A tick bite can kill you.

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EIN: 82-3920846


LymeTV's mission is to reduce the incidence of dangerous tick-borne diseases through prevention, education, & outreach. We envision a world where tick-borne diseases are well understood, rarely caught, & quickly treated. LymeTV is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization dedicated to educating the global community about Lyme disease & other dangerous tick-borne infectious diseases located worldwide. We are a diverse team of patients, advocates, caregivers, & people who just love our mission. We believe the best way to reduce tick-borne diseases is by prevention, awareness, & early detection information.

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Executive Director

Adina Bercowicz

Main address

PO BOX 15369


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Subject area info

Diseases and conditions

Safety education

Population served info

Children and youth



Young adults

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

Safety Education (M40)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms



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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dangerous tick-borne diseases are on the rise in the northern hemisphere, globally. In the United States, alone, the CDC estimates that 476,000 people are newly infected with Lyme disease each year. Of them, 20% do not get better with the standard course of treatment, leaving tens of thousands of people yearly to live with debilitating chronic health issues. Ticks can transmit a plethora of deadly & dangerous infectious diseases; not only Lyme disease. There are 20 dangerous tick-borne infectious diseases that are prevalent in the United States that can leave a person with lifelong chronic health issues or death.

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?

School Health Education Program

Children are at the greatest risk for Lyme disease & other tick-borne diseases (with age group 5-9 years old having the highest incidence). LymeTV has developed educational materials to teach Grade K–6 cohorts how to prevent a tick bite. Our Tick Jedi Health Education Program curriculum is provided to schools, camps, and youth organizations for free. As of 2022 year-end, schools in 9 US states and 1 in Canada have registered for our curriculum.

LymeTV produced an interactive cartoon segment based on the school curriculum. The animation allows for a wider distribution of the curriculum, and it engages kids while they learn about tick protection. In addition to the educational animation, our program includes educator lesson plans, supplemental workbooks, and additional resources in both English and Spanish. The most proactive way to reduce the prevalence of tick-borne diseases is through awareness & prevention.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

LymeTV provides free bug spray, permethrin-treated socks, & tick bite prevention education to the Portland, Maine community who are unhoused or underserved.

LymeTV also partners with other health organizations, medical clinics, community centers, & nonprofits to provide free tick health education for the entire Maine community. A majority of our community health events are targeted to serve the unhoused population, the senior population, & populations in underserved communities to provide necessary tick-bite prevention tools & information; however, all of our events are open to the entire community to attend & learn more about protecting themselves from dangerous tick bites.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
People with disabilities

LymeTV is currently filming a new Lyme documentary. This film will highlight the advances in Lyme disease research, as well as the science behind Lyme tests, how the disease & other co-infections disseminate, & the dangers of long-term damage to the host body. In addition, the film will feature the hurdles that many Lyme patients face trying to get proper care & early diagnosis. All of us at LymeTV are very excited about the incredible interviews & are honored to work with such a great team to share necessary information on the topic. This documentary will be a free public health informational film, & LymeTV will never charge viewers to watch it.

Population(s) Served

Our PSA (Public Service Announcement) commercial series shows the dangers of Lyme disease & other tick-borne diseases through 30-60 second clips, which are currently broadcast on the Internet. Included in our PSA series is our 99 Problems (But A Tick Ain't One) parody music video on tick bite prevention education.

Population(s) Served

LymeTV's filmed Tick Talk series consists of informative & dynamic ten-minute segments on various important topics ranging from Why A Patient May Still Be Sick to How To Read Tests. This series is broadcast on the Internet.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of children served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

School Health Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

LymeTV's Tick Jedi School Health Education program is being used currently in 9 states by thousands of students.

Number of clients served

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Adults

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Community Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

In 2022 provided 888 bottles of tick repellent and 600 pairs of permethrin socks to the unhoused community. We participated in community events, hosted virtual education, & more!

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

As always, the incredible support of our volunteers is a critical part of everything we accomplish.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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.

Prevention is key. Our goal is to reduce the incidence of these diseases by informing the public on the factual & scientifically credible information on ticks and tick bite prevention. We are a team of Tick Jedis, who myth-bust the misconceptions & incorrect information about ticks & tick diseases.

