Mission: Team Rubicon's primary mission is to serve vulnerable communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help pe ... (More)

Team Rubicon is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2010, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://teamrubiconusa.org

  5230 Pacific Concourse Drive, Suite 200
Los Angeles CA 90045 

  310-640-8787


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Team Rubicon is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 96.46, 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

88.1%


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

5.9%


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

5.9%


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

5.6%


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

$0.04


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

0.98 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

67.09%


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

Policies:
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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.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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 this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. 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



Jacob Wood, President & CEO

$261,948 (0.57% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

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.


Team Rubicon reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


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

Early on in 2020, the funding landscape prioritized the COVID-19 crisis while disasters fell off the radar. Given events surrounding the United States Presidential Election, fatigue of COVID-19, and issues surrounding racial equality, typical funding priorities shifted toward the end of the year. Team Rubicon is currently executing a response to COVID-19 that has lasted longer and needed more resources than any other response before. Meanwhile, public concern and funding for COVID-19 and disasters has been winding down. Many people and organizations across the country do not have the resources to give anymore. If they do, COVID-19 and disasters are not necessarily top of mind. Hurricanes Laura, Sally, and Delta devastated communities on the Gulf Coast but did not receive the media attention, public awareness, and funding support needed to drive response and recovery efforts.


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

Team Rubicon is seeing challenges around volunteer burnout and attrition. Many of the organization’s most committed volunteers have been serving for months. They are understandably tired. This was an expected challenge that comes with standing up a response effort as long and as widespread as Team Rubicon has. At the same time, COVID-19 continues to put communities at risk. Many people are hesitant to engage with others in their community. Individuals also need paid work or to stay home and care for children or other family members. Team Rubicon actively recruits volunteers to sustain operations and is working especially hard to attract new volunteers who are looking for an opportunity to serve their communities.


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

In 2020, Team Rubicon mobilized volunteers to direct-service organizations like food banks, emergency operations centers, and hospitals. Volunteers have also provided testing support and direct medical care with hospitals and medical groups. Now, after a year of COVID-19 impacting communities, amid the vaccine rollout, COVID-19 continues spreading. Vaccine distribution was not happening quickly enough to meet demand. Therefore, Team Rubicon shifted to mobilize volunteers in the form of vaccination distribution support. Team Rubicon volunteers are supporting vaccination efforts helping partnering medical organizations administer 1 million+ COVID-19 vaccinations. We are providing personnel to ensure healthcare workers can focus on delivering vaccinations. Volunteers are fielding requests and engaging in communities to provide the following services: site administration, logistics support, clinical decompression, and volunteer management.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Team Rubicon plans to keep the online training capabilities that we have added to reach more people at the time they need it.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
9/1/20212019 96.46
6/1/20202018 98.23
7/1/20192017 95.88
2/1/20192016 91.42
4/1/20182016 90.97

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

Previous: Finance & Accountability  / Next: Leadership & Adaptability

...   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

Team Rubicon 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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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Team Rubicon reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$19,223,951

Spent in most recent FY

47%

Percent of program expenses


Disaster Relief


$13,839,975

Spent in most recent FY

34%

Percent of program expenses


Disaster Recovery Services


$5,215,756

Spent in most recent FY

12%

Percent of program expenses


Training and Education


Previous: Impact & Results  / Next: Culture & Community

...   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 Team Rubicon is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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


Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


What if the gap between disaster striking and mobilizing the first response could be reduced in a way that saves lives, helps restore communities faster, and prevents billions in economic loss? Studies have shown that for every $1 spent on preparedness, approximately $7 to $15 is saved in the future. Our plan is to equip communities now so they can better respond later.


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: Team Rubicon seeks to serve 3,700 direct beneficiaries on disaster operations in 2021, a 10% increase from 2020.

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


Goal Two: Team Rubicon’s goal is to deploy approx. 2,000 volunteers to disaster operations in 2021, an increase from the number of volunteers that served in 2020.

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


Goal Three: Team Rubicon seeks to continue increasing the quantity of operations we complete each year. We hope to complete 200 disaster operations in 2021.

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

Team Rubicon is committed to investing in leadership development for both staff and volunteers alike. For volunteers, Team Rubicon develops multiple trainings for volunteers and volunteer leaders. As of October 2021, Team Rubicon has completed more than 115,000 trainings. Each year Team Rubicon facilitates personal/professional leadership development for staff through a training called "re:Purpose". re:Purpose focuses on every aspect of how our staff shows up as leaders. From self-awareness, values and communication, to the mechanics of managing, motivating and building teams in an environment as nuanced as Team Rubicon.  This training is highly interactive. During this training, individuals are stretched and challenged with the goal of strengthening individuals relationships with peers across Team Rubicon, and with an aim to leave with a better understanding of themselves, their roles, and their value as a leader. 

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

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Team Rubicon externally mobilizes the mission of the organization by proactively working with other nonprofits, companies, community groups, and local authorities. Internationally, we work with groups like the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; the World Health Organization; and international governments, ministries of health, and emergency personnel. We adhere to the sovereignty of local governments and utilize local requests and input to ensure our aid is impactful. Domestically, Team Rubicon works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), local authorities and emergency personnel, local community groups, and partners. We are compliant with the National Incident Management System and FEMA, making us interoperable with federal, state, and local emergency services. We are also a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, which ensures communication and collaboration among disaster relief organizations.  

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.


Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, Team Rubicon has not only pivoted to be able to continue to deliver disaster response and rebuild services in core mission areas but has also expanded our scope of missions to meet community needs brought about by COVID. Team Rubicon also spearheaded the creation of a Veterans Coalition for Vaccination along with six other veterans organizations. Throughout 2020, Team Rubicon mobilized veteran volunteers to direct-service organizations like food banks, emergency operations centers, and hospitals to add critical labor capacity to these overburdened groups. Team Rubicon volunteers served 73 direct-service organizations in 2020 on food support operations, serving over 2.7M meals to people experiencing food insecurity. Additionally, Team Rubicon volunteers have provided testing support and direct medical care with hospitals and medical groups working to curb the spread of COVID-19. In 2020, Team Rubicon medical volunteers conducted 8,000+ COVID-19 tests and provided medical care to 5,000+ patients. Now, after a year of COVID-19 impacting communities everywhere, amid the vaccine rollout, COVID-19 continues spreading. Vaccine distribution was not happening quickly enough to meet demand early in the Spring. Therefore, Team Rubicon shifted the mission to mobilize our veteran volunteers to provide disaster response in the form of vaccination distribution support.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Art delaCruz

Chief Executive Officer

Jake Wood

Executive Chairman

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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

100

out of 100

Team Rubicon has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. 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

100

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.


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

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.


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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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