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Camp Aranzazu

EIN: 74-3032285


Camp Aranzazu is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses by providing unique camping, environmental education, and retreat experiences. The camp’s name was adopted from a Basque term Aranzazu, which means “a spiritual place requiring a difficult path to reach.” No matter the challenge faced, all who come to Camp can enjoy being in a natural environment away from the stresses of their physical, medical, and emotional concerns. Camp Aranzazu is one of only three camps in Texas, and the only one on the Texas Gulf Coast, that serves as a host facility for children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses.

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Mr. Kurt R. Podeszwa

Main address

5420 Loop 1781

Rockport, TX 78382 USA

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Subject area info

Patient social services


Special population support

Population served info

Children and youth

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Attending camp can have numerous benefits for those with special needs and chronic illnesses, including increased interest in social activities, confidence, self-esteem, and sense of belonging. Camp provides a unique opportunity for our campers to finally be just like everyone else. For once, these children and adults are not the only one who is “different.” According to a study by the Yale Child Study Center, not only does camp afford children a positive respite from the daily reminders of their illnesses, it may also build children’s capacities for resilience. Developing a resilient spirit is especially important to those facing illnesses and other special needs, as they experience challenges vastly different from the normal childhood and teen challenges.

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?

Therapeutic Recreation

Helping children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses gain self-confidence and self-esteem by allowing them a safe place to challenge themselves through camp activities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work


Community Leadership Award 2008

Mental Health Mental Retardation Organization

Chamber Business of the Month 2009

Rockport Chamber of Commerce

Thomas Jefferson Award-Tom Forney 2010

Jefferson Awards for Public Service

Certified Wildlife Habitat 2011

National Wildlife Federation

Workplace Safety First Award 2015

Markel Insurance Company

Affiliations & memberships

Children's Oncology Camping Association - COCA 2006

ACT American Challenge Course Training 2008

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2009

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Camp Aranzazu developed a unique approach called “intentional camping,” which is the purposeful design of a camping experience to nurture the physical, social, emotional, and mental development of each child. In short, every activity is designed with a specific goal in mind. We seek to do the following:
1. Challenge campers’ beliefs about themselves and their capabilities;
2. Help campers gain confidence, have fun, and explore exciting new activities; and
3. Give campers the opportunity to develop a social support network.

Each year, Camp Aranzazu partners with dozens of non-profit organizations throughout Texas to provide our unique form of recreational therapy to approx. 1,500 children and adults. Approximately 52% of our campers come from the Coastal Bend, 28% from the San Antonio area, and the remaining 20% come from the Houston area.

Camp Aranzazu serves as a host facility, providing meals and lodging; customizing each camping experience to meet our partners’ goals and objectives; and facilitating all activities under the guidance of our experienced program team members. Our camping partners bring the campers, as well medical and other support staff as needed.

If it weren’t for Camp Aranzazu, many of the children and adults we serve would never be able to attend c however, our highly skilled and experienced staff, barrier-free campus, and on-site health center make it possible for everyone to enjoy all the traditional camping activities, plus waterfront activities like sailing, birding, and saltwater fishing.

The Unlimited Horizons Capital Campaign, completed in June 2018, expanded the camp's facilities. We now have 135 beds, plus an additional 20 beds for staff, as well as a state-of-the-art health center and a dining hall that seats 350 people. In addition, we have two pools, a dedicated art center, sanctuary, Ropes Challenge Course, archery range, kayaking and fishing ponds, and an open air pavilion for activities. The most unique feature of the camp, however, is our 27 acres of waterfront and wetlands on Copano Bay that are accessible via a bridge from the main campus. This area includes a nature education center, boardwalks, bird blind, sailing dock, and fishing pier.

The camp has 11 full-time staff. Our program staff members have backgrounds in therapeutic recreation, special education, and camping. They are led by a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist and work in conjunction with each partner organization to customize our camp curricula. Each of our programs support campers as they work toward therapeutic goals specific to their unique medical needs. In the summer, we hire 18 activity leaders from various universities, as well as six kitchen staff.

Currently, our highest priority is to serve more of the children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses who could benefit from our services. With approximately 385,000 school-age children in Texas who have some type of disability, Texas has the second-largest number of individuals with disabilities, at approximately 12% of the general population.

