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KidWorks ushers hope into Orange County's most challenging neighborhoods through life changing leadership development and academic enrichment programs while also fortifying families by engaging and supporting parents.

Contact information

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Phone: 714.834.9400

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 743081569

CEO/President: David Benavides

Chairman: Cory Alder

Board size: 13

Founder: Pastor Larry and Jayme Acosta

Ruling year: 2003

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2021


To transform challenged neighborhoods in central Santa Ana by building on the strengths and potential in the community through education, character formation, and personal development.

Mission statement

To restore at-risk life at a time.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: K-12 Schools/Academies

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating279 of 107720 of 48
Fund acquisition rating7 of 10784 of 48
Resource allocation rating648 of 107838 of 48
Asset utilization rating521 of 107725 of 48

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$231,721$171,661$441,324$567,401$449,619
Short-term investments$1,948,979$886,122$484,003$439,413$126,925
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,454,844$2,764,822$2,161,096$1,620,393$1,565,993
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,869,928$4,001,414$4,087,270$4,235,551$4,232,331
Other long-term assets$1,325$1,325$1,325$1,325$1,525
Total long-term assets$3,871,253$4,002,739$4,088,595$4,236,876$4,233,856
Total assets$7,326,097$6,767,561$6,249,691$5,857,269$5,799,849
Payables and accrued expenses$306,064$236,054$164,745$173,032$165,679
Other current liabilities$213,780$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$519,844$236,054$164,745$173,032$165,679
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$355,133$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$355,133$0$0
Total liabilities$519,844$236,054$519,878$173,032$165,679
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$6,325,105$5,742,101$4,909,473$4,962,538$4,176,943
With donor restrictions$481,148$789,406$820,340$721,699$1,457,227
Net assets$6,806,253$6,531,507$5,729,813$5,684,237$5,634,170
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,648,274$3,681,488$2,943,569$2,914,386$2,762,163
Program service revenue$11,491$7,400$11,245$17,584$18,145
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$30,632$34,617$19,308$13,260$15,188
Other revenue($136,562)$13,695$75,835($13,272)$66,484
Total other revenue($94,439)$55,712$106,388$17,572$99,817
Total revenue$3,553,835$3,737,200$3,049,957$2,931,958$2,861,980
Program services$2,483,682$2,343,717$2,405,949$2,371,186$2,190,710
Management and general$277,149$221,242$216,050$207,454$215,582
Total expenses$3,168,113$2,894,641$2,998,803$2,899,244$2,790,670
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$385,722$842,559$51,154$32,714$71,310
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$385,722$842,559$51,154$32,714$71,310


Jasna BaronChief Financial Officer$103,845
David BenavidesChief Executive Officer$100,831

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

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KidWorks, founded in 1993 by Pastor Larry and Jayme Acosta, began in a tiny, one-room apartment on Townsend Street as a summer safe haven for children and youth. From the beginning, KidWorks recruited college students to live and work in the community. Our Executive Director, David Benavides, was one of the first students to volunteer. His time with KidWorks began with an eight-week program that changed his life, and ours, forever.

Since 1993, KidWorks has grown into a vibrant community development non-profit that serves central Santa Ana students and families through a fully licensed preschool, after-school programs, tutoring, mentoring, and adult services in the areas of health, parenting classes, and support groups.

With Ava Steaffens as our Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2015, KidWorks grew into a strong organization with deep roots in the community.

In 2005 we opened our main community center, the Dan Donahue Center, in honor and memory of a KidWorks' dear friend, Dan Donahue. His friends and family raised over a million dollars to provide hope and restoration to central Santa Ana by helping purchase and renovate the building that now bares his name.

In 2009, thanks to a generous in-kind donation from Orange Housing and C&C Development, the KidWorks Center on Townsend Street opened. In 2011, KidWorks opened a third community center in the Bishop Manor neighborhood.

In 2015 KidWorks opened a fourth center in the Cedar Evergreen neighborhood. We also launched the Building Dreams Capital Campaign to fund the expansion of the Dan Donahue Center so that we could double our capacity to serve children, youth, and parents in central Santa Ana. Our expanded KidWorks Dan Donahue Center opened its doors in the fall of 2017!

In partnership with our valued supporters and volunteers, we are guiding children and youth towards positive life choices and redirecting their path towards college.

KidWorks continues its legacy as a beacon of light and hope.

Program accomplishments

Each year KidWorks impacts the lives of hundreds of students and families through our programs in central Santa Ana.