Transparency is nothing new at The Leaven

It’s our commitment today – just as it’s been since our beginning.

At The Leaven, we don’t take trust lightly. We know that every time you donate your time or your money, you have an expectation that we will do what we say we will do. Think of our Mission as our bond: we will “share the love and compassion of Christ through acts of mercy and help to our neighbors.” No ifs, buts or ands – simply put, we exist to help communities and kids. But every once in a while, it’s good – for you and for us – to review what that commitment means.


Our board members are not employees of The Leaven, have no conflicts of interest and receive no compensation.

Fiduciary Responsibility

Our board members have accepted a position of trust, granted to them by donors, grantors and community stakeholders, to manage and protect the assets of The Leaven.


Although The Leaven has programs in both Northern and Southern California, each area is independently funded. Also, donations given specifically for a single center are used for that center’s activities.


Each year, an independent auditor reviews our financial records and publishes an audit that notes discrepancies, if any.


We file an annual report to the Internal Revenue Service, called a 990. This reports on our financials and significant policies, and is a public document.


Seventy-five cents of every dollar we receive goes directly to our programs. The other 25 cents covers our administration, management and fundraising.


Without holding excessive funds that were donated to fulfill our mission, The Leaven maintains a small reserve fund so we can meet our financial obligations if income were to decline.


We regularly have our programs formally and informally reviewed by local educators who hold us accountable to helping kids succeed in the classroom.


We meet all requirements for submitting reports to our grantors, showing them how funds were used and the impact they made.


Donors are welcome to arrange a visit to a center to see the Leaven’s programs for themselves.

staff training is vigorous

New site directors attend extensive training sessions and work one-on-one with an experienced site director before being placed in a leadership role at a center.

confidentiality is never compromised

We safeguard our donor’s records and our volunteers’ personal information.

volunteers are background checked

No one is allowed to volunteer at a Leaven center without first undergoing an extensive background check that is provided by law enforcement.

centers are secured

Every Leaven center has extra security to ensure the safety of our students and our property.

Children’s Privacy is Protected

A child’s name, photo or story is not used without permission or without removing information that could be used to potentially harm that child.

Download a copy of our

2014/2015 990 Report


The Leaven’s purpose is to share the love and compassion of Christ through acts of mercy and help to our neighbors.