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Youth on Course

It's all about access

aka NCGA Foundation dba Youth on Course   |   Monterey, CA   |  https://youthoncourse.org
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Youth on Course

EIN: 94-3108575


Mission

Providing youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our core purpose is to provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf. We do this by providing our youth members with subsidized rounds of golf for $5 or less at 2,000+ courses across the U.S. and Canada, offering meaningful employment opportunities through our Careers on Course program, and providing access to college scholarship awards. Since its inception, Youth on Course has expanded to all 50 U.S. states/regions, Canada and Australia. We partner with Allied Golf Associations (AGAs), golf courses, and local organizations to provide life-changing opportunities to our more than 190,000 youth members. Youth on Course is funded by generous private and corporate donations and grants, including key in-kind support from the Northern California Golf Association, where Youth on Course began.

Ruling year info

1994

Chief Executive Officer

Adam Heieck

Main address

30 Ragsdale Drive Suite 201

Monterey, CA 93940 USA

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EIN

94-3108575

Subject area info

Golf

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Golf (Country Clubs, use N50) (N6A)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe transformational change starts with opportunity. The price of a round of golf shouldn’t be a barrier for a young person who wants to play–that’s where Youth on Course comes in. We provide our 130,000+ youth members ages 6-18 with access to play more than 1,700 public golf courses for $5 or less, giving them opportunities to learn skills and life lessons inherent in the game. Beyond affordable golf, we provide opportunities for young people to get the support they need to succeed through our career prep as caddies and interns, leadership council and scholarship programs. Across all of our nonprofit initiatives that engage and serve youth through golf, our goal is simple: to give youth access to life-changing opportunities so that they can succeed both on and off the golf course.

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?

Subsidized Golf

Subsidized rounds are the core of what we do at Youth on Course. We ensure that Youth on Course members - ages 6-18 - always pay $5 or less to play golf at participating facilities. Our goal is to subsidize the difference between our $5 rate and a participating facility's normal junior rate so that courses don’t lose any money. Youth get access to a sport they love that teaches them valuable lessons, and courses fill unused tee times without loss of revenue. It's a win for everyone.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

College is more expensive than ever. Youth on Course awards more than $300,000 annually to deserving YOC high school graduates to help them on their way. Many of our scholarship award winners are first in their family to attend college, and all of them are chosen on both need and merit.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The Youth on Course Careers on Course program is designed to introduce youth from diverse backgrounds to career opportunities in golf and develop important skills that help them socially, academically, and in future employment.

Through this program, participants can develop their communication, teamwork and time management skills while working at a local golf course, company or association. Participants may work in a golf shop, be trained and work as a caddie, join the outside services team, work in food and beverage/catering, membership, special events, marketing and more.

Population(s) Served

Currently there are over 50,000 YOC Alumni across the country with that number increasing by 10,000 former YOC members each year. Increasing engagement, communication and networking opportunities for YOC Alumni is the central focus with initiatives like YOC Athlete and University Course Partners as supporting programs for this process. The continued and future success of the YOC Alumni network will be due in part to working with current members and families to stay engaged and connected through their membership journey, which will lend itself to a strong, diverse and proud alumni network.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adolescents
Young adults

Where we work

Awards

Player Development Award 2020

National Golf Course Owners' Association

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 clients placed in internships

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

Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Careers on Course Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Youth on Course members placed into a paid internship with a partner golf course.

Total number of organization members

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Subsidized Golf

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total members involved in Youth on Course

Number of new organizations signing on as collaborators

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Subsidized Golf

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As of 2021, Youth on Course is available to anyone ages 6-18 in all 50 U.S. States and Canada. We work with allied golf associations (AGAs) and regional partners to administer some program areas.

Number of people trained

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

Adolescents

Related Program

Careers on Course Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Youth on Course members trained as golf caddies.

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.

Within five years, Youth on Course will be an internationally-recognized organization, providing youth ages 6-18 access to life-changing opportunities through golf. We will have a baseline presence in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia, and a deeper and more engaged membership of 200,000+ youth (35,000 in Northern California, where YOC started). Funding and technology infrastructures will be in place to support, measure and quantify our impact. Programs will be in place that both educate and sustain members and partner AGAs. In addition to expanding our individual and corporate donor base, we will develop multi-year sponsorship relations with at least four national/international organizations. We will support, develop and scale staff infrastructure while keeping our unique culture, “all about access.”

Our current Strategic Plan (adopted in 2020) comprehensively addresses how we will accomplish our many goals. Among our detailed strategies, we will collaborate with an organization, corporation or university to develop methodology backed by technology to measure impact and increase the engagement of our youth members. We will also increase job opportunities for teens with a specific focus on underserved populations, girls and people of color by collaborating with other national community-based and industry organizations. Youth on Course has already completed a multi-layered mark/brand/message refresh project and is working with media organizations to create national marketing campaign(s) to drive awareness, participation and fundraising that will amplify our voice to golf and non-golf audiences alike. To continue our successful expansion, YOC will secure partnership agreements in major market areas not currently under contract. To support these initiatives, we will continue to build out our national-level marquee events into scalable and sustainable fundraising campaigns while securing multi-year support from at least four national/international organizations. And, because we believe in the power of our people, we’ll continue to invest in staff development and culture that will attract and sustain long-term employees committed to our core purpose.

