Mission: NW WORKS PROVIDES WORK AND SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS.

Nw Works Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1971, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.nwworks.com

 3085 SHAWNEE DR
Winchester VA 22601-4205



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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: 95% Finance & Accountability 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 Nw Works Inc. is a passing score

This V4 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

82.54%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

14/15 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

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

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

47.81%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



RICH KOZLOW, CHAIRMAN, INTERIM CEO UNTIL 10/07/19

$68,800


DEBERA TAYLOR, CEO, FROM 10/01/19

$31,757


JIM YOUNGBLOOD, SECRETARY

$0


BOB HERNDON III, CHAIR COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE

$0


JOEL STOPHA, TREASURER & CHAIR FINANCE COMMITTEE

$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:

Other school related activities (BMF activity code: 059)

Aid to the handicapped (see also 031) (BMF activity code: 160)

Job training, counseling, or assistance (BMF activity code: 566)


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.


Nw Works Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


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

A major source of our revenue comes from contracts with local businesses, and when business slowed as a result of the pandemic, so did our contract revenue. We received the PPP loan and were able to support most of our staff, but we did suffer financially from the pandemic.


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

We had to close our doors for a few months during the height of the pandemic. This meant adults with disabilities who usually received our services could not - some who are severely immunocompromised have been gone for over a year. Once we were able to rearrange our rooms to allow for social distancing and vaccines became more readily available, we began reintroducing our clients to in-house work. This is a slow process because we need to make sure we have adequate staffing to provide appropriate support for clients.


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

We began offering services virtually to maintain a sense of structure for clients, and introduced work from home options to staff.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We are continuing our virtual job development program and have flexible work from home options. We also introduced pandemic policies to ensure the safety of our staff and clients, which we will rely on in instances of pandemics, epidemics, and the flu to have consistent and coordinated responses to illness in our community.


...   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

Nw Works 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.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Nw Works Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,197,860

Spent in most recent FY

26%

Percent of program expenses


CONTRACTS: NW WORKS EMPLOYS PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ON ABILITYONE CONTRACTS WHICH WERE SECURED FOR THE SOLE INTENT OF EXPANDING EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS SPECIFIC GROUP OF PE ... (More)


$1,194,672

Spent in most recent FY

26%

Percent of program expenses


COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES: PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ANNUALLY FOR MANYINDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES ALONG WITH OTHER BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT. THIS EMPLOYMENT IS DESIGN ... (More)


$975,446

Spent in most recent FY

21%

Percent of program expenses


INTEGRATED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: WORKFORCE DEVELOPERS PROVIDE CAREER FOCUSED SKILL BUILDING, SCREENING, PLACEMENT AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO ENSURE INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABI ... (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 Nw Works 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


Our mission is to empower adults with disabilities and individuals with barriers to employment to build skills and secure and sustain meaningful employment.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We envision a society in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect, where all people are afforded equal opportunities to meet their goals. We will strive to obtain this through informing, educating, and being a resource for those we serve and partner.


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: Successfully transition out of 14c employment to minimum wage and above; as addressed during internal opportunity as part of SWOT.

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


Goal Two: Virtual Job Development for clients.

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


Goal Three: Group Supported Employment growth.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

NW Works annually supports one staff member to participate in the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber Community Leadership Program and we are active members of the Nonprofit Alliance which promotes development opportunities for staff. We encourage and support employees to pursue continuing education opportunities through Lord Fairfax Community College.

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?

Our work revolves around making competitive integrated employment an option for adults with disabilities. To achieve this, we partner with local businesses and companies who employ both adults without disabilities and adults with disabilities. We provide job coaching for our clients in these positions who may need additional support. We also provide community engagement opportunities for our clients to participate in volunteer activities at other nonprofits. We are members of the local Nonprofit Alliance, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, and partners of the Our Health Network. We are active on social media and have a position dedicated to marketing. Lastly, our CEO is on the Board of Directors of Virginia Accses, an agency that amplifies the voices of and advocates for people with disabilities. Another staff member serves on the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber Public Policy Committee to advocate for people with disabilities who may be adversely affected by some policies.

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.


When the pandemic struck, we had to temporarily close our offices, but our services continued. Many of our non-direct support staff began working virtually to allow for social distancing, but our Direct Support Professionals continued offering services to clients like job coaching. As we've returned to service for clients in Day Support Services, we recognized that there were some clients who were at high risk for contracting COVID-19, so we began offering Day Support in a virtual format to offer safe alternatives to clients who could not return physically. The brief hiatus in offering in-person services gave us the opportunity to reflect on our transition out of 14c certificate (sub-minimum wage employment) for adults with disabilities. We now have a course of action to adopt at least minimum wage for all clients, or offer customized employment opportunities.

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 Nw Works Inc. 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?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings or town halls


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

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


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

Our board, Other means


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

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


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

After receiving feedback from stakeholders (clients, guardians of clients, business partners, etc.), we launched a Diversity and Inclusion Committee to ensure we were making those issues a priority, especially since our organization is deeply invested in creating a more inclusive society for people with disabilities. We also are taking steps to update the phone systems in our offices and redesign our website contact form to ensure stakeholders trying to contact our team are able to reach us.



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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