Mission: Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living on remote and impoveris ... (More)

Partnership With Native Americans is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2015, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.nativepartnership.org

 16415 Addison Road
Suite 200
Addison TX 75001 

  800-416-8102


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Needs Improvement

This charity's score is 79.56, 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

71.9%


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

5.6%


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

22.4%


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

4.8%


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

$0.23


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

0.52 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

-2.45%


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:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

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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Partial

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

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 this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. 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 W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Robbi Rice Dietrich, President, CEO

$190,882 (0.77% 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.


Partnership With Native Americans reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Revenue


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

Tribes recognized us as an essential service during the pandemic. Many new donors supported our COVID relief efforts. Grants also increased significantly, mostly restricted to COVID relief efforts.


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

Some group training went from in-person to online. Many of our tribal program partners organized drive-thru events to safely but reliably distribute our food, water, PPE and other supplies to families.


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

We continued all non-emergency services through adapted delivery approaches. Many staff did telework and reduced travel. Those who did travel to the reservations used PPE and gave PPE to locals as needed.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will continue the online nutrition training program we launched last year. Our new online platform will allow us to offer online leadership training, train new tribal program partners on our services, and more.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
3/1/20212019 79.56
3/1/20202018 81.21
10/1/20192017 77.94
3/1/20182016 76.61
6/1/20172015 73.44
6/1/20162014 72.87
Rating Version: 2.0
12/1/20152014 71.39
7/1/20152013 72.96
5/1/20142012 74.29
5/1/20132011 76.94
3/1/20122010 83.75
2/1/20122010 82.11

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.

9/20/20112009 79.37
Rating Version: 1.0
12/22/20102009 77.05
6/1/20102008 82.24
3/1/20092007 62.94
7/1/20082006 69.97
12/1/20062005 69.68
11/1/20052004 70.06
10/1/20042003 70.48
11/1/20032002 72.62
4/15/20032001 72.68

...   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

Partnership With Native Americans 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



Partnership With Native Americans reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$7,369,165

Spent in most recent FY

43%

Percent of program expenses


HEALTH: PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM: TO SUPPORT PREVENTATIVE CARE AND HEALTH EDUCATION INITIATIVES OF RESERVATION PROGRAMS SERVING TRIBAL MEMBERS, AND TO HELP THEM MOTIVATE INVOLVEMENT IN HEALTHY LIFESTYLE ... (More)


$3,501,437

Spent in most recent FY

20%

Percent of program expenses


EDUCATION SERVICES: PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM: TO INCREASE RESOURCES FOR NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATION, AND SUPPORT ACCESS AND RETENTION OF NATIVE STUDENTS FROM PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH COLLEGE. SITUATION: E ... (More)


$2,028,903

Spent in most recent FY

11%

Percent of program expenses


EMERGENCY SERVICES: PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM: TO PROVIDE DISASTER RELIEF, SEASONAL SUPPORT AND CRITICAL SUPPLIES FOR RESERVATION SHELTERS, AND TO SUPPORT TRIBAL READINESS TO RESPOND WHEN DISASTERS STRIK ... (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 Partnership With Native Americans 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


Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living on remote and impoverished reservations. Collaborating with Tribal partners, PWNA's mission is addressing immediate needs and supporting long-term solutions for Native communities with the highest need in the U.S. The PWNA team is passionate about quality of life for Native Americans and supports the self-determined goals of the tribes. PWNA provides critical supplies like food and water, connects outside resources to the reservations, and supports education, capacity building for emerging leaders and community-led initiatives for sustainable gains. PWNA's programs ( NPRA, SWRA, AIEF, RAR, SNRF, NAA, SWIRC and NRF) support Northern Plains and Southwest reservation aid, education, and animal welfare.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


PWNA's vision is strong, self-sufficient Native American communities. They know the people who live and work on the reservations they serve have the solutions to the challenges they face, PWNA's role is to be a trusted partner and resource lifting up those efforts toward lasting change. PWNA aids 250,000 Native Americans each year and yet there is more to do.


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: Strategically deepen PWNA's reach and collaboration to build sustainability within tribal communities.

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


Goal Two: Develop a plan for the long-term financial viability of PWNA to increase impact within Native communities while maintaining a cost-effective operation.

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


Goal Three: Rebuild internal infrastructure to better support the changing needs of business, programs, and fundraising.

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

PWNA invested in senior team media training to better support public education and presentations, as well as leadership development for their CEO.

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?

PWNA actively engages in thought leadership and public education through presentations, op-eds and media interviews, social media, and training of other organizations interested in working with Indian Country. PWNA provides professional development for emerging tribal community leaders, collaborates with other nonprofits on emergency response, and leads aspects of state- and agency-level policy initiatives to help improve tribal food sovereignty.

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.


First, PWNA groomed their staff on adhering to CDC guidelines and provisioned field staff and delivery vehicles with extra PPE. Next, they communicated closely with tribes to ensure PWNA was aligned to their quickly-changing protocols. The tribes were the first in the U.S. to issue shelter-in-place and mask requirements, as well as security checkpoints for entering their communities. PWNA was proud to be deemed an essential service that could continue its critical deliveries throughout the pandemic. The tribal communities PWNA serves canceled numerous training events. PWNA quickly adapted by launching an online nutrition training program in which Native chefs and food practitioners recorded videos of their planned training sessions. Some events limited to small groups, such as emergency response preparedness planning and training, were continued with PPE in place. The occasional event (such as a youth food summit) was postponed until 2021. Realizing the tribal mandates intended to protect tribal citizens' health also challenged local access to food and water, PWNA quickly established relationships with new food vendors and PPE suppliers and placed bulk orders. Thus, when tribal partners asked for COVID emergency relief, PWNA could deliver food, water and PPE without delay. Many new grants poured in for COVID relief, which PWNA carefully stewarded to their intended purpose, overall providing emergency relief for more than 55,000 Native Americans in 2020. In addition, PWNA continued its regular year-round services to shelters, schools, senior centers, and other tribal programs. This meant adapting their delivery process and the tribal programs adapting community-wide distributions to either drive-thru or home deliveries. This ensured families in need still got vital supplies from PWNA. Even in 2021, some tribes are seeing a resurgence due to the Delta variant. PWNA is monitoring closely for any shutdowns or cancellations and is ready to adapt as needed.

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 Partnership With Native Americans 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?

Paper surveys, Case management notes, Community meetings or town halls, Other means


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

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects


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

The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


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

Other means


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

As a result of client feedback, PWNA launched the Four Directions Development (4D) program, providing leadership training to emerging leaders in Native communities. In turn, the 4D program model was a good model for our train-the-trainer (T3) nutrition program, which we have now 'indigenized' for cultural relevance. We also launched a new emergency preparedness program, a spin-off from emergency response. Our Reservation Animal Rescue (RAR) program was also borne out of insights provided by Native community partners.



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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