Mission: Nonviolent Peaceforce is a global non-profit organization. We protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies. We build peace side by side with loc ... (More)

Nonviolent Peaceforce is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2003, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org

 2610 University Avenue West
Suite 550
St. Paul MN 55114 

  612-871-0005


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Good

This charity's score is 80.46, earning it a 3-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

71.2%


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

12.0%


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

16.6%


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

9.2%


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

$0.15


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

0.68 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

-7.46%


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 Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

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)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

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:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • 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:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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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



MARNA ANDERSON, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

$94,605


MEL DUNCAN, DIRECTOR ADVOCACY & OUTREACH

$94,000


ROLF CARRIERE, DIRECTOR

$0


MEENAKSHI GOPINATH, DIRECTOR

$0


ANNA MATVEEVA, DIRECTOR

$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:

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.


Nonviolent Peaceforce 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:

Our biggest funder in South Sudan delayed renewing their grant at the start of the pandemic, as they wanted to see how COVID-19 would impact them. This was greatly concerning, however, a number of supporters stepped up during this time to ensure Nonviolent Peaceforce's operations could continue running. We also received a PPE loan. As we directly responded to the pandemic in our field programs and started a program in the U.S. in response to the uprising for racial justice, our finances improved as institutional funders and individuals supported Nonviolent Peaceforce generously.


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

In Iraq, South Sudan, and the other countries where we work, COVID-19 has created new conflicts and aggravated old ones. On top of this, many humanitarian organizations have left conflict areas where we have remained, so there are fewer people to prevent violence from occurring and make sure civilians have access to supplies they need. In South Sudan, our protection officers are ensuring civilians received accurate information and supported several women leaders as they take leadership positions in both local and regional coronavirus responses. In Myanmar, our teams translated and dispersed education materials on COVID-19 to many different ethnic groups left out of the government response. In the Philippines our teams ensured that communities in lock-down had access to food. In Iraq our teams connected people in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) to the food and supplies they need.


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

Our teams have moved many workshops, trainings and relationships online, to continue addressing protection concerns while keeping each other safe from the virus. Though many of our protection officers are working remotely, our teams and personnel have remained crucial in dispelling deadly myths about the coronavirus, educating communities around virus prevention and sustaining relationships to ensure that displaced people and vulnerable communities are connected to the aid they require.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Thanks to technology and our ability to meet over zoom, we have found ourselves more connected than ever. Local leaders from different regions in Myanmar have been able to continue meeting over Facebook messenger. The group comes together to offer support and share ideas on how they are working for peace. In Iraq, international protection officers have been able to meet with local partners over facetime and stay up to date on evolving protection needs. Finally, we have been able to convene a global community of practice and support through regular workshops and conversations. These are powerful times to learn from each other and our shared commitment to safety and peace. We are working together and staying connected across distance and difference, and these are all connections we plan to maintain.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
2/1/20212019 80.46
3/1/20202018 86.74
12/21/20182017 91.10
2/1/20182016 85.45
3/1/20172015 84.89
6/1/20162014 78.78
Rating Version: 2.0
10/1/20152014 80.54
4/1/20152013 76.20
3/1/20152013 75.54

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

3/1/20142012 68.82
2/1/20132011 72.09
3/1/20122010 84.57
11/1/20112009 84.35
9/20/20112009 83.12
Rating Version: 1.0
6/1/20112009 79.37
3/1/20112008 86.39

...   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

Nonviolent Peaceforce 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.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Nonviolent Peaceforce reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$0

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


Field Programs: As an international nonprofit organization with the primary activity of conducting direct unarmed civilian protection (UCP) in areas where civilians are under threat of violent conflic ... (More)


$235,808

Spent in most recent FY

28%

Percent of program expenses


Advocacy: Nonviolent Peaceforce advanced the understanding of and policy and funding support for unarmed civilian protection at the United Nations through Briefings, meetings with United Nations offic ... (More)


$601,280

Spent in most recent FY

71%

Percent of program expenses


Outreach: Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) gave presentations to educational, civic and religious organizations to educate the public on civilian unarmed protection. NP provided background information to an ... (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 Nonviolent Peaceforce 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


Nonviolent Peaceforce is a global non-profit organization. We protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies. We build peace side by side with local communities. We advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We envision a worldwide culture of peace in which conflicts within and between communities and countries are managed through nonviolent means. We support engaged communities that are equipped to protect themselves. We believe in a world where our collective safety and security lay the groundwork for communities to thrive.


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: Acceleration of the application of unarmed civilian protection to reach more people threatened by violence.

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


Goal Two: Innovation of the practice of unarmed civilian protection to respond to emerging trends and threats.

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


Goal Three: Consolidation of our organisational capacity to serve as the foundation for acceleration and innovation efforts.

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

We have deployed the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) across the organization. The IDI is a theory-based, cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence that provides an increased insight into challenges and critical outcomes of intercultural contact. The instrument is inherently developmental as it focuses on increasing intercultural competence of individuals and groups from how they currently engage cultural differences to how they can more effectively engage diversity.

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?

While part of our approach to conflict equips communities to protect themselves and make sure everyone’s voice can be heard, it is equally important to have an informed public that recognizes the effectiveness of nonviolence to resolve conflict. Our staff regularly participate in presentations and conferences, as well as coalition meetings. In addition to a social media campaign encouraging our thousands of followers to engage with nonviolent security alternatives, we hold monthly online "Nonviolence Cafes” that engage hundreds of people. One participant shared: “I am inspired to model nonviolence and offer nonviolent techniques to those with whom we disagree. As a marine veteran, I am energized to build a more peaceful community and world.”

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.


In the past year, the pandemic has exacerbated and revealed inequalities around the world. On top of this, the last year has presented uncharted climate disaster for civilians around the globe--from floods in South Sudan, to food and resource scarcity, to dangerously high temperatures. We have become more aware of how climate disruption generates new conflict and aggravates old ones. In parallel, the pandemic has shown us that we can reduce our emissions by meeting via Zoom or connecting digitally. In line with our mission to reduce violence we have pledged to make our operations more climate friendly. In our strategic plan we have committed to mainstreaming a climate disruption, digital technology, and intersectionality lens in operations, fundraising, HR, and project development. Global reckonings with white supremacy and racial justice have further informed the way we understand conflict and the work we do around it. We have undergone organizational processes and commitments to examine power and privilege within the organization and continue to increase leadership of those within the Global South. Externally, we have began a U.S. program. Grounded in the strengths and needs of local community partners, NP is building relationships with community members, leaders, and organizations in the Minnesota, New York City, and Portland, OR to identify gaps and approach safety and security from a holistic perspective. Our work is informed by understanding what communities need to feel safe and secure—to feel affirmed and a sense of belonging— which includes and goes beyond physical safety. Our work so far has included providing protest safety, creating a safety ambassador program, and training unarmed school security.

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

100

out of 100

The score earned by Nonviolent Peaceforce is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings or town halls, Suggestion box/email, Other means


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

In response to feedback received from local partners, we have shifted the orientation of our programming in the Philippines from protection to peacebuilding. Additionally, by observing patterns of feedback received from staff members, we have added the Safeguarding & Accountability Manager position in our country programs as part of the wider management team.



Methodology


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've partnered with GuideStar by 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.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

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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