Mission: Founded in 1987, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) provides scholarships, capacity building and programmatic support, and advocacy for students and public Histor ... (More)

Thurgood Marshall College Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1993, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://tmcf.org

 901 F Street NW
Suite 700
Washington DC 20004 

  202-507-4851


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Exceptional

This charity's score is 90.38, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

84.5%


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

11.5%


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

3.8%


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

26.5%


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

0.46 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

7.15%


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 have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. 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)

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 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 W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Harry L. Williams, President, CEO

$410,634 (1.87% of Total Expenses)


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:

Scholarships (other) (BMF activity code: 040)


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.


Thurgood Marshall College Fund 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:

TMCF increased its Capacity Building operations, and increased its revenue and operations in response to the challenges of COVID-19. In addition to COVID-19, TMCF received increased revenue to support HBCU students - who are predominantly low-income - so they could continue their education. TMCF member-schools, America's 47 publicly supported HBCUs, continued to house hundreds of students who could not return home in March 2020, but who lost income from job loss - leading to food and housing insecurity. TMCF identified and secured additional funds, and worked with our member-schools to support these students.


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

TMCF expanded its capacity building operations to help publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) meet the challenges of COVID-19. HBCUs are historically underfunded, have smaller endowments, and serve a high percentage of low-income students (over 75% of first-time, first-year students overall, with some schools having over 90%). HBCUs do not have the financial resources to meet the challenges brought by COVID-19. TMCF secured resources to help HBCUs meet those challenges, so they could continue providing higher education for low income, African-American, and first-generation students. TMCF also secured resources to help HBCU students directly, providing additional financial resources to help students continue their education, address housing and food insecurity, travel back home, or continue to live on campus because they did not have a home to return to. Students also needed access to technology - computers and wifi - to participate virtually.


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

TMCF's operations have always been partially remote and partially in-person. TMCF moved all of its operations to a remote function as of March 2020, and was able to continue providing programming. TMCF provides access to higher education for low-income HBCU students through scholarships. TMCF has noticed increased need by HBCU students across all HBCUs due to the pandemic. TMCF continued to provide career readiness, leadership development, and other programs for HBCU students, pivoting to a virtual program delivery platform. As most HBCUs serve students who are first-generation to seek corporate careers, which will change their family's economically sustainability. TMCF expanded its capacity building functions, to support HBCUs, so that they could meet the challenges brought by the pandemic, adjust their operations, and survive.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

As an organization that supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), TMCF, our member-schools, and their students addressed 2 pandemics - COVID-19 and the pandemic of racial injustice. TMCF reached out to corporate partners to provide more student support, to keep them in school and to ensure that they can continue their studies and graduate. TMCF specifically increased its capacity building support for HBCUs, to help them manage their response to COVID-19 - including joint purchasing of supplies, to creating testing protocols, to adjusting finances to meet increased costs, to providing consultants to support successful administration throughout the pandemic. TMCF expanded its HBCU talent development programs, to help our corporate partners address racial inequities within their corporations, helping to build talent pipelines with HBCUs, while preparing HBCU students to succeed in economically sustainable corporate careers.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
6/1/20212019 90.38
3/1/20202018 92.34
5/1/20192017 92.15
3/1/20182016 94.13
12/1/20162015 94.69
6/1/20162014 88.24
Rating Version: 2.0
3/1/20162014 91.11
2/1/20162014 90.67

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

12/1/20152014 90.67
12/22/20142013 95.50
9/1/20142012 80.70
12/1/20132012 79.78
12/20/20122011 89.30
4/1/20122010 89.05
9/20/20112009 91.79
Rating Version: 1.0
7/1/20112009 96.32
9/1/20102008 87.14
3/1/20092007 96.53
12/1/20072006 96.18
12/15/20062005 86.44
5/1/20062004 88.63
6/1/20052003 79.81

...   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

75

out of 100

Thurgood Marshall College Fund is , earning a passing score.


Impact

$12,000 increases income for a scholarship recipient in need by $15,000.


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Impact & Results Report

75

of 100 points


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Scholarship Program

Activities

The nonprofit grants scholarships to beneficiaries.

