Mission: DEVELOPMENT OF AFFORDABLE, GREEN HOMES IN ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED AREAS

Make It Right Foundation 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.makeitright.org

 912 MAGAZINE ST
New Orleans LA 70130-3814


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Moderate Concern Advisory for:
Make It Right Foundation

On September 7, 2018, NBC News reported on the charges of improper conduct allegedly taking place at Make It Right Foundation in an article titled, "Brad Pitt sued by New Orleans residents who say Make It Right sold them 'defective' homes." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory as the allegations have yet to be confirmed. For more information regarding this matter, please see the NBC News article.

  • On September 19, 2018, The Times-Picayune published an article titled, "Brad Pitt's Make It Right charity sues architect for leaky construction." For more information, please see The Times-Picayune article.

  • On September 27, 2018, The Times-Picayune published an article titled, "Architect says it was 'shocking and insulting' to be sued by Make It Right." For more information, please see The Times-Picayune article.

  • On November 7, 2018, The Times-Picayune published an article titled, "Lawsuit against Brad Pitt’s Make It Right has become a federal case." For more information, please see The Times-Picayune article.

  • On November 20, 2018, The Edmonton Sun published an article titled, "Brad Pitt fights to dismiss lawsuit against New Orleans housing charity." For more information, please see The Edmonton Sun article.

  • On December 12, 2018, NBC News published an article titled, "Brad Pitt is responsible for charity's defective New Orleans homes, residents say in court filing." For more information, please see the NBC News article.

  • On February 4, 2019, The New York Post published an article titled, "Inside Brad Pitt’s Katrina charity disaster, now subject of class-action lawsuit." For more information, please see The New York Post article.

  • On May 23, 2019, The Times-Picayune published an article titled, "Lawsuit against Brad Pitt’s Make It Right sent back to Orleans Parish court." For more information, please see The Times-Picayune article.

  • On October 14, 2020, 4WWL published an article titled, "Another Brad Pitt Make it Right home demolished in the Lower 9th Ward." For more information, please see the 4WWL article.

  • On April 6, 2021, The Times-Picayune published an article titled, "Brad Pitt’s Make It Right is back in court, suing its former director over faulty homes project." For more information, please see The Times-Picayune article.


This charity has received a Moderate Concern Advisory due to an open or pending investigation regarding allegations of possible illegal activity, improper conduct, organizational mismanagement, or other matters of concern. Please note that this investigation has not concluded and that the allegations being investigated have not been confirmed by the U.S. legal system. Charity Navigator aims to provide donors and users with as much information as possible in order to make an informed giving decision. This advisory will be updated once we become aware that the investigation is completed. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

Not Currently Scored

Encompass Scores are calculated from one or more Beacon Scores. Currently, we require either a Finance & Accountability Beacon, or an Impact & Results Beacon, to be eligible for an Encompass Score. See below to learn why this organization is not eligible.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Finance & Accountability score. Find out why.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Impact & Results score. Find out why.


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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 because they have e-filed less than three full IRS Form 990s in the past six fiscal years


We recognize that organizations may skip e-filing on certain years, while otherwise meeting our methodology. However, we do not believe it appropriate to rate an organization based on this limited amount of data.


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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 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



JAMES MAZZUTO, COO/TREASURER/BOARD SECRETARY

$125,230


BRAD PITT, BOARD MEMBER

$0


Z ARAHMAN, BOARD MEMBER

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2018

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).

...   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

Make It Right Foundation 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.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Make It Right Foundation reported its largest program on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


$2,700,807

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


IN 2018 MAKE IT RIGHT CONTINUED THE ASSESSMENT OF ITS MISSION OF SUSTAINABILITY THAT COMMENCED IN 2016.


...   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

Not Currently Scored

Make It Right Foundation is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.


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...   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

Make It Right Foundation 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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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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