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See A New Sun Foundation, Inc.

 PO Box 1344, c/o Sans Inc
 Littleton, MA 01460
[P] (978) 486-4928
[F] (978) 486-4928
www.4sans.org
info@4sans.org
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INCORPORATED: 2003
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 13-4248502

LAST UPDATED: 07/09/2015
Organization DBA SANS
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The See A New Sun Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of suicide through education and awareness.

Mission Statement

The See A New Sun Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of suicide through education and awareness.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year June 01, 2011 to May 31, 2012
Projected Income $15,000.00
Projected Expense $22,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • SOS High and Middle School Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The See A New Sun Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of suicide through education and awareness.

Background Statement

On January 9, 2000, Bryan Whitcomb age 31 died by suicide. His family and friends were devastated.  In 2001 both friends and family met together to determine what we might be able to do so that others might not have to endure this kind of tragedy.  After several meetings we decided to form a non-profit foundation that would provide education and awareness about suicide and depression with high school age students as our first priority.  We received help from a local lawyer who helped us in the setting up of a non-profit foundation.  At the same time with the help of a mental health professional we researched several programs already in existance.  We determined that the "SOS" program developed by Screening for Mental Health met the criteria we were looking for.  At this point we have provided 90 "SOS" Program Kits to schools, agencies and communities from the Cape to the Berkshires. We have expanded to provide the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's DVD set " More Than Sad" to 40 schools and communities in Massachusetts.  In addition speak to community groups regarding suicide and depression spreading the word that depression is treatable and suicide is preventable.   

Impact Statement

Accomplishments past year:  Provided SOS (Signs of Suicide) kits to Middle and High Schools and community organizations throughout MA.Also provided the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's DVD set " More Than Sad" to schools and communities throughout MA.
Spoke to church and community groups about suicide and depression.  Distributed suicide education material to clergy and funeral directors. three of our board members attended the MA Coalition for Suicide Preventions annual conference.  Held our annual walk for suicide prevention in Littleton, MA with speaker providing information about signs of suicide to participants.  Provide a suicide survivor support group here in Littleton for any who has lost a family member, friend, significant other to suicide. Current Year: Continue our services and fund raisers as in previous years and in addition bring Project Interface to the Town of Littleton.  Bring a suicide prevention program to police departments.  We will providing the program to Littleton Police in August 2012.

Needs Statement

In order to bring Project Interface to Littleton we need to commit to $10,000
each year for the next two years.  After that our expectation is that Littleton will continue the program and its funding.
No one working for SANS is paid.  We are an all volunteer organization at this time.  Volunteers are always needed. We also need enough money to provide the SOS kits to all who request and commit to using it in their schools.  The kits cost $ 375.00 each.  The "More Tan Sad" DVD's cost    We also need enough funding to cover our expenses for office supplies and promotional materials

CEO Statement

Our board chair acts as the CEO/ Executive Director.  Our board is made up of all volunteers.

Board Chair Statement

I am Barbara Whitcomb, Chair of the Board.  As the mother of Bryan Whitcomb, who died by suicide on January 9, 2000 at 31 years old,  I am passionate about reducing the stigma associated with depression and any mental illness.  It is the belief of the board of directors that becoming informed and teaching others that depression is treatable and that suicide is preventable and just becoming more open in speaking about suicide and depression will help prevent the terrible tragedy of suicide.  Suicide not only effects the person who passed away but every family member and friend of that person, including whole communities, schools and churches. The biggest challenge SANS faces is having enough money to continue what we are doing and expand to provide a system that those in need of help can easily and quickly access that help.  That is why we are committed to bringing Project Interface to the town of Littleton and beyond.
Raising funds is always a challenge.  We do an annual three mile walk to raise funds as well as have a homemade quilt to raffle each year.  We also receive private donations.
In addition to our work to prevent suicide we facilitate a support group for survivors of suicide (those left behind after the loss by suicide of a family member or friend)  This group meets twice a month and has proven to be very helpful to many. Sadly, I say many.  It is our hope that some day there will be no need for such a group. As we say in the group we are members of club that no one ever wanted to belong to. 
 

Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE

SANS has served schools in towns and cities throughout MA.  Some of these are: Littleton, Concord, Groton,Westford, Lunenburg, Gardner, Springfield, Nantucket, Ashby, Attleboro, Maynard, Mashpee, Falmouth, Ayer/Shirley, Greater Lowell Tech, Amesbury, Braintree, Hardwick,Bellingham, Pittsfield, Harwich, Chatham, Chelmsford, Bolton, Berlin, Acton/Boxborough, Tyngsborough, Dighton, Bedford and more

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Student Services
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Fund Raising & Fund Distribution

