Mission: SPECTRUM360'S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY EDUCATIONAL AND THERAPEUTIC PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH LEARNING, LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES  ... (More)

Spectrum 360 A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1941, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  spectrum360.org

  1 SUNSET AVE
Verona NJ 07044-5118


 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 As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Spectrum 360 A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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

87

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

85

out of 100

The score earned by Spectrum 360 A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation 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 2020, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

85

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

90.33%

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

13/13 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
$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

68.62%

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



BRUCE ETTINGER, SUPERINTENDENT/CEO/EXEC DIR

$253,093


DANIELLE M TAYLOR, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

$161,889


LYNN MUIR, PRINCIPAL HIGH SCHOOL

$145,970


GINA CATANIA, PRINCIPAL PRIMARY SCHOOL

$145,817


TARA HAYEK, ASST PRIN/SUPERVISOR

$134,241


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:

School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) (BMF foundation code: 11)


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.


Spectrum 360 A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • Grants Received


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

Our attendance from both students and adults was down and therefore our revenues declined substantially. However, we were able to secure PPP funds that made us financially whole. We are concerned that if there is a further resurgence of the virus however, we can quickly run into financial trouble unless further governmental aide becomes available.


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

Because our students and adults are autistic, remote programming is very ineffective and limited in its usefulness. Therefore, during periods of lockdown where everyone was at home, our program delivery was tremendously limited. In addition, even when some level of in person programming restarted, due to social distancing requirements many participants in our day program were unable to return and therefore continues to suffer the tremendous limits of remote programming. Additionally, due to concerns about spread of the virus, numerous school activities could not be conducted for nearly two years.


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

We utilized every available tool to mitigate the spread of the virus from masks and social distancing to state of the art air filtration equipment and plexiglass dividers. In addition, we restricted the number of people each staff member and student or adult in our programs was exposed to each day to limit the risk of exposure to the virus.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The use of Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft teams was used to a tremendous extent for staff related meetings as well as Board meetings. In addition, more digitization of information such as student and participant charts, employee records as well as electronic signatures are increasingly the norm for us.


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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

Spectrum 360 A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation 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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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Spectrum 360 A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$11,320,342

Spent in most recent FY

42%

Percent of program expenses


SPECTRUM 360: LOWER SCHOOL EDUCATION OF DISABLED CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS PRESCHOOL DISABLED,EMOTIONALLY DISTUREBED OR AUTISTIC.


$12,592,876

Spent in most recent FY

47%

Percent of program expenses


SPECTRUM 360: UPPER SCHOOL- EDUCATION OF DISABLED CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED OR AUTISTIC.


$2,335,982

Spent in most recent FY

8%

Percent of program expenses


INDEPENDENCE 360- ADULT PROGRAM FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES


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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 Spectrum 360 A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation 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


SPECTRUM360'S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST QUALITY EDUCATIONAL AND THERAPEUTIC PROGRAMS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH LEARNING, LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES TO ACHIEVE THEIR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL AS RESPONSIBLE ADULTS IN SOCIETY; RECOGNIZE AND VALUE THE INDIVIDUALS' UNIQUE ABILITIES, LEARNING STYLES AND DIFFERENCES; AND SERVE AS A LEADER IN PROMOTING INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Providing individuals with autism or related disabilities equal opportunities in school, the workforce and society.


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: Ensure an infrastructure that supports and sustains mission and impact.

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


Goal Two: Provide innovative, supportive and impactful programs and services while maintaining quality and sustainability.

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


Goal Three: Advocate for our community and our programs to improve funding and support from local, state and federal governments.

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

Spectrum360 has invested in leadership training from cultural diversity to 360 reviews for our formal leadership staff. Informal training has focused on creating career building programs to enable staff to move forward 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

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Our staff and board members are strategically involved in autism-related advocacy efforts, committees or organizations. We collaborate with similar nonprofits to advocate for legislative support and funding to support individuals with autism. We use development efforts to shine a spotlight on the needs of this community and our mission to provide a solution.

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.


As the pandemic closed our programs doors, Spectrum360 quickly shifted to virtual programming. We began to use students and adults homes as the classroom to teach life skills. We collaborated with parents to help with behavioral supports. We used platforms like Google Classroom and Zoom to deliver our lessons. We digitized our recruitment process with tools like ADP. We connected to staff through webinars and online meetings.

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

Spectrum 360 A New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation 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

Unscored

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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

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. However, it did not respond to one or more survey questions, and therefore is not eligible for a score on this metric. (View our beacon methodology.) Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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