Transforming Lives. Together.

aka The Nord Center   |   Lorain, OH   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 34-0949459


Engaging people in our community to achieve mental and emotional health through prevention, treatment, and advocacy

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Don Schiffbauer MBA, BSN, RN

Main address

6140 S Broadway

Lorain, OH 44053 USA

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Subject area info

Mental health care

Community mental health care

Substance abuse treatment

Sexual assault victim services

Population served info

Children and youth


Low-income people

Victims of crime and abuse

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Treatment Only) (F22)

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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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Nord Center provides services that help Lorain County and Huron County residents address the effects of mental illness, emotional distress and crisis and sexual assault, serving adults, adolescents and children.

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?

Adult Behavioral Health

Community Psychiatric Support, Counseling, Emergency Services, Partial Hospitalization, Psychiatry, Supportive Housing

Population(s) Served

Lorain County Rape Crisis provides support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault. The Children's Advocacy Center serves child victims of abuse and assault. The Nord Center also houses the county's sexual assault nurse examiner unit.

Population(s) Served

The following options are available through The Nord Center and may be incorporated into a child or adolescent’s individualized service plan.
•Individual and Group Counseling
•Family Counseling
•Community Psychiatric Support Services
•New! Triple P Positive Parenting Program
•New! Play Therapy
•Family Systems Approach
•Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
•Psychiatric Care
•Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Provides specialized forensic nursing care to adult and child victims of acute sexual assault.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CARF 2016

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 people who received clinical mental health care

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of clients seen within a fiscal year.

Number of crisis hotline calls answered

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

Adult Behavioral Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Number of calls answered in a fiscal year on the 24/7 crisis hotline.

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.

The Nord Center seeks not only to provide services to help people but also to work with our community to solve the root causes of these problems by addressing the stigma around mental illness and sexual assault and by speaking openly about the need for suicide prevention.

The Nord Center has implemented a three-year strategic plan for the period 2018 to 2021 that has as its three main focus areas: access and capacity; community perception, fundraising and marketing; and the agency's service mix.

The Nord Center is working to continue to measure its impact and improve its approaches to ensure that the services provided help people to get better. The agency has experienced, dedicated staff working to deliver quality care and to participate in an environment of continuous improvement.

The agency has worked over the three years of the current strategic plan to improve access to care through use of telemedicine; provided a completely new and easier to access website; and most recently moved to a new electronic health record that supports more seamless integration of mental health and primary health for our clients.

With unmet behavioral healthcare needs in Lorain County, The Nord Center plans to continue to build a strong foundation from which it can continue to grow to better meet those needs. Moving forward in implementing a grant from SAMHSA to support becoming a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center has begun.

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 identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.77 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 22% 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 NORD 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$598,798 -$128,681 $163,461 $646,966 $5,910,953
As % of expenses -4.1% -0.8% 0.9% 3.4% 29.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$609,883 -$139,384 $156,140 $642,646 $5,906,632
As % of expenses -4.2% -0.8% 0.8% 3.4% 29.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $14,110,707 $16,703,806 $19,417,904 $19,696,755 $25,622,759
Total revenue, % change over prior year 6.5% 18.4% 16.2% 1.4% 30.1%
Program services revenue 92.7% 90.4% 86.6% 85.5% 58.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 3.8% 4.1% 6.2% 5.7% 36.2%
All other grants and contributions 2.4% 2.4% 1.4% 1.8% 1.7%
Other revenue 1.0% 3.2% 5.8% 7.0% 4.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $14,641,271 $16,834,745 $19,162,727 $19,122,327 $19,771,874
Total expenses, % change over prior year 6.6% 15.0% 13.8% -0.2% 3.4%
Personnel 75.2% 77.1% 77.9% 78.9% 74.7%
Professional fees 5.7% 5.6% 4.4% 3.6% 8.0%
Occupancy 4.8% 4.2% 3.7% 3.6% 3.7%
Interest 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 14.2% 13.0% 14.0% 14.0% 13.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $14,652,356 $16,845,448 $19,170,048 $19,126,647 $19,776,195
One month of savings $1,220,106 $1,402,895 $1,596,894 $1,593,527 $1,647,656
Debt principal payment $0 $320,000 $0 $0 $2,328,900
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $15,872,462 $18,568,343 $20,766,942 $20,720,174 $23,752,751

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.4 0.5 2.4 2.2 1.5
Months of cash and investments 0.5 0.6 2.4 2.3 1.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.6 -0.6 -0.4 0.0 3.6
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $447,784 $708,257 $3,802,813 $3,570,739 $2,499,867
Investments $112,899 $111,475 $102,869 $125,967 $108,776
Receivables $1,974,222 $2,111,684 $1,964,607 $2,136,827 $7,120,318
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $619,864 $623,148 $623,148 $623,148 $623,148
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 87.2% 88.5% 89.6% 90.3% 91.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 111.5% 113.5% 104.3% 96.5% 45.8%
Unrestricted net assets -$619,491 -$758,875 -$602,735 $39,911 $5,946,543
Temporarily restricted net assets $141,882 $140,390 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $60,785 $60,019 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $202,667 $200,409 $283,522 $234,082 $156,823
Total net assets -$416,824 -$558,466 -$319,213 $273,993 $6,103,366

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Don Schiffbauer MBA, BSN, RN

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 08/31/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Lynch Neil

Dee Bermudez

City of Elyria (Ret.)

Monique Burgdorf

Oberlin College

Michael D. Eppley


Amie Espinoza-Gonzalez

New Avenues for Independence

Luc G. Lagasse

Community Representative

Naji McCall

City of Elyria

Natalie Trachsel

Ohio Dept of Youth Services

Martha Bauschka

Southwest General Hospital

Bret Buike

Buckeye Insurance

Ray Cushing

Nordson Corp (Ret.)

Vernita Warfield

Life Changing Detox

Kenneth A. DeLuca


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 8/31/2023

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
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/11/2022

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.


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