Garden Gate Ranch Inc

For The Love of Each One

aka Garden Gate Ranch; The Pathway House; The Ranch House; The Cottages   |   Des Moines, IA   |
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Garden Gate Ranch Inc

EIN: 81-4408744


Garden Gate Ranch is a faith-based Christian organization providing safe housing and restorative and transitional services for sexually-exploited women and their children. ​ Garden Gate Ranch seeks to rally our communities to ensure that all women are free from exploitation and abuse.​ We provide a pathway to hope, restoration, empowerment, dignity, and purpose.

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Executive Director

Brenda S Long

Main address

P.O. Box 8351

Des Moines, IA 50301 USA

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Subject area info


Women's rights

Housing services

Population served info

Women and girls


NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Christian (X20)

Women's Rights (R24)

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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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Human trafficking is the second largest commercial enterprise in the world with an estimated 27 million victims worldwide. This evil is modern-day slavery, with more enslaved today than any time in history. Within the staggering numbers we find trafficking is not just a third world country problem, it is a horrendous issue in the United States as well. Although the numbers are difficult to estimate with accuracy, it is reported that 300,000 sex trafficked victims exist in the U.S. alone, with 85% of victims being US citizens. Many state that number is only the tip of the iceberg. Only 1% are being identified, and less than 2% of that meager percentage find freedom. Hundreds of thousands of women, children and young men are being identified as victims of sex trafficking. Iowa is no exception. On average - 1,300 sex ads appear per day on a website known to solicit buyers and sell young women and children for sex. The number only increases with significant events in our state.

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?

Immediate Rescue Home: "The Pathway House"

(Not Yet Open)
Will serve as an immediate rescue home to get survivors of sexual exploitation and/or sexual violence off the street and into safety. From here she begins her path to hope and wholeness. Using her voice and her choice, while walking with a trained advocate, she decides which recovery services she will pursue next. For women age 18+ with or without children. Approximately 10-14 days.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Serves as a continuing restoration home for survivors of sex trafficking with a complete holistic approach. Each woman has a personally designed healing path built specifically around her needs and her desires, designed by the expert—HER. Opportunity awaits for each woman as she is encouraged through creative therapies to discover who she is and what she is perfectly designed for. Here she grows and heals at her own pace in a safe space. For women age 18+ pregnant or with children. Approximately 12-16 months.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Serves women who have graduated from the Ranch House. Independent cottage, transportation & child care. With continued support, she attends school or work in the local area until she is ready to transition completely to society. Approximately 6-9 months.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

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 attendees for our sex trafficking awareness events.

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

2023 - This was the attendance for our annual Gala. There were additional educational events, but attendees were not tracked in 2023.

Percentage of residents reporting their child(ren) are happy and flourishing at Garden Gate Ranch.

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

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

GGR's Ranch House opened in April 2020.

Number of women participating in continuing restoration from sexual exploitation.

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

Women and girls, Adults, Families

Related Program

Continuing Restoration Home: "The Ranch House"

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Garden Gate Ranch is a faith-based Christian organization providing safe housing and restorative and transitional services for sexually-exploited women and their children.

At Garden Gate Ranch, we are filling in the gap for 3 large needs when it comes to residential setting services for survivors of sex trafficking:

1.) Our immediate rescue house, "The Pathway House," will fill in the gap of absolutely no immediate crisis shelters in Iowa specifically for those escaping sex trafficking.

2.) Our continuing restoration house, "The Ranch House," helps to fill the gap of very few restoration homes across the U.S. that specifically serve women AND their children coming out of the trauma of sex trafficking.

3.) Our transitional living cottages help end the cycle of repeated trafficking. By providing a safe community and support, each young woman with her child/children will be able to establish herself successfully and confidently as she moves on in her independence.

Garden Gate Ranch joined the Institute for Shelter Care for mentorship, training and accountability. Leaders from Garden Gate Ranch flew to Baltimore, MD for 4 intensive weeks of training over the spring and summer of 2019.

Garden Gate Ranch has also joined the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance to ensure the highest quality of care for survivors. In 2023, Garden Gate Ranch became a partner with Rescue America, a trafficking hotline and referral organization.

Garden Gate Ranch believes in collaboration. We work diligently with other restoration homes and services across Iowa and the U.S. to assist each young woman in her next steps.

The number one essential need for survival is to be safe, have food, shelter, and clothing. These are the primary objectives we will meet for each participant at Garden Gate Ranch. Without these fulfilled components, it is impossible to look forward to any possible future or dream of a better life. Our capabilities for providing this environment are as follows:

Immediate Rescue Home - "The Pathway House"
This emergency home will provide immediate safety and shelter, and provide basic needs for each participant. For women ages 18 and above, and her children if applicable, for 14 days at NO COST to her. At "The Pathway House", we work with local community services and collaborate with other residential restoration homes across the U.S. to offer her choices in her recovery.

Continuing Restoration Home - "The Ranch House"
This home is specifically for women with children, pregnant, or have a child in the custody of another and are working to reunite with the child. Approximately 12-16 months or as long as she is progressing. Each woman has the opportunity to grow and heal at her pace. She has a personally designed healing path built according to her needs and her desires, designed by the expert…HER. This program is at NO COST to her. At "The Ranch House" each participant participates in the 7 Pillars to a Restored Life: 1.) Physically - Basic Needs and Safety, 2.) Medical & Psychological, 3) Spiritually & Emotionally - Counseling and Therapies, Bible Study, 4.) Social Formation - Life Coaching, Parenting, Financial Planning, 5.) Legal Assistance, 6.) Education - GED, Vocational Training, Higher Education, 7.) Social Development & Career Planning.

