Break Through Inc.

"Our mission is one of rehabilitation education and advocacy for and about people with disabilities to encourage and enlighten the public about people with disabilities in that they are people first and have rights and needs and that they also have gifts and talents to bring to the community."

Minneapolis, MN   |  www.bendanderson.com

Mission

Our mission is one of rehabilitation education and advocacy for and about people with disabilities to encourage and enlighten the public about people with disabilities in that they are people first and have rights and needs and that they also have gifts and talents to bring to the community.

Ruling year info

1980

Principal Officer

Mr. Ben D. Anderson

Main address

808 97th Ave. NE

Minneapolis, MN 55434 USA

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EIN

41-1383931

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Educating the public , families and persons with disabilities that persons with disabilities have gifts and talents that are of benefit to communities.

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?

Parent Group-Going Beyond Expectations

.   Break Through has made it its goal to be in touch with
parents. Our CEO Ben Anderson’s first visit was with a parent Kansas City. From that conversation it went
into his involvement with parent groups throughout the United States. Ben
felt that to understand families with
disabilities would be his format to be able to educate the general public. He
encourages families to be advocates and to be positive for their child with one
of his presentations-“Going Beyond Expectations”.

Population(s) Served

Break Through has taken their programs to many
civic, community, and professional organizations. The themes of motivation,
diversity, and sensitivity towards others are helpful to people in all walks of
life. Many are amazed at how they can relate to and use the content in their
lives.  Break Through has worked with
many different organizations to help them to understand the needs of people
with disabilities in their own communities

Population(s) Served

K-12 and higher education.http://bendanderson.com/programs_school.htm(http://bendanderson.com/programs_school.htm)
This is a program on "Disabilities and Bullying"
Ben's presentation helps students to learn to respond constructively to such challenges and to come away with a more positive
attitude toward each other. He also helps those who have been struggling with
their disability to feel more effective and hopeful. In a creative, sometimes
humorous, highly anecdotal presentation, Ben describes what life is like for a
student growing up with cerebral palsy. He discusses where he found his
strength and hope, gives tips on how to relate effectively to a person with a
disability, and teaches us all that we must "Never Give Up!"

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

"Strength in Difference" 2004

Lockheed Martin

certificate of appreciation 1993

American Minority Student Leadership Conference

council member 2006

Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council

"Walk of Fame" 2010

"Morgan's Wonderland" San Antonio, TX

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Break Through Mission:
"Our mission is one of rehabilitation education and advocacy for and about people with disabilities to encourage and enlighten the public about people with disabilities in that they are people first and have rights and needs and that they also have gifts and talents to bring to the community."

We connect with parent groups, K-12 schools, colleges and other communities directly. We travel throughout the U.S. to provide motivational presentations about disabilities and bullying.

Our Break Through team is capable of traveling and going to where there is need. Instead of "clients" having to travel to a conference or seminar Break Through goes out to the communities. Our main presenter goes to rural and Native American schools and communities to provide educational talks about disabilities, special needs, vocational rehab and motivation for youths, parents, families and adults to support and teach them to go beyond everybody else's expectations to fulfill their goals and dreams. In the past 3 years Break Through Inc. has spoken to over 10,000 students and educators in South Dakota and Wyoming with grants from the Developmental Disability Councils of those states. And also outreach to North Dakota K-12 tribal schools.

Our mission is to reach every state in the U.S. Our goal is to help students, parents of special needs children, businesses, organizations and other community organizations to be motivated in their lives to include persons with disabilities in their communities in all aspects of everyday life. i.e. -work, social , housing, accessablity and education . Break Through Inc. has been to many states over the past 35 years but there are many more areas that need to be served.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), other,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Break Through Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Joel Sunde

no affiliation

Term: 2008 -


Board co-chair

Mrs. Dee Anderson

no affiliation

Term: 2006 -

Gary Pearce

no affiliation

Joel Sunde

no affiliation

Dee Anderson

no affiliation

Ben Anderson

no affiliation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes