Autism New Jersey, Inc.

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Robbinsville, NJ   |
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Autism New Jersey, Inc.

EIN: 22-2129739


Autism New Jersey is a nonprofit agency committed to ensuring safe and fulfilling lives for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them. Through awareness, credible information, education, and public policy initiatives, Autism New Jersey leads the way to lifelong individualized services provided with skill and compassion. We recognize the autism community's many contributions to society and work to enhance their resilience, abilities and quality of life.

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Executive Director

Dr. Suzanne Buchanan Psy.D., BCBA-D

Main address

500 Horizon Drive Suite 530

Robbinsville, NJ 08691 USA

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Formerly known as

New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC)



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Family disability resources

Population served info

People with disabilities

People with psychosocial disabilities

People with intellectual disabilities

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

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?

Information Services

Via our Information Services we provide referrals and service navigation assistance through our Helpline (800.4.AUTISM) and website ( for thousands of parents and professionals

Our toll free Helpline -- 800.4.AUTISM – assists thousands annually. Our website -- -- offers referrals, resources, articles and information.

Our skilled, compassionate staff specialists offer information regarding autism, evidence-based and alternative practices, and service navigation. Additionally, we offer referral lists of service providers, a variety of publications, highly individualized advocacy services.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Via our Education and Training program we share clinical expertise through regional trainings and statewide conferences.

We offer trainings in autism, evidence-based practices, and service navigation for parents as well as public and private professionals.

Our Annual Conference is held every October offers more workshops and exhibitors covering the full age range and needs of people with autism. 1,000+ parents and professionals attend the event.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Via our Public Policy efforts, we serve as the collective voice for the community through public policy initiatives in collaboration with the Legislature and the state departments that serve the autism community. Autism New Jersey has a long history of working with the Legislature, Governor’s Office and State Departments.

Our current policy initiatives include:

Funding: Autism New Jersey leads advocacy efforts to increase the availability of funding of services for children and adults with autism. We work closely with advocates, service providers, insurance carriers, and state officials to ensure that medically necessary behavioral services are available to those in need.

Severe Challenging Behavior: Autism New Jersey is acutely aware of the service gap that exists for children and adults who experience challenging behavior. We are strongly advocating for a statewide adoption of an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment approach, an increase in existing program capacity, and helping families every step of the way.

Workforce Development: Autism New Jersey believes that the autism community should be served by qualified, competent, and fairly reimbursed Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and behavior analysts. We are strongly advocating for a living wage for DSPs and advancing state recognition for Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Our Awareness program helps build community acceptance through our successful autism ambassador campaign and community outreach.

Our Autism Ambassador Program during National Autism Awareness Month (each April) provides kits full of ideas, templates, activities and resources. The campaign promotes awareness, sensitivity, and action in local communities. Each year, approximately 1,000 volunteers participate. Free awareness supplies and materials are also distributed free of charge to schools and communities throughout the state.

We regularly field Media Requests from outlets including: NBC, Bloomberg Radio, Star Ledger, NJ Biz magazine, and Asbury Park Press.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Where we work

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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 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 people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, 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

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 4.45 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 2.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Autism New Jersey, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Autism New Jersey, 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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $42,515 $36,957 $167,563 $7,451 $64,968
As % of expenses 2.2% 1.6% 7.2% 0.4% 3.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $31,837 $28,464 $155,939 -$1,495 $63,354
As % of expenses 1.6% 1.2% 6.6% -0.1% 3.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,957,476 $2,406,603 $2,476,821 $2,026,262 $2,325,199
Total revenue, % change over prior year -5.6% 22.9% 2.9% -18.2% 0.0%
Program services revenue 30.1% 20.7% 27.4% 36.6% 9.3%
Membership dues 4.8% 3.9% 3.6% 3.7% 1.7%
Investment income 1.8% 1.4% 1.7% 1.8% 1.3%
Government grants 35.5% 29.6% 28.2% 34.8% 40.6%
All other grants and contributions 26.3% 42.5% 38.3% 22.0% 28.6%
Other revenue 1.4% 1.9% 0.8% 1.1% 18.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,972,548 $2,366,135 $2,336,286 $2,074,576 $1,929,186
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.3% 20.0% -1.3% -11.2% 0.0%
Personnel 61.5% 52.2% 53.2% 62.5% 69.5%
Professional fees 6.7% 7.4% 0.8% 7.3% 9.2%
Occupancy 7.2% 5.9% 7.0% 7.9% 5.0%
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 24.6% 34.5% 39.0% 22.3% 16.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,983,226 $2,374,628 $2,347,910 $2,083,522 $1,930,800
One month of savings $164,379 $197,178 $194,691 $172,881 $160,766
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $25,247 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,147,605 $2,597,053 $2,542,601 $2,256,403 $2,091,566

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Months of cash 2.4 1.6 2.5 3.1 4.1
Months of cash and investments 12.1 10.0 11.5 12.6 14.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 10.4 8.8 9.7 11.0 13.9
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Cash $392,666 $312,987 $488,156 $535,975 $652,162
Investments $1,592,768 $1,654,834 $1,748,032 $1,649,893 $1,628,467
Receivables $8,255 $7,590 $142,375 $105,307 $142,005
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $373,108 $398,355 $398,354 $398,355 $398,355
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 96.4% 92.4% 95.3% 97.6% 98.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 19.4% 19.9% 24.2% 19.9% 11.4%
Unrestricted net assets $1,728,135 $1,756,599 $1,912,538 $1,911,043 $2,245,851
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,728,135 $1,756,599 $1,912,538 $1,911,043 $2,245,851

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
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

Dr. Suzanne Buchanan Psy.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Suzanne Buchanan is the Executive Director at Autism New Jersey, a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D). She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University and has worked in the autism field 2 decades. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Dr. Buchanan provides Autism New Jersey with clinical leadership; disseminates information regarding evidence-based intervention to parents, professionals, and the media; and advises public policy efforts from a clinical perspective. Her interests include family resilience, informed decision-making about autism intervention, and contributing to the development and implementation of state policies that impact the autism community and the professionals who support them. She currently serves as the Government Affairs Chair of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, is a member of the New Jersey Psychological Association's Committee on Legislative Affairs

Number of employees

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Autism New Jersey, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 07/20/2023
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Board chair

Ms. Kristie Sells

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Term: 2023 - 2024

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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? Yes