Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

THE CUSTODY PROJECT

  • El Sobrante, CA
  • http://www.thecustodyproject.org

Mission Statement

To promote the general welfare, both directly and indirectly, of women and their children as a unit as related to care, custody, and visitation issues.

Main Programs

  1. Heart to Heart
  2. Fund & Friend-Raising, Public Awareness Actions
  3. Educational Outreach
  4. Property & Program Grants
  5. General Purposes and Overhead
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Custody Project has assisted mothers and their children in the U.S. Virgin Islands and all 50 states, with the exception of Alaska, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wyoming, and our range continues to expand.

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Donna Signorelli (Call, email not watched!)

Keywords

Self-reported

custody, visitation, grants, mothers and children, legal, financial assistance

Notes from the Nonprofit

Our IRS Determination Letters and Financials sections are found on our website under the About Us menu.

EIN

95-4521373

 Number

3320945158

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Helping families for over twenty years, The Custody Project recognizes that mothers often work for $4-$12 per hour - stretching dollars daily to feed, clothe, and care for their children and themselves - sometimes in babysitting, waitress, piecework, and other occupations paying below minimum wage.

However, when circumstances arise, such as domestic violence, abuse, absent or inadequate child support, legal attempts to remove custody, and legal restraints which prevent mothers from improving the quality of life for their families, their lives are compounded, their situations become extraordinarily more difficult, and their economic challenges are made infinitely harsher.

When imposed upon disadvantaged and overextended mothers, such crushing burdens can cause devastating familial hardships. Our grants help some of these deserving families stay afloat, often at perilous junctures.

For additional information, click Programs, or Programs and Results on Guidestar, or visit us at The Custody Project. To view our IRS Determination Letters or to visit our Financials pages, choose those options under About Us (http://thecustodyproject.org/about.php, http://thecustodyproject.org/downloads/Irsletters.pdf, and http://thecustodyproject.org/financials.php).

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart assists qualified mothers with care, custody, and visitation expenses, including reference, consultation, and caseload costs, via grants and the revolving door programs.


Helping families for over twenty years, The Custody Project recognizes that when circumstances such as domestic violence, abuse, absent or inadequate child support, legal restraints which prevent mothers from improving the quality of life for their families, and legal attempts to remove custody arise - economic challenges compound, life is made infinitely harsher, and survival becomes extraordinarily more difficult.


When imposed upon disadvantaged and overextended mothers, such crushing burdens can cause devastating familial hardships. The protection and defense of custody of children can be expensive, with attorneys and experts charging $25-$350+ per hour, court and legal fees in addition, and mothers usually making far less. Representation may be spotty or nonexistent and the economic disparity faced can cause financial ruin.


Oftentimes, mothers must represent themselves and their children in courts of law without training or understanding of the judicial system. It is unacceptable when custody and visitation are at issue that loss of custody and contact with children results from lack: lack of money, good representation, and/or legal knowledge.


Our grants help some of these deserving families stay afloat, often at perilous junctures.


The generosity of our donors makes it possible for The Custody Project to help mothers meet legal expenses and provide for their children. Our donors help with legal costs for mothers who must defend custody and visitation of their children in courts and, when legal expenses prevent her and she is unable to, donors provide funds for basic living expenses and common necessities.


In addition to TCP's grant program, the revolving door loan program serves when, as mothers repay their loans, the funds become available to help other families in need.


Occasionally, assistance is extended in other ways including telephone support, brief lectures/presentations, information exchange, and meeting with mothers.


Donations come from caring individuals and, occasionally, small grants come from the Contributors listed on our site. (http://thecustodyproject.org/contributors.php).


Budget: Heart to Heart received 75.1% of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 and 75% of FY 2015-16 dollars.

Heart to Heart receives 75% or more of yearly donations, with 25% or less allocated to Fund & Friend-Raising, Public Awareness Actions, Educational Outreach, Property & Program Grants, and General Purposes and Overhead.


To view our IRS Determination Letters, 990N / Financial information, Case Excerpts, and Services, choose those options under TCP’s About Us and Services menus (e.g.: http://www.thecustodyproject.org/financials.php), if this information is unavailable through Guidestar and its partner sites.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Male Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

Fund & Friend-Raising, Public Awareness Actions

Fund & Friend-Raising, Public Awareness Actions include raising awareness of the issues and hardships affecting mothers and their children involved in custody and visitation proceedings.


