Mission: TO EDUCATE COMMUNITIES ABOUT ISSUES AND CONCERNS SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH, PROMOTING OPEN, JUDGEMENT-FREE DIALOGUE.

The Quell Foundation 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.thequellfoundation.org

  28 HIGHWOOD LN
East Falmouth MA 02536-7914


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for The Quell Foundation is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

78

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 35% Finance & Accountability, 50% Impact & Results, 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

74

out of 100

The score earned by The Quell Foundation is a failing 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 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

74

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

92.63%

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

6/6 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

No Audit/Review

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

45.20%

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

Missing

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

Missing

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 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



KEVIN M LYNCH, PRESIDENT, T

$0


MICHAEL BROWN, CLERK

$0


JOHN STANLEY, DIRECTOR

$0


CARRAH KALAT, DIRECTOR

$0


ROBERT REBAK, DIRECTOR

$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.


The Quell Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


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

The Quell Foundation hosts the Masquerade Ball every year to acquire funds for its various programs such as our First Responder Training program, documentary series, and scholarship program. Due to COVID-19, however, The Quell Foundation transformed our Masquerade Ball into a virtual event. Although the Ball was a huge success that promoted our programs and hosted inspiring speakers, The Quell Foundation raised a substantially less amount of funds than we usually raise from our in-person events.


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

Because our fundraising abilities were restricted, we were forced to give scholarships to a smaller number of students. After we recover from the pandemic, however, we will be sure to open up our scholarship program to as many students as we can possibly reach.


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

We hosted our documentary screenings online, had virtual events such as a virtual Masquerade Ball and virtual Falmouth road race, and created new virtual programs such as our career mentor program to support our current and alumni scholarship recipients.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Our new career mentor program has been widely popular among our scholarship recipients and we intend to keep it as a way to support our recipients in their academic and professional goals.


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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

75

out of 100

The Quell Foundation is cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$1,700 increases income for a scholarship recipient by $1,600.



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Impact & Results Report

75

of 100 points


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Quell Scholars

Activities

The nonprofit grants scholarships to beneficiaries.

Program Type

Postsecondary Scholarships

Beneficiaries Served

Program Geography

Time Period of Data

1/1/20 to 12/31/20


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Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

Increase in income for a scholarship recipient


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


Output data collected during the program. The nonprofit submitted data on the dollar value of all scholarships it grants and the number of scholarship recipients, which we use to calculate the additional income that the nonprofit's scholarship program generates.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We estimate the increase in income caused by a nonprofit's scholarship program in two steps. First, we compare the estimated postsecondary graduation rate of its scholars to that of comparable students who did not receive a scholarship (the “counterfactual”). Our estimates are drawn from rigorous social science studies of similar scholarship programs. The result is the number of scholars whose graduation was caused by the nonprofit. Second, we compare the earnings of graduates to non-graduates based on publicly available census data, matching on student demographic characteristics. We apply the earnings boost owing to a degree to those scholars whose graduation was caused by the nonprofit. Both steps are necessary to properly net out counterfactual successes from observed successes. Otherwise, we would be attributing changes (increase in graduation rate and increase in earnings) to the nonprofit when they would have happened anyway. Few nonprofits estimate the counterfactual themselves, so we construct our own counterfactual estimate based on research and publicly available data.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.


Cost Calculation

$335,250 program costs + $7,237 partner costs + $7,237 beneficiary costs = $349,724 total costs


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$349,724 total costs / $335,250 additional income = roughly $1,700 increases income for a scholarship recipient by $1,600.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of postsecondary scholarship programs are based on income generated relative to cost. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they increase income for a recipient by more than $1.50 for every $1 spent and a score of 75 if income increases by more than $0.85 for every $1 spent. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Cost-effective

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2022 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.

Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



The Quell Foundation reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$938,147

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


TO EDUCATE COMMUNITIES ABOUT ISSUES AND CONCERNS SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH, PROMOTING OPEN, JUDGEMENT-FREE DIALOGUE.


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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 The Quell Foundation 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 Quell Foundation strives to reduce the number of suicides, overdoses and the incarceration of people with mental health illness. We accomplish this by encouraging people to share their stories, increasing access to mental health services, providing a pipeline of future mental health care professionals with scholarships, and training first responders to recognize mental health crisis warning signs amongst their own.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


To be a nationally acclaimed Mental Health organization known for turning advocacy into statistical change, through its prestigious scholarship program and educational documentary series.


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: Every year, Quell increases its number of scholarships awarded to students studying mental health to address the gap in mental healthcare in the United States.

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


Goal Two: The Quell Foundation is creating a mental health training program for first responders that provides tools to reduce burnout and de-stigmatizes mental health issues of first responders.

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


Goal Three: Quell continues to grow its documentary screenings to advance our mission to de-stigmatize mental health issues among vulnerable populations such as adolescents, first responders, and athletes.

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

The Quell Foundation leadership is made up of three boards designed to support advocacy, awareness, and education. Quell recently added new students to our Junior Board of Directors, made up of current and past scholarship recipients, to grow our student-run programs such as our peer-to-peer mentor program. The Executive Advisory Board and Board of Directors continues to advise Quell leadership on new and continued strategies to advance our mission in shattering the stigma surrounding mental health illness.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The Quell Foundation has partnered with the University of Washington to fund the implementation of a residency program to deliver integrative care to populations of historically underserved communities. The Quell Foundation also partnered with Hartford Healthcare to create our career mentor program to support our Bridge the Gap scholarship recipients, in which students receive career support, advice, and opportunities from experienced clinicians in the healthcare field. The Quell foundation promotes its programs and initiatives through social media, press releases, and on our website. The Foundation encourages the participation of our “I Am” campaign in which participants share their story on social media to reduce the stigma of mental illness. The Quell Foundation promotes its awareness initiatives at conferences such as the 2020 Mental Health America Conference in which The Foundation hosted a screening of our Lift the Mask: Portraits of Life with Mental Illness documentary.

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.


Quell has adapted to external changes such as the COVID-19 pandemic in the last year by implementing programs based on the needs of vulnerable populations such as students, first responders, and frontline professionals. To support students who did not receive an in-person graduation ceremony, The Quell Foundation hosted a virtual Music Festival celebrating the graduating Class of 2020. Kevin Lynch, Quell’s Founder and CEO, explained that “We want Quell’s scholarship recipients, along with all graduates across the country, to know we are proud of them and their accomplishments. We applaud the many years of hard work and commitment made towards advancing their education.” The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a huge drain on the frontline worker community, resulting in mental health issues, fatigue, and burnout. To combat this nationwide epidemic, The Quell Foundation is implementing its First Responder Mental Health Training Program to address first responder burnout. The Quell Foundation will implement current and retired first responders to implement training sessions to first responder communities throughout the United States, especially in areas where mental healthcare access is lacking. Coupled with this training, The Quell Foundation will offer free therapy sessions for first responders struggling with symptoms of burnout. Along with high rates of depression, anxiety, and risk for suicide, frontline professionals including doctors, nurses, medical staff, and first responders are experiencing an unparalleled declined in mental health. The Quell Foundation recently released a podcast that allows healthcare workers to discuss the compounding psychological and physical trauma associated with continual exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic. In each episode, mental health professionals engage with our guests to provide advice on how they might practice self-help and coping skills while they continue to work on the front lines of this pandemic.

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

100

out of 100

The Quell Foundation has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) (see report below).

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

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (100% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Not Scored


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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

100/100 points

100% 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.


View this organization's Constituent Feedback Practices




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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