Live the Life Ministries, Inc.
2252 Killearn Center Blvd.
Suite 100
Tallahassee FL 32309
Contact Information
Address 2252 Killearn Center Blvd.
Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Telephone (850) 6683700
Fax 850 8930932
E-mail info@livethelife.org
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://www.livethelife.org/donate/
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Crosswild Summer Camp 2012
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Live the Life
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-3493493
Year of Incorporation 1998
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,653,181.00
Projected Expenses $1,548,511.00
Mission Statement
LIVE THE LIFE EXISTS TO STRENGTHEN MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES
Needs Statement

1. Identify, recruit and train local partners across Florida to make voluntary marriage education widely available to couples and individuals. These will be provided through "Train the Trainer" programs, direct classes, retreats, and marriage counseling.

2. Identify, cultivate, and develop relationships with private foundations who share a common vision to champion positive outcomes for children and strengthen marriages and families.

3. Raise an additional $2.5 million per year for 3 years (total annual revenue: $4 million) in order to expand our vision and mission, and offer our core programs in 5 new communities by 2016.

4. Develop the Date Night Mobile Digital project, to enhance the most valuable relationships for couples through technology. This project encourages couples to download mobile phone apps and invest in their relationships–it has been described as “Facebook for couples without all the noise.”

Impact Statement

2013 - Top Accomplishments:

· The divorce rate in Leon County has dropped 40.5% since 1997, more than double the drop in the Florida divorce rate during the same time. While we do not take all the credit for this significant decrease, we are unaware of any other non-profit with a mission to strengthen marriages and families and reduce the divorce rate.

· We had 17,421 participants in our life-changing programs, classes, and counseling, including 4188 students, and 13,233 adults. The average dosage of our relational impact was 8.8 hours per participant

· We have documented 186 marriages were saved through our Hope Weekends, saving taxpayers $5,731,962

· 1274 middle school and high school students participated in one our camps/retreats, a 33% increase from 2012

· We had 274 people accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

· Our annual independent financial audit from the James Moore and Co. had “no findings”, which places Live the Life in the top 10% of non-profits regarding financial management.

Top 5 Goals (within 3 years)

1. Five new communities will be launched (total of 10) offering our Core Programs

2. Each community will run at full capacity with these outcomes:

· Hope Weekends will save 100 marriages per year

· 3,000 students will complete the Get Real/WAIT Training program in public/private schools and 80% will retain both knowledge of and belief in the “sequence of success” as indicated in pre-post evaluations

· 1,000 dating/engaged couples will complete the Start Smart comprehensive premarital program

· 200 local collaborative partners will be secured

· 100 marriage coaches/mentors will become trained and certified in our core programs

· 20 male CEO’s will complete the Integritas program

3. The divorce rate will decrease by at least 5% in all 10 communities saving taxpayers $51,957,462 per year in direct and indirect costs (using the 5 current communities as a baseline)

4. 50,000 Date Nights will be generated per year from our mobile digital phone app

Background Statement
   On February 9, 1998 Richard and Elizabeth Albertson took a giant leap of faith with their 4 small children to launch Live the Life in the upstairs patio of their townhouse in Tallahassee. Their vision was to make a difference regarding the central problem of our time: The breakdown of the American family. Live the Life’s first year budget was just under $60,000. Live the Life led the effort to collaborate with 70 pastors to adopt a Tallahassee Community Marriage Policy. Governor Jeb Bush signed our community marriage policy and helped launch our healthy marriage initiative.
 
   In 2006, Live the Life paid cash to purchase the first floor of the Delaney Center in Tallahassee for its headquarters. Later that same year we received our first federal grant under President Bush’s Healthy Marriage Initiative. Dr. Frank Fincham, a world renowned researcher, was hired as an independent third party evaluator to document the efficacy of our Adventures in Marriage curriculum for couples. In 2008 we received another federal grant to execute our Sexual Risk Avoidance program for middle and high school students.
   
