aka SIL   |   Euclid, OH   |
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EIN: 34-1315202


To empower persons with disabilities to lead inclusive lives through advocacy, community engagement, and self-directed services.

Notes from the nonprofit

Services for Independent (SIL) embraces the Independent Living Philosophy that promotes the rights of individuals with disabilities to control and direct their own lives; to make decisions and take responsibility for their actions; to have opportunities to participate in all aspects of community life; to exercise the greatest degree of choice about where you live, with whom you live and how you live; and to take risks, being allowed to fail and to learn and grow from these efforts. \r\n\r\nSIL services are designed to provide supports and skills to help individuals remain in the community of their choice.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Shannon Monyak

Main address

26250 Euclid Avenue Suite 801

Euclid, OH 44132 USA

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Subject area info

Disabled persons' rights

Youth development

Special population support

Independent living for people with disabilities

Population served info

Children and youth


People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Disabled Persons\u0027 Rights (R23)

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


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SIL\u0027s focus is to enhance a the ability of a person with a disability to fully participate in their community and to create systems that support their rights to do so.

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?

Peer Support/Consulting

Supportive services to persons with disabilities by staff and/or trained volunteers who are persons with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Provide up-to-date information on a variety of disability related and community living issues ie: accessible housing, transportation, long-term care, benefits etc... We are a good first call for help.

Population(s) Served

Assist individuals with disabilities of all ages in transitioning from a facility based living environment i.e.: nursing home or hospital back in to the community. This program services individuals across the age spectrum, including infants and seniors.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

SIL manages the PCA program for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities in 11 northeast Ohio counties.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

SIL provides education and assistance to qualified individuals by helping them make informed and independent choices.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

SIL will teach youth and adults the skills necessary to become and/or maintain independence in the community.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Individual: involves advocating on behalf of a single individual
Self: involves advocating on behalf of oneself.
Systems: involves advocating on behalf of a group or class of individuals.
On all levels SIL staff are working to provide support to individuals and to influence change regarding local, state and national policies and legislation.

Population(s) Served

Helps individuals gain skills needed to participate effectively on Boards of Directors, committees, coalitions and taskforces.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Provides new or gently used durable equipment and incontinence supplies.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

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.

To ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities and choices available as others in areas such as; public access, education, employment, transportation, housing, and recreation.

*Quality Assurance-Delivering higher quality and diversified programs and services with a focus on best practices and respect for consumer needs and consumer choice.\r\n*Community \u0026 Advocacy- Engaging and empowering consumers to identify and resolve challenges to their independence and demonstrating passion and commitment for our work in everything we do. \r\n*Collaboration, Partnership \u0026 Teamwork- Working with a range of internal and external stakeholders and partners to support our collective missions and work. \r\n*Flexibility and Adaptability- Responding to current opportunities and challenges quickly and effectively to meet consumer needs.

Staff expertise that is supported by a strong internal leadership team. Best practice programming that is designed to be individualized based on consumer need. Strong collaborations with state and federal agencies. Agency presence on a myriad of local and state committees. Active board support.\r\nSIL is currently working on programs/services that will allow us to have a greater impact working with youth and that will improve upon community integration for our consumers.

-Ensure consistent \u0026 regular opportunities \u0026 tools are available for board \u0026 staff to effectively understand SIL and their roles.- MET\r\n-Evaluate \u0026 enhance existing programming, \u0026 develop and implement future programming that incorporate all four core service to meet current \u0026 emerging opportunities.-ONGOING.\r\n-Increase awareness of SIL\u0027s services and issues/barriers that impact the lives of individuals with disabilities as they relate independence, community living \u0026 disability rights.-ONGOING


Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 14.22 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 43% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of SERVICES FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING’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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$115,344 -$316,159 -$179,874 -$133,358 $151,798
As % of expenses -7.9% -24.0% -19.6% -15.5% 16.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$193,482 -$397,841 -$229,452 -$158,118 $128,665
As % of expenses -12.5% -28.5% -23.8% -17.9% 14.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,322,152 $988,768 $763,539 $767,604 $955,171
Total revenue, % change over prior year 15.8% -25.2% -22.8% 0.5% 24.4%
Program services revenue 34.4% 42.2% 25.9% 12.7% 12.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 39.4% 49.8% 59.8% 78.3% 80.4%
All other grants and contributions 13.2% 8.0% 18.7% 9.0% 7.5%
Other revenue 11.9% 0.0% -4.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,463,709 $1,314,857 $915,739 $859,556 $895,644
Total expenses, % change over prior year 19.9% -10.2% -30.4% -6.1% 4.2%
Personnel 64.4% 69.3% 65.9% 67.3% 67.0%
Professional fees 0.8% 1.4% 2.3% 5.7% 6.1%
Occupancy 7.4% 8.4% 11.4% 11.0% 11.2%
Interest 0.4% 0.5% 0.5% 0.2% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 27.0% 20.4% 19.9% 15.8% 15.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,541,847 $1,396,539 $965,317 $884,316 $918,777
One month of savings $121,976 $109,571 $76,312 $71,630 $74,637
Debt principal payment $0 $25,852 $70,913 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $119,130 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,782,953 $1,531,962 $1,112,542 $955,946 $993,414

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 1.8 0.9 0.4 0.2 0.2
Months of cash and investments 6.0 3.6 4.3 4.5 4.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.3 3.8 4.0 2.8 4.5
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $213,715 $103,212 $31,480 $11,596 $16,291
Investments $519,673 $294,633 $297,959 $311,584 $317,824
Receivables $25,851 $32,582 $23,994 $28,918 $31,400
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $519,392 $519,392 $229,520 $229,517 $251,512
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 30.7% 46.5% 57.5% 68.1% 71.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 13.9% 18.7% 12.5% 31.4% 23.9%
Unrestricted net assets $1,001,417 $603,576 $374,124 $216,007 $344,672
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $31,000 $86,031 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $31,000 $86,031 $0
Total net assets $1,001,417 $603,576 $405,124 $302,038 $344,672

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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

Ms. Shannon Monyak

Shannon Monyak began her career with SIL in January, 2014. Shannon is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor\u2019s Degree in Psychology. For the past decade, Shannon has dedicated her career to working with individuals with disabilities, promoting independence and community participation. Shannon has additional experience conducting vocational training in computer and retail settings, designing and managing assistive technology and accessible computer labs, and providing support for high school youth with disabilities transitioning from school to post-secondary education. Prior to her position as Executive Director, Shannon enjoyed success at SIL as the Associate Director and has significant experience managing teams, developing, implementing and managing programs, as well as sitting on the Leadership Team.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.


Board of directors
as of 01/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Mr. James Pietrzycki

Parma City Schools

Board co-chair

Mr. Jeff Nahra

Parma City Schools

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/21/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

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