Fixing Fathers One Dad at a Time
168 Broadway
Hamden CT 06518
Contact Information
Address 168 Broadway
Hamden, CT 06518-
Telephone (718) 288-0768 x
Fax 212-288-0768
E-mail fixingfathers@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Dr. David Asbery/Founder
Mission
Fixing Fathers, Inc. empowers fathers by providing them with the fathering resources that men need to maintain their role as involved fathers.  We deliver on this commitment by striving to listen, educate, and support our fathers so that they recognize their full potential and become leaders within their communities as well as in their families.  At Fixing Fathers, Inc. we are Fathers helping Fathers to be Better Fathers. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2017
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr David Asbery
Board Chair Dr David Asbery
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Fixing Fathers, Inc. empowers fathers by providing them with the fathering resources that men need to maintain their role as involved fathers.  We deliver on this commitment by striving to listen, educate, and support our fathers so that they recognize their full potential and become leaders within their communities as well as in their families.  At Fixing Fathers, Inc. we are Fathers helping Fathers to be Better Fathers. 
Background
Fixing Fathers Inc., One Dad at a Time is a startup with headquarters located in Connecticut. The core reason for the existence of this robust organization is to help fathers strengthen their bond with their children and their families while educating fathers on the importance of their role as fathers.
 
At Fixing Fathers Inc. we believe that a strong relationship between parents will help to build a solid foundation for a child’s healthy growth and development. This is why we strive to specifically meet the needs of fathers. We understand that relationships between parents do not always work out and that fathers are often missing from the family equation. Our goal at Fixing Fathers Inc. is to teach all fathers that regardless of their marital status, their presence and their involvement in their child’s life is desperately needed.
 
The Fixing Fathers Inc. brand is built on communicating and truly connecting with fathers. Fixing Fathers Inc. aims to become a sustainable brand and connect with fathers through books, videos and innovative high quality training programs and services. In 2018 Fixing Father Inc. will launch Fatherhood Defined, a magazine that will focus on the specific needs of fathers.
 
Impact

2017 Calendar Year

  1. Second annual Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) college fair was sold out.  We took 50 kids and their parents to HBCU Malcolm Bernard College Fair in NYC.
  2. Achieved nonprofit status in July of 2017.  We also received our public charity certification for CT.
  3. Received our first donation of $5,000 (Robert Saulsbury Foundation) which will be used for the 2018 office space.
  4. In December we held our first book club for young boys.  Membership started at 10, we are now up to 20 members.
  5. Created a first prototype of Fatherhood Defined, the magazine for fathers - online and hard copy  