   In 2011 Dr. Fincham completed his 5-year study of the Adventures in Marriage (AIM) Program. AIM produced changes on ALL of the eight measures used. In addition:
*91% of participants showed some form of improvement
*76% of participants showed improved communication skills
*67% of participants reported improvement in their conflict resolution ability *81% of participants had higher marital satisfaction scores
 
   Live the Life became a statewide organization in 2011, adding four additional staff and a new office in Lakeland. We were chosen to be part of two national research projects to determine the efficacy of our abstinence education program for middle and high school students. Live the Life’s Start Smart comprehensive premarital program expanded into 11 states and Puerto Rico, and the Florida Baptist Convention adopted Start Smart as its preferred premarital program.
 
   Marriage and Family Leaders from across America banded together to form the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME). Richard Albertson wrote the NARME charter which was signed by 119 leaders from 24 states! A national Board for NARME was formed, Richard was elected Board Treasurer, and Live the Life assumed the administrative functions for this new national association. Live the Life’s budget in 2012 is $1,937,924. Live the Life has come a long way since its humble start.
Service Categories
Adult Education
Youth Development Programs
Christianity
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
Franklin
Gadsden
Jackson
Jefferson
Leon
Liberty
Madison
State of Florida
Taylor
Wakulla
State of Florida
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement

Let’s talk about our kids, because the kids are not all right. Far too many of our kids are growing up in broken homes. Children raised in broken families are more likely to:

· drop out of high school
· use drugs
· commit crimes
· become sexually active
· have children outside of marriage
· develop mental health problems
· become homeless
· go on welfare
· experience poverty

A recent national study found that family fragmentation, divorce, and out-of-wedlock childbearing cost taxpayers at least $112 bil­lion per year and $1 trillion each decade.  The catastrophic fallout from broken homes, divorce, and the decline of the family is well documented. Whether measured by the increase in single parenthood, the increase in childhood poverty, the persistently high rate of divorce, or increasing cohabitation, the intact married family is slowly disappearing. This is not good news for the kids.

Family scholar Charles Donovan said we "need to forge a fresh American consensus that rescuing marriage requires a Marshall Plan to rebuild shattered American homes. It is a matter of the highest national priority." It does not take a brilliant family scholar to conclude we need more stable, married families in America. The family has been called “the best department of health, education, and welfare.” Whenever families fail, others can help fill the breach. But it is very nearly impossible for others to fully pick up the pieces from broken families.

We must provide our kids with stable, healthy environments in which to grow up. This is where organizations like Live the Life stand in the gap. We are on the front lines, in the trenches, fighting every day for strong families, healthy marriage, and responsible fatherhood. 

Our vision is that more children will grow up in intact, safe, healthy, married homes and have better life outcomes. We collaborate with partners across Florida and the nation to save future generations from the destructive consequences of failed marriages, irresponsible fathers, and broken homes that result in poor child outcomes. 

Building upon our statewide infrastructure and our nationally recognized leadership in the field, we are mobilizing the allies and resources necessary to lead a Champions for Children campaign to provide education for healthy marriages, responsible fathers, and strong families across Florida. All of our programs may be offered in either secular or faith-based formats. 

America's future may well depend on how we find a way to embrace the strategic opportunity to restore healthy marriages and families as a cornerstone of civilization.

