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Empowering the Ages Inc

aka ETA   |   Rockville, MD   |  http://www.empoweringtheages.org
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Empowering the Ages Inc

EIN: 84-2868520


Mission

Empowering the Ages strengthens social-emotional well-being, provides life skills, and creates connections across generations to provide older and younger people with a sense of belonging and purpose. Specifically We work in the Greater Washington DC area in the critical spaces of school readiness, civic engagement, and workforce development through developing mutually beneficial connections between children, youth, families, and older adults.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Leah Bradley

Deputy Director

Megan Tracy Benson

Main address

15800 Crabbs Branch Way, #300

Rockville, MD 20855 USA

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EIN

84-2868520

Subject area info

Early childhood education

Intergenerational mentoring

Community service for youth

Senior services

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

Older adults

Seniors

Families

At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

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Communication

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

“It Takes a Village,” is touted as an old African proverb that implies the entire community, young and old, must interact with children for those children to grow and prosper. The village imparts values, responsibilities, and life lessons. This way the child grows up with a sense of belonging, safety, and a profound sense of worth. In the last fifty years America, and our local community, has seen a paradigm shift from the concept of growing up and growing old in the “local village”, to a geographic diverse “national village.” This has caused children to be raised without extended kin support, as well as isolated older adults willing to help be a sounding board and support for these children. Pairing the children and adults takes away isolation, builds skills and increases self-confidence for all. This is where Empowering the Ages vision begins…

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?

Connections: School Ambassadors, Student Advocates

Connections works in partnership pre-Kindergarten and Head Start (low-income pre-Kindergarten) programs to improve early childhood education outcomes. Connections, currently in Montgomery County schools, supports students and their families with early literacy and math activities and skill building. Volunteers are an active part of a child’s support team and engaged in addressing academic, social and emotional needs through virtual or in-person interactions. Dedicated adults connect with families to provide a listening ear, role model educational activities and reinforce the importance of formal education. Volunteers work to keep families engaged in school and determine barriers to regular school attendance. Families are taught to become academic advocates. ETA provides volunteers and students with matching books, puzzles and games to utilize in their joint sessions.

Population(s) Served
Families
At-risk youth
Older adults
Seniors
Children

Ongoing conversations between older adults and teens aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness and exploration of topics such as current events, identity and meaningful lives and civic engagement.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Older adults
Seniors

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Maryland Non Profits 2022

NonProfit Village 2022

NonProfit Montgomery 2022

Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence 2022

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading 2022

Montgomery County Volunteer Center & 50+ Network 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have the ability to seek help from and respond appropriately to adults

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Numbered of staff who are satisfied to be an employee of the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

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

Connections: School Ambassadors, Student Advocates

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Empowering the Ages (ETA) is a transformative and engaging non-profit organization with a vision for the future of Montgomery County, Maryland. ETA enhances the connection of all its citizens and improves the community by forging bonds between the generations. Utilizing the strengths and assets of all ages solves community challenges in a thoughtful and sustainable manner.

Empowering the Ages strengthens social-emotional well-being, provides life skills, and creates connections across generations to provide older and younger people with a sense of belonging and purpose. We work in the Greater Washington DC area in the critical spaces of school readiness, civic engagement, and workforce development through developing mutually beneficial connections between children, youth, families, and older adults.

GOAL 1. Children/youth and their families will have new opportunities to engage with volunteers aged 50 and older through school engagement, civic engagement, and workforce development programming.
GOAL 2. Individuals aged 50 and older will have new volunteer opportunities to use their knowledge and skills to support children/youth and their families in the community.
GOAL 3. Educate individuals, organizations, and government on the critical importance of utilizing an intergenerational strategy to solve community challenges.
GOAL 4. ETA will be well-funded and function organizationally with the highest standards of skill, transparency, and accountability.

Develop and implement intergenerational programming and/or facilitate cross-generational communication (including virtual) in collaboration with individuals, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, school systems and senior living communities.

Build trust and effective communication strategies with partners.

Provide fee-for-service resources and program development for ongoing intergenerational initiatives, as requested.

Collect annual participation data to assess program value and impact.

Create a system to recruit, on-board, train and nurture volunteers. Facilitate programs to engage the volunteers in their community.

Expand the diversity of our volunteers through their racial, cultural and lingual backgrounds and experiences.

Utilize effective communication and retention strategies with volunteers throughout their engagement with ETA

Measure volunteer satisfaction annually.

Become known in the Greater Washington community through on-going relationship building and participation on multiple community committees related to older and/or younger individuals.

Partner with multiple organizations that are addressing the needs of older and/or younger individuals through developing opportunities for sustained, on-going programming between the generations.

Share ETA’s annual organizational summary with local and national stakeholders.

Expand and diversify revenue streams to ensure ETA’s sustainability through developing an annual and a 3-year fundraising plan.

Match identified strengths (based on SWOT analysis) and programs to current community needs on an on-going basis.

Develop consistent data collection strategies to identify and track progress across all areas.

Recruit, hire and retain, best-qualified staff to implement financial and programmatic goals.

Continue focus on recruiting Board of Director members with skills and diversity to support ETA at each stage of growth.

ETA is uniquely qualified to have a positive impact on these underserved communities because of our emphasis on dedicated, individualized, and unconditional support for all program participants, resulting in programs that dramatically boost self-confidence, self-efficacy and self-esteem. Additionally, as ETA is a virtual organization (using Non-Profit Village for a mailing address), programs take place in locations that are convenient for the constituents. ETA offers events at school playgrounds and local libraries to elementary school participants, holds workforce development workshops at Recreation centers or high schools; plays concerts at an Assisted Living Facility; holds on-going conversation programs at schools and older adult living communities; and provides volunteer trainings over Zoom.


And, maybe most importantly, ETA’s goal is to address current challenges in the community and develop effective intergenerational strategies. This means that the ETA staff and Board believe in change, and as programs will evolve as community needs evolve.

ETA focuses on meeting challenges facing the Montgomery County area with creative, strategic, and efficient cross-generational and collaborative solutions. Since ETA’s inception in 2019, the initiatives have included e-pal programs, online concerts, interactive mapping of community benches, weekly motivational quotes, civic engagement projects, cross-age conversation programs, school readiness programs, and workforce development workshops. ETA staff and volunteers are poised and ready to develop and implement programming that will provide meaningful interactions and reciprocal benefits for all of the participants, while positively impacting Montgomery County. This will be accomplished through current program expansion and new programming.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

Empowering the Ages Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 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 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 10.26 over 3 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 5.1 over 3 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

%

Average of 3% over 3 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Empowering the Ages Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Empowering the Ages Inc

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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Empowering the Ages Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Empowering the Ages 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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $127,126
As % of expenses 122.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $127,126
As % of expenses 122.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $230,573
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 3.7%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.2%
All other grants and contributions 96.1%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $103,447
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 85.0%
Professional fees 2.7%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.7%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 11.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $103,447
One month of savings $8,621
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $112,068

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2020
Months of cash 15.2
Months of cash and investments 15.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 14.7
Balance sheet composition info 2020
Cash $131,394
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.2%
Unrestricted net assets $127,126
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $127,126

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2020
Material data errors No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Leah Bradley

Deputy Director

Megan Benson

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Empowering the Ages Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
Other
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Empowering the Ages Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Hal Rogoff

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? 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 4/5/2023

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, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/06/2022

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.