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Exceptional Children's Foundation

Enriching the lives of children and adults with learning differences since 1946.

aka ECF   |   Culver City, CA   |  www.ECF.net
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Exceptional Children's Foundation

EIN: 95-1690988


Mission

The mission of ECF is to provide the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning, and emotional barriers - empowering them to reach their greatest potential.

Notes from the nonprofit

To see the most recent impacts ECF is making on the lives of nearly 4,000 children and adults with special needs and their families, see our 2021-2022 Annual Report at www.ECF.net/AnnualReport.

Ruling year info

1949

President and CEO

Veronica Arteaga

Main address

5350 MACHADO ROAD

Culver City, CA 90230 USA

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EIN

95-1690988

Subject area info

Special needs education

Vocational rehabilitation

Developmental disability services

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers

Families

People with disabilities

People with psychosocial disabilities

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NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ECF aims to prepare children, students and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible. ECF works with individuals and their relatives/caregivers, to improve overall family functioning and everyone's capacity for self-advocacy/advocating on behalf of the individual with special needs.

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?

Early Start

Early Start Program provides early intervention,
prevention, and educational services to families with
children 0-3 who are developmentally delayed or disabled. Early childhood education and therapeutic services, including speech, occupational, and physical therapies, are offered in center-based settings and in clients’ homes.

Through play and therapeutic learning activities, Early Start child development specialists and therapists guide each child to develop motor, self-help, cognitive, speech, language, and social skills – all contributing to each child’s healthy and age appropriate development. Family supports are also provided and include parent education and training, counseling and mentoring, referrals and advocacy, and medical assessments.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Kayne Eras School, a nonpublic K-12 school that partners with LAUSD and many other local school districts, offers a general education curriculum for diploma-track and college bound students, as well as an alternate curriculum track for students requiring a modified educational program. An integrative team approach includes highly qualified teachers, counselors, educational therapists and speech/language/occupational therapists working one-on-one and in classroom settings to best meet each student’s needs and goals. A Title One reading specialist is on site for assessments and support; an Enrichment program offers performing and visual arts, technology, league sports and community service activities; and prevocational and vocational
training are available with local businesses and community colleges. The school is committed to the idea that every child can learn – and with individualized support and care, we help each child develop their confidence and unique potential so they can succeed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

provides fine art training along with opportunities for participants to exhibit and sell their work. Instruction in a variety of mediums is combined with case management and life skills training. Juried art shows and local gallery exhibits provide community exposure for artists and their work, with all sale proceeds split between the artist and the program. Art is also featured at ECF’s DAC Gallery in downtown L.A., and at www.ArtECF.org.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Artists and performers

Exceptional Works is a continuum of work development and training services that create Pathways To Employment.

• Work Readiness teaches participants the skills needed to find and keep a job.

• Exceptional Packaging Solutions offers participants vocational skills training and paid work at minimum wage while businesses receive cost-effective order fulfillment. Similar services are provided at our PAR East program.

• Exceptional Training Academy offers vocational training in computer literacy, culinary arts, janitorial services, retail sales and warehouse operations. Provides participants with hands-on experience and certification upon successful completion of program.

• College Classroom Program, in partnership with educational institutions, provides in-class support to adult students, helping them successfully complete vocational training courses.

• Exceptional Employment Solutions offers job placement, on-the-job training and coaching support. Employers with fair-market wage jobs can earn a tax incentive by employing adults with developmental disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Unemployed people

Residential Services offers a
variety of living arrangements from
apartment complexes to group
homes, combined with independent
living skills (ILS) training and
supportive services to foster the
highest level of client independence.
Around-the-clock assistance
and medical supervision services
are available.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Families

Mental Health Services provide individual,
group and family treatment for students and
their families. Licensed therapists help
students overcome complex issues that create
barriers to their academic success, while also
supporting their family members in improving
overall family functioning. Medication evaluation
and management is also available, as is
Applied Behavioral Analysis Services for
children and adults diagnosed with autism
spectrum disorders

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

ECF's Developmental Activity Center provides
participants with opportunities to strengthen their independence, social skills and self-determination, all with respect for each person’s ability level. On-site practice is reinforced through community integration
experiences, including trips to grocery stores, cultural events, and volunteering.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Families

Exceptional Community Connections offers meaningful
volunteer opportunities where participants can integrate into community settings.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
Unemployed people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CARF Accreditation 2018

WASC Accreditation 2019

CARF Accreditation 2022

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 hours of coaching

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

Adults, Unemployed people, People with intellectual disabilities

Related Program

Exceptional Works

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hours of on-the-job coaching for adults with developmental disabilities

Hours of warehouse operations/fulfillment skills, computer literacy, janitorial and culinary training provided to clients in ECF's Exceptional Training Academy"

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

Exceptional Works

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of copies of work distributed/sold

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

Adults, People with intellectual disabilities, People with learning disabilities

Related Program

Art Centers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pieces of artwork created by ECF artists that were sold through events/exhibits, ECF's DAC Gallery and online at www.ArtECF.org.

