aka STAR   |   Baton Rouge, LA   |
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EIN: 45-3088168


To support survivors of sexual trauma, improve systems response, and create social change to end sexual violence.

Ruling year info


President & CEO

Morgan P Lamandre

Main address

5615 Corporate Blvd Suite 200

Baton Rouge, LA 70808 USA

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Subject area info

Sexual assault victim services

Population served info

Children and youth


Victims and oppressed people

NTEE code info

Rape Victim Services (F42)

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



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response, or STAR, is a sexual assault center serving youth and adult survivors of sexual trauma. Our mission is to support survivors of sexual trauma, improve systems response, and create social change to end sexual violence.

Since our inception, we have served thousands of survivors and families by offering a non- judgmental, confidential source of support to help them move past the trauma of sexual assault. Today, our services continue to expand as community need grows. We provide confidential advocacy, counseling, and legal services to individuals and families affected by sexual trauma at no cost. We are also engaging in institutional and social change work to build our community's capacity to prevent and respond responsibly to sexual violence. STAR currently provides services to the Central, Capital and Greater New Orleans Regions of Louisiana.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


Our legal program offers legal representation and assistance in matters related to sexual trauma.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

Our advocacy program provides support, accompaniment and resources to sexual assault survivors.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Children and youth

Our counseling program offers free and confidential therapy to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people

STAR informs, engages, and partners with youth and adults to envision and establish community solutions to the problem of sexual trauma.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Each survivor's experience of sexual trauma is different, which may affect how they respond; some survivors may report to law enforcement right away, others may wish to only seek medical care, while a vast majority feel too ashamed or scared to tell anyone. As one of our clients pointed out:

“You never know how important an organization like STAR is until you experience something as unexpected and horrifying as a sexual assault; then, you don't know how you would make it through without them."

The goal of STAR is to provide supportive services to survivors to reduce their experience of trauma. When a survivor makes the decision to come forward and seek help, they are often in a state of heightened anxiety and uncertainty about what they should do. Whether the experience of sexual trauma happened years ago or hours before, STAR provides compassionate and non-judgmental support to help survivors understand their trauma and discuss their options for reporting to the police, seeking medical care and receiving advocacy and counseling services. In the words of a survivor:

“Reaching out for help is both liberating and never know who will believe you or judge don't really know if talking about it will make it worse or better."

Survivors who choose to report their assault to law enforcement and/or receive a forensic medical exam have access to a specially trained advocate who remains by their side as a source of support and encouragement. The complex process of an invasive forensic medical exam and interacting with the criminal justice system can amplify the survivor's experience of trauma. During the course of reporting their assault, a survivor may have to recount their story as many as five times and undergo an invasive medical exam which can take from three (3) to seven (7) hours.

Throughout the weeks and months that follow a report or examination, our advocates remain a source of support, guidance and information for the survivor as she or he navigates the criminal justice system. At the same time, STAR offers survivors individual and group counseling as a way to work through their trauma and move towards healing.

STAR has four distinct programs, or strategies, that help us carry out our mission and vision.

Our advocacy program provides support to survivors through our hotline, accompaniment to hospitals and law enforcement interviews, and case management services.

Our counseling program provides counseling to survivors of sexual assault as well as their loved ones. Furthermore, STAR offers support group services for primary and secondary survivors.

Our legal program offers direct legal representation to survivors through the legal system.

Our community education program offers education to youth and adults on ways to responsibly and effectively prevent and respond to sexual violence.

STAR is governed by a Board of Directors, which are responsible for carrying out the mission and vision of the organization, and overseeing all fiscal, tax and legal compliance for the agency. Each STAR branch has a Regional Council composed of local community members and allies, which provide support in overseeing the operations and fund development for each branch. The staff of STAR includes a leadership team—composed of the President & CEO, Vice-President, Legal Director and Finance Manager—who provide support to local branches and oversee all agency operations. Local branches have Regional Directors and branch staff, which provide direct services to survivors and the community. Finally, STAR relies upon community volunteers to staff our 24/7 hotline after hours, on weekends and during holidays.

