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EIN: 84-2489856


Make emergency services accessible

Ruling year info


Founder and CEO

Gabriella Wong

Main address

1012 Torney Ave

San Francisco, CA 94129 USA

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Subject area info



Information and communications

Public safety

Community service

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Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Immigrants and migrants

Victims and oppressed people

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (M01)

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?


accesSOS launched two tech solutions for providing accessible emergency services namely the website and the mobile web app. The website helps individuals identify where text-to-911 services are available and provides instructions on how to use them, while the mobile web app translates text messages into 911 phone calls, making emergency services accessible to the deaf, hard of hearing, and non-English speaking communities.

accesSOS’ technology platform translates text to voice, is available in multiple languages, and can be accessed at no-cost, providing an immediate lifeline for individuals with hearing, speech, or language barriers. Our system’s visual icons enable users to quickly request emergency services without the need for typing complete sentences, which is especially useful in times of crisis. We send automatic location information to dispatcher – including longitude and latitude coordinates and civic addresses.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people
Ethnic and racial groups

The awareness and education program includes digital marketing, ambassador outreach, traditional marketing, and presentations at significant events to raise awareness of accessibility issues and solutions. Marketing plans include public transit announcements, print ads, community centers, domestic violence shelters, and ethnic grocery stores.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities
Victims and oppressed people
Immigrants and migrants

accesSOS is part of several advocacy coalitions that move to drive change in making emergency communications more accessible. We bring together partners like the National Emergency Number Association, Deaf Consumers Advocacy Network, the National Deaf Association, California Office of Emergency Services to create scalable, nationwide standards that emphasize serving underserved groups in emergency situations. With these partnerships, accesSOS has filed complaints to the Federal Communications Commission.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
People with disabilities
Ethnic and racial groups
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Fast Forward Alumni 2020

BlackRock Pitch Competition Winner 2020

Camelback Ventures Fellowship 2021

Roddenberry Fellowship 2022

Stand Together Ventures 2022

Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow 2023

SXSW Panelist 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


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 78.97 over 2 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11 over 2 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4% over 2 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 accesSOS’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 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $153,915
As % of expenses 110.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $153,915
As % of expenses 110.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $293,650
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $139,735
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 61.8%
Professional fees 28.3%
Occupancy 1.4%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 8.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $139,735
One month of savings $11,645
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $151,380

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 22.1
Months of cash and investments 22.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 22.0
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $257,132
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.6%
Unrestricted net assets $256,131
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $256,131

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

Founder and CEO

Gabriella Wong

Gabriella Wong has first-hand experience as a child of immigrant, deaf adults and is fluent in American Sign Language. Her Master's in Public Health from Columbia University and experience as Co-Chair of the National Emergency Number Association makes her uniquely qualified to expand accessibility through technology and advocacy.

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 05/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Craig Lee

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Craig Lee

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Mark Apodaca

New Mexico School for the Deaf

Gabriella Wong


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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/28/2023

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
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/28/2023

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

Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.