Mission: The Citizens Foundation, USA (TCF-USA) is a professionally managed tax-exempt charity, with a support network of volunteer chapters across the USA. We support the building of civil society in Pakistan by providing quality education to underprivileged children, promoting gender equality & partnering for reform of public education. We believe that education is a basic human right. Universal access to education is a prerequisite for democratic institutions to flourish in Pakistan and for its people to compete in a global economy.
TCF currently has 1,687 schools in all the provinces of Pakistan with 274,841 children enrolled, nearly half of them girls. TCF has trained and employed 12,926 women as teachers and principals, making it the largest employer of women in the private sector.
TCF also provides scholarships for tertiary education to the deserving graduates of its' secondary schools and an adult literacy program that has transformed the lives of 150,000 women.

The Citizens Foundation, USA is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2003, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://www.tcfusa.org/

 2900 Wilcrest Drive
Suite 225
Houston TX 77042 

  888-729-3022


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 93.73, 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

91.4%


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

3.0%


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

5.5%


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

0.8%


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

$0.05


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

0.40 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

5.14%


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)
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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)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

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Tauseef A. Siddiqi, CEO

$106,923 (0.99% 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:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


The Citizens Foundation, USA reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


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

An important fund raising tool for TCF-USA has been Annual Fundraising Galas in all the cities where we have an active chapter. Due to COVID-19 we had to cancel all Fundraising Galas and other in person fundraising events starting March of 2020. Not only did this impact a major source of revenue, we also lost advance payments to entertainers, venues and other vendors in some cases.


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

Many of the schools funded by TCF-USA and operated by our affiliate TCF in Pakistan were closed for an extended period of time due to the pandemic. Because of the economic impact of COVID-19 on the underprivileged communities we serve, there was pressure on poor families to withdraw their children from school, school age boys were put to work to supplement the family income that was lost in lock downs and to marry off under age girls so that they had less mouths to feed.


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

For fundraising TCF-USA substituted on line (virtual) events for in person events, we were able to recover much of the lost revenue from cancelled events in this manner. In many cases we were also lower the cost of fund raising due to the lower cost of virtual events (no venue rentals and food catering costs etc.). On the program side we found innovative distant learning solutions for the students when schools were closed. Poor students in Pakistan do not have PCs and internet access, so we created an educational TV show and a self study magazine that was distributed to the children. We provided COVID relief to the families of our students so they would be able to afford to keep their children in school. When schools were allowed to open, the classes were divided in half, with each group attending classes 3 days of the week, on alternate day, to maintain social distancing. Everyone wore masks in the schools & frequent hand washing was encouraged throughout the day.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

On the program side, TCF will be continuing to develop and utilize the distant learning tools we developed during the pandemic. These distant learning tools will enable us to provide education to more out of school children and expand our reach beyond our network of formal primary and secondary schools. For fundraising we will continue to leverage what we learnt about virtual fund raising to supplement our in person fundraising events. The virtual fundraisers will help increase our revenue and lower fund raising costs.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
7/1/20212019 93.73
5/1/20202018 96.46
6/1/20192017 96.46
5/1/20182016 96.46
6/1/20172015 98.23
6/1/20162014 98.23
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 95.91
3/1/20152013 97.82
2/1/20152013 89.17

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.

12/1/20132012 97.80
9/1/20122011 95.88
9/20/20112010 97.54
Rating Version: 1.0
7/28/20112010 94.35
10/1/20102009 79.20
2/1/20102008 93.59
8/1/20092007 96.51

...   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

The Citizens Foundation, USA 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



The Citizens Foundation, USA reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$6,626,088

Spent in most recent FY

68%

Percent of program expenses


ANNUAL OPERATING EXPENSES OF SCHOOLS: IN 2019, TCF-USA RAISED FUNDS FROM 5,000+ USA DONORS FOR THE OPERATIONAL SUPPORT OF 190+ TCF SCHOOLS IN PAKISTAN, INCLUDING MULTIYEAR SUPPORT, EDUCATING 36,000+ U ... (More)