Since 2012, STAR has grown from a small organization with two full-time staff members, to an agency that boasts three fully-functioning branches serving survivors throughout Central and South Louisiana. Over the next few years, we plan to continue our growth to meet the ever-expanding need for sexual assault services in our communities.


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.72 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 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 SEXUAL TRAUMA AWARENESS AND RESPONSE CENTER’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 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $12,318 $138,921 $211,345 $468,930 $529,800
As % of expenses 0.6% 6.1% 9.7% 20.7% 24.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$9,400 $109,957 $179,453 $436,676 $500,492
As % of expenses -0.4% 4.7% 8.1% 19.0% 22.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,194,671 $2,532,811 $2,519,164 $2,781,449 $2,846,369
Total revenue, % change over prior year -1.5% 15.4% -0.5% 10.4% 2.3%
Program services revenue 0.7% 0.5% 1.8% 4.6% 2.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 63.2% 61.9% 56.3% 65.2% 70.5%
All other grants and contributions 35.9% 37.0% 41.6% 29.9% 26.2%
Other revenue 0.2% 0.6% 0.3% 0.4% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,172,514 $2,288,799 $2,183,715 $2,261,873 $2,189,662
Total expenses, % change over prior year 3.2% 5.4% -4.6% 3.6% -3.2%
Personnel 66.1% 68.5% 70.4% 76.9% 75.0%
Professional fees 2.9% 2.3% 2.4% 3.9% 6.2%
Occupancy 10.3% 9.9% 10.6% 10.4% 10.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 1.1% 1.5%
All other expenses 20.7% 19.3% 15.9% 7.7% 6.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,194,232 $2,317,763 $2,215,607 $2,294,127 $2,218,970
One month of savings $181,043 $190,733 $181,976 $188,489 $182,472
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $280,900 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $61,305 $48,293 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,375,275 $2,569,801 $2,445,876 $2,763,516 $2,401,442

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 1.1 2.8 4.4 4.1 6.1
Months of cash and investments 1.1 2.8 4.4 4.1 6.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.5 1.8 2.8 5.0 8.1
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $205,909 $528,792 $809,375 $767,819 $1,111,917
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $285,577 $427,713 $420,538 $674,236 $956,214
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $157,858 $219,162 $267,455 $293,268 $299,862
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 59.1% 55.8% 57.6% 63.5% 71.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 14.2% 34.8% 26.6% 5.8% 14.8%
Unrestricted net assets $330,055 $440,012 $619,465 $1,056,141 $1,556,633
Temporarily restricted net assets $170,146 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 $170,146 $275,237 $399,343 $449,989 $576,892
Total net assets $500,201 $715,249 $1,018,808 $1,506,130 $2,133,525

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
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

President & CEO

Morgan P Lamandre

Morgan Lamandre, Esq. is the President & CEO of STAR. Morgan has been involved with the organization since 2007, beginning as a volunteer hospital advocate and becoming a full-time staff member in 2013, and named CEO in January 2023. Morgan has served on various task forces to address sexual assault in Louisiana and has drafted and testified in support of several bills that address sexual violence before the Louisiana Legislature. Morgan’s dream of starting a legal program for sexual assault survivors became a reality in 2015 when she started STAR's Legal Program, providing free civil legal services for survivors. Morgan obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with minors in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University and later received her juris doctor from Southern University Law Center, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Race, Gender, and Poverty. Morgan is admitted to practice law in Louisiana.

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 04/18/2024
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Board chair

Branden Barker

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Mike Coatney

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Branden Barker

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Cpt. Chiquita Broussard

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Jessica Engler

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Lisa Mount

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Laneceya Russ

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Elizabeth Eaton

LSU School of Business

Victoria Cvitanovic

Wilson Elser, LLP

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/26/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

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