Description The teen years are a very critical stage for healthy relationship development. As young people are given greater freedom and develop more independence, the opportunities for life-impacting mistakes are greatly increased. Related risky behaviors such as drug/alcohol use and early sexual activity can derail a young person’s future dreams and goals. The WAIT Training curriculum was developed specifically to educate, equip and inspire young people to protect their heart, body, mind and spirit. Before teachers and leaders can use the curriculum with young people, they must become trained and certified. This process protects the program’s integrity and enhances the effectiveness of teaching WAIT Training.
Budget $150,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations,
Program Success Monitored By We give evaluations to students after the conclusion of each class.
Examples of Program Success
We have taught thousands of students in over 16 schools throughout Florida.
Description Men are in trouble. Far too many boys have been abandoned by their fathers, and left virtually alone to navigate through life. Bill Bennett said: "For the first time in history, women are better educated, more ambitious and arguably more successful than men. Too many men are not going to work, not getting married and not raising families.” It's time for men to man up. Champions teaches high school boys how to become men and guides them through instruction, experience, and example. We respond forcefully to a culture that sends confusing messages to young men, and provide a clear, reliable, and achievable roadmap to manhood.
Budget $25,890.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Males, Adolescents Only (13-19 years), At-Risk Populations
Program Success Monitored By We conduct pre- and post program evaluations for each Champions retreat, and have follow up meetings with staff, students, and parents.
Description When it comes to your marriage, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. Relationships 101 is a highly interactive 3-hour workshop that teaches specific, practical skills for healthy, successful relationships. Fun and easy to learn, couples discover through Relationships 101 the critical communication skills needed for confiding, listening to understand, resolving conflicts, safely expressing anger, and eliminating dirty fighting. Relationships 101 is appropriate for couples at any age or stage in their relationship. This program is designed to reach couples across the spectrum - from high-risk to highly-motivated.
Budget $17,985.00
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults, Families, At-Risk Populations
Program Success Monitored By
Live the Life hired Dr. Frank Fincham, a world renowned researcher, as its independent, third party evaluator to document the efficacy of our Relationships 101 curriculum. During Live the Life's 5 year Healthy Marriage Project, reliable and valid measures were administered before and after each class. To document that changes were not due to chance, statistical analyses were performed which resulted in a consistent set of findings throughout the project period. The program produced changes that exceeded what might be expected on the basis of chance for all of the eight measures used. To make these findings even more concrete:
*91% of participants showed some form of improvement as a result of participating in the program.
*76% of participants showed improved communication skills as assessed by the Communication Patterns Questionnaire, a self-report measure that is highly correlated with observed behavior.
*67% of participants reported improvement in their conflict resolution ability after their participation in our program.
*81% of participants had higher marital satisfaction scores following program participation.
 
Dr Fincham stated, "Showing such notable gains are valuable in their own right. But, one may ask, 'did the programs help those most in need of help?' It is remarkable that when only participants experiencing marital distress are considered, 48% had moved from the maritally distressed range into the happily married range by the end of the program. This is without doubt the single most impressive achievement of Live the Life marriage programs."
Examples of Program Success

