Specialized Alternatives For Youth of America Inc dba SAFY America
10100 Elida Rd
Delphos OH 45833-9056
Contact Information
Nonprofit Specialized Alternatives For Youth of America Inc dba SAFY America
Address 10100 Elida Rd
Delphos, OH 45833 9056
Phone (800) 532-7239
Fax 419 692-7715
Contact Name Jan Bruggeman
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement Fostering an environment that positively impacts the lives of youth and their families...whether they are with us for an hour or a lifetime.
Background Statement For over 29 years, children who have experienced the worst in life have found respite and new hope for a better life through Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth of America, Inc. (SAFY) foster homes and services. Much more than a traditional foster care agency, SAFY is a private not-for-profit organization focused on treatment, intervention, adoption, and placement of children whose intensive needs cannot be managed through traditional foster care. SAFY provides services to youth who are experiencing abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol dependencies, behavioral problems, emotional disturbances, mental delays, physical challenges, and youth with special medical needs. SAFY has grown from a small agency in rural Ohio to a multi-state agency located in 8 states with over 2000 youth receiving services.
Impact Statement
SAFY is more clinically focused and provides a higher percentage of mental health services in homes utilizing caring and competent foster parents. Our program models have adapted to accomodate all we have learned about healing childrent and families through relationship building.
Needs Statement General operating support, infrastructure enhancement, specific program support, research, endowment
Board Chair Statement

 My wife and I adopted two children from Russia two years ago. When we first started the adoption process we took numerous classes and read many books on the special needs associated with children who live in foster homes and in orphanages. We both wanted to find ways to apply our new found knowledge to assist children in addition to those we adopted. While my wife work with organizations who deal specifically with parenting twins and international adoption, I found SAFY. When I travel, I try to make time to visit orphanages and see how individuals like myself can help children through philanthropy. In the US, it is our foster care system which assists children in need to meet their full potential. SAFY children need additional care and the foster parents need specialized training. By devoting my time to the SAFY board I try to increase the awareness of SAFY to others and hopefully share some of my business expertise so that the organization can ensure that the children get the best care possible.

 It is important that we make the most out of the time we have with each child in our care. Given the nature of foster care in America, many of the children placed in our care have experiences that can only be overcome by tender love and care. We know that some of the trauma that they have faced can take years to overcome. We also have to understand that each child must be assisted as an individual and that each one comes to SAFY with a different story. By understanding each of these basic concepts I hope that SAFY can have a positive impact if we have the child for only a day or over several years.

SAFY currently has an outstanding management team. Our CEO is one of the best I have seen and that includes both for profit and nonprofit organizations. All organizations need a management team that works well together and have a common vision. The employees that I have had the privilege to get to know are very dedicated and really care for the children. The synergy between the employees, the management team, the state boards and the national board is unique. Raising money will always be the biggest challenge for organizations like SAFY. There are so many children in foster care that need attention.

Cody Bateman, Board Chair

Geographic Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Offices in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carollina, and Texas
Board Chair
Board Chair Sandi Chester
Company Affiliation Retired - CEO El Monte Community Hospital
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2016
Board Members
Dinah G. Anderson PhDRetired - University of KentuckyVoting
Cody D. Bateman MBAMudigiVoting
Sandi Chester Retired - Hospital AdminisratorVoting
Quan Cory Former Foster ParentVoting
Donald , Layton CPALayton Layton & Tobler, LLPVoting
Carter D. K. Papke JDMontgomery District Attorny's OfficeVoting
Dan Pappas JDAttorneyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Carter Papke
Company Affiliation Retired - DA's Office
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2016
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Richard Nedelkoff
Term Start Jan 2012
Email nedelkoffr@safy.org

Richard R. Nedelkoff was appointed the Chief Executive Officer for SAFY in January, 2012. Appointed to national and statewide leadership positions in human service and public safety by three Governors and the President of the United States, he has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Chief Operating officer (COO) of three statewide and national non-profits providing services to youth and families. Additionally, he has managed agencies with budgets as large as six billion dollars and directed organizations with over 4500 employees. He is a recognized expert nationally and internationally in the juvenile justice, child welfare, public safety and human services fields.

Richard began his career gaining valuable experience as a foster care coordinator, child protective services caseworker, a Guardian Ad Litem, mediator of child custody and visitation disputes and the State Director for a network of runaway shelters and family counseling centers. n the foster care system.

Some of his later career highlights include:

  • Appointed by the President of the United States and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a six billion dollar criminal justice funding, planning and policy agency overseeing twenty-six federal public safety programs.
  • Appointed by the Governor of Texas to be the Conservator of a troubled state agency in receivership. He was charged with overseeing massive reform efforts, developing a strategic vision and leading all operations of a $350 million dollar state juvenile justice agency with over 4500 employees.
  • Chief Operating Officer of a national non-profit youth and family services organization that provides both residential and nonresidential programs to at risk youth and families in ten states. He directed over 1500 employees and a $100 million budget.
  • President and CEO of a national management consulting firm that provided solutions and consulting to agency heads at all levels of government, non-profits and companies that do business with government in the human service and public safety areas.
  • Appointed by the Governor of Texas to become the Executive Director of the operations of a statewide 140 million-dollar agency that provides policy leadership and funding in criminal justice, juvenile justice and victim services.

Richard received a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He earned a Master of Science degree (with high honors) in the Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University.


Co-CEO Scott Spangler
Term Start Mar 2013
Email spanglers@safy.org
Full Time Staff 436
Part Time Staff 74
Volunteers 26
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 73%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 153
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 331
Hispanic/Latino 14
Native American/American Indian 2
Other 7 2 - two or more races
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 72
Female 438
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Ms. Druann Whitaker Mar 1983 - Dec 2010
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Provides management services for the SAFY programs in the 27 Divisional offices in the eight states of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and South Carolina. Annual Averages: Foster Care 2,600 children; Foster Parents 1,100; In Home Intervention 300; Independent Living 300; Adoptions 125; Mental Health Services 900 individuals; Medically Fragile 100 children; MR/DD 150 Children; Juvenile Justice System 50 Children; Runaway Youth 300; Preschool Classes 100 children
Budget 3986314
Population Served Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.), Adults,
Program Long term Success Increased number of Children and Families obtaining Permanency
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Nov 2008
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2012
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2012
Projected Revenue $611,299.00
Projected Expenses $6,260,721.00
Endowment Value $20,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 20%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Revenue$6,234,740$6,008,100$7,160,281
Total Expenses$5,974,318$6,282,352$6,959,985
Revenue Less Expenses$260,422($274,252)$200,296
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201120102009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$168,784$37,118$40,104
Investment Income, Net of Losses$84,653$398,508$174,833
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$135,661$86,432$179,877
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$1,275,277$1,331,166$2,782,465
Administration Expense$4,434,199$4,497,894$3,780,525
Fundraising Expense$264,842$453,292$396,995
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.961.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses21%21%40%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue157%1221%990%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$9,327,696$9,190,735$9,660,105
Current Assets$863,710$4,656,605$6,440,669
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities$818,383$941,844$761,257
Total Net Assets$8,509,313$8,248,891$8,898,848
Form 990s
2011 990
2010 990
2009 990
2008 990
2007 990
Audit Documents
2012 Audit
2011 Audit
2010 Audit
2009 Audit
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
Address 10100 Elida Rd
Delphos, OH 458339056
Primary Phone 800 532-7239
Contact Email bruggemanj@safy.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard Nedelkoff
Board Chair Sandi Chester
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired - CEO El Monte Community Hospital