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SIMON SAYS GIVE

Kids Celebrating Kids

Eagan, MN   |  http://www.simonsaysgive.org/
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SIMON SAYS GIVE

EIN: 45-4015006


Mission

Our purpose is to develop the next generation of leaders to be unstoppable. We operate with full fledge chapters in the States of Minnesota and Massachusetts. We are growing with additional chapters on the radar. There are four pillars and ways we serve youth: Youth Leadership, Chapter Passion Projects, Birthday Celebrations and Backpacks and School Supplies. Our tagline: Kids Celebrating Kids

Ruling year info

2012

President

Dina B Simon

Founder and Chief Charity Officer

Mandi B Simon

Main address

PO Box 211172

Eagan, MN 55121 USA

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EIN

45-4015006

Subject area info

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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?

Birthday Celebrations

We provide birthday celebrations to kids in need age 5-12. Birthdays in a Box are packed by volunteers and are provided, free of charge, to families struggling with financial and housing instability. Each Birthday Box contains a Gift-of-Fun, a Gift-of-Need, and all the supplies for a birthday party with 10 friends.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

During the summer months we conduct a backpack and supplies drive. We work with the community and corporate sponsors to support children going back to school each fall with a backpack and the school supplies they need, based on their age/grade.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Students
Teachers

Being that we are founded by Mandi Simon when she was 8-years old, we have youth engaged and involved in our day-to-day leadership. We have a Kid Advisory Board in each of our chapters that provided real decisions for the organization. Our youth are often called upon for speaking engagements and attend corporate board meetings with our strategic partners.

Population(s) Served

Our Kid Advisory Board teams are able to pick passion projects for their local areas. Our South Dakota and Massachusetts team are focusing in on Hunger in thier communities.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The mission of Simon Says Give is to develop the next generation of leaders to be unstoppable. In doing so, we work to help, uplift, and inspire children by celebrating their unique gifts and potential while minimizing the financial barriers to their success. The Birthdays in a Box program provides families in need with the opportunity to celebrate their child's special day, bringing families and friends together while inspiring confidence that they are truly worthy of celebration. High Five for Supplies further provides resources to thousands of young students in need to ensure that these children will not fall behind in the classroom because they could not afford the supplies necessary to succeed in school. As a Kid-Founded, Kid-Operated organization, we invest in the confidence, brilliance, and potential of the youth in our community because we know that they will be the next unstoppable agents of good in our world.

By minimizing overhead costs and maximizing the value of our dedicated teams of volunteers, Simon Says Give is able to put 96% of our donation income directly towards helping kids in need. We partner with a network of nearly 50 nonprofits across the Twin Cities to ensure that our Birthday Boxes and our school supplies end up in the hands of those who need them most. Partnering with Simon Says Give ensures that your donation dollars will have the greatest impact in helping kids in need to become the leaders of tomorrow.

To date, Simon Says Give has supplied over 50,000 backpacks and/or school supply kits to children in need as they returned to the classroom. We continue to run High Give for Supplies as an annual event to support thousands of kids every year.
Birthday celebrations have been the cornerstone of Simon Says Give since its founding in 2012, and we have celebrated nearly 10,000 birthdays to date between our chapters.

Financials

SIMON SAYS GIVE
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 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

1.07

Average of 11.41 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

1.3

Average of 2.2 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

SIMON SAYS GIVE

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 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: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $40,233 $40,957 -$35,991 -$36,285 -$18,871
As % of expenses 16.2% 15.6% -22.9% -22.6% -12.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $40,233 $40,957 -$35,991 -$36,285 -$18,871
As % of expenses 16.2% 15.6% -22.9% -22.6% -12.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $289,145 $276,166 $119,521 $124,330 $129,284
Total revenue, % change over prior year -43.2% -4.5% -56.7% 4.0% 4.0%
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 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 99.7% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $248,331 $261,723 $157,112 $160,230 $146,839
Total expenses, % change over prior year -52.5% 5.4% -40.0% 2.0% -8.4%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 16.5% 12.1% 13.5% 9.3% 6.6%
Occupancy 1.8% 1.2% 3.4% 3.0% 3.0%
Interest 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.7%
Pass-through 59.5% 73.7% 61.8% 63.3% 76.5%
All other expenses 21.7% 13.0% 21.3% 24.1% 13.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $248,331 $261,723 $157,112 $160,230 $146,839
One month of savings $20,694 $21,810 $13,093 $13,353 $12,237
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $269,025 $283,533 $170,205 $173,583 $159,076

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.8 4.3 4.7 2.3 1.3
Months of cash and investments 2.8 4.3 4.7 2.3 1.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.5 4.3 4.4 1.6 0.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $58,844 $93,709 $61,962 $30,555 $15,560
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) 10.5% 1.7% 9.2% 33.5% 85.6%
Unrestricted net assets $52,644 $93,601 $57,610 $21,325 $2,454
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 $52,644 $93,601 $57,610 $21,325 $2,454

Key data checks

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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Dina B Simon

Dina brings over 20 years of business and executive leadership to Simon Says Give. Her passion for helping people powers the Simon Says Give mission To Develop the Next Generation of Leaders to be Unstoppable by Kids Celebrating Kids, which is the vision of 8-year-old founder Mandi Simon, who is Dina's daughter.

With certifications in leadership development and executive coaching earned through two decades in the staffing industry, Dina applies that knowledge shepherding our fast growing organization. Dina recruited awesome leadership talent to form the Board of Directors, and attracted skilled volunteers to staff key positions of program leadership. Applying leadership skills and seemingly endless energy as President, has guided growth while Simon Says Give remains nearly exclusively a volunteer organization.

Founder and Chief Charity Officer

Mandi Simon

Mandi serves as our Visionary and Founder of Simon Says Give. With her passion for helping kids to make a difference in the world, she is the visionary behind our start-up and continues to be the driving force of inspiration and commitment to growth. Mandi developed the idea of Birthday Celebrations from a then three year personal tradition of giving to others to celebrate her birthday instead of asking for toys or other gifts. Mandi was 8 years old at first Birthday Celebrations, and that is when we began this journey. Since then Simon Says Give has been able to impact thousands of kids lives with birthday celebrations. Mandi teamed with Jim Johnson of Express Employment of Eagan to develop High Five For Supplies to honor her Summer birthday. Through the annual backpack drive in Minnesota, Simon Says Give provides back-to-school supplies for more than 8000 kids in the fall of each year!

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 05/02/2023
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Board co-chair

Dina Simon

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Term: 2012 -


Board co-chair

Lou Abramowski

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Term: 2013 -

Bryan Altman

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Kent Engler

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Ben Hanson

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Brittany Lloyd

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Tim Sitzmann

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Jenni Severson

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Paula Praska

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Ina Macovei

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/26/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

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