Selah Freedom
PO Box 21415
Sarasota FL 34276
Mission

Selah Freedom exists to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher
Board Chair Mr. Ray Pilon
Board Chair Affiliation Florida State Representative
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2012
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2017
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,500,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Accomplishments & Goals

Selah Freedom received our 501(c)3 inception in 2011, and since then we are excited to share that much progress has been made in our mission to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited! Since then we have been upheld as the model organization in serving this population and have been asked by the state of Florida to write the standards and measurements in working with sex trafficking and exploitation survivors.
 
In 2013 Selah Freedom opened doors to our first residential home for survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation.  We have served 54 survivors  through our Residential Program. In our home survivors have the opportunity rest, restore and relaunch. They receive trauma therapy, personalized education planning, legal and medical aid, job placement assistance, art therapy, SMART Horse therapy, mentorship and more.
 
Our Prevention Program for at-risk teen girls has a 90% success rate at preventing girls from being commercially sold! 72 girls have been served through this program. We are positioned to serve 300 in Manatee County alone thanks to a grant received.
 
Our Outreach Program encompasses training law enforcement and serving women on the streets and in the jails. Selah Freedom is aligned with law enforcement and the State Attorney's Office to spearhead TYLA (Turn Your Life Around). The TYLA initiative is a partnership between the Sarasota Police Department and Selah Freedom that employs community outreach, diversion, and a re-directed law enforcement philosophy. TYLA provides support in the form of case management, counseling, job training, and residential services. TYLA is also supportive during judicial proceedings and is committed to the victims held in bondage within the various levels of sex trafficking. This programs serves the highest number of survivors and in 2015 served nearly 600 women in our local communities alone.
 
The Selah Freedom Awareness Program reaches over 39,000 people per year and is vital in creating educated, engaged community members. As we share awareness, individuals are encouraged to take action. Selah Freedom also has launched several Training Programs to educate and equip community members, other nonprofits, law enforcement & legislators, schools, administrators, etc. and those seeking to gain the tools needed to launch care for survivors: CSEC 101, Global Training, and Organizational Development Program.
Needs Statement
  1. Box truck or moving truck to use for Selah Vie, our upscale retail boutique. (Retail location donated by Randy Benderson)
  2. 2 cottages dropped onto property for transitional housing of survivors - naming opportunities available. ($150,000 each)
  3. $5-$10 gift cards to Walmart, Target, Chic-Fil-A, Wendy's, etc. used for Prevention and Outreach Programs.
  4. $75,000 needed to complete barn renovation to turn it into a thriving survivor activity center, which will allow us to use our existing structure for more housing.
Background Statement

     “Who will give them a home?” Out of this question, Selah Freedom was birthed.  In the summer of 2010, A women's leadership event came into Sarasota with the desire to highlight a cause. One question was asked...

     "What is happening in Sarasota and Manatee counties that needs to be exposed?"

     The question revealed these counties were part of a hub for human trafficking. Florida is in the top 3 in the country for sex and labor trafficking.  

     A team then formed to learn more about how Selah Freedom could help and serve this violated population. The process began with attending trainings, conferences and informational seminars.

     On October 1, 2011, Selah’s vision was announced to 120 local leaders in Sarasota, and since then numerous alliances have been formed. Selah is working in tangent with local politicians, law enforcement, churches and business leaders. In addition, collaborations have been formed with rescue agencies, a national network of safe houses, trafficking task forces and federal agencies.

     It is Selah Freedom’s desire to abolish modern day slavery in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Our vision is to transition our area to a solution center for modern day slavery.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL
IL
Areas Served Comments
Before Selah Freedom came into existence, there were no restorative care and housing programs available for sex trafficking victims south of Tampa and north of Ft. Myers. Selah Freedom fills that gap for survivors in this local area and beyond. Florida is in the top three states in the nation and our region of the gulf coast is #2 in the state.
 
