Mission: Established in 1990, the Hispanic Federation is a service-oriented membership organization that works with over 100 Latino health and human services agencies to prom ... (More)

Hispanic Federation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1991, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.hispanicfederation.org

 55 Exchange Place
Fifth Floor
New York NY 10005 

  212-233-8955


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 98.23, 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

91.5%


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

4.6%


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

3.7%


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

17.1%


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

1.11 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

32.50%


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 Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

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)
Compensates Board ... (More)

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:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • 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

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

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 W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Jose Calderon, President

$283,480 (1.28% of Total Expenses)


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:

Non-financial services of facilities to other organizations (BMF activity code: 603)


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.


Hispanic Federation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent


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

2020 ushered in unimaginable loss and suffering across our nation and globe with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Earthquakes in Puerto Rico in January and devastating hurricanes in Central America in November provided telling bookends to what has been the most challenging of years. While 2020 tested us as never before, it also showed what we’re made of. Thanks to the indomitable commitment to service of our network of nonprofit institutions, board, staff, and donors, the Hispanic Federation led extraordinary actions to provide support, care, sustenance, and hope to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable households. Much like we did with our Puerto Rico emergency earthquake operations in 2017, HF created the most far-reaching Latino Covid-19 relief effort in the nation partnering with over 250 community nonprofits. To make these efforts possible, we invested over $14 million and massively scaled up our humanitarian assistance in 26 states and Puerto Rico.


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

Crisis necessitates change. The need to launch virtual services accelerated HF’s system modernization, enabling us to reach and engage the communities of people we care for and serve via online workshops and webinars, a phone-to-action system, and many virtual platforms. We were able to pair this new technology with our on-the-ground efforts to reach and encourage 7 million Latinos to participate in the U.S. Census. We also grew our operations to educate, register, and mobilize 3.5 million Latino voters during the general elections, helping Latinos play a critical role in key states. HF also provided 215,382 children and families with direct educational, immigration, financial, health, and other services. In short, we expanded our essential work to meet this moment. Our eyes are now on 2021 as we gear up for an unprecedented mobilization to defeat COVID-19, defend and uplift our shared values, and effect lasting change that strengthens communities, in every part of our nation.


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

HF pivoted quickly to convert staff operations into virtual workspaces. This included central office staff and field staff like canvassers. Our priority was to invest in Latino staff to support Latinos most challenged by the pandemic. We created a task force to deploy the latest technologies and efficiencies for virtual workspaces and developed a new work from home hybrid policy to adapt to various phases of the pandemic. We shared best practices and learnings with our national network of nonprofits. For program service delivery, we implemented a distance learning opportunity for each of HF’s core program focus areas: education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, and the environment. After starting distance-learning offerings, there was an exponential growth in the number of participants, and some programs, which only reached regions with in-person offerings, were expanded across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Moving forward HF has decided to implement hybrid program models that include in-person and distance learning opportunities due to the high for digital learning opportunities. Since the launch of the Entre Familia Institute 5 years ago, HF convened and provided professional development training in-person to approximately 500 Latino nonprofit leaders per year. However, with the new online curriculum offerings in 2020 alone, HF provided 42 online webinars to train 9,631 Latino nonprofit leaders, a 1,700% increase from the past year. Crisis management, working remotely, virtual advocacy, managing finances, housing, unemployment, how to apply for a federal PPP loan, and hosting virtual fundraising events, were among the topics covered. Over 94% of participants say they plan to apply what they learned. This is a program that HF plans to keep in place offering both in-person and online training going forward.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
6/1/20212019 98.23
3/1/20202018 96.46
6/1/20192017 96.46
12/1/20182017 93.91

