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Momentous Institute

Changing the Odds for Children and Families

Dallas, TX   |  www.momentousinstitute.org
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Momentous Institute

EIN: 75-1855620


Mission

Momentous Institute, established by Salesmanship Club of Dallas in 1920, is dedicated to innovative mental health services, education, and professional training to strengthen children, families, and communities. As the only Dallas nonprofit offering mental health services and operating an elementary school, Momentous strives to build a world of emotionally thriving people, reaching their full potential.

Notes from the nonprofit

In regard to Board diversity, Momentous Institute is owned by Salesmanship Club of Dallas, a 98-year-old non-profit with more than 600 members from the North Texas business community. Momentous Institute is governed by a Board of 32 rotating Salesmanship Club members and outside community leaders.

Ruling year info

1932

Executive Director

Dr. Jessica Gomez

Main address

106 E. Tenth Street

Dallas, TX 75203 USA

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EIN

75-1855620

Subject area info

Elementary education

Early childhood education

Community mental health care

Family services

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

Families

Caregivers

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than a decade of clinical research indicates that poverty poses significant threats to young children’s emotional and behavioral development, as well as their academic success (Morales & Guerra, 2006). Statistics below point to the crucial need for proven effective interventions: According to the latest research (2016) from the Kids Count Data Center, 22% of Texas children and 31% of Dallas county children are currently living in poverty. Literature indicates that adverse circumstances and environments inhibit learning and memory and act as barriers to developing healthy decision-making and problem-solving skills (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008). In even our youngest of children in the U.S., two to eight years of age, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 14% had a diagnosed developmental, behavioral or mental disorder in the 2011 to 2012 National Survey of Children’s Health.

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?

Mental Health Services

Momentous Institute’s Mental Health Services meet critical needs and narrow the gap in mental health care for children who are experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties due to trauma, abuse, and disrupted or insecure parental attachment, and compounding stressors of racial and economic inequities. Our experienced, multidisciplinary staff, over 50% of whom are bilingual, build trusted relationships with approximately 3,000 Dallas area children and family members from under-championed communities, regardless of their ability to pay. Licensed clinicians provide individual, group and family therapy, using a strength-based approach that involves the entire family in the programming. In addition to parent education programming directly tied to clinical practice with client families, Momentous Institute offers parent education in the broader community to promote safe and effective parenting practices.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Momentous School, founded in 1997 and located in Oak Cliff, is a nationally recognized laboratory school for children from three years of age through fifth grade. 97% of our student population identify as Latino, and 79% qualify for free or reduced lunch.

School programming is informed by Momentous Institute’s decades of work as a local leader in mental health, and school culture is grounded in practices and postures that create a positive student-centered environment based on safe relationships. In addition to high quality academic curricula and resources, all grade levels utilize our own evidence based and accredited Changemakers: A Social Emotional Learning Curriculum.

Longitudinal research on Momentous School alumni, who consistently meet or surpass their more affluent peers in high-school graduation and college enrollment rates, demonstrates that weaving social, emotional, and mental health with rigorous academics can close the opportunity gap for under-championed students.

Population(s) Served

By investing in research and training, including the annual Changing the Odds conference, we are able to impact hundreds of thousands of children we will never meet.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Children and youth
Families
Researchers
Teachers

Where we work

Awards

Ashoka Changemaker School 2013

Ashoka Changemakers

Affiliations & memberships

American Psychological Association 2000

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

90% of the most recent 12th grade cohort of Momentous School alumni will graduate from high school on time, as measured by a review of school records and individual follow-up with each student by external research team.

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers in the "Total" column are recorded as percentages pertaining to the metric.

85% of Momentous School alumni who graduated from high school will enroll in post-secondary education.

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers in the "Total" column are recorded as percentages pertaining to the metric.

85% of Momentous School alumni who enrolled in post-secondary education the first year after high school graduation will persist in their studies for a second year.

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

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers in the "Total" column are recorded as percentages pertaining to the metric.

Number of mental health and education professionals who attend training conducted by Momentous Institute

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

Adults

Related Program

Momentous School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

65% of individuals with an identified family or household challenge will significantly improve their functioning

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

Mental Health Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers in the "Total" column are recorded as percentages pertaining to the metric.

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.

1. STRENGTHEN and sustain the social emotional health of children and
families impacted by poverty, trauma, or abuse, through core services in
education and mental health.

2. INNOVATE at the intersection of education and mental health, emphasizing
the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and research.

3. INVEST in partnerships that align with our mission, vision and core values.

4. INSPIRE people, organizations and communities to strengthen the social
emotional health of kids, families and communities.

5. STRENGTHEN the culture and infrastructure of Momentous Institute to
support improved education, therapy, research, outreach and training.

Momentous Institute prioritizes developing Social Emotional Health (SEH), to ensure that children achieve their full potential. Promoting social emotional learning (SEL) in children creates a buffer to toxic stress. Advancements in neuroscience indicate that the impact of early toxic stress on the brain is reversible. SEL ensures the development of self-regulation, awareness of others, empathy, optimism and perseverance.

Our Mental Health Services offer a wide variety of mental health services to more than 5,000 children and family members annually who exhibit social, emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Our Momentous School is an urban laboratory school, serving 248 children from age three through fifth grade and providing a rigorous academic experience with a focus on SEH.

Our Training and Research is conducted to broadly disseminate our education and mental health practices, with a focus on building skills and knowledge to integrate our trauma-sensitive strategies into the existing system.

