Mission: TO END BULLYING, RACISM AND MISOGYNY IN SCHOOLS

Pop Culture Hero Coalition Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2015, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  URL not available

  12400 VENTURA BLVD
Studio City CA 91604-2406


 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 As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Pop Culture Hero Coalition Inc. is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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

88

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 80% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 10% 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

85

out of 100

The score earned by Pop Culture Hero Coalition Inc. 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 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

85

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

100.00%

Higher effect on score

More data  


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 review needed due to small charity size

No 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

0.00%

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

Missing

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



CHASE, MASTERSON

$0


CARRIE, GOLDMAN

$0


ANGELO, ALCID

$0


ANDREA, LETAMENDI

$0


BILL, PUTNAM

$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 that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


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.


Pop Culture Hero Coalition Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Balance Sheet


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

Donations to the Coalition declined by 45%. We received the PPP and were able to pay our contractors limited fees. We have accomplished widespread work with extremely limited resources, and we need donations in order to continue this crucial work.


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

The Coalition works for children’s and teens mental health in schools and community events via our Heroic Journey Curriculum. Our work was entirely shut down in March 2020. However, we regrouped — please see below!


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

We pivoted our Curriculum to create The Heroic Journey at Home: Mental Health During COVID-19, which provides free resources to children, teens & parents affected by the pandemic. These mental health tools are available - free of charge - on our website in English, Spanish, German & Italian. YMCA of the USA then enlisted The Heroic Journey as their sole Mental Health / Social Emotional Learning program for children, teens, and parents nationwide. We also created 2 sets of LGBTQ support tools. • Lights…Camera…IDENTITY! Never Alone is an original mental health support comic book. Through a Partnership with CenterLink, we have given 8000 copies — free of charge — through LGBTQ Centers nationwide. • Our Chief Psychologist has created a series of support tools & videos — available free of charge on our site. We also Partnered with Communities in Schools (the US’ largest dropout prevention program) to provide free mental health programs to schools that cannot otherwise afford this work.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We are continuing to provide these 5 crucial mental health programs and tools, detailed above: • The Heroic Journey at Home: Free Mental Health Resources for Children, Teens, and Parents — free of charge. • The Heroic Journey Curriculum: Mental Health through YMCA of the USA, nationwide. • Lights…Camera…Identity! Never Alone, our support comic book for LGBTQIA youth, nationwide — free of charge. • Never Alone LGBTQIA Support Tools available on our site — free of charge. • The Heroic Journey Curriculum — free of charge — to Communities in Schools, the nation’s largest dropout prevention program.


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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

Pop Culture Hero Coalition Inc. cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

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

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Additional Information

Unscored

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Pop Culture Hero Coalition Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$89,574

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


IN 2017 POP CULTURE HERO COALITION CREATED AND IMPLEMENTED BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAMMING THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING SAN DIEGO, NY, LOS ANGELES, LAS VEGAS, CHICAGO, ANAHEIM, AND SAN JOSE ... (More)


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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 Pop Culture Hero Coalition Inc. 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


With The Heroic Journey Curriculum, the Coalition’s mission is to teach evidence-based mental health skills, and to end bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQIA-bullying and cyber-bullying in schools. We provide this work to underserved schools and communities that cannot otherwise afford this work. Topics include: • Violence prevention
•  Emotion management: navigating depression, anxiety, loneliness, fear, shame, self-doubt
•  Empathy
•  Resilience
•  How to seek help
•  Responding to bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQI+bullying, and inequity
•  Ending implicit bias
•  Becoming allies for targets
•  Nonviolent conflict resolution
•  Restorative practices
•  Healthy personal identity
•  Addressing emotional pain that leads to risk behaviors such as self-harm & addiction


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We aspire to achieve free, accessible, and relatable mental health tools for every child or teen in need.


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: Our goal is to distribute The Heroic Journey Curriculum to as many K-12 schools as possible, providing free mental health tools to children, teens, and parents.

