aka TenderCare   |   Mount Laurel, NJ   |
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EIN: 22-2224241


Mission: The Tender is a non-profit dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to those affected by Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia. Our day center offers personalized care, nutritious meals, and engaging activities to frail persons with dementia, while also providing respite to their caregivers. Our CARES program empowers caregivers through support groups, educational resources, and referrals. Vision: At The Tender we are committed to enhancing quality of life and making a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by dementia. Our vision at The Tender Adult Day Center is to provide older adults with mental and social stimulation, while also giving caregivers a much-needed break and access to a supportive community. Our aim is to enhance the lives of

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Executive Director

Sophia Ruis

Main address

4501 Church Road

Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 USA

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Subject area info

Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia

Human services

Adult day care

Population served info



NTEE code info

Adult Day Care (P71)

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?

The Tender Inc.

Founded in 1977 and officially incorporated as a non-profit 501c3 in 1978, The Tender embodies a steadfast commitment to our community's well-being. Rooted in integrity and equality, we're dedicated to uplifting those in need. At our core, an atmosphere of openness, transparency, and shared compassion unites our team and those we serve.

Our day center offers daily opportunities for daily achievement and acknowledgment within a serene and genuine environment. We aim to empower individuals suffering with Alzheimer’s and related dementias by creating an environment that fosters independence and enhances quality of life.

Beyond the confines of our day center, our outreach embraces caregivers with our expansive CARES (Compassion, Access, Respite, Education, Support) program. This indispensable hub encompasses a weekly support group, an array of community-connected resources, equipping caregivers with the vital supportive services needed to foster independence at home in their community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


The Best Non-Profit Organization 2022

Mount Laurel Township

Affiliations & memberships

The Best Non-Profit Organization of Mount Laurel Township 2022

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 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 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


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 31.99 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 25% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


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

This snapshot of THE TENDER 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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $28,588 $28,588 $28,588 -$1,162 $739,773
As % of expenses 8.9% 8.8% 10.7% -0.6% 334.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $0 $0 $0 -$29,750 $712,838
As % of expenses 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% -13.0% 287.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $334,288 $466,018 $314,001 $81,131 $226,138
Total revenue, % change over prior year -7.7% 39.4% -32.6% -74.2% 178.7%
Program services revenue 5.9% 4.8% 8.1% 2.9% 5.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 3.6% 2.7% 4.5% 13.5% 32.6%
Government grants 61.5% 45.5% 56.1% 43.5% 40.1%
All other grants and contributions 27.5% 22.5% 31.9% 51.3% 22.1%
Other revenue 1.5% 24.5% -0.6% -11.4% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $319,472 $326,710 $267,467 $200,295 $221,201
Total expenses, % change over prior year -5.4% 2.3% -18.1% -25.1% 10.4%
Personnel 73.2% 73.9% 58.4% 62.0% 69.5%
Professional fees 5.0% 4.8% 15.9% 22.2% 14.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
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 21.8% 21.3% 25.7% 15.8% 16.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $348,060 $355,298 $296,055 $228,883 $248,136
One month of savings $26,623 $27,226 $22,289 $16,691 $18,433
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $374,683 $382,524 $318,344 $245,574 $266,569

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 2.8 2.8 4.5 4.5 3.4
Months of cash and investments 22.2 20.4 32.3 44.3 38.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -3.0 -1.9 -1.1 -1.5 38.8
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $74,840 $75,010 $100,228 $74,776 $62,534
Investments $515,650 $480,467 $620,744 $664,958 $642,098
Receivables $26,379 $44,867 $14,903 $0 $31,913
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $752,540 $752,540 $752,340 $752,340 $752,340
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 9.5% 13.3% 17.1% 20.9% 24.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.3% 1.5% 0.8% 3.5% 2.0%
Unrestricted net assets $600,000 $600,000 $600,000 $570,250 $1,283,088
Temporarily restricted net assets $688,437 $639,883 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $688,437 $639,883 $753,202 $723,859 $0
Total net assets $1,288,437 $1,239,883 $1,353,202 $1,294,109 $1,283,088

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.

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Executive Director

Sophia Ruis

Sophia Ruis started at The Tender March 2023. Sophia comes to us with over 5+ years of healthcare experience navigating and advocating for all her clients throughout the healthcare system. Sophia graduated from Widener University with a bachelor's degree in Social Work and currently holds a certified social workers license. The mission and vision of The Tender is personal to Sophia in many ways, and she is eager to help caregivers and seniors foster independence to help keep seniors at home, families together, and give the tools and services needed to empower caregivers.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

Linette Commisso

Board co-chair

Martine Commisso


Term: 2022 - 2024

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Chris Bratton

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Kimberly Wagner

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Edward Ellis


Giana Leuzzi


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/22/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/22/2023

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

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 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.