Serving the Concerns of People with Disabilities

aka Special Touch Chapters of America or Special Touch Summer Get Away   |   Waupaca, WI   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 39-1574618


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

Ruling year info


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)

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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.50 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$9,299 $220,253 $14,531 $48,830 $23,439
As % of expenses -1.2% 29.5% 3.2% 10.8% 4.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$12,712 $213,017 $7,295 $36,554 $10,669
As % of expenses -1.7% 28.3% 1.6% 7.8% 1.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $749,090 $1,000,708 $415,923 $503,747 $563,764
Total revenue, % change over prior year -4.5% 33.6% -58.4% 21.1% 11.9%
Program services revenue 69.1% 45.6% 53.2% 47.1% 55.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.4%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 5.8% 10.9% 1.4%
All other grants and contributions 29.8% 53.5% 41.0% 46.7% 39.5%
Other revenue 0.5% 0.9% 0.0% -5.3% 3.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $754,341 $746,511 $449,886 $454,213 $539,028
Total expenses, % change over prior year -1.3% -1.0% -39.7% 1.0% 18.7%
Personnel 13.9% 14.2% 24.5% 21.2% 17.1%
Professional fees 0.0% 1.5% 1.6% 0.7% 1.0%
Occupancy 30.0% 26.1% 2.0% 1.9% 9.5%
Interest 1.9% 1.0% 0.4% 0.3% 0.2%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 54.3% 57.2% 71.5% 75.9% 72.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $757,754 $753,747 $457,122 $466,489 $551,798
One month of savings $62,862 $62,209 $37,491 $37,851 $44,919
Debt principal payment $0 $105,000 $0 $7,400 $0
Fixed asset additions $4,413 $41,275 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $825,029 $962,231 $494,613 $511,740 $596,717

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.8 1.1 0.9 2.1 1.8
Months of cash and investments 0.8 1.1 0.9 2.1 1.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -3.6 -0.8 -0.9 1.2 1.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $52,009 $68,585 $33,741 $81,011 $82,759
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $16,688 $11,526
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $140,351 $181,626 $181,626 $145,917 $127,626
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 24.3% 22.8% 26.8% 36.6% 36.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 161.5% 34.8% 43.0% 29.9% 26.8%
Unrestricted net assets -$120,303 $92,719 $100,014 $136,568 $147,237
Temporarily restricted net assets $16,567 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $5 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $16,572 $49,694 $1,200 $702 $2,000
Total net assets -$103,731 $142,413 $101,214 $137,270 $149,237

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

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