Mission: St. John's Bread and Life's mission is to respect the dignity and rights of all persons by ensuring access to healthy, nutritious food and comprehensive human servic ... (More)

St. John's Bread & Life is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1946, and donations may or may not be tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.breadandlife.org/

  795 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11221 

  718-574-0058


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for St. John's Bread & Life is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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 93.31, 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 St. John's Bread & Life's response.


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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

79.8%


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

8.9%


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

11.2%


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

3.2%


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

$0.13


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

1.33 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

7.03%


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)
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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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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

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



Anthony Butler, Former Executive Director

$85,246 (1.98% of Total Expenses)


Caroline Tweedy, Executive Director

$0 (0.00% of Total Expenses)


Candyce Mason, Director of Development

$115,046 (2.67% 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:

Special school for the blind, handicapped, etc (BMF activity code: 031)

Hospital (BMF activity code: 150)

Publishing activities (BMF activity code: 120)


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:

Subordinate - the organization is a subordinate in a group ruling. (BMF affiliation code: 9)

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

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.


St. John's Bread & Life reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


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

In the wake of the enormous, citywide surge in need for emergency food as a result of COVID-19, beginning in late March 2020, St. John’s Bread & Life received financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and the government that have, to date, permitted it to fully meet demand that tripled virtually overnight. While demand was at unprecedented levels the agency secured additional support through partnerships with City Harvest, Food Bank, and Rethink to meet demand, created online campaigns to replace in-person events and aggressively sought foundation support to cover the increasing expenses. Tighter financial controls, competitive shopping, and the use of an expanded vendor list afforded the organization the ability to meet needs.


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

As an essential provider, St. John’s Bread & Life provided uninterrupted services throughout Covid, tripling the amount of food distributed annually to more than 253,627 families, seniors, those with mental health or behavior challenges, and the homeless, expanding its footprint into 25 communities and serving 1000+ families weekly to help close the gap caused by the increased number of pantries that closed during this time. Prior to the pandemic St. John’s Bread and Life had developed a plan to create a resource sharing and mobile market program to reach individuals in underserved or under-identified communities in Brooklyn and Queens. Since March 2020, the organizations footprint now touches communities in Far Rockaway, Elmhurst, Atlantic Terminal, the Navy Yard, Fort Greene, Williamsburg, Red Hook, Coney Island, East Flatbush, East New York, City Line, Ridgewood, and through innovative collaboration with the Community Fridge Project, ensuring that no food goes to waste.


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

Prior to the pandemic, St. John’s Bread and Life developed safety protocols in line with CDC recommendations that would allow the organization to function at its highest capacity, uninterrupted, while limiting contact with guests and continuing to serve hot meals and distribute pantry and produce. We made a conscious decision to focus on emergency food and case management and suspended all ancillary programing. This included developing a grab and go meal plan to replace in house dining, installing pass through windows that allowed for contact-free distribution, suspending online shopping and replacing it with a static bag, and expanding freezer/refrigeration capacity. PPE was provided to all staff. We instituted social distancing and extended daily pantry hours to meet guests needs. We created a resource sharing and mobile market program to address the needs of communities that suffered pantry closures, providing 20+ organizations with food and serving more than 1,075 families weekly.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

1. Remaining a hub in Brooklyn for smaller pantries and ensuring that at least 1,000 families per week are served through our resource sharing program. 2. Continuing our mobile market program and expanding into new communities providing greater access to fresh produce. 3. Using the pass-through windows for easier access for the mail program, appointment scheduling, grab and go meals, and the pantry. 4. Keeping virtual technology as an additional way for guests to access emergency entitlements and case management services. 4. Continuing the partners with Mobilization for Justice, Urban Justice and Care for the Homeless. 5. Continually assessing purchasing power. 6. Continue to participate as a founding member of the Roundtable- Allies for Food Access to advocate on behalf of food pantries in NYC to secure funds and help shape the future of emergency food.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/1/20202019 93.31
2/1/20202018 90.50
9/1/20182017 89.71
12/1/20172016 90.31
11/1/20162015 85.05
6/1/20162014 89.62
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 90.29
11/1/20142013 92.91
10/1/20132012 80.22
11/6/20122011 87.56
9/20/20112010 92.81
Rating Version: 1.0
10/1/20102009 91.62
9/1/20092008 98.27

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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

St. John's Bread & Life 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



St. John's Bread & Life reported its two largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$2,437,071

Spent in most recent FY

68%

Percent of program expenses


Soup Kitchen Programs: Meals & Nutrition


$1,118,929

Spent in most recent FY

31%

Percent of program expenses


Social Services


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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 St. John's Bread & Life 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


Feeding the body, mind and spirit since 1982 St. John’s Bread and Life’s mission is to ensure that all people have access to healthy nutritious food and services that help maintain stability and work toward greater independence.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


To alleviate hunger in the communities we serve.


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: To ensure that underserved communities have ready access to fresh and nutritious food

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


Goal Two: To ensure that families and individuals have ready access to case management services helping to provide stability

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Three: To continue to work collaboratively with key groups (e.g., Robin Hood Collective, Urban Justice, Care for the Homeless) allowing us to advocate for greater funding & provide a voice to those we serve

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Pre pandemic, we invested in upgrading and enhancing the digital choice pantry shopping experience. Since COVID, all staff have been trained in using Smartchoice In 2020, we promoted our emergency food coordinator to Director, who now oversees the resource sharing and mobile market programs, created the inventory manager position to handle the increased volume of food, created 2 warehouse opportunities, and provided logistics distribution training. Social service staff assist with our mail program; we implemented virtual technology requiring staff to learn how to use various platforms in order to provide case management safely and efficiently. We provided training in Data Trust software for benefits training for staff. Senior staff participated in Cyber security training. Staff meet as teams regularly to plan and implement new ideas, increase service delivery, and manage the increased numbers served. We also assisted an intake worker in completing her education obtaining a BA.

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?

Bread & Life collaborates with the Food Bank of NYC, Rethink, City Harvest and many peer emergency food providers on advocacy, client education, and coordination of food and related social service efforts. It is a founding member of the Robin Hood Collective- The Roundtable-Allies for Food Access which seeks to promote greater access to healthy food and advocates for change to emergency food policy making and more funds to enable the work.

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.


Prior to Covid, Bread and Life saw the needs of some of its guests changing and the organization was quick to establish new ways to reach out to them. For the medically fragile, a mobile market was established at a local dialysis center providing the types of foods that would enhance patient lives. As communities gentrified, more and more elderly and working families struggled to pay rent and keep food on the table-Bread and Life expanded shopping hours and customized its online shopping making it easier to access the food pantry. For the homeless and those living in shelters-individually prepared pantry bags included single serving items. Intake forms for pantry registration were streamlined as well. The organization rented a cold storage unit to increase the amount of produce secured and distributed and worked with City Harvest to replace existing freezers and refrigeration ultimately reducing energy costs and providing more capacity. We developed a hub program with Food Bank so that we could help fill the gap left by those smaller pantries that closed temporarily or permanently. Bread and Life expanded its outreach by purchasing a box truck with hydraulic lift which allows us to secure more food from partners like City Harvest and move more food into outlying communities eliminating waste and ensuring fresh and shelf stable food is distributed quickly. Bread and Life also provide technology assistance to several smaller pantries that were able to stay open using technology to manage their programs.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Sr. Caroline Tweedy

Executive Director

Thomas McInerney

Chair

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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

92

out of 100

St. John's Bread & Life 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: 88/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

92

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

88/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 88 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 6 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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