Mission: The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, p ... (More)

The Night Ministry is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1984, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.thenightministry.org

 1735 North Ashland Avenue, Suite 2000
Chicago IL 60622 

  773-784-9000


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 90.22, 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

80.4%


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

9.2%


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

10.2%


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

5.7%


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

$0.08


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

0.86 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

5.00%


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)
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:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
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Donor Privacy ... (More)

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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:
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)

Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Paul Hamann, President

$210,171 (2.42% of Total Expenses)


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:

Mission (BMF activity code: 005)


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.


The Night Ministry reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


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

In the summer of 2020, it was estimated that COVID-19 would negatively impact the organization by $750,000, which includes the additional expenses of hazard pay, supplies, keeping The Crib Overnight Emergency Youth Shelter open for 24 hours, and the net loss from not holding the Annual Benefit. Some of these costs continued with the COVID-19 “spike” this past winter. We have yet to determine whether the generous outpouring of support from various donors during the early days of the pandemic was a one-time event, or if this level of support might continue in the coming fiscal year(s). The instability in the economy leaves The Night Ministry with an inability to predict revenue and how the long-term economic impact of COVID will impact demand for and pressure on services. As of June 15, 2021, The Night Ministry is financially stable and is finalizing our budget for the next fiscal year.


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

For much of the pandemic, volunteering was suspended across all programs, with limited exceptions for medical volunteers. The Health Outreach Bus and Street Medicine Team continued outreach across the city seven days a week. Bus stops were shortened to reduce congregating around the Bus. Health care and case management services were provided outside agency vehicles to ensure adequate social distancing. Outreach Professionals and Case Managers have continued providing referrals for further medical support. All five of The Night Ministry’s existing Youth Programs continued to operate with COVID-19 safety procedures, ensuring young people have safe places to stay and are not more vulnerable to COVID-19. At the start of the pandemic The City of Chicago asked that our emergency overnight youth shelter, The Crib, remain open 24/7. This period of extended services lasted until mid-July. The Crib's 24/7 operations resumed in December and will continue through June of 2021.


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

Medical staff provided COVID-screenings, referrals for testing as needed, and helped clients access quarantine housing provided by the City of Chicago. The Night Ministry has taken advantage of new opportunities to connect individuals to substance abuse treatment and psychiatric care via telehealth. The Night Ministry added additional in-take assessments for young people entering our programs, as well as daily assessments for current residents to screen for COVID-19 symptoms. We encouraged young people to spend time in their bedrooms and avoid community spaces and adapted supportive services to provide virtual activities and support virtual learning.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

In response to the increased numbers of individuals seeking shelter on Chicago’s CTA ‘L’ trains The Night Ministry formed a collaborative team of Nurse Practitioners, Outreach Professionals, and Case Managers to bring our services to them. The Chicago Department of Public Health funded this expansion of The Night Ministry’s outreach work. Staff members set up care stations at the Forest Park Blue Line Station and 95th Street Red Line Station, providing food, medical assistance, and supplies. We intend to continue this outreach work, especially knowing the long-term economic impacts of the pandemic may continue to increase levels of need for these services in the years to come.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
2/1/20212019 90.22
9/1/20202018 96.35
6/1/20192018 91.41

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.

9/1/20182017 94.16
8/1/20172016 94.31
7/1/20162015 88.00
6/1/20162014 86.97
Rating Version: 2.0
8/1/20152014 85.07
7/1/20142013 88.46
3/1/20132012 85.49
9/1/20122011 85.88
5/1/20122011 85.60
9/20/20112010 88.68
Rating Version: 1.0
8/1/20102009 93.93
6/1/20092008 92.03
5/1/20082007 87.82
4/1/20072006 94.86
4/1/20062005 91.73
5/1/20052004 95.56
2/1/20052003 95.46

...   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

The Night Ministry 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



The Night Ministry reported its two largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$5,147,946

Spent in most recent FY

73%

Percent of program expenses


SHELTER PROGRAMS: OPEN DOOR SHELTER WEST TOWN PROVIDES HOMELESS YOUTH WITH SUPPORTIVE SERVICES IN TWO DIFFERENT HOUSING PROGRAMS - AN INTERIM 16-BED PROGRAM TO YOUTH AGES 14-21 AND AN 8-BED TRANSITION ... (More)