Selah Freedom is also launching the first Residential Housing for survivors 18+ in Chicago, IL.  Chicago is in the top five cities in the nation for sex trafficking. There is a desperate need for residential programming for 18+ survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation in this region, and we will bring solutions through safe housing and awareness and strengthening collaborations to bring citywide sustainable solutions. Selah Freedom is partnerning with CAASE, The Dreamcatchers Foundation and The 4th Presbyterian Church, laying a solid foundation for what will revolutionize the lives of survivors in Illinois!
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Tertiary Org Type Employment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Many people comment that they are amazed at how far Selah Freedom has come in the past two years. And a question I am often asked is how I did it? I do not even hesitate to respond, “We have the most amazing team, each person divinely brought to us at just the right time - when their role became essential." I am thankful I have what it takes to hold this brilliant force together but the success of Selah Freedom belongs to each of them and to each of you! The community- from law enforcement, elected officials, faith-based organizations, local business owners, donors, our advisory board, volunteers, other not-for profits and foundations, has also been amazing! The alliances and partnerships we have forged have helped us bring this very dark issue to light, when just a couple of years ago, no one wanted to believe this was happening… not here! not in Sarasota!
Programs
Description

Selah’s Residential Recovery Program is a 12- to 24-month program which provides safe housing and comprehensive restorative healing for women. The program consist of three stages: Rest (Assessment), Restore (Residential) and Relaunch (Independent Living). Selah Freedom Residential Programming includes live-in coaches, special education teachers, clinical social workers, psychologists and survivor-leaders/mentors. In addition, volunteers provide victims with counseling, basic life-skills training that include budgeting, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, personal hygiene, as well as GED support and job placement assistance.

Selah Freedom decided to address the need for residential programming that would help female survivors 18-28 years of age benefit from a safe place to heal in the Southwest Florida region. By addressing this age range, Selah Freedom create great impact impact due to the fact that the 18-28 age bracket characterizes both the highest activity level in the Southwest Florida region as well as the highest program completion rate.   
One specialized service provided to Client/Participants includes Rapid Resolution Therapy, a proven technique that was originally developed to successfully treat returning veterans who suffered from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and that is now available to Selah Freedom Survivors to remove the effects of trauma while opening a new pathway for freedom from the distress of their former life. This program is delivered by Dr. Jason Quintal and Associates.
Budget $200,000
Category Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Victims Females Adults
Short Term Success
  • By the end of the 1st phase of the programming, 80% of the clients who did not have GED’s will have taken the GED test.
  • By the end of the 1st phase of the programming, 80% of the clients will understand and be able to communicate their personal gifts and passions.
  • By the end of the 1st phase of the programming, 90% of the clients will test drug free.
  • By the end of the 2nd phase of the programming, 80% of the clients will have selected a vocation to pursue.
  • For staff members working with the clients, 100% will receive on-going training to understand the emotional and physical needs of each client
Long Term Success
  •  For human trafficking victims who complete programming, 77% will have success with employment and job skills.
  • For human trafficking victims who complete programming, 77% will experience emotional healing that frees them to understand and communicate personal healthy life options.
  • For human trafficking victims who complete the programming, 77% will become a productive citizen to the community.
  • For human trafficking victims who complete the programming, 77% will become advocates in helping to abolish human trafficking in our community.
Program Success Monitoring
  • GED tests will be given when the survivor is fully prepared to take the test. Academic instruction and support will be given by a certified teacher to establish an individualized plan that meets the educational needs of the survivor to prepare for the GED.
  • Daily and weekly sessions will be done with Selah staff to help the survivors identify their strengths.
  • Random drug tests will be given to monitor each survivor.
  • The opportunity for volunteers to attend seminars and conferences will be made available to receive on-going training. A log book will be kept to record training for each volunteer.
Program Success Examples

Selah Freedom looks forward to being able to share multiple success stories. Since our home is not open yet, the following is an example that we will strive to emulate.

