Family Guidance, Inc.


Family Guidance, Inc. (originally founded as Youth Guidance, Inc.) is a community-based Christian organization that has been committed to helping children and families since 1964.

The ministry's programs focus on the needs of youth and families today. At risk families, a rapidly growing segment of the population, have special needs. They require special programs that build confidence, help them to develop positive relationships, and instill values that will help them make good decisions. Family Guidance strengthens families and offers hope and a future to at-risk youth through marriage enrichment, empowering churches to minister to families and children, and offering mentoring and summer camp. Family Guidance is a tax exempt nonprofit, and is eligible for tax-deductible donations. Family Guidance is also a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
913 Western Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15233


Phone: (412) 741-8550


Organization details

EIN: 251128116

CEO/President: Mr. Bob Jamison

Chairman: Mr. Kenneth Fraser

Board size: 15

Founder: Mr. Jim Leckie

Year founded: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


    Family Guidance, Inc. (originally founded as Youth Guidance, Inc.) is a community-based Christian organization that has been committed to helping children and families since 1964.

    The ministry's programs focus on the needs of youth and families today:

    The One-to-One Program, Pittsburgh's oldest youth mentoring program, is a vital force that is reclaiming young lives. Family Guidance mentors:
    • match children from predominately single-parent families with Christian adults, who through the love of Jesus Christ and the application of His teachings, provide friendship, stability, and commitment in order to help children reach their God-give potential.
    • offer mature guidance and role modeling as children make decisions that will steer the remainder of their lives.
    • impart life skills and relationship-building skills that help prepare our kids to function positively as citizens in society

    Family Guidance's Summer Camp Program at Promise Camp is designed to serve at-risk youth from western Pennsylvania. The Camp program offers these children an intensive, transformational experience in a safe, natural setting. This is accomplished through meeting the needs of the whole-person in a relational caring style. Most of the children who attend the summer camp come from the Family Guidance One-to-One (mentoring) Program and various other partnerships that serve vulnerable youth in the region.

    The camp strives to keep a close counselor to camper ratio, which assures our children plenty of individualized attention. Family Guidance's overall goal is to help meet the social, mental, physical, and spiritual needs of these children from distressed families. The overarching goal of the camp is to introduce these kids to Jesus Christ. Activities at camp stress relational skills, team-building, and self-confidence.

Mission statement

Family Guidance, Inc. uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

Family Guidance, Inc. wholeheartedly strives to bring hope and a future through Jesus Christ to vulnerable children and families of all cultures throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Statement of faith

Family Guidance, Inc uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself to man, absolute in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content and without any errors in its teaching as originally given.

All men in their natural state are lost, alienated from God, spiritually dead: "All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

Salvation is by grace, a free gift of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures (I Corinthians 15:3). Those who thus receive Christ by faith have their sins forgiven (Ephesians 1:7), their hearts cleansed (Acts 15:9), are born of the Spirit, become children of God (John 1:12-13), and are made new creatures in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17).

God is one God, who reveals Himself in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ, as the Scriptures affirm, is the Son of God and Son of man, was born of a virgin, and is Himself very God. The Scriptures also declare the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christrose from the dead in the same body that was laid to rest in the tomb (John 20: 25-27); He ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will personally (Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 4:16) bodily and visibly (Matthew 26:64, Revelation 1:7) return to earth in power and glory.

Christians, born of the Spirit, are to live the new life in the present power of the Spirit. "If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk." (Galatians 5:16-25, Colossians 2:6). The Christian's responsibility and his normal attitude of life is to yield himself to God (Romans 6:13), trusting God to keep him.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating462 of 47020 of 21
Fund acquisition rating449 of 47021 of 21
Resource allocation rating358 of 47012 of 21
Asset utilization rating447 of 47020 of 21

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$51,838$18,174$145,526$282,858$126,207
Short-term investments$124,810$123,475$187,118$178,169$306,661
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$492,198$712,710$1,075,870$642,004$2,108,329
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,680,630$3,847,286$3,883,958$4,012,877$3,120,349
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,680,630$3,847,286$3,883,958$4,012,877$3,120,349
Total assets$4,172,828$4,559,996$4,959,828$4,654,881$5,228,678
Payables and accrued expenses$75,970$28,482$53,550$291,800$586,313
Other current liabilities$17,919$5,090$25,451$40,722$61,083
Total current liabilities$93,889$33,572$79,001$332,522$647,396
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$150,385$149,615$0$0
Total liabilities$93,889$183,957$228,616$332,522$647,396
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$50,000$110,744$219,673$25,138$680,446
Permanently restricted$100,000$100,000$100,000$180,000$249,192
Net assets$4,078,939$4,376,039$4,731,212$4,322,359$4,581,282
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$833,619$661,237$793,364$1,641,264$2,097,574
Program service revenue$39,246$32,830$24,684$22,555$33,445
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,234$22,057$11,392$891$17,686
Other revenue$33,316$19,249$612,288$118,587$34,104
Total other revenue$80,796$74,136$648,364$142,033$85,235
Total revenue$914,415$735,373$1,441,728$1,783,297$2,182,809
Program services$936,647$786,668$690,302$1,605,128$1,859,184
Management and general$89,245$93,378$151,397$276,773$265,744
Total expenses$1,211,515$1,090,546$1,032,875$2,042,220$2,380,614
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($297,100)($355,173)$408,853($258,923)($197,805)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($297,100)($355,173)$408,853($258,923)($197,805)

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Volunteers are the core of our programs! If you would like to share with a child the love, guidance, and sense of purpose that comes from knowing Jesus, call us at 412-741-8550, and speak with Joanne Galinowski, Director of Volunteer Resources about volunteer opportunities. You can also write Joanne at: