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Chester Street Foundation

Shining a light on childhood trauma

Houston, TX   |  chesterstreetfoundation.org
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Chester Street Foundation

EIN: 82-1952603


Mission

Through education and collaboration, we shine a light on the invisible wounds of childhood trauma to promote prevention, recovery, and resilience in children, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

Ruling year info

2018

Founder/ CEO

Shawn Alex Nemeth

Main address

2925 Richmond Avenue, Suite 1200

Houston, TX 77098 USA

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EIN

82-1952603

Subject area info

Special needs education

Social work education

Teacher education

Continuing education

Early childhood education

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Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Parents

Students

Teachers

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NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

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

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than ever before, mental health researchers and professionals are finding that untreated trauma from child abuse is at the core of a significant number of chronic health issues. Mental health issues have become a widespread problem as evidenced by the rising numbers of stories of suicides and other tragic events that appear daily in our news feeds. However, far too many illnesses are being incorrectly attributed to various conditions when, in fact, they were caused by the untreated trauma of child abuse. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), almost half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma. Even more alarming, nearly one in three U.S. youth ages 12-17 years has experienced two or more types of childhood adversity that are likely to affect their physical and mental health as adults.

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?

TraumaTALKS: Could it be Trauma? Supporting Kids on the Road to Recovery

This three-hour in person training is designed to provide professionals with the unique opportunity to learn how to identify the effects of trauma in children and help them on a path to healing. It is applicable to anyone working directly or indirectly with children and youth including educators K-12, mental health professionals, foster parents, healthcare workers and staff with child-oriented agencies.

The training is also available as a web-based an on-demand course which additionally includes Trauma and Developmental Disabilities. The course includes: 3 videos, 2 presentation guides, PD Certificate.

3 PD credits are available for both trainings through the Texas Psychological Association and Cizik School of Nursing at UT Houston.


Population(s) Served
Parents
Academics
Activists
Emergency responders

This one-day symposium focuses on the impact of trauma on marginalized youth populations and best practices for supporting recovery. It is an ideal gathering for for students, educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and advocates.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Parents
Academics
Activists
Emergency responders


In this two-hour training, you will discover how trauma may be preventing you from being fully available for others, identify multiple ways to complete the stress response cycle, learn healthy tools to manage your thinking and emotions, and create your own self-care plan to help you stay on track.

The training will also be available as a web-based an on-demand course in the Fall of 2023. The course will include: training videos, a presentation guide, and PD Certificate.

2 PD credits are available for both trainings through the Texas Psychological Association and Cizik School of Nursing at UT Houston.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Academics
Activists
Emergency responders

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 clients participating in educational programs

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

At-risk youth, Teachers, Caregivers, Foster and adoptive parents, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In-person trauma-informed trainings , conference (In person, virtual), and on-Demand school)

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

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

At-risk youth, Teachers, Foster and adoptive parents, Children and youth

Related Program

TraumaTALKS: An Introspective Look at Trauma and the Need for Self Care

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students registered for online courses

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

TraumaTALKS: Could it be Trauma? Supporting Kids on the Road to Recovery

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of the Chester Street Foundation (CSF) is to educate the community about the insidious impacts of trauma during childhood and adolescence. In Texas, almost a quarter of youth have been exposed to at least two or more adverse experiences (i.e., domestic violence, abuse, loss of a parent, a caregiver with chronic substance abuse concerns) annually, with over 60,000 cases of abuse and neglect confirmed statewide (Texas Kids Count, 2018). The physical and emotional scars of abuse and neglect are profound, resulting not only in the immediate expression of disruptive behaviors, post-traumatic stress symptoms, poor school outcomes, toxic stress, or the prolonged activation of the stress response system in the brain and body.

We established the Chester Street Foundation to provide a voice for traumatized children and educate our community, particularly those on the front lines of the issue. No child should have to live a life imprisoned by panic, rage, and helplessness.

We believe education is a critical component to helping traumatized children on their road to recovery and have designed our education programs for the community at large and professionals who are on the frontlines of this issue, including educators, healthcare professionals, and organizations working with children.

