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 Lucy Fraser,
Address 9604 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Phone (405) 843-5174
Fax 405-843-5123
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Phone 405 286-3371
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. With appropriate care and assistance, amputees have the opportunity for a productive and independent lifestyle.

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. 



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.

Each day, 507 Americans lose a limb. Approximately 2.1 million individuals are living with limb loss in the U.S. Amputees are faced with staggering emotional and financial lifestyle changes. Quality prosthetics restore mobility and independence, but are out of reach for many low-income amputees. The Limbs for Life financial assistance program aids the lower limb amputee, at or near the poverty level, who does not have insurance to cover any portion of the prosthetic expense and does not qualify for any other state or federal assistance.

Each amputee restored to mobility and independence, to return to work or school, and resume activities with their families and friends is the measure of success and benefit to that individual and the larger community. With appropriate care and assistance, amputees have the opportunity for a productive and independent lifestyle.

Since Limbs for Life was incorporated in 1995, the agency has provided $4,100,000 in financial assistance for prosthetic care to more than 2000 amputees in the U. S.



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 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$490,506$474,271$960,427
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,598$7,756$9,401
Unrealized Gain/Loss($1,905)($1,128)--
Membership Dues------
Special Events$199,806$144,293$304,158
Revenue In-Kind----$12,968
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$475,764$579,006$555,967
Administration Expense$48,861$24,507$67,773
Fundraising Expense$99,227$87,577$221,745
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.981.52
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%84%66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%14%18%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$775,524$702,490$913,048
Current Assets$550,609$519,535$746,452
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$986$1,105$199,263
Total Net Assets$774,538$701,385$713,785
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities558.43470.173.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $490,506Individuals $474,271Individuals $960,427
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $199,806Special Events $144,293Special Events $304,158
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $8,598Prior Period Adjustment $53,498Revenue In-Kind $12,968
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 the IRS Form 990s.

Note:  Fiscal Year 2014 had a prior period adjustment of $53,498, which was added to the Revenue and "Other Revenue" in order for the Net Assets to roll-forward properly. 
Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

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Address 9604 N. May Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Primary Phone 405 843-5174
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Lucy Fraser
Board Chair Ms. Kristen Jones Colby
Board Chair Company Affiliation Eventful Marketer