Family Guidance, Inc.


Founded in 1964 in Pittsburgh, Family Guidance seeks to transform the lives of Pittsburgh youth (ages 6-17) through a dynamic mentoring program and a summer camp experience providing children from challenging neighborhoods with a greater vision for their lives beyond their current challenges while modeling the love of Christ. Through Faith, Hope, and Love, Family Guidance seeks to make a transformational impact on these children's lives.

Contact information

Mailing address:
850 Cranberry Woods Drive
Cranberry Township, PA 16066


Phone: (412) 741-8550


Organization details

EIN: 251128116

CEO/President: Mrs. Allyson Sveda

Chairman: Mr. Scott Moore

Board size: 9

Founder: Mr. Jim Leckie

Year founded: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


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

The One-to-One Program, Pittsburgh's oldest youth mentoring program, is a vital force that is reclaiming young lives. Family Guidance mentors: At Family Guidance, we actively:

  • 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
At Promise Camp located outside of Pittsburgh (Beaver County), Family Guidance offers dynamic, life-changing, and week-long overnight summer camp experiences for youth ages 6-17. With a strong relational focus and an intentionally low staff-to-camper ratio of 3:1, we develop meaningful relationships with campers and demonstrate God's unconditional love and acceptance-right where they are-no matter their background, family dynamic, or personal struggles. Serving over 420 children annually, many campers also participate in Family Guidance's mentoring programs. Financial support allows campers to have this unique opportunity.

Mission statement

Transforming the lives of youth through intentional relationships and the promise of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

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

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the complete written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself, absolute in its authority, final in its content, and without any errors in its teaching as originally given. (1 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • All 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. (1 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. (2 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. (Ephesians 1:3-14)
  • Jesus Christ rose 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; 1 Thessalonians 4:16), bodily, and visibly (Matthew 26:64; Revelation 1:7) return to earth in power and glory.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life (1 Corinthians 15:53; Philippians 3:21), and they that are lost unto the resurrection of judgment. (John 5:28-29)
  • Christians, born of the Spirit, are to live the obedient and abundant 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)
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:19-22)
  • We believe Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:19-20)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating592 of 62423 of 24
Fund acquisition rating526 of 62523 of 24
Resource allocation rating436 of 62516 of 24
Asset utilization rating595 of 62424 of 24

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$60,760$51,838$18,174$145,526$282,858
Short-term investments$123,237$124,810$123,475$187,118$178,169
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$512,119$492,198$712,710$1,075,870$642,004
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,544,035$3,680,630$3,847,286$3,883,958$4,012,877
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,544,035$3,680,630$3,847,286$3,883,958$4,012,877
Total assets$4,056,154$4,172,828$4,559,996$4,959,828$4,654,881
Payables and accrued expenses$40,013$75,970$28,482$53,550$291,800
Other current liabilities$17,919$17,919$5,090$25,451$40,722
Total current liabilities$57,932$93,889$33,572$79,001$332,522
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$150,385$149,615$0
Total liabilities$57,932$93,889$183,957$228,616$332,522
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$50,000$110,744$219,673$25,138
Permanently restricted$100,000$100,000$100,000$100,000$180,000
Net assets$3,998,222$4,078,939$4,376,039$4,731,212$4,322,359
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$986,621$833,619$661,237$793,364$1,641,264
Program service revenue$62,316$39,246$32,830$24,684$22,555
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$7,587$8,234$22,057$11,392$891
Other revenue$70,041$33,316$19,249$612,288$118,587
Total other revenue$139,944$80,796$74,136$648,364$142,033
Total revenue$1,126,565$914,415$735,373$1,441,728$1,783,297
Program services$924,040$936,647$786,668$690,302$1,605,128
Management and general$84,259$89,245$93,378$151,397$276,773
Total expenses$1,207,282$1,211,515$1,090,546$1,032,875$2,042,220
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($80,717)($297,100)($355,173)$408,853($258,923)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($80,717)($297,100)($355,173)$408,853($258,923)

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Our Organizational History

In the early 1960s Jim Leckie was inspired to reach out to children from some of the most underserved neighborhoods in the Pittsburgh region to bring them hope through Jesus Christ. After his years with Youth for Christ, Jim Leckie along with the endorsement of Judge Maurice Cohill, Jr., who was referred to as "a champion for children" having served in the Juvenile Court of Allegheny Country in Pittsburgh in the mid-1960s, established Youth Guidance in 1964.

In 2000, we became Family Guidance upon a merger with another organization called Family Ministries, a respected ministry to men and married couples.

Now, Family Guidance has re-focused our mission back to our two original programs-Mentoring and Promise Camp.

Our "one 2 one" mentoring program is built on the foundations provided by Jim Leckie matching children from predominately single-parent families in a one-to-one relationship with a trained Christian adult. One of the nation's first mentoring programs, we currently partner with churches, community groups, and public schools in serving over 175 children of whom 90% live in poverty.

At Promise Camp in Beaver County on 110 acres, Family Guidance offers dynamic, life-changing and week-long overnight summer camp experiences for youth ages 6-17. With 30+ years of camping experience and a strong relational focus and an intentionally low staff to camper ratio of 3:1, we develop meaningful relationships with campers and demonstrate God's unconditional love and acceptance right where they are---no matter their background, family dynamic, or personal struggles. Serving over 420 children each summer, many campers also participate in Family Guidance's mentoring program. In memory of our founder, the James M. Leckie Camp Scholarship Fund was established to provide continuing opportunities for children to attend Promise Camp.

Promise Camp History

In the early years, camp moved from site to site and the camp weeks shifted based on what could be rented each summer. In the 1960s, some members of Northgate Bible Baptist Church had developed a great heart for kids from underserved neighborhoods. This dedicated group of people donated their own money to purchase 40 acres of property in Beaver County and named it "Lord's Acres Bible Camp." While they did not have a lot of financial resources, they continued to provide a summer camp experience for bringing lost, runaway, and drug-addicted kids to new life in Jesus Christ.

By the late 1970s, the Northgate men admitted to themselves that the cost and maintenance of camp was difficult for them in their advancing age. In 1980, they approached Jim Leckie about the possibility of acquiring the camp. The men responded that they had not asked him to buy it---as they had dedicated the land to Jesus for the purpose of bringing kids to Himself and since it was the Lord's, they said they could not accept money for it. Instead, they donated it to Youth Guidance.

In 2004, a Capital Campaign began which raised $5 million to build a swimming pool, the Jim and Anna Leckie Activities Center, and new dining hall. These areas have now become campus landmarks and have greatly enhanced programming opportunities and physical campus. Right around this same time, Promise Camp was able to acquire an additional 60 acres from a neighbor bringing Promise Camp to a total of 110 acres.

When ground was broken at Promise Camp for the new Jim and Anna Leckie Activities Center after the Capital Campaign, the surviving founders of Lord's Acres Bible Camp were in the front row for the dedication-and were overwhelmed with emotion and tears to see how the Lord was continuing to bless Promise Camp---and continues even today.

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We have a waiting list of children waiting for a trained mentor. If you would like to share the love, guidance, and sense of purpose that comes from knowing Jesus with a child, please contact Joanne Galinowski at 412-741-8550 or