Shepherd Community Inc

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Shepherd's programming is designed to help children and adults build a strong base in four key areas of their lives: physical, emotional, academic and spiritual by providing programs that make up a Continuum of Care.

Building upward stability - Our neighbors on the near eastside of Indianapolis live on the edge of crisis. Shepherd works to build assets into people's lives so they can break the bonds of generational poverty. By fighting systemic causes and serving with life-long, relationship-based care, Shepherd makes a difference - physically, socially, and spiritually.

Serving the community - Shepherd walks alongside our neighbors in every phase of life, meeting people where they are and encouraging them to lives of greater wholeness. We see and serve each person-from newborn babies to students, working families to lonely shut-ins-with wrap-around programs, one-on-one mentoring, and community outreach with a long-term focus.

Supporting pandemic needs - The Coronavirus pandemic continues to deeply impact our neighbors. Food insecurity, job instability, educational upheaval, and isolation are all major issues for the families Shepherd serves. Since March, we've worked hard to implement support and relief, while continuing to build relationships even in a time of social distancing. Our long-term plan for focuses on five key areas of need-Learning, Food, Medical, Connection/Mental Health, and Family Support-critical for helping our community adapt and thrive.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Shepherd Community Inc
4107 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201


Phone: 317-375-0203


Organization details

EIN: 351765846

CEO/President: Jay Height

Chairman: Ben Lotter

Board size: 12


Ruling year: 1988

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


At Shepherd, we do life with our neighbors, and see their felt needs first-hand. Some causes of poverty are systemic, and others are situational, but all restrict people's ability to navigate life. Breaking down our preconceived notions and cultural blind-spots is key to achieving real impact in the lives of neighbors living in generational poverty.

As we grow in our understanding of generational poverty, we know that there is no quick fix. Throwing money at the complexity of cultural and systemic issues isn't enough. That's why our relationship-based model focuses on ten key assets that we've found are essential for breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

1. Faith in a personal God who provides purpose and guidance is foundational for hope.

2. Physical health and mobility are key to functioning at school, at work, and within social networks.

3. Relationships provide critical help in times of need, stress, and crisis.

4. Emotional control enables healthy responses to negative circumstances and challenge.

5. Mental acuity in academic skills and critical thinking supports good decision-making.

6. Identifying with stable adults that model stability, planning, and perseverance promotes growth.

7. Self-advocacy-the belief that you can question the status quo and pursue your dreams-empowers change.

8. Knowledge of dominant, mainstream culture helps people succeed and get things done in work and life.

9. Future-orientation supports long-term planning, life-long learning, and perseverance.

10. The money to provide for basic needs such as housing, food, and healthcare is foundational for escaping generational poverty.

Mission statement

Shepherd Community Center's mission is to break the cycle of poverty on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis by engaging and empowering the community to cultivate healthy children, strong families, and vibrant neighborhoods through a Christ-centered approach that meets the spiritual, physical, emotional, and academic needs of our neighbors.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating855 of 1074101 of 142
Fund acquisition rating941 of 1075112 of 142
Resource allocation rating606 of 107580 of 142
Asset utilization rating648 of 107483 of 142

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,076,981$53,778$125,007$1,232,588$259,775
Short-term investments$5,441,753$6,013,341$5,278,515$4,910,933$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,449,892$6,878,799$6,137,365$7,080,152$7,738,495
Long-term investments$883,202$0$0$965,195$0
Fixed assets$1,162,225$1,238,512$1,504,910$1,745,298$1,747,901
Other long-term assets$28,234$28,270$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,073,661$1,266,782$1,504,910$2,710,493$1,747,901
Total assets$10,523,553$8,145,581$7,642,275$9,790,645$9,486,396
Payables and accrued expenses$309,884$203,859$184,098$189,145$148,792
Other current liabilities$104,804$238,664$73,665$48,000$131,159
Total current liabilities$414,688$442,523$257,763$237,145$279,951
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$18,756$31,260$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$18,756$31,260$55,000$0$0
Total liabilities$433,444$473,783$312,763$237,145$279,951
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,358,970$1,366,698$1,739,772$2,165,003$2,691,808
With donor restrictions$7,731,139$6,305,100$5,589,740$7,388,497$6,514,637
Net assets$10,090,109$7,671,798$7,329,512$9,553,500$9,206,445
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,540,032$4,201,283$3,246,105$4,907,594$10,833,545
Program service revenue$1,305,091$1,219,952$1,310,605$1,238,253$1,116,350
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$187,533$393,921$270,445$86,642($119,621)
Other revenue$0$0$136,867$36,616$33,109
Total other revenue$1,492,624$1,613,873$1,717,917$1,361,511$1,029,838
Total revenue$9,032,656$5,815,156$4,964,022$6,269,105$11,863,383
Program services$5,596,194$4,908,225$4,291,261$4,504,160$3,412,735
Management and general$555,090$509,556$1,631,754$833,904$670,469
Total expenses$7,035,383$6,119,891$6,566,959$6,208,023$4,637,412
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,997,273($304,735)($1,602,937)$61,082$7,225,971
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,997,273($304,735)($1,602,937)$61,082$7,225,971


Jay HeightExecutive Director$192,654
Andrew GreenAsst Executive Director$98,152
Richard WestlakeCFO (part year)$46,607

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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When you give to Shepherd Community Center, you make a difference in the lives of the children, families, and neighbors we serve. Your gift helps to feed, educate, and care for your neighbors, providing a continuum of relationship-based care.