Empower, Enrich, Educate

aka Mercy Center   |   Asbury Park, NJ   |
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EIN: 22-2664472


Mercy Center, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, provides programs and services that empower, enrich and educate people facing socio-economic challenges to realize their full potential, with a special emphasis on women and children.

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Executive Director

Kim Guadagno

Main address

1106 Main St

Asbury Park, NJ 07712 USA

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Subject area info

Middle school education

Human services information

Food aid

Family counseling

Youth services

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Population served info

Children and youth


Multiracial people

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

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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?

Sisters Academy of New Jersey

Sisters Academy of New Jersey is a middle school for girls from economically challenged families providing an education of excellence, life skills and the necessary tools so they become confident, self-sufficient and successful in competitive high schools, colleges and universities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Multiracial people
Economically disadvantaged people

Emergency Services offers food, clothing and limited utility assistance in order to help sustain families facing financial difficulties. Mercy Center has a full time Food Pantry staff by volunteers. Each year the Food Pantry serves over 5,000 families with nutritionally balanced groceries based on family size and cooking facilities.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Family Resource Center is a "one-stop-shop" for information, resources, referrals, advocacy and counseling services available to vulnerable children and families in the Neptune and Asbury Park areas. Bi-lingual services are available.

Population(s) Served
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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.

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Emergency Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Pounds of food waste saved from landfills

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 2022 Mercy Center Audit 2021 Mercy Center 2020 Report on Audit of Financial Statements
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 10.72 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of MERCY CENTER CORPORATION’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $226,081 $2,751,010 $139,795 $419,186 $124,228
As % of expenses 13.5% 154.6% 7.6% 22.1% 5.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $70,472 $2,594,148 -$13,440 $264,892 -$37,549
As % of expenses 3.8% 134.0% -0.7% 12.9% -1.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,719,457 $1,872,718 $2,134,503 $2,021,084 $2,589,100
Total revenue, % change over prior year -31.2% 8.9% 14.0% -5.3% 28.1%
Program services revenue 2.3% 1.7% 1.1% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.0% 1.6% 1.4% 1.0% 0.7%
Government grants 42.0% 35.8% 30.4% 37.7% 34.3%
All other grants and contributions 54.8% 60.8% 67.0% 53.5% 64.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.2% 0.1% 7.8% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,680,827 $1,778,961 $1,846,612 $1,895,903 $2,459,730
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.8% 5.8% 3.8% 2.7% 29.7%
Personnel 74.9% 76.6% 73.9% 68.4% 71.8%
Professional fees 2.4% 1.9% 1.5% 2.4% 1.8%
Occupancy 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Pass-through 1.4% 1.6% 1.8% 6.6% 4.7%
All other expenses 21.2% 19.9% 22.8% 22.5% 21.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,836,436 $1,935,823 $1,999,847 $2,050,197 $2,621,507
One month of savings $140,069 $148,247 $153,884 $157,992 $204,978
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $153,776 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,976,505 $2,084,070 $2,153,731 $2,361,965 $2,826,485

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.6 0.7 4.1 5.2 5.4
Months of cash and investments 11.6 11.5 13.4 13.4 10.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -8.5 10.4 10.5 12.2 9.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $222,531 $97,278 $626,455 $816,414 $1,100,467
Investments $1,403,332 $1,612,722 $1,433,193 $1,308,393 $1,103,725
Receivables $285,488 $286,887 $319,316 $350,929 $218,843
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,595,584 $5,615,156 $5,677,247 $5,776,559 $5,846,062
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 33.8% 36.5% 38.8% 40.8% 43.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.9% 1.7% 4.2% 1.9% 2.5%
Unrestricted net assets $2,507,197 $5,101,345 $5,087,905 $5,352,797 $5,315,248
Temporarily restricted net assets $2,958,490 $327,342 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $50,000 $50,000 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $3,008,490 $377,342 $523,278 $439,316 $337,435
Total net assets $5,515,687 $5,478,687 $5,611,183 $5,792,113 $5,652,683

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

Kim Guadagno

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 10/17/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Hon. Mary Catherine Cuff

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Board co-chair

Maureen Domal

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Richard Jursca

Linda Leasor

Eugene Garb

Anaika Napolean

Sr. Rosemary Jeffries

Maureen Domal

Dana Lawrence

Nicole Berry

Evelyn Quinn

Laurence Downes

Fr. Frank Byrne

Lu-Ann Russell

Cecil Bright

Jennifer Edmonds

Mary Catherine Cuff

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/15/2022

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
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/01/2022

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 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.