Program Type

Beneficiaries Served

Program Geography

Time Period of Data


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Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


Output data collected during the program. The nonprofit publicly reports data on the dollar value of all scholarships it grants and the number of scholarship recipients, which we use to calculate the additional income that the nonprofit's scholarship program generates.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We estimate the increase in income caused by a nonprofit's scholarship program in two steps. First, we compare the estimated postsecondary graduation rate of its scholars to that of comparable students who did not receive a scholarship (the “counterfactual”). Our estimates are drawn from rigorous social science studies of similar scholarship programs. The result is the number of scholars whose graduation was caused by the nonprofit. Second, we compare the earnings of graduates to non-graduates based on publicly available census data, matching on student demographic characteristics. We apply the earnings boost owing to a degree to those scholars whose graduation was caused by the nonprofit. Both steps are necessary to properly net out counterfactual successes from observed successes. Otherwise, we would be attributing changes (increase in graduation rate and increase in earnings) to the nonprofit when they would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and publicly available data.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Statement

$12,000 increases income for a scholarship recipient in need by $15,000.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of postsecondary scholarship programs are based on income generated relative to cost. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they increase income for a recipient by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent and a score of 75 if income increases by more than $0.85 for every $1 spent. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Nonprofit Comment

Before publishing, we ask every nonprofit we can to review our work, offer corrections and provide a comment.


This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Thurgood Marshall College Fund reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$6,903,820

Spent in most recent FY

39%

Percent of program expenses


Scholarships and grants: The Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships to students seeking financial assistance to complete their education. TMCF scholarships are awarded annually to stude ... (More)


$10,393,791

Spent in most recent FY

60%

Percent of program expenses


Leadership training and seminars: The Teacher Quality and Retention Program (TQRP) was designed to help teachers enhance the learning experience of students. Now, more than ever, our students need qua ... (More)


$11,025

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


TM2 Search: TM2 Education Search provides retained search and leadership development services designed to help build and develop sustainable leadership and boards. Specifically, our searches focus on  ... (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 Thurgood Marshall College Fund 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


Providing leadership development, scholarships, and advocacy to prepare new leaders.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Where Education Pays Off Changing the World… One Leader at a Time


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: TMCF seeks to increase access to higher education through affordability (scholarships), and bridge the racial wealth gap through facilitating HBCU student success in corporate careers.

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


Goal Two: Expand TMCF programming to help HBCU students develop skills required by corporations. Expand TMCF's capacity building for public HBCUs, to help them better prepare students for future success.

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


Goal Three: Expand our education of policy makers, public officials, and corporate leaders about HBCUs, their students, and the communities they serve.

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

TMCF provides targeted courses for individuals to increase their ability to succeed or grow in their jobs.

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?

TMCF brings together HBCU leaders to create a supportive network to help all institutions; brings together policy makers and thought leaders to educate them on HBCUs and the students they serve. TMCF engages in partnerships with corporations to build talent development pipelines for HBCU students - thus addressing racial inequities and the wealth gap. TMCF partners with corporations to provide soft skill development for HBCU students, so they can enter economically sustainable careers permanently. TMCF's partnerships aim to decrease the racial wealth gap through college graduation, facilitated via access through affordability. TMCF also partners with corporations to provide faculty research grants on marginalized communities, and with foundations to support HBCU faculty development - so HBCUs can better serve their students, and prepare them for post-graduation success. All this is achieved through partnerships and mobilizing well-intended leaders, and providing workable solutions.

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.


Founded in 1987, TMCF originally sought to serve publicly supported HBCUs, because they were underserved as institutions, and were underfunded by their states. TMCF initially focused on providing access to higher education through affordability via scholarships. Over time, TMCF understood that scholarships alone did not meet all student needs. Thus, TMCF expanded its program offerings to include career readiness and leadership development for HBCU students, to ensure that they could succeed in economically sustainable careers. TMCF also began to build-out talent development program partnerships for specific corporate partners - to address racial inequity. To address the K-12 educational crisis, TMCF began its Teacher Quality & Retention Program (TQRP), to help Black teachers remain in the classroom, since over half of all Black teachers are educated at HBCUs. TMCF expanded its student-focused program offerings to provide a platform for HBCU student innovation, and teach entrepreneurship skills, through its Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. In response to COVID-19, TMCF expanded its capacity building program to help member-schools meet the challenges of the pandemic.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Thurgood Marshall College Fund is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Other means


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

Our staff, Our funders


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

We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


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

TMCF continuously engages in conversation with our students and funding partners. TMCF identified new needs for first-generation, low-income HBCU students who were not progressing, and adjusted our program to meet the identified needs. In response to COVID-19, TMCF engaged with our member-schools and students to identify new financial needs. TMCF's partner engagement helps to identify new areas of training in our career preparation and leadership development programs, and we created new program platforms to support that training. TMCF's TQRP adjusted its professional development offerings to support trauma informed teaching and online teaching, to ensure teachers are able to serve the low-income, minority students they educate.



Methodology


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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