Mission: The mission of the Double H Ranch is to provide specialized camping and year round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Our purpose is to enrich their lives and provide camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. All programs are free of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks.

Double H Ranch is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1993, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.doublehranch.org/

 97 Hidden Valley Road
Lake Luzerne NY 12846 

  518-696-5921


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Good

This charity's score is 89.52, earning it a 3-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

72.3%


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

9.8%


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

17.8%


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

3.3%


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

$0.15


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

2.86 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

6.32%


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:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
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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



Max J. Yurenda, CEO, Executive Director

$284,448 (5.79% 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:

Camp (BMF activity code: 325)


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.


Double H Ranch reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing


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

Due to the restrictions related to COVID we were unable to offer on-site programming. We did pivot to virtual and adaptive programs at a significantly reduced operational expense. We committed to keeping our team in place as much as possible but did eventually furlough some members of the team but were able to bring them back as infection rates lowered and access to the vaccine became more readily available.


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

Over the last year, Double H has excelled at creating inclusive program opportunities during a challenging time. Throughout all our virtual camp programs, care packages, podcast episodes, camp drive throughs, cabin chats, and personalized letters, the needs of campers and families remained our primary focus. Though camp programs looked different, they continued to provide the same unconditional love, support, and acceptance among our community. Double H instilled a sense of belonging during a time when so many felt a loss of control. There is no doubt that this past year has shaped a new path forward. As we welcome campers back onsite this coming summer, the lessons learned will surely have a profound and lasting impact on our programs and the delivery of our mission.


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

The Double H Ranch quickly responded to the challenges of COVID and pivoted to virtual and adaptive programs. Throughout the year and beyond our program team focused on keeping our campers and families connected during a time of extreme isolation.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We intend to continue to provide virtual and adaptive camp options for our campers and families and to provide a robust outreach camp program to children in hospitals and medical facilities.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/23/20202019 89.52
11/1/20192018 87.31
4/1/20192017 86.14
11/1/20182017 85.28

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 86.77
2/1/20172015 85.12
6/1/20162014 85.76
Rating Version: 2.0
2/1/20162014 79.29
12/22/20152014 78.06
6/1/20152013 80.44
3/1/20142012 87.96
2/1/20142012 86.98
5/1/20132011 79.53
4/1/20132011 78.94
4/1/20122010 85.21
2/1/20122009 81.72
9/20/20112009 79.06
Rating Version: 1.0
2/1/20112009 74.46
3/1/20102008 87.41
12/1/20082007 87.37
12/1/20072006 88.24
6/1/20072005 89.81

...   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

Double H Ranch 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



Double H Ranch reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,142,574

Spent in most recent FY

46%

Percent of program expenses


FACILITIES/MANAGEMENT - INCLUDES THE MAINTENANCE AND UPKEEP OF THE FACILITIES IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN PARTICIPATING AT THE RANCH. THIS YEAR, THE FACILITY HELD PROGRAMS TO 2,057 C ... (More)


$848,801

Spent in most recent FY

34%

Percent of program expenses


ACTIVITIES - IN 2020, THE DOUBLE H RANCH PROVIDED AN ADAPTIVE WINTER SPORTS PROGRAM ON-SITE AND THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR INCLUDED VIRTUAL AND ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WHO ARE DE ... (More)


$276,299

Spent in most recent FY

11%

Percent of program expenses


WINTER PROGRAM - THE DOUBLE H RANCH OPERATES A UNIQUE ADAPTIVE WINTER SPORTS PROGRAM ON-SITE FOR CHILDREN AGES 6-16 WITH LIFE THREATENING AND CHRONIC ILLNESSES. THERE ARE 4 WINTER RESIDENTIAL WEEKEND  ... (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 Double H Ranch is a passing score.

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


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

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


The mission of the Double H Ranch is to provide specialized camping and year round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Our purpose is to enrich their lives and provide camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. All programs are free of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks. <br>


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


The vision of the Double H Ranch states No Serious Illness will ever prevent a child from experiencing the Joy of Childhood.


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 advance program and service innovation and medical readiness to ensure the highest quality of service delivery in order to impact the lives of as many children with serious illness as possible.

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


Goal Two: To develop and implement our strategy to promote Wellness, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across all departments and aspect of our organization.

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


Goal Three: To continue to focus on the sustainability of our organization from a financial standpoint and through staff retention strategies.

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

Throughout the past 12-18 months our leadership team spent focused time participating in virtual conferences that normally would be inaccessible due to expense and time. Virtual conferences and a shift in program and fundraising activity allowed the team the opportunity and cost savings to participate in conferences that in the past may have been unattainable.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

As a member of the SeriousFun Children's Network we strive to provide the highest quality of specialized programs and services for children and families dealing with serious illness. We share common goals with our sister camps and collaboratively share best practices with one another. We work closely with many regional NPOs. Members of our leadership team also participate in regional conferences with professional development opportunities. The Double H Ranch works with community leaders and partners to build on our brand awareness to reach the families and children that need our services. We have invested time, energy and resources to educate the public about our mission and utilize our social media channels to recruit camp participants, volunteers and staff.

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 Double H Ranch was poised to welcome our campers for Spring and Summer Program in 2020. Our seasonal staff was hired, camper applications were being reviewed and then COVID rapidly shutdown NYS and we quickly realized we needed to adapt and provide connections and programs for children who due to their illnesses were already isolated. Many of the families we serve were located in the hardest hit areas of the pandemic. We reached out and asked "How can we help?" We began by sending care packages with hand-sanitizer, thermometers, masks and camp activities to our campers that were in the greatest need. We then pivoted our programs to online and the counselors we were unable to hire volunteered their time throughout the year to provide a variety of programs and much needed connections. We also did personal deliveries of camp packages to the homes of our campers. Counselors remained physically distant but socially connected. Camp cheers with masks on in front yards of our campers were met with tears of joy from our camper parents. We also realized we needed to continue our fundraising efforts to ensure when we could welcome campers back to our property that we were fiscally sound. We achieved our revenue goals by reaching out to our long-term loyal donors and volunteers and communicated our commitment to our mission delivery in new and exciting ways. We pivoted to virtual events and communicated with foundations our need for support. The pandemic forced us to identify and learn new methods of program delivery and fundraising. COVID was a catalyst for creating opportunities for change.

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

Double H Ranch 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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