2018 ANNUAL REPORT
Limits Without Borders
Limits Without Borders is on MISSION to lead individuals beyond the limitations of brokenness so that they can effectively serve others in community
Message From Co-Founder/CEO
Experiencing Positive Change
Table of Contents
Partnerships: Current and Future
Board of Directors
2018 Impact Overview
“Fight death.” I saw my buddy, Doc Hendley, wearing a shirt one day with this slogan and a meat cleaver. To him, the words were in the context of water-related deaths, as he is the founder of an international nonprofit organization called Wine To Water. While I appreciate the global impact of this mission, it was clear to me that the shirt’s call to action meant something different for my own pursuit.
“Fight death.” What death? I knew that water was being handled, and I knew that I felt a strong tug to focus domestically, to work on the ground beneath my feet. So, I did what all credible leaders should do next...I asked the internet for advice!
I searched for the top 10 leading causes of death in America. What I found solidified the direction of my pursuit and the formation of Limits Without Borders. Heart disease (#1) and Diabetes (#7) were already being combatted by our local gym and the fitness industry as a whole. Cancer (#2), Accidents (#3), Stroke (#5), and Influenza/Pneumonia (#8) all seemed a bit outside of my skill set and scope. But, one particular leading cause drew my attention.
The 10th leading cause of death in America is suicide. Unlike accidents or ailments that can be addressed with scripted diets and calorie counters, suicide is a personal, internal, and often unrecognizable killer. It just happened to be the cause of death that I understood the most.
The story of Limits Without Borders is the story of fighting death by fighting brokenness. More specifically, it is the story of fighting the limitations that society places on individuals because of their brokenness, their perceived imperfections. Whatever that perceived blemish, the LW|OB story is of giving a voice and allowing for positive change in self-valuation. The story of LW|OB is also my story. And I invite you to come alongside me in my personal journey as I stand in community with other broken individuals, poised in our brokenness to lead others. - Derrick
Message from Derrick Lail
Board Of Directors
A special thanks must be first extended to the inaugural Board of Directors who created Limits Without Borders, Inc on January 18, 2018 : Jeff Hendley (Chair), Amber Hendley, Doc Hendley, Michelle Bollman, Tim Herdklotz, Jennifer Lail (Co-Founder), and Derrick Lail (Co-Founder).
Scroll through to learn more about the 2019 additions to the LW|OB leadership team!
Because of YOU, many now believe that #BrokenCrayonsStillColor
This is our first year since founding LW|OB. Yet, because of your financial support, we were able to invest more than $20,000 into the lives of individuals whom society has told were limited, imperfect, incapable...broken.
Seventeen Boone, NC residents walked start-to-finish through the curriculum programs. At the conclusion of each cohort, participants embraced their individual brokenness and shrugged off the limiting shackles, as they stood arm in arm with other broken individuals ready to walk forward together in service of others. With each, we made adjustments toward the best deliverable we could hope to offer.
In addition, numerous Exceptional Athletes in the high country attended a weekly group-based functional fitness class at RevFive5 Fitness, coached by a very special group of passionate volunteers. These athletes participated in the staple Memorial Day workout called "Murph" and hosted a fundraiser for the Watauga County Special Olympics called WOD For Inclusion. LW|OB volunteers also traveled to the NC Special Olympics Summer Games with the athletes.
The partnerships established in 2018 are of particular note. Not only have they shortened the learning curve of being a newly-formed nonprofit, but they have allowed us to approach 2019 with a wave of momentum and a foundation of consistency.
In our first year, 4 fundraisers were held at RevFive5 Fitness, Steel Mill Fleming Island, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, and Ransom. You came out in a tremendous show of support for the mission.
Ongoing partnerships with Hatchet Coffee, RevFive5 Fitness, and Appalachian Mountain Leadership, and a newly-formed partnership with Steel Mill Fleming Island, have propelled us through our first year
2018 Impact overview
90% of all 2018 donations came from online or in-person donations outside of scheduled fundraising event. Many of you selflessly gave in silence. 6 of you are monthly subscribed donors!!!
Inaugural participant in the "Cerela" Program for Women
2019 Facilitator for Boone, NC "Cerela" Cohorts
I have been broken from a very young age. I was never in denial of my brokenness. It was just never a focus for me. I never took the time to really understand what it is to be "broken." For years, I just wanted to be fixed. As a LW|OB participant, I have grown to understand that there is no fix, no magic wand to erase all the things that damaged me. I now feel empowered by my brokenness. I have a unique tool that doesn't allow me to make excuses and not do everything that my heart desires because of things that have happened to me, that tool is 9 other amazing ladies who have the same exact tool. The best way that I can describe my experience with LW|OB is that it was exactly what I needed when I didn't know I needed it. I am excited to move forward with LW|OB and share this experience with other people who may not know they need it.