Hours of training and work provided to clients through ECF Exceptional Packaging Solutions

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

Exceptional Works

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of home visits for families with infants and toddlers with developmental delays (includes virtual)

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

Early Start

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Hours of counseling for parents of young children with developmental delays

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

Early Start

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

PEOPLE FIRST
We place the highest value on the people involved in our organization (students, consumers, clients, families, employees, volunteers, supporters and friends). We respect and appreciate each person's unique abilities and contributions.

SERVICE EXCELLENCE
We strive to provide progressive educational, therapeutic, employment, residential and community programs to our students, consumers and clients. We are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining professionals and volunteers who are highly skilled and possess the values consistent with those of ECF.

INTEGRITY
We provide services and conduct business with strict adherence to the highest values of society. We are committed to maintaining those high standards in all that we do.

EMPOWERMENT
We are committed to providing our students, consumers and clients the tools they need to make the best choices in their lives.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
We honor and embrace our fiduciary responsibility to manage our resources efficiently and effectively, and to remain accountable.

COMMUNITY BUILDING & ADVOCACY
We are committed to educating and encouraging the general public and legislators to include people with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities in all aspects of community life. Our services and programs are designed to maximize choices and opportunities for the people we serve.

LIFE-LONG LEARNING
Understanding that each individual learns differently, we are dedicated to offering a wide range of experiences and opportunities to encourage individuals to discover and develop their unique talents and abilities.

When former President & CEO Dr. Bowling took the helm of ECF is 1999, the organization was facing a number of economic and organizational challenges. To ensure that the organization remained competitive, relevant and focused on its mission, Dr. Bowling and the ECF Board of Director's implemented and oversaw four strategic planning initiatives. Using three-year Strategic Plans, ECF has achieved 89 percent of the strategic objectives from completed plans.

ECF's Strategic Plan for 2020-2023 is available on Guidestar as well as at https://www.ecf.net/ecf-documents/.

ECF is the only nonprofit organization of its kind in California. Through organic growth, mergers, acquisitions and partnerships, ECF now provides comprehensive services throughout an individual's entire lifetime. At every stage in life, ECF has something to offer.

With 15 program sites throughout Los Angeles County, ECF offers a wide-array of opportunities for infants, children, students and adults with special needs including our Early Start programs for children under three, a K-12 nonpublic school for students with special needs, a Developmental Activity Center for adults, five professional Art Centers for adults with creative interests, a continuum of training programs that create Pathways to Employment and support participants once they are hired into community-based jobs, and residential facilities and support.

There is no question that our people, including ECF's staff, management team and board of directors, make ECF an effective and innovative organization. But it's our clients that deserve much of the credit. While we provide the support and services they need, it's our clients' determination, courage and humanity that allows them to excel.

Everything we do at ECF is motivated by our primary goal: empowering our clients reach their full potential. And although we are a nonprofit, we nurture an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages innovation. This philosophy has helped us grow from a small parent run organization to a complex regional service provider serving over 5,000 clients annually.

There are many more families that still need and want ECF' s help. With the financial support of donors like you, more children and adults with special needs can benefit from our programs.

ECF has grown from a small, parent operated group into a complex regional service provider with 15 locations and nearly four hundred employees who serve nearly 4,000 clients, To learn about what ECF has been up to lately, visit www.ECF.net/AnnualReport.

Some highlights from program year 2021-22 include:


13,282 Home visits for families with infants and toddlers with developmental delays

9,224 Hours of speech, occupational and physical therapy for infants and toddlers

545 Hours of counseling for parents of children with developmental delays

1,009 Hours of speech occupational and physical therapy for K-12 students

3,257 Hours of school-based counseling

1,120 Hours of one-on-one and/or classroom educational therapy

4,984 Hours of ABA

94 Number of students receiving pre/vocational training

20,000 Hours of job coaching for adults with developmental disabilities working in community jobs

513 Pieces of artwork sold by ECF Art Centers program artists

55,062 Hours of training and work provided to clients through ECF Exceptional Packaging Solutions

26,000 Hours of warehouse operations/fulfillment skills, computer literacy, janitorial and culinary training provided to clients in ECF's Exceptional Training Academy

9,986 Hours of independent living training for adults with developmental disabilities living in their own apartments

4,912 Hours of RN/LVN care provided at ECF Residential Services sites


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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • 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

