Taunton Family Children's Home, Inc.
PO Box 870
Wewahitchka FL 32465-0870
Contact Information
Address PO Box 870
Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Telephone (850) 6395031
Fax 850 6395599
E-mail tauntonabigail@aol.com
Alternate Address 200 Taunton Family Road
Alternate Address 2 5441 Hwy. 71 S
Wewahitchka, FL 32465
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://www.tauntonhome.net
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Home - Gym Complex
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Taunton Family Childrens Home
Taunton Family Children's Home
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2335556
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $275,000.00
Mission Statement

Taunton Family Children's Home, Inc. is a privately owned haven for homeless children. It's mission is to provide a stable, loving, Christian home environment for those of God's children who have nowhere else to turn. Emphasis is placed on physical fitness, educational excellence and the discovery and development of one's God-given potential. The most important goal is the spiritual well-being of each child.

Needs Statement

The most pressing and persistent need of the Home is operating capital. Much progress has been made in this area over the years. However the demands on funding the on-going needs never end.

In addition, the Home needs volunteers to spend time and work with the children and with various projects that are always in progress, including Summer Camp. Professional services such as doctors, dentist, therapist and teachers (tutors) are needed on a consistent basis.

Then, there are the obvious needs, clothing, food, household goods, school supplies, toiletries, etc.

Most of all, uphold the Home in your prayers!

Impact Statement

Accomplishments for this year:

We've graduated another College Student, Bradley, he is now at the University of Florida working on his master's degree in Environmental Engineering.  
We had a very successful Summer Camps program this year with about a 1,000 young people enjoying a week of free camp.  
Our daughter Diana who we adopted at age 6 months is moving into position to carry on the Children's Home first as houseparent and then administrator when needed, she will be a great asset to the children to come.
Goals for this year include:  
Completion of the Grandparents Cottage so that we may move on with plans for the continuation of the home for many years to come.
Summer Camps will continue with some additional children served this year, a special camp for middle school age children with try to help deal with issues they face.
We will continue to strive towards making the finances secure for the next generations of children in need. 
Background Statement

TFCH is a dream come true—the dream of a welder with a third grade education and a heart full of love and compassion for children—the dream of Luke Taunton, David Taunton's father. With 10 children of his own, Luke was never able to see his vision through. Instead, he watched his vision come alive through his son.

In 1974, David married Abigail, and together they set out to build Taunton Family Children's Home. With lots of help from relatives and friends, David and Abby floated logs from the surrounding cypress swamps, sawed them into lumber on the family sawmill and built a home with over 10,000 square feet of living space.

In 1978, the first child, Adam (meaning “the first of many”) was taken into the Home. Then came Diana, James, Doug, Chris, Eddie, Billy and many, many more. Over 250 children have called Taunton Family Children's Home their “Home”.

Now, other facilities have been built; including the Steve Watkins Memorial Home, the Homer House (a multipurpose mission home that houses up to 40) the Emily Kemp Guest Cottage, an additional Guest Cottage, a Boys Home, Putt Putt Golf Course, and a Residential Grandparents Home (now under construction), where David and Abby will finally semi-retire after 35 years as “houseparents”.
The Children's Home and the Taunton's have won numerous awards throughout the years, these include:
President George Bush's "1,000 Points of Light"
Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network "Use Your Life Award"
The Jefferson Award
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
We accept children for our program from the entire United States, however most of the children come from a hundred mile radius.
Board Chair Statement Government is not capable of legislating compassion.  Attempts to do so have historically resulted inefficient ineffective programs where the true needs fade into the background as monstrous bureaucratic agencies prevail.
CEO Statement/Executive Director Statement TFCH represents a flashback to early America when each community took care of its own, before most everyone looked to government for solutions to societal ills.  Our philosophy is "Brighten the corner where you are", especially in regards to homeless or otherwise needy children.
Description We provide free Summer Camp for hundreds of children during the summer months.  These are church sponsored and vary week by week.  We have sports camps, Backyard Bible School.
Budget $10,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program Success Monitored By x

The Children's Home has become a special designation for various, mission volunteer groups from throughout the County. From the “29ers” out of Michigan to Spring Breakers from Baylor University (Texas), a wide variety of volunteers regularly schedule mission projects at the Home. Consequently, most of what is seen at the Home is, to a large extent, a result of volunteers workers.

Our most recent project (now in progress) is the construction of a residential grandparents home to be initially occupied by David and Abigail. After 35 years as houseparents, they will soon assume the role of residential grandparents for a host of children that call them “Mimi and Papa”.

