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 Guatemala, the Philippines, Panama, Bosnia, Nigeria, South Africa and Mongolia.

Volunteers help with annual events, the Blaze 5K run and the Scott Sabolich Golf Tournament. Please call the office if you would like to volunteer.

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 $647,768.00
Projected Expenses $647,768.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1994
IRS Ruling Year 1994
State Registration Expiration Feb 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.


Background The Limbs for Life Foundation was founded in 1994 by John Sabolich who realized the need to help less fortunate amputees.  At the time one in four of his patients did not have insurance for prosthetics.  Today it is one in ten. 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.

Over 3,000 people in the United States will lose a limb every week, almost 18 per hour. Many of these amputees are unable to afford proper prosthetic care due to the lack of insurance or other financial resources. Limbs for Life is the financial bridge for these amputees to receive a prosthetic limb.

Amputees are people who have lost a limb or part of a limb. Your limbs are your arms and legs. Losing a limb or part of a limb can be the result of illness or injury. Some people lose limbs in accidents or during a war. In other cases, people lose limbs as the result of birth defects or illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and vascular diseases.

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 work with components from our limb bank 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.
CEO/Executive Director Statement Oklahoma is fortunate to have Limbs for Life in our state.  Oklahoma is the headquarters for our work in the United States and worldwide.  We are often asked "where our home office is?"  We are proud to say our one and only office is in Oklahoma City.  We are the largest organization in the US doing what we do.  We work with clinics in Oklahoma, nationwide and worldwide.  Almost daily we receive donated limbs from across the nation.  In 2012 we provided 174 amputees with new limbs.  Those individuals were able to return to their families, their jobs and regain a quality of life they had temporarily lost.  Giving an amputee a new limb is a cure. 
Board Chair Statement
The Limbs For Life Foundation is truly a lifesaver for many amputees who never thought that they would walk.  Each qualified U.S. applicant receives a new limb that is custom-fitted by a certified prosthetist.  The Foundation also reaches out to the global amputee community by operating a bank of used prosthetic components that are donated to international clinics/cooperative charities in the Dominican Republic, Turkey, Peru, Mexico and Africa.  All of the Limbs For Life staff and volunteers have a heart to help amputees regain mobility and their place in the work force and community, and our fundraising efforts keep in mind the ever increasing number of amputees around the world.   Anyone who donates a limb or makes a financial contribution to Limbs For Life can be sure that they are making an immediate, life-changing difference in an amputee and his family's life.
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 addition, we ship donated used prosthetic componentry overseas to thrid world countries for amputees in need. 
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 3
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 150
Staff Retention Rate 100
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 Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
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 has many collaborative efforts working with Amputee Coalition of America, American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society and more than 400 prosthetic clinics across the United States who provide prosthetic limbs for our clients.
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2010
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2013
Board Chair
Name Mr. David Johnson
Company Affiliation Parwest Land Exploration
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2016
Board of Directors List
Mr. Doug Brooks Brinker InternationalVoting
Mrs. Holly Brooks HomemakerVoting
Ms. Amy Gallegos HomemakerVoting
Mr. Jerry Isbell Self EmployedVoting
Mr. David Johnson Certified Public AccountantVoting
Ms. Kristen Jones Front Burner RestaurantsVoting
Mr. Erik Salazar FAAVoting
Ms. Denielle Taylor Coca-Cola USAVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
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, 2016-Dec 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $647,768
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $647,768
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? Yes
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 Mr. David Johnson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Parwest Land Exploration