Program Evaluation Comments

  • “This opened my eyes to what has been closed for 36 years” Nathaniel, Crawfordville, FL
  • “This has changed my way of looking at my relationship and life” Mario, Tampa, FL
  • “This class has been a life changing experience for me and it has broken the cycle of my abnormal lifestyle” Henry, Crawfordville, FL
  • “I have never ever take anything so worthwhile in my life.  This class will help heal, save and mend broken marriages back together again” Jerome, Hollywood, FL
  • “This is simple but powerful stuff” Eddie, Tallahassee, FL
  • “This experience changed the way I see marriage” Eric, Orlando, FL
  • “Every session and area was vital to me” Andre, Jacksonville, FL
  • “Two days before the class my wife told me she was going to start seeing another man after we had been together for 22 years. I wish I had pressed harder for us to do this years ago. We are finally communicating now” John, Austin, TX
  • “It will help my wife and I resolve conflict much more effectively” Scott, New Port Richey, FL
Description
Start Smart is a comprehensive premarital program asking engaged couples "Do you want the 5 year plan or the 50-year plan for your marriage?" Start Smart has 3 core elements:
1) A Start Smart inventory that provides a comprehensive, unique profile of each couple and measures strengths and growth areas in 13 critical categories 2) Five optional mentoring sessions with trained "Marriage Coaches" to process inventory results and workbook exercises.Coaches use the Inventory Report to facilitate appropriate and on-target discussion
3) A 56 page workbook with content including expectations, finances, personalities, sexuality, communication and conflict resolution
Budget $52,249.00
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Males, Females, Families
Program Success Monitored By Couples take a premarital inventory online which has been collecting data for nearly 4 years.  In addition, pre-and post evaluations have been collected from program participants during Live the Life's 5 year federally funded Healthy Marriage Initiative.
Description Our vision for Hope Weekends is simple: We want to see troubled marriages healed and restored so more children will grow up in happier, healthier homes. If you are struggling in your marriage please take one more step and contact www.livethelife.org. Most couples do not know HOW to be married. They often do not know what to do different, and lack the skills and tools for healthy relationships. During Hope Weekends, we teach couples practical skills for bonding, attachment, emotional regulation, communication, problem solving, forgiveness and the foundations for intimacy and love. By learning specific skills, most couples get "unstuck" and can choose to make the difference they hope for. * Shattered marriages can be restored * It is not too late to put the pieces back together * You have everything to gain and so much to lose if you do not try * Before you close the door on your marriage forever, you owe it to yourself and your children to give saving this marriage one more try.
Budget $56,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Families, At-Risk Populations
Program Success Monitored By Couples attending a Hope Weekend are given pre and post evaluations, and are offered a voluntary opportunity to sign a marriage commitment pledge. Hope Weekends are offered in several states, and have a 90% success rate in saving troubled marriages.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments

Live the Life has experienced tremendous growth after expanding to become a statewide organization in 2011.  Since then we now have offices in 5 Florida regions.  As we continue to grow and expand we are experiencing "growing pains."   We have reached the point where we need more infrastructure to under gird and support our growth.  

After reading the groundbreaking book “Forces For Good” which highlights non-profits that change the world, our Founding President and CEO Richard Albertson discovered a key missing link needed to take Live the Life to the next level. Using systematic research, the researchers in “Forces for Good” found that organizations that change the world share this common leadership dynamic: A strong, energetic visionary who sees what could be and should be then works diligently to expand the borders of an organization, coupled with an analytical, nuts and bolts operations leader who holds the fort at the headquarters, makes “trains run on time,” and is a good steward of both the human capital and the finances of the organization. These two leaders must have deep trust and respect for one another coupled with complete confidence in the unique, vital gifts and abilities the other person brings to the table. 

With that in mind, Live the Life set out on a very deliberate search to find the right operations person to bring on board. On May 13, 2013 Live the Life hired Victor D’Aurio as our Chief Operating Officer. Victor was formerly the President and CEO of PAT Live, a successful business with 125 employees. Victor will run Live the Life’s “day to day” operations and streamline our systems and processes to keep up with our growth and complexity while staying true to our core mission and values. With this missing piece of the puzzle in place, we believe Live the Life is positioned for even greater growth so we can impact more families, and more children will grow up in intact, safe, healthy, married homes and have better life outcomes.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stuart Christmas Esq.
Company Affiliation Christmas and Spano Law Firm
Term Jan 2013 to Dec 2016
Email Christmas@Christmaslawfirm.com
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Mr. Don Power
Company Affiliation Florida Auto & Truck Exchange
Term May 2013 to Dec 2016
Email pwrfml@aol.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Christmas Government Accountability Institute
Mrs. Donna Kay Floyd Altrua Marketing
Mr. and Mrs. Wade Goodman Ask Sam Systems
Dr. and Mrs. Howard Groshell Podiatry and Barefoot Wellness Centers
Mr. and Mrs. Jon Johnson Johnson and Associates
Rev. and Mrs. Wayne Lanier Celebration Church
Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Montalvo Advanced Dental Care
Mr. and Mrs. Don Power Florida Auto & Truck Exchange
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Saunders Saunders Real Estate
Bishop and Mrs. Philip Speights Christians Temple
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 10
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 88%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Richard Albertson
Term Start Feb 1998
Email richard@livethelife.org
Experience
Richard Albertson is the Founding President and CEO of Live the Life, a statewide organization in Florida with offices in Lakeland and Tallahassee. Founded in 1998, Live the Life's mission is to strengthen marriages and families. Richard is the author of the Start Smart comprehensive premarital program, author of the Champions curriculum for High School Boys, and the co-author of the Adventures in Marriage curriculum along with Dr. Lori H. Gordon. Richard is a co-Founder and Board Treasurer for the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME), and Board member of the National Abstinence Education Association. He served as Chairman of the Florida Commission on Marriage and Family Support and Chairman of the Florida Commission on Responsible Fatherhood.
   
