Basic Assistance to Students in the Community

Enable, Educate, Empower

aka BASIC/Circle of Art   |   Borrego Springs, CA   |
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Basic Assistance to Students in the Community

EIN: 33-0631683


BASIC (Basic Assistance for Students in the Community) is an association of volunteer workers and supporters who are committed to empowering youth and adults of the Borrego Springs community to pursue educational opportunity and achievement by providing grants, scholarships and programs that will help students reach their potential and realize their dreams.

Ruling year info


Secretary and Learning Academy Director

Joann Stang


Dr Joanne Ingwall

Main address

PO Box 1914

Borrego Springs, CA 92004 USA

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Subject area info


Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers



NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Borrego Springs School District was the lowest performing district in San Diego County on the 2022 state exams for English language arts and math; dropping 15 percent from 2019 English performance and 8 percent from 2019 math. Administrators and teachers struggle to close this learning gap, but the challenges are great and have been made greater by two years of the Covid pandemic. Borrego Springs is recognized as a Severely Disadvantaged Community by the State of California. Students who are struggling and all too often failing academically need help. Learning Academy is designed to provide help at known critical junctures; junctures which have been identified by significant research. Children who are not reading at grade level at the end of 3rd grade get further behind in subsequent grades and are at high risk of dropping out of school, and the same is true for math in middle school. Post Covid research has also identified summer study as a proven method to earn back Covid losses.

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?

Awarding Educational Scholarships

- High-School Learners Intervention: Scholarships to go to school
- Adult Learners Intervention: Scholarships to stay in school

BASIC accepts applications from graduating high school students and recent graduates to continue their education at 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges and universities, and vocational institutions. We also accept applications from adult members of our community who wish to return to school to further their careers. The primary criteria we use to evaluate our applicants are financial need (most come from large families with incomes less than $40,000/year), past academic success and the desire to accomplish his/her goals. The essays written by our applicants tell of the heartbreaking struggles they have had to remain in school and their hopes for the future. The BASIC Scholarship Committee, a group of community leaders each of whom has had a distinguished career in education, reviews each application.

Population(s) Served

Sponsor and present the annual Circle of Art Show and Sale in March on Christmas Circle, Borrego Springs as the major fund raising vehicle for BASIC. Annually 70 artists and crafts persons exhibit their creations in an outdoor weekend show and sale. A festival of fine art, food, and music all presented by volunteers.

Population(s) Served

Learning Academy is a 4-week summer intensive program designed to significantly increase specific skills of struggling learners at critical junctions in their education journey. It is a voluntary 20 day intensive summer reading program: 7 hours per day; maximum of 10 students per class; 1 certified teacher and 1 learning aid for each class. Classes meet in small venues that are not part of the school system. Children are made to feel they are participating in something special and the program includes learning opportunities that the children may not otherwise be able to experience. Now in its third year, Learning Academy has classes in three different disiplines: reading/literacy for 2nd and 3rd graders who are not reading at grade level; English Language Learners intensive for middle and high schoolers who need assistance to achieve English language fluency; and math for middle schoolers who are not proficient. Outcomes are measured and reported in the annual Report Card.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

BASIC is now sponsoring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for children who reside in the Borrego Springs Unified School District. Enrolled children receive a free gift of an age-appropriate book monthly in their home from birth until age five. All their parents have to do is to make sure their children are read to.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our results

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Number of lessons taught

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Population(s) Served

People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Learning Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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BASIC, which stands for Basic Assistance to Students in the Community, is an organization created by Borregans for Borregans with the goal of improving their lives through education. Through a focus on pinpointed areas where such improvements can be made, BASIC has created the C2G or Cradle to Graduation program, which focuses on the 3 main targeted age groups and areas of study during these crucial periods. This includes early reading for students age 1-5 and second and third graders, middle school math and English, and scholarships. Programs include Dolly Parton Imagination Library, early childhood education, and summer Learning Academy which consists of 4 focused areas of study in math, reading, writing, and English language development. Finally, our scholarship program serves to benefit those pursuing college, university, or trade education. Our aim is to have well-rounded students from cradle to graduation, and in turn, have a happier healthier community.

Learning Academy is a summer 4 week, intensive education program offering over 100 hours of instruction to underachieving mainly Latinx Borrego students to move toward grade level proficiency. - reading at 3rd grade; math at 5th grade: and math at 8th grade. Two additional classes, one in English language fluency and the other a writing class, are offered for middle/high schoolers to increase English language capacity. A trained teacher and instructional aide lead each of the small classes (12 students/class). Testing data and best teaching practices are used to individualize instruction. Students are given the opportunity to shine in a small group setting while increasing skills and developing a love of learning. The relationships built between teachers and students is also invaluable. Relationships undergird successful teaching. The Learning Academy environment builds trust, affection, and understanding and skills.


Basic Assistance to Students in the Community
Fiscal year: May 01 - Apr 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 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26.6 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Basic Assistance to Students in the Community

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

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: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Basic Assistance to Students in the Community’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
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $125,372 $73,778 $173,846
As % of expenses 82.2% 48.6% 168.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $125,372 $73,778 $173,846
As % of expenses 82.2% 48.6% 168.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $277,696 $225,440 $277,034
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -18.8% 22.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 2.1% 0.2%
Government grants 6.8% 6.9% 11.4%
All other grants and contributions 93.1% 91.0% 88.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $152,500 $151,662 $103,188
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -0.5% -32.0%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 1.3% 1.1% 6.8%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 39.7% 36.6% 70.6%
All other expenses 59.0% 62.3% 22.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $152,500 $151,662 $103,188
One month of savings $12,708 $12,639 $8,599
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $165,208 $164,301 $111,787

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 28.3 34.3 70.6
Months of cash and investments 28.3 34.3 70.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 28.3 34.3 70.6
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021
Cash $359,744 $433,522 $607,368
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $359,744 $433,522 $607,368

Key data checks

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

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Secretary and Learning Academy Director

Joann Stang

Ms. Stang's professional experience as Director of Human Resources at Solar Turbines in San Diego makes her ideally suited to be the Director of the Learning Academy. She is also a founding member of BASIC, chaired the Circle of Art for nine years, and served on the scholarship committee for 18 years. She also has considerable experience as a Board member of several civic organizations in San Diego and at her summer home in Michigan, San Diego Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Workforce Partnership, United Way, YWCA and the Lake George Conservancy.


Joanne Ingwall

Dr. Ingwall brings her administrative and financial experience leading a successful research program in cardiovascular medicine at Harvard Medical/Brigham and women's Hospital for over 30 years. Dr. Ingwall also has considerable leadership experinece building professional organizations and programs such as for the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, the American Section of the International Society of Heart Research and the American Heart Association.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/26/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Barbara Coates

retired educator

Term: 2025 - 2022

Joanne Ingwall


Joann Stang


Barb Coates


Martha Deichler

Board Director

Urmi Ray

Business Professional

Mary Watkins

Associate CFO

Angela Cassidy


Hu Auburn

Board Director

Jan Auburn

Board Director

Richard Fausel

Board Director

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No