$2,527,880

Spent in most recent FY

25%

Percent of program expenses


CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION:IN 2019, TCF-USA SUPPORTED BUILDING 35 NEW PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL UNITS, COMPLETED AND UNDER CONSTRUCTION, TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF OVER 6,000 CHILDREN. THIS HELPED TO CREAT ... (More)


$585,608

Spent in most recent FY

6%

Percent of program expenses


ENDOWMENTS FOR FUTURE OPERATION OF SCHOOLS: TCF-USA SUPPORTS THE EFFORTS OF TCF-PAKISTAN BY CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS THE ENDOWMENT OF TCF-USA BUILT SCHOOLS. IN 2019, WE WERE ENDOWED 3 COMPLETE AND 4 PARTI ... (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 The Citizens Foundation, USA is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

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


The Citizens Foundation, USA supports the building of civil society in Pakistan by providing quality education to underprivileged children, promoting gender equality and advocating for reform of public education.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our vision is for a Pakistan where every child has access to a quality education which enables moral, spiritual, and intellectual enlightenment.


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: 1. Using formal and alternative methods of education to further increase penetration in the rural and tribal areas and urban slums of Pakistan to create 2M agents of positive change.

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


Goal Two: 2. Engaging with public sector for improving the operational and educational management of government schools through public-private partnerships.

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


Goal Three: 3. Modernizing TCF’s digital literacy curriculum and updating secondary school computer labs by installing 500 AV rooms combined with online educational material in traditional classroom learning.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

TCF invested in the leadership by a) bringing young and dynamic resources expressing commitment and grit into strategic roles, b) on-boarding developed and trained resources from the market augmenting the team to bring more depth and quality to the deliverables, c) at board level, to keep diversity in the age group, young members have been recruited to bring in a fresh perspective, and d) at the chapter level, the chapter engages new chapter members and train them into leadership roles to carry the beacon forward.

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?

Engaging volunteers in almost all major cities, coupled with training and orientation to the cause, TCF-USA has established chapters/bodies to spread its vision and mission across. With persistent, dedication and passion expressed by this voluntary resource pool, TCF-USA has earned the support and commitment from the local communities. These chapters organize events and galas in their respective localities/towns and create opportunities for its potential supporters to understand TCF-USA’s message and help TCF-USA in this journey of educating children of Pakistan.

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.


Globally, 2020 has been a challenging year. The pandemic made physical social interaction extremely difficult. It impacted both, one on one meetings with important donors and large fundraising events with groups of supporters. On the program side, our 1,600+ schools went under lockdown with students having limited access to internet and no ownership of a personal computer. TCF-USA adapted to novel ways of communication our donor and chapters. TCF in Pakistan successfully devised distant learning programs that could be implemented within the existing constraints. TCF-USA had, historically, organized large physical events to communicate our work to the supporters and potential supporters. Audiences are inspired byTCF’s story and come on-board to help the cause. When physical events were no longer a choice, TCF-USA transitioned to virtual events using the STreamYard platform, online peer to peer fundraising campaigns using Classy and Mobile Cause, Feeling Blessed and integrating with Facebook. Virtual events increased our outreach and decreased our fundraising expense. The savings allowed us to move more funds to our education programs. On the program end, TCF used mass communication methods like radio and television programs to reach its students. TCF designed structured and customized programs that were broadcasted to a large audience. These programs served TCF students to continue learning and gained a viewership of 6 million children, thus increasing the outreach. A magazine was created that used stories and word games to make learning fun. When TCF schools reopened, each class section was divided into two batches. Each batch would attend the school thrice a week to enable social distancing. TCF’s alumni in the communities also stepped in to fill in the gap and provided formal tutoring to these students following a need-based curriculum. By following SOPs, TCF moved ahead on its path to continue to create opportunities for the children of Pakistan to learn.

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

Not Currently Scored

The Citizens Foundation, USA 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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