HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION INC

Address
814 COURT STREET
HONESDALE, PA 18431
Contact
Website: http://www.highlightsfoundation.org
Phone: +1 (570) 253-1192
Nonprofit
NTEE: T20 - Private Grantmaking Foundations
EIN: 31-1203417

Mission

FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS THE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION HAS BEEN FULFILLING ITS MISSION OF IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE BY HELPING AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS HONE THEIR CRAFT. THE FOUNDATION HOSTS OVER 40 WORKSHOPS ANNUALLY AT RETREAT CENTER IN THE NORTHERN POCONO MOUNTAINS OF PENNSYLVANIA.
 201820172016
Basic features of the organization
Year of formation1987
Subsection501(c)(3)
Organization typeCorporation
Human resources, including compensation
Summary compensation info
Total compensation of current key personnel$182,442.00$118,263.00$0.00
Sum of reportable (W2/1099) compensation$178,326.00$113,491.00 
Number of employees000
Number of people compensated >$100k000
Number of highly compensated contractors000
Personnel
Bartoletti, Susan
TitleSecretarySecretarySecretary
Name of key/compensated personSUSAN CAMPBELL BARTOLETTISUSAN CAMPBELL BARTOLETTISUSAN CAMPBELL BARTOLETTI
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionOfficerOfficerOfficer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.00
Brown, George
TitleExecutive Dir.DIRECTOR OF CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE 
Name of key/compensated personGEORGE BROWNGEORGE BROWN 
Average hours per week working for org40.0040.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$49,652.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
PositionOfficerKey employee 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.00 
Brown, Kent
TitleDIR EX OFICIOEXEC DIR/TREASEXEC DIR/TREAS
Name of key/compensated personKENT L BROWN JRKENT L BROWN JRKENT L BROWN JR
Average hours per week working for org20.0040.0040.00
Reportable compensation from org$86,953.00$63,839.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$4,116.00$4,772.00$0.00
PositionOfficerOfficerOfficer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.00
Cully, Christine
TitlePresidentPresidentPresident
Name of key/compensated personCHRISTINE FRENCH CULLYCHRISTINE FRENCH CULLYCHRISTINE FRENCH CULLY
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionOfficerOfficerOfficer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.00
Erskine, Katherine
Title  ASST SEC
Name of key/compensated person  KATHERINE ERSKINE
Average hours per week working for org  1.00
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00
Position  Officer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs  0.00
Erskine, Kathryn
TitleASST SECASST SEC 
Name of key/compensated personKATHRYN ERSKINEKATHRYN ERSKINE 
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
PositionOfficerOfficer 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.00 
Harrison, David
TitleTrusteeTrusteeTrustee
Name of key/compensated personDAVID HARRISONDAVID HARRISONDAVID HARRISON
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.00
Shepard, Ray
TitleTrusteeTrusteeTrustee
Name of key/compensated personRAY SHEPARDRAY SHEPARDRAY SHEPARD
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.00
Shepherd, Carly
TitleTrusteeTrusteeTrustee
Name of key/compensated personCARLY SHEPHERDCARLY SHEPHERDCARLY SHEPHERD
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.00
Winters, Clay
TitleASST TREASASST TREASASST TREAS
Name of key/compensated personCLAY WINTERSCLAY WINTERSCLAY WINTERS
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionOfficerOfficerOfficer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Average hours per week working for related orgs0.000.000.00
Purpose: mission, activities & accomplishments
Mission or significant activitiesFOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS THE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION HAS BEEN FULFILLING ITS MISSION OF IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE BY HELPING AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS HONE THEIR CRAFT. THE FOUNDATION HOSTS OVER 40 WORKSHOPS ANNUALLY AT RETREAT CENTER IN THE NORTHERN POCONO MOUNTAINS OF PENNSYLVANIA.FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS THE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION HAS BEEN FULFILLING ITS MISSION OF IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE BY HELPING AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS HONE THEIR CRAFT. THE FOUNDATION HOSTS OVER 40 WORKSHOPS ANNUALLY AT RETREAT CENTER IN THE NORTHERN POCONO MOUNTAINS OF PENNSYLVANIA.TO ENHANCE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE BY PROVIDING WRITING WORKSHOPS TO AUTHORS OF CHILDRENS LITERATURE
Program expenses (total)$1,067,960.00$844,654.00$566,877.00
Programs, including revenue & expenses
THE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION CONDUCTS NUMEROUS WRITERS WORKSHOPS THROUGHTOUT THE YEAR WHICH AID, PROMOTE,FOSTER AND SUPPORT THE WRITING OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. SEMINARS ARE HOSTED AT THE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE CENTER WHICH PROVIDES A LEARNING FACILITY ALONG WITH A LODGING FACILITY FOR FACULTY & ATTENDEES. FOUNDATION IS ABLE TO PROVIDE MANY TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS TO FINANCIALLY ASSIST ATTENDEES.
Program expenses$1,067,960.00$844,654.00$566,877.00
Grants and allocations made$84,963.00$82,899.00$47,085.00
Program revenue  $481,651.00
Program descriptionTHE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION CONDUCTS NUMEROUS WRITERS WORKSHOPS THROUGHTOUT THE YEAR WHICH AID, PROMOTE,FOSTER AND SUPPORT THE WRITING OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. SEMINARS ARE HOSTED AT THE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE CENTER WHICH PROVIDES A LEARNING FACILITY ALONG WITH A LODGING FACILITY FOR FACULTY & ATTENDEES. FOUNDATION IS ABLE TO PROVIDE MANY TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS TO FINANCIALLY ASSIST ATTENDEES.THE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION CONDUCTS NUMEROUS WRITERS WORKSHOPS THROUGHTOUT THE YEAR WHICH AID, PROMOTE,FOSTER AND SUPPORT THE WRITING OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. SEMINARS ARE HOSTED AT THE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE CENTER WHICH PROVIDES A LEARNING FACILITY ALONG WITH A LODGING FACILITY FOR FACULTY & ATTENDEES. FOUNDATION IS ABLE TO PROVIDE MANY TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS TO FINANCIALLY ASSIST ATTENDEES.THE HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION CONDUCTS SEVERAL WRITERS WORKSHOPS THROUGHTOUT THE YEAR WHICH AID, PROMOTE,FOSTER AND SUPPORT THE WRITING OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE. SEMINARS ARE HOSTED AT THE FOUNDATION CONFERENCE CENTER WHICH PROVIDES A LEARNING FACILITY ALONG WITH A LODGING FACILITY FOR FACULTY & ATTENDEES. FOUNDATION IS ABLE TO PROVIDE MANY TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS TO FINANCIALLY ASSIST ATTENDEES.
Financial data
Expense categories (totals)
Sum (total functional expenses)$1,229,949.00$951,973.00$630,942.00
Program services (total functional expenses)$1,067,960.00$844,654.00$566,877.00
Management & general (total functional expenses)$113,700.00$80,712.00$57,051.00
Fundraising (total functional expenses)$48,289.00$26,607.00$7,014.00
Revenue
Total revenue$1,253,438.00$974,493.00$788,345.00
Program service revenue (total)$841,800.00$718,638.00$481,651.00
Revenue from contributions (total)$129,727.00$167,446.00$232,824.00
Revenue from noncash contributions $79,657.00$153,954.00
Investment income$281,911.00$88,409.00$73,870.00
Total unrelated business revenue$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other revenue, current yr$0.00$0.00$0.00
Total revenue from grants, etc., current yr$129,727.00$167,446.00$232,824.00
Gross receipts$1,452,805.00$1,454,977.00$1,498,390.00
Sources of contributions
Revenue from all other contributions$129,727.00$167,446.00$232,824.00
Other types of revenue
Royalties (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Miscellaneous revenue (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Net revenue from gaming (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Income from dividends, interest, and similar investments$205,675.00$123,941.00$155,065.00
Net rental income$0.00$0.00$0.00
Net income from fundraising events$0.00$0.00$0.00
Net inventory sales (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Fees for services
Lobbying fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Legal fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Fundraising service fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00
General management fees (total)$4,250.00$4,080.00$30,787.00
Investment management fees (total)$51,844.00$28,963.00$16,743.00
Accounting service fees (total)$5,500.00$7,750.00$3,700.00
Assets and liabilities
Total assets$6,054,733.00$5,829,061.00$5,392,315.00
Total assets, beginning of year$5,829,061.00$5,182,453.00$5,808,262.00
Total liabilities$748,845.00$742,634.00$842,634.00
Total liabilities, beginning of year$742,634.00$842,634.00$940,114.00
Pledges & accounts receivable, net$0.00$0.00$0.00
Loans & receivables from key persons$0.00$0.00$0.00
Temporarily restricted net assets  $2,049,270.00
Permanently restricted net assets, end of yr  $1,887,114.00
Net assets$5,305,888.00$5,086,427.00$4,549,681.00
Net assets, beginning of year$5,086,427.00$4,339,819.00$4,868,148.00
Intangible assets$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other assets$509,932.00$414,350.00$140,047.00
Investments: other securities$382,257.00$478,345.00$572,263.00
Investments: publicly traded securities$3,861,441.00$3,607,896.00$3,272,244.00
Cash: non-interest bearing$0.00$0.00$0.00
Investments: program-related$0.00$0.00$0.00
Inventories for sale or use$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other financial variables
Revenue less expenses$23,489.00$22,520.00$157,403.00
Advertising (total)$105,750.00$93,645.00$49,985.00
Savings & temp cash investment$83,182.00$109,650.00$150,015.00
Accounts receivable, net$0.00$0.00$0.00
Prepaid expenses & deferred charges$0.00$0.00$0.00
Accounts payable & accrued expenses$4,782.00  
Secured mortgages and notes payable$744,063.00$742,634.00$842,634.00
Total net assets or fund balances$5,305,888.00$5,086,427.00$4,549,681.00
Depreciation, depletion, amortization$41,429.00$38,926.00$40,524.00
Payment to affiliates$0.00$0.00$0.00
Governance and accountability
Number of voting members988
Number of independent voting members778
Relationships among key personnelTrueTrue 
Tax year start date2017-03-012016-03-012015-03-01
Tax year end date2018-02-282017-02-282016-02-29
Accounting methodCashCashCash
Metadata about the filing
E-return type990990990
Date e-filing submitted2018-09-282017-10-192016-11-02
IRS schema version2017v2.22016v3.02015v2.0
Filing identifier201841979349300549201721959349301677201621979349301312
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