Tickets for Kids Charities

Pittsburgh, PA   |
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Tickets for Kids Charities

EIN: 02-0559825


Founded in 1994, Tickets for Kids® Charities (TFK) is committed to enriching the lives of low-income and at-risk children and their families by including them in a variety of arts, cultural, educational, and sporting events and activities. By creating access to the world of ideas, accomplishment, creativity, and culture, TFK strives to provide experiences that will be a source of enlightenment and inspiration. TFK recognizes that exposure to new experiences helps to expand a child's current understanding of the world, and informs their vision of what may be possible to achieve in the future.

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Executive Director

Mr. Jason J. Riley

Main address

700 Blaw Avenue Suite 105

Pittsburgh, PA 15238 USA

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Formerly known as

Community Involvement Foundation DBA Tickets for Kids

Tickets for Kids Foundation



Subject area info

Arts services

Child welfare

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The impact cultural experiences have on shaping a child's life is profound, and shouldn't be missed because the price of admission is too high. Tickets for Kids Charities facilitates free access for disadvantaged kids, so they, too, can share in – and benefit from – the cultural wealth of their community. We meet our mission through partnership with social service agencies serving disadvantaged communities, providing them with donated tickets to a variety of venues and events that enhance their programming and advance their work. The opportunities provided by our program work to close the ever-widening opportunity gap that is excluding these children from the arts, cultural, educational, and recreational activities and experiences that are so critical to their successful development.

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?

TFK Cultural Access Program

The TFK Cultural Access Program provides free access for low-income and at-risk kids to the cultural, sporting, and educational venues of their community. We believe that museums, concerts, ballgames, and trips to the zoo should be part of every childhood, and that the impact cultural experiences have on shaping a child’s life shouldn’t be missed because the price of admission is too high. Tickets for Kids facilitates free access for disadvantaged kids, so they, too, can share in – and benefit from – the cultural wealth of their community.

Tickets for Kids distributes tickets to youth-serving organizations all across the U.S.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Philanthropic Innovation Recognition Award 2004

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Development Award 2004

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

Community Impact Award 2005


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 free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Families, At-risk youth

Related Program

TFK Cultural Access Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The 31134 opportunities provided in 2020 were valued at $1.1 million. This represents $1.1 million in supplemental program value provided to our NPO partners at no cost to them.

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.

By acting as the connecting link between ticket donors and social service agencies, we achieve three goals: First, we provide enriching supplemental programming to our budget-strapped social service agency partners, enabling them to spend their limited resources on other needs. Second, we help meet the community outreach objectives of our ticket donors, helping them to access often overlooked populations. Third, and most importantly, we create access for underprivileged kids, which acts as an intervention against dwindling budgets, limited opportunity and admission cost as an insurmountable barrier.

By partnering with vetted and qualified social service agency partners, TFK is bringing its unique program for sharing cultural resources to cities all across the United States.

TFK has established partnerships with both ticket providers (sports teams, theaters, museums, colleges, etc.) and social service agencies to match ticket inventory with ticket requests. Tickets are distributed according to guidelines established by the ticket provider, i.e. e-tickets, letters of admission, or physical tickets at Will Call. TFK currently partners with more than 250 ticket providers and distributes tickets through more than 3,000 social service agencies.

TFK distributes community outreach tickets for a variety of local and national ticket providers including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Cleveland Indians, NY Mets, Cirque du Soleil, Disney on Ice, Monster Jam, and ProCamps Worldwide. TFK also manages the distribution of MLB Players Park tickets every year. TFK is capable of ticket distribution through existing social service agency partnerships in all 50 states.

TFK provides ticket donors with a streamlined system for community outreach, and enables social service agencies to direct their limited funding to other needs, while still providing the children they serve with enriching, extracurricular activities and events.

While we have partnerships with social service agencies in all 50 states, we don't distribute tickets is all 50 states every year. Our goal is to distribute tickets in all 50 states every year.