 
There are human trafficking survivors who are leaving their mark on society in a positive way. Through their restoration, they had to recapture their destiny that was stolen from them. Theresa Flores was a sex trafficking victim as a teenager. Currently, she travels around the country sharing her story to spread awareness about how recruiters are placed in our middle and high schools to make captives of innocent children. She writes about her tragic encounter in The Slave Across the Street.  Each victim has a destiny that needs to be fulfilled and they need a safe place with an effective program to help put the pieces of their life back together. Where does a victim go when they are rescued? They cannot return to the life they were taken from…they are not that person anymore. Who will give them a home? Who will give them restoration? Selah Freedom can give them the chance they deserve of a future filled with hope and promise.
Description

A strong partnership with local law enforcement has been established. Selah Freedom provides training for Bradenton and Sarasota Police and Bradenton and Sarasota Sheriff’s Departments. Instead of viewing the woman as a perpetrator, Selah Freedom’s training has helped law enforcement recognize these women as victims of sex trafficking and/or exploitation, and perceptively refer them to the proper services they need. Selah Freedom’s street outreach and jail outreach are also programs that meet the victims where they are often found in order to provide a connection between their needs and Selah Freedom services. Selah Freedom's Outreach Program also provides support groups to women on the streets and in the jail system, and mentorship resources to survivors.

Budget $40,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Social Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Females At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
By the end of the mentorship program 75% of survivors will:
 
  • Exhibit increased social manners and life skills
  • Be able to maintain a schedule of school or work
  • Show consistency in walking out their next step mental health programs 
Long Term Success
  • 75% of the women that participate in the mentor program will maintain personal contact and accountability with their mentor for a minimum of 12 months
  • 75% of women that go through Selah's mentor program will have completed their GED and assistance with job placement  
Program Success Monitoring
  • Amount of girls that participate, entrance evaluations by mentors and survivors, as well as exit interview by mentor and survivor.
Program Success Examples We will be using the programming and curriculum implemented by Wellspring Living in Atlanta Georgia area. Selah's number of participants will increase at the rate of success established by their organization.
Description

Selah Freedom is now the only organization in Florida certified to facilitate the nationally acclaimed youth prevention program, My Life, My Choice, developed in Boston for 12-17 year old at-risk girls. The survivor-written and survivor-led curriculum is proven to lower the chance of girls being sexually/commercially exploited by over 90 percent. Selah Freedom is growing its partnerships with the local agencies that serve these young, vulnerable girls. Selah Freedom’s survivor staff and leaders are excited to bring the value of this life changing training to Florida.

Budget $20,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Personal Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Females At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
  • 70% return to group after first experience in finding a unique and safe environment.
Long Term Success
  • 70% leave sex trade within one year of attending.
Program Success Monitoring
  • Number of repeat attenders lowered 70%.
Program Success Examples
Personal stories will tell our success, as we will model after a program called Treasures out of California. Following are some of their success stories:
 

I started stripping when my best friend in college suggested it for her 21st birthday. What seemed like an exhilarating adventure of girls-gone-wild quickly became a host of lies and destruction from the pit of hell.

Groping eyes and hands became an eerie sense of familiarity that crept up from experiences felt too many times past. I owned a false sense of power that preyed on the perversion of darkness. I exuded fantasy behind a mask that hid shame, desperation, loneliness, and a low sense of self-worth… utter brokenness. All I wanted was to be loved.

I cried out when I couldn’t pry myself from going in and out of dancing over the next six years. It was a horrific lure of lust and greed. I realized I couldn’t do it on my own when The pain took everything I thought I had successfully achieved away. 

I stopped rebelling and surrendered one day at the edge of the ocean. I finally realized that there had to be more.

