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Love Fest International Inc

aka Love Fest Inc.   |   Atlanta, GA   |  http://lovefestinternational.org
GuideStar Charity Check

Love Fest International Inc

EIN: 84-2021845


Mission

Love Fest International, Inc. (LFI) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 agency, organized in the state of Georgia whose mission is to transform the lives of individuals, couples, and disadvantaged individuals by providing counseling, education and other support services that would improve their well-being.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Lauren Hines

Main address

3355 Lenox Road NE, Suite #750

Atlanta, GA 30326 USA

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EIN

84-2021845

Subject area info

Family counseling

Population served info

Families

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The different stages of life come with several challenges, especially for underserved, minority communities. Challenges that come along with children, job losses and career changes, business ownership, financial difficulty, nuclear and extended family issues, trauma, and loss are not often navigated effectively. The proper resources, experts, and knowledge on how to successfully navigate these challenges are oftentimes unknown or simply inaccessible for many of these communities. The cost to attain qualified therapy is out of reach for many in our community.

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?

COUNSELING SERVICES FOR COUPLES & FAMILIES

Counseling services
Couples counseling
Premarital counseling
Marriage and family therapy
Blended families
Keeping families together
Community well-being events
Relationship services

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Self-employed people

Related Program

COUNSELING SERVICES FOR COUPLES & FAMILIES

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

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

Women and girls

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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

Self-employed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Self-employed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Adolescents, Adults, Young adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of days taken to respond to customers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of affiliates speaking at conferences

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

Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Self-employed people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Hope is not lost when preventive and timely measures can be enacted to protect the mental health and well-being of these couples/family units and disadvantaged individuals. Therefore, Love Fest International provides its community of vulnerable, underserved couples and individuals access to professional services at subsidized or completely covered costs through the help of generous donors and supporters. Services include individual and group therapy/counseling, virtual support services and resources, and community well-being/mental health events.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
The negative impact of divorce creates dire results in already vulnerable communities, impacting their ability to create generational wealth and to develop healthy relationships and develop stronger families. These broken homes are leaving behind more than broken marriages, but other broken relationships, broken emotions, and broken hopes for the couple, children, and families. Marriage and family relationships can be restored before getting to the breaking point of separation and subsequent divorce. With proper emotional therapy, mental fitness, and communication and problem-solving skills ascertained through Love Fest International, individuals and couples can be proactively and effectively equipped to meet challenges that inevitably come along with marriage and relationships successfully.

THE VULNERABLE ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITY
While there are many reasons that small business owners attribute the failure of the business, the most common reasons are lack of capital access, insufficient cash flow, lack of demand, and poor management. Fundera.com states that while there are over eight million minority-owned businesses in the U.S., this underserved group of businesses “lag behind the average small business in terms of revenue and access to capital.”

The dissolution and lack of development of these companies have created countless, negative ripple effects within the communities in which they operated, but LFI believes the trend can be reversed.

We have been providing counseling, wellness, and business support related services and education since 2015. The agency was later incorporated as Love Fest International Inc. in 2019 and was established in response to the devastating impact that limited access to resources was having on minorities in Metro Atlanta. In the face of economic downturns, minority disadvantaged small businesses lacking resources, and surmounting relational challenges, founding members volunteered their time to provide support, educate, and help change the pattern.

The organization quickly worked to organize seminars, tools, counseling resources, and relationship and mental health professionals to engage their populations and meet the evolving needs of our diverse community in response to the societal challenges. Today, Love Fest International offers a broad range of services, including counseling (group and individual), minority and disadvantaged small business education, family services, and community benefits and drives.

LFI strives towards achieving our vision of ensuing that the well-being of some of the most vulnerable will be a priority in our everyday lives. We are on-target to achieve significant milestones with the support of newly identified funding sources which would lend themselves towards our growth.

New expansions and enhancements include virtual mental health and well-being conferences, telehealth sessions with certified professionals, emergency supply drives for populations in need, and digital educational classes.

By instituting and providing counseling and relationship services, growth opportunities, and community initiatives, we help create a society in which long-lasting, more enjoyable, healthier relationships – personally, professionally, and interpersonally – are within reach. With increased access to relationship and domestic economic growth tools, communication and relationship resources, mentorship, and like-minded peer community, we create more vibrant life experiences for the vulnerable, disadvantaged communities whom we serve.

Financials

Love Fest International Inc

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Love Fest International Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2019

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $2,455
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $2,455
Expenses
Program Services $2,455
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $2,455

Love Fest International Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2019

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $605
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $605

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Lauren Hines

Lauren is a firm believer in the power of “we.” It’s not only about what you can do, but what “we” do together that makes the biggest impact. It is the “we” that creates the future. Lauren is a lover of all things event production related. She entered the bridal industry by creating the disruptor brand Get Wed For Less® after planning her own wedding and recognizing the need for high quality, accessible marketplace offerings. As the creator of numerous events-based and bridal initiatives, including Hinesmark Affairs, Lauren provides planning resources and solutions to engaged couples, business opportunities for the professional, and environments where both clients and vendors can interact. As the Executive Director for Love Fest International, she leads the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a determined focus on its mission to help establish and cultivate healthy marriages and empower the disadvantaged. Lauren oversees the administration, programs, and strategic plan of LFI.

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Love Fest International Inc

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

Regina Drummond

Farah Artis

Rayna Andrews

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 ? 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 2/2/2023

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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