Live the Life's WAIT project, which teaches positive youth development, abstinence, and healthy marriage to teenagers, is currently offered to more than 4000 teenagers each year across 16 Florida counties. Richard is a certified instructor in several acclaimed marriage education programs including Adventures in Marriage, Start Smart, PAIRS, Mastering the Mysteries of Love, FOCCUS, How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk, and WAIT Training. Richard's volunteer service includes serving on the Community Mobilization Team for Chick fil-A's Marriage Co-Mission. He was a "Big Brother" for 15 years, has actively worked in youth ministry for over 25 years, and currently mentors high school boys, teaching them the "roadmap to manhood" through the Champions program.
 
Richard's background includes working for two U.S. Presidents. He raised money and did media work for Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign in 1984. In 1987-1988 he worked on the George H.W. Bush Campaign in Florida, and was appointed by President Bush to serve at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He helped develop the President's "1000 Points of Light" program, and represented the Secretary of Agriculture on the President's Commission on National and Community Service. His professional background also includes working for the James Madison Institute, a public policy think tank; Family First, the Florida affiliate of Focus on the Family, and running a Christian Life Center in Clearwater.
 
Richard graduated from Florida State University with a double major in History and Political Science in 1985. He married his wife Elizabeth in 1988. They have five children, ages 21 and under: Ashley, Rachel, Chip, Katie, and Kimberly.
Senior Staff
Title Vice President for Marriage Enrichement
Experience/Biography
Title Vice President for Development
Experience/Biography
Title Director of Student Programs
Experience/Biography
Title Director of Marriage Programs
Experience/Biography
Title Vice President for Marriage Education
Experience/Biography
Staff
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 82%
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
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2012
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
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $1,653,181.00
Projected Expenses $1,548,511.00
Endowment Value $70,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Form 990s
9902012
9902011
9902010
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
 
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201220112010
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$1,015,692$1,294,425$1,127,833
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$1,015,692$1,294,425$1,127,833
Individual Contributions$371,915$208,617$110,634
$0$0$0
$268,629$238,823$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$40,321$13,074$68,050
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201220112010
Program Expense$1,370,110$1,735,979$1,102,942
Administration Expense$93,655$160,068$223,686
Fundraising Expense$266,108$31,125$45,982
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.910.910.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%90%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%2%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201220112010
Total Assets$726,861$720,251$836,159
Current Assets$267,243$255,705$337,330
Long-Term Liabilities$19,198$29,468$39,860
Current Liabilities$181,088$130,892$64,175
Total Net Assets$526,575$559,891$732,124
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.481.955.26
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201220112010
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets3%4%5%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the audits
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the audit.
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above, as they are not indicated in the audit.
  • Has an Endowment at the Community Foundation.
  • Government grant revenue includes earned revenue from contracts.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
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Nonprofit Live the Life Ministries, Inc.
Address 2252 Killearn Center Blvd.
Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Primary Phone 850 6683700
Donate with a credit card http://www.livethelife.org/donate/
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Contact Email info@livethelife.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard Albertson
Board Chair Mr. Stuart Christmas Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Christmas and Spano Law Firm
Year of Incorporation 1998