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

SOS High and Middle School Program

The SOS program is a complete Suicide Prevention Education Program that teaches students signs to look for in their or themselves that may be indicators of potential self harm and/or suicide.  It teaches students to Act, Care, Tell.  Act: Take action and do not ignore the signs they are seeing, CARE:show friend or family member you care by listening and being with them. Tell: Tell a trusted adult such as parent, school nurse, guidance person, could be the custodian, bus driver,clergy, or anyone that will get the appropriate help for the situation at hand.  As part of the program a brief screening form is filled out by each student and are evaluated by the screening team.  If any one is determined to be very depressed or suicidal by the results of the screening they are seen by the designated person (may be school psychologist, guidance staff, social worker, school nurse or other appropriate person) to determine if a referral is needed.  Of course the parent/guardian is informed if any of this happens .  The program is a program developed by Screening for Mental Health of Wellesley,MA. www.mentalhealthscreening.org. The cost to us depends upon the number of kits we supply.8250
Budget  $8,250.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Better understanding of mental health issues.
Caring
Listening
Program Long-Term Success 
Reducing the incidence of suicide in the adolescent population. Understanding that the words suicide and depression should be spoken in order to reduce the stigma associated.
Increase help seeking.
Program Success Monitored By 
School Staff
Interviews with students
Interviews with parents
Examples of Program Success 
Sucess determined by the number of students seeking help and getting help. Changes in mood and behavior. Overall statistics by Screening for Mental Health. www.mentalhealthscreening.org

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our biggest challenge is having enough money to provide as many SOS kits as requested and also being able to provide the AFSP "More Than SAD" DVD set for students and teachers.  We also speak to a variety of groups regarding suicide and depression and pay for relevent speakers as an adjunct to our other programs.  We raise funds through private donations and fund raisers such as our walk and quilt raffle.  We also have tables at community functions providing pamphlets on mental health issues and booklets of resources. We are planning on bringing Project Interface to Littleton by January 1, 2013.  In August 2012 we are providing the Littleton Police Department with a Suicide Prevention Program through the North East Coalition for Suicide Prevention.  I believe the connection we have with other suicide prevention organizations is invaluable and through these connections we can bring up to date appropriate information to the public.  I also am a survivor speaker and will speak to any group looking for that kind of speaker.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Barbara Whitcomb RN
CEO Term Start June 2007
CEO Email bwhitcomb@4sans.org
CEO Experience
My experience has been as Lead School Nurse in Littleton from about 1987 until 1999.  I have been chair of many volunteer comittees and member of the Board of Concord Family Service and the Acton Housing Authority.  Most of my experience in leadership has come from working hard and passionately to help found and maintain the See A New Sun Foundation.
Co-CEO N/A N/A N/A
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email N/A
Co-CEO Experience
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
2009 Annual Leadership in Suicide Prevention Award MA Coalition for Suicide Prevention 2009
In Recognition of receiving the MA Coalition for Suicide Prevention's Leadership in Suicide Prevention Award and for founding the See A New Sun Foundation MA House of Representatives 2009
In Recognition of your many efforts to Raise Awareness of Suicide and Promote Prevention and to Honor Your Contributions During National Suicide Prevention Week September 6-12, 2009 MA House of Representatives 2009

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

See A New Sun collaborates with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Screening for Mental Health, Samaritans of Merrimack Valley,
Teen Anxiety and Depression Solutions,  MA Coalition for Suicide Prevention, North East Coalition for Suicide Prevention. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mrs. Barbara Whitcomb RN
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term June 2007 - May 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Deb Boczenowski Chelmsford Public Schools Voting
Mr. Steve Boczenowski Mitre Corporation Voting
Lynnette Knight MD practicing pediatrician Voting
Mrs. Anna Lapin Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Drew Lapin Community Volunteer Voting
Robert Simmons PhD Retired Voting
Barbara Whitcomb RN Retired Voting
Mrs. Christine Whitcomb Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Timothy Whitcomb Westford Police Dept. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions --
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • By-laws
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Fiscal Year June 01, 2011 to May 31, 2012
Projected Income $15,000.00
Projected Expense $22,000.00
Form 990s

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue $33,141 $8,310 $6,938
Total Expenses $20,547 $7,407 $7,843

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $30,413 $3,998 $1,436
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $2,728 $4,312 $502
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Program Expense $19,378 $6,565 $7,225
Administration Expense $1,169 $842 $618
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.61 1.12 0.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses 94% 89% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Assets $21,467 $8,873 $7,970
Current Assets $21,467 $8,873 $7,970
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $21,467 $8,873 $7,970

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2011 2010 2009
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We always spend on suicide prevention curriculum kits and suicide prevention DVD's , other related programs all that we have to spend.
We do spend some on supplies needed as well. We also have some expenses related to our walk and quilt raffle.  We do plan on having enough money, one way or another to bring Project Interface to Littleton by January 2013.  No one in our organization gets paid.  It would be nice to think that at some time we could at least pay one office staff person to handle filing and correspondence as well as do grant work for us.  Our hope is to have this organization continue on and expand to keep up with the demand for the service that we do. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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