Mission: Be The Match Foundation (previously The Marrow Foundation) was created by Admiral E.R. Zumwalt Jr., in 1991 to secure support for the work of the National Marrow Don ... (More)

Be The Match Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1992, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.bethematch.org

  500 North 5th Street
Minneapolis MN 55401 

  800-507-5427


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Good

This charity's score is 89.07, 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 2020, the latest year published by the IRS. 

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

83.0%


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

6.4%


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

10.4%


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

32.1%


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

$0.11


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

0.66 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

3.13%


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:
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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

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



C. Randal Mills, Director, CEO

$0 (0.00% of Total Expenses)

Plus $1,181,899 of Compensation from Affliates

Stephen Stout, Director Major Gifts

$198,091 (1.47% of Total Expenses)


Jacqueline Chandonnet, Director of Development

$159,856 (1.19% of Total Expenses)


Mary Beth Heffernan, Senior Director Of Public Engagement

$156,065 (1.16% 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:

Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations (BMF activity code: 602)


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.


Be The Match Foundation 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:

The pandemic impacted almost every facet of our work, but we know that people’s lives are on the line, so we found new ways to get things done & successfully made sure that every patient who started their conditioning regimen for transplant, received the donated cells they so desperately needed. A few examples of financial impact are: - The costs associated with the continuous need to reroute marrow donors, and couriers who deliver life-saving cells, when locations are no longer safe or open for donation or travel. - Increased per-unit costs associated with cryopreservation of bone marrow and stem cell donations (including the purchase of specialized coolers to transport these cryo-preserved cells safely). - We’ve understandably seen an increase in the number of patient assistance requests we’ve received. At its height, that need reached a 91% increase over the number of requests we received the prior year*. (*Based on YOY comparison data from Oct-April 2020 vs Oct-April 2021.)


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

Again, the pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our work. From the logistics changes required for donors & couriers, to the inability to recruit donors to the registry in-person throughout the majority of the pandemic (historically one of the main ways we recruit), to the increased need of financial assistance support by our patient population – the pandemic has required creativity & resiliency from our team at every turn, because our mission cannot stop. The following videos do a great job at providing an overview of what the pandemic impact has looked like at Be The Match: - 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whAKr46MKJY - 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJDNdSEPkLw


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

a. We completed an entire revamp of our typical logistics model, and was made the most difficult during travel-restriction peaks within the pandemic. b. Increased per-unit costs associated with cryopreservation of bone marrow and stem cell donations (including the purchase of specialized coolers to transport these cryo-preserved cells safely). Doing this provides more flexibility to schedule donation around the donor’s availability (and preferred, local, location when possible), AND provides assurance to the patient and doctor that they will receive the cells exactly when they need it, regardless of any last-minute necessary changes they may have. c. We provided a historic number and amount of grant support to our patients last year – $6.1 million to 2,602 patients and their families – more than we’ve ever provided in one year in the history of our organization.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We have found some efficiencies in rethinking our logistics model, implementing a “hub and spoke” transportation process for the majority of cells that are received internationally. We’ve also found new processes that can make the donation process more convenient (example: flexible options for pre-donation filgrastim injections that may not require multiple-day visits to a medical center), and also provide more reassurance to providers in regard to patient transplant timelines (example: cryopreserved stem-cell/marrow, of which delivery can accommodate the patient’s schedule regardless of last-minute changes).


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
2/1/20222020 89.07
4/1/20212019 88.82
9/3/20192018 89.42
12/1/20182017 87.89
3/1/20182016 86.12
5/1/20172015 93.07
12/1/20162015 92.52

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.

6/1/20162014 83.86
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 82.28
9/1/20142013 81.55
11/1/20132012 91.86
8/1/20122011 97.01
2/1/20122010 86.92
9/20/20112009 73.66
Rating Version: 1.0
12/1/20102009 73.33
9/1/20092008 89.97
12/1/20072006 90.14
12/1/20062005 90.19
10/1/20052004 92.55
8/1/20052003 76.83

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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

Be The Match Foundation 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



Be The Match Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$4,813,025

Spent in most recent FY

42%

Percent of program expenses


Patient Assistance


$1,246,708

Spent in most recent FY

10%

Percent of program expenses


Research


$432,850

Spent in most recent FY

3%

Percent of program expenses


Recruitment


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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 Be The Match Foundation 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


FUNDRAISING TO SUPPORT MISSION OF THE NMDP/BE THE MATCH: SAVE LIVES THROUGH CELLULAR THERAPY.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Democratize cell therapy with equal outcomes for all.


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: To address this hurdle - Existence: For many, a match does not exist on the registry.

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


Goal Two: To address this hurdle - Deliverability: When a match exists, we are often unable to delivery it when it's needed.

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


Goal Three: To address this hurdle - Obtainability: A patient's path to transplant is filled with obstacles.

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

Leadership Lab was developed at Be The Match to provide diverse groups of leaders from across the organization – who have different roles, responsibilities and backgrounds – the opportunity for participation in a unique leadership development program. Each cohort of leaders undertakes an intensive six-month didactic curriculum that helps to foster leadership development. The program provides emerging leaders, from a wide variety of levels and roles within the organization, the strategic framework and tools needed to build and lead teams that leverage individual strengths to achieve outstanding results and gives them an opportunity to apply those skills to a real-world leadership challenge.

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?

Through partnerships with external organizations (corporations, community groups, schools, etc.), marketing & communications efforts, thought leadership activities (including dissemination of research studies), and legislative advocacy (at both the state and federal level), Be The Match works relentlessly every day to build greater brand awareness, recruit more committed potential donors to our registry, raise funds to support patients, provide support & resources to patients and their families, and enact positive change in transplant-related legislation. All of these activities take place in an effort to democratize cellular therapy and provide equal outcomes for every single patient – and it would not be possible without our ability to mobilize our partners and our community of supporters within the general public to magnify those efforts.

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 pandemic has impacted almost every facet of our work, but we know that people’s lives are on the line, so we found new ways to get things done and successfully made sure that every patient who started their conditioning regimen for transplant, received the donated cells they so desperately needed. A few examples of financial impact are: a. The costs associated with the continuous need to reroute marrow donors, and couriers who deliver life-saving cells, when locations are no longer safe or open for donation or travel – this required an entire revamp of our typical logistics model, and was made the most difficult during travel-restriction peaks within the pandemic. b. Increased per-unit costs associated with cryopreservation of bone marrow and stem cell donations (including the purchase of specialized coolers to transport these cryo-preserved cells safely). Doing this provides more flexibility to schedule donation around the donor’s availability (and preferred, local, location when possible), AND provides assurance to the patient and doctor that they will receive the cells exactly when they need it, regardless of any last-minute necessary changes they may have. c. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve understandably seen an increase in the number of patient assistance requests we’ve received. At its height, that need reached a 91% increase over the number of requests we received the prior year*. In response, we provided a historic number and amount of grant support to our patients last year – $6.1 million to 2,602 patients and their families – more than we’ve ever provided in one year in the history of our organization. (*Based on YOY comparison data from Oct-April 2020 vs Oct-April 2021.)

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


C. Randal Mills

Director, CEO

Joseph Loughran

Chair

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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

Be The Match Foundation 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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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


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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


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


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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