Charity Review

The Dougy Center

Meets Standards
(503) 775-5683 3909 SE 52nd Ave, Portland OR 97206-3911

Standards for Charity Accountability

  1. 1. Board Oversight
  2. 2. Board Size
  3. 3. Board Meetings
  4. 4. Board Compensation
  5. 5. Conflict of Interest
Measuring Effectiveness
  1. 6. Effectiveness Policy
  2. 7. Effectiveness Report
  1. 8. Program Expenses
  2. 9. Fund Raising Expenses
  3. 10. Accumulating Funds
  4. 11. Audit Report
  5. 12. Detailed Expense Breakdown
  6. 13. Accurate Expense Reporting
  7. 14. Budget Plan
Fund Raising & Info
  1. 15. Truthful Materials
  2. 16. Annual Report
  3. 17. Website Disclosures
  4. 18. Donor Privacy
  5. 19. Cause Marketing Disclosures
  6. 20. Complaints
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Fund Raising
  5. Tax Status
  6. Financial
  7. Affiliates

The Dougy Center meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The mission of The Dougy Center is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their family members grieving a death can share their experiences.

Also Known As: Dougy Center


At The Dougy Center, grieving children and their parents/caregivers attend one of various peer to peer support groups biweekly. Groups are formed based on the type of death and the age of the child. They are grouped by common experience into "Littles" (ages 3-5), "Sons and Daughters" groups (ages 6-12, for those who have experienced a parent death), "Sibs" groups (ages 6-12, for sibling death), "Middlers" (ages 11-14), "Teens" (ages 13-18), "After a Suicide Death", "After a Violent Death" and "Young Adults" (ages 19-30). Concurrent to the children and teen groups, parents and/or adult caregivers also attend a support group. The adult group has a dual focus, allowing adults to gain support for their own grief while learning how to support their grieving children. The groups are coordinated by Dougy Center program staff members who are Masters level or higher in social work or a related field, who supervise trained volunteer facilitators. The Dougy Center also provides specific groups for children who have experienced a sudden death, a murder or violent death, a suicide death, or a chronic or long term illness of a member of their family. Over 175 volunteers facilitate 52 support groups for children, teens, young adults and their parents or adult caregivers. All volunteer facilitators are required to complete a 30-hour training program and make a one-year commitment to working with the children at The Dougy Center.

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on The Dougy Center's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds
Contributions $387,358.00
Special events $534,087.00
Less Direct Expenses ($110,271.00)
Publication Sales Net of Direct Expenses $36,006.00
Training Fees Net of Cost of Revenue $58,870.00
Net of Investment Return $117,003.00
Other $4,342.00
Capital Campaign Contributions $447,707.00
Capital Campaign Expenses ($122,158.00)
Increase in Value of Charitable Trust $10,686.00
Total Income: $1,363,630.00
Fusion Chart
Program Expenses: $868,474.00
Fundraising Expenses: $216,421.00
Administrative Expenses: $126,780.00
Total Expenses: $1,211,675.00
Expenses in Excess of Income: ($151,955.00)
Beginning Net Assets: $5,651,910.00
Ending Net Assets: $5,803,865.00
Total Liabilities: $1,401,344.00
Total Assets: $7,205,209.00

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