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ACEING AUTISM INC

Connecting kids through tennis

aka ACEing Autism   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.aceingautism.org
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ACEING AUTISM INC

EIN: 26-2688140


Mission

Our mission is to connect children with autism through unique tennis programs, and to develop and advance proven methods to positively impact the children, families and communities we serve.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director & Founder

Mr. Richard Spurling

Main address

2001 S. Barrington Ave. Suite 207

Los Angeles, CA 90025 USA

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EIN

26-2688140

Subject area info

Brain and nervous system disorders

Community recreation

Racquet sports

Population served info

Children and youth

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

Brain Disorders (G48)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

19% of children with autism spectrum disorder are obese, with an additional 36% who are at risk for becoming obese. Children with ASD often experience more difficulty with balance, coordination, flexibility, and motor skills, which often correlates to a decrease in physical activities in comparison to their peers without ASD. In addition to these developmental challenges, children with ASD simply do not have access to a wide variety of affordable recreational sports programs that are specifically designed and adapted with children with autism in mind. ACEing Autism tennis programs address these two critical areas, while also providing a supportive, fun environment for families and siblings to enjoy an activity together.

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?

ACEing Autism Tennis Program- California

The ACEing Autism Tennis Program is open to children ages 5-18 with autism spectrum disorder or similar diagnosis. Children participate in 6-8 week tennis sessions, where they are paired with at least one, trained youth volunteer to participate in a series of drills and exercises designed to enhance motor development and social skills while learning the sport of tennis. Each location offers a minimum of 2, 6 week sessions per year at a low cost. Scholarships are available.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

The ACEing Autism Tennis Program is open to children ages 5-18 with autism spectrum disorder or similar diagnosis. Children participate in 6-8 week tennis sessions, where they are paired with at least one, trained youth volunteer to participate in a series of drills and exercises designed to enhance motor development and social skills while learning the sport of tennis. Each location offers a minimum of 2, 6 week sessions per year at a low cost. Scholarships are available.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

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 program sites

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new programs/program sites

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

People with other disabilities, Preteens, Children, Adolescents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is only decreased due to COVID. We expect this number to hold continue increasing annually.

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.

ACEing Autism's goals are to provide a recreational tennis program where children with autism learn the game of tennis while working on social skills. Because children with autism require structure and routine, we have created a curriculum whereby children become familiar with the routine and flow of the class. We ensure that children have at least one volunteer coach engaging with them for the entire lesson, guaranteeing plenty of social engagement. Our goals are to give children with autism basic tennis skills so that they can play the sport with friends and their families.

Our organization's success is contingent on our ability to recruit, train, and retain quality youth volunteers, who are paired with each child with autism who participates in our tennis program. We also work closely with local autism organizations, schools, and state agencies to promote our programs to children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and to recruit program volunteers.

Our curriculum is specifically tailored to children with ASD with a wide variety of abilities. Our lessons incorporate teaching aides such as visual schedules and a structured curriculum so children with ASD become familiar with the routines and activities while learning the game of tennis.

With at least one trained volunteer partnered with each child, our organization can guarantee that there is a level of personal engagement between the volunteer and participant- and that there is someone providing one on one support and social interaction- including making eye contact, and back and forth communication. In addition to one-on-one social connections, our clinics engage children with ASD in group games and activities that are designed to promote interpersonal engagement and cooperation. This assists with fostering trust and developing social connections and friendships, which can be difficult without intervention.

ACEing Autism partners with autism researchers and ABA therapists to continuously evaluate and evolve our curriculum and volunteer training to meet the needs of the growing population and communities we serve. Our programs are designed in a manner that fosters exercise, social interaction, and fun, while learning the game of tennis.

ACEing Autism continues to partner with local organizations that serve the ASD population to promote our services, and connect and collaborate with members of the ASD community.

Our organization is steadily working towards our goal of serving 2000 children with ASD by 2020. Our program is scale-able, with the ability to launch a new program site within 4-6 months, and serve a minimum of 20 children per site.

