Mission: The Rian Immigrant Center, formerly known as the Irish International Immigrant Center, assists immigrants from Ireland and from around the world as they integrate in ... (More)

Rian Immigrant Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1989, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.riancenter.org/

 One State Street
Suite 800
Boston MA 02109 

  617-542-7654


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 92.45, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

83.1%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

6.4%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

10.4%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

3.4%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.11


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.97 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

10.52%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
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Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Ronnie Millar, Executive Director

$99,580 (4.49% of Total Expenses)


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Other cultural or historical activities (BMF activity code: 119)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Rian Immigrant Center reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Rian is a J-1 Intern visa sponsor, and our Learning Exchange Program welcomes 500 interns each year. The presidential proclamations issued in March and May suspended the program due to Covid. Lost revenue due to the program suspension in 2020 caused us to reorganize our staffing for that program, reducing from six full-time team members to two at the end of July 2020. The J-1 Intern visa program has now been reinstated. Interest in the program is strong and with COVID-related travel bans being lifted, we look forward to expanding the program again in 2022. In addition, the philanthropic community has recognized the impact COVID has had on the families we work with and have been very generous. In 2020 we were able to secure additional funding in support of immigrant families, both for our services and for direct emergency assistance to families.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Many of our direct services like legal consultations, in-person English language classes, and other support services were deeply affected. We had to pivot to providing services virtually. But many of our clients and students did not have access to the appropriate technology. However, we were able to provide laptops to students so that we can continue offering classes.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

Rian adapted to provide most of its services either by phone, text, or video-conferencing. Out of safety concerns and to make services accessible, Rian’s programs continue remotely, and clients and students can still receive legal consultations by phone, attend online courses and individual tutoring, and also receive online counseling and support services. Over the last year, Rian built processes to support staff while they worked from home. Remote services have had advantages. For example, remote classes for English language learners have increased retention rates over in-person classes since transportation to the Center and childcare have been barriers to coming to class in the past. At the same time, we recognize the importance of meeting people in person and during COVID secured a grant to renovate our welcome center including creating a playroom for children. We have adopted a hybrid model and the Center is physically open to 30% occupancy number of clients, students and staff.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

As the fiscal sponsor and one of the leaders of the Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative (MIC), Rian is involved in initiatives that impact the immigrant community on a larger scale. Formed in response to the pandemic, MIC is a diverse multicultural group of 15 immigrant support organizations that are providing emergency relief to Massachusetts’s most vulnerable immigrant families during this public health crisis. Some tax-paying immigrants have not been eligible to receive unemployment benefits or relief and needed immediate support to cover basic needs. The Collaborative was created to provide such support. We host regular vaccine clinics in partnership with community health centers and the public health commission. We expect that the work of the Collaborative will continue by advocating for immigrants, and serving other critical needs. In addition, we will provide both in-person and remote legal consultations, education programs and counseling and case management.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
6/1/20212019 92.45
12/1/20192018 92.72
12/1/20182017 95.61
2/1/20182016 88.17
5/1/20172015 88.00
6/1/20162014 85.23
Rating Version: 2.0
2/1/20162014 85.04

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Rian Immigrant Center cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Rian Immigrant Center reported its two largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,296,776

Spent in most recent FY

71%

Percent of program expenses


IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES: STAFF ATTORNEYS AND PRO BONO ATTORNEYS PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO LOW-INCOME IMMIGRANTS SO THAT THEY MAY GAIN LEGAL STATUS, WORK AUTHORIZATION, AND REUNITE WITH THEIR FAMILIES.  ... (More)


$516,344

Spent in most recent FY

28%

Percent of program expenses


OUR LEARNING EXCHANGE PROGRAMS PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECENT IRISH GRADUATES, AND CURRENT STUDENTS, TO INTERN FOR ONE YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES WITHIN THEIR FIELDS OF STUDY. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Rian Immigrant Center is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


The Rian Immigrant Center empowers immigrant and refugee families on the path to opportunity, safety, and a better future for all. We are working towards a society where all are welcomed and valued and enjoy equitable opportunities & protections by providing… Immigration Legal Services Resource and Support Services Education & Career Services International Exchange Visitor Visa Program Community building opportunities Advocacy for just and humane immigration policies As New England’s Welcome Center for immigrant and refugee families, we seek to be proactive, responsive and innovative in meeting the needs of immigrant families.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


Our vision is of a shared society where all people are welcomed, valued, and enjoy equal opportunities and protections. Rian Immigrant Center empowers over 3,800 immigrants and refugees from more than 126 countries each year by providing the legal, wellness and educational support they need to build successful lives. Building on our Irish roots of welcoming others and social justice, we help newcomers find community, and we stand up for immigration policies that are humane and just. America is a nation of immigrants, and despite the current political climate, we are proud to continue the tradition of welcoming immigrants to this country and working together to create a better future for all.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Program Development: As we expand our immigrant support services, we will further integrate our services, help families through the COVID-19 pandemic, and be adaptable in how we provide services.

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Two: Rian is committed to being an anti-racist organization by valuing and promoting anti-racist ideas and policies. We will further diversify our staff and Board, and invest in professional development.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: We will strategically develop alliances to enable us to reach more immigrant and refugee families. We will continue our leadership role in the Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Our people investment priority includes the professional development of staff to ensure mission success in the current environment. To that end, Rian allocates a budget for professional development opportunities for all staff. Recently, Rian hired a Director of People with a priority to guide staff to achieve professional goals, and to advance our antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Rian collaborates with over 60 local, state and national groups, and government entities to provide services to immigrants. Rian has formal partnerships with the Boston Medical Center, Rosie’s Place, and Jewish Vocational Services, and we work closely with Boston Public Schools. We receive referrals from these organizations, and we provide educational sessions for staff and Know Your Rights workshops for clients, patients, and students. We are also part of the Boston Community Welcome Project, which is a partnership between four immigrant support organizations with the goal of providing a centralized point of contact for immigrant families. Finally, Rian is a partner in a highly impactful medical-legal partnership with the Boston Medical Center and Health Law Advocates. Both immigration policies and healthcare coverage can be extremely nuanced, so having experts in both areas working together ensures that immigrant patients are receiving the coverage and care they are eligible for.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Even before the pandemic, immigrants faced an array of challenges that can take a toll on their physical and mental health, including harmful immigration policies and hostility. On top of that, the struggle to achieve financial and social stability has been exacerbated by the economic crisis. Although the federal government has provided financial assistance to many, some tax-paying immigrants are often not eligible for these benefits because of their immigration status. Rian recognizes that we would not be supporting our constituents holistically if we did not tend to this urgent need. Our Covid-19 response included co-founding the Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative (MIC), a diverse group of 15 immigrant support organizations which combined to provide direct emergency relief to Massachusetts's neediest immigrant families. We have helped raise over $7m dollars to assist more than 59,000 immigrant households and we also serve as the fiscal sponsor. Times are challenging for the immigrant and refugee families we serve, and Rian’s strategy will be to work holistically about solutions such as the Collaborative to maximize the impact of our services. In addition to financial concerns, vulnerable populations such as immigrants suffered the mental impacts from the current crisis such as increased anxiety and stress. Our Resource and Support Services team has reached out to the immigrant community to let them know we are a resource for them during the pandemic and beyond. Rian adapted to provide most of its services either by phone, text, or video-conferencing. Out of safety concerns and to make services accessible, Rian’s programs continue remotely, and clients can still receive legal consultations by phone, attend online courses and individual tutoring, and also receive online counseling and support services. Over the last year, Rian effectively built processes to support staff while they worked from home.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Rian Immigrant Center is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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