Joys to the World, Inc

serving young adults with multiple disabilities

Tulsa, OK   |
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Joys to the World, Inc

EIN: 82-1235756


Joyfully serve young adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and their families.

Ruling year info


CEO and Co-Founder

Kathy Cott

Director of The Academy

Sandy Dauer

Main address

42 E 53rd St

Tulsa, OK 74105 USA

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Subject area info

Special needs education

Adult education

Population served info




People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Most students with multiple disabilities age out of public school at 18. And in Tulsa County, Oklahoma there is nowhere for adults with profound multiple disabilities to find community and stimulation. Other day programs require clients to be mobile and/or out of diapers, which excludes people with profound needs. For these overlooked individuals, the only options are to sit alone at home or to go into a nursing home with the elderly. Their quality of life and the skills they had learned quickly begin to degenerate.

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?

Joys To The World Summer Camp

Our Summer Camp is designed to meet the needs of adults and students with moderate to servere multiple disabilities. This June and July day camp provides the opportunity for individuals to experience the exciting activities and receive the fun stimulation everyone should have at summer camp.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with physical disabilities

The Joy Academy offers a safe, quality, and healthy environment for students with profound
intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD). Our focus is to serve young adults with PIMD global adaptive services such as individualized communication, self-awareness through mindful movement, participation in self-interests and socialization, individualized skill-based activities, team building with family, and mutual community awareness. The program model at The Joy Academy (TJA) is structured to help individuals with PIMD live an abundant and purposeful life which breeds health, acceptable social behavior, positive mental health and well-being which deters isolation, depression and loneliness. As of November 2022 we have a facility in southwest Tulsa and Owasso, Oklahoma. Providing a safe environment for their children allows parents and guardians to work and take respite.

Population(s) Served

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.

• Maintain individualized communication stimulation and increased attending skills to 75% of each Joy Academy participant's ability.

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

The Joy Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each person has a unique learned language ability to attend, respond, and express themselves. We encourage them to use their maximum language input and output 75% of the time.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Joys To The World wants to provide a place for adults with severe/profound multiple disabilities to have a safe environment to be stimulated and encouraged to demonstrate their individuality.

We have a small board which needs to be expanded with talented and/or experienced individuals who can help with marketing, fundraising, grant writing and a passion to fill the need in our community.
Research has shown us that many communities and states in America and across the world lack facilities for adults witih profound multiple disabilites, so eventually Joys To The World, Inc would like to grow into an organization which meets needs in other USA communities and those in international sister cities. We are hoping to open the first of many, The Joy Learning Academy in August 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
We need money to proceed and we also want to write grants for ongoing funding.
Joys To The World, Inc also needs transportation to move wheelchair clients to and from The Academy and around the Tulsa area because many parents do not have the ability to move their adult with disabilities around in the community.

We have some media and printed material ready to present in fund raising activities and to ask for money. We believe we could get started and successfully complete the first year with $100,000 - $283,000 which includes staffing, insurances, special adaptive equipment and general financial needs. Many people in the community are aware of the need and some parents who are desperate for this type of service. Jenny Joy Ramnath, a co-founder has a Masters in Special Education and many years of experience working with severely multiply handicapped people. The other co-founder, Kathy Cott, has 40 years of experience with Special Education. Both of these educators have a desire and call to see Joys To The World, Inc come to fruition.

We have a strategic plan, a budget (which needs help), a small board, government documentation as a 501(c)3 and identification of the need in the community. Joys To The World has offered a 4 week camp for 3 summers to test the planned structure of the idea. It has been very effective and enjoyed by clients and praised by parents.


Joys to the World, Inc
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 57.06 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.1 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Joys to the World, Inc

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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Joys to the World, Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $23,019
As % of expenses 10.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $21,692
As % of expenses 10.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $234,035
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 50.7%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 49.3%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $211,015
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 84.8%
Professional fees 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 15.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $212,342
One month of savings $17,585
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $2,125
Total full costs (estimated) $232,052

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 6.2
Months of cash and investments 6.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.2
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $109,560
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,690
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 25.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.6%
Unrestricted net assets $114,634
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $114,634

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

CEO and Co-Founder

Kathy Cott

Director of The Academy

Sandy Dauer

Kathy Cott has a masters in Speech/Language Pathology and 35 years of experience working with special needs individuals. Joys To The World will allow the moderate to severely profound, and multiply disabled to be stimulated physically, emotionally, communicatively, and socially. Once Kathy realized that this special population in Tulsa had no place to go after high school, she became passionate about changing their circumstances. She believes Joys To The World can change their lives. The Lord has revealed plans to give these individuals abundant lives (John 10:10) and Kathy wants to be the servant to see His new work grow. These unique people will join together with their families and the community to become Joys To The World.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Joys to the World, Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Joys to the World, Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Brandie Murphy

Joys To The World, Inc

Term: 2022 - 2024

Leslie Cott


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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/24/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/25/2020

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 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 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 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.