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Building Community

True Friends 2017 Annual Report to the Community

Building Community Dear Friends, True Friends was founded to serve individuals with disabilities. To not only serve them, but to provide children and adults of all ages and abilities the opportunity for experiences and adventures outside of their day-to-day lives. Guided by our history, we are continually building our community year-after-year by seeking new ways and refining past initiatives to truly enhance the opportunities we provide. What a year 2017 was for True Friends. In this report you will see just a snapshot of what True Friends has accomplished in 2017; there is so much more. John LeBlanc President & CEO

Overall we served 23,518 individuals through all our programs; over 2,000 served through out our core programs. We built and opened the Berglund Center at Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie. This state-of-the-art building now allows us to serve more individuals through camping and respite services at a location that is in the backyard of the Twin Cities metro area. At the end of 2017, Ed Stracke stepped down as President & CEO of True Friends. He will continue on with his great legacy as an advocate for the organization.

Mission: Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities.

Now as I step into a new role, as President & CEO of True Friends, I am committed to our mission, while looking toward the incredible future we have ahead of us. Thank you for supporting our mission to create experiences and adventures for individuals with disabilities.

In Friendship,

Vision: A world where experiences and adventures are open to individuals of all abilities.

John LeBlanc

Building Adventure


of True Friends participants were return visitors

Core Programs Camp Weekend Respite

True Friends served 23,518 individuals

Ventures Travel True Strides

September was our busiest month; 4,449 people were served through Conference & Retreat and Team Quest

Friendship Camp Friendship saw the highest amount of visitors at 8,889

served 2,168 individuals, 5,098 times served 1,590 individuals, 2,001 times, over 78 sessions served 156 individuals, 515 times

served 358 people, 474 times

served 64 people 2108 times

The Berglund Center was dedicated at Camp Eden Wood in June.

Staff recruitment expanded into five states.

Volunteers enhanced True Friends programs and services by providing over 22,400 hours of time; equaling $192,780 value and 1,672 days of service.

We talked with over 500 students at 45 colleges and universities.

To support further employee growth and development, True Friends invested in an online training system with over 2,000 courses to expand staff knowledge.

Building Our Legacy We raised a grand total of



was raised for operations from 2,573 donations.

We received 2,692 gifts from 1,796 donors.

$822,227 A planned estate gift or bequest is the ultimate gift, because there is no greater expression of kindness than to leave part of one’s accumulated wealth as a legacy to help future generations of participants benefit from True Friends programs. • True Friends had 14 new planned or estate gift commitments made in 2017. • Proceeds from eight estate gifts totaled a little more than $503,000. On the average, these new gifts will produce an extra $25,000 in annual support every year. In 10 years, a quarter of a million dollars becomes available to provide life-changing services for children and adults with disabilities. • Total membership of the Forever Friends Legacy Society is at 166 individuals. For more information, contact Ed Stracke at 952.852.0111 or eds@truefriends.org or Gary Wagner at 952.697.2290 or garyw@truefriends.org.

View our donor honor roll online at truefriends.org/our-donors.

471 new donors

was raised from hosting nine fundraising events throughout Minnesota.

Family Foundations/ Donor Advised Funds


FFA Corn Drives

11% Charitable Fundraising Report






10% Perpetual Trusts


$1.4 million was raised to build the new Berglund Center at Camp Eden Wood. We hosted the grand opening of the Berglund Center at Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie. This 6,000 square foot facility became a reality largely due to two $500,000 gifts from The R.R.W. & Florence Berglund Family Foundation and The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. The Berglund Center will enhance the programs and services we provide to our current and future clients and their families. This state-of-the-art facility offers a single location that features program areas, a multi-sensory room, a health center, a great room and multiple bedrooms.

Building Our Future 28.8% 56.7%

2017 Financial Assistance $314,555 2017 Subsidies (Subsidy = Total Revenue less functional expense less grants) Camping $1,047,716 Respite $474,068 Ventures Travel $158,743 True Strides $427,976 Total Subsidies $2,108,503 Raised Across All Giving Areas $2,731,443

Public Support Service Fees

Assets 2017 2016 Current Assets Cash $222,006 $889,797 AR and Deferrals $428,513 $335,208 Other Current Assets $201,283 $166,947 Total Current Assets $851,802 $1,391,952

Total Revenue $9,490,835

Investment Income


1.3% Gain on Disposal of Property 0.5% Other Sources

37.2% Resident Camp 17% Education and Training 13.4% S pecialized Travel Programs

Total Expenses $8,869,348

Respite Care/Family Services


True Strides Therapy Horses


Fundraising & General Management


Long-Term Assets Investments $10,225,612 $9,661,016 Fixed Assets $10,965,354 $10,064,408 Other Long-Term Assets $2,254,345 $2,502,534 Total Long-Term Assets $23,445,311 $22,227,958 Total Assets $24,297,113 $23,619,910

Liabilities 2017 2016 Current Liabilities Accounts Payable $202,301 $336,637 Line of Credit $150,000 0 Deferred Revenue $407,629 $450,905 Other Current Liabilities $316,479 $260,467 Current Portion of Long-Term debt $96,967 $72,436 Total Current Liabilities $1,173,376 $1,120,445 Long-Term Debt $1,646,489 $1,643,704 Total Liabilities $2,819,865 $2,764,149

Fund Balance 2017 2016 Fund Balance Beginning of Year $20,855,761 $21,743,051 Change in Fund Balance $621,487 ($887,290) Fund Balance End of Year $21,477,248 $20,855,761 Total Liabilities and Fund Balance $24,297,113 $23,619,910

10509 108th Street NW Annandale, MN 55302

Experiences & Adventures for All Abilities True Friends is a nonprofit agency providing life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities. True Friends’ programs include camp, respite, therapeutic horseback riding, conference and retreat, travel and team building; serving over 23,000 individuals annually. With camps near Maple Lake, Annandale, Eden Prairie and Bemidji, True Friends serves individuals in Minnesota and throughout the United States. For more information visit truefriends.org or call 952.852.0101.

Get Involved

Volunteer Every year True Friends welcomes 700+ youth, adults, group and family volunteers, who contribute over 20,000 service hours. Volunteer support is invaluable to True Friends. From working directly with campers, respite clients, travelers, riders; to offering time and energy to keeping our locations maintained, our volunteers truly enhance the experiences we provide. To learn more about volunteering at True Friends visit truefriends.org/volunteer or call 952.852.0101 ext. 399. Donate With help from friends like you, True Friends has been serving children and adults with disabilities for more than 60 years – helping them discover things they never thought possible, building self-esteem, developing new skills and, probably most importantly, making life-long friends. To learn more about donating to True Friends visit truefriends.org/giving or call 952.697.2290.

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