Mission: ACQUIRE AND ABOLISH, I.E. FORGIVE, MEDICAL DEBT OWED BY INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING POVERTY OR OTHER HARDSHIP (PLEASE SEE SCHEDULE O FOR A MORE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF  ... (More)

RIP Medical Debt is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2016, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.ripmedicaldebt.org

 80 Theodore Fremd Avenue
Rye NY 10580



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% 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 RIP Medical Debt is a passing score

This V4 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 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

74.98%

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
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

7/9 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
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

6.69%

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

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 include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



CRAIG ANTICO, DIRECTOR & DEPT HEAD - DEBT OPERATIONS

$304,511


CHRISTOPHER SIMMONS, TREASURER

$167,244


HAROLD JERRY ASHTON, DIRECTOR & DEPT HEAD - EDUCATION & OUTREACH

$132,000


DAVID REYNOLDS, DEPT HEAD - INFORMATION SYSTEMS

$88,038


WILLIAM VON MUEFFLING, DIRECTOR & BOARD CHAIR

$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.


RIP Medical Debt reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


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

At the beginning of the pandemic, we created the Helping COVID Heroes Fund. We developed this fund to help the COVID frontline workers who were battling both a deadly virus as well as debilitating medical debt. This initiative resonated with donors because of the spotlight the COVID-19 pandemic placed on the state of healthcare in our country and made 2020 our biggest year to date for our ability to fulfill our mission of abolishing medical debt for the most people possible.


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

We closed our physical office in the spring of 2020 and everyone in the organization has been working from home since. This resulted in quite a few office supplies and other items that were left unclaimed for a long period of time. During this transitional period we had to learn how to complete all of these tasks that we once did in the office, but now from our homes without the same capacity or tools. Many within our organization were already working from home before the beginning of the pandemic and as such we were already doing much of our work from home. As a result, working from home did not create delays for our fundraising or programmatic efforts. We were still able to fulfill our mission and abolish medical debt for thousands of people throughout the nation.


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

Every year we host a summit on the subject of medical debt in our country. In years past these summits have taken place over multiple days in person. We gather experts from across the healthcare industry and have them share their insights and expertise with each other as well as the attendees. This past year’s summit was moved online over the course of two days. Over the internet we were able to reach an even larger audience than if we were to an in-person event, while still delivering instructive and enlightening conversations between leaders in the field. Since we are not currently working out of one centralized office, we have implemented monthly, unstructured Virtual Coffee Breaks for any employees who are free to spend time chatting with one another, catch up and devote a little bit of their day to not work and instead relax. It has become a great way for us as an organization to connect with each other from across the country and still feel connected in a meaningful way.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We plan on keeping our annual summits virtual for the foreseeable future because we can reach a larger audience in the digital space, while still giving our attendees a robust and fulfilling experience learning from our expert panels. Additionally, with the incredible success of our Helping COVID Heroes Fund we are looking at other ways to target groups of individuals that fall outside of our standard method of geographic area.


...   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

RIP Medical Debt 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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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



RIP Medical Debt reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$4,668,837

Spent in most recent FY

88%

Percent of program expenses


MEDICAL DEBT RELIEF: LOCATE, ACQUIRE, AND ABOLISH, I.E. FORGIVE, MEDICAL DEBT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE EXPERIENCING POVERTY, GENERALLY DEFINED AS EARNING 200% OR LESS THAN THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL, OR ... (More)


$386,723

Spent in most recent FY

7%

Percent of program expenses


MEDICAL DEBT RESEARCH: ACQUIRE AND ABOLISH MEDICAL DEBT IN CONNECTION WITH RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY MAJOR UNIVERSITIES INTO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL EFFECTS OF MEDICAL DEBT.


$183,780

Spent in most recent FY

3%

Percent of program expenses


EDUCATION & OUTREACH: CONDUCT CONFERENCES AND PUBLISH WEBSITES, BOOKS, AND ARTICLES TO RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL EFFECTS OF MEDICAL DEBT.


...   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 RIP Medical Debt 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


Medical debt is a uniquely American injustice. It prevents millions from achieving financial stability and subjects them to emotional anguish. Our mission is to end medical debt


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We strive to be a source of justice in an unjust healthcare finance system: Our unique and highly leveraged debt abolishment model combines the generosity of donors with debt industry expertise to produce a high volume of debt relief return, mitigating significant financial and mental distress for millions of people. A unique solution for patient-centered healthcare providers: By partnering with us, health care systems can strengthen individuals and communities by relieving dormant, uncollectible, and damaging bad debts and can identify opportunities to refine their financial assistance programs to better serve their communities. A moral force for systemic change: Our work brings attention to the range of negative impacts of medical debt and a deeper understanding of its causes. These efforts support progress toward a more compassionate, transparent, equitable and affordable healthcare system.


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: Grow our operations by over 50% in the coming year.

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


Goal Two: Develop strategic approach to releasing research findings on the impact of medical debt on economic, mental, and physical wellbeing to capture national audience and bring attention to RIP’s efforts

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Update and improve cyber security and HIPPA compliance policies and procedures. Develop additional policies and procedures to guide decisions and support workflow

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

Earlier this year we took an organization-wide DiSC training and assesment workshop that detalied our personality, work styles, and its impact on workplace culture. This helped us better understand our leadership styles in order to implement what we learned into our work going 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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Every year we host a medical debt summit that gathers experts from the healthcare industry to speak with one another about the problem that is medical debt and possible solutions to this national problem going forward. Additionally we use our social media channels to highlight news stories that discuss the debilitating effects of medical debt and how we at RIP Medical Debt are trying to help stop it.

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.


In order to help combat the unprecedented effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic we set up the Helping COVID Heroes fund last spring. This fund was started as a way to alleviate the burden of medical debt for the frontline workers during the most difficult moments of the pandemic. With the help of our data partners we were able to filter through the job codes and find healthcare professionals as well as other frontline workers with medical debt. Along with help of our donors we were able to abolish forty-six million dollars of medical debt for over 36,000 beneficiaries 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 RIP Medical Debt 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?

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.


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

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.


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

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.


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

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.


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

As part of our program we send letters to beneficiaries to inform them that their medical bill has been abolished and they no longer owe any money. In the past we would rarely hear back from these beneficiaries and increasing response rates was major priority. With feedback from the beneficiaries we did hear from we altered some of the language and design in these letters and since this change we have seen a marked improvement in response rates from the people we serve.



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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