Serving the Concerns of People with Disabilities

aka Special Touch Chapters of America or Special Touch Summer Get Away   |   Waupaca, WI   |
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EIN: 39-1574618


To ease and enrich the lives of people impacted by disability.

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Executive Director

Rev. Debra Chivers

Main address

PO Box 25

Waupaca, WI 54981 USA

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Subject area info

Business education

Support groups



Human services

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Population served info



Non-adult children



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NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To provide faith-based support to the needs that arise in the disability 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?

Special Touch Summer Get Away

Special Touch provides a summer 'camping' program for over 800 people with disabilities, both physical and intellectual with physical, ages 10 through senior adult. This program serves people with a wide range of abilities, many of whom would not typically be able to participate in a 'camp' setting.

Population(s) Served

One of the greatest challenges for families who have a member with special needs is the isolation they feel. Special Touch Chapters address this problem by providing effective faith-based ministry to individuals who have disabilities and those who love and care for them. Special Touch Chapters meet locally across the country.

Population(s) Served

The need for Disability Friendly churches is off the charts as many families are disheartened by churches who don’t understand their unique needs, or who have even asked them to leave! Churches partnered with the Special Touch DFC are a safe haven to people with disabilities in their community… letting them know THIS CHURCH CARES! This unique program provides a way for churches to develop their outreach programs that serve the disability community.

Population(s) Served

Since early 2019, Special Touch Ministry has been retooling and developing faith-based programs, services, and tools and materials specifically to meet the needs of people who are blind or have visual impairments.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Special Touch Ministry provides lots of opportunities for people with disabilities to experience God, be included in the church, and build meaningful relationships with caring believers by reaching out into the community providing services and support to individuals and families impacted by disability.

STM continually develops programs and services that ease and enrich the lives of people impacted by disability.


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 0.22 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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 SPECIAL TOUCH MINISTRY INC’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 -$60,317 -$247,062 -$9,299 $220,253 $14,531
As % of expenses -8.2% -32.3% -1.2% 29.5% 3.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$60,884 -$249,725 -$12,712 $213,017 $7,295
As % of expenses -8.3% -32.6% -1.7% 28.3% 1.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $697,539 $784,404 $749,090 $1,000,708 $415,923
Total revenue, % change over prior year 1.2% 12.5% -4.5% 33.6% -58.4%
Program services revenue 63.3% 61.6% 69.1% 45.6% 53.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.8%
All other grants and contributions 35.4% 31.3% 29.8% 53.5% 41.0%
Other revenue 1.2% 0.6% 0.5% 0.9% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $733,529 $764,107 $754,341 $746,511 $449,886
Total expenses, % change over prior year 2.8% 4.2% -1.3% -1.0% -39.7%
Personnel 15.1% 14.4% 13.9% 14.2% 24.5%
Professional fees 0.7% 0.2% 0.0% 1.5% 1.6%
Occupancy 28.9% 29.1% 30.0% 26.1% 2.0%
Interest 1.8% 1.5% 1.9% 1.0% 0.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 53.5% 54.8% 54.3% 57.2% 71.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $734,096 $766,770 $757,754 $753,747 $457,122
One month of savings $61,127 $63,676 $62,862 $62,209 $37,491
Debt principal payment $3,894 $0 $0 $105,000 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $50,000 $4,413 $41,275 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $799,117 $880,446 $825,029 $962,231 $494,613

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 0.5 0.4 0.8 1.1 0.9
Months of cash and investments 0.5 0.4 0.8 1.1 0.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -3.3 -3.3 -3.6 -0.8 -0.9
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $32,817 $27,851 $52,009 $68,585 $33,741
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $85,938 $135,938 $140,351 $181,626 $181,626
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 32.7% 22.6% 24.3% 22.8% 26.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 216.3% 170.8% 161.5% 34.8% 43.0%
Unrestricted net assets -$142,135 -$107,591 -$120,303 $92,719 $100,014
Temporarily restricted net assets $29,426 $12,520 $16,567 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $5 $5 $5 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $29,431 $12,525 $16,572 $49,694 $1,200
Total net assets -$112,704 $95,066 -$103,731 $142,413 $101,214

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No Yes 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

Rev. Debra Chivers

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Rev. Debra Chivers

Special Touch Ministry, Inc.

Debra Chivers

Special Touch Ministry, Inc.

Dale Hazard

Augusta Assembly of God

Gayland Hendrickson

Wisconsin/Northern Michigan Ministries Network

Joe Trementozzi

Special Touch Ministry, Inc.

Dennis Hodgson


Bob O'Keefe

Mount Mary University

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 6/15/2022

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