Our program outcomes to date have only included parent and volunteer testimonials. We recently obtained funding to partner with the UCLA center for autism research to do an in-depth study about the impact of our programs on children with autism.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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?

    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, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

ACEING AUTISM INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2022 Audited Financial Statement - FY 2022 2020 ACEING AUTISM 2020 FINANCIALS 2019 Audited Financial Statements
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

21.95

Average of 31.02 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11

Average of 20.6 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

12%

Average of 10% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

ACEING AUTISM INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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ACEING AUTISM INC

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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ACEING AUTISM INC

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ACEING AUTISM INC’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 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $351,986 $262,206 $335,716 $84,027 $6,703
As % of expenses 38.9% 28.7% 41.2% 6.5% 0.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $350,913 $259,303 $332,617 $79,554 -$9,072
As % of expenses 38.7% 28.3% 40.7% 6.2% -0.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,257,078 $1,174,357 $1,150,399 $1,367,299 $1,457,066
Total revenue, % change over prior year -3.1% -6.6% -2.0% 18.9% 6.6%
Program services revenue 7.5% 5.0% 4.2% 9.4% 12.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 6.5% 2.9%
All other grants and contributions 92.4% 94.7% 95.8% 83.6% 83.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.5% 0.4%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $905,092 $912,151 $814,683 $1,283,623 $1,420,255
Total expenses, % change over prior year 32.8% 0.8% -10.7% 57.6% 10.6%
Personnel 55.9% 55.4% 55.6% 50.3% 52.8%
Professional fees 11.5% 13.4% 23.0% 16.1% 12.8%
Occupancy 4.6% 4.7% 5.4% 3.5% 3.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.8% 0.1%
All other expenses 28.0% 26.5% 16.0% 29.3% 31.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $906,165 $915,054 $817,782 $1,288,096 $1,436,030
One month of savings $75,424 $76,013 $67,890 $106,969 $118,355
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $3,863 $11,237 $0 $31,502 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $985,452 $1,002,304 $885,672 $1,426,567 $1,554,385

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 22.9 25.7 34.1 22.4 11.0
Months of cash and investments 22.9 25.7 34.1 22.4 20.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 22.5 25.7 33.7 21.9 19.8
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $1,729,206 $1,951,365 $2,315,955 $2,398,429 $1,301,903
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,101,536
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $2,623 $250
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,863 $15,100 $15,100 $40,980 $40,980
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 27.8% 26.3% 46.8% 14.5% 53.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.5% 1.5% 2.4% 3.2% 4.4%
Unrestricted net assets $1,702,413 $1,961,716 $2,294,333 $2,373,887 $2,364,815
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $30,270
Total net assets $1,702,413 $1,961,716 $2,294,333 $2,373,887 $2,395,085

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
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 & Founder

Mr. Richard Spurling

Richard achieved a degree in International Business from Florida Atlantic University, where he played Division I tennis. After graduation, Richard continued to pursue a career in the tennis industry, teaching tennis and managing several high-profile tennis programs in Florida and Massachusetts. Richard earned his MBA from Babson College in 2008, with a focus on entrepreneurship. While living in Massachusetts, Richard and Dr. Shafali Jeste, an autism researcher, collaborated to create a program that was designed to use the sport of tennis as a means to provide unique social and developmental benefits to children with autism. ACEing Autism was launched in 2008. Richard currently resides in Los Angeles with his two children, Nischal and Kiran, where he his advancing the vision of ACEing Autism, and serves on the Southern California Tennis Association and USTA National Adaptive Tennis Committees

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

ACEING AUTISM INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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ACEING AUTISM INC

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Rob Lapides

Rob Lapides LLC

Mira Spiegel

Peter Kotsifas

Matt Schleikhorn

Thomas Darling

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 6/2/2023

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/24/2023

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

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.