Pathways to Independence

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and Abuse for Young Women

Los Alamitos, CA   |
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Pathways to Independence

EIN: 33-0148082


Pathways to Independence is committed to transforming the lives of single young women from disadvantaged backgrounds through education, therapy, mentoring, housing, and healthcare, to break the cycle of poverty and abuse. Coming from diverse backgrounds of neglect, violence, foster care, and homelessness, Pathways to Independence participants work towards becoming self-sufficient members of society, obtaining a college education, healing, and empowerment.

Notes from the nonprofit

We will are in the middle of a strategic planning process to be completed in June 2023.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mrs. Diana D Hill

Main address

P.O. Box 43

Los Alamitos, CA 90720 USA

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Subject area info

Higher education

Adult education

Medical support services

Mental health care

Financial services

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Population served info


Women and girls

Low-income people


NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Health Support Services (E60)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The demand and expenses for mental health services have surged dramatically. We offer our clients weekly mental health services as required to meet this growing need. However, we find ourselves surpassing our budgetary limits. We are seeking ways to internalize some of these costs while maintaining our exceptional standard of service.

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?

Pathways to Independence

Pathways to Independence is a comprehensive program providing education, health care, counseling, mentoring, housing and automotive support to women living below the poverty level. While in receipt of this support, these young women commit to a program of education that will lead them to social and financial independence.Currently 45-50 young women are in the program, all who have suffered poverty. 70% are recovering from chemical dependency, 60% have experienced sexual abuse and have specialized therapists treating that issue and about 60% of our clients have experienced homelessness. Clients remain in the Pathways program approximately 3-5 years, the large majority receiving a Bachelor's degree.Since inception, Pathways to Independence  has operated with a relatively high program efficiency ratio (program services / total expenses), which averages 80%.  This reflects the tremendous contributions from close to 300 volunteers.  No one who serves on the Board of Directors receive any remuneration.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work


Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of first-time, full-time, first-year registrants in direct entry programs who graduate within 6 years

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

We are devising a strategy with our Therapist Director to have them directly supervise Pre-Licensed clinicians, allowing us to manage costs while ensuring our clients receive exceptional service.

With our Therapist Director in place to provide supervision, we seek funding to hire and support an in-house clinician. This investment will enable us to expand our services while maintaining quality care for our clients.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Pathways to Independence
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 11.34 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Pathways to Independence

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Pathways to Independence

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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Pathways to Independence

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Pathways to Independence’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$69,408 -$288,138 $55,909 -$23,956 $329,097
As % of expenses -5.9% -20.7% 4.4% -1.8% 22.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$198,692 -$344,471 -$95,047 -$175,498 $329,097
As % of expenses -15.1% -23.7% -6.7% -11.8% 22.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,143,516 $1,019,704 $1,258,071 $1,420,298 $1,763,052
Total revenue, % change over prior year -2.1% -10.8% 23.4% 12.9% 24.1%
Program services revenue 16.4% 13.8% 11.9% 13.3% 10.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.3% 0.3% 0.7%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.2% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 80.4% 86.0% 87.7% 81.1% 88.7%
Other revenue 3.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,182,786 $1,395,102 $1,268,792 $1,330,695 $1,448,704
Total expenses, % change over prior year -10.6% 18.0% -9.1% 4.9% 8.9%
Personnel 16.4% 20.6% 29.1% 31.5% 36.9%
Professional fees 6.1% 4.5% 2.7% 2.5% 3.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 4.2% 0.3% 0.1% 0.3%
Interest 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 77.4% 70.7% 67.9% 65.9% 59.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,312,070 $1,451,435 $1,419,748 $1,482,237 $1,448,704
One month of savings $98,566 $116,259 $105,733 $110,891 $120,725
Debt principal payment $0 $12,245 $0 $52,708 $2,749
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $20,881
Total full costs (estimated) $1,410,636 $1,579,939 $1,525,481 $1,645,836 $1,593,059

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 13.6 10.2 10.8 10.9 12.2
Months of cash and investments 13.6 10.2 10.8 10.9 12.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 11.6 7.2 8.5 8.7 10.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,340,433 $1,189,618 $1,146,911 $1,204,143 $1,476,600
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $2,143 $2,621 $2,396 $2,800 $2,575
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $6,141,148 $6,136,910 $6,140,183 $6,144,347 $6,165,228
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 17.7% 18.4% 20.9% 24.9% 24.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.2% 3.3% 1.4% 0.9% 0.9%
Unrestricted net assets $6,193,905 $5,849,434 $5,754,387 $5,578,889 $5,907,986
Temporarily restricted net assets $152,767 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $152,767 $152,767 $174,325 $210,079 $177,632
Total net assets $6,346,672 $6,002,201 $5,928,712 $5,788,968 $6,085,618

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 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

Mrs. Diana D Hill

Diana’s career has been in real estate investing and education. She owned and operated a national seminar firm for 18 years, was a Director of Education at Online Trading Academy for 14 years, and now is privileged to be Executive Director for Pathways to Independence. Diana has been a community leader for over 25 years in Los Alamitos and the greater orange county area. She is currently a governing board member of the Los Alamitos School District, among other volunteer positions. Diana has been associated with Pathway since 2007 and has served as a mentor, director, and board member. Diana is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who have demonstrated a desire to grow and break the negative cycles in their lives. She is a leader who serves, inspires, and always reaches for the BHAGs.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Pathways to Independence

Board of directors
as of 05/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Raymond Cervantez

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Term: 2021 - 2022

Lisa Fluke

Executive Legal Assistant

Nikki Harris


Tracey Hutton

Retired Nurse

Jerry Green

Community Volunteer

Raymond Cervantes


Anita Beltran-Sutt


Sharon Dickson


Joseph Dzida


Lindsay Mais

Financial Planner

Christina Stricklin

Pathways Alumni

Sylvia Hendron


Leslie Wulff

Business Woman

Robert Casares

Insurance Agent

Ana C Lopez

Division Officer for Long Beach

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 1/18/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2024

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  • 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 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 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.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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