1) We are planning a Nationwide Drive to increase awareness about the difficulties these families face and to raise funds for our services to mothers and their children. Although our minimal $4000 goal has recently been met, additional funding is still welcome. As this is a special project, donations for it have to state: for the National Drive, or for the Summer Caravan, or for Donna on the Drive. Tax-deductible donations of any amount help. To participate, sponsor a driver, hold fundraisers, or volunteer, please contact us; checks make payable to The Custody Project and, for all donations, in the memo line indicate it is for the Drive. As we anticipate a national drive will generate awareness and donations for our mothers and their families, Drive monies are preserved in our budget as a discrete line item and can accrue until our goals are reached and the Drive is completed.


2) During Summer 2008, The Custody Project hosted a nationwide drive to honor mothers relocating with their children and those affected by custody, visitation, and move away issues, to bring attention and support to their plight. (To read about it, visit Events: Caravan 2008 (http://thecustodyproject.org/caravan2008.php).


3) Every year, The Custody Project helps families in need. A newsletter is mailed yearly, sharing stories about families helped and listing many ways donors can assist. It is updated to the web site periodically. To find a prior Annual Letter/Appeal and Annual Newsletter, go to About Us, and choose those options (http://thecustodyproject.org/about.php). To be on our mailing list, receive bulk mailings, or to arrange speaking engagements, please call us @ 850.682.3460.


4) The Custody Project lists many ways to help raise awareness, including through small grants and matching gifts at work, distributing flyers, sharing us online, by mail/email, and in person, and sharing easy donate online options using secure Donate Now Buttons for Guidestar, Just Give, Network For Good, PayPal, Causes/Facebook, GoodSearch, and eBay's PayPal Giving Fund [formerly MissionFish] on our site. Or, visit their secure sites directly to donate to us: Type in The Custody Project or 95-4521373 in their search bars to find us.


For more information and ways to help raise awareness, please visit The Custody Project: You Can Help: Fancy, Business, and Service sections; and Events: Caravans; our Guidelines @ About Us: Mission and Programs; and Donate: Online / Mail sections.


Budget: Fund & Friend-Raising, Public Awareness Actions, in combination with Educational Outreach, Property & Program Grants, and General Purposes and Overhead, receives 25% or less, while Heart to Heart receives 75% or more of yearly donations.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Male Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Educational Outreach

Educational Outreach includes teaching mothers about custody and visitation proceedings, preparing and filing legal briefs, gathering exhibits, discussing individual cases, and protecting children.


Often benefiting mothers in the defense and protection of their children, educational outreach usually occurs when speaking privately with a mother about her case. It is a service we hope expands in time.


If you are elsewhere, including having come through Network For Good or Just Give, please visit our site or Guidestar for additional information about our Programs, including Heart to Heart, Fund & Friend-Raising, The Drive / Caravan, Educational Outreach, and for our Funding, Volunteer, and In-Kind Contributions Requests:


Visit Guidestar as a guest without logging in, use 95-4521373 at the search box, click on our name, scroll down, pick Programs and Results, and look for these sections. (More information may show than when logged in on Guidestar).


For some financial information through Guidestar's partner sites: use 95-4521373 at the search box and click on our name when @ Network for Good or Just Give, and scroll to Guidestar's Basic Information Section. If our IRS Determination Letters and 990N information are unavailable through Guidestar and its partner sites, please visit our site's About Us. For the IRS Determination Letters, choose that option under the About Us menu, and for additional financial information, visit Financials (http://thecustodyproject.org/about.php and http://www.thecustodyproject.org/financials.php).


Our nine-digit zip code is provided here as it is not always transmitted by Guidestar to its partner sites.


Address: The Custody Project, PO Box 20753, El Sobrante, CA 94820-0753.


Telephone: 850.682.3460


Info: T-H, 10-4, CST.


Email: Please contact The Custody Project by telephone, as email is rarely monitored unless a volunteer is available to do so.


Who We Are: Assisting qualified mothers, when in financial crisis, with care, custody, and visitation expenses in accordance with its Mission Statement, The Custody Project is a charitable, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Fed Tax ID #95-4521373, founded in 1994.


Budget: Educational Outreach, in combination with Fund & Friend-Raising, Educational Outreach, Property & Program Grants, and General Purposes and Overhead, receives 25% or less, while Heart to Heart receives 75% or more of yearly donations.


(The Custody Project assists mothers and their children in accordance with our mission statement, using R (Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy), R20 (Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups) and R24 (Women's Rights). When updating GuideStar, we have also designated this population as female adults and their children as males and females, infants through age 19 years).

