Give A Child A Voice

Keizer, OR   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 81-0583065



Ruling year info


Executive Director

Vanessa Nordyke

Main address

3530 RIver Rd N

Keizer, OR 97303 USA

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Subject area info

Child advocacy

Child welfare

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth

Victims of crime and abuse

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As Marion County diversifies, so too must our staff, board and volunteers in order to reflect the community we serve. Marion County is 28% Latino/a/x and growing. We need more bilingual and culturally-competent volunteers in order to advocate for our Latino/a/x children in foster care. Another problem concerns the mental health of children in foster care. Research shows that cases assigned to a CASA volunteer tend to involve the most serious cases of maltreatment, in which the children were more at risk. Foster care is traumatic, by uprooting children from their homes over findings of sexual assault, physical assault, abuse, neglect, exposure to substance abuse, and more. Less than half of Oregon foster care children graduate from high school or receive a GED. Nearly one-quarter end up incarcerated. Many become victims of abuse themselves, and are at a heightened risk of unplanned pregnancy and homelessness as young adults. Foster care children need positive role models like CASA.

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?

Train Volunteer Advocates

Train volunteer citizens to advocate for an abused and neglected child living in foster care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


NonProfit of the Year 2023

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Salem Area Chamber of Commerce 2023

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 new advocates recruited

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

Train Volunteer Advocates

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We had a leadership transition in 2022 when our Executive Director resigned in July 2022 to pursue a position with the National CASA office. Our new ED was hired in late 2022 and started in 2023.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Diversification of volunteers:

We need to diversify our volunteers, particularly bilingual volunteers. We also need to diversify our board to better reflect the vibrant communities we serve.

Addressing mental health needs:
We want to build a wellbeing assessment for each child in care, so that we can track the behavioral, psychological, and emotional well-being of children in care.

To recruit more bilingual volunteers:

1. Attend community events where Spanish is spoken in Marion County

2. Distribute volunteer recruitment brochures printed in Spanish

3. Prepare, shoot, and publish Spanish-language recruitment videos on social media.

4. Apply for a grant to fund the salary, benefits, and training for a bilingual staff member.

To address mental health needs:

1. Review sample wellbeing assessment questionnaires.

2. Meet with OCN leadership and other CASA programs to review, edit, and finalize questionnaires.

3. Train CASA staff and volunteers on how to complete questionnaires and upload to CASA's databases.

Our Executive Director speaks basic Spanish and has numerous connections within the Spanish-speaking community. Our ED is also a trained mental health advocate, having trained over 1,000 legal and non-profit professionals in trauma-informed workplace practices. Our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator is a person of color with lived experience in the adoption. Our staff are 33% persons of color and 33% lived experience in adoption or foster care systems. Our Board of Directors recently doubled in size and brings fresh energy, ideas and new connections to accomplishing our goals. Our grant writer is committed to helping CASA apply for grant opportunities to achieve our goals. Our office is fully staffed and is making preparations to attend the statewide advocacy conference to learn best practices for our daily operations.

Progress on Diversification:

Since January 2023, CASA of Marion County launched a new recruitment strategy, with a goal of adding more bilingual volunteers. That strategy is already paying dividends. We have doubled the number of Spanish-speaking volunteers since January. We have also increased the diversity of our Board of Directors from 20% to 30% BIPOC members. Our new Executive Director, who started in January 2023, increases the diversity of our organization by way of speaking basic Spanish, lived experience in domestic violence, and an invisible disability. Our ED hired an equity consultant. Following the consultant's recommendations, we have improved the inclusivity of CASA's website and social media postings. Our BOD recently approved an equity statement, which is now published on CASA's website.

Our office is fully-staffed, but with additional grant funding we can recruit, hire, and train a bilingual staff member to work more closely with Spanish-speaking volunteers and families. We want to continue to recruit more Spanish-speaking volunteers.

Progress on Addressing Mental Health Needs:

We have met with our software provider to discuss how to build a wellbeing assessment questionnaire. We reviewed sample questionnaires amongst staff. We reached out to the Oregon CASA Network to help build a wellbeing assessment questionnaire for all children in care statewide. The goal is to create a uniform, statewide questionnaire so that all CASA programs (20 total) can compare and contrast data regarding child mental health, educational performance, and other factors important to assessing the behavioral, psychological, and emotional well-being of children in care. We are currently waiting to hear back from OCN on next steps.


Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 23.13 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% 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: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of CASA OF MARION COUNTY 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $27,503 $76,459 -$2,772 $201,122 $296,824
As % of expenses 7.2% 17.3% -0.6% 42.1% 46.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $18,972 $67,928 -$11,954 $191,288 $285,716
As % of expenses 4.8% 15.1% -2.6% 39.2% 44.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $411,690 $518,885 $453,426 $679,041 $931,772
Total revenue, % change over prior year -10.2% 26.0% -12.6% 49.8% 37.2%
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 38.2% 23.5% 21.6% 40.1% 55.6%
All other grants and contributions 61.8% 76.5% 78.4% 51.3% 38.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 8.5% 6.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $384,187 $442,426 $456,198 $477,919 $633,542
Total expenses, % change over prior year 39.8% 15.2% 3.1% 4.8% 32.6%
Personnel 72.0% 75.5% 68.7% 71.7% 70.5%
Professional fees 2.0% 3.3% 12.6% 8.1% 5.9%
Occupancy 7.5% 7.2% 7.9% 8.2% 7.7%
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 18.5% 14.1% 10.8% 11.9% 15.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $392,718 $450,957 $465,380 $487,753 $644,650
One month of savings $32,016 $36,869 $38,017 $39,827 $52,795
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $19,537 $0 $38,258
Total full costs (estimated) $424,734 $487,826 $522,934 $527,580 $735,703

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.0 9.8 8.0 15.5 15.3
Months of cash and investments 9.0 9.8 8.0 15.5 15.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.7 9.6 8.7 13.4 15.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $287,454 $361,229 $303,468 $618,899 $806,963
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $86,124 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $142,042 $134,970 $154,507 $161,579 $199,837
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 16.7% 18.7% 22.3% 31.7% 31.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.6% 1.7% 11.4% 11.7% 1.6%
Unrestricted net assets $396,492 $464,420 $452,466 $643,754 $929,470
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $1,206 $1,406
Total net assets $396,492 $464,420 $452,466 $644,960 $930,876

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Vanessa Nordyke

Shaney Starr has worked in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years in various roles. She hails from Pendleton, Oregon, home of the world famous Pendleton Round-Up! Shaney graduated with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a minor in Speech Communications. After gaining real life working experience, she went back to graduate school where she obtained an MS in Management and Organizational Leadership. Shaney is currently serving as Executive Director of CASA of Marion County, in Keizer, Oregon. She also currently serves as President of the Oregon CASA Network, Chair of the Marion County Commission on Children and Families, and as a member of the Community Resource Trust Board of Directors. Shaney also serves on Oregon's Child Welfare Advisory Committee and Oregon's Juvenile Court Improvement Program Advisory Council and is Co-Chair of the National CASA/GAL Suburban Leadership Council. Shaney is focused on building capacity and growing new programs.

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 08/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Erin Milos White

Foster Garvey PC

Term: 2022 - 2024

Tove' Bolken

Siga Technologies, Inc.

Diane Hass

Independent Consultant State of Oregon

Randy Franke


Sam Skiller

Non-Profit Leader

Ryan Jennings

Trial lawyer

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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/2/2023

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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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/02/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 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 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 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.