Spirituality for Kids International

Winning in the Game of Life

aka Spirituality for Kids International   |   LOS ANGELES, CA   |
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Spirituality for Kids International

EIN: 26-2224994


Spirituality for Kids International, Inc. (SFK) is an independent educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving children, parents, and professionals around the world. SFK’s proven spiritual social-emotional programs are designed to benefit all children – regardless of race, class, or religion – by teaching them viable ways to tap into their inner strength and see their true potential despite the hardships and stressful situations in their everyday lives through a unique and immersive learning experience. Through our award-winning program, children make better decisions, are more cooperative and empathetic, and have a deeper sense of responsibility and self-worth.

Ruling year info


CEO & President

Michal Berg

Main address

11845 W Olympic Blvd, Suite 1100W c/o Village Workspaces


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Formerly known as

Success for Kids



Subject area info

Education services

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth




NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

All children are at risk today regardless of their social – economic and cultural background; some of the risk factors are: A fast-growing and changing world, constant exposure to negative media and news coverage, absence of parental guidance, lacking sense of purpose, high demand of academic achievements, lack of self-value that leads to lack of value to life itself, and inability to manage and regulate challenging emotions. In our programs, children will learn practical social-emotional tools that will strengthen their confidence in themselves and ignite compassion for others. SFK teaches children more than just how to improve their behavior – it teaches them to take a deep look within as well as a global perspective. We help children connect with the deeper truth of who they are, why they are unique, and why it is important to share their gifts with the world. SFK also helps them see the ripple effect their individual choices have, not just on those around them, but on the world.

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?

Winning in the Game of Life

Introduce children to the Game of Life – a fun, interactive way to learn the universal spiritual principles for achieving happiness, confidence and lasting fulfillment. If you want to play the game, first you have to know the rules. During video adventures with Ari, a curious young boy, and his guide, Mr. Why, children will discover the basic guidelines to the Game of Life, including the purpose of effort, sharing and so much more. Each video lesson also includes easy-to-follow activities, such as art projects and reading recommendations, to allow children to practice their new understanding of themselves and the world around them

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Introduce children to the Game of Life – a fun, interactive way to learn the universal spiritual principles for achieving happiness, confidence and lasting fulfillment. If you want to play the game, first you have to know the rules. During video adventures with Ari, a curious young boy, and his guide, Mr. Why, children will discover the basic guidelines to the Game of Life, including the purpose of effort, sharing and so much more. Each video lesson also includes easy-to-follow activities, such as art projects and reading recommendations, to allow children to practice their new understanding of themselves and the world around them

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

By participating in the SFK Certification Program, you will receive a toolkit of leadership and communication skills to better help children develop empathy, grit, and confidence. You will learn cutting-edge educational best practices, along the SFK curriculum lesson-by-lesson tips and guidelines.

Nurture Social Emotional Learning skills in your students to develop resilience, grit, empathy and self-worth.

Help kids connect with their True Self and their inherent desire to succeed.

Apply educational practices such as Learning Levels and Questioning Techniques (Bloom´s Taxonomy) to lead kids into critical thinking so they can make better choices.

Employ the Umbrella of Care model to better connect with your students.

Use the SFK 7 Guiding Principles to develop Spiritual Intelligence that will support your students and turn challenges into opportunities.

Utilize the Multiple Intelligences model to identifying your student’s strengths.

Apply the different Learning Styles to keep children engaged.

Address common behavior challenges through the use of Positive Discipline

Get to know your students’ needs through Active Listening.

Identify teachable moments in the classroom, implement SFK tools and vocabulary to positively solve situations while being an effective leader.

Make use of collaborative work, playing and role playing for meaningful learning and to achieve the purpose of each lesson.

Deal with unexpected incidents; understand what type of classes you can build; receive lesson plans and tips for delivery.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Seal of Approval 2012

The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval

Runner-Up 2012

International E-Learning Awards

Honors 2012

National Parenting Publications Awards

Honors 2020

Global Forum for Education & Learning

Number of children who were impacted by our program

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

Parents, Children, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

We want to implement our programs in the education systems worldwide as well as with any other organizations that serve children either after school or in other settings. We want this program to be accessible to people of all backgrounds and faiths, whether they can pay for it or not. In making this program accessible, we aim to help everyone that seeks our guidance.
We also want to train more teachers and professionals thru our Certification Program, which equips them with the best educational practices and certifies them to facilitate our program to groups effectively.

