Mission: Carver's mission is to close opportunity gaps for all children and to ensure they graduate high school on time and are ready for college and careers.

Carver operates 47 before-school, after-school, and summer programs serving approximately 2,500 K-12 students in the 20 Norwalk Public Schools, Side by Side Charter School, the Carver Community Center, the Classical Studies Magnet Academy in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Carver programming aligns with in-school curricula, takes place within the students' respective schools, and is led by each school's daytime certified teachers. Carver students also receive social-emotional learning and wellness support.

Since 2005, 100% of our seniors have graduated on time and almost all become first-generation college students. Our alumni are ambitious critical thinkers making their mark in the fields of law, government, medicine, finance, entertainment, professional sports, technology, education, entrepreneurship, and the creative arts.

The Carver Foundation of Norwalk is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1944, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://www.carvernorwalk.org/

  7 Academy Street
Norwalk CT 06850 

  203-838-4305


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The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for The Carver Foundation of Norwalk is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Exceptional

This charity's score is 94.69, 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. More recent filing data is available, but it has not been factored into this score, due to COVID-19's effect on this organization.

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Rating update postponed due to COVID-19's impact on this organization. View The Carver Foundation of Norwalk's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

86.7%


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

3.8%


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

9.3%


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

7.5%


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

$0.09


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

0.39 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

15.71%


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:
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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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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.

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  • 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


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Transparency:
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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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Novelette Peterkin, CEO

$159,862 (3.95% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

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:

Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations (BMF activity code: 602)


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

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Pandemic Response

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. 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, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


The Carver Foundation of Norwalk reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue


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

Carver in-person special events were canceled, e.g., house parties, golf tournaments, annual Child of America gala. The gala became a virtual event. Nevertheless, Carver was able to raise the revenue expected from special events from other sources and we exceeded our fundraising goals for both years (2019-2020 and 2020-2021). Carver applied and received the PPP loan in the 2019-2020 fiscal year that enabled us to keep all staff fully employed; the loan was converted to a grant in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.


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

The Carver Community Center served as a primary distribution point for free daily meals provided by Norwalk Public Schools (NPS). The Carver Community Center serves as a location for receiving vaccinations. Our students’ daytime teachers (Carver after-school staff) seamlessly sustained our academic, enrichment, and wellness programming virtually in all the K-12 NPS schools, Side By Side Charter School, the Carver Community Center, and the Classical Studies Magnet Academy in Bridgeport, CT. Carver provided “learning pods” for Norwalk public school students at the Carver Community Center on virtual learning days. This program served families of essential workers and those who did not have the means for private tutors or childcare during the workday. Carver provided financial and practical assistance to distressed Carver families. Carver summer programming abided by all CDC, state, and city health rules.


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

The pandemic has been a defining moment for the Carver community as we revisit the principles and values that have guided us since our founding in 1938. The challenges of working remotely encouraged collegiality and helped Carver staff learn new skills. Our major donors, released from special event roles and the like, are focusing directly on Carver’s work, aligning values and vision with the resources needed. Programmatically, Carver is adding new Social Emotional Learning supports in each of the programs, we are engaging more national STEM providers like FIRST Lego League to participate in our Project-Based Learning after-school sessions, and we are redesigning our high school after-school program to include an Earn & Learn component and adding in-school full-time/daytime Future Ready Coordinators at each of Norwalk’s two public high schools to help ensure Carver's 9-12 grade students are on a path to college/career success.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The pandemic served to greatly strengthen Carver. The Carver Community Center served as a strategic partner to the city, health department, and public schools to deliver food, vaccines, and other supports to Norwalk residents. This success resulted in a now completed capital campaign to completely renovate the community center over the next year. Carver staff and students will continue to use new technologies to sustain increased accessibility and collegiality. We are implementing a new interdepartmental digital dashboard to sustain the real-time communications and outcomes measurement we achieved since the onset of the pandemic. The Carver Community Center remains a resource to the city, health department, and the schools to meet needs as they arise. We will continue to sustain DEI training across all departments. Our board is updating our 2021-2026 strategic plan accordingly.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
6/1/20202019 94.69
10/1/20192018 92.14
6/1/20182017 92.45
5/1/20172016 91.17
6/1/20162015 86.50
Rating Version: 2.0
3/1/20162015 91.48
2/1/20162015 90.15

