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.

Sam is back to work and daily activities!
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
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 legs. These gifts are broken down into components and used parts are donated free of charge to organizations and professional clinicians meeting the needs of amputees in developing countries worldwide. In the 2019, 4500 used prosthetic parts were distributed to aid amputees in 21 states and 15 countries.

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 $818,700.00
Projected Expenses $1,293,938.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1995
IRS Ruling Year 1994
State Registration Expiration Feb 2021

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 five continents.


Living without a limb, whether by birth or amputation, is physically, emotionally and financially devastating, disrupting life for the amputee and their broader community.  A prosthetic leg helps restore an amputee’s basic motor skills, mobility, and independence,

The Limbs for Life client is the low-income amputee who has no other resources to obtain a limb. In 2019, Limbs for Life provided funds for basic lower limb prostheses for 213 qualified applicants at a cost of $637,000. More than 5,000 donated prosthetic components were distributed to aid 343 amputees in 21 states and 15 countries across 5 continents. 

In Oklahoma, Limbs for Life provided prosthetic legs for 69 amputees who had no other means to receive one; another 100 amputees received replacement parts at no charge.

According to the Amputee Coalition of America, approximately 2.1 million individuals are living with limb loss in the United States. On average 507 people lose a limb each day. It is estimated that 3.6 million people will be living with limb loss by 2050. While congenital limb difference or loss contributes to the total, studies show 60% of limb loss is preventable. Diabetes and vascular disease are the leading causes of limb loss. Amputations also result from infection, trauma, cancer and congenital loss

In Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi, Medicaid does not provide any prosthetic care for an amputee age 18 or over; these states vocational rehabilitation programs are currently underfunded and are not providing basic prosthetic care for qualified applicants. Limbs for Life is usually the last available resource for an amputee.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide

In 2019, 69 Oklahomans received aid through our Financial Assistance Program as a cost of $193,000. Recipients lived in these communities: Apache, Bixby, Blanchard, Boley, Broken Arrow, Clinton, Del City, Drummond, Duncan, Durant, El Reno, Enid, Eufaula, Foss, Frederick, Freedom, Geary, Harrah, Hugo, Jennings, Kaw City, Locust Grove, Mead, Miame, Midwest City, Mounds, Mountain View, Mustang, Norman, Oklahoma City, Owasso, Pauls Valley, Salina, Sallisaw, Sapulpa, Shawnee, Tahlequah, Tulsa, Wagner, Wewoka, Wilburton and Wilson

Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines/Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases
Tertiary Organizational Category Health Care/Health Support

Limbs for Life (LFL) has one program: providing prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it. Approved applicants receive quality prosthetic care from partner clinics near their hometown. LFL pays a pre-set amount of $2,500 for a below knee prosthesis and $3,500 for above knee. In addition LFL recycles and reuses prosthetic components. Used, donated limbs are dismantled and parts are shared locally and internationally. In 2019, more than 5,500 prosthetic parts were donated to LFL by 230 donors from 39 states; more than 1/3 of those donors were Oklahomans. Because LFL cannot assist every amputee, staff provided information and referral services to 2,100 requests last year.

Population Served Other Health/Disability
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Success in the upcoming year would be a 30% increase in numbers of amputees assisted; 15% increase in donated parts; and maintenance of 100% satisfaction rating by our client population.
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 Success is an annual increase in amputees served and parts donated with maintenance of client satisfaction. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Program success will be monitored by continued use of client feedback loop surveys as well as anecdotal information from clients and our participating partners.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Sam, an active father of two, lost his leg due to an infection in early 2018. By summer 2019, he was facing divorce, eviction from his home and the probability of losing his job if he was unable to return to work in early September. All accessible assistance was out of reach until January 2020.  Limbs for Life was able to assist by providing a basic limb through a local clinic. Since receiving his new limb, Sam is back to volunteering in his community, caring for his children, working and resuming an active lifestyle.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lucy Fraser
Start Date Feb 2013
Experience 30 years nonprofit experience within three Oklahoma agencies
Senior Staff
Lucy FraserExecutive Director
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 2
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 Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2017
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes

Limbs for Life collaborations include working with 100+ prosthetic clinics across the U.S. and 7 international groups that provide prosthetic limbs for amputees in Africa, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Philippines and Panama.  Other collaborations include: American Red Cross, National Headquarters, Youth Preparedness and Recovery; University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games; Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech Orthotics & Prosthetics Technician program; Southern Plains Tribal Health Board and Community Health Charities.


Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2010
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2013
Risk Management Provisions
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Ms. Kristen Jones Colby
Company Affiliation Eventful Marketer
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 18, 2020
Board of Directors List
Mr. Doug BrooksRetired, CEO, Brinker Int'lExofficio
Ms. Holly BrooksCommunity VolunteerExofficio
Mr. Matthew BrownHR/TrainingVoting
Ms. Amy GallegosCommunity VolunteerNonVoting
Mr. Andy HudsonColormark PrintingVoting
Mr. Jerry Isbellbeaversbendcabins.comVoting
Mr. David JohnsonCPAVoting
Ms. Kristen JonesEventful MarketerVoting
Mr. Christopher LloydSpark CreativeVoting
Mr. Daryl OsmusThrivent FinancialVoting
Mr. Scott SabolichScott Sabolich ProstheticsVoting
Mr. Erik SalazarFAAVoting
Mr. John SheltonVA Medical HospitalVoting
Ms. Denielle TaylorRetired, Coca-Cola North AmericaNonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
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
Program / Program Planning
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $818,700
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,293,938
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$2,066,155$14,188,548$982,303
Total Expenses$1,189,960$1,007,665$732,172
Revenue Less Expenses$876,195$13,180,883$250,131
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,495,204$15,426$8,321
Unrealized Gain/Loss--$1,355$2,924
Membership Dues------
Special Events$110,692$151,625$154,450
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,014,118$851,835$581,503
Administration Expense$53,944$45,177$45,749
Fundraising Expense$121,898$110,653$104,920
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.7414.081.34
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%85%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue28%1%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$15,083,221$14,206,205$1,026,920
Current Assets$2,551,579$3,139,155$533,510
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,474$653$2,251
Total Net Assets$15,081,747$14,205,552$1,024,669
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1731.064807.28237.01
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $1,495,204Contributions $14,017,842Contributions $814,612
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $441,574Special Events $151,625Special Events $154,450
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $110,692Investment Income $15,426Investment Income $8,321
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In 2016, Limbs for Life was notified it was named as partial beneficiary of a generous Trust.  During 2017, the Trust began the lengthy process of liquidation in order to make distributions as required by the Trust.  Based on filings with the Internal Revenue Service, our auditors concluded LFL’s beneficial interest in these assets must be recognized as income on the financial statements in 2017. The amount of income recognized is $13,478,871. 

The Foundation has two goals regarding this tremendous gift:

  1. Use a portion of these funds to satisfy our mission – restoring lives by providing financial assistance to amputees that have no access to any other means to obtain a new prosthesis. 
  2. Invest a substantial portion of these distributions in income producing assets.  This will allow the Foundation to provide our services well into the future.  In essence, we will have partially funded an endowment whereby most of the day to day operational expenses will be covered by the income derived from these investments.   
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note. In fiscal year 2018 and 2017, had prior period adjustments of $1,650 and $2,300, respectively.  It's included in the revenue section under "Other" revenue section in order for the net assets roll forward properly. 
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.

The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.

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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