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Basic Assistance to Students in the Community

Enable, Educate, Empower

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

EIN: 33-0631683


Mission

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

1995

Secretary and Learning Academy Director

Joann Stang

CFO

Dr Joanne Ingwall

Main address

PO Box 1914

Borrego Springs, CA 92004 USA

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EIN

33-0631683

Subject area info

Education

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

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
Adolescents
Adults

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
Adults

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. 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 elementary and middle schoolers who are not proficient. Outcomes are measured and reported in the annual Report Card.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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

BASIC implemented the Latino Family Literacy Project (LFLP) to boost literacy skills in Borrego's Latino families. LFLP is recognized as a White House Bright Spot in Educational Excellence with Hispanics, and has a track record of enhancing reading and language skills. The goal for LFLP is to provide a culturally relevant, comfortable and exciting program for Latinx parents of Pre-k children to learn reading techniques and to instill in them a habit of reading regularly to their children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

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 lessons taught

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

People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Learning Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of classes each year for Learning Academy.

Number of children exceeding 80% school attendance

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

Learning Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

95 percent of children attending Learning Academy miss no more than 1 day of the entire 4 week program.

Number of children no longer performing below average academically

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

Learning Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children who test at grade level in reading at the end of Learning Academy. Class size is 12 students.

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.

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 through the Lation Family Literacy Project, 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.

Latino Family Literacy Project supports families as they learn the importance of reading to children from birth and develop the skills to be successful in reading to their children. Dolly Parton Imagination Library supplements the reading importance by providing age appropriate books monthly and free to all children from birth to age 5.

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 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    language skills of people giving feedback

Financials

Basic Assistance to Students in the Community
Fiscal year: May 01 - Apr 30

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

1034.17

Average of 172.57 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

38.4

Average of 30 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11%

Average of 2% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Basic Assistance to Students in the Community

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: May 01 - Apr 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: May 01 - Apr 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $125,372 $73,778 $173,846 $66,849 $113,058
As % of expenses 82.2% 48.6% 168.5% 31.6% 45.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $125,372 $73,778 $173,846 $66,849 $113,058
As % of expenses 82.2% 48.6% 168.5% 31.6% 45.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $277,696 $225,440 $277,034 $277,083 $359,719
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -18.8% 22.9% 0.0% 29.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 2.1% 0.2% 0.1% 4.8%
Government grants 6.8% 6.9% 11.4% 5.4% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 93.1% 91.0% 88.5% 94.5% 95.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $152,500 $151,662 $103,188 $211,305 $246,511
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -0.5% -32.0% 104.8% 16.7%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 20.2%
Professional fees 1.3% 1.1% 6.8% 5.1% 3.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.9% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 39.7% 36.6% 70.6% 35.8% 20.4%
All other expenses 59.0% 62.3% 22.7% 58.1% 55.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $152,500 $151,662 $103,188 $211,305 $246,511
One month of savings $12,708 $12,639 $8,599 $17,609 $20,543
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $165,208 $164,301 $111,787 $228,914 $267,054

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 28.3 34.3 70.6 38.5 38.4
Months of cash and investments 28.3 34.3 70.6 38.5 38.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 28.3 34.3 70.6 38.3 38.3
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $359,744 $433,522 $607,368 $678,119 $788,037
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 0.1%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
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 $0
Total net assets $359,744 $433,522 $607,368 $674,217 $787,275

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

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.

CFO

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

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Barbara Coates

retired educator

Term: 2022 - 2025

Joanne Ingwall

CFO

Joann Stang

Secretary

Barb Coates

President

Martha Deichler

Board Director

Urmi Ray

Business Professional

Mary Watkins

Associate CFO

Angela Cassidy

Vice-President

Richard Fausel

Board Director

Ken Collard

Board Director

Sharon Goldsmith

Board Director

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

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
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2024

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 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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.