Mission: TO HELP IMPROVE THE LIVES OF LATIN AND SOUTH AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, WHILE MAINTAINING AND RESPECTING THEIR TRADITIONS, CULTURE AND BELIEFS.

Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2004, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.wayuutaya.org

  225 BROADWAY STE 1905
New York NY 10007-3746


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc. is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

94

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability 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

93

out of 100

The score earned by Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc. 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 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

93

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

82.63%

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

8/10 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

50.62%

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

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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



LIMAYRI ESTEVEZ, SECRETARTY

$25,204


PATRICIA VELASQUEZ, PRESIDENT

$19,988


MICHELLE JEAN, TREASURER

$0


LINDA CARBONE, DIRECTOR

$0


SONJA NUTTALL, 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.


Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent

  • Balance Sheet


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

Donations to our organization declined tremendously. We also applied and received the PPP loan and thus were able to employ a full staff.


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

Due to social distancing we had to cease some of our our major direct service programs. We were able to run our Recovery and Rebuild program as well as our Humanitarian Aid.


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

We shifted resources from our main program to our other program offerings.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The Recovery and Rebuild program we began offering for the first time this past year was a success and we will continue to offer it moving forward.


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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

Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc. 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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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$14,990

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS: TO CORDINATE AND EXECUTE PLANS REGARDING NUTRITION,HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WORK OPPORTUNITIES OF LATIN AMERICAN INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF THE VENEZUELAN GUAJIRA REGION.


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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 Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc. 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 Wayuu Taya Foundation was created with the objective of improving the living quality of the indigenous communities in Latin America, maintaining and respecting their traditions, cultures and beliefs.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Access to food, health care, water and livelihoods for the most vulnerable communities. The Wayuu Taya Foundation proposes to develop a broad and robust set of environmentally-friendly programs that address community interests and priorities and reflect the full spectrum of our local food system. Develop strong community partnership and engage and work Implement a volunteer program to engage area residents in aspects of farm operation and maintenance. Improve the lives of the community through an agricultural business program. Involve and assist communities to identify their food and nutrition problems and implement appropriate interventions to address the problems. Sustainable access to fresh water and sanitation. School training for a specific vocation in industry or agriculture. Solar energy to drive water treatment processes. A center to receive and distribute humanitarian aid.


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: Increase productivity, create employment, add value in food systems, and promoting inclusive growth to achieve respectable means of livelihood.

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


Goal Two: Community Kitchen and Feeding Involve and assist communities to identify their food and nutrition problems and implement appropriate interventions to address the problems.

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


Goal Three: Improvement of Indigenous living conditions in the Wayuu region.

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

The Wayuu Taya Foundation invested on team training in the areas of Technology, English , Well being and distribution. As the team grows Wayuu Taya Focuses on giving the team the tools to grow. Wayuu Taya invested on ; Nilus (Tech training) LIDE training for well being of the team during these extraordinary circumstances. Distribution tools applied on medicine ,Covid 19 supplies, Soaps and food distribution.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Last year, in collaboration with Frank Giustra, Acceso, Giustra Foundation, Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen Foundation, Aid Live Foundation and The Clinton Foundation, Wayúu Taya started the implementation of a weekly food program aimed at Wayuu community. A total of 29 schools, 52 communities and 8 Institutions including 3 Elderly Centers from this region are served, covering a total of 18.500 people with minimal resources. Thousands of medicines and hygiene kitts have been distributed on the border between Venezuela and Colombia thanks to the Foundation’s friends and Partners. The Wayuu Taya Foundation has been awarded grants from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) to support Recovery & Rebuild Program and Covid-19 Emergency response program. The Foundation is raising awareness on a daily basis though marketing activities, social media, etc. The Foundation participates in conferences, publishing research constantly.

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.


During the last 12 months, we have served over 125,000 people. As the first wave of the pandemic made its way to one of the most vulnerable crisis zones in the world, the northern border between Venezuela and Colombia, we did everything we could as quickly as possible to reduce its impact to the area. With Covid-19 affecting our indigenous communities, we have been able to deliver and distribute thousands of medications and supplies, PPE kits to 4,000 medical personnel and healthcare workers, 250 PPE kits to volunteers, over 7,750 child-sized face masks, 500 gallons of hand sanitizer and 114,000 bars of soap to slow the spread of the virus reaching more than 40,000 people thanks to partnerships with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) and Clean the World Foundation. This allowed us to help not only our indigenous communities but to also help neighboring hospitals, health facilities and other humanitarian institutions. During the last twelve months, we have delivered over 5,500 kg of food weekly, serving more than one million meals to 29,215 beneficiaries, covering a total of 85 communities, 38 schools, and 18 institutions thanks to partnerships with World Central Kitchen, Giustra Foundation, Acceso, Aid Life Foundation and others. The nutritional drink program is in its second phase, expecting to reach 2,150 children in 20 communities serving 51,600 glasses of fortified milk, as part of the impact of the Recovery and Rebuild program implemented by the Wayuu Taya Foundation with the support of Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). Our team has implemented numerous programs including a permanent nutritional assessment program that detects malnutrition in children by monitoring their growth and development. This has drastically reduced the amount of cases of malnutrition in our communities that receive Humanitarian Aid.

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

Not Currently Scored

Wayuu Taya Foundation Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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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Culture & Community Report

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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


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. 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.



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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