Mission: Carriage Town Ministries is a Christian Social Services organization established in 1950 to represent Christ in the Flint, Michigan area as it reaches out to the nee ... (More)

Carriage Town Ministries is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1967, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.carriagetown.org

  605 Garland Street
Flint MI 48503 

  810-233-8787


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 94.72, 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 2020, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

84.1%


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

5.1%


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

10.6%


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

3.2%


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

$0.08


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

2.82 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

3.30%


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:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
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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

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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



Dallas Gatlin, Executive Director

$39,000 (1.43% 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 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:

Church, synagogue, etc (BMF activity code: 001)

Other religious activities (BMF activity code: 029)


Foundation Status:

Church 170(b)(1)(A)(i) (BMF foundation code: 10)


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.


Carriage Town Ministries reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


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

In order to adequately serve those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic, we experienced an increase in costs in the areas of sanitation (5%), food services (62%), salaries (21%). Additionally, the cost to provide necessary spaces and modification to our facility, and cost of caring for those with Covid-19 was $84,000 in 2020. We were able to offset some of the salary costs by receiving the PPP loan. Community Foundation of Greater Flint offered a grant which covered a small portion of the expenses as well.


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

Due to social distancing we had to reduce the number of beds available in our dorms, serve dinner to those in need in our community in "to go" containers, and close our doors to community education programs.


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

To meet the need of those who tested positive for COVID-19, we created a COVID triage, which consisted of observation rooms for those exposed or waiting on test results and a COVID positive clinic that was staffed by trained medical personnel and volunteers. We hired and trained capable residents to assist with the additional cleaning and supervision needed to keep people safe. These jobs were important, especially since we were no longer able to have volunteers in our facility. Many experiences became virtual, educational and spiritual training classes, mental health sessions, board meetings and connections with other services in the community. Our fall fundraiser was also virtual. There was definitely a learning curve!


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We are now able to have mental health counseling session virtual. This is a benefit to our residents, for whom transportation and childcare are big issues. Also, we have pushed ourselves to become more tech savvy with medical referrals, saving us time and making us more efficient. Since we have learned how to host virtual classes, we are not limited to only local speakers.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/23/20212020 94.72
12/23/20202019 94.03
7/1/20202018 91.84
11/1/20192018 91.57

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.

2/1/20192017 92.72
3/1/20182016 93.31
2/1/20172015 96.45
6/1/20162014 93.96
Rating Version: 2.0
12/1/20152014 90.07
2/1/20152013 88.04
2/1/20142012 88.72
12/20/20122011 91.69
12/23/20112010 88.17
9/20/20112009 88.32
Rating Version: 1.0
11/1/20102009 88.40
5/1/20102008 84.33
11/1/20082007 78.22
11/1/20072006 79.99
9/1/20062005 70.06
7/1/20052004 71.36
5/1/20052003 71.63

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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

Carriage Town Ministries 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



Carriage Town Ministries reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$2,287,905

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


CARRIAGE TOWN MINISTRIES HAS 134 BEDS (THE MOST IN THE COUNTY) FOR MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN NEED. IN 2019 WE MADE AVAILABLE OVER 48,900 SAFE, CLEAN BEDS FOR WEARY SOULS, DISTRIBUTED OVER 213,890 MEA ... (More)


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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 Carriage Town Ministries 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


Carriage Town Ministries is a Christian Social Services organization established in 1950 to represent Christ in the Flint, Michigan area as it reaches out to the needy or our community. The mission's purpose is to share the Lord Jesus Christ with the homeless women, children, and men of our community through providing food, shelter, clothing and education while encouraging accountability, growth, and ultimately service back to God. While many changes and improvements have taken place since the inception of the mission, there is one thing that has not changed, the desire to reach out to the last, the least, and the lost with the message of hope through Jesus Christ. The purpose of the mission has always been to see lives changed through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Carriage Town Ministries will regularly assess the changing needs of homeless men, women, and children in our area, aligning our services with their needs for emergency shelter, food and clothing, housing, job skills, healthcare, and a support network of managed care that addresses the physical, psychological, and spiritual support needed to achieve a life free of episodes of homelessness and poverty.


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: Grow Job Training Focus for residents. This includes expanding our low-barrier transional employment training.

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


Goal Two: Develop single room occupancy affordable housing solutions.

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


Goal Three: Diversify and grow funding sources.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Carriage Town Ministries provides employees opportunities to participate in seminars, classes, clinics, or conferences to learn about work-related topics. Employees who pay to attend classes are compensated. Currently the leadership has been working toward creating a more streamlined process for all areas (strategic use of time, space, procedures and supplies) and elimination of waste (including time, space, and supplies).

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?

Community is in our DNA. It lives at the heart of "loving our neighbor." We love our neighbors with the same vigor and joy whoever they may be: homeless men, women, and children; neighbors; CEOs, volunteers, other agencies---and the list extends until it includes everyone. We were the thought leaders along with Kettering University for the University Avenue Corridor Coalition, a group of residents and businesses in our area who gather monthly to collaborate on beautification, crime prevention, and community activities. Our residents clean the litter from the corridor every morning. We are active participants on the county's Continuum of Care and serve on its Governance Council. During the pandemic, we provided a place for homeless individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, hosted bi-monthly testing and vaccination events. We actively nurture relationships with local agencies to avoid duplication, but ensure our clients' needs are met.

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 2020, the pandemic dominated our thinking and our efforts. The coronavirus and dealing with it hijacked most other external factors with which we concerned ourselves. We shared much about that including the costs--economic and psychological--that affected our residents, staff, and donors. We've talked a little less about the lack of preparedness of our society at all levels. The state and federal governments were paralyzed by political battles and local governments, working from home, asked for information without providing much help. This situation improved toward the end of the summer and the beginning of the second wave as governments at all levels learned and made improvements. Of note, during the pandemic our donors seemed to quickly grasp the needs and with a strong desire to "do something" donation volume and amounts per gift increased. Of particular note is the surfacing of manpower issues related to stimulus and unemployment benefits with good intentions having the unplanned consequence of making it harder to find workers and even causing some residents in our shelter working on plans to secure sustainable housing and income to leave for a time "because they had money" only to return when the "windfall' ran out. There's no easy way to get and stay out of poverty that does not involve a dependable income stream, sustainable housing, and a social support structure. We are happy to see residents beginning to refocus on their own efforts and managed care to achieve a life free of episodes of homelessness.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Rev. Dallas Gatlin

Executive Director

Sharon Fouts

President

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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

100

out of 100

Carriage Town Ministries has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 11 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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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.


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Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.


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Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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