I was lost, confused, and without hope. I was walking dead. My healing journey and road to recovery have been supernatural. As I give, through the work of Treasures, I am also being given to. Although Treasures didn’t find me at the club, it helped me to stay out of them–never to return. And now I am able to help others do the same. Treasures has impacted my life by creating a safe community where I can flourish and heal by building healthy relationships with other believers. Treasures has helped me stay accountable to the truth of who I am and called to be. Through Treasures, I am reminded of how precious and valuable I am.
Description Selah Freedom trains and educates the community at large on the truth behind sex trafficking and exploitation. This is done through the Selah Freedom Speaker's Bureau, Community Booth, and by attending a quarterly Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC 101) Class. Selah Freedom also has launched Ride The Wave Global Training and Organizational Development Programming, both of which train individuals and organizations in how to successfully provide services to survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation.
Budget $15,000
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females Adults Homeless
Short Term Success
  • Selah has seen the number of news/media articles increase on the topic of sex trafficking 100% since we have launched our mission three years ago. From no coverage 3 years ago to on average 1 story every 2 weeks on the topic.
Long Term Success
  • We measure the number of speaking engagements we are asked to moderate, and the number of attendees that sign up for our newsletter or for more information or to volunteer or make a donation.
Program Success Monitoring
  • Requests to speak
Program Success Examples
  • Awareness is growing and Selah Freedom is being asked to collaborate with law enforcement and other NPO's.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization

Selah has been diligently researching the most effective programming for human trafficking survivors. Many homes have opened quickly without sound programming and alliances in place. This situation caused great distress for not only the survivors who were not served well, but also traumatized volunteers who were not sufficiently prepared or protected. Selah Freedom has worked to provide confidence for  law enforcement and other safe house programs that we work with to restore survivors.

Over the last four years Selah has been given the gift of solid alliances and mentorships by two successful trafficking homes and organizations.  These homes are highly recommended as healthy models. 
 
Selah now serves our survivors with sound experience and sustainability as our foundation.  Selah's desire is to offer a secure, restorative and healthy environment. We have taken the step in determining our programming with great care and consideration, and are excited to provide the highest level of care.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher
CEO Term Start Apr 2010
CEO/Executive Director Email elizabeth@selahfreedom.com
Experience

 

Elizabeth Melendez Fisher is the CoFounder and President/CEO of Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Sarasota, FL. Selah Freedom is a national organization focusing on ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Since 2011 Fisher and her team have built Selah Freedom into a fiscally strong organization, educating over 35,000 annually and launching residential services in Florida and soon in Chicago. Fisher speaks nationally about the root of sex trafficking and the solutions they are providing victims with comprehensive restorative care. Under Fisher’s direction, Selah Freedom offers 12- month Residential Recovery Programs, at risk teen prevention programs, and outreach to survivors. Selah Freedom trains and equips law enforcement agencies nationally and has co-developed one of the nation’s first successful Prostitution Court Diversionary programs. The state of Florida has recently given Selah Freedom the honor of asking them to set the standards for the state for sex trafficking providers, which speaks to their credibility and outcomes.


SRQ Magazine describes Fisher as, “Part healer, part businesswoman, all resolve—if Selah Freedom is bringing light into the darkness, as the slogan says, then Fisher is the one behind the megawatt.” She is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Tampa Bay Business Woman of the Year Award for the Nonprofit Category and has been featured in the Herald Tribune, Tampa Times, Pioneer Press, FW-Chicago Women Magazine, SRQ Magazine, ABC, Fox, NBC News, METV, as well as Bay News 9 and other notable publications and broadcasts.

Most recently Fisher aligned Selah Freedom with Semkhor Productions and Dylan McDermott to partner on a Ringling College film project- The Sugar and Selah Projects. Sugar is McDermott’s passion project about a runaway girl. As he was looking for a credible agency that worked with that population, he was introduced to Fisher and the rest is history. The team is filming on a shared platform with his Sugar series, and deeper cuts into the true-life stories of Selah’s work, called the Selah Project.

