Arts For Life

Inspiring Courage Through Creativity

Asheville, NC   |
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Arts For Life

EIN: 56-2250962


Arts For Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs, we enrich patients' lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families. Arts For Life helps children in three cities across North Carolina.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Katharine Phlegar Broughton

Main address

7 Beaverdam Rd Ste. 207

Asheville, NC 28804 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Patient social services

Art and music therapy

Population served info

Children and youth

People with disabilities

Terminally ill people

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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?

Hospital-Based Arts Programs

In-person, hospital-based arts programs are the foundation of Arts For Life, quite literally meeting patients and families where they are. Arts For Life art tables are permanent fixtures in outpatient clinics and waiting rooms in our partner hospitals. Staff and volunteers facilitate creative activities for patients while they are waiting for an appointment, lab test or a medical treatment. Anyone who accompanies a patient to an appointment – whether a sibling, cousin, guardian, parent, grandparent, a best friend – is welcome to participate at the art table. When young patients need to stay overnight or stay in their room at the hospital — sometimes for months at a time — Arts For Life programs come directly to their bedside. Staff and volunteers knock on doors and bring materials to patients for one-on-one creative sessions in their hospital rooms. They offer patients the opportunity to deepen and explore their creative interests, but also to exercise autonomy, choice, and control.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses

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 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 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 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, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Arts For Life
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Arts For Life
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 57.28 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Arts For Life

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Arts For Life

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 Arts For Life’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 -$132,368 $116,931 $10,985 $313,762 $108,286
As % of expenses -20.4% 17.6% 1.6% 67.9% 23.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$132,368 $116,931 $10,985 $313,762 $108,286
As % of expenses -20.4% 17.6% 1.6% 67.9% 23.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $625,616 $758,458 $601,910 $771,336 $579,908
Total revenue, % change over prior year 18.0% 21.2% -20.6% 28.1% -24.8%
Program services revenue 18.9% 21.1% 26.8% 23.0% 20.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.6%
All other grants and contributions 80.7% 78.6% 73.0% 77.0% 75.9%
Other revenue 0.4% 0.3% 0.2% 0.0% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $647,606 $665,859 $684,442 $461,978 $465,622
Total expenses, % change over prior year 16.3% 2.8% 2.8% -32.5% 0.8%
Personnel 70.7% 74.0% 79.7% 73.5% 66.1%
Professional fees 5.0% 5.9% 5.0% 8.7% 7.7%
Occupancy 1.7% 1.4% 1.0% 1.3% 1.3%
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 22.6% 18.7% 14.2% 16.5% 24.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $647,606 $665,859 $684,442 $461,978 $465,622
One month of savings $53,967 $55,488 $57,037 $38,498 $38,802
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $91,700 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $701,573 $721,347 $741,479 $592,176 $504,424

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.0 5.1 4.3 8.1 16.3
Months of cash and investments 4.0 5.1 4.3 8.1 16.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.8 3.8 3.9 14.0 16.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $217,279 $280,714 $244,378 $310,440 $633,862
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $13,219 $49,095 $98,159 $242,256 $37,781
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 8.5% 7.0% 33.7% 2.9% 2.9%
Unrestricted net assets $96,535 $213,466 $224,451 $538,213 $646,499
Temporarily restricted net assets $122,253 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 $122,253 $97,921 $4,404 $0 $6,000
Total net assets $218,788 $311,387 $228,855 $538,213 $652,499

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.

Executive Director

Katharine Phlegar Broughton

Katharine Phlegar Broughton has been the Executive Director of Arts For Life since March 2021 but has been with the North Carolina-based nonprofit since 2016, serving as the Program Coordinator in the Durham Chapter at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center. She has believed in the healing power of the arts since her undergraduate days and has been bringing creativity to pediatric patients and families since 2010. Katharine graduated from Davidson College with a degree in studio art and completed her graduate studies in Art Therapy in Washington, DC at The George Washington University. After eight years providing art therapy services in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders for the Children’s National Health System in DC, Katharine returned to her North Carolina roots and began her career with Arts For Life in Durham. She now lives in Chapel Hill with her family and enjoys creating her own art in her spare time.

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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Arts For Life

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mary Edith Alexander

Fleenoil Lane

Kimberly Williams Moore

Scott Rempe

Doris Rouse

Jessica Schwartz

Ginna Priola

Sharon Davis

Tim Doby

Sylvia Hicks

Charissa McCullers

Morgan Tran

Amanda Hollingsworth Wise

Whitney Feld

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 ? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2023

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/28/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.