Mission: EDUCATE STUDENTS TO EXPLORE HOW FOOD CHOICES IMPACT OUR HEALTH, THE ENVIRONMENT AND ANIMALS.

Educated Choices Program is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2015, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.ecprogram.org

  1561 GREEN OAK CIR
Lawrenceville GA 30043-5458



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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 Educated Choices Program 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

90.02%

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

5/6 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

Has 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

0.72%

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 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



ANN ROBIN, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

$75,802


MARIA LORENA MUCKE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

$74,966


ASHLEY LAY, FIELD OPERATIONS OFFICER

$55,465


PATRICIA PRIEST PHD, CHAIR

$0


MATTHEW ECKMANN, TREASURER

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

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.


Educated Choices Program reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Staffing


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

While the pandemic did not directly affect our fundraising efforts, it did necessitate the re-allocation of funds towards the development of new delivery methods and outreach efforts in order to continue our work in the rapidly changing landscape.


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

Due to pandemic related school closures and the need to continue to reach students with our important message, our leadership team worked diligently and swiftly to create a virtual experience consisting of professionally narrated versions of our presentations, along with lesson plans offering activities and quizzes for teachers to utilize in their distance learning classrooms. The information shared in the virtual presentations is identical to our in-person versions but with adaptations made to the interactive components. At a time when teachers were challenged with creating online content to engage their students, our new offerings were both appreciated and well received.


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

Utilizing our digital programs, we were able to reach over 400,000 students in the US and Canada alone during COVID shut downs. Feedback was incredibly positive and impact rates remained relatively unchanged.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Going forward, we will offer these new online presentations to areas of the country in which we do not yet have staff educators, which will multiply our efforts and increase our outreach into the future. We are also currently building our global version of the digital presentations to allow for international expansion in the upcoming school years.


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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

Educated Choices Program 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

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Educated Choices Program reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,138,221

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


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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 Educated Choices Program 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


Our mission is to provide science-based education about the impact of food choices, empowering current and future consumers and leaders to help create a healthier, more sustainable food system for all.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our vision is one in which all societies and community members are equipped with the knowledge of how their individual food choices impact health and environmental issues worldwide, leading to improved personal and planetary health.


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: To expand into additional European countries and 5 countries in Latin America within the year with additional international growth planned for the following years.

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


Goal Two: To expand each year into new areas of North America that were previously untouched since we can do so with digital presentations while keeping our cost per student very low.

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


Goal Three: We have partnered with multiple leading health and environmental organizations to expand our digital educational offerings and our reach.

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


Describe an investment in leadership

We recently created a committee called the ARDI (Anti-Racist, Diversity, and Inclusion) to ensure that we maintain an active role in achieving, and strengthening, a just and equitable culture that is anti-racist, diverse, and inclusive. We recognize that this work is essential to supporting all members of our community and that it may only be accomplished by deconstructing the intersecting marginalization of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and disability through critical and ongoing review of current and future standards, policies, and practices within our organization. This committee will organize ongoing training opportunities for our leadership team and staff. By reaffirming our just and equitable culture through the work of the ARDI Committee, ECP will be better situated to both support our current personnel, and to forge a more diverse and inclusive workplace, ensuring adequate representation for our team members and those we serve.

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?

Partnerships with like-minded organizations have brought our expanded college program as well as multiple international expansion projects into reality. We value the importance of joining forces to make bigger impacts. Our founder has been featured as a speaker at the Reducetarian Summit as well as other mission related conferences and has been a guest on multiple podcasts to get the word out about our services and resulting impact. We utilize social channels such as Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to share important organizational updates and to bring awareness to our work.

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.


An online component of our learning program was launched as part of our COVID response. It was imperative that we continued to reach as many students as possible during each school year, even when our educators could not safely be in the classrooms. Our leadership team worked diligently and swiftly during those unprecedented times to create a virtual experience consisting of professionally narrated versions of our presentations, along with lesson plans offering activities and quizzes for teachers to utilize in their distance learning classrooms. The information shared in the virtual presentations is identical to our in-person versions but with adaptations made to the interactive components. At a time when teachers were challenged with creating online content to engage their students, our new offerings were both appreciated and well-received. Utilizing our digital programs, we were able to reach over 400,000 students in the US and Canada alone during COVID shutdowns. Over the past two years, we have learned that not only does our digital education format allow us to adapt to the ever-changing academic world consisting of home-schooling, in-class instruction and hybrid models; it also removes all geographic borders from our work that were previously in place due to lack of personnel and cost of travel to present in remote areas. On top of this, we have found that we can effectively reach more people in more areas, resulting in more positive dietary changes worldwide for a much lower cost per student! This has paved the way for our global future as an organization.

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

Educated Choices Program 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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