Mission: ZOE EMPOWERS IS A RELIGIOUSLY NON-RESTRICTIVE CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION WITH A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HELPING ORPHANS, FOCUSING ON EMPOWERING ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILD ... (More)

Zoe Empowers is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2013, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  zoeempowers.org

  P.O. Box 28839
Raleigh NC 27611



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

98

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 80% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 10% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Zoe Empowers is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

84.51%

Higher effect on score

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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.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

16/16 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.52%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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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

No Data Available


Key Persons data is currently unavailable for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

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.


Zoe Empowers reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue


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

Zoe Empowers begins two classes of orphaned and vulnerable children in our empowerment program per year and we find donors to partner with those empowerment groups. Because of the lockdowns in the countries in which we operate during the pandemic, we were unable to start a second class of empowerment groups. This led to a reduction in revenue that Zoe Empowers will feel for three years as the donors that partner with those groups make a three year financial commitment. Without the 2020 second class, we do not have those donors and without the donors, we do not have their financial donations. That financial hit should be washed out of the program by 2023.


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

In every country in which we operate, during the last couple of years there have been restrictions on travel and restriction on group sizes. We operate a three year empowerment program where our in country staff travels to the orphaned and vulnerable children with whom we work and provide training and start-up capital and work with the groups on business training etc. That training usually occurs in large groups of from 20 to 100 young people at a time. During the pandemic, on multiple occasions and for long periods of time we were either not allowed to travel or not allowed to gather or both.


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

The staff, once they were able to travel to work with the orphaned youth, were still under the restrictions for group size gatherings. In most of the countries, the group size restriction was no more than 10 people in a group. So the staff adjusted its training regimen to train in smaller groups. This required hiring more staff as that required more training sessions and more travel. This drove up the cost of implementing our program.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We found that the smaller group training was more effective and we plan to keep that for certain parts of the training. Other parts will still be done in larger group sessions.


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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

Zoe Empowers 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.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

Unscored

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Zoe Empowers reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,074,412

Spent in most recent FY

22%

Percent of program expenses


RWANDA THREE YEAR EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM - CHILDREN FROM RWANDA START THE PROGRAM IN DESPERATE PROVERTY AND GRADUATE IN THREE YEARS TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR SIBLINGS. THE PROGRAM HAS AN 85-90% GRA ... (More)


$1,038,932

Spent in most recent FY

21%

Percent of program expenses


KENYA THREE YEAR EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM - CHILDREN FROM KENYA START THE PROGRAM IN DESPERATE POVERTY AND GRADUATE IN THREE YEARS TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR SIBLINGS. THE PROGRAM HAS AN 85-90% GRADUA ... (More)


$752,166

Spent in most recent FY

15%

Percent of program expenses


ZIMBABWE THREE YEAR EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM - CHILDREN FROM ZIMBABWE START THE PROGRAM IN DESPERATE POVERTY AND GRADUATE IN THREE YEARS TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND THEIR SIBLINGS. THE PROGRAM HAS AN 85-90%  ... (More)


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Zoe Empowers 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


We empower orphaned children and vulnerable youth to overcome life threatening poverty, move beyond charity and experience the fullness of life. We accomplish this through a peer-led program in which participants help one another become safe and healthy, skilled for long-term success, and able to lead meaningful lives within a supportive community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Zoe Empowers envisions a world where every child is living within a supportive family and community structure and able to be safe and healthy, skilled for long-term success, and able to lead a meaningful life.


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 the number of orphaned children and vulnerable youth within our existing programs by 30% per year every year for the next decade.

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


Goal Two: Expand into 5 new countries within the next 5 years with each new country starting with at least 10 empowerment groups (approximately 900 total orphaned children) and grow thereafter 30% each year.

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


Goal Three: Have other NGOs, local governments and international government agencies such as USAID and the World Bank recognize and adopt our empowerment model for addressing the crisis of orphaned children.

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

Zoe Empowers, as part of its annual Board of Directors retreat provides training to its staff and Board members on a variety of areas, including protection from pfishing scams, two factor authentication, cyber security, fundraising skills and presentation skills both over Zoom and in person.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Both Board members and Staff actively engage other foundations and NGO's to share best practices and pursue partnerships to attack the global orphaned child crises. This takes the form of one to one personal outreach and marketing efforts through e mail and social media. We also engage in collaboration efforts such as the Skoll World Forum and initiatives from USAID's Children in Adversity whereby we meet virtually and, hopefully in the future, in person to share best practices. The CEO, Board Chair and our COO speak regularly to groups about the effectiveness of empowerment over endless aid.

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 global pandemic affected Zoe in two very different and equally impactful ways. Zoe Empowers has two arms. The US based arm is a fundraising organization that raises money to support the global network of organization that are implementing the empowerment model in 6 African countries and two locations in India. The pandemic initially severely impacted our fundraising efforts causing us to downsize our office footprint and conserve resources. We also applied for and received government loans so we would not have to reduce staff. The impact in the program countries was even more severe. Our program is a time bound empowerment program where over three years we train these young people to care for themselves by teaching them to be safe and healthy, skilled for long term success and help them lead meaningful lives. To accomplish this, the staff needs to be able to organize training, provide start up grants, teach life skills and business skills and horticultural and farming skills and teach child rights, etc. In every country in which we operate, the pandemic caused lockdowns that prevented our staff from reaching the young people to do the training. Once the restrictions began to be lifted, there were still restrictions on how many people could gather. We evolved the program to meet in smaller groups to stay below the maximum group size and we focused more on training the oldest child in the child-led household and equipping them to train the other members of their household. We also hired more social workers since we had many more times the number of training sessions to perform. The young people lost many of their businesses because of the lockdowns so we helped them pivot to other businesses that were less impacted by the lockdowns such as food delivery services for people in the village.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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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

83

out of 100

Zoe Empowers has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

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

  • Constituent Feedback: Not Scored

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 83/100 (100% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

83

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

83/100 points

100% 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.


View this organization's DEI Strategies


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.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. However, it did not respond to one or more survey questions, and therefore is not eligible for a score on this metric. (View our beacon 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.


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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.


Learn more about the methodology.

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. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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