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 bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Tickets for Kids Charities
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 3.61 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 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 Tickets for Kids Charities’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 -$18,803 $69,325 $139,216 $182,998 -$99,723
As % of expenses -0.2% 1.0% 7.9% 6.9% -1.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$35,254 $53,061 $124,500 $177,437 -$104,253
As % of expenses -0.5% 0.7% 7.0% 6.7% -1.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $7,483,705 $7,496,053 $1,769,467 $2,879,434 $5,773,612
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.3% 0.2% -76.4% 62.7% 100.5%
Program services revenue 0.7% 1.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 0.2% 0.3% 9.8% 8.6% 0.7%
All other grants and contributions 99.1% 98.2% 90.1% 91.3% 99.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $7,574,900 $7,203,051 $1,772,055 $2,660,824 $5,739,312
Total expenses, % change over prior year -1.4% -4.9% -75.4% 50.2% 115.7%
Personnel 7.9% 9.1% 29.2% 15.9% 11.0%
Professional fees 0.7% 0.8% 3.2% 2.8% 0.6%
Occupancy 0.5% 0.6% 2.3% 0.8% 0.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 83.9% 85.1% 61.9% 68.6% 85.8%
All other expenses 7.0% 4.5% 3.4% 12.0% 2.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $7,591,351 $7,219,315 $1,786,771 $2,666,385 $5,743,842
One month of savings $631,242 $600,254 $147,671 $221,735 $478,276
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $17,276 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $8,222,593 $7,819,569 $1,934,442 $2,905,396 $6,222,118

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.1 0.5 2.1 1.8 0.9
Months of cash and investments 0.1 0.5 2.1 1.8 0.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0 0.2 1.6 1.8 0.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $82,377 $324,453 $316,013 $393,830 $446,700
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $108,900 $291,574 $222,300 $323,051 $283,634
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $220,454 $223,273 $88,047 $73,739 $75,637
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 84.2% 90.4% 92.4% 75.0% 79.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 25.0% 19.9% 9.2% 6.5% 9.7%
Unrestricted net assets $58,425 $111,486 $235,986 $413,423 $309,170
Temporarily restricted net assets $122,608 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 $122,608 $417,935 $276,131 $307,743 $441,767
Total net assets $181,033 $529,421 $512,117 $721,166 $750,937

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

Mr. Jason J. Riley

Jason J. Riley joined Tickets for Kids Charities in 2015. He began his professional career working as a Spanish teacher in Philadelphia, PA, and later went on to direct the newly created Office of Community Service at Temple University. Before joining TFK, Riley served as Chief Program Officer for Eisenhower Fellowships, an international organization that works to connect impactful leaders from all sectors with international counterparts in more than 100 countries. Riley completed his undergraduate degree at Saint Joseph's University as the recipient of their first full scholarship for community service. During this time, he spent a year in Puerto Rico working to develop a youth organization, and studied abroad at Universidad Centroamericana in El SalvadorRiley holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania.

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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Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Mr. Robb Neuenschwander

Mindset Consulting, LLC

Term: 2022 - 2024

Board co-chair

Ms. Fran Steger

Retired, BNY Mellon

Term: 2022 - 2024

Jeff Mallory

Saint Vincent College

Jill Schlofer

Standard Insurance Company

Rob Neuenschwander

Medica Health Plans

David Bieber

Accenture (Retired)

Jana Johnson

TodayTix Group

Jesse McLean

Pressley Ridge

Elizabeth Allen

Allegheny Health Network (Retired)

Daryle Bobb

American Paving & Striping

Katrina Brantley

TE Connectivity

Francine Cameron

Cameron Professional Services Group, LLC

Deb Rohloff


Fran Steger

BNY Mellon (Retired)

Brenda Armstrong


Jan Glick

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pittsburgh (Retired)

Carl Holland

The Standard Insurance Company

Vladimir Ljesevic


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 1/26/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2020

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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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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.