Experiencing positive change
"Cerela" Program for women
Strangers Became Family: Connecting in their brokenness and giving a voice to so many before them
Nine women served as the inaugural "Cerela" Program for Women cohort participants in 2019. Most did not know each other beforehand. The ages ranged from 17 to 33. Now, they share the same name...Cerela.
Cerela was a family member to Board member, Noelle Marx. Just over four years ago, Cerela took her own life. The women's program has been affectionately named after her to give her a lasting voice, even when she may have felt that she had none.
Showing tremendous courage to commit to an 8 week broken with others from your community with whom you have no strong bond, these amazing women set the tone for all future Cerela cohorts. They were willing to accept the discomfort of vulnerability, sharing their individual brokenness with the group. More importantly, they learned how to use their invidual brokenness to collectively begin providing encouragement and serving others. No longer viewing their perceived imperfections as limitations, they began to leverage those life experiences as a tool to lead others toward positive change.
To this foundational group of ladies, all future Cerela program participants thank you for your strength.
Stronger Than Stigma
in 2018, the Boone area Exceptional Athletes trained weekly toward achieving a higher level of general physical preparedness and for specific fitness events in upcoming showcase opportunities. Competing in county, state, and national fitness showcases throughout the year, and accompanied by LW|OB staff, these athletes continued to prove that they are stronger than any stigma society may try to place on them. The only thing that got them more excited than fitness was the dance party that often ensued after!
Whether it was learning to lift weights, hit the rower, or drop everything for an impromptu dance-off, there was no doubt that weekly class with these athletes was going to be a blast!!!
LW|OB was founded in January 2018 and piloted through RevFive5 Fitness in Boone, NC. R55F boasts the mission to inspire people to do ordinary things, in community, in order to lead radical, healthy lives. LW|OB actually evolved out of that mission!
In 2018, R55F held multiple fundraisers for LW|OB. R55F served as the location for the Exceptional Athletes Program, with its representatives traveling to the NC Summer Games in Raleigh to coach the athletes in their events. R55F hosted WOD 4 Inclusion and an Exceptional Athlete heat of Memorial Day "Murph." R55F was also the fitness facility provided to the various program participants during their 8 week curriculum.
R55F also began the process of launching a coffee lounge in its new facility with the intentional focus of supporting LW|OB participants!!!
R55F will continue to have a home at R55F in 2019. But we are excited that other gyms across the country will be joining that list as the year unfolds!!!
Inspiring people to do ORDINARY things, in community, in order to lead RADICAL, healthy lives...
on the horizon
Florida Temps, Local Coffee, and Who Knows?
As 2018 was drawing to a close, we announced the expansion of the LW|OB program in the greater Jacksonville area. After coming to see the heart and community around Steel Mill CrossFit & Gym, under the passionate leadership of owner William Davis, it was clear that this was the next home for LW|OB. SMFI and Clay County have already begun to rally behind the launch, and we look forward to the first cohort kicking off very soon!
Also on the horizon in 2019 is the kickstart of the coffee lounge at R55F. Proudly featuring Hatchet Coffee (local roaster in Boone, NC) the space is designed to be easily accessible and inclusive to all people interested in serving. The lounge is open 5-6 days per week to the public, but each Friday is dedicated to the Exceptional Athlete community. Called "Coffee for a Cause" the Friday orders are currently being taken by LIFE Village affiliates. Showing society that Autism can't limit them, these volunteers are excited each week to serve the local community!
With all the excitement and momentum, though, the question remains. Where to next???
Two cohorts were run from start to finish. Four fundraisers were held for those and the upcoming three cohorts. 87% of your donations went directly to participant impact
We filed for the 501c3. We purchased a website. All in all, only 8% of your donations went to administrative costs.
Through significant volunteer support, 87% of your donations went directly to participant impact as program costs in our first year!!!
Public Support $21,151
Total Income $21,151
Program Costs/Fundraising $15,688
Administrative Costs $1,442
General Labor $923
Total Expenses $18,053
2018 Cash On Hand $3,098
$923 was spent all year on general labor. Thanks to amazing volunteers throughout the year, only 5% of your donations went to labor.
Our vision is that broken individuals will experience positive change in community and will stand poised in their life experiences to serve others. Our first year has us on fire for 2019, and we have you to thank!!! Please consider linking arms with us again as we walk out this vision in the year ahead.
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Banner Elk, NC 28604