Momentous Institute broadly disseminates our Changemakers: A Social Emotional Learning Curriculum that is now fully accredited by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as CASEL SELect, the highest accreditation rating. In order to receive this rating, curricula must demonstrate quality design, deliver high-quality training and ongoing implementation support, be evidence-based with research showing positive impact on student behavior and/or academic performance. It is one of only 40 curricula with such designation in the country, and the only one created in Texas. The curriculum aligns with all Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards and is on the list for Texas Education Agency’s best practices for grief, trauma, building skills and managing emotions.

The curriculum is organized to match the Momentous Institute model of social emotional health and contains five themes and a total of 15 units. The five themes are: safe relationships, self-regulation, awareness of self, understanding others and changemaker. Each unit gives educators a deeper understanding of neuroscience, stress, trauma, and inequity, equipping them to view students with empathy, thereby reducing reactive and punitive discipline methods. Over 35 free-standing lessons per grade level allow teachers to engage with students respectfully, build their social emotional skills, and instruct them in their academic work more effectively. Included with each curriculum box is a series of training and support, which includes training on Brain Basics, Trauma 101 and 10 Proven Paths to Classroom Connection; access to training on lesson implementation for curriculum users; and training on how administrators can support social emotional learning in their school.

Research conducted on our Changemakers curriculum during multi-year intensive training partnerships with various early childhood classrooms, where the curriculum was implemented with fidelity, showed that 91% of teachers improved in their sense of self-efficacy around behavior management and 86% of teachers considered a trauma-lens in their work with students. Students, in turn, benefitted from both the improvement of the teacher’s posture and Changemakers lessons: on average, 70% of students showed improvement in social emotional skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making; the same percentage also improved on an executive functioning assessment.

As of January 2023, Changemakers has been implemented in 980 classrooms, positively impacting the social emotional health of students in 17 U.S states and four countries (Brazil, Canada, India and Zambia).

Momentous Institute’s results show that our focused approach — building and repairing social emotional health through education and mental health programs — is a game changer for children and their long-term success. Each year we help over 5,000 children and family members directly in our Therapeutic Services and at Momentous School. By investing in research and training, including the annual Changing the Odds conference, we are able to impact hundreds of thousands of children we will never meet.

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 identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, 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?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

Momentous Institute
Fiscal year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

5.30

Average of 6.67 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.1

Average of 2.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

25%

Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Momentous Institute

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 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: Nov 01 - Oct 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Momentous Institute’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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,231,375 $1,199,370 $864,879 -$1,064,713 -$770,997
As % of expenses 9.3% 8.8% 6.1% -8.4% -5.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $267,151 -$636,478 -$62,745 -$1,879,380 -$1,394,590
As % of expenses 1.9% -4.1% -0.4% -14.0% -9.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $14,340,063 $14,586,795 $14,981,151 $11,793,188 $13,532,372
Total revenue, % change over prior year 9.4% 1.7% 2.7% -21.3% 0.0%
Program services revenue 8.3% 7.8% 7.5% 4.3% 7.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.3% 0.5% 0.2% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8%
All other grants and contributions 91.6% 91.9% 92.0% 95.6% 91.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $13,264,313 $13,600,572 $14,107,674 $12,643,823 $13,853,146
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.2% 2.5% 3.7% -10.4% 0.0%
Personnel 68.2% 70.1% 74.3% 79.9% 68.9%
Professional fees 0.6% 2.8% 3.7% 2.9% 4.4%
Occupancy 4.8% 5.3% 4.9% 6.2% 7.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 1.7% 1.7% 1.7% 2.4% 2.2%
All other expenses 24.7% 20.1% 15.3% 8.6% 16.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $14,228,537 $15,436,420 $15,035,298 $13,458,490 $14,476,739
One month of savings $1,105,359 $1,133,381 $1,175,640 $1,053,652 $1,154,429
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $15,333,896 $16,569,801 $16,210,938 $14,512,142 $15,631,168

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Months of cash 3.5 3.7 3.2 4.4 2.1
Months of cash and investments 3.5 3.7 3.2 4.4 2.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.2 2.8 2.6 1.5 1.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Cash $3,839,513 $4,166,484 $3,712,643 $4,649,041 $2,452,859
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $630,477 $729,868 $746,274 $521,197 $993,425
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $20,126,397 $20,468,311 $19,632,301 $19,642,807 $20,244,873
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 45.8% 53.3% 51.4% 53.2% 58.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.0% 6.8% 3.1% 18.8% 3.9%
Unrestricted net assets $13,328,170 $12,691,692 $12,628,947 $10,749,567 $9,649,819
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,278,606 $1,065,459 $1,074,057 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,278,606 $1,065,459 $1,074,057 $1,288,135 $2,700,435
Total net assets $14,606,776 $13,757,151 $13,703,004 $12,037,702 $12,350,254

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Dr. Jessica Gomez

Dr. Jessica Gomez is a Bilingual Licensed Psychologist and Executive Director of Momentous Institute. She has worked with children and families for over 15 years and is dedicated to building healthy communities where children have access to quality education and mental health services. Dr. Gomez is an active thought leader in mental health through publications, presentations, and collaboration with community leaders. She also served as a clinical and assessment supervisor on the APA Training Committee that oversees doctoral and post-doctoral psychology fellows. Dr. Gomez received her doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. She specializes in community mental health, staff development/training, family therapy and the treatment of complex trauma.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Momentous Institute

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Momentous Institute

Board of directors
as of 06/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Joe K. Young

Lancaster Distributing

Term: 2022 - 2023

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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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/27/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Contractors

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