Development of Summer Camps project facilities is also ongoing.

Budget $10,000.00
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Community Service
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Program Success Monitored By
Mission teams have been instrumental in building and maintaining the facilities.  We can visually see the successes and enjoy the fruits thereof.
Description A fundraising/fun day is held each year on the Saturday before Mother's Day.  It is composed of family based activities, races, volleyball, food, fellowship and lots of kids activities.  Headed up by volunteers from the Lynn Haven United Methodist Men's Group, this occasion serves as an "Open House" allowing for visitors to get better acquainted with both the personnel and facilities that comprise Taunton Family Children's Home.  As our only fundraiser, this event has been very successful in its two initial years.
Budget $0.00
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Adults,
Program Success Monitored By The "Fun Day" Committee meets after the event and measures the success by discussing their views and observations during the day and by looking at overall participation by the public.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments

A special project at the Home is Summer Camp. Each year, beginning in early June and continuing through mid-August, the Children's Home facilitates youth groups fro throughout the Southeast for Summer camp.

Over the years, special facilities have been constructed to accommodate groups ranging in size from 25 to 100. Activities include sports camps, Bible schools, swimming, canoeing, disc golf, putt-putt golf, beach volleyball, tennis, music, youth revivals and much more.

This is the Home's way of sharing this blessed facility with literally thousands of children other than our own. However, our children are richly blessed as they join in with visiting groups throughout the summer.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. David L Taunton
Company Affiliation Retired Judge
Term Jan 1981 to Dec 2015
Email tauntonabigail@aol.com
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Steve M Watkins
Company Affiliation Attorney
Term Jan 2002 to Dec 2015
Email smwiii@worldnet.att.net
Board Members
Orin C Combs House Parent TFCH
Lisa J Combs House Parent TFCH
Charles Costin Attorney Costin & Costin
Mary Hartzog Retired
David L Taunton Retired Judge
Abigail J Taunton Broker Gulf County Realty
Diana J Taunton Social Worker
Adam L Taunton Owner Taunton's, LLC
Stephen D Taunton Logger
Joshua S Taunton Heavy Construction Supervisor
James E Taunton General Contractor
Steve M. Watkins IIIAttorney
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 99
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 23%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Additional Board Members
Ben Watkins Attorney
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. David L Taunton
Term Start Jan 1981
Email tauntonabigail@aol.com

David Taunton has been the Executive Director of TFCH since its inception. David has been a logger, teacher-coach, minister, school principal, county judge, newspaper editor, author and businessman. He holds a PhD in Educational Administration from Florida State University and has attended law school at both FSU and the University of Florida. He served as Gulf County Judge for 20 years before retiring in 1995. His proudest accomplishment has been, along with his wife, Abigail, the founding of Taunton Family Children's Home.

Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 2
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $275,000.00
Endowment Value $67,069.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
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 Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$402,266$309,580$561,402
Investment Income, Net of Losses$7,578$0$278
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$36,609$17,959
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$314,602$234,812$165,542
Administration Expense$1,321$3,348$6,975
Fundraising Expense$6,148$1,090$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.841.563.78
Program Expense/Total Expenses98%98%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$2,496,002$2,178,881$2,054,702
Current Assets$100,589$60,425$31,971
Long-Term Liabilities$0$2,971$3,897
Current Liabilities($15,980)($6,134)$3,874
Total Net Assets$24,500$2,182,044$2,046,930
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----8.25
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Building of a Residential Grandparents Cottage for David & Abigail to Semi-Retire.
Goal $200,000.00
Dates Nov 2012 to Dec 2014
Amount Raised To Date 150000 as of Aug 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Organization Comments

Financial needs of the Home are primarily met by churches and individuals that share our burden to help needy children. No government funds are sought for or accepted. Each year, our financial base has expanded. Many friends are made through exposure during Summer Camps.

Another source of funds is royalties from the Home's sand mine. As more and more children raised at the Home become productive adults, they have increasingly become financial supporters. Others yet, make donations to the Home in memory or in honor of those that have been special to them. Some have remembered the Home in their Wills.

God has truly created a marvelous network of supporters for the Children's Home.

Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the in-house financials
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals as they are not separated out in the financial statements or 990s
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the financial statements or 990s
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Additional Comments
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Nonprofit Taunton Family Children's Home, Inc.
Address PO Box 870
Wewahitchka, FL 324650870
Primary Phone 850 6395031
Donate with a credit card http://www.tauntonhome.net
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Contact Email tauntonabigail@aol.com
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David L Taunton
Board Chair Mr. David L Taunton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Judge
Year of Incorporation 1984