Mission: The Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) was founded in the early 1980's by a small group of individuals from local churches and service organizations. Their goal was to ... (More)

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1982, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.trentonsoupkitchen.org/

 72 1/2 Escher Street
Trenton NJ 08609 

  P.O. Box 872
Trenton NJ 08609

  609-695-5456


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 96.98, 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

85.4%


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

10.4%


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

4.0%


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

2.3%


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

$0.03


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

2.71 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

5.74%


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 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)
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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

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  • 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.


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Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
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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

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Joyce Campbell, Executive Director

$124,534 (3.36% 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:

Church auxiliary (BMF activity code: 004)

Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code (BMF activity code: 994)


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.


Trenton Area Soup Kitchen reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


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

At TASK, we were privileged to receive the full support of our community to help us navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we are primarily funded through donations from individuals, we were able to successfully, and quickly, adapt to the changing circumstances in order to continue to serve our patrons, uninterrupted, throughout the pandemic.


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

In March 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, TASK closed its dining room to in-person, cafeteria-style dining for lunch and dinner service. We immediately pivoted to serve our freshly-prepared, nutritious and delicious meals to-go in pre-packaged, sealed containers. In July 2021, we opened our doors again to in-person dining while maintaining social distancing protocols to ensure the safety of our patrons, staff and volunteers. During the pandemic, TASK increased its meal production an average of 70% beyond our pre-pandemic rate. We currently serve approximately 8,000 meals per week at our Escher Street headquarters and 31 meal sites across the area. From March 2020 to July 2021, TASK was able to offer its other programs and services - case management, adult education, job search, peer recovery and creative arts classes - outdoors or remotely. In July 2021, we were able to start offering those programs and services on-site again, following social distancing protocols.


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

TASK adapted quickly and effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. As described above, TASK began serving meals to-go style in prepackaged containers and we began offering our other programs and services outdoors or remotely. We have leveraged our partnerships with other area nonprofits to expand our meal service to 31 meal sites across the area and increased our meal production by roughly 70% beyond pre-pandemic rates. Our adult education and job search program moved online, and we were successful in creating a laptop loaner program and helped patrons secure internet access. In addition, we hired a computer specialist to help patrons bridge the digital divide. As of July 2021, we deemed it safe to bring patrons back into the building, with social distancing protocols in place. We never missed a day of service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been agile in our ability to adapt to ever-changing circumstances to ensure that our patrons had uninterrupted access to our services.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Experts are predicting a looming hunger crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen demand for food increase, and we plan to continue to serve at an increased capacity over the long-term. We are expanding our education program to include computer classes to help bridge the digital divide, which was exacerbated by the pandemic. In addition, we will continue to partner with local organizations and nonprofits in order to maximize our impact within the community, leading the battle against hunger and food insecurity.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/23/20202019 96.98
5/1/20182017 97.46
6/1/20172016 100.00
7/1/20162015 99.98
6/1/20162015 97.87

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.

Rating Version: 2.0
4/1/20162015 95.22
10/1/20152014 94.56
9/1/20152014 86.22
2/1/20142013 95.01
9/1/20132012 95.24
7/1/20132012 88.04
12/1/20122011 99.13
4/1/20122011 92.17
9/20/20112010 92.17
Rating Version: 1.0
7/1/20112010 98.72
6/1/20102009 98.83
7/1/20092008 92.60
4/1/20082007 92.15
2/1/20072006 98.29
11/1/20062005 95.45
11/1/20052003 95.26

...   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

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen 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



Trenton Area Soup Kitchen reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$3,324,539

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


PROVIDING MEALS TO THE HUNGRY: PROVIDING SERVICES TO ENABLE THEM TO ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY; AND INFORMING THE COMMUNITY OF THE NEEDS OF THE HUNGRY AND ADVOCATING FOR RESOURCES


...   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 Trenton Area Soup Kitchen 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


Our mission is to feed those who are hungry in the Trenton area and offer programs to encourage self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


With a strong infrastructure managed by a committed and engaged Board and staff, TASK will expand its ability to reach the hungry in the Trenton area and those with the aspiration or responsibility to serve them.


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: Meal Service: To sustain our growth and continue to expand our meal service program through new partnerships and innovation.

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


Goal Two: Patron Advocate: To create more feedback loops for patrons and to create a role for a patron advocate to help build relationships and better understand the impact of our programs and services.

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


Goal Three: Increase Access: To continue to expand our programs and services to increase patrons' access to education, employment and aid to improve their quality of life.

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

TASK works closely with Princeton HR Insight, LLC, to obtain leadership coaching and drive alignment amongst the leadership team. All directors receive 1:1 leadership coaching. In addition, the TASK leadership team regularly engages in professional development and other opportunities aimed at improving their skills and promoting a strong work culture.

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?

TASK has deep relationships with local organizations. We serve at 31 local meal sites through partnerships with 18 organizations including The Rescue Mission, the Muslim Center of Greater Princeton, HomeFront and the City of Trenton. TASK has partnered with nonprofit partner Rise to host several mass grocery distributions since the beginning of the pandemic. TASK been integral in forming and leading a NJ Soup Kitchen group as well as the Common Good Initiative, a consortium of Trenton-area nonprofits. TASK regularly leverages earned media, advertising and social media to help educate the public about food insecurity, poverty and other causes that intersect with our mission. In the Mercer County area, TASK has led the fight against hunger through its leadership. TASK staff are regularly invited to speak at community events on behalf of the organization. Most recently, TASK organized a Hunger Action Day event and convened dozens of legislators and leaders to address hunger in NJ.

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.


In March 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, TASK closed its dining room to in-person, cafeteria-style dining for lunch and dinner service. We immediately pivoted to serve our freshly-prepared, nutritious and delicious meals to-go in pre-packaged, sealed containers. In July 2021, we opened our doors again to in-person dining while maintaining social distancing protocols to ensure the safety of our patrons, staff and volunteers. During the pandemic, TASK increased its meal production an average of 70% beyond our pre-pandemic rate. We currently serve approximately 8,000 meals per week at our Escher Street headquarters and 31 meal sites across the area. From March 2020 to July 2021, TASK was able to offer its other programs and services - case management, adult education, job search, peer recovery and creative arts classes - outdoors or remotely. In July 2021, we were able to start offering those programs and services on-site again, following social distancing protocols.

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

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen 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

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Other means


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners, Other means


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Other means


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

In a survey of what people needed during the COVID pandemic, it became clear that our patrons were struggling to get clothing. As a result, we simplified the process for our patrons to receive clothing. Rather than sending everyone with this need to our Case Managers, we gave more of our staff the authority to generate clothing vouchers for the local thrift store. TASK also purchased clothing and distributed it through the Patron Services Office until requests subsided. Based on the survey results, we also changed the items that our Patron Services Office distributes to include more of the immediate needs our patrons identified, including masks, gloves, phone chargers and newspapers.



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. We've partnered with GuideStar by 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.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

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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