Armory Youth Project

Empowering Youth of Manistee County

aka Armory Youth Project   |   Manistee, MI   |
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Armory Youth Project

EIN: 45-4756059


Our mission is to provide a safe environment where young people can build community and be encouraged in their educational, emotional, physical, and Christian spiritual development.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Janice Davidson

Main address

555 1st Street

Manistee, MI 49660 USA

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Subject area info


Human services

Youth organizing

Population served info



Children and youth

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Armory successfully opened its doors in 2017 offering after-school and summer programming, mentoring/tutoring, art classes, and substance-free parties. We continue to add and enhance programs based on feedback from our youth, parents, and community partners. The Armory Youth Project presents targeted programs, promotes healthy eating, and provides safe and secure facilities for students.

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?

After School and Summer Programs

After School and Summer Programming - multiple events ranging from Junior Achievement, Basketball, Gardening, Cooking Classes, Archery Tag, Sports Clinics like volleyball and soccer, and many other programs suggested and sometimes led by students themselves.

Population(s) Served

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 groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

After School and Summer Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Due to mandated closures for COVID 19 the numbers are down for 2020.

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.

The Armory Youth Project provides a safe environment where young people can build a community and be encouraged in their educational, emotional, physical, and spiritual development.

We have incorporated five key Strategic Planning Priorities for 2022 and are working diligently to accomplish them.

We have a quality facility in a convenient location with dedicated volunteers and staff.

We serve over 800 youth. We have opened the facility to community members and are expanding our reach to all in our county.

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 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Armory Youth Project
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 0.82 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 97.6 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 28% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Armory Youth Project

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Armory Youth Project

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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Armory Youth Project

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Armory Youth Project’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 -$51,564 -$73,682 $11,370 $99,634 $137,453
As % of expenses -30.2% -33.6% 6.2% 50.8% 67.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$77,537 -$114,027 -$15,484 $74,151 $113,566
As % of expenses -39.5% -43.9% -7.3% 33.5% 50.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $119,102 $145,240 $179,542 $281,323 $376,922
Total revenue, % change over prior year 3.2% 21.9% 23.6% 56.7% 34.0%
Program services revenue 13.3% 17.5% 6.4% 7.1% 4.7%
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 0.8% 17.2% 1.4% 0.0% 11.9%
All other grants and contributions 78.0% 57.5% 88.2% 82.5% 77.9%
Other revenue 7.9% 7.8% 4.0% 10.5% 5.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $170,512 $219,323 $184,075 $195,996 $202,493
Total expenses, % change over prior year -1.1% 28.6% -16.1% 6.5% 3.3%
Personnel 43.2% 36.3% 40.6% 50.2% 47.8%
Professional fees 3.7% 7.6% 7.3% 5.1% 5.6%
Occupancy 16.5% 11.8% 36.6% 27.8% 19.3%
Interest 8.1% 5.4% 3.5% 4.2% 5.1%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 28.4% 38.9% 12.0% 12.7% 22.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $196,485 $259,668 $210,929 $221,479 $226,380
One month of savings $14,209 $18,277 $15,340 $16,333 $16,874
Debt principal payment $50 $23,283 $7,793 $8,727 $9,531
Fixed asset additions $27,403 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $238,147 $301,228 $234,062 $246,539 $252,785

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 15.9 5.8 7.8 12.9 21.3
Months of cash and investments 15.9 6.2 7.8 12.9 21.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.5 6.1 7.5 12.6 19.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $226,434 $105,786 $119,335 $210,027 $358,747
Investments $0 $7,966 $2 $2 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $19,617
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $781,294 $792,869 $792,869 $792,869 $794,359
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 5.6% 10.6% 14.0% 17.2% 20.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 25.6% 26.7% 26.7% 23.7% 19.4%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $778,187
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 $37,981
Total net assets $717,018 $602,991 $587,507 $661,658 $816,168

Key data checks

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


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

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

Executive Director

Janice Davidson

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Armory Youth Project

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Armory Youth Project

Board of directors
as of 08/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Shellee Seymour

Shellee T. Seymour


Michelle May


Emmersyn Sheaks


Valarie Bergstrom


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 ? 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? 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