Fathers in the Field

Reaching and Healing the fatherless

aka Mentoring the fatherless   |   LOVELAND, CO   |
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Fathers in the Field

EIN: 36-4646269


To Mentor fatherless boys through the local church addressing the #1 societal issue in America. Across this nation, we come alongside the local church to equip and train whereby mobilizing their approved men to make a 3-year mentoring commitment into the life of a fatherless boy and advocate for the fatherless issue across America. At no charge to single mothers in their desperate search to help their at-risk sons grow into responsible manhood/parenthood.

Ruling year info


Founder / CEO

Mr John Smithbaker

Main address

6796 N. Franklin Ave


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Subject area info

Outdoor education

Single parent support

Youth mentoring

Civics for youth

Religion for youth

Population served info

Children and youth

At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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?

Mobilzing Mentors for fatherless boys

Mobilize mature godly men through the local church to Intentionally commit to Mentor a fatherless boy over a 3-year term with a specified weekly meeting structure, abandonment wound curriculum, and mercy service activities focused on healing and forgiveness.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Where we work


Hope Award 2012

World Magazine

Affiliations & memberships

World Magazine 2012

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Intentionally address the fatherless wound. Fatherlessness is the #1 Societal issue in America and the fatherless are within reach of every church where these men can serve as Mentor Fathers.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Pastors, Mentor Fathers, Single Moms

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Implemented an electronic database for the collection of relative information, application processing to better serve our constituents.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


Fathers in the Field
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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 344.19 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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 info

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

This snapshot of Fathers in the Field’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 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $70,540 $46,011 $81,557 $532,035 $535,990
As % of expenses 8.7% 5.6% 6.2% 42.0% 40.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $56,162 $30,358 $67,110 $518,425 $520,728
As % of expenses 6.8% 3.6% 5.0% 40.5% 39.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $822,487 $875,376 $1,339,697 $1,798,892 $1,690,597
Total revenue, % change over prior year -5.8% 6.4% 53.0% 34.3% -6.0%
Program services revenue 5.6% 5.2% 3.8% 2.1% 2.5%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.6% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 94.1% 94.7% 96.2% 96.3% 96.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $808,348 $823,008 $1,320,748 $1,266,857 $1,319,881
Total expenses, % change over prior year -2.4% 1.8% 60.5% -4.1% 4.2%
Personnel 13.3% 13.1% 8.3% 9.7% 7.5%
Professional fees 43.3% 47.8% 58.8% 54.2% 54.4%
Occupancy 1.9% 1.9% 1.2% 1.3% 1.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 41.4% 37.1% 31.7% 34.8% 36.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $822,726 $838,661 $1,335,195 $1,280,467 $1,335,143
One month of savings $67,362 $68,584 $110,062 $105,571 $109,990
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $16,750 $0 $0 $260,500 $52,248
Total full costs (estimated) $906,838 $907,245 $1,445,257 $1,646,538 $1,497,381

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 5.0 2.7 0.7 3.7 6.6
Months of cash and investments 14.3 11.8 6.9 12.5 16.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.1 15.8 10.6 13.6 17.5
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $337,141 $188,217 $77,787 $387,118 $723,468
Investments $627,801 $621,444 $684,052 $931,512 $1,068,730
Receivables $11,885 $7,185 $4,435 $2,200 $3,300
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $91,296 $91,296 $91,296 $351,796 $355,540
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 36.1% 53.2% 69.0% 21.8% 12.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 0.2% 3.4% 0.8% 3.8%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $1,077,150 $1,126,876 $1,193,986 $1,712,411 $2,233,139

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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

Founder / CEO

Mr John Smithbaker

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

John Smithbaker

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Term: 2009 - 2023

Kyle Weaver

CEO/Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Evelyn Husband

Single Mom Speaker/Advocate

Josh Ettesvold

CEO/Cactus Network

Zac Guy


John Smithbaker

Founder/Fathers in the Field

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/21/2023

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