LymeTV mainly uses the technology of digital media & online tools to reach masses of people which we could not possibly reach, otherwise. With these tools, we are able to put the information in front of the general public using an informative, interesting, & memorable method, which allows for higher retention rates. We also use age-appropriate curriculum & workbooks as a tool to teach children through our in-person tick prevention campaigns, enforcing life-long necessary health skills at an early age.

Our organization is capable of meeting our goals through our team of volunteer staff & working board members who provide our educational campaign services to the community & who advocate the risks & dangers of tick-borne infectious diseases. Our team members have expert knowledge in their respective roles to help us succeed with our mission & goals.

Since being founded in December 2017, our organization has:

Our Executive Director served on the Department of Defense's FY19 Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), Tick-Born Disease Research Panel (TBDRP) as a Scientific Consumer Review;

Been invited to participate in the DHHS LymeX workshop, driving innovation for tick-borne research;

Developed a curriculum for the University of New England's AHEC CUP Scholar distinction program for medical students doing Rural Health Immersions in Maine;

Won as a top 5 team in the Invisible International 2020 Educate & Elevate: Tick-Borne Disease Hack-A-Thon;

Reach the local homeless community by giving free bug spray, tick information, & food during our annual Bagels & Bug Spray health events;

Reached thousands of people (homeless & passersby) at our community health events;

Partnered with a local medical clinics catering to homeless patients by providing them with bug spray & tick brochures;

Provided lectures at schools to parents, staff, school board, nurses unions;

Provided free tick prevention lectures to local nonprofits & community centers, & distributed prevention materials to multiple medical offices, nonprofits, & government buildings;

Provided ongoing year-round tick tubes for wooded school property to help reduce the number of ticks on the grounds;

Filmed three rounds of interviews for our upcoming documentary;

Released our Tick Talk series & PSA commercial series online April 2019;

Created a parody music video on tick bite prevention;

Held community fundraisers;

Interviewed for four news stories, two radio group interviews across 7 radio stations, two podcast interviews;

Our ED was invited to give a Spark Talk at the 2019 Maine Association of NonProfits Communications Conference on our mission & message;

And more!

Each year we hope to extend our community outreach by an additional five schools & five organizations, & larger Bagels & Bug Spray events. Our film production completion goal is in Summer 2023 (this date is a delayed date due to the pandemic); our PSA & Tick Talk series are ongoing. We expect to continue our growth & outreach at a sustainable trajectory. Our work grows as our team of volunteers & funding grows. We are a team of 24.

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.

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    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


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 11.85 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.3 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 4 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

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Lymetv’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
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $2,689 $17,100 $4,165 -$2,230
As % of expenses 12.0% 97.5% 8.4% -5.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $157 $14,168 $2,412 -$4,211
As % of expenses 0.6% 69.2% 4.7% -10.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $25,022 $42,085 $54,315 $37,192
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 68.2% 29.1% -31.5%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 99.3% 99.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $22,453 $17,539 $49,453 $39,422
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -21.9% 182.0% -20.3%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 8.6% 0.0% 26.0% 21.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 1.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 91.4% 98.8% 74.0% 79.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $24,985 $20,471 $51,206 $41,403
One month of savings $1,871 $1,462 $4,121 $3,285
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $26,856 $21,933 $55,327 $44,688

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.2 8.9 7.2 8.8
Months of cash and investments 0.2 8.9 7.2 8.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.2 11.9 5.0 5.6
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $388 $13,026 $29,630 $28,926
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $15,000 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $10,588 $10,588 $11,428 $11,428
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 43.7% 71.4% 81.0% 98.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.0% 7.8% 3.1% 8.7%
Unrestricted net assets $6,316 $20,484 $22,896 $18,685
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $8,468 $7,903 $7,903
Total net assets $6,316 $28,952 $30,799 $26,588

Key data checks

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


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Adina Bercowicz

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 07/06/2023
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Board chair

Adina Bercowicz

Yan Zelener

Tracy Lockwood

Alison Cargo

Rebecca Vitsmun

Carol Heller

Meghan Bradshaw

Gabriela Wijegunawardena

Alyssa Gargano

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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 6/27/2022

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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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/15/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.