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Brightside Child and Family Advocacy Inc.

aka Savannah/Chatham CASA   |   Savannah, GA   |  http://www.savannahcasa.org/
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Brightside Child and Family Advocacy Inc.

EIN: 58-2058358


Mission

Savannah/Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. ​

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Ms. Kate Blair

Main address

761 Wheaton Street 5th Floor

Savannah, GA 31401 USA

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EIN

58-2058358

Subject area info

Abuse prevention

Youth services

Child abuse

Population served info

Children and youth

Victims and oppressed people

Victims of crime and abuse

NTEE code info

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Brightside Child & Family Advocacy (formerly Savannah CASA) aims to reduce the abuse and neglect of children in Chatham County by providing services to children and their families in foster care.

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?

Savannah/Chatham CASA Program

Savannah/Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse and neglect. ​

CASA takes a holistic approach to ensure the child’s psychological, physical, educational, and other needs are met while advocating for permanency in the child’s life. CASA volunteers work tirelessly to reduce the amount of time a child spends in foster care by working closely with the Department of Family and Children Services and the Juvenile Court. Studies have shown that a child who is appointed a CASA volunteer spend less time in foster care, have less placement disruptions, and perform better in school.

Our vision is a community where every abused or neglected child is given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Victims and oppressed people

Brightside Advocacy opened The Bright House – a supervised visitation and family support center – in February 2022. Parents develop healthy relationships with their children in a warm, home-like environment while participating in court-mandated supervised visitations. Through parental coaching, referrals to community services, and case management assistance, The Bright House will support families to heal and grow despite the many barriers that arise from difficult circumstances.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Awards

Established Affiliate of Excellence 2021

Georgia CASA

Affiliations & memberships

Georgia CASA 2023

Supervised Visitation Network 2023

National CASA 2023

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 new advocates recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Savannah/Chatham CASA Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Savannah/Chatham CASA Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We aim to serve every child that enters foster care in Chatham County. Since 2022, Savannah CASA program serves 100% of the children in care.

Hours of supervised visitation provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

The Bright House

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program opened in February of 2022.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Savannah/Chatham CASA Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, 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, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

Brightside Child and Family Advocacy Inc.
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.21

Average of 53.59 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.9

Average of 6.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 14% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Brightside Child and Family Advocacy Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Brightside Child and Family Advocacy Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 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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Brightside Child and Family Advocacy Inc.

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Brightside Child and Family Advocacy 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$2,318 $4,668 $45,015 $119,956 -$93,192
As % of expenses -0.7% 1.0% 8.3% 24.6% -8.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$3,102 $3,681 $43,881 $119,184 -$100,188
As % of expenses -0.9% 0.8% 8.1% 24.4% -9.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $350,885 $471,167 $586,340 $608,572 $949,786
Total revenue, % change over prior year -16.0% 34.3% 24.4% 3.8% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 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% 0.0%
Government grants 61.1% 64.1% 58.8% 48.9% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 38.9% 35.9% 41.2% 51.1% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $353,203 $466,499 $541,325 $488,617 $1,049,249
Total expenses, % change over prior year -12.2% 32.1% 16.0% -9.7% 0.0%
Personnel 75.1% 73.8% 82.3% 82.9% 74.2%
Professional fees 3.1% 2.3% 2.6% 2.0% 3.5%
Occupancy 3.9% 2.2% 0.0% 0.0% 4.9%
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 18.0% 21.7% 15.1% 15.1% 17.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $353,987 $467,486 $542,459 $489,389 $1,056,245
One month of savings $29,434 $38,875 $45,110 $40,718 $87,437
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $2,583 $2,126 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $383,421 $508,944 $589,695 $530,107 $1,143,682

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
Months of cash 8.8 6.8 7.0 10.1 1.9
Months of cash and investments 8.8 6.8 7.0 10.1 1.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 12.0 9.2 8.9 12.8 4.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
Cash $259,507 $262,874 $315,249 $411,694 $168,376
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $100,075 $113,774 $85,714 $149,859 $239,744
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $17,838 $12,444 $14,570 $14,570 $45,432
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 90.5% 73.6% 70.7% 76.0% 29.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.0% 5.7% 1.5% 8.7% 22.7%
Unrestricted net assets $356,051 $359,732 $403,613 $522,797 $425,798
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 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 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,169
Total net assets $356,051 $359,732 $403,613 $522,797 $431,967

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Kate Blair

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Brightside Child and Family Advocacy Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Brightside Child and Family Advocacy Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Brad Jones

Newfront

Term: 2024 - 2023

Chris Collins

Wet Willies

Holly Holdsworth

Chatham County

Kathy Ledvina

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Courtney Reich

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Rodney Rawls

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Jackie Jackson

Chatham County

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Eula Parker

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Debra Powell

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Andy Conn

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Cole Eberle

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Kim Gusby

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Bradley Jones

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Thomas Odom

Sterling Seacrest Pritchard

Izola Miller

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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 1/29/2024

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: 08/14/2023

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 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.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.