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

8/1/20152014 89.98
5/1/20142013 86.00

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...   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

The Carver Foundation of Norwalk 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.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



The Carver Foundation of Norwalk reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$3,563,161

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


After-school Services for Underprivileged Children


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...   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 The Carver Foundation of Norwalk is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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


CARVER'S MISSION IS TO CLOSE OPPORTUNITY GAPS FOR ALL VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ENSURE THEY GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL ON TIME AND COLLEGE-READY.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


When the highest learning opportunities are equitably accessible, our students’ highest potential is unbounded. Our Vision is a community where all children feel loved, respected, and encouraged to develop to their fullest potential. Carver combines a set of key partnerships between school districts and their highly skilled educators, community organizations, and parents to deliver after-school, summer, and community programs that consistently demonstrate striking results.


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: All Carver K-12 students transition to the next grade on time and are prepared for the work ahead.

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


Goal Two: 100% of Carver seniors graduate high school on time (which has been the case since 2005) with a plan for college/career.

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


Goal Three: Fully implement our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan, including Capacity Building initiatives, the complete renovation of the Carver Community Center, and new after-school and summer programs.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Carver’s CEO, Novelette Peterkin, attended Harvard University’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program, which offered faculty presentations, case studies on nonprofit organizations, group exercises, and structured and informal group discussions with global nonprofit leaders, employing insights from the curriculum and from peers to develop a strategic direction and formulate an action plan that Carver is now implementing. All staff engages in professional development opportunities.

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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Carver programs are created and sustained by partnerships. Carver’s program model (e.g., in close coordination with each school principal, hiring certified teachers to extend the school day and year and giving them flexible budgets that adhere to a Carver program structure) is based on trust and data sharing agreements with school districts. Carver’s CEO was invited by Norwalk Public Schools (NPS) to participate in drafting of the district’s 2021-2026 strategic plan. Carver board members have been and are NPS school principals and administrators. Carver expands to new schools by invitation, not by solicitation. Carver consistently wins state and federal grants and is close to state and city political leaders. Carver is a member of the Norwalk Acts collaborative. Carver’s CEO is a board member of The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and is a frequent speaker representing educational issues.

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.


The pandemic confirmed Carver's ability to adapt and grow with our partners. The Carver Community Center served as a primary distribution point for free daily student meals and later as a location for receiving vaccinations. Our students’ daytime teachers (Carver after-school and summer staff) seamlessly sustained our academic, enrichment, and wellness programming virtually in all Norwalk’s public K-12 schools, Side By Side Charter School, the Carver Community Center, and the Classical Studies Magnet Academy in Bridgeport, CT. Carver provided “learning pods” for Norwalk public school students at the Carver Community Center on virtual learning days. Carver provided financial and practical assistance to distressed Carver families. Carver summer programming abided by all CDC, state, and city health rules. The challenges of working remotely encouraged collegiality and helped Carver staff learn new skills. Our major donors focused directly on Carver’s work, aligning values and vision with the resources needed. Carver is adding new Social Emotional Learning supports in each of our programs, we are engaging more national STEM providers like FIRST Lego League to participate in our Project-Based Learning after-school sessions, and we are redesigning our high school after-school program to include an Earn & Learn component and adding in-school full-time/daytime Future Ready Coordinators at each of Norwalk’s two public high schools to help ensure Carver's 9-12 grade students are on a path to college/career success. We expect remote learning will be here to stay and will be primarily teacher-designed and led. We know that all learning is self-learning, which is why Carver has for years utilized personalized literacy and math digital learning tools. For many of our students, our teachers serve as a reference point or touchstone in the learning process. The pandemic will be the new reference point for how Carver conducts its after-school, summer, and community programming.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Novelette Peterkin

Executive Director

Phil Butterfield

President

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The Carver Foundation of Norwalk has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 14 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


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Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.


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Methodology


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Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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