Mission: Supporting the global need for providing family planning & reproductive healthcare services. Children by choice, not chance.

MSI US is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1999, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.mariestopes-us.org

 1730 RHODE ISLAND AVE
Washington DC 20036-3101



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

81

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

80

out of 100

The score earned by MSI US 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 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

80

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

97.88%

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

7/8 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

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

12.97%

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



MARJORIE NEWMAN-WILLIAMS, MSI US - PRESIDENT

$280,686


JIM KLEIN, MSI US - EXECUTIVE DIRECTO

$172,128


KIM WOODWARD, MSI US - DIR IND PHILANTHROPY

$158,400


MEGAN BLAKE, MSI US - DIR FDN RELATIONS

$117,806


KIM LUFKIN, MSI US - HEAD US COMMUNICATIONS

$117,806


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:

Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with organizations described in 10 through 16 above.  509(a)(3) (BMF foundation code: 17)


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.


MSI US reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


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

Donations remained strong during the year, with generous donors stepping up to support one-time gifts specifically for PPE needed by our centers. We also applied for and received a PPP loan which helped with our payroll costs.


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

In many countries where we operate there were supply-chain interruptions and forced government closures of our centers because women's reproductive healthcare wasn't classified as essential. Just through July 2020 we estimated that 1.9 million fewer women had been served by MSI’s programs due to COVID-19 related disruptions. We estimated that this would lead to 1.5 million additional unsafe abortions, 900,000 additional unintended pregnancies, and 3,100 additional maternal deaths.


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

In some countries, we were able to get government approval to implement telehealth solutions so that women could continue to receive reproductive health services over the phone. We innovated everywhere, for example, in Uganda, we partnered with a motorcycle delivery service to deliver contraceptives to people who couldn't travel due to lockdowns.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We intend to maintain telehealth services where allowed and will continue to advocate for reproductive health services to be classified as essential health services and to eliminate the over-medicalization of reproductive care.


...   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

MSI US 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



MSI US reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$3,274,946

Spent in most recent FY

6%

Percent of program expenses


ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT TO MARIE STOPES INTERNATIONAL FOR EXPANDING DELIVERY OF GLOBAL FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES: In 2019, MSI United States supported MSI's programs in over 27 countries and contributed ... (More)


$40,225,598

Spent in most recent FY

76%

Percent of program expenses


MSI SUPPORT - EXPANDING DELIVERY OF GLOBAL FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES IN AFRICA: In 2019 MSI strengthened its impact in Africa, particularly in the Sahel, a region with high unmet need for contraception ... (More)


$2,124,585

Spent in most recent FY

4%

Percent of program expenses


MSI SUPPORT - EXPANDING DELIVERY OF GLOBAL FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES IN ASIA: MSI continues to expand access to reproductive health information and services in Asia and works with governments to develo ... (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 MSI US 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


Supporting the global need for providing family planning & reproductive healthcare services. Children by choice, not chance.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


By 2030, no abortion will be unsafe and everyone will have access to contraception.


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: Serve at least 120 million women and girls with voluntary high-quality SRH services, guaranteeing that 80% will be those with the greatest need, adolescents, the poor, those with no other access.

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


Goal Two: Build greater sustainability by generating at least 35% of all MSI program revenue from product sales or service income

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


Goal Three: 100% of the countries where we work will have improved access to SRHR by MSI actively influencing laws, policies and the enabling environment.

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

MSI United States and MSI Reproductive Choices (global organization) both invest in the development of team members in the form of paying for seminars, webinars and other online training programs specific to an individual's role within the organization. Fundraising training for our development officers, training in operations management, business management, quality assurance, for program managers. Everyone in the organization receives anti-fraud and bribery training.

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?

MSI partners with other organizations in the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights sector to advocate for favorable legislation around the world. Our teams work with local leaders to educate communities and influence acceptance of reproductive freedom. In many countries, we train government health care professionals to provide services. We team with organizations inside and outside our sector to develop specific solutions at the local level. Our team members frequently participate in panel discussions and are asked to present at conferences. To raise awareness for our mission and for SRHR in general, we maintain active social media sites on Facebook, Instagram, LInkedIn and Twitter. In addition, we promote our mission through fundraising appeals and awareness-building advertising in targeted media outlets. All of our country programs implement demand generation programs through advertising and social media.

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.


Our providers along with others in the public and private sector worked tirelessly to adapt and innovate so that services stayed open, safely. From the use of effective PPE, to social distancing with clients, leveraging of government partnerships and a shift to remote service delivery models, our programs have rapidly adapted sometimes with only 24 hours’ notice of an impending lockdown to ensure access can be maintained. We moved reproductive health supplies as close as possible to the last mile before transport was restricted. Our response has been tailored and grounded in the local contexts, in line with national government response. In many countries, we have advocated successfully with partners to ensure that contraception, safe abortion and post-abortion care are defined by governments as ‘essential services.' By doubling up with other essential services, such as immunization, food delivery programs, we have continued to deliver SRHR services, whilst maximizing health system resources. In Zimbabwe, MSI’s program integrated family planning into the local immunization program, ensuring rural women could still access services. In Nigeria, we partnered with the Ministry of Health to help 2,600 public health posts remain open and when sexual and reproductive healthcare services were classed as essential, the Ministry of Health granted MSI’s team members free movement between states, ensuring contraception and postabortion care were not side-lined by the COVID-19 response. In Nepal, we played an active role in a coordinated response between government, NGOs and multilateral organizations, to ensure continued access to SRHR services, even in the context of a strict lockdown. As a leading member of the Reproductive Health Sub-Cluster, a group led by the Family Welfare Division and UNFPA, we helped influence the swift approval of ‘Guidelines on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health’, which were then implemented across the country.

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 MSI US 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?

Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes


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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve


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

Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners


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

It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


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

When women were unable to come to centers for services due to Covid-19 closures, we responded by developing programs that allowed women to order contraception through a mobile app and have it delivered.



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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