Family Promise Montco Pa is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1989, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information


Ambler PA 19002-4748

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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

Overall Score


out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Impact & Results, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% Culture & Community

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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

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology due to only having one year of electronically-filed IRS Form 990 data.

To ensure year-to-year consistency the Encompass Rating System’s Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS 990.
Charity Navigator currently only has one year of consecutive e-filed Forms 990 from the IRS for Family Promise Montco Pa under the EIN: 22-2708420.
Before Charity Navigator can evaluate this organization, Family Promise Montco Pa will need to e-file for additional fiscal years.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated this organization.

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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 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











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


Association or convention of churches (BMF activity code: 002)

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)


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.

Family Promise Montco Pa reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

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

We experienced a significant uptick in costs as we worked to meet the demand for shelter, basic needs, and food while these critical resources dwindled elsewhere. We spent well beyond our budget to provide a sufficient inventory of food at our Food Cupboard; launch a food delivery service; respond to an uptick in financial assistance requests; and hire additional staff to cover tasks previously accomplished by volunteers. These increased costs came at a time when we were lost revenue due to the cancellation of our yearly golf tournament. Although the virutal event we held instead was successful, revenue was significantly lower than that of previous years. We lost rental income from the families who reside in our transitional housing program. These families normally pay 30% of their net monthly income in rent as a means of fostering fiscal discipline and preparing for independent living. Job loss means that we did not collect these rents.

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

With social distancing required, we had to completely reimagine our emergency shelter model. Previously, the families in shelter had been housed in religious congregations for a month at a time, with shared meals and a good deal of contact with volunteers. During the pandemic, we created a quarantine space for families new to shelter and minimized or eliminated volunteer contact with families at congregations. We are proud to report that our shelter never closed, and that we were able to provide our service safely throughout the pandemic.

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

Along with reworking our emergency shelter, we instituted procedures and safeguards to keep the families in our housing programs safe. Our cupboard changed to a drive-though system to keep clients and volunteers distanced while still providing the food needed.

Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Our holiday adopt a family program is a decades-long tradition and up until 2020 each family received wrapped gifts from community sponsors. During COVID we instead provided gift cards to our families. Their feedback made it clear that the gift cards allowed parents to have the dignity of shopping for their children, on their own. We will carry this system forward in the future.

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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


out of 100

Family Promise Montco Pa is cost-effective, earning a passing score.


$80 provides a night of shelter to a person experiencing homelessness.

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Impact & Results Report


of 100 points

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Rated Program

Rated Program


Emergency Shelter/Interfaith Hospitality Network


The nonprofit provides people experiencing homelessness with a temporary place to stay.

Program Type

Emergency Shelter

Beneficiaries Served

Program Geography

Time Period of Data

7/1/20 to 6/30/21

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Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.

Outcome Metric

A night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness

Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.

Outcome data collected during the program. The nonprofit submitted data on nights of shelter provided.

Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).

We assume that the provision of shelter by one nonprofit does not diminish the provision of shelter by any other (neighboring) nonprofit. We also assume there is, in general, no slack capacity in the homeless shelter system. In the absence of a given shelter, beneficiaries would not be able to stay at another shelter because other shelters are assumed to have no beds to spare. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.

Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.

Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.

Cost Calculation

$186,687 program costs + $0 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $186,687 total costs

Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$186,687 total costs / 2,314 nights of shelter provided = roughly $80 provides a night of shelter to a person experiencing homelessness.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of emergency shelters are based on the cost of providing a night of shelter relative to the Fair Market Rent in that county. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 200% the Fair Market Rent and a score of 75 if they are less than 400%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.



Analysis Details

Analysis conducted in 2022 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Family Promise Montco Pa reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


Spent in most recent FY


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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


out of 100

The score earned by Family Promise Montco Pa 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


of 100 points


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

Our mission is to provide opportunities for families in our diverse community to achieve self-sufficiency by offering community-based programs designed to bridge homelessness and independence.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses


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

We envision a world where: Safe, stable, affordable housing is accessible to all families. Homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring. All people have access to enough nutritious food. Food insecurity is quickly and fully addressed. Organizations are collaborative and resilient to effectively deliver innovative solutions to homelessness and hunger.

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: Improve our overall quality of services by using data to inform decision-making, by providing aftercare to former participants, and by Implementing the trauma-informed care framework.

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

Goal Two: Strengthen our emergency shelter by cultivating partnerships and volunteer talent to improve engagement and the quality of programs.

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

Goal Three: Enhance maintenance and use of our facility to serve additional families at our Hope Gardens Transitional Housing Program and our Hope Forest Supportive Housing Program.

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

Family Promise Montco PA leadership takes part in several collaborative activities. Three staff, including the Executive Director, are participating in the Bux-Mont Collaborative Racial Equity Learning Community to learn, build relationships, and take action that deepens organizational and collective capacity to advance racial equity and justice in our community. The Executive Director participates in a roundtable of local nonprofit directors, and our Community Resource Coordinator is part of Delaware Valley Association of Volunteer Administrators, a resource for tools, research, and best practices in volunteer management.

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

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Family Promise Montco PA is a partner with Your Way Home, Montgomery County, PA’s unified and coordinated housing crisis response system for families and individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Your Way Home seeks to ensure that everyone in Montgomery County has equal opportunity to live in an affordable home and a thriving community. Since its inception in 2014, Your Way Home has reduced homelessness in Montgomery County by 37%. We are also an affiliate of the national organization Family Promise, the nation's leading provider of services to families experiencing homelessness, and with this affiliation can benefit from funding, best practices, and advocacy from our national parent. With our newsletter, social media accounts, and other activities we shine a light on the needs of families and individuals in Montgomery County who are experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity and to bring the community together to address these needs.

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.

Our Food Cupboard served 40% more individuals in 2020 than in the previous year. Throughout this uptick in demand we were committed to keeping the Cupboard stocked and open, so we sought and received funds to purchase additional food regularly to supplement donations. We hired a cleaning service to sanitize the Cupboard, and we changed our food delivery system to a curbside model, with clients and volunteers protected by canopies so that the Cupboard could remain open in inclement weather.

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


out of 100

Family Promise Montco Pa has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (100% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Not Scored

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Culture & Community Report


of 100 points

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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.


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

100/100 points

100% of beacon score

This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.

View this organization's Constituent Feedback Practices


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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