Mission: TO PROVIDE HARDWORKING, INTELLIGENT, AND FINANCIALLY DISADVANTAGED SOUTH ASIAN GIRLS THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN AN EDUCATION IN THE FACE OF ADVERSE CONDITIONS SUCH AS ... (More)

Little Sisters Fund Inc. 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.littlesistersfund.org

  PO BOX 909
Ketchum ID 83333-0901


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Little Sisters Fund Inc. is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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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 from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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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 Little Sisters Fund Inc. is a passing score

This V6 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 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

86.98%

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
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

5/5 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

Has Audit/Review

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
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.08%

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

Unscored

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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 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



TREVOR PATZER, SECRETARY/EX

$76,000


KELLY BEELAND, DIRECTOR

$0


JIM BELLES, TREASURER

$0


LISA CAPUTO, PRESIDENT

$0


SAUDAMINI SIEGRIST, DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

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.


Little Sisters Fund Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Administrative Capacity


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

Donations from our larger, sustaining donors stayed relatively consistent but we did see a small decline in individual fundraising from first-time and smaller donors. We applied for and received a small PPP loan which allowed LSF to maintain staffing at pre-pandemic levels.


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

Schools in Nepal are the central hub for the delivery of our programs. When COVID lockdowns hit Nepal, schools closed and travel was restricted. This made it difficult for our staff and coordinating mentors to monitor the well-being of the 2,000+ Little Sisters, many of whom left the urban areas where they attended school as their parents returned to their more remote villages in search of stability and work.


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

Our Coordinating Mentors (CMs) worked diligently to touch base with all Little Sisters under their care on a regular basis through phone, text messages, video calls and socially-distanced outdoor meeting where possible. The CMs replaced the schools as the central hub for the distribution of our programs and COVID emergency assistance. In addition, they helped spread the message about COVID awareness and prevention measures to keep the Little Sisters, their families and their communities safe and healthy. The CMs also spent a large part of their time encouraging Little Sisters to stay active and engaged in learning so they were ready to resume school as soon as in-person learning was allowed by the Nepali government. In addition, LSF's teacher trainer adapted our Basic Educator Training program into an online model via Zoom so the teachers could use the time when schools were closed to learn and improve on their teaching and classroom management techniques.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

LSF will continue to use technology to reach teachers, Little Sisters and Coordinating Mentors. For example, LSF's Basic Educator Training program will return to live, in-person training as soon as COVID lockdowns end as hands-on training produces the best outcomes. However, the online Zoom option will be kept for times when weather or natural disasters do not allow LSF staff to travel to a specific location within Nepal. Additionally LSF will continue to leverage regular text messaging and video messaging through our coordinating mentors to disseminate important messages quickly and efficiently to all Little Sisters.


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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

Little Sisters Fund Inc. 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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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Little Sisters Fund Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$546,641

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


PROVIDE AND PROMOTE EDUCATION, ALLEVIATE POVERTY, PROVIDE SCHOOL TUITION, BASIC NEEDS ASSISTANCE AND MENTORING TO POOR NEPALI STUDENTS.


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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 Little Sisters Fund Inc. 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


Little Sisters Fund helps Nepalese girls to become empowered leaders through education, mentoring, and community support.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We aim to contribute to the development of a more equitable, just, and prosperous world where all children can claim their right to education and marginalization does not occur on the basis of gender.


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: Recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its negative impact on the Little Sisters and our core program areas, particularly our school scholarship program enrollments.

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


Goal Two: Continue to roll out LSF's new Technical Career Training Initiative which ensures even the most financially-disadvantaged Little Sisters have the ability to pursue higher education opportunities.

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


Goal Three: Focus on professional development of staff and coordinating mentors which will allow LSF to expand program service opportunities and better support all Little Sisters.

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

In 2020, LSF sent two staff members to Uganda for training in the Street Business School model. This training model will be used to encourage entrepreneurship among Little Sisters and their families as a way to achieve financial sustainability and women's empowerment.

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

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

LSF regularly engages with other non-profits within and outside of Nepal to further our message of the importance of female education and the protection it provides to girls who are at high risk for child trafficking, child labor and child marriage. In addition, LSF amplifies awareness of the issues of gender equity and women's empowerment in Nepal through regular meetings with Little Sisters' families, schools and communities as well as through our marketing and social media campaigns.

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.


LSF serves the most vulnerable part of Nepali society—financially disadvantaged and at-risk girls for whom attending school regularly is a path toward safety and security as well as physical and emotional health. School closings due to the pandemic threatened the health and well-being of the Little Sisters. LSF Staff and Coordinating Mentors in Nepal were quick to meet the needs of all Little Sisters by distributing supplies such as soap and masks, leading COVID awareness training sessions for Little Sisters and their families and offering financial assistance to the Little Sisters' families to help them meet their basic health, nutrition and wellness needs. During the pandemic, LSF's staff and mentors worked diligently to stay in touch with the Little Sisters and ensure they would be ready to return to the classroom once schools were re-opened. The hard work of our Coordinating Mentors and older Little Sisters allowed most Little Sisters to stay engaged in studying and learning activities during the period schools were closed. LSF was also able to help Little Sisters gain access to mobile technologies and data packages to help them attend virtual lessons when they were made available. Throughout 2020, LSF’s Coordinating Mentors (CMs) met with the girls as often as possible while adhering to government-lockdown regulations and COVID-19 mitigation measures. When in-person meetings were restricted, CMs used a variety of other methods which included phone calls, encouraging texts and video messages and physically-distanced outdoor meetings. One of the most important lessons of the last year was that schools, while vital, are only one piece of the larger learning community. We feel we did an excellent job this year of listening to the evolving needs of the Little Sisters and being flexible in our response to those needs.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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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

Not Currently Scored

Little Sisters Fund Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. 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.



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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