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Justice for Sierah, Inc.

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Sylvania, OH   |  http://www.justiceforsierah.org

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Justice for Sierah, Inc.

EIN: 82-2045852


Mission

Justice for Sierah, Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to protect communities by implementing the Ohio violent offender database, known as Sierah’s Law, in all 50 states. Our work also includes empowering our youth by establishing self-awareness and self-defense into school curriculum and communities through the Sierah Strong Program.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder and President

Tara Ice

Main address

3810 Herr Rd

Sylvania, OH 43560 USA

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EIN

82-2045852

Subject area info

Early childhood education

Public safety

Elementary and secondary education

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Families

Ethnic and racial groups

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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

Show Forms 990

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has found that 61% of attempted child abductions occur between 2 pm and 7 pm when our children are coming home from school. They also found that 4 out of 5 children who have escaped their would-be abductors did something proactive (walked/ran away, kicked, yelled, or pulled away). Justice for Sierah aims to arm communities and individuals with the tools to improve the odds of a successful end to this all too common story.

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?

Sierah Strong for the Community

Sierah Strong for the Community is the self-awareness and defense program that Justice for Sierah provides to the community year-round free of charge. Young people ages 6-16 learn how to defend themselves in potentially dangerous situations and receive laminated KidPrint IDs that feature their photo, fingerprint, and vital statistics such as height, weight, and hair color to help find a missing child.

Since first offering the program in 2019, we have empowered more than 1,000 boys and girls and will continue to provide this program to our community FREE of charge.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Sierah Strong for the Schools curriculum was designed to bring self-awareness and defense training into schools. Seven self-awareness and self-defense lessons that meet National and State learning standards teach functional skills to keep young people safe online and in the community. Our goal is to ensure that every Ohio student receives Sierah Strong instruction annually, fostering their confidence and preparedness to respond swiftly if necessary.

We provide teaching resources, including easy-to-follow instructional videos, teacher manuals, student handouts, and evaluations. The curriculum is highly adaptable to fit each schools unique needs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

As part of our commitment to empowering youth and enhancing safety measures, we proudly introduce our KidPrint ID Initiative.

Our initiative aims to provide parents and guardians with a crucial tool in the event of an emergency - a laminated KidPrint ID card featuring the child's photo, fingerprint, and vital statistics. These IDs are invaluable resources for law enforcement and volunteers in locating missing children swiftly.

We actively participate in various community events, such as Safety Citys and local expos, where we offer our KidPrint ID services free of charge. Our trained volunteers guide families through the process, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality.

We believe that by equipping families with KidPrint IDs, we take a proactive step towards safeguarding our children and fostering a united effort to create safer communities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

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 children served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Sierah Strong for the Schools

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This combines all of our initiatives; Sierah Strong for the Community, Sierah Strong for the Schools, and KidPrint ID.

Number of grants and research funding awarded to the institution

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Our goal is to improve how law enforcement protects communities by implementing a violent offender database, known in Ohio as Sierah's Law, in all 50 states while simultaneously empowering our youth by establishing self-awareness and self-defense programs into school curriculum and communities.

We are focusing on six strategies.
1. To develop a high-quality curriculum-based program that meets National learning standards.
2. To empower each child with age-appropriate self-awareness and self-defense techniques through easy-to-learn instructional videos, comprehensive lesson plans, and evaluations for students and teachers.
3. To provide easy-to-learn instructional video training and certifications for the educators who will be teaching the program in the schools.
4. We will continue to organize Sierah Strong programs for the community free of charge to educate people about the importance of the program being taught in the school systems and provide for those not in public or private schools.
5. We will continue to use our KidPrint ID printer as a safety tool for parents. The KidPrint ID is a laminated card with your child's photo along with vital statistics such as height, weight, eye color, hair color, and fingerprint.
6. To build a strong relationship with the Ohio Attorney General's Office to collect data and vital statistics on Sierah's Law to create an informational brochure. This brochure will be shared with Senators from other states who are interested in bringing Sierah's Law into their legislation.

Our organization will meet our goals by working with education leaders to develop a curriculum-based program that has longevity and sustainability. We have a strong relationship with local school districts, superintendents, and local organizations that support our mission and efforts. We have a diverse group of professionals who specialize in Health and PE education, law enforcement, and security educators who are dedicated to developing this program. Ohio's Governor and local Senators have shown their support and willingness to help us meet our goals. Former Senator Randy Gardner is an honorary board member of Justice for Sierah and is dedicated to helping us educate other states about the importance of Sierah's Law. Our fundraisers, Spirit of Sierah Run and Sierah’s Birthday Soiree, financially support our free community programs and the cost of developing the program for the schools. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers to help us organize our events and meet our fundraising goals.

Justice for Sierah was formed following the tragic murder of Sierah Joughin in 2016. Just two years later, Justice for Sierah successfully helped educate others on the importance of and adoption of Sierah's Law and the formation of the nation's first Violent Offender Database.

Since 2019, we have empowered more than 1,000 children through the Sierah Strong for the Community program! The community program is free of charge and arms children with self-awareness and self-defense techniques to save their lives. This class is encouraged for all children, both boys and girls, ages 6-16. With our strategic planning, we are expected to double the number of children we reach this year. We completed Sierah Strong for the school pilot program, with more than 30 schools participating, reaching more than 3,000 students. Sierah Strong for the schools is currently available and will be ingrained in school systems that safety is a priority.

Our inaugural fundraising gala, Sierah's Birthday Soiree, exceeded our goal by more than 100%.

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 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

Justice for Sierah, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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 0.00 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 36.1 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

%

Average of 0% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Justice for Sierah, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Justice for Sierah, Inc.

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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Justice for Sierah, Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Justice for Sierah, 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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $183,909
As % of expenses 738.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $182,340
As % of expenses 688.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $208,817
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9%
Other revenue 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $24,908
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 0.0%
Professional fees 53.7%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 46.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $26,477
One month of savings $2,076
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $28,553

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020
Months of cash 108.4
Months of cash and investments 108.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 108.4
Balance sheet composition info 2020
Cash $225,106
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,490
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 28.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $229,027
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $229,027

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2020
Material data errors No

Operations

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

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

Founder and President

Tara Ice

It is my purpose to make sure that my niece, Sierah Joughin, is remembered for the positive changes we have made and not for the tragic way she was taken from us. Sierah was kidnapped and murdered while riding her bike home in the summer of 2016 by a repeat violent offender. My family and I spent the next two years working with legislation to pass Sierah's Law, Ohio's Violent Offender Database (VOD). The pain of losing Sierah never goes away; however, it has turned into fuel to create good and save lives, so no other family has to endure the pain and heartbreak we did. Ideas imagined three years ago have gained momentum, and we've grown in all areas of our organization; Sierah's Law, Sierah Strong for the Community, and Sierah Strong for the Schools. I will continue to push for our life-saving mission and will continue to honor the life and legacy of Sierah.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Justice for Sierah, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Justice for Sierah, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Tara Ice

Justice for Sierah, Inc.

Term: 2016 -

Crystal Mathias

Tyo Mathias Team

Nick Ice

Accountant

Bailey May

TPS Educator

Maria Schmalzried

Jupmode

Tara Ice

President of Justice for Sierah

Nicole Candle

Monica Perez

HR at Ice Industries

Erin Hafner

University of Toledo Foundation

Allison Murawski

Brandon Rodriguez

Edward Jones

Tasia Lane

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 2/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2023

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

Data
  • 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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.