Mission: The mission of the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF) is to improve the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities in Haiti through healthcare,  ... (More)

Haitian Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1985, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.haitianhealthfoundation.org/

  97 Sherman Street
Norwich CT 06360 

  860-886-4357


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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 As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Haitian Health Foundation is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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 100.00, 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

91.6%


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

5.0%


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

3.2%


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

0.7%


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

$0.03


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

6.81 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

18.92%


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)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (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.


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Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
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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

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



E. Marilyn Lowney, Executive Director

$115,585 (1.59% 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:

Health clinic (BMF activity code: 154)


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.


Haitian Health Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


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

In Feb 2020 our Infectious Disease Emergency Response Committee developed a plan and budget to respond to the Covid-19 disaster scenarios. The plan assisted in the continuity of essential services, a well-coordinated implementation of HHF operations at every level, and establishing a safe environment for health workers, patients and visitors. Impact was reduced with the purchase of large quantities of PPE, medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, and disinfecting supplies. We designed a Covid-19 and hand washing leaflets and printed 50,000 of each for our educational campaigns at the community level. We added more staff in Haiti and changed the flow of patients into the clinic. After seeing a slight drop off in donations, we began to look at the messaging and made some changes to the presentation of the information – particularly when everyone worldwide was dealing with the same issues. We applied for and received the PPP loan, and continue to employ a full staff in the US.


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

At the beginning of the pandemic, there was resistance and confusion related to mask wearing and social distancing, making service delivery in the hard-to-reach areas challenging for the healthcare staff. We had to increase the number of mobile clinics per month in order to serve smaller groups of people. However, following extensive education, we are back to our regular number of mobile clinics. Initially, all organizations were competing for the PPE and hygiene supplies, which made them very expensive and hard to find. We often had to go to outside the country to purchase these items at very high shipping costs. We continue to distribute hygiene supplies, items which are costly for families to purchase. We engaged in multi-month scripting and dispensing to reduce patients’ visits to the clinic, and we continue this approach to date. HHF has continued with its regular services with adaptations, particularly in the context of the physical structure to assure safety of all.


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

Given the circumstances in Haiti, not only caused by the pandemic, but many other socio-political challenges; we have focused our fundraising efforts on food, hygiene, and more healthcare services at the community level in hard to reach areas. In Haiti, we hired additional staff at our clinic, 2 doctors, 4 nurses, 1 lab technician, 2 social workers to meet the increased and changing needs of our community. The way we ship and transport goods have also changed drastically to respond to the increased safety risks of transportation in Haiti.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

HHF developed education materials relative to hygiene and prevention of infectious diseases, which will continue to be used regardless of the pandemic. The triage area of our clinic was moved, thus allowing us to discover that this was, in fact, the best place for said unit. This will remain as a permanent change. Also, there has been a lot of savings related to traveling back and forth from Jeremie to Port au Prince to attend meetings (savings in airfare, hotel accommodations, per diems, food) as well as conducting trainings. This has continued to date, and it would appear that this is a trend with many organizations. In addition, fundraising by zoom and other virtual methods proved to be a very helpful way to continue correspondence with donors – this continues to date.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/1/20202019 100.00
10/1/20192018 98.85
11/1/20182017 100.00
12/1/20172016 94.39
10/1/20162015 92.92
6/1/20162014 98.01
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 90.86
10/1/20142013 84.92
10/1/20132012 85.20
9/1/20132012 84.93

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.

7/1/20122011 91.78
2/1/20122010 91.80
9/20/20112009 97.12
Rating Version: 1.0
10/1/20102009 99.22
8/1/20092008 99.13
5/1/20082007 99.24
5/1/20072006 99.30

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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

Haitian Health Foundation 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



Haitian Health Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$3,281,823

Spent in most recent FY

50%

Percent of program expenses


Healthcare


$1,796,284

Spent in most recent FY

27%

Percent of program expenses


Technical Support


$889,654

Spent in most recent FY

13%

Percent of program expenses


Development


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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 Haitian Health Foundation 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


The mission of the Haitian Health Foundation is to improve the health and well-being of women, children, families and communities in Haiti through healthcare, education and community development.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


HHF’s vision is that all in Haiti are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy.


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: 1. Promote a patient-centered approach where all interactions with and services to our patients must be from a human rights approach, always focusing on the needs of the patients.

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


Goal Two: 2. Encourage high levels of performance that sustain excellence to increase quality, efficiency, transparency of services and programs, and our position as a prominent community organization.

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


Goal Three: 3. Take a leadership role in working with other providers, community-based organizations, and other partners to identify and meet people’s needs while eliminating waste and duplication.

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

Our work is based on a community development model thus placing great value on education for all staff to facilitate change through community building and organizing, not only in health service delivery but in promoting and raising the resilience of communities. On an annual basis, HHF senior-level staff engage in a five-day personal and organizational performance excellence self-evaluation based on categories that provide a systems perspective, including how leadership is exercised, formally and informally, throughout HHF; how we use best practices to develop strategic thinking, planning, learning and leadership skills; how we engage with our staff, patients, donors, partners and our work with the government of Haiti; and how we measure, analyze, manage knowledge acquired through evaluation, study, experience, and innovate. During the 2021 annual evaluation, the team developed an “HHF Continuing Education Unit” system for its staff to promote continuous professional development.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

HHF has a proven approach to primary healthcare service integration and citizen participation, which have yielded opportunities for professional outreach. HHF has developed strong connections with formal/informal health system partners, social service organizations and the faith-based community to ensure the integration of HHF services with the delivery of other health and social services as such improves client care through timely services, proper referrals, and seamless care. HHF consistently works with organizations that may concentrate on specific strategies such as WASH, emergency response, logistics. Examples include OCHA, IOM Shelter Working Group, GA Direction General of Civil Protection, Haiti Health Network, and others. HHF participates in community dialogues organized by sectors of the Haiti government and civil groups. HHF shares experiences and lessons learned within Haiti and in the US, such as presenting in conferences, colleges and universities, and others.

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.


There is no question that HHF has had to significantly readjust our activities given the situation in Haiti. We believe there is a humanitarian crisis in the making. This crisis is in part due to the roadblocks that prevent transportation of fuel, impede the delivery of essential products such as food and medicine, and has hampered even our ability to provide emergency assistance to victims of the August 14, 2021 earthquake which was followed by August 16 Hurricane Grace. HHF is seeing more new patients coming into the clinics and our mobile clinics are seeing patients coming from far away areas. We hired additional staff to assist with the increased demand on our mobile clinics as well as providing mental health services following the two natural disasters. The medicines and other important supplies are being transported via plane, and we are assessing the possibility of bringing supplies via the sea. Following the earthquake, the security chaos in Cayes was an opportunity for gangs to move into the south region. There have been incidents in and around Jeremie where gangs have attempted to take over certain areas, including some of the areas where HHF provides services. This has forced us to postpone many activities in areas, however, mobile clinics are set up close to the areas in question so patients (while having to walk longer distance) can still reach the services. While the city of Jeremie is not experiencing the security problems of PAP, there has been much recent disorder, in part driven by the fuel shortages across the country. Also, because of the August 14 earthquake, the already damaged bridge into Jeremie was rendered impassable, severely restricting the delivery of essential goods and supplies. The number of Covid-19 cases in Jeremie is quite high. HHF continues to apply a PCR test to patients showing up with Covid-related symptoms, but there are not sufficient tests currently to test those that present with exposure but lack symptoms.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


E. Marilyn Lowney

Executive Director

Jeremiah J. Lowney, Jr.

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

Haitian Health Foundation 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


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

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. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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