Limbs for Life Foundation
9604 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City OK 73120
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Limbs for Life Foundation
Mission Statement

Limbs for Life Foundation is a global non-profit organization dedicated to providing fully functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it and raising awareness of challenges facing amputees.


Amputees have no limitations!
Contact Information
Contact Name Lucy Fraser
Contact email
Address 9604 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Phone (405) 843-5174
Fax 405-843-5123
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

The Limbs for Life Foundation accepts donations of used prosthetic. These gifts are broken down into components and used parts are donated free of charge to organizations and professional workers meeting the needs of amputees in developing countries worldwide. In the past year, used prosthetic donations have been welcomed by amputees in Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, Nigeria, Panama, Peru and the Philippines. 

Please call the office for current volunteer opportunities.

Many groups and individuals host activities in their respective communities to raise awareness and support for the foundation. Limbs for Life will provide logos, sample press releases and other support.

Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $670,550.00
Projected Expenses $670,550.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1995
IRS Ruling Year 1994
State Registration Expiration Mar 2017

Limbs for Life Foundation is a global non-profit organization dedicated to providing fully functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it and raising awareness of challenges facing amputees.



The Limbs for Life Foundation was established in 1995 by prosthetist John A. Sabolich to assist amputees who did not have insurance to cover the cost of prosthetics. Sabolich’s passion for helping amputees was deep-rooted in his family’s history, as his father Lester opened his first prosthetic clinic in Oklahoma City in 1947. 

Since its inception, Limbs for Life has provided thousands of new prosthetic limbs to amputees across the United States. Many more amputees are helped with the distribution of used prosthetic components shared through international partnerships and missions, empowering amputees on four continents.

On average, 507 people lose a limb each day, joining over 2.1 million amputees living with limb loss in the United States alone.  Diseases including diabetes and vascular disease, accidents, birth defects and warfare are the primary causes of limb loss. Almost 60% of limb loss is preventable.

When a person becomes an amputee, they are faced with staggering emotional and financial lifestyle changes. Fortunately, high tech prosthetic devices that restore a person’s basic skills and independence are available. Unfortunately, many amputees lack the financial resources to obtain adequate prosthetic care.

That’s where the Limbs for Life Foundation steps in. Our goal is to provide a financial bridge between low-income amputees and the quality prosthetic care needed to restore their lives.

Limbs for Life works with prosthetic clinics and skilled clinicians nationwide who donate their time, labor and energy to help those in need. Their willingness to serve and their passion to see people restored to health is invaluable to our organization and to those we serve.

Limbs for Life also accepts gently-used prosthetics and prosthetic components from individuals who no longer need them. With these used, but functional components we are able to reach hundreds of amputees in developing countries and provide them with an inexpensive prosthetic option. Every donation made to our organization is used to benefit the life of an amputee, whether in the United States or abroad.

In order for Limbs for Life to fulfill its mission of providing prosthetic care to amputees, there must be a combined humanitarian effort from the foundation, the prosthetist, and the clinic. This is accomplished by working closely with prosthetic clinics regarding care and reimbursement rates. We are able to fulfill our mission for two reasons: the prosthetic facility donates a portion of their labor and we provide components for their use, free of charge, from limbs that have been donated to Limbs for Life.
The cost of a prosthetic limb starts at around $15,000 and can go up to $120,000, with an average price of $20,000. Also a prosthetic limb will require maintenance or need to be completely replaced approximately every three years. Maintaining a prosthetic limb over the years can run in the thousands of dollars for a patient. Amputees generally need numerous prosthetic limbs throughout their life and some insurance companies do not cover prosthetic limbs or will only pay for one in a lifetime.
The average cost of a prosthetic limb for Limbs for Life is $3,000.  Clinics agree to accept our fee schedule (reimbursement rate) and have access to donated components if they choose. In addition the clinic agrees not to bill the amputee for any further charges beyond the fee we pay.  We work with prosthetic clinics nation wide.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Throughout the United States
We provide financial support for amputees to receive a prosthetic limb by working with prosthetic clinics across the United States and clinics around the world. In 2016, Limbs for Life served clients who had no other means of obtaining a limb in 18 states.
In addition, used prosthetic parts were distributed to amputees on four continents.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines/Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases
Tertiary Organizational Category Health Care/Health Support

Health and Wellness - The foundation was designed to bring restoration to the lives of amputees who cannot afford costly prosthetic care. These people have the opportunity to return to a productive job and normal lifestyle through our financial assistance.