Independent, Transitional Home - "The Cottages"
These cottages provide apartment style living, while residents work or pursue continued education in the community. Residents live in this community approximately 6-9 months until ready to transition back to society.

Garden Gate Ranch was established in 2015.

From 2015-2017, Garden Gate Ranch volunteers held awareness events in the Greater Des Moines area.

In July of 2017, Garden Gate Ranch received it tax exempt status as a nonprofit.

In October of 2017, the first staff was hired.

In April of 2018, Garden Gate Ranch held its First Annual Spring Gala. It was commended in the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking blog with the following statement: "Originally the event was planned for the Hilton Garden Inn, but as attendees poured in the event had to be moved to a larger venue and was finally held at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines. This was the single most successful anti-trafficking fundraising event in Iowa history."

In October of 2018, Garden Gate Ranch held its Annual Eyes Wide Open Conference in Des Moines. The event and meal were provided complimentary to educate and raise awareness within the community.

In November of 2018, Garden Gate Ranch held the Anti-Trafficking Initiative Summit to educate and engage pastors and leaders within Greater Des Moines in the effort to end sex trafficking in Iowa.

In April of 2019, Garden Gate Ranch held its 2nd Annual Spring Gala with nearly 800 guests in attendance.

In September of 2019, Garden Gate Ranch launched its sexual abuse support group called Blossoms of Hope.

In October of 2019, Garden Gate Ranch held its Annual Eyes Wide Summit specifically targeting front line professionals. 200 attended.

In April of 2020, in spite of the pandemic, Garden Gate Ranch held it's 3rd Annual Spring Charity Gala virtually and had over 300 attendees. Garden Gate Ranch also opened their Phase 2: Continuing Restoration Home called The Ranch House for adult, female survivors of sex trafficking and/or sexual exploitation who are pregnant or who have children, ages 2 and under.

In October of 2021, the Education Center opened and GGR expanded staff to include a childcare worker and an education facilitator.

In December of 2021, the first Ranch House resident graduated from college and in January of 2022, she graduated from the restorative care program and moved to transitional living.

In July of 2022, building began for Phase 3: The Cottages, independent transitional living homes for graduates of the Ranch House.

In November 2023, Cottage #1 was completed and a new graduate moved into this transitional living home.

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 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, 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

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 0.72 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8.2 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Garden Gate Ranch Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Garden Gate Ranch Inc

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 Garden Gate Ranch 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 $109,606 $437,023 -$39,310 $270,393 $306,267
As % of expenses 186.2% 193.6% -10.8% 56.0% 49.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $109,566 $430,692 -$56,228 $242,719 $270,303
As % of expenses 186.0% 185.6% -14.7% 47.5% 41.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $168,486 $463,770 $325,498 $753,347 $980,457
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 175.3% -29.8% 131.4% 30.1%
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 98.6% 99.9% 99.8% 99.7% 99.9%
Other revenue 1.4% 0.1% 0.2% 0.3% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $58,880 $225,770 $364,808 $482,954 $619,521
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 283.4% 61.6% 32.4% 28.3%
Personnel 57.2% 51.6% 57.8% 55.3% 56.8%
Professional fees 2.2% 3.8% 1.9% 0.3% 0.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 2.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 1.8% 2.4% 1.7% 1.1%
Pass-through 30.7% 16.1% 13.3% 9.5% 13.7%
All other expenses 10.0% 24.0% 24.6% 33.2% 27.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $58,920 $232,101 $381,726 $510,628 $655,485
One month of savings $4,907 $18,814 $30,401 $40,246 $51,627
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $16,581 $17,346 $18,621
Fixed asset additions $817 $428,262 $38,765 $134,947 $218,556
Total full costs (estimated) $64,644 $679,177 $467,473 $703,167 $944,289

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 23.0 6.6 1.9 4.1 5.3
Months of cash and investments 23.0 6.6 1.9 4.1 5.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 23.7 17.2 1.0 3.7 4.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $113,017 $123,790 $57,835 $164,012 $272,334
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $818 $429,080 $467,845 $602,791 $821,347
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 5002.4% 1.5% 5.0% 8.5% 10.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 36.3% 42.0% 26.1% 14.5%
Unrestricted net assets $117,146 $0 $292,587 $535,306 $805,609
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 $54,669
Total net assets $117,146 $547,838 $292,587 $535,306 $860,278

Key data checks

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

Brenda S Long

Founder Brenda Long is a dedicated wife, mother of 3, step-mother of 3 and second mom to their adult foster daughter, grandmother of 20, great-grandmother of 2, former foster parent for 13 years, CASA worker for children at risk, volunteered at a safe house for young women at risk. Brenda has been a local real estate agent for 16 years. A graduate of JSMI School of World Evangelism in FT Worth TX and has her ministry credentials with Heartland Alliance in Ankeny, IA, as well a member of Heartland Church. Brenda enjoys living in rural Iowa with wide open spaces with her husband Steve, two Yorkie’s, their Vizsla, and two horses. Brenda says, "The belief that everyone is born on purpose for a purpose was the driving force that caused me to pursue in prayer what that actually was in my own life. Late January 2015 I discovered what that was for me and started the journey of walking in my God-given, God-ordained destiny. Garden Gate Ranch was birthed out of this journey.

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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Compensation data
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Garden Gate Ranch Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Chuck M.

Brenda L.

Colleen M.

Chuck M.

Jim H.

Ben W.

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 ? No
  • 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 1/26/2024

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2024

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  • 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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.