Mission: THE MISSION OF FORBES HOUSE IS EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO END THE CYCLE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE. THE VISION OF FORBES HOUSE IS TO HELP VICTIMS THRIVE AND TO FOSTE ... (More)

Forbes House is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1979, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.forbeshouse.org

 PO BOX 702
Painesville OH 44077-0702



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

71

out of 100

This charity's score is a failing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 35% Finance & Accountability, 55% Impact & Results, and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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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

97

out of 100

The score earned by Forbes House is a passing score

This V5 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 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

97

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

84.22%

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
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

12/12 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

Has Audit/Review

Higher 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

4.70%

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

Missing

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

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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



KATHLEEN D STRANCAR, EXECUTIVE DI

$21,124


WANDA SIMMONS, FORMER EXEC

$20,731


JOHN DOLCE, PRESIDENT

$0


RAND KOLLMAN, VICE PRES

$0


MARC RUBINSTEIN, TREASURER

$0


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:

Other housing activities (BMF activity code: 399)

Community service organization (BMF activity code: 408)

Giving information or opinion (see also Advocacy) (BMF activity code: 125)


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.


Forbes House reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing


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

Our annual fundraiser which is normally an in person gathering of nearly 350 supporters had to transition to a virtual online event which was viewed by just 60 virtual attendees overall negatively impacting our fundraising efforts.


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

Any programming that could shift and not jeopardize its integrity was provided virtually and transitioned to that method to ensure safety. School programming, presentations and education w Staffing woes and burnout were at an all time high during this stressful and unprecedented time.


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

To remain open, we implemented and followed all of the Lake County Health Department and CDC CoVid guidelines. We took temperatures twice a day, wore masks, socially distanced in shelter, staggered meal times, increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts along with deep cleaning and quarantining and using hotels for additional support of survivors fleeing abusive situations. Our support and advocacy efforts became more mobile and we provided virtual options for all of the program offerings.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

CoVid produced a level of virtual flexibility in our programming, opening new doors to provide service to many who previously were not open to believing they would benefit and allowing us into homes that need us now more than ever.


...   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

50

out of 100

Forbes House is not cost-effective, earning a failing score.


Impact

$90 provides a night of shelter to a person experiencing homelessness.



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Impact & Results Report

50

of 100 points


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Emergency Shelter

Activities

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

Program Type

Emergency Shelter

Beneficiaries Served

Survivors of domestic violence

Program Geography

3 counties in MI

Time Period of Data

1/1/19 to 12/12/19


Learn how we assess the impact of nonprofits

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

$867,524 program costs + $0 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $867,524 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

$867,524 total costs / 9,491 nights of shelter provided = roughly $90 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.

Determination

Not cost-effective

Nonprofit Comment

Before publishing, we ask every nonprofit we can to review our work, offer corrections and provide a comment.


This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2021 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.

Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Forbes House reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$556,178

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


THE ORGANIZATION OPERATES FORBES HOUSE, A TEMPORARY RESIDENTIAL SHELTER FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. FORBES HOUSE SERVICES AND PROGRAMS INCLUDE: SHELTER - FORBES HOUSE PROVIDES SAFE, SUPPORTIVE S ... (More)


...   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 Forbes House 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


THE MISSION OF FORBES HOUSE IS EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO END THE CYCLE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE. THE VISION OF FORBES HOUSE IS TO HELP VICTIMS THRIVE AND TO FOSTER AN END TO DOMESTIC ABUSE THROUGH EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


A vision to end abuse in all of its many forms.


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: Open a new facility to increase capacity to meet the increased demand for services.

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


Goal Two: Prevention program growth and outreach expansion to include increased service for human trafficking survivors.

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


Goal Three: New support groups focused on youth in abusive households.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

We annually send one team member through a local leadership program known as Leadership Lake County but education is ongoing. We provide relevant training and education monthly to all team members that will benefit them in their work and in their lives. We encourage and support other opportunities to collaborate and work with other populations in the community by assisting community partner agencies that need volunteers for one day projects and more.

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

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We are collaborative and community minded. We want good partners by being one. We raise awareness by being an active participant and being present for others; we are embedded in the schools, in the courts and in the community. We are members of the local chamber, attend local coalition and collaborative meetings as well as engage regularly with our local lawmakers, stakeholders and clientele. From social media to traditional marketing, we are building relationships and raising awareness every day whether face to face or via email blasts. We strive for abuse to be recognized and for survivors to rebuild and recover their lives.

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.


We saw a gap in the service continuum and identified ways to provide the support needed to achieve long term success. Old service models don't work when you have to overcome new challenges so we needed to create and innovate ways to provide service during a time when it was needed most so we found ourselves doing more tele-support and remote and mobile servicing of our clients along with providing alternate care. We like to say we never tell anyone no, we always provide service or some kind of value to the person. That service or program may not look like what we thought initially but we will make it what they need. All domestic violence situations are different the journey is an independent one and so is the road to recovery unique, which is why we must be prepared to meet clients where they are at and with what they need. It is a tricky balance but always a rewarding experience.

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

Forbes House 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.

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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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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