower them to design a future they can be proud of. These techniques help the learner accelerate their reentry success by helping each learner be better prepared to take the next steps they need in their educational and vocational journey to a better life.
We prepare the learner to learn anything they need to become the best version of themselves. They will not only dream of second chances, they will believe that is possible. They will be equipped with the tools and resources they need to take intentional and result driven action towards those goals. They will see success in change and ultimately know they are fully capable of creating a new version of themselves.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of programing delivered

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Captain Your Story

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

As individuals face an unprecedented time of difficulty, we see a rise in suicidality, self-harming behaviors, identity confusion, anxiety, depression, negative social media impact, apathy, and isolation. We believe a common thread in these challenges lies in the individuals misunderstanding of their own power to create the life and self they want and the misguided belief that life is happening to them. As we listen to participants’ stories of their past, participants gain evidence-based, therapeutic tools to meet these challenges as the authors of their own stories. They not only learn to tell their story, but to actually create the story of their lives and selves by connecting to a purpose driven vision of identity. We empower individuals and communities toward necessary change.

Our facilitators partner with participants through the experience of determining life focus, building positive communities, developing purpose driven identity, adopting a growth mindset, and engaging with daily, focused action. Safe Harbors expands the singular focus of behavior and supports foundational attention to the additional systems of individuals impacted by trauma including beliefs, biology, bodies, and brains. In doing so, we employ a strengths based perspective that acknowledges what is wrong, but focuses on building upon what is strong.

We provide a 12 week comprehensive course where we present a framework that participants can build their life upon. We meet for 90 minutes each week. During each class we will provide a connecting, hands on experience, introduce a tool, help them see how it applies personally to their life, process how it worked for them and help them with any troubleshooting that may be needed.

The first element of the framework encourages individuals to find voice for the vision they want for their life. If they cannot find the voice for what they want, they cannot employ the strength and power of the tools presented in the rest of the framework. There is incredible power in finding a voice for what they REALLY want in life. We help individuals find that voice deep within themselves.

The next several elements of the framework help them develop that vision with more clarity, depth, and power. They discover tools that help process their concerns, find the right language to claim what they want for themselves and no one else. They learn to build communities of support and accountability. They learn to face their fears and stand confidently in the captain seat of their life’s journey.

Once that foundation has been built, the framework launches into practical tools to help them execute the vision they are creating. They learn how to:

choose the right relationships to engage in and how to appropriately communicate healthy boundaries.

ask for the right help, from the right people, at the right time.

discover the importance of claiming an identity that creates motivation for change.

reframe their experiences with failure.

be prepared to expect the unexpected and face those moments with confidence.

have a daily focused action plan that is aligned to their pursuit of whole-self wellbeing.

The summation of the framework is built on a map of the Hero’s Journey, the base human journey we all travel. The elements of this framework work independently and gain magnified power and effectiveness when collectively applied. They are both overlapping and mutually reinforcing.

Using this framework we are confident every individual will have the capacity to accomplish their life purpose with confidence, clear direction, and support for the journey to get there.


My Story Matters
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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 21.45 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.7 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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 My Story Matters’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 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $98,301
As % of expenses 33.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $98,301
As % of expenses 33.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $388,882
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 100.0%
All other grants and contributions 0.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $290,581
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 43.8%
Professional fees 26.4%
Occupancy 1.5%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 28.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $290,581
One month of savings $24,215
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $314,796

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 4.8
Months of cash and investments 4.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.8
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $116,843
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.7%
Unrestricted net assets $116,065
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $116,065

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

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

Executive Director, Founder

Amy Chandler

Amy is an entrepreneur at heart with varying interests in helping people become an active agent in their story. She understands her mission is to arm people with the tools and resources they need to write their own story and inspire them to choose to claim and create the future they want to achieve. Her greatest passion is people! First and foremost her family, whom she loves engaging in life with. As a wife, mother, active participant in her church, writer, speaker, and entrepreneur, and business owner she has learned to balance all of life's responsibilities while chasing incredible opportunities for growth. In 2010, she founded a non-profit foundation, My Story Matters, where she engaged in publishing the stories of the marginalized populations. In 2019 she launched My Hero Journey, aimed at helping students K-12 become the hero of their story. In 2021 she created Safe Harbors, a curriculum to help adults, teens and the incarcerated live the life they dream of.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 10/03/2023
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Board chair

Amy Chandler

Rebecca Spencer

Kellie Chatfield

Heidi Arave

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/18/2023

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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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