While there is a significant demand for the unique form of recreational therapy we provide, the people who know us best and who value us the most – our campers and their families – are often the least able to afford camp. Thus, in order to ensure that as many children and adults as possible can attend camp, we underwrite as much as two-thirds of the actual cost of camp. We seek support from the community to underwrite this amount, which continues to grow as we seek to serve more campers.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Camp Aranzazu
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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.56 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Camp Aranzazu

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 Camp Aranzazu’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $2,907,560 $1,258,676 $2,158,949 $1,199,626 $215,761
As % of expenses 223.8% 77.8% 147.8% 105.5% 14.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $2,599,163 $884,674 $1,751,214 $766,310 -$235,738
As % of expenses 161.7% 44.4% 93.7% 48.8% -11.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,385,036 $2,407,995 $2,902,303 $1,983,411 $1,613,233
Total revenue, % change over prior year 4.3% 1.0% 20.5% -31.7% -18.7%
Program services revenue 13.3% 16.5% 14.8% 1.9% 13.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 16.2%
All other grants and contributions 86.2% 82.6% 46.4% 98.3% 70.5%
Other revenue 0.3% 0.8% 38.6% -0.3% -0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,298,991 $1,618,776 $1,461,185 $1,137,204 $1,525,860
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.2% 24.6% -9.7% -22.2% 34.2%
Personnel 55.7% 53.8% 58.3% 60.6% 56.1%
Professional fees 0.8% 0.6% 1.3% 0.9% 4.3%
Occupancy 9.6% 9.6% 8.2% 7.9% 6.3%
Interest 0.1% 1.8% 1.5% 0.8% 0.3%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 33.9% 34.2% 30.7% 29.8% 33.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,607,388 $1,992,778 $1,868,920 $1,570,520 $1,977,359
One month of savings $108,249 $134,898 $121,765 $94,767 $127,155
Debt principal payment $2,000,000 $66,732 $559,486 $161,008 $55,802
Fixed asset additions $0 $1,201,706 $747,222 $905,644 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $3,715,637 $3,396,114 $3,297,393 $2,731,939 $2,160,316

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 15.7 13.2 18.3 21.8 14.0
Months of cash and investments 15.7 13.2 18.3 21.8 14.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.5 6.0 13.6 18.8 14.1
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $1,694,238 $1,779,379 $2,225,823 $2,065,436 $1,776,926
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,072,892 $418,330 $241,397 $91,532 $95,249
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $13,697,596 $14,826,680 $15,538,993 $16,465,598 $16,590,525
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 9.8% 11.1% 13.0% 15.0% 17.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 7.9% 7.0% 4.2% 2.9% 2.3%
Unrestricted net assets $12,166,077 $13,050,751 $14,801,965 $15,568,275 $15,332,537
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,818,519 $1,299,062 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,818,519 $1,299,062 $581,231 $227,812 $99,424
Total net assets $13,984,596 $14,349,813 $15,383,196 $15,796,087 $15,431,961

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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


Mr. Kurt R. Podeszwa

Kurt Podeszwa is a camping professional, speaker and educator. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education and has spent much of his adult life working in outdoor and adventure education, with 30 years of professional youth development and nonprofit management experience. He credits his leadership to the 4 years he spent in the United States Marine Corps. Kurt has been a Camp Director for over 20 years leading growth in two different special needs camps. He has had the opportunity to work with a variety of special populations including traumatic brain injury, spina bifida, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cancer, kidney disease, autism, at risk youth, cerebral palsy and more. Kurt is an accomplished presenter and has written articles for Camping Magazine and Camp Business. Kurt has held various positions within the American Camp Association, including the national board, and is currently on the National Standards Commission.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Camp Aranzazu

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Camp Aranzazu

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Keith Little

Retired Energy Industry Executive

Daryl Allen

Atlantic Trust Private Wealth

Tom Forney

Forney Construction

Robert Hatcher

Cockrell Interests, Inc.

Joanne Taylor

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Bryan Phillips

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Fields Alexander

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Casey Cullen

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Hunter Hawkins

Marsh Wortham

Greg Watson

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Kathie Forney

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Mary Margaret Ara, M.D.

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Marks Moore

Marks Moore Photography

Sara A. Baldwin, Ph.D., RN, APHN-BC

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Emeritus Professor, Retired

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? No


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