Prior to Selah Freedom, Fisher worked in the Chicago area, as a therapist and in leadership development. Her professional experience also includes positions with NBC- TV and ABC-TV in Chicago. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Fisher received a bachelor of arts in communications before continuing her education and earning her Master’s in Clinical Psychology.


Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Vanessa Morris Director of Awareness
Ms. Kindsey Neeson Vice President & Law Enforcement Liason
Ms. Connie Rose Director of Survivor Programming and Leadership
Lisa Rowe Director of Programming
Mrs. Laurie Swink Director of Education
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 13
Part Time Staff 14
Staff Retention Rate % 96
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 350
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations
Selah Freedom is working in collaboration with the following agencies:
 
  • CAN
  • Sarasota Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Turn Your Life around (TYLA)
  • Clearwater/Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force
  • We R For Kids, Inc.
  • Tony Nassif, Preventing Abuse, Inc.
  • CRTEC
  • Wellspring Living
  • Bridging Freedom
  • Redefining Refuge
  • Nightlife
  • Created, an outreach to prostitutes and strippers
  • Brent Woody, Attorney at Law- specializing in human trafficking
  • Sarasota Police Dept
  • Bradenton Police Dept
  • First Step
  • Sarasota Sheriff's Department
  • Bradenton Sheriff's Department
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2013
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization
Many people comment that they are amazed at how far Selah Freedom has come in the past two years. And a question I am often asked is how I did it? I do not even hesitate to respond, “We have the most amazing team, each person divinely brought to us at just the right time - when their role became essential." I am thankful I have what it takes to hold this brilliant force together but the success of Selah Freedom belongs to each of them and to each of you! The community- from law enforcement, elected officials, faith-based organizations, local business owners, donors, our advisory board, volunteers, other not-for profits and foundations, has also been amazing! The alliances and partnerships we have forged have helped us bring this very dark issue to light, when just a couple of years ago, no one wanted to believe this was happening… not here! not in Sarasota!

Congratulations...the first step to recovery is awareness, and we are well on our way! A huge kudos goes out to the media. Though skeptical at first, within one year, both Sarasota Magazine and the Daily Herald Tribune brought the issue of sex trafficking out of the dark and onto the front page. My hat goes off to Dave McSwane! We couldn't have created such awareness without him.
 
Thanks to all of you. By partnering with us, our beautiful survivors now have an army of love and support, two beautiful homes in which to heal and a network of compassionate professionals to walk them through each step along the path toward full restoration!
I am beyond grateful!
 
Elizabeth Melendez Fisher 
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
"No Child Chooses to Be a Sex Slave!"
 
This truth undergirds Selah's mission to confront the issue of sexual trauma. 100% of all trafficking victims  that Selah Freedom has served have been violated or exploited in their childhood, many by their own parents. Our desire is to help each victim, whose childhood was stolen, regain the life they were designed to live!
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ray Pilon
Company Affiliation Florida State Representative
Board Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2018
Board Chair Email pilon.ray@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. John Bowman VP of Admissions and Marketing, Inspiration Academy
Mrs. Elizabeth Melendez Fisher CEO/President Selah Freedom
Mr Chris McGee PNC Wealth Management
Dr. Matthew Nessetti PHD, MD, JD (Cand), ABMPMedical Psychology/Psychopharmacology/Family Medicine Medical Director - AllCare Medical Centers, P.C.; Medical Director - Hawthorne Village Healthcare & Rehabilitation
Mr. Ray Pilon Florida State Representative
Mrs Shahla Simpler Esq.Baycross Christian Family Foundation
Mrs. Misty Stinson Founder Selah Freedom
Mr. Stephen Supe Board of Directors/CEO Arena Leadership
Mrs. Laurie Swink Founder Selah Freedom
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 91
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Board Development / Board Orientation
Board Governance
By-laws
Campus Planning and Development
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