1.24

Average of 2.08 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

0.3

Average of 1.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

18%

Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Exceptional Children's Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Exceptional Children's Foundation

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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Exceptional Children's Foundation’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 -$437,287 -$955,714 -$62,371 $4,018,496 -$381,918
As % of expenses -1.7% -3.5% -0.2% 16.0% -1.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,416,884 -$1,975,269 -$1,084,617 $3,032,723 -$1,261,347
As % of expenses -5.2% -7.1% -3.9% 11.6% -4.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $26,620,841 $26,303,196 $26,745,542 $25,307,395 $28,260,751
Total revenue, % change over prior year 9.9% -1.2% 1.7% -5.4% 11.7%
Program services revenue 14.5% 14.2% 14.4% 15.8% 16.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.9% 1.7% 1.4% 1.3% 1.5%
Government grants 71.4% 74.4% 77.8% 76.0% 75.4%
All other grants and contributions 6.4% 7.1% 6.0% 6.2% 6.0%
Other revenue 5.8% 2.6% 0.4% 0.7% 0.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $26,283,778 $26,928,416 $27,007,204 $25,162,026 $25,946,170
Total expenses, % change over prior year 3.2% 2.5% 0.3% -6.8% 3.1%
Personnel 70.5% 73.2% 75.0% 78.0% 75.3%
Professional fees 3.9% 3.9% 2.8% 3.6% 2.9%
Occupancy 2.5% 2.6% 4.2% 4.4% 4.7%
Interest 0.9% 0.9% 1.0% 0.8% 0.6%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 22.2% 19.4% 17.0% 13.3% 16.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $27,263,375 $27,947,971 $28,029,450 $26,147,799 $26,825,599
One month of savings $2,190,315 $2,244,035 $2,250,600 $2,096,836 $2,162,181
Debt principal payment $152,493 $0 $1,398,680 $972,748 $84,377
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $29,606,183 $30,192,006 $31,678,730 $29,217,383 $29,072,157

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.3 0.2 0.9 0.8 0.3
Months of cash and investments 7.5 7.2 7.9 10.5 8.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.8 3.5 2.7 4.3 4.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $709,907 $555,915 $2,103,134 $1,585,793 $579,011
Investments $15,680,437 $15,590,490 $15,752,815 $20,348,315 $17,210,424
Receivables $2,657,119 $2,493,950 $3,156,390 $2,966,395 $3,566,116
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $39,521,475 $39,822,040 $39,997,183 $40,093,388 $39,781,304
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 43.0% 45.1% 47.3% 49.5% 51.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 27.9% 30.7% 38.0% 34.7% 33.3%
Unrestricted net assets $28,918,474 $26,943,205 $25,858,588 $28,891,311 $27,629,964
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,038,482 $1,058,443 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $1,000,000 $1,000,000 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,038,482 $2,058,443 $1,900,274 $2,489,947 $1,944,604
Total net assets $30,956,956 $29,001,648 $27,758,862 $31,381,258 $29,574,568

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

President and CEO

Veronica Arteaga

Veronica has more than 15 years of experience leading and providing social services. As ECF’s third President and CEO, she is responsible for a complex nonprofit organization with a $28 million operating budget, 15 service sites throughout Los Angeles County, 423 employees, a 21 member board of directors and the provision of service to nearly 4,000 children and adults with special needs and their family members annually. Veronica is a licensed clinical social worker and is pupil personnel services credentialed (K-12 counseling), and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Exceptional Children's Foundation

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Exceptional Children's Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Shelley Smith, Esq.

GrayShell Consulting

Term: 2022 - 2023

Fred Alavi

EH National Bank

Leslie Abell, Esq.

Leslie B. Abell

Scott Cooper

Pegasus Squire, Inc.

Mary Kayne

No affiliation

Ralph Walter

Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford

Larry Larry Rabineau, Esq.

Law Offices of Larry Rabineau

Russell Ching, Esq.

Stonesifer & Chong

Steven Beltran, Esq.

Beltran, Beltran, Smith & MacKenzie, LLP

Lisa Anderson

ECF Client

Paul Zimmerman

No affiliation

Malcolm McNeil

Arent Fox

Anil Ranavat

Homebound, Inc.

Eugene Siciliano

Western Management Associates

Montgomery Zimmerman

BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Leonard Washington

The Washington Group

Thomas Hopkins

U.S. Bank

Ellen Turner

Turner Techtronics, Inc.

Kimberly Lewis, Esq.

Ervin, Cohen & Jessup, LLP

Monica Jaramillo

LABEL the Agency

Shelley Smith, Esq.

GrayShell Consulting

Azita Karimkhany Fatheree

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 10/4/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/02/2021

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Data
  • 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.

Contractors

Fiscal year ending
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