FRIENDS of Orange County Department of Social Services is oa 501c3, non-profit organization, and maintains a state solicitation license with the North Carolina Secretary of State. You may view our most recent tax return by clicking this link –> 2017 Form990 FOCDSS
Year in Review: Fiscal Year October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017
Income: In fiscal year 2016-2017 donations to FRIENDS were up slightly, by 4.2% over last fiscal year, from $54,484.31 to 56,788.91. Foster Kids Christmas donations comprised 30% of all income. General donations were down just under 2%. Most of the money we raised came from individual responses to our annual fundraising letter. We again had significant donations from several donors who have repeatedly donated to FRIENDS.
In the past year we processed and paid 184 requests from social workers. This number is significantly lower than 2015-16 (218). Emergency disbursements (housing, medical, utilities) were down by 29% over the previous year, from $38k to $27k. However, non-Emergency disbursements (beds, clothing, day care, Food Bank, transportation) increased by 40.5% over last year, from just over $4k to $6k.
Foster Kids Christmas expense increased by $6,500 in 2016-17, from $3,700 to just over $10,000.
School Supplies for OC Kids decreased slightly by 8%.
We have continued our partnership with the Carrboro Fire Department which helps us provide car seats to families at a significant discount. Billing from Carrboro Fire Department has been sporadic and we are anticipating paying for 2016-17 car seat purchases in the new fiscal year.
Our challenges going forward are: keeping our funding stream healthy by making our organization known to the community and by finding new sources of revenue via grant applications.
We continue to be a strong supporter of DSS and its clients, who are struggling to provide a safe and healthy environment for their families. Thank you for all you do for FRIENDS. We should all be very proud of what we have been able to accomplish. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
We have continued our partnership with the Carrboro Fire & Rescue, which allows us provide low cost car seats to families and ensures that clients receiving car seats receive safety training and instruction on proper installation of the seats.
Since the flood of June 30, 2013, we have enjoyed a new partnership with Jane Hathaway and the Furniture Project. Jane and her group has helped provide whole homes of furniture to many DSS clients. The Furniture Project has asked for our help in finding storage for the furniture they acquire since they have lost their free storage at University Square. FRIENDS is working to assist The Furniture Project however we can.
We have had presentations to the Board from the Homelessness Connect project and The Farmer Foodshare Project and attended the Hog Day celebration with a table and literature to promote community outreach.
Our challenges going forward are keeping our funding stream healthy by making our organization known to the community and by finding new sources of revenue. We continue to be a strong supporter of DSS and its clients and I thank you for all that you do to help those in our community who are struggling to provide a safe and healthy environment for their families.
We should all be very proud of what we have been able to accomplish this past year. I look forward to working with you on the challenges that lie ahead.
Pat Garavaglia, President
Alison Taylor, Treasurer