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

2/1/20182016 94.69
12/22/20172016 93.98
12/1/20162015 95.47
6/1/20162014 96.44
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 96.12
2/1/20152013 96.90
12/22/20142013 94.16
12/1/20132012 90.27
12/20/20122011 89.83
12/23/20112010 95.66
12/1/20112010 91.55
9/20/20112009 92.73
Rating Version: 1.0
3/1/20112009 93.55
12/15/20092008 84.41
11/1/20082007 79.76
12/1/20072006 81.28
11/1/20062005 76.54
11/1/20052004 73.89
11/1/20042003 75.99
12/1/20032002 76.13
10/15/20022001 86.28

...   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

Hispanic Federation 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



Hispanic Federation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$23,186,347

Spent in most recent FY

68%

Percent of program expenses


Community assistance programs support and uplift children, youth, and families by providing direct social services in the areas of education, immigration, health care, economic development, and the en ... (More)


$5,364,625

Spent in most recent FY

15%

Percent of program expenses


Technical assistance programs including leadership training, individual management consultations, workshops, and scholarships support the Hispanic Federations nonprofit member agencies and partners, h ... (More)


$2,811,672

Spent in most recent FY

8%

Percent of program expenses


Organizational development assistance provides Hispanic Federation nonprofit member agencies and partners with capacity-building grants that support core operational needs, graduate-level management c ... (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 Hispanic Federation 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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100

of 100 points

Mission

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


The mission of the Hispanic Federation is to empower and advance the Hispanic Community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Hispanic Federation serves as a national model for Latino social, political, and economic empowerment. With a strong presence in New York, Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and other key states throughout the U.S., HF works to uplift millions of Hispanic children, youth, and families across the country. In addition, our Washington, DC office gives HF a true national advocacy presence. HF works locally, statewide, and nationally to strengthen Latino nonprofits, promote public policy advocacy, and bring to scale a portfolio of innovative community programs.


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: Alleviate Poverty and Help Latino Families Thrive

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


Goal Two: Create a Sustainable Latino Nonprofit Sector to Support Latino Families.

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


Goal Three: Shape a Shared Advocacy Agenda to Strengthen Latino Communities

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

After a year of unprecedented work by HF staff to serve Latinos affected by COVID-19, HF leadership, HF invested in growing its finance and human resource teams to support new systems to evaluate and recognize the contributions of each staff member. The investment has resulted in a new procedure, where all departments set annual goals at the same time of year that is aligned with the annual review; followed by a mid-year conversation with individualized recommendations for program managers and employees. HF approved budget requests by the department, which included the following professional development opportunities: tuition for professional training, learning opportunities involving consultants, access to Entre Familia professional development curriculum, and reimagined on-site department staff retreats as interactive team building and strategic planning virtual experiences. Also, HF provided staff with more resources from a new streamlined benefits administrator.

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?

HF drives equity among Hispanic communities and other groups through convening cross-sector partners, strategically investing in grassroots organizations, and integrating strategies (such as grasstops direct service & advocacy). HF uses direct services, field building/capacity building, strategic communications, and policy approaches to accomplish its outcomes. HF’s effectiveness lies in its depth of relationships with Latino communities and strength of connection with grasstops and grassroots stakeholders. These strong bonds with community leaders, media, corporations, and local & national elected officials allow HF to work deeply in communities and pursue systemic change in issue areas. HF’s recent national campaigns include a focus on COVID-19 vaccination. HF hosted regional and national virtual summits to discuss critical issues with Latinos. Convenings included regional and federal leadership in Washington, DC to address the needs of Latinos for COVID relief and recovery.

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.


Hispanic Federation launched a Covid-19 Emergency Assistance Fund in March 2020 to support Latino communities throughout the nation, and the institutions that serve them locally. With a focus on helping the most vulnerable and impacted segments of our community - seniors, children and families living in poverty, undocumented immigrants, farmworkers, day laborers, people without health insurance, and migrant families and refugees - the Hispanic Federation's Fund is actively supporting over 400 community-based organizations in 38 states and Puerto Rico to provide food, cash, testing, housing, education, health care, workforce development, and other vital assistance to hundreds of thousands of people impacted by the virus. In 2020, more than $23 million has been committed by the Federation's Fund to make these efforts possible.

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

Hispanic Federation 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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