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Male Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

Property & Program Grants

Property & Program Grants includes for event expenses, teaching fees, land acquisition, capital, building, renovation, program development, and technical assistance.


Funds are rarely allocated here as our budget is minimal. Volunteers offering their time, technical assistance, equipment, and ongoing patience have built the long term successes which make helping our families possible.


Budget: Property and Program Grants, in combination with Fund & Friend-Raising, Educational Outreach, and General Purposes and Overhead, receives 25% or less, while Heart to Heart receives 75% or more of yearly donations.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Male Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Budget

Program 5

General Purposes and Overhead

General Purposes and Overhead includes for general operating support to continue and to expand the operation of The Custody Project.



Long Term Success and Ongoing Needs:


General operating support allows the completion of important tasks generating increased services and revenues for our families. To expand, assist mothers, continue web and brochure improvements, further Drive preparation, increase services, cover many other administrative and program expenses yearly, reach other goals, and make it possible for us to help many more families in the years to come, funding is needed.


Yet, the amount which can be set aside for required program and administrative expenses is currently insufficient. Both traditional donations and restricted donations (tax-deductible), as well as private sponsorships, as non-tax-deductible gifts, can help us meet our goals.


Traditional Donations permit a small percentage to fund program and administrative funding, as General Operating Expenses, in combination with Fund & Friend-Raising, Educational Outreach, and Property & Program Grants, receives 25% or less, while Heart to Heart receives 75% or more of yearly donations.


Restricted donations for program and administrative expenses have to state: for program and administrative expenses.


Private Sponsorships for Administrative and Program Expenses. Although not deductible, private sponsorships and financial gifts permit us to swiftly set funds aside for administrative and program expenses so that essential tasks are completed, and help is ensured to families for years to come.


Direct sponsorships and private gifts [not tax-deductible], when combined with traditional and restricted donations [tax-deductible], help us to maintain and update our web site to increase donations and our services to mothers, continue brochure and data capture improvements, further Drive preparation, provide assistance to families, expand services to mothers, and address and accomplish other administrative responsibilities. Allowing the quick attainment of goals, please make tax-deductible donations to The Custody Project and, when sending restricted donations, specify they are for program and administrative expenses. Make private gifts [not tax-deductible] payable to Donna Signorelli for program and administrative expenses, and send care of The Custody Project, too. Private gifts will be used towards the goals stated above and The Board will oversee both tax-deductible donations and non-deductible contributions, and ensure they are used to fully benefit the goals of The Custody Project.


For more information, visit The Custody Project @ You Can Help: Services: Program and Administrative Funding.


Budget: General Purposes and Overhead, in combination with Fund & Friend-Raising, Educational Outreach, and Property & Program Grants, receives 25% or less, while Heart to Heart receives 75% or more of yearly donations.

Category

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Male Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Custody Project has assisted mothers and their children in the U.S. Virgin Islands and all 50 states, with the exception of Alaska, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wyoming, and our range continues to expand.

Funding Needs

Donations to help our mothers and children are always paramount. See Heart to Heart Program above. Donations for The National Drive to raise awareness for the needs and the plight of our families are still needed. See Fund and Friend-Raising in Programs above. Donations are needed for Program and Administrative Expenses so that the mission of The Custody Project continues and expands. See General Purposes in Programs above. To view donated art, clothing, and jewelry, visit Artisans of the Twelfth House (http://stores.ebay.com/Artisans-of-The-Twelfth-House), and our site (http://thecustodyproject.org/donate.php) : The Shops and Artisans sections. Our IRS Determination Letters can be found under About US (http://thecustodyproject.org/downloads/Irsletters.pdf). Our 990N information, verifying our income is under $50,000 a year can be researched on our site under the About Us: Financials page through the attached link (http://thecustodyproject.org/financials.php). Visit The Custody Project for additional information and to donate (http://thecustodyproject.org/index.php). Thank You.

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THE CUSTODY PROJECT

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Principal Officer

Donna Signorelli (Call, email not watched!)

BIO

Currently serving as president, Ms. Signorelli saw the need to assist mothers and their children undergoing financial crises brought about or associated with legal demands. The Custody Project was founded in 1994.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Oftentimes, mothers must represent themselves and their children in courts of law without training or understanding of the judicial system. It is unacceptable when custody and visitation are at issue that loss of custody and contact with children results from lack: lack of money, good representation, and/or legal knowledge.

The suffering of these families is eased, help is extended and, through all of us, their way is made easier when we give from our hearts.

Thank you. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Donna Signorelli

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