Selah Freedom is pleased to announce our Advisory Board Members. We are grateful to operate under the covering and expertise of the following individuals:

 

Selah Freedom Advisory Board

 Florida Advisory Board

Bill Russell

President/CEO, Sarasota Housing Authority; Housing Expert

Toma Milbank

Strategy/Compliance Expert
Real Estate, Brown Harris Stevens, New York City
Milbank Holdings, Principal Consultant

Pat Robinson
Deputy Chief, Sarasota Police Department

Legal/Law Enforcement Expert

Scott Brogan
Partner Fresh Produce Sportswear; Retail Expert

Mark Pentecost
It Works Global
Global Business Strategist Expert

Graham M. Cox, AAMS
Financial Expert; UBS Financial Services Inc.

Cathy Slusser

Grant Writing/Reporting Expert

Toni Thompson

Subject Matter Expert

Casey Pilon

Community Engagement Expert

Hamilton Coffey

Legal Expert

David Shapiro

Film Producer/Web Platform Expert

Renee Frigo Graeff

Marketing and PR Expert

Cathy Vernon
Geographic Expansion Advisor

 

Chicago Advisory Board

Quin R. Frazer

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

ChiChi Okwu
Associate Pastor, Willow Creek Chicago

Kathleen Sleigh

North Shore Events/Connections

Brady Crook

Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

 
Quin R. Frazer

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

ChiChi Okwu
Associate Pastor, Willow Creek Chicago

Kathleen Sleigh

North Shore Events/Connections

Brady Crook

Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Roland Jacobs
CEO, AspireUp – A Strategic Marketing & Brand Consulting Firm
Growth Strategy Expert

April Oury

President, Body Gears Physical Therapy

Jessica Badgely

Networking/Connections

 
 
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $1,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,500,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose We are currently in a $250,000 Capital Campaign as Selah Freedom has recently relocated our Residential Program to a more rural setting. The home is situated on 4.5 acres and features a large 2,500 square foot barn that can serve as a recreation/counseling center for residential and local clients.
Campaign Goal $250,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2015 to Dec 2018
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$6,333$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$6,333$0$0
Individual Contributions$1,259,232$512,395$108,320
$0$0$0
$7,661$2,051$4,956
Investment Income, Net of Losses$76$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$21,194$22,301($3,132)
Revenue In-Kind$274,100$3,528$0
Other$645$1,394$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$723,328$230,980$23,406
Administration Expense$77,011$20,587$11,096
Fundraising Expense$50,934$8,621$11,988
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.532.072.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%89%50%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%2%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,038,535$358,148$67,616
Current Assets$259,651$345,630$58,899
Long-Term Liabilities$210,781$0$0
Current Liabilities$48,737$30,999$3,960
Total Net Assets$779,017$327,149$63,656
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,259,232Contributions, gifts, grants $512,395Contributions, gifts, grants $108,320
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $29,194Fundraising $22,301Gross Profit from Inventory Sales $4,956
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $7,661Net Income from Sales of Inventory $2,0510 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.3311.1514.87
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets20%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Many people comment that they are amazed at how far Selah Freedom has come in the past two years. And a question I am often asked is how I did it? I do not even hesitate to respond, “We have the most amazing team, each person divinely brought to us at just the right time - when their role became essential." I am thankful I have what it takes to hold this brilliant force together but the success of Selah Freedom belongs to each of them and to each of you! The community- from law enforcement, elected officials, faith-based organizations, local business owners, donors, our advisory board, volunteers, other not-for profits and foundations, has also been amazing! The alliances and partnerships we have forged have helped us bring this very dark issue to light, when just a couple of years ago, no one wanted to believe this was happening… not here! not in Sarasota!
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures based on Federal 990-EZ/990 and unaudited financial compilations; however for 2013 and 2014, the organization has provided audited financial statements.  Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions.
Nonprofit Selah Freedom
Address PO Box 21415
Phone 941 677-8840

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