$1,826,465

Spent in most recent FY

26%

Percent of program expenses


OUTREACH AND HEALTH PROGRAM: THE OUTREACH AND HEALTH PROGRAM PROVIDES HEALTHCARE, COUNSELING, AND PASTORAL SERVICES TO YOUTH AND ADULT INDIVIDUALS IN SEVERAL CHICAGO COMMUNITIES. IN THE YEAR ENDED JUN ... (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 The Night Ministry 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 Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty and loneliness. We accept individuals as they are and offer support as they seek to improve their lives. We invite others to join this hope-filled work.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, 76,998 Chicagoans experienced homelessness in 2018. Chicago Public Schools identified 16,451 homeless students during the 2018-2019 school year. The vast majority of homeless individuals have little or no access to safe health care, and many have experienced extremely difficult lives, including mistreatment by the very social institutions set up to assist them. Conditions that require regular, uninterrupted treatment, such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, are extremely difficult to control among those without adequate housing. Individuals experiencing homelessness have a high prevalence of chronic diseases - such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma - along with mental illnesses and substance abuse issues that complicate their condition. The Night Ministry is instrumental in bringing services directly to those in need.


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: After finishing up a 3 year Capital Campaign, The Night Ministry is currently in the process of developing a Strategic Plan that will set the course for the organization in the coming years.

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


Goal Two: Outreach and Health Ministry Program: Increase the individuals’ ability to manage and improve their own health and support them in connecting to primary and mental health care.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Three: Youth Housing Programs: Provide trauma-informed care to improve the safety, well-being, permanent connections, and self-sufficiency of the young people we serve.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

The Night Ministry seeks to provide continuous professional development opportunities for all staff. In December of 2020 The Night Ministry supported staff members in attending the three day Leadership Challenge Virtual Workshop. This workshop focused on the empirically documented five behaviors of effective leaders and recognizes that anyone within an organization can be a leader, either formally or informally. Participants gained the skills they need to motivate and to engage others, for the fulfillment of their own team’s goals and the organization's mission. This workshop was attended by Paul Hamann - President & CEO, Tamra Armour - Director of Human Resources, Stephan Koruba - Nurse Practitioner, Yasmin Clarke-Greenlee - Senior Program Supervisor, and Lashaunda Battie - Manager of Youth Engagement Services.

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

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The Night Ministry’s Strategic Partnerships Department works to engage community members throughout Chicago and bring attention to the struggles of homeless and at-risk young people and adults. Tedd Peso, the Director of Strategic Partnerships, leads The Night Ministry’s advocacy work and is involved in the following committees: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Youth Committee, Illinois Association of Free & Charitable Clinics Advocacy Committee, National Network for Youth Conference Planning Committee, National Health Care for the Homeless Council Policy & Advocacy Committee. Additionally, our President & CEO, Paul W. Hamann is also a Board Member and Former Board Chair of the Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY), a member of the Illinois Children's Justice Task Force, and is on the Board of Directors at the National Network for Youth.

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 Outreach and Health Ministry Program has partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Miles Square Clinic and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) doctors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more homeless individuals were unable to obtain opioids because of the decreased ability to panhandle due to reduced street traffic. Additionally, entering detox programs and receiving comprehensive support for substance abuse was more difficult due to many offices and programs closing. For this reason, more of The Night Ministry's clients are requesting access to Suboxone, an opioid replacement therapy that prevents painful withdrawal symptoms from opioid drugs. UIC’s MAT doctors connected with the Street Medicine Team to identify clients desiring Suboxone and then to help facilitate connecting those in need to physicians. The Street Medicine Team and Outreach Bus now facilitate phone calls between clients and the UIC MAT physicians, who then conduct an assessment over the phone and can order the medication. If the client has Medicaid the Suboxone can be prescribed to a pharmacy close by to their location. If the client does not have Medicaid, Outreach and Health Ministry Staff come up with a plan to transport clients to the UIC pharmacy. The Street Medicine Team and the Substance Abuse Advocate then distribute the home induction protocols from the UIC provider and help to conduct follow up check-ins with clients. Since beginning this partnership in March, the Outreach and Health Ministry Program has connected nearly 50 clients to treatment. Currently, staff are working to extend these telehealth services to also provide mental health support to clients. The Night Ministry is excited to continue growing this program and using creative virtual ways to provide services to individuals in need.

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 The Night Ministry 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


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?

Our staff, Our board, Our funders


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

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


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

Locations of health outreach services are assessed and adapted on an ongoing basis, informed by the need expressed by individuals accessing these services. Timing of outreach (i.e. during the day vs. early or late evening) is adapted based on food access of individuals accessing services at various locations, as some clients indicate meals accessed at our services are their first meal of the day.



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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