2018 Calendar Year

  1. 2018 we started our chess set give-away.  Our goal is to give away 100 chess sets to kids 16 years and younger.
  2. Raising money ($5,000) for our 3rd annual trip to the Malcolm Bernard College Fair in NYC.  This year we would like to sponsor more kids
  3. Podcast that focuses on men's issues.  The Podcast is entitle The David Lee Show.  We are looking to complete 25 episodes by 2019. 
  4. Create another issue of Fatherhood Defined with paid ads.  
Needs
  1. In 2018 -2019 we are looking to hire a marketing expert to increase visibility of the organization. $3,000
  2. Would like to also hire a staff writer for blogs, website updates and content for the Fatherhood Defined Magazine $5,000
  3. Will need to raise $5,400 for the 2019 office rent. $450 per month. 
  4. Need to raise $5,000 for this years college bus fair. (Food, transportation and marketing supplies)
  5. Need to raise $1,000 to reach goal of 100 chess sets for kids under the age of 16.    
CEO Statement The idea of creating an organization for fathers came to me back in 2005 during my divorce.  I recall being at the Bronx County family court and looking at the worried and confused faces of fathers as they attempted to maneuver through the confines of the family court system.  During that time I made a promise that I would do everything that I could to help fathers to be more engaged/involved in the lives of their children.  After my divorce was final, I enrolled in a executive leadership program and received my Ed.D.  My study focused on how non-resident African American fathers maintain their role as father while dealing with the stereotypes and ambiguities of fatherhood.  I did a qualitative study in which I interviewed 13 African American fathers.  The reoccurring theme that became evident was that these men all felt a sense of powerlessness with respect to their knowledge about child support, custody, relationships with their partners and their relationship with the world as it relates to the opinions of them as fathers.  Fixing Fathers Inc. has become a way in which I can address these issues.  In addition to helping fathers, this organization has opened me up to so many ways in which to help my community.  We have the empowerment group where we meet with fathers every Sunday. We have a book club called "The Fly Guys" book club were boys meet once a month and have discussions about books written by African American authors. We have a chess give-away where we plan to give away 100 chess set to kids 16 years and younger. This summer we taught a group of 20 kids how to fish.  This is something that they would not have experienced had they not come in contact with Fixing Fathers, Inc.  I am so excited about the possibilities of Fixing Fathers Inc.  We are doing things in the community.  We count!  Our nonprofit status has opened the doors to so many different ideas and programs and I invite you to climb aboard and take part in all that we are doing.      
Board Chair Statement It is always nice to talk about the accomplishments of an organization because accomplishments help you to move forward.  Accomplishments keep you and your Board members motivated, engaged and active.  So, when I talk about the success of the boys book club (The Fly Guys/20 members), the new podcast, (The David Lee Show), the up and coming magazine (Fatherhood Defined), and the chess give-away, where we have given away 40 chess sets to kids 16 year old and younger, and the college fair to NYC, these programs all come with their own challenges that (if not met) will threaten existence of the program.  For example, in addition to keeping the boys in the book club motivated and engaged, we would like to one day supply all the boys with lunch and the book of the month for free.  We would like to do the same for the college fair.  Requesting donations from parents for these programs can be a challenge at times. These challenges are being addressed through outside donations.  In addition to reaching out to parents, we also reach out to outside parties for sponsorship.  Last year, five kids received sponsorship to our college fair and we now have one sponsor for our podcast.  In addition, we have increased our fundraising efforts with our Hotter than July Fish Fry where we invited investors that are interested in what we are doing.  We are also having another fundraiser this year (September 30th). We rented out the Cinemark movie theater in North Haven.  We will be showing a private  screening of Night School starring Kevin Hart.  Due to the success of our last fundraiser we plan to continue to have events like this throughout the year.                
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Men's Service Clubs
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas Served
Hamden
New Haven
North Haven


 

Programs
Description For 2018 one of Fixing Fathers, Inc. goals is to give away 100 United States Federation chess set to kids (under the age of 16) that are interested in learning how to play.  Currently, we have given away 40 chess sets.  We are in the process of raising funds for 60 more.  If you are interested in this program, you can reach out to Dr. David Asbery at fixingfathers@gmail.com or 718-288-0768.  Thank you.  
Population Served Minorities / Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Males
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. By the end of the year we will have an increased amount of kids to serve/train. With these kids, we will also increase parent (namely) father involvement.  Our program has proven this to be true.  At one of our events, we gave away 10 chess sets along with a chess lesson.  Parent involvement during and after this event was evident.   
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Providing free chess sets and free chess lessons in the future will provide kids with logistical skills, the ability to pay attention to details, discipline, collaboration skills and the ability to explain difficult concepts.  Moreover, kids are engaged and look forward to attending. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Our chess give-away helps to engage the kids that attend our book club and kids that we come in contact with.  In short, after receiving the free chess set, the kids and parents want to be a part of the group and are added to our email list.      
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We have received positive feedback from parents and Board members who have attended the chess give-away/training event.  Moreover, our participation increased from 10 to 20 boys in over a three month period.  We will continue to monitor and provide data as this program continues to grow.  
Description For the past three years, Mettle Entertainment Group & Fixing Fathers Inc. have exposed our kids here in Connecticut to the HBCU Malcolm Bernard College Fair in New York City. This program started with four kids and has grown to be our signature event. In 2017, our 55 passenger bus was filled to capacity. Our goal for 2018 is to have two buses filled with eager college-bound kids. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or supporting this program please contact Dr. David Asbery at fixingfathers@gmail.com. Thank you
Population Served Minorities / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Males
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Our 2nd Annual HBCU college fair trip to NYC was sold out (55 parents & children attended). Seven students that attended our 2017 fair have been accepted to a college and will be attending in September of 2018. Several juniors who attended last years fair will be returning to the fair again this year.  This is a complete buy-in to understanding the importance of college.     
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Many of the kids that participated in the college fair were high school juniors.  Our goal in attending the college fair is to plant seeds in the minds of our young kids. These kids and their parents are much more informed due to attending.  They attended workshops where they learned about financial aid.  They learned about the benefits of on-the-spot admission.  They now know how to acquire application waivers, and information about what they have to do to receive a scholarship.  After attending the HBCU college fair, our participants are much more prepared and have a better grasp of the college experience. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Participants were asked to fill out a five question survey that talked about the usefulness of the college fair. We scored a five out of five for the usefulness of the college fair, a five out of five when asked if they would refer a student to attend the fair the following year and a two out of five for the food that we served.  
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. National Center for Education data shows that employees with college degrees make over $15,000 more a year than their non-graduating counterparts. In 2010, the average earnings for young adults with a bachelor's degree was $45,000 a year compared to only $29,900 for those with a high school diploma. This means that throughout your lifetime, you will earn over 30 percent more money with a college degree than if you choose not to continue your education. Our college fair gives students a leg up. Please visit our site for an inspiring video from two participants that attended our college fair.
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The Fly Guy's Book Club was started in 2017.  It is a spinoff from the Fly Girl's Book Club created by Tanisha Thomas Asbery.  Each month a book is chosen and members aging from 8 - 14 are expected to read and come to the meeting prepared to discuss. The Fly Guys started with 6 members.  Currently there are 20 members.  Our next meeting will be at Lynon's Restaurant   If you are interested in this program you can reach out to Dr. David Asbery at fixingfathers@gmail.com or 718-288-0768.  Thank you.

