Thompson Foundation for Autism

Awareness. Advocacy. Action.

Columbia, MO   |
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Thompson Foundation for Autism

EIN: 20-8293152


The Thompson Foundation for Autism supports clinical services, research and training, through the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Myles Hinkel

Main address

205 Portland St

Columbia, MO 65201 USA

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Subject area info


Developmental disability services


Population served info

People with psychosocial disabilities

NTEE code info

Private Grantmaking Foundations (T20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Clinical services, research, and training at the Thompson Center

The funds we raise directly support all the services that the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including clinical services, research, and training. The clinical services include diagnostic evaluations and behavioral therapy.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

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 conference attendees

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The Thompson Center Autism Conference draws 500+ attendees annually from 15 states.

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.

Goals are to expand our reach and impact beyond Central Missouri; our plan details events and methods for breaking into new markets as well as embarking upon a Capital Campaign.

Events, Outreach, Fundraising.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Thompson Foundation for Autism & Neurodevelopment strengthens children and families affected by autism and neurodevelopmental disorders by raising awareness, advancing public policy, and funding the needs of the Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopment at the University of Missouri. Together with the Thompson Center, we are making a difference in the lives of people affected by autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email, Social media interactions; all feedback is voluntary. ,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Recently the Thompson Foundation sponsored "Autism Night" at a University of Missouri Basketball game, where we provided bags with sensory items for the children of attendees. One family posted on Facebook that the bags were a hit and a big help- so we will continue to offer those at other sports events where they will be helpful. We also used a focus group during a rebranding, where we were sure to include parents of children with autism or other neurodevelopmental conditions, as well as a self-advocate. We actively used this group's comments to ultimately choose our new logo.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We do not routinely solicit feedback, but gladly accept it across our various platforms. We do share feedback when it is received.

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

    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,


Thompson Foundation for Autism
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 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.93 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Thompson Foundation for Autism

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Thompson Foundation for Autism

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Thompson Foundation for Autism’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 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$54,575 $8,112 $64,846 $33,222 $141,021
As % of expenses -14.4% 2.3% 14.5% 10.6% 19.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$54,575 $8,112 $64,846 $33,222 $141,021
As % of expenses -14.4% 2.3% 14.5% 10.6% 19.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $356,607 $339,825 $516,287 $542,322 $651,075
Total revenue, % change over prior year -28.7% -4.7% 51.9% 5.0% 20.1%
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 2.3% 1.7% 2.4% 3.4% 1.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 104.7% 98.3% 98.2% 96.7% 99.1%
Other revenue -7.0% 0.0% -0.5% -0.1% -0.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $378,895 $346,247 $448,563 $312,230 $712,463
Total expenses, % change over prior year -66.9% -8.6% 29.6% -30.4% 128.2%
Personnel 51.6% 50.4% 37.8% 54.3% 39.7%
Professional fees 10.6% 2.9% 2.4% 3.4% 1.6%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 34.2% 39.9% 55.0% 35.7% 54.1%
All other expenses 3.6% 6.8% 4.8% 6.5% 4.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $378,895 $346,247 $448,563 $312,230 $712,463
One month of savings $31,575 $28,854 $37,380 $26,019 $59,372
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $410,470 $375,101 $485,943 $338,249 $771,835

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 2.5 4.9 5.1 15.9 5.1
Months of cash and investments 24.7 27.8 23.0 42.4 16.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 22.2 24.6 20.7 31.0 16.0
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $79,204 $141,316 $189,384 $412,484 $300,321
Investments $700,575 $660,775 $669,925 $691,075 $701,523
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 10.0% 11.5% 9.9% 8.7% 5.3%
Unrestricted net assets $701,679 $709,791 $774,637 $807,859 $948,880
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $200,000 $0
Total net assets $701,679 $709,791 $774,637 $1,007,859 $948,880

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

Myles Hinkel

Myles Hinkel joined the Thompson Foundation for Autism as the Executive Director in June 2020. Prior to this, Myles was Director of Advancement for Gift Planning & Regional covering the West Coast for The University of Missouri. This was Myles’ second time with MU Advancement. He previously worked in the College of Arts & Science before taking advancement positions at Columbia College and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation. Myles, his wife Lora, and their two boys have been involved in the Thompson Center and the Thompson Foundation since their inceptions.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Thompson Foundation for Autism

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ron Ashworth

Bill Thompson

WST Partners

Nancy Thompson

Jose Gutierrez


Janet Jacobs

Commercial Trust

Jim Poehling

Cale Bradford

White Oak Capital

Patricia Churchill

Supreme Court of Missouri

Jonathan Curtright

MU Health Care

Al Eberhard

Lora Hinkel

Columbia Public Schools

Michele Kilo

Patrick Madigan

Central Investment Advisors at Central Bank of Boone County

Doug Mertens

Jack Reis

Don Thompson

Thompson Family Foundation

Emily Thompson Krout

Gay M. Tompkins

Scott Zajac

Rockwood Asset Management

Ryan Holem

Tim Ney

Edward Jones

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 1/26/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/30/2023

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

  • 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 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 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 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.