We have an amazing and motivated staff that pushes each day to make significant strides toward our lofty goals. Now 15 strong, they each bring unique expertise and unrivaled passion to further our core purpose of serving youth through golf. Our diverse Board of Directors is also fully committed to our success, devoting their time, talents and treasure to ensure the sustained growth and positive impact of our programs. Our lean nonprofit organization is also enabled by the generous in-kind support of the Northern California Golf Association that has helped us stay on course from the beginning through today.

Youth on Course has successfully developed a model for expansion that can be adopted easily, quickly and affordably in a variety of markets. We have expanded from one region to more than 50, which would not have been considered possible even a few years ago. We have set ourselves up for success by identifying key targets for partnerships, audiences, donors and corporate sponsorships. We still have a ways to go in terms of making critical connections with other allied golf associations or the "Big 5" in golf--the PGA, LPGA, WGF, or USGA--that may adopt or support our programs in the future. As a nonprofit organization, Youth on Course is excited to continue its core purpose of providing youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf.

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

  • 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
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

4.08

Average of 11.02 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

4.3

Average of 8.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0%

Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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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 Youth on Course’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 -$276,117 $1,121,038 $313,193 $2,041,222 -$998,022
As % of expenses -13.7% 39.4% 9.2% 46.2% -16.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$276,117 $1,121,038 $313,193 $2,041,222 -$998,022
As % of expenses -13.7% 39.4% 9.2% 46.2% -16.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,964,583 $3,377,803 $3,131,644 $5,801,909 $6,751,167
Total revenue, % change over prior year 13.2% 71.9% -7.3% 85.3% 16.4%
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 8.1% 5.0% 4.8% 3.6% 3.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 3.1% 2.1% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 86.7% 93.7% 83.6% 91.5% 95.6%
Other revenue 5.2% 1.3% 8.5% 2.9% 1.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,010,292 $2,846,407 $3,414,736 $4,419,189 $5,961,587
Total expenses, % change over prior year 16.7% 41.6% 20.0% 29.4% 34.9%
Personnel 22.6% 21.9% 24.3% 24.6% 30.5%
Professional fees 3.2% 11.9% 13.1% 11.1% 14.7%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 20.1% 19.8% 18.4% 22.8% 15.2%
All other expenses 54.1% 46.4% 44.2% 41.4% 39.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,010,292 $2,846,407 $3,414,736 $4,419,189 $5,961,587
One month of savings $167,524 $237,201 $284,561 $368,266 $496,799
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,177,816 $3,083,608 $3,699,297 $4,787,455 $6,458,386

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.5 6.4 3.4 6.3 4.3
Months of cash and investments 39.6 34.7 30.3 29.5 20.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 35.5 29.8 25.9 25.6 17.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,258,572 $1,518,596 $953,363 $2,303,790 $2,137,021
Investments $5,381,256 $6,703,552 $7,663,201 $8,578,052 $8,097,745
Receivables $174,561 $352,000 $121,000 $107,646 $80,528
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) 11.0% 11.9% 11.6% 12.1% 21.9%
Unrestricted net assets $5,945,710 $7,066,748 $7,379,941 $9,421,163 $8,423,141
Temporarily restricted net assets $194,320 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 $194,320 $564,862 $420,803 $315,545 $500,832
Total net assets $6,140,030 $7,631,610 $7,800,744 $9,736,708 $8,923,973

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
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer

Adam Heieck

Adam joined the NCGA in 2004 and became head of what was known as the NCGA Foundation in 2005. Youth on Course was started in 2006 and he was named Executive Director soon after. In 2019, he became the Chief Executive Officer for Youth on Course. He is often communicating or meeting in-person with donors, foundations, corporations or partner golf groups and clubs in an effort to show the impact their contributions have on our participants. The sustainability and expansion of Youth on Course is the prime focus of Adam's work. Adam attended Clemson University, earning BA degrees in both Political Science and Communications. In 2015, he completed his Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Youth on Course

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Kathy Wiggans

Paul Morton

Morton Management

Robert Goldstein

Sonen Capital

Ed Dobranski

First Republic Bank

Joe Huston

Northern California Golf Association

Jeff Rhodenbaugh

S&J Group, LLC

Kathy Wiggans

Philanthropist

Chris Qvale

Volvo

Matt Ginella

Dawn Patrol Productions

David Baker

CCA Moore & Baker

Amanda Norvell

NBC Sports Next

Greg Rhine

Logitech

Adam Heieck

Youth on Course

Andrew Weil

DLA Piper

Stephen White

Rockefeller Capital Management

Rick Paschal

TaylorMade Golf

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/9/2024

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
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/14/2021

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 ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.

Contractors

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