Mission: WELLS BRING HOPE IS COMMITTED TO DRILLING WELLS TO BRING SAFE WATER AND SANITATION TO RURAL VILLAGES IN NIGER, WEST AFRICA.***SAVING LIVES WITH SAFE WATER***

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

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Contact Information

  www.wellsbringhope.org

  16563 PARK LANE CIR
Los Angeles CA 90049-1184



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Finance & Accountability, 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

100

out of 100

The score earned by Wells Bring Hope 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

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

79.45%

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

9/9 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

No review needed due to small charity size

No 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

0.00%

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



JAN DOAK, BOARD MEMBER

$0


IDA HARDING, BOARD MEMBER

$0


MARSHA HIERBAUM, BOARD MEMBER

$0


JENNIFER RICE, BOARD MEMBER

$0


CAROL ROSEN, BOARD MEMBER

$0


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:

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.


Wells Bring Hope reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue


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

Our fundraising capacity was impacted both by the realities of the pandemic and its effect on the economy. Many of our donors suffered business reversals or lost jobs, which impacted their ability to make charitable contributions. Two of our largest donors had their businesses completely shut down, so their combined commitment to us dropped by over $110,000 from 2019 to 2020. Social distancing restrictions and concern for the health of our donors and volunteers meant that we had to cancel our annual fundraiser, which is our single largest revenue source in a normal year. We did move to a virtual fundraiser, but it was much less profitable, bringing in over $100,000 less than in 2019. In addition, our operating expense underwriters cut their contribution by $20,000.


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

Operations on the ground in Niger, West Africa, the only country that we work in, were impacted by the pandemic as well. Social distancing restrictions limited the number of staff who could travel to the villages, and savings group training was temporarily put on hold or done remotely. More significantly, border closures made it very difficult to get the hand pumps necessary to complete the wells, and replacement parts for drilling rigs were impossible to obtain. As a result, the number of wells that we were able to drill and cap in 2019 was significantly reduced compared to previous years. Fortunately, the border closures and trade restrictions have eased, and our partners on the ground now have everything they need and have returned to normal operations. They have almost caught up on their drilling schedule.


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

As soon as the severity of the pandemic became clear, we began to adapt our annual fundraiser to an online event. We restructured ticket prices, rethought our program, and reached out to a highly-acclaimed Nigerien singer who sent us a performance to share with our donors. The Mayor of Los Angeles also sent a video greeting. We also found ourselves inundated with high school students who were looking for virtual volunteering opportunities, so we developed a community outreach training program for them that we call the Wells Bring Hope Ambassadors Program. Our founder and president developed an 8-week program of weekly hour-long sessions and a culminating video project. The program was very popular, and we have now run it a total of three times with a fourth session planned for August. Finally, we held a virtual panel discussion titled Female Achievement and Inequity Through a Global Lens. We made this available at no cost and hope to expand it into a series.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

There are quite a few changes that we intend to keep in place in a post-COVID world. First is our Ambassadors program. We intend to offer sessions two to three times a year. We are also in the process of developing a partner program wherein graduates of the Ambassadors program can go on to become leaders of Wells Bring Hope chapters or clubs in their own communities. We loved that having a virtual event allowed us to include supporters from all across the country as well as those for whom a ticket to our annual fundraiser is cost prohibitive. We plan to include some virtual element in all future fundraisers, so that we can continue to be inclusive of all of our supporters.


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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

Wells Bring Hope 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

Unscored

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Wells Bring Hope reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$361,100

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


DRILLING WELLS IN NIGER, WEST AFRICA, EDUCATING VILLAGERS ON SANITATION & HYGIENE, WELL MAINTENANCE, DRIP FARMING. ALSO EDUCATING WOMEN ON HOW TO START THEIR OWN SMALL BUSINESSES


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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 Wells Bring Hope 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


Wells Bring Hope is committed to drilling wells to bring safe water and sanitation to rural villages in Niger, West Africa, the poorest country in the world.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We are working toward a Niger where everyone has access to safe water, where girls go to school, and women have the freedom to pursue income-generating work.


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: Transition from hand pump wells to fully mechanized, solar-powered wells

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Goal Two: Add more large-scale, water projects at health care facilities that lack access to running water

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


Goal Three: Attract new corporate partnerrs

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

As a volunteer-led organization, we have always been committed to developing the leadership potential of all of our volunteers, particularly our team managers. At the beginning of the pandemic, we initiated a team manager development program wherein we meet quarterly with all of our team managers to discuss team building and management issues. We recommended that our team managers stay in close touch with their team members, given changes that might have occurred in both their work life and their mental state. Our goal was flexibility, acknowledging that our expectations of volunteer work output might have to shift to accommodate their changing needs and work patterns. Barbara has also been holding monthly meetings with the grant team to help them develop their leadership abilities. Since the beginning of this effort, the team members have developed a greater sense of confidence, feel a greater connection to our cause, and are working more closely with one another.

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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Wells Bring Hope initiated its 8-week Ambassadors Program to train high school and college students in community outreach after receiving many volunteer requests at the start of the pandemic. We continue to work with graduates as they start WBH clubs/chapters in their school and communities. Our Board Members do outreach in their professional and personal communities. Ida Harding has spoken at Project Management International conferences and published in the PMI magazine. Treasurer Lawrence Johnson works closely with Rotary. Director of Public Relations, Todd Bendjen seeks out speaking opportunities for our president, which have included speaking to community groups via Zoom, participating in panel discussions at UCLA, Santa Monica College, & Marymount, as well as appearing on podcasts and radio shows. Prior to the pandemic, she also spoke at schools to educate students about the water crisis with emphasis on the hardship it causes for women and girls.

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.


The most significant external changes we faced in the last year can be traced back to the pandemic. A handful of our largest donors faced serious business reversals and other forms of economic uncertainty, which resulted in a significant drop in our revenue. We knew donations would be down, so we decided to view 2020 as a building year. We put together a panel on gender equity and began offering a community outreach training program for high school and college students as a way to grow our audience. We also converted our annual fundraiser from a live event to a virtual one. We planned an exciting Zoom event that gave donors the opportunity to engage their friends & family and allowed us to involve donors and supporters from across the country. We featured Grammy-winning musician, Bombino, who sang to us from Niger. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti conveyed his support via a video that encouraged people to donate. Our revenue from the event ended up surpassing our expectations.

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

100

out of 100

Wells Bring Hope 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

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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