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FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE INC

Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.pittsburghfisherhouse.org
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FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE INC

EIN: 46-0881237


Mission

To ease the burden of our Veterans and their families during difficult times.

Ruling year info

2013

President

Mr. Charles "CJ" Johnston

Chairman of the board

Mr. James Bruder

Main address

3945 Forbes Avenue Box 240

Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA

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EIN

46-0881237

Subject area info

Philanthropy

Family services

Temporary accomodations

Population served info

Veterans

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (T11)

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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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?

Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House

Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House support the needs of the Pittsburgh Fisher House and guests. The Pittsburgh Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House raise funds through private donations to help alleviate the cost of transportation, lodging, food and other amenities so the families can concentrate on their loved one during their hospitalization.

Population(s) Served
Health
Work status and occupations
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Since 2012 the Pittsburgh Fisher House has been providing a "home away from home" for the families of Veterans & active duty military who are hospitalized. We are located on the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Oakland campus. Our home, with its 10 suites, allows families to be near their loved one while enjoying a place of peace and respite for themselves. Families stay for free, lifting their financial burden and allowing them to focus on their loved one. The Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House raise funds through private donations to help alleviate the cost of transportation, lodging, food and other amenities so the families can concentrate on their loved one during their hospitalization. The Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House supports the guests in many ways including:
Providing transportation for guests to run errands such as trips to the pharmacy or food store
Purchasing all groceries for the house and guests
Supplying 2-3 meals per week, either delivered, catered or "grab and go"
Supplying gifts and catered meals for each Holiday
Supplying gift cards for guests to assist with groceries and supplies
​Funding monthly “guest night out” to restaurants, movies, hairdresser or other activities
Ensuring a welcoming and comfortable place to stay during what could be a very stressful time

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 inform the development of new programs/projects, 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 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Healthcare privacy and HIPAA policies are an obstacle in collecting data about our constiuents

Financials

FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Richard J. Alfera, CPA 2020 Richard J. Alfera, CPA
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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

947.25

Average of 94.72 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

150.7

Average of 105.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

27%

Average of 5% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE 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 FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE 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 $25,824 $66,878 $186,510 $154,668 $165,199
As % of expenses 37.3% 68.8% 425.5% 202.5% 192.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $25,824 $66,878 $186,510 $154,668 $165,199
As % of expenses 37.3% 68.8% 425.5% 202.5% 192.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $95,069 $164,050 $230,343 $231,055 $250,817
Total revenue, % change over prior year -20.0% 72.6% 40.4% 0.3% 8.6%
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 1.2% 3.5% 1.1% 0.4% 0.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 98.4% 96.5% 98.9% 99.6% 98.9%
Other revenue 0.4% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $69,245 $97,172 $43,833 $76,387 $85,618
Total expenses, % change over prior year 7.9% 40.3% -54.9% 74.3% 12.1%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 31.6% 31.7%
Professional fees 8.3% 6.1% 26.7% 19.2% 14.2%
Occupancy 2.9% 1.1% 1.5% 1.0% 0.8%
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 88.8% 92.8% 71.8% 48.1% 53.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $69,245 $97,172 $43,833 $76,387 $85,618
One month of savings $5,770 $8,098 $3,653 $6,366 $7,135
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $75,015 $105,270 $47,486 $82,753 $92,753

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 86.8 70.1 206.5 135.3 150.7
Months of cash and investments 86.8 70.1 206.5 142.8 150.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 86.8 70.1 206.5 142.8 150.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $500,738 $567,616 $754,126 $860,965 $1,075,128
Investments $0 $0 $0 $47,829 $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) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Unrestricted net assets $500,738 $567,616 $754,126 $908,794 $1,073,993
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 $500,738 $567,616 $754,126 $908,794 $1,073,993

Key data checks

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

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President

Mr. Charles "CJ" Johnston

CJ Johnston has served as President of the Board of the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House since its inception in 2013. He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Edinboro University and entered the United States Air Force pilot training program after graduation. He also received his Master of Business Administration from Webster University while on active duty. He spent 24 years in active duty and in the Air Force Reserves in Pittsburgh. He served in various positions including command pilot, instructor pilot, flight and squadron commander and wing level director of administration. He also was employed with US Airways for 30 years where he flew various commercial aircraft. He is a member of the American Legion and is a Deacon in his church.

Chairman of the board

James Bruder

Jim Bruder is Chairman of the Board of the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House and spearheaded the effort along with the Fisher House Foundation in 2007 to build the first Fisher House in Pittsburgh to support the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Upon its completion in 2012, he was tasked to recruit a committee to support the daily functions of the house which ultimately resulted in the formation of the non-profit group the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House. Mr. Bruder worked for the Port Authority of Allegheny County, retiring in 2006. He served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1964 – 1966 and served in Vietnam in 1966 aboard the USS Intrepid. He is involved with many charitable organizations in addition to the Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House and has volunteered for the VFW Sharing and Caring for over 25 years.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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FRIENDS OF THE PITTSBURGH FISHER HOUSE INC

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mr. James Bruder

Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House

Term: 2012 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Charles Johnston

Friends of the Pittsburgh Fisher House

Term: 2012 -

Mary Ellen Austin

John Corder

Jack McMahon

Barry Cox

Andrew Krull

Nicholas Krawec

Bill Dold

Dayna Brown

Michael McCarthy

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No