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


Goal Two: To expand The Heroic Journey Curriculum to address challenges in the lives of BIPOC children & teens. This includes making wise choices re substance abuse, police presence, peer pressure and violence.

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


Goal Three: To distribute our work for LGBTQIA youth mental health, including our identity support comic book and resilience and ally-ship support tools, which are free of charge on our site.

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

We applied for and received a two-year Gates Foundation Scholarship to a Network for Good program, which supports nonprofit leaders in learning key tools such as program efficacy, research, storytelling, social media outreach, fundraising, capacity-building, and growing to scale. We enlisted psychologists — including Dr. Rheeda Walker, acclaimed author of The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, and Dr. Janina Scarlet, author of Superhero Therapy — to do webinars for the leaders of our program. They taught on crucial subjects, such as resilience during COVID, as well as a Sensitive Topic Training, which provides tools and resources for teachers of children and teens in various forms of trauma, including those suffering from bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBGQIA-bullying, cyber bullying, grief, and abuse. We Partnered with Harvard Professor Michael Rich & the Boston Children’s Hospital Digital Wellness Lab to provide tools for our team to address cyber bullying & digital wellness.

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?

Partners include • YMCA of the USA • Boston Children’s Hospital Digital Wellness Lab • NOH8 Campaign • CenterLink We provide free work to Blue Dragon, a nonprofit rescuing kids from trafficking We presented this free, online panel featured in Forbes, along with +40 other panels since 2013: www.forbes.com/sites/chrisstrub/2021/03/23/jameela-jamil-joe-gatto-to-join-experts-for-virtual-mental-health-roundtable/?sh=3c75c5873920 We raise awareness daily on social media & press: • “Unprecedented Coalition is providing free tools to combat depression, anxiety, loneliness, addiction, suicide, and bullying” www.thriveglobal.com/stories/silent-pandemic-ymca-partners-with-pop-culture-hero-coalition-mental-wellness • “For caregivers, teachers, and schools, Pop Culture Hero Coalition is the coolest non-profit on the planet.“ www.fatherly.com/play/bully-prevention-pop-culture-hero-coalition • “Pop Culture Hero Coalition is turning fantasy into the real world, with justice & heroism.” CBS News

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.


The Coalition’s work for mental health in schools and events shut down in March 2020, leaving our outreach at a standstill — during a time when mental health tools are more crucial than ever. Children, teens, and parents without access to mental health care were in dire need of crucial, accessible, coping skills related to depression, anxiety, loneliness, fear, addiction, and isolation. Immediately, we enlisted our psychologists and educators to adapt a portion of The Heroic Journey Curriculum for use in homes. Within one month, we had this special edition, including pandemic-related coping tools, available on our website - free of charge - in English, Spanish, German & Italian. These coping skills and exercises include fun, relatable tools and exercises for children and teens, as well as videos for parents. Please see https://www.popculturehero.org/the-heroic-journey-at-home. YMCA of the USA saw this and enlisted us to adapt The Heroic Journey for their children in daycare — primarily children of health care heroes and first responders — and they made it available to 73 locations nationwide. This program includes 32 lesson plans with videos for children & parents, along with activities that teach mental health via sports, art, personal workbook, and interactive activities. Also - knowing the high rate of suicide attempts and mental health struggles of many LGBTQIA kids, as well as the fact that fewer than 30% have support at home - we created the 1st mental health support comic book for LGBTQIA youth, “Lights…Camera…Identity! Never Alone. We have given away 8000 copies of this resource via Centers nationwide. Our Chief Psychologist has created a corresponding set of relatable tools, worksheets & videos, teaching Resilience, Crisis Management, Building Systems of Support, Becoming an Ally, Self-Acceptance, and Boundary-Setting. Despite massive challenges, the Coalition’s work is powerfully impacting the lives of countless children, teens, and parents.

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

Pop Culture Hero Coalition Inc. has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

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

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 14 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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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

30% 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.


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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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