Mission: For over 134 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Detroit (SVdPD) has heard and responded to the cries of those we serve, regardless of creed, race or social ba ... (More)

St. Vincent de Paul Detroit is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2019, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.svdpdetroit.org

  3000 Gratiot Ave
Detroit MI 48207 

  313-393-2930


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Good

This charity's score is 86.36, 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

92.8%


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

3.7%


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

3.4%


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

34.5%


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

$0.03


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

0.48 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

0.72%


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 can be reluctant to contribute to a charity when their name, address, or other basic information may become part of donor lists that are exchanged or sold, resulting in an influx of charitable solicitations from other organizations. Our analysts check the charity's website to see if the organization has a donor privacy policy in place and what it does and does not cover. 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 this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. 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



Daniel P. Malone, CEO

$114,906 (0.85% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

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:

Hospital (BMF activity code: 150)

Publishing activities (BMF activity code: 120)


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.


St. Vincent de Paul Detroit reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Balance Sheet


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

Revenue to our organization declined significantly during the Covid shutdown of 2020 by more than 50%, causing us to short term extend / renegotiate our leases and other fixed expenses. Since then we continue to struggle with staff shortages that continue to negatively impact our donation and thrift store revenue. We were able to obtain PPP loans that allowed us to employ our staff through the pandemic.


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

St. Vincent de Paul Detroit's most important program is its home-visit. Through a network of over 2,000 Vincentians, the Society visits its neighbors in need in their homes, hospitals, prisons etc. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Vincentians had to use technology to visit and fulfill needs using social distancing protocols. St. Vincent de Paul Detroit also had to close its retail stores for several months during the pandemic. In addition to providing program revenue, the stores also play a role in the distribution of clothing and household items to neighbors in need. When the stores were able to open, there were challenges staffing them, causing St. Vincent de Paul Detroit to limit the hours of operation.


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

Programs that were previously delivered in person were fulfilled virtually, and food distribution was done by leaving boxes of food on porches and offering bagged lunches to go instead of seated meals.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Virtual trainings, visits and meeting worked out well and moving forward we will look at offering more virtual trainings and events.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
2/1/20212019 86.36
2/1/20202018 87.96
2/1/20192017 89.01
3/1/20182016 91.16
4/1/20172015 90.63
6/1/20162014 89.37
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 93.86
5/1/20152013 95.72
3/1/20142012 94.75
12/20/20122011 94.68
12/1/20122011 89.12

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

9/20/20112010 73.00
Rating Version: 1.0
2/1/20112009 86.02
12/1/20092008 85.95
8/1/20092007 91.54
7/1/20082006 91.46
7/1/20072005 91.09
2/1/20062004 67.57
7/1/20052003 80.66

...   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

St. Vincent de Paul Detroit 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



St. Vincent de Paul Detroit reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$9,062,613

Spent in most recent FY

71%

Percent of program expenses


THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL DETROIT PROVIDES A NUMBER OF EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS TO ITS NEIGHBORS IN NEED. THROUGH ITS 3,200 VINCENTIAN VOLUNTEERS PROVIDING ASSISTANCE AT 144 CONFERENCES, ... (More)


$3,234,672

Spent in most recent FY

25%

Percent of program expenses


THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL DETROIT OPERATED 9 RETAIL STORES IN 2019. THROUGH THOSE STORES, THE SOCITY DISTRIBUTED OVER 183,552 OF GENTLY USED CLOTHING FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO INDIVIDU ... (More)


$296,982

Spent in most recent FY

2%

Percent of program expenses


THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL DETROIT OPERATES A 5 WEEK SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM AT CAMP OZANAM ON THE SHORES OF LAKE HURON. EACH WEEK LONG CAMPING EXPERIENCE IS FREE OF CHARGE AND IS OFFERED TO DISAD ... (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 St. Vincent de Paul Detroit is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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 THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL IS TO BUILD A MORE JUST WORLD THROUGH PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH, AND SERVICE TO OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED. THROUGH OUTREACH PROGRAMS THAT INCLUDE EMERGENCY SERVICES, FOOD, CLOTHING, UTILITY AND RENT ASSISTANCE, DISASTER RELIEF AND A FREE SUMMER CAMP FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, WE EMPOWER PEOPLE AT CRITICAL MOMENTS ON THEIR JOURNEYS AND HELP LIFT THEM FROM POVERTY TOWARDS A MORE STABLE PATH. THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL DETROIT HAS BEEN REACHING OUT AND HELPING THOSE IN NEED, REGARDLESS OF FAITH, CREED, RACE, SOCIAL BACKGROUND, HEALTH OR GENDER FOR OVER 134 YEARS. ALL ARE WELCOME AT OUR DOOR


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Like that of its founder, Frederic Ozanam, the vision of St. Vincent de Paul Detroit is to embrace the world in a network of charity to "impact poverty through systemic change."


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: Develop, improve and expand services.

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


Goal Two: Promote deeper and meaningful relationships with those we serve.

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


Goal Three: Advocate for and work towards a more just world by creating an advocacy strategy to support thought leadership on poverty and justice at the local and state level.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Each year, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Detroit sends members of its Leadership Team to attend the National Assembly. Every team member is encouraged to seek out professional development opportunities for growth.

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 Society of St. Vincent de Paul Detroit's most differentiating program is its home-visit. A network of over 2,000 Vincentians actively seek out those in need and make in-person visits. These visits are community-based and allow the Society to build a network of strategic partners in an effort to make certain the neighbors in need have access to the assistance they need.

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.


COVID-19 forced everyone to examine the profound importance of connections. It left us isolated and feeling there was no one to turn to for compassion, friendship and help. For our neighbors who struggle with that every day, the pandemic only compounded those thoughts of loneliness and hopelessness. And for others, it was the first time they experienced those feelings. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Detroit remained committed to making sure those who called out to us were heard. Our Vincentians fulfilled our grace-driven mission by making “virtual in-person visits,” employing no-contact food, meal and clothing delivery, and helping families avoid homelessness with rent and utility assistance.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Daniel P. Malone

CEO

Nancy Szlezyngier

President

...   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

St. Vincent de Paul Detroit 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.

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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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