 

 

 

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / Males /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Our short term success would be to keep the current members in the group engaged.  By the end of the calendar year we would consider it a success if our membership remained at 15-20  boys that now love to read and understand the importance of reading.  In addition, having the young boys attend the reading group has increased our communication with fathers. Because of the book club, we now have more fathers that we can reach out to for donations and assistance at our events.   
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The long time goal would be to have a mentoring/tutoring center for young African American boys ages 10 - 14. This program would work with teachers and focus on troubled areas such as English, math and science.  In addition, we would discuss the importance of the cultural differences/biases that they will face as African American men.  
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Our success is measured be the attendance and the enthusiasm of the group.  We have also reached out to parents for feed back on how the kids view the book club.  It has been favorable. We plan to survey members at the end of the calendar year for feedback on how we can make the book club better.  
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. In addition to discussing the books we have added what we call, a teaching moment component. For example, for one book that we read about horses we raised money and took the kids to a horse stable.  For another book, we incorporated a chess training session where we gave each kid a chess set.  After the discussion of another book, we had a tie tying lesson.  Please check the site for the tie tying session. It will give you an idea of how the incorporation of our "teaching moment" works.   
Program Comments
CEO Comments One challenge that we are faced with is fatherhood involvement.  This challenge is being addressed by engaging their children.  We have been successful in engaging fathers through the programs for their kids.  For example, we invited 20 kids to attend a fishing event.  Four fathers showed up which enable us to capture their contact information for future use.  
CEO/Executive Director
Dr David Asbery
Term Start July 2017
Email fixingfathers@gmail.com
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 7
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization2018
Board Chair
Dr David Asbery
Company Affiliation President
Term July 2017 to Sept 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Tanisha Asbery
Tracy BowensProducer
Gerard BurkeCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Carleen EvansFixing Fathers, Inc.
Blaine MckayVolunteer
Bruce TrammellVolunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 43%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 71%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Tracy Bowens
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Email tbowens@comsast.net
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Parents
Youth
Technology
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Albert Innarellicommunity volunteer
CEO Comments
Fixing Fathers, Inc. consists of seven Board members. (5 men/2 women) We are getting better and more efficient each year. Our Board members understand where we are going. They understand the importance of community. So, when it is time to step in and get their hands dirty, when they are asked to back a program financially, they are right there by my side. Fixing Fathers, Inc. would not have gotten this far without them.
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $10,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
Fixing Fathers 990Z2017
Audit Documents
Financial Statements 2017-20182018
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$29,490----
Current Assets$29,490----
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$29,490----
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountRobert Saulsbury Foundation $5,000----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBlack & Hispanic Caucus $300----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGateway College $300----
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 168 Broadway
Hamden, CT 06518
Primary Phone 718 288-0768
Contact Email fixingfathers@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Dr David Asbery
Board Chair Dr David Asbery
Board Chair Company Affiliation President

 

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