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ANNUAL REPORT YEAR 2014 Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc.


TABLE OF CONTENTS 3

COMPANY OVERVIEW

4

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

5

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MESSAGE

6

STRATEGIC PLAN

7

STAFF

10 COMMUNITY SERVICES 11 COMMUNICATION ACCESS: INTERPRETING 12 OUTREACH 13 FINANCE 14 COLLABORATORS 15 2015 EVENTS

Members of the community at the 2014 Town Hall.


COMPANY OVERVIEW

Deaf Empowerment Awareness Foundation, Inc. (DEAF, Inc.) was founded in 2008 with the mission:

to empower, raise awareness, and bridge a sustainable foundation of communication and equal access to both the deaf/ hard of hearing and the hearing communities. As a charitable organization, DEAF, Inc. is not profit driven. Instead, 100% of all proceeds, after administrative expenses, go to programs designed to provide services for deaf/ hard of hearing, hearing individuals, and the community as a whole to ensure effective communication and cultural awareness. This purpose is accomplished through a vision:

meaningful unity of community outreach, training, education, advocacy, media, visual arts, and interpreting. The vision reflects a strong sense of community where the deaf/hard of hearing and hearing communities are empowered and aware of the importance of equal access to all. As a non-profit organization that is of, by, for, and with the deaf and hard of hearing, we are customers of our own interpreting services. DEAF, Inc. is committed to quality, and we expect nothing less than the best. At the end, our motto remains the same:

“It’s all about communication.”


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DEAF, Inc. is a great non-profit company

because we are always working hard everyday to ensure all communities become stronger with the means of support, awareness and many more. We, the board of directors, are very proud to say that we are working hard to maintain DEAF, Inc.’s support in helping everyone in the community. I’m very proud of everyone and all of our endeavors! - Thomas Otto-Bruc President of Board

Thomas Otto-Bruc President Director since 2012

Dr. Jacques Herzog Director since 2014

Janet Jansen

Vice President Director since 2012

Sarah Prechtel Director since 2014

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Dr. Thomas Horejes Executive Director Director since 2014

Amy Reusch

Director since 2014

Anand Raj

Director since 2014


A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THE WORD “COMMUNITY” IS DERIVED FROM THE LATIN NOUN

COMMUNICATIO WHICH ESSENTIALLY MEANS THAT WE HAVE A

DUTY TO COME TOGETHER, FIND COMMON VALUES, AND ENGAGE

IN THE MUTUAL EXCHANGE OF GIFTS, IN THE SHARED PURSUIT TO LIVE MEANINGFUL LIVES TOGETHER AS A COLLECTIVE.

For DEAF, Inc., the common values and exchange of gifts focus around the importance of communication access. It has always been DEAF, Inc.’s mission to bridge our communities as a collective through effective communication access to all. This annual report reflects the importance and power of community – it truly is because of you as part of a collective that we were able serve the community in 2014 and accomplish our goal of improving communication access. We are truly blessed to have a dedicated donor base, army of volunteers, and ardent collaborators who believe in our mission. Thank you. We have raised our expectations even higher for the 2015 year. And we’ll need your help. DEAF, Inc. enters 2015 with the mindset that it takes all of us as a community to become stronger; I often refer to community as a metaphor for a forest whose ecology is intertwined in a beautiful synergy of resources to become a beautiful symbiotic ecosystem. We embrace you for being a part of something bigger and important. Everything you do for DEAF, Inc. is for the community and for that, we humbly thank you after all, it is the community that we serve.

Thomas Horejes, PhD. Executive Director, DEAF, Inc.


STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL A Grow DEAF, Inc.’s visibility in both deaf/hard of hearing and hearing communities

GOAL B Improve DEAF, Inc.’s services on communication access in medical settings for deaf/hard of hearing and hearing individuals

GOAL C Increase and diversify revenue to expand DEAF, Inc.’s program services

GOAL D Internal operations: Improve and strengthen DEAF, Inc.’s infrastructure

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STAFF

Dr. Thomas Horejes Executive Director

Amy Miller

Amber Brown

Interpreting Services Manager

Interpreting Coordinator

Devon Whitmore

Sherri Gjerdingen

Deaf Support Specialist

Jennifer Weiser

Financial Controller

Event Coordinator

Tony Nitko

Marketing Director

Candace Woodside Staff Interpreter

Annette Nitko

Support Group Coordinator

Jason Roberts

Media Specialist


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COMMUNITY SERVICES

26+

training and community involvements

94%

success rate in completing client cases

80+

“DEAF, Inc.’s service was great! We contacted the driving academy in Utah and they weren’t sure what they had to do. I was led to you by a word-of-mouth referral. Not long after, the academy was educated about what they had to do to bring in interpreters. Thank you very much for your service! It truly did expedite the process for us.” - Steven F. Deaf Services customer

survivors received support from Pink Wings of Hope

59%

of revenue comes from donations and fundraising

147

people participated in HandSpeak Programs

50+

people took Sign Language classes at DEAF, Inc.