We have built an online certification program, an online parent program, and we are also reaching out to ambassadors in different countries to create partnerships with schools and organizations in all of the areas we cannot personally get to ourselves. We have both ambassadors and volunteers working with us to collaborate with different schools and organizations to get SFK's message further out in the world. Meanwhile, we are developing a clear and concise marketing strategy for our certification program that will allow people everywhere to be able to go out and teach children how to improve their lives. We have face-to-face classes and online classes so that we can reach everyone. We are selling the program as well as giving it for free to those who can't afford it. In selling and fundraising, we are able to provide to the families in need.

SFK has been one of the pioneers in bringing Social-Emotional Learning and Spiritual Intelligence to children's education worldwide. We have been teaching in-person since 2001 and created the online platform in 2012. In 2008. in a broad, in-depth, independent research study, RAND formally evaluated the SFK program's outcomes on a large sample of participants. What they found was conclusive and impressive. SFK drives positive behaviors, improves emotional balance, and even has a measurable impact on learning disabilities. You can read more at or see our RAND Outcome Report at

We have two levels of online Spiritual Social-Emotional Education programs specifically for children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. We released our Certification Program that gives people the training and the license to go out and teach themselves. We had a total of 22 students who have successfully graduated from the program and 21 in progress. We now have reached tens of thousands of children in 23 countries and six languages. And we are continually developing new content to address current challenges and needs.
We also launched an online parenting course, Parenting the Soul, which takes parents on a personal journey to discover their parenting manual within and offers insights and easy, practical tools to best support their children while practicing self-love self-care.
From this point on, we wish to create more project-based fundraising. We will continue updating the website, the user's experience with it, and giving tips and inspiring people on social media through blogs and a variety of posts (all free content).

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 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 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Spirituality for Kids International
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 42.89 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Spirituality for Kids International

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Spirituality for Kids International

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 Spirituality for Kids International’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 -$354,397 -$121,976 $55,160 $37,868 -$386,438
As % of expenses -66.1% -25.9% 14.8% 10.2% -114.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$400,470 -$180,330 -$106,638 -$17,647 -$438,883
As % of expenses -68.8% -34.0% -19.9% -4.1% -112.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $200,925 $246,198 $283,040 $192,659 $151,589
Total revenue, % change over prior year -57.9% 22.5% 15.0% -31.9% -21.3%
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 47.3% 31.8% 10.0% 15.9% 25.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 43.1% 34.1% 56.2% 37.4% 48.6%
Other revenue 9.6% 34.2% 33.9% 46.6% 26.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $536,264 $471,425 $373,888 $372,643 $337,978
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.9% -12.1% -20.7% -0.3% -9.3%
Personnel 61.0% 61.5% 71.8% 73.6% 74.7%
Professional fees 18.2% 17.9% 10.6% 9.7% 10.6%
Occupancy 4.9% 4.6% 2.7% 2.5% 1.1%
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 15.9% 16.0% 14.9% 14.2% 13.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $582,337 $529,779 $535,686 $428,158 $390,423
One month of savings $44,689 $39,285 $31,157 $31,054 $28,165
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $47,618 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $674,644 $569,064 $566,843 $459,212 $418,588

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 13.4 3.2 3.7 2.0 1.0
Months of cash and investments 50.8 50.8 62.9 62.8 52.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 52.0 54.5 65.4 65.0 56.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $597,027 $125,763 $116,398 $63,362 $26,775
Investments $1,670,961 $1,869,123 $1,843,037 $1,885,734 $1,456,899
Receivables $31,357 $16,530 $1,698 $7,199 $25
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,044 $6,145 $6,145 $6,145 $6,145
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 57.9% 68.6% 88.9% 99.5% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.5% 1.5% 7.2% 5.8% 2.4%
Unrestricted net assets $2,324,662 $2,144,332 $2,037,694 $2,020,047 $1,581,164
Temporarily restricted net assets $77,793 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 $77,793 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
Total net assets $2,402,455 $2,144,332 $2,037,694 $2,020,047 $1,586,164

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.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

CEO & President

Michal Berg

Michal leads SFK’s global expansion with inspirational depth. She is a celebrated author and speaker. But her greatest asset and qualification is that she is the loving mother of five children who challenge, teach and inspire her SFK work every day.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Spirituality for Kids International

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Michal Berg

Volunteer/Civic Leader

Term: 2012 -

Michal Berg

Volunteer/Civic Leader

Alan Cohen

Heath Grant

Christina Malleos Langbort

Jacoby Phillips

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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Transgender Identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2023

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  • 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 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.


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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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