LifeRing, Inc.

Empower Your Sober Self

aka LifeRing Secular Recovery   |   Hayward, CA   |
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LifeRing, Inc.

EIN: 94-3267919


Provide abstinence-based, secular, and self-directed recovery pathways through meetings and support communities.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Sue Betts

Main address

25125 Santa Clara St, E-359

Hayward, CA 94544 USA

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Subject area info

Addiction services

Support groups

Population served info


NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Traditional religion-based recovery programs often exclude or are unappealing to many individuals seeking support for addiction recovery. LifeRing Secular Recovery offers a different approach. We focus on mutual support and respect for people of all faiths and none while supporting a person's goal to attain and maintain abstinence from alcohol and non-medically indicated drugs. LifeRing is built on a 3-S philosophy: Sobriety, Secularity and Self-Direction. This inclusive, nonjudgmental foundation provides individuals with a positive environment to develop a personal understanding of their own recovery journey. When people take responsibility for their own recovery with their own human hands, it increases their chances of long-term recovery and sober fulfillment. LifeRing is a network of in-person and online recovery resources. Each recovery platform offers a unique opportunity to connect with others going through similar experiences in a comfortable, supportive setting.

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?

LifeRing meetings and support activities

Founded in 2001, LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based, worldwide community of individuals seeking to live in recovery from substance use disorder. We offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that embrace personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Our approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery.

LifeRing Secular Recovery offers a wide variety of online and in-person meetings throughout the world. Our meetings are anonymous and designed to strengthen your commitment and help you build a personal recovery plan.

Donations to LifeRing Inc. will support the work of the LifeRing Press and Service Center in distributing literature, commencing and supporting meetings, and raising awareness. Our vision is to provide secular, self-directed sobriety support to all who want it.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

Number of in-person US meetings

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LifeRing meetings and support activities

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Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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LifeRing, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

LifeRing, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Sue Betts

LifeRing, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

LifeRing, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Sue Betts

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Term: 2021 - 2024

Lisa Swing-Corney

Mary Beth O'Connor

Rafal Klopotowski

Bobbi Campbell

Joe Franklin

Monica Foy

Njon Sanders

Sue Betts

Robert Stump

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 11/3/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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