Mission: GREATER GOOD CHARITIES IS DEVOTED TO ADDRESSING HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE, ANIMALS, AND THE PLANET.

greatergood.org is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2007, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.greatergood.org

 600 UNIVERSITY ST
Seattle WA 98101-1176



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Finance & Accountability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by greatergood.org is a passing score

This V4 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

96.74%

Higher effect on score

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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.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

12/12 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

14.51%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

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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 up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



LIZ BAKER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

$218,811


ELIZABETH ASHER, PROGRAM DIRECTOR

$159,031


STEPHEN MINTER, COO (UNTIL 5/20), GENERAL COUNSEL

$155,627


NOAH HORTON, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER

$150,439


JOHN KANE, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

$148,559


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:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


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.


greatergood.org reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Grants Received

  • Balance Sheet


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

Greater Good Charities' Rescue Bank program (which works to deliver in-kind donations of food and other supplies to pet shelters across the country), typically generates handling fees to help cover the cost of the operation. Due to the financial impact of the pandemic on our recipient groups, we waived handling fees for shipments during COVID which impacted our revenue. The cost of freight for all of our shipments increased as well. We were fortunate to receive the PPP loan.


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

COVID-19 caused several of our programs to have to stop operations for most of the year, as Greater Good Charities prioritized the health and safety of our staff and program participants and recipients. Our Madrean Discovery Expedition program, which leads biodiversity expeditions in Mexico, had to shut down as the U.S./Mexico border was closed for much of the year. Our Rescue Rebuild program, which renovates pet and domestic violence shelters, typically relies on volunteers--we had to modify our protocol to use only staff, institute a sanitization and COVID testing protocol, and limit operations. On the other hand, we created new programs to respond to evolving need, as explained in the next question.


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

We launched the national campaign #StayHomeAndFoster which generated over 92,000 foster volunteer registrations for over 1,400 animal shelters in a matter of months. Our Girls' Voices program moved entirely online as schools closed across the globe--hosting the curriculum on a learning management system. We provided emergency grants to wildlife sanctuaries caring for endangered species to keep them afloat as tourism impacted their businesses. We modified our shelter training programs to be fully online. Our Rescue Rebuild program begin doing remote consultations with shelters. We established new disaster distribution hubs for our in-kind donations. We launched an historic pet transport of over 600 pets from the Hawaiian islands to the Pacific NW. We provided meals to first responders and hospital staff from local restaurants to keep them in business, and launched Feed Thy Neighbor, a campaign with Chris Pratt that funded 5 million meals for food insecure families across the country.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Our #StayHomeAndFoster campaign has turned into the ongoing program Good Home. Our Paws Across the Pacific flight from Hawaii led to us launching our new pet transport program Good Flights. Many of our virtual programs continue and while some programs like Rescue Rebuild have begin to operate at full capacity again, the remote aspects (in this case, shelter consultations) will continue. We have committed to continuing to reach a broader constituency with our online programmatic offerings on an ongoing basis.


...   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

greatergood.org 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.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



greatergood.org reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$66,090,436

Spent in most recent FY

93%

Percent of program expenses


ANIMAL WELFARE (RESCUED ANIMALS):$62,430,042 WAS GRANTED TO ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS FOR ITEMS LIKE FOOD, VACCINATIONS, SHELTER RENOVATIONS, ENRICHMENT, SPAY/NEUTER, EDUCATION AND TRAINING, AND DI ... (More)


$1,241,864

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


HUNGER & POVERTY:$824,290 WAS DISTRIBUTED TO CHARITIES ADDRESSING HUNGER AND POVERTY IN THE U.S. AND INTERNATIONALLY. FUNDS SUPPORTED PROGRAMS TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD, PROVIDE STOVES FOR DISPLACED PEOPLE I ... (More)


$1,369,370

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


LITERACY & CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND HEALTH:$1,162,028 WAS GRANTED TO VARIOUS NON-PROFIT GROUPS PROVIDING PROGRAMS THAT SUPPORT CHILDREN'S LITERACY, EDUCATION AND BASIC HEALTH IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD. F ... (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 greatergood.org 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


Greater Good Charities is devoted to protecting people, pets, and the planet by mobilizing in response to need and amplifying the good.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We Amplify The Good.


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: Greater Good Charities is focused on a "communities" approach where we pursue opportunities to leverage multiple programmatic efforts across our people, pets, and planet verticals to maximize impact.

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


Goal Two: Greater Good Charities is offering new programs based on observed need, including Good Fix (targeted Spay/Neuter), Good Flights (pet transport), and Good Home (targeted pet foster recruitment).

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


Goal Three: Greater Good Charities is expanding the constituencies served by our Rescue Bank program beyond small rescue groups to include domestic violence victims, veterans, homeless, and food insecure people.

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

We invest in conferences, trainings, and technology to improve the effectiveness and capabilities of leaders within our organization.

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?

Greater Good Charities partners with many organizations, public and private, in service of our mission. This includes foundations, corporate sponsors, other nonprofits, and operational partners. We also regularly present at conferences, including marketing and animal welfare conferences. We train organizations we support with programs like Girls' Voices, Cat Pawsitive, Good Home, and Rescue Rebuild. We participate in coalitions aimed at achieving shared goals. We have a dedicated marketing team that works to raise awareness and communicate our mission and impact through multiple digital and traditional channels.

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.


At the beginning of the pandemic, we heard from many animal shelters in our network of 9,000+ shelters and rescues that they urgently needed fosters as they were forced to reduce staff and change normal operations. We launched the national campaign #StayHomeAndFoster which generated over 92,000 foster volunteer registrations for over 1,400 animal shelters in a matter of months. Our Girls' Voices program traditionally was implemented by educational facilitators in classrooms in several countries, and COVID-19 caused our partners schools to close. Most students had no access to internet other than through a cell phone. We moved entirely online to accommodate--hosting the curriculum on a learning management system. We provided emergency grants to wildlife sanctuaries caring for endangered species to keep them afloat as tourism impacted their businesses. We modified our shelter training programs such as Cat Pawsitive to be fully online, reduced reporting requirements, and created versions that could be used by the general public. Our Rescue Rebuild program begin doing remote consultations with shelters as their normal operations were reduced. This has been maintained even as normal operations have resumed. We established new disaster distribution hubs for our in-kind donations, delivering over $25 million in product to support pet shelters and human service organizations. We launched an historic pet transport of over 600 pets from the Hawaiian islands to the Pacific NW with Paws Across the Pacific, which grew later into Good Flights and now helps transport vulnerable pet populations including asymptomatic heartworm-positive pets, cats, large breed dogs, medical needs pets, disaster victims, and more. We provided meals to first responders and hospital staff from local restaurants to keep them in business, and launched Feed Thy Neighbor, a campaign with Chris Pratt that funded 5 million meals for food insecure families across the country.

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

greatergood.org 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.

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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Culture & Community Report

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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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