Centennial, CO   |
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EIN: 46-4058828


Tall Tales Ranch is dedicated to providing a life sharing community where both people with and without disabilities can live in a supportive, cooperative environment honors their individuality, celebrates their uniqueness and helps them to reach their full potential.

Tall Tales Ranch will serve the Lone Tree community and the greater Denver area.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Laura McKenna


Susan Mooney

Main address

6311 S Grant Dr

Centennial, CO 80121 USA

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Subject area info

Diversity and intergroup relations

Housing for people with disabilities

Developmental disability services

Independent living for people with disabilities

Population served info

Young adults

Low-income people

Working poor

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

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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?

Peer to Peer Program

Tall Tales Ranch Young Professional Board is a program that is designed to connect people living with intellectual/developmental disabilities with their neuro-typical peers. The group meets once a month to socialize, create policy for the organization and promote inclusion.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


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 50.99 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11.3 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5% over 9 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 TALL TALES RANCH’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 $199,478 $178,439 $349,276 $368,061 $271,402
As % of expenses 113.6% 78.0% 176.5% 138.0% 75.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $195,612 $175,501 $344,724 $360,919 $257,369
As % of expenses 109.0% 75.7% 170.3% 131.8% 68.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $383,973 $398,366 $547,195 $1,194,224 $1,380,624
Total revenue, % change over prior year 88.2% 3.7% 37.4% 118.2% 15.6%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 4.3% 3.5% 1.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 1.8% 1.6% 17.3%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.4% 93.9% 94.7% 80.6%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $175,612 $228,810 $197,919 $266,728 $361,450
Total expenses, % change over prior year 42.8% 30.3% -13.5% 34.8% 35.5%
Personnel 56.0% 46.0% 76.9% 76.8% 71.9%
Professional fees 1.4% 1.5% 1.9% 5.8% 3.8%
Occupancy 16.0% 1.7% 1.5% 0.8% 2.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3%
All other expenses 26.6% 50.7% 19.7% 16.5% 21.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $179,478 $231,748 $202,471 $273,870 $375,483
One month of savings $14,634 $19,068 $16,493 $22,227 $30,121
Debt principal payment $5,507 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $22,594 $0 $34,576 $28,301
Total full costs (estimated) $199,619 $273,410 $218,964 $330,673 $433,905

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 26.7 11.8 14.3 18.1 12.4
Months of cash and investments 26.7 25.0 46.0 73.2 83.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 27.4 29.2 54.9 55.7 50.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $390,862 $225,644 $235,068 $401,222 $372,576
Investments $0 $250,347 $523,708 $1,225,782 $2,128,140
Receivables $1,288 $0 $0 $10,712 $88,630
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,462 $30,056 $30,056 $64,633 $92,934
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 31.2% 17.5% 32.7% 26.2% 33.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.6% 5.5% 3.4% 1.0% 0.3%
Unrestricted net assets $405,389 $580,890 $925,614 $1,286,533 $1,577,031
Temporarily restricted net assets $8,883 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 $8,883 $0 $0 $559,435 $1,261,058
Total net assets $414,272 $580,890 $925,614 $1,845,968 $2,838,089

Key data checks

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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Laura McKenna

Laura has over 30 years of non- profit professional leadership experience serving multiple vulnerable populations involving fund development, operations, financial management, staff supervision, and organizational growth. For nearly 20 years Laura worked with partner nonprofit, HomeAid, and developed strong connections in the homebuilding community as well as a basic knowledge of new construction which is a critical asset as Tale Tales embarks on construction of the Ranch, especially with HomeAid Colorado as a partner. Finally, but most significantly, Laura is parent of a child (now adult) with an intellectual disability. Noah provides me with a unique perspective of the barriers he has faced and continues to face in order to live a full and meaningful life. My ultimate goal is to give him the opportunity to reach his full potential in spite of the obstacles in the way and to help the community understand the value of his presence and contributions to our world.


Susan Mooney

Susan is a former special education teacher, who founded Tall Tales Ranch along with her husband. Their son Ross, who is living with an acquired brain injury, is the inspiration for their work to build this special ranch. Susan has spent the majority of her life advocating for people living with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and she is passionate about building Tall Tales Ranch to provide an inclusive community where people are honored for who they are.

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 03/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Pat Mooney

Putting Greens Plus/founder Tall Tales Ranch

Term: 2026 - 2023

Pat Mooney

Putting Greens Plus

Chris Stolzer


Cam Philpott


Sue Wertz


Peggy Bernardis

Greenwood Athletic Club

Tobin Kern

Kern Law

Tony Sapanaro


Jarrod Lasson

First Bank

Dawn Duhamel

DTJ Design

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 10/20/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/07/2023

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.