30+

people signed up for Deaf Literacy classes

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“Thank you so much...” ...for being there. I feel so much better talking about several issues. It was a very difficult time for me and I have felt so alone in this... Thank you for spending so much of your time, I have never felt so much better... Pink Wings of Hope changed my life and I couldn’t be more thankful.” - Dina B. Deaf breast cancer survivor


COMMUNICATION ACCESS: INTERPRETING

11,000+ hours of communication access

99%

of interpreter requests filled

35

minutes average emergency room response

24/7

availability for interpreting requests

300+

hours of pro bono interpreting

“Just amazing...

“It went great!

As a hard of hearing individual, I’ve always had difficulty finding an interpreter who will accomodate to my needs. But DEAF, Inc. provided me with an interpreter who immediately changed her signing style and interpreted information just the way I liked it!”

The interpreter was very qualfied and made sure that communication was clear. Thank you for all of your help. If there’s anyone I know that’s going to need an interpreter, I’ll definitely refer them to you!”

- William B.

A deaf consumer

A deaf consumer

- Kevin G.


OUTREACH

70,000+ Facebook Followers

3rd

largest deaf-related Facebook following base

4,425

DEAF, Inc. eNews subscribers

161

countries visited DEAF, Inc. website

81%

of the world countries

109

languages used within DEAF, Inc. website

200,000+

views on DEAF, Inc. most popular training video

42

volunteers in The Deaf Club production


FINANCE STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

PUBLIC SUPPORT AND REVENUE

ASSETS

Contributions Special Events (Net of Expenses) Program Service Fees and Misc. Investment Income Total Support and Revenue

$666,122.00 $21,420.00 $486,977.00 $99.00 $1,174,618.00

Total Expenses Change in Net Assets

$259,226.00 $63,465.00 $3,273.00

Total Assets

$325,964.00

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

EXPENSES Program Services Management

Current Assets Property and Equipment (Net) Organizational Costs (Net)

$643,511.00 $462,972.00 $1,106,483.00

Current Liabilities Unrestricted Net Assets

$49,249.00 $276,715.00

Total Liabilities and Net Assets $325,964.00

$68,135.00

INCOME SOURCES

57% - CONTRIBUTIONS 41% - PROGRAM SERVICES 2% - SPECIAL EVENTS DEAF, INC. 2014 ANNUAL REPORT | Page 13


COLLABORATORS

MCDHH

MISSOURI COMMISSION FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

Deaf Teen Club

MCDHH

MISSOURI COMMISSION FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

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MCDHH

MISSOURI COMMISSION FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

MCDHH

MISSOURI COMMISSION FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING


CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2015 JANUARY 23 - PINK WINGS OF HOPE “EXPANDING SUPPORT GROUPS” FEBURARY 21 - DEAFILICIOUS MARCH 14 - THE DEAF CLUB RED CARPET MARCH 19/21 - EISENBERG & BAUM TOWN HALL APRIL 7 - DEAF AWARENESS NIGHT AT THE BLUES APRIL 23/25 - DEAF, INC. TOWN HALL MAY 9 - DEAF SPRINGFEST MAY 30 - PINK WINGS OF HOPE’S WALK FOR HOPE JUNE 14 - DEAF, INC. COMMUNITY DAY JULY 4 - WEBSTER GROVES PARADE SEPTEMBER 18 - DEAF, INC. CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT OCTOBER 23 - PINK WINGS OF HOPE’S WINE AND CHEESE NOVEMBER 21 - HEALTH FAIR

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“Stronger Than Ever!” glicee series

To learn more about the deaf community... ...and its strive for communication access and equal functionality, Rick Rush partnered with the DEAF, Inc. leadership team, researched and interviewed many stakeholders in the deaf and hard of hearing community. Throughout his partnership and collaboration with the deaf community, he learned so much about the overlooked culture - deaf culture. To summarize his experience, he said that the deaf and hard of hearing community today is “Stronger Than Ever!” thanks to organizations like DEAF, Inc. who are breaking communication barriers everyday.

©2014 DEAF EMPOWERMENT AWARENESS FOUNDATION, INC.

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