Mission: THE MISSION OF PROJECT GIVING KIDS (PGK) IS TO CULTIVATE EMPATHY IN YOUTH BY LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY AND TARGETED PROGRAMMING TO CONNECT THEM TO MEANINGFUL AND AGE-APP ... (More)

Project Giving Kids is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2012, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.projectgivingkids.org

 1150 WALNUT ST 2ND FLOOR
Newton MA 02461-1229



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Overall Score

Not Currently Scored

Encompass Scores are calculated from one or more Beacon Scores. Currently, we require either a Finance & Accountability Beacon, or an Impact & Results Beacon, to be eligible for an Encompass Score. See below to learn why this organization is not eligible.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Finance & Accountability score. Find out why.

  • This organization is ineligible for a Impact & Results score. Find out why.


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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

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology due to only having 2 years of electronically-filed IRS Form 990 data.


To ensure year-to-year consistency the Encompass Rating System’s Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS 990.
Charity Navigator currently only has 2 years of consecutive e-filed Forms 990 from the IRS for Project Giving Kids under the EIN: 45-5197098.
Before Charity Navigator can evaluate this organization, Project Giving Kids will need to e-file for additional fiscal years.


Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated this organization.


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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

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



ILONA BARSKAYA, DIRECTOR

$0


HEIDI JOHNSON, ASST. CLERK

$0


JEFF KUAN, CLERK

$0


AARON MCDANIEL, VICE PRESIDE

$0


SEEMA OTOYA, TREASURER

$0


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.


Project Giving Kids reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing


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

We were unable to host our annual Create the Change® event in person, which diminished the fundraising potential of the event.


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

We were unable to offer in-person volunteering opportunities, which is the core of what we do. However, we successfully pivoted to virtual volunteering which was a successful program throughout 2020 and 2021. We also were unable to implement our new lesson plans in classrooms as teachers and schools struggled to offer the academic basics, so we delayed launch of those resources until the 2021-22 school year.


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

We pivoted our programs virtually and did our best to support our nonprofit partners that had greater needs during the pandemic.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will continue to offer virtual volunteering as long as it is in demand, and we have shifted our programs to a nationally replicable model versus focusing on just our three initial markets.


...   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

Project Giving Kids 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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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Project Giving Kids reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$166,058

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


OPERATION OF OUR WEBSITE, AS WELL AS SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS AND MOBILE APP, TO PROMOTE SERVICE AND OUR GROWING LIST OF NON-PROFIT PARTNERS IN BOSTON, LOS ANGELES, AND THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. DURING ... (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 Project Giving Kids 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 mission of Project Giving Kids (PGK) is to connect youth to meaningful and age-appropriate service to help those in need while cultivating empathy and lifelong community leadership.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We envision a more compassionate world, and believe that encouraging and making it easier for kids, teens, and families to engage in volunteer service builds empathy, communication, and teamwork.


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: Expanded Footprint - programmatic presence beyond the three original markets, and nationally through affiliation with programmatic partners

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


Goal Two: Integrated Systems - centralized database and systems to provide 360° constituent view and coordinated management of constituent journeys

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


Goal Three: Choice Programming - standardized, templated programs for efficient replication; distinction (with cohesion) between program offerings by audience

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


What has gotten in the way of your oganization pursuing this investment?

We are a small organization with only one full time staff person (Executive Director) and a few part-time staff members. With limited resources, we do not have the capacity for investment in structured leadership development beyond regular review and assessment.

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?

Because of our business model, we partner with over 150 nonprofits across the country and are consistently presenting to nonprofit organizations and others in the field with regard to youth volunteerism and engagement. We also work with schools and youth organizations to support volunteerism and leadership development. Finally, we have 10 cause areas under which each of our volunteer opportunities are housed and we advocate and spread awareness in each on our social media and newsletters, and also offer educational curriculum and resources on our website and to partners.

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.


PGK invested in its first Executive Director during the last year to mitigate changes and support the sustainability of the organization beyond this time period. While we had staffing changes (COVID leave, and two members exiting for full-time opportunities) we adapted roles and responsibilities and created a 3-year Strategic Plan for execution. We pivoted our programs online for virtual execution which successfully expanded our nonprofit to new markets across the country.

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 Project Giving Kids 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.), Community meetings or town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees


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 board, Our funders, Our community partners


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

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don't have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


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

We are adding in Social Justice and Arts & Culture pillars to our 8 existing cause areas, to allow us to identify nonprofit partners that children, youth, and families can volunteer within those cause areas - this recommendation was brought to us by our Youth Advisory Council. We also created the Give Back Hour program, a twice-monthly virtual volunteer hour, in response to the success of virtual volunteering in 2020 and to allow for more equity in participation from our volunteers.



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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