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Extra Special People, Inc.

aka ESP   |   Watkinsville, GA   |  https://espyouandme.org/

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Extra Special People, Inc.

EIN: 58-1710803


Mission

ESP exists to create transformative experiences for people with disabilities and their families, changing communities for the better.

Ruling year info

1988

Chief Executive Officer

Laura Whitaker

Main address

189 V FW Drive

Watkinsville, GA 30677 USA

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EIN

58-1710803

Subject area info

Family disability resources

Developmental disability services

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

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Affiliations

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Without community integration programs and recreational opportunities, individuals with disabilities experience regression, heightened dependence, social exclusion, and limited social, emotional, and cognitive growth. And in a national survey of 5,000 parents, siblings, and caregivers or support providers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the ARC reported that more than 75% of families could not find "afterschool care, non-institutional community services...summer care or respite and other services" and that "62% of families report that services are being cut in the community, limiting or eliminating access to community life and opportunities for their family member" with a disability. Just as typically developing children thrive when given adequate opportunities for cognitive, physical, and social growth and development outside of school, individuals with disabilities require these same opportunities, if not more.

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?

360

Through 360, ESP aims to spark connection through wrap-around programs to enrich the lives of people of all abilities and their families. This is achieved through summer camp, weekly afternoon enrichment programs, and ongoing family support. Year-round, 360 aims for ESP to be a home and safe haven for hundreds of families with children with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Java Joy spreads unmatched joy through moments of engagement with people of all abilities. Through a mobile coffee cart. Java Joy provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to gain confidence in the workplace, learn job applicable skills, and advance their own abilities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

Hooray welcomes people of all abilities and their families to a place of belonging where they experience boundless adventure. Designed to be the country’s first universally accessible overnight camp, respite center, and recreation space built from the ground up, Hooray will one day give individuals of all abilities and their families the chance to experience an accessible atmosphere.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Nonprofit of the Year 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Percentage of participants who meet at least three of their recreational therapy goals

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

People with disabilities, Age groups

Related Program

360

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ESP follows a recreational therapy model within all of our programs - aiming for evidence of improvement while our participants engage with ESP.

Number of participants who learned a new skill through programming

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

360

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

ESP is a Georgia-based nonprofit that began as a one-week summer program in 1986 but has grown into an organization that serves over 600 participants with disabilities from over 25 counties in Georgia and from out of state year-round. What stemmed from a desire to improve the opportunities available for children with disabilities has transformed into an inclusive, welcoming community where participants of all ages and abilities are celebrated for exactly who they are. We welcome participants with diagnoses of Down Syndrome, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spina Bifida, and more; no one is turned away from ESP. Our goal is to fulfill our mission and provide quality experiences and interactions for people with disabilities year-round through three foundational programs: 360, Java Joy, and Hooray.

Through 360, ESP aims to spark connection through wrap-around programs to enrich the lives of people of all abilities and their families. This is achieved through summer camp, weekly afternoon enrichment programs, and ongoing family support. Year-round, 360 aims for ESP to be a home and safe haven for hundreds of families with children with disabilities. Java Joy spreads unmatched joy through moments of engagement with people of all abilities. Through a mobile coffee cart. Java Joy provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to gain confidence in the workplace, learn job applicable skills, and advance their own abilities. Finally, Hooray welcomes people of all abilities and their families to a place of belonging where they experience boundless adventure. Designed to be the country’s first universally accessible overnight camp, respite center, and recreation space built from the ground up, Hooray will one day give individuals of all abilities and their families the chance to experience an accessible atmosphere. The three ways that we fulfill our mission create the foundation of our organization to empower our participants and their families. Our vision is a world where every person, of every ability, in every community has universal access to transformative experiences.

ESP is a community agency granted with the support and confidence of hundreds of parents, community members, donors, and more. As an agency that started from the ground up, we have built meaningful connections with various local businesses, partnering nonprofit agencies, and community leaders throughout the Athens and Oconee area and throughout Northeast Georgia. Our agency has grown with diligence over the years, and continues to responsibly and thoughtfully expand our programs due to the increased need of our region. Our Executive Director, Laura Whitaker, has lead ESP through our growth for the past 13 years, from raising $50,000 in the first months of her employment at the age of 19 to successfully managing a capital campaign to create our new building. Additionally, as our programs have grown, we have increased our staff and volunteer support to accommodate our increased opportunities, with 19 full-time staff, 12 full-time AmeriCorps national service Members, 40 part-time staff and interns, 75 seasonal summer counselors, and thousands of volunteers serving over 20,000 hours.