Population Served Other Health/Disability
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.  For both the short and intermediate terms, we are relieving financial burdens placed on an amputee who is faced with medical bills, loss of wages – while maintaining a household or other obligations. This is easing the pressure and allowing them to focus on returning to work and a normal lifestyle.



Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
Long-term we are improving the quality of life for the amputee and physically challenged. Our five core values of Service, Respect, Encouragement, Excellence and Integrity, driven by our passion, will be in the forefront of our mission.
Limbs for Life is committed to help amputees gain their independence. We help an average of 230 amputees receive a prosthetic limb through financial support and over 1,000 receive prosthetic componentry every year. For many amputees, a prosthetic is the renewed participation in everyday life. We provide new hope to many who had their dreams shattered. For thousands of amputees this means they can go to work, get married and raise children, drive a car, play sports and have active social lives - in other words, do the things we all want to do. Together, we can help an amputee have a renewed participation in everyday life.



Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. The Prosthetic Clinics work with each amputee and provide tools for measuring ambulation potential once amputees have been fitted with a prosthesis. We will alter or develop our numerous programs and services with the goals of proactively reaching out to our constituents, following up with them, and making a significant impact in their lives.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.  Arms and legs are not a luxury. They are basic items that people with limb loss absence need to hug their children, to walk across a street, to work to support their family and to simply function every day. They are a necessity. 




A prosthesis will not only allow the amputee to be independent, but improve their health and well-being because they will be active and participate in activities that will lead to a better quality of life. We are making a disability an ability.



Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Each year Limbs for Life assists more than 1350 amputees both in the US and internationally. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lucy Fraser
Start Date Feb 2013
Senior Staff
Lucy FraserExecutive Director
Number of Full-time Staff 2
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 150
Staff Retention Rate 66
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 3
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2008
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Limbs for Life works with more than 400 prosthetic clinics across the United States who provide prosthetic limbs for our clients. We also collaborate with missions and charitable workers across four continents to provide prosthetic parts. Other collaborations include the following organizations:  University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games, Oklahoma City VA Hero Homecoming, University of Oklahoma's Integrated Business Core, Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech Orthotics and Prosthetics Technician training program.
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2010
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2013
Board Chair
Name Ms. Kristen Jones Colby
Company Affiliation Eventful Marketer
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Ms. Amy Gallegos HomemakerVoting
Ms. Adrianne Haslet Voting
Mr. Jerry Isbell Self EmployedVoting
Mr. David Johnson Certified Public AccountantVoting
Ms. Kristen Jones Front Burner RestaurantsVoting
Mr. Erik Salazar FAAVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 25 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Program / Program Planning
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Bill Dunham Hanger Clinics
Richard Foster Hanger Clinics
Amy Gallegos Limbs for Life Board Member
Scott Sabolich Sabolich Prosthetics
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $670,550
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $670,550
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$664,320$1,286,954$1,036,165
Total Expenses$730,218$791,986$1,185,797
Revenue Less Expenses($65,898)$494,968($149,632)
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$59,100$0$0
Individual Contributions$415,171$1,264,585$1,028,229
Investment Income, Net of Losses$7,756$9,401$4,976
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$182,293----
Revenue In-Kind--$12,968--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$579,006$468,527$523,855
Administration Expense$29,627$63,197$456,281
Fundraising Expense$121,585$206,763$205,661
Payments to Affiliates--$53,499--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.620.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%59%44%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%16%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$702,491$913,048$547,709
Current Assets$653,658$857,309$490,556
Long-Term Liabilities----$266,543
Current Liabilities$1,105$199,263$8,850
Total Net Assets$701,386$713,785$272,316
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities591.554.3055.43
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%49%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $415,171Individuals $1,264,585Individuals $1,028,229
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $182,293Revenue In-Kind $12,968Interest & Dividends $4,976
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecifiedc $59,100Interest & Dividends $9,401Other $2,960
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
NOTE.  FY2014 Per Note 11 - Other Matters (page 11.)  There was an error in the prior year audits resulted in a prior period correction. Other Expenses (FY13) was the $53,499 prior period adjustment in order to correct the beginning Net Assets for FY2014 financials. 
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Address 9604 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Primary Phone 405 843-5174
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Lucy Fraser
Board Chair Ms. Kristen Jones Colby
Board Chair Company Affiliation Eventful Marketer