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According to the SOS Children's Villages--USA audit of December 31, 2015 (Note 8, Equity Interest In Privately-Held Companies):

"On December 31, 2013, the Organization received from a trust a contribution of a 50% interest in each of three privately-held S Corporations. The fair value of these contributions amounted to $3,000,000 at December 31, 2013... At December 31, 2014, these investments had a carrying value of $2,814,257. During 2015, all three privately-held S Corporations were sold for approximately $3,100,000 and the Organization recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $435,000, net of federal income taxes of approximately $75,000.

"During 2014, the Organization received cash contributions as part of the liquidation of the estate in which the trust resided of approximately $7,300,000... Additionally, the Organization received, in 2015, interest in three privately-held companies from this trust which were sold for approximately $220,000."
According to the SOS Children's Villages--USA audit of December 31, 2015 (Note 5, Notes Receivable):

"In March 2015, the organization executed a loan to SOS Children's Villages Florida, Inc. an affiliate organization, in the amount of $500,000. The loan carries interest at a rate of 3% and matures in March 2020. Principal and accrued interest as of December 31, 2015 was $508,092. Principal and interest is not due until the loan matures in 2020."

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