For more than 20 years, ESP operated programs in a 1,600 square foot gym. This space significantly limited the scope of our services, created accessibility barriers, impacted the dignity of our participants with only two small bathroom stalls and other facility inadequacies, and created a daunting waiting list of families in need of recreational programs for their children with disabilities. In June of 2016, after a $3 million capital campaign supported by our incredible community and companies who sponsored over $900,000 of in-kind materials and services, we opened to doors to a new 14,000 square foot Activity Building right next door to our previous space. Our previous home was then renovated back to its original purpose as a gym. With both accessible program spaces, enrollment in ESP programs grew an immediate 25% and eliminated our waiting list, and we now have new participants and families becoming part of our community every day. The need to provide quality recreation programs to individuals with disabilities continues to grow, with ESP the only program of its kind in our region. The Georgia Department of Education identifies over 2,000 individuals with disabilities in the Northeast Georgia region. We continually strive to grow in our capacity to serve more of these 2,000 individuals and provide new, innovative, and accessible experiences for kids and adults of all abilities in our community to thrive.

Financials

Extra Special People, Inc.
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31
Financial documents
2021 ESP Fiscal Year 2020 and 2021 Audited Financials 2019 FY19 Audited Financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

40.14

Average of 112.48 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9.2

Average of 16.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

12%

Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Extra Special People, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Extra Special People, Inc.

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 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: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Extra Special People, 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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$17,604 -$2,370,460 $4,761,735 $2,938,640 $2,631,900
As % of expenses -1.1% -125.6% 171.7% 108.7% 71.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$144,423 -$2,519,949 $4,610,259 $2,765,875 $2,379,053
As % of expenses -8.5% -123.7% 157.7% 96.2% 60.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,111,701 $2,582,233 $3,674,740 $6,709,962 $5,981,713
Total revenue, % change over prior year 253.1% -57.7% 42.3% 82.6% -10.9%
Program services revenue 5.0% 12.7% 14.9% 8.9% 9.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 1.1% 0.3% 0.1% 0.7%
Government grants 0.9% 3.1% 8.2% 5.7% 25.2%
All other grants and contributions 94.0% 83.1% 77.0% 84.2% 61.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% -0.4% 1.1% 2.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,576,092 $1,887,103 $2,772,708 $2,703,149 $3,702,878
Total expenses, % change over prior year 12.5% 19.7% 46.9% -2.5% 37.0%
Personnel 41.4% 56.8% 52.6% 65.8% 63.3%
Professional fees 0.4% 3.9% 3.7% 2.6% 5.8%
Occupancy 2.4% 2.4% 2.9% 4.1% 7.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 55.8% 36.9% 40.8% 27.4% 23.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,702,911 $2,036,592 $2,924,184 $2,875,914 $3,955,725
One month of savings $131,341 $157,259 $231,059 $225,262 $308,573
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $116,519 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $3,998,999 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,834,252 $2,193,851 $3,271,762 $7,100,175 $4,264,298

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 18.9 20.8 20.2 17.9 9.2
Months of cash and investments 18.9 20.8 20.6 19.1 23.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.5 -2.5 18.8 14.6 18.6
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $2,487,225 $3,263,690 $4,667,773 $4,030,582 $2,841,131
Investments $0 $0 $98,317 $269,187 $4,407,586
Receivables $2,501,210 $438,122 $172,419 $93,560 $939,898
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,860,672 $3,904,728 $3,927,911 $7,926,410 $8,126,276
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 13.4% 16.9% 20.6% 12.4% 15.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 2.5% 13.9% 0.8% 1.2%
Unrestricted net assets $5,380,777 $2,860,828 $7,471,087 $10,236,962 $12,616,015
Temporarily restricted net assets $3,499,183 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $3,499,183 $3,941,563 $110,000 $1,162,732 $2,860,480
Total net assets $8,879,960 $6,802,391 $7,581,087 $11,399,694 $15,476,495

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer

Laura Whitaker

Laura Whitaker began volunteering with ESP as a special ed college student in 2003. She was named Camp Director at just 19-years-old after the sudden passing of our founder, Martha. Over the last 15+ years, Laura has led ESP to growth and the expansion of our mission. She is passionate about leadership and uses her management strengths to manage staff, oversee multiple year-round programs, and raise funds to run programs. Her favorite part of the job is getting to hug the many children who walk through the ESP doors.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Extra Special People, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Extra Special People, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Carter Strickland

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2021

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
Retained by organization
Paid to fundraiser