Our strategy to fulfill our mission is to educate our community on the science behind trauma and the ways to help traumatized children heal and recover. It’s not just about hurt feelings and troubling emotions; it’s much deeper and is rooted physiologically. Trauma remains wired in the body and brain. Whenever it triggers its victims, it causes them to relive the panic and terror of their original trauma over and over. These wounds are not visible to the human eye, but they are very real and left untreated can cause chronic health issues which last a lifetime.

Our education programs include TraumaTALKS for the community, TraumaTRAININGS for professionals, and our inaugural TraumaCONFERENCE. All education programs are given by Chester Street Foundation’s Founder and CEO, Shawn Alex Nemeth (a trauma survivor), along with other licensed mental health professionals.

Shawn Alex Nemeth’s personal story is filled with the trauma of child abuse, shame, and deep internal conflict.

As an ordained minister, he did everything he was taught to do while attempting to help others heal. For years, he spent countless hours in prayer, pastoral counseling, and hard work to forgive his abusers.

In 2009, Shawn had to be hospitalized with chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because of the severe trauma his therapists said had been encoded in his brain and body when he was a boy. But even though he was traumatized by a tumultuous childhood, Shawn found the strength to recover and to thrive.

This experience ignited him on a quest – not only for his own wholeness – but with a new passion and purpose to help abused children heal and recover. That’s why he established the Chester Street Foundation.

-We believe education is a critical component to helping traumatized children on their road to recovery and have designed our TraumaTALKS programs for the community at large and professionals who are on the frontlines of this issue, including, mental health professionals, educators, and organizations working with children.

TraumaTALKS are high-quality trauma-informed-training and professional development presentations, featuring Chester Street Foundation’s Founder and CEO, Shawn Alex Nemeth (a trauma survivor), along with other licensed mental health professionals. TraumaTALKS are offered as live presentations and through On Demand videos.

-We started a partner's initiative-- partnering with organizations and individuals who provide direct services to help traumatized children heal and recover.

-We produce a quartely newsletter to educate the community about childhood trauma and keep our readers informed about our programs and how they can get involved.

-We've also expanded our reach through two popular podcast interviews

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 look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

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

0.43

Average of 1.32 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.2

Average of 0.9 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 3% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Chester Street Foundation

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 Chester Street Foundation’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 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $30,984 -$12,044
As % of expenses 51.9% -14.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $30,984 -$12,044
As % of expenses 51.9% -14.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $90,628 $68,669
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -24.2%
Program services revenue 4.7% 11.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 26.2% 11.2%
All other grants and contributions 69.0% 77.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $59,644 $80,713
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 35.3%
Personnel 53.5% 56.2%
Professional fees 13.2% 6.6%
Occupancy 4.2% 3.4%
Interest 0.7% 0.8%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 28.4% 32.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $59,644 $80,713
One month of savings $4,970 $6,726
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $64,614 $87,439

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 4.1 1.2
Months of cash and investments 4.1 1.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.5 -1.6
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $20,257 $8,135
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 13.3% 235.1%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $17,557 -$10,987

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No 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/ CEO

Shawn Alex Nemeth

Shawn Alex Nemeth is a talented speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to helping childhood trauma survivors heal and thrive. After suffering horrific abuse as a child, Nemeth threw himself into nonprofit work as an adult. Working around the world to help others heal, he spoke to audiences numbering in the thousands throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America, while his inner child suffered in silence. The silence broke in 2009, when Nemeth was hospitalized with PTSD. He learned that the long years of trauma had been encoded in his brain and body, as happens to many survivors of abuse and neglect. With treatment, courage, and self-compassion, Nemeth began the long road to recovery and founded the Chester Street Foundation (CSF) to give traumatized children a voice. CSF aims to shine a light on childhood trauma through education and advocacy.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Chester Street Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Chester Street Foundation

Board of directors
as of 05/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Shawn Alex Nemeth

Chester Street Foundation

Term: 2023 - 2026

Leah Adams

Institute of Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center

Marian Cabanillas

United Healthcare Community & State’s South Texas Health Plan

Kathryn E. Hayden

Raymond James

Katie Jackman

Hey Jackman Marketing

Melissa Goldberg Mintz

Private Psychologist

Albert M. Sanchez

Central Houston, Inc.

Meghan Tibo

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Marlen J. Trujillo

Spring Branch Community Health Center

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 2/16/2024

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
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

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/04/2023

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