Mission: Dignity Freedom Network is a group of passionate people who believe that every life is worth fighting for. Together, we rescue and protect those society wants to ignore.

DFN rescues India's most vulnerable people from the devastating chains of human trafficking, poverty, and discrimination. Often, those most at-risk of exploitation are women and children. Our team goes into the most difficult places to help them reclaim their dignity, rewrite their stories, and restore their hope.

DFN works with a team of local partners on the ground in India. We've been working for freedom and justice for over 20 years. We know how to lift up and empower those in danger of trafficking, child labor, and abuse.

We work in four initiatives that bring holistic healing to children, families, and communities: Trafficking Prevention and Rescue, Education, Health Care, and Skill Training.

We serve every person with the hope that their tomorrow will be better than today.


Dignity Freedom Network is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2003, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.dfnusa.org

  16432 North Midland Boulevard, #47
Nampa ID 83687 

  757-233-9110


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Dignity Freedom Network is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Needs Improvement

This charity's score is 71.48, earning it a 2-Star rating. Charity Navigator believes donors can "Give with Confidence" to charities with 3- and 4-Star ratings.

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

70.0%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

10.7%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

19.2%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

30.7%


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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

$0.18


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Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.34 years


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Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

5.61%


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Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


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Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
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  • 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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Policies


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  • 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.

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Transparency


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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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Jacque Cork, Executive Director

$90,016 (4.67% of Total Expenses)


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

Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

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.


Dignity Freedom Network reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Fundraising Capacity


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

We were unable to hold child sponsorship events which is a significant part of our fundraising every year. These events help us grow our income, they also replace attrition in our sponsorship program. In addition to regular attrition, we lost funding due to loss of jobs for our regular sponsors. We did receive a PPE loan, so we were able to cover administrative costs without sacrificing programming in India.


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

Schools in India were shut down for most of the year. We were able to provide learning packets to younger students. We also shifted to lessons being taught virtually, mostly through WhatsApp. This was very challenging for our students. Most of them have only one small phone in their family. Many had to borrow a neighbor's phone to watch their teacher and then submit their assignments. As of 10/1/21, most upper schools have reopened. This is excellent news! Elementary and middle schools are still waiting for the government to allow them to meet. These students are still learning virtually through Whats App and take-home packets when technology is not available. It is very challenging for teachers and students working in low-income and remote communities. These children are not moving forward in their education, but they are at least maintaining. The goal is to stay connected so they can return to school as soon as the lockdowns are lifted.


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

We adapted in three significant ways: First, we shifted to virtual learning. Our students found this very challenging. However, because our teachers were able to stay involved in their lives, we were able to help families who were without food and at risk of homelessness. Second, we made major changes to our health care initiatives. We established 28 virtual clinics and 6 COVID centers. We also opened a Critical Care COVID Clinic that provided oxygen and 24-hour care to severely ill patients. Third, we became a major distributor of 30-day food kits. With our system of schools in remote and vulnerable communities, the government partnered with us to distribute more than 3.5M meals. Finally, with over 130 Community Health Workers, we reached more than one million people in more than 600 villages. We provided access to healthcare, education on how the virus spreads, and the importance of hygiene. We also provided COVID care kits so patients can manage their symptoms at home.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will continue to expand our healthcare system. The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of India's healthcare. We plan to have 50 virtual clinics by the end of 2021. All of these are in rural and marginalized communities. We will also continue to expand the reach of Community Health Workers. They helped rescue 850 girls from trafficking and stopped 121 child marriages. This team is essential to keeping the young girls of India safe.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
8/3/20212019 71.48
9/1/20202018 75.77
7/1/20192017 79.49
6/1/20182016 80.83
4/1/20172015 75.08
11/1/20162014 74.63
6/1/20162014 82.08

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.

Rating Version: 2.0
3/1/20162014 74.99
5/1/20152013 84.89
10/1/20132012 91.11
12/20/20122011 83.27
2/1/20122010 91.68
9/20/20112009 90.92
Rating Version: 1.0
12/22/20102009 93.38
10/1/20092008 91.48
10/1/20082007 91.56

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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

Dignity Freedom Network 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.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Dignity Freedom Network reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$974,147

Spent in most recent FY

79%

Percent of program expenses


Education


$245,420

Spent in most recent FY

20%

Percent of program expenses


Building


$5,200

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


Humanitarian


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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 Dignity Freedom Network 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


DFN rescues India's most vulnerable people from the devastating chains of human trafficking, poverty, and discrimination. Our team goes into the most difficult places to help them reclaim their dignity, rewrite their stories, and restore their hope. DFN works with a team of local partners on the ground in India. We've been working for freedom and justice for over 20 years. We know how to lift up and empower those in danger of trafficking, child labor, and abuse. We work in four initiatives that bring holistic healing to children, families, and communities: Trafficking Prevention and Rescue, Education, Health Care, and Skill Training. Dignity Freedom Network is a group of passionate people who believe that every life is worth fighting for. We serve every person with the hope that their tomorrow will be better than today.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We work to see an India without discrimination, where education is free and equal for all, where trafficking is eliminated and all people are treated with dignity regardless of where they are born, the color of their skin, or who their parents are.


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: Expand Healthcare Access -- Double the number of virtual healthcare clinics and convert the COVID Clinic into a long-term hospital.

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


Goal Two: Increase Community Impact: Scale the number of Community Health Workers up to 250 and work with local governments to protect vulnerable girls from trafficking.

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


Goal Three: Provide millions of meals across the country.

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

We encourage our staff to participate in webinars that fit their area of interest and expertise. We attended two virtual conferences this year. We also encourage our staff to purchase one book a month for enrichment.

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

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We partner with local churches to host events and to raise support for specific campaigns. Our ED is part of a faith-based non-profit community that meets twice a year. She was the host for the meeting last Fall. This community shares goals and works together on issues they all face. Our staff is proud of the work we do. They share their passion with their personal network, both on social media platforms and through personal relationships.

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.


At DFN, we learned how to host a better zoom meeting, wrote more notes, made more personal phone calls, and scrutinized every piece of marketing to make sure our message spoke to the temperature in our culture regarding the pandemic, racism, and even the election cycle. The first major shift involved our Spring Appeal. Every detail was set and the appeal was about to go to print when the world shut down. We stopped the press and re-worked our appeal to focus on COVID Relief. We didn't want to be tone-deaf to the dire circumstances those in the US were facing and those in India. Our supporters were very generous. We raised significantly more than we usually do in a Spring Campaign. Second, we hosted our first-ever virtual gala to replace all of the in-person events we lost. We raised over $204,000 in one night! We hosted a more informal spring event which helped us raised $95,000 for education. It's been a year of listening and of carefully crafting a message of urgency and hope. We look back and are thankful for a collaborative team willing to think creatively and intentionally. And yes, we're hosting another gala!

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Jacque Cork

Executive Director

Ken Heulitt

Chairman

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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

88

out of 100

Dignity Freedom Network 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: 83/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

88

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

83/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 83 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 4 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


We've partnered with 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.


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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