Mission: TO INITIATE AND DEVELOP RELIEF AND CARE PROJECTS TO ASSIST AND MINISTER TO THE WORLD'S POOR.

Word Made Flesh Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1995, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.wordmadeflesh.org

 PO BOX 70
Wilmore KY 40390-0070



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

79

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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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

77

out of 100

The score earned by Word Made Flesh 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 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

77

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

79.81%

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

10/10 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

0.42%

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

Missing

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

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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



CLINT BALDWIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$55,480


NATHAN BROWN, TRUSTEE

$0


GIL LIU, TRUSTEE

$0


JARED KENNA LANDRETH, TREASURER

$0


ASHLEY BROWN, SECRETARY

$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:

Mission (BMF activity code: 005)


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.


Word Made Flesh Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


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

Although a few donors were no longer able to contribute to Word Made Flesh due to the loss of income during COVID-19, our overall donations sustained their pre-pandemic levels.


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

Most of our programs include personal support through education, counseling, meals, etc. Because of lockdowns we had to suspend most programs.


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

We adapted our in-person support programs to focus on relief for those who could no longer go to school or go to work (day laborers), helping provide staple foods and other basic living support. We also were forced to cancel our in-person annual Gala and adapted to an online virtual event.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will maintain remote tutoring with volunteers; remote volunteering for the international office; and include the virtual Gala along with the in-person event.


...   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

Word Made Flesh 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



Word Made Flesh Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$970,657

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


PROVIDED HOMES FOR CHILDREN, MEDICAL CARE, NOURISHMENT, LOVE AND/OR SHELTER FOR ABUSED OR ABANDONED STREET CHILDREN, ELDERLY WOMEN AND ABUSED/EXPLOITED WOMEN.


...   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 Word Made Flesh 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


TO INITIATE AND DEVELOP RELIEF AND CARE PROJECTS TO ASSIST AND MINISTER TO THE WORLD'S POOR.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Through friendship, development, and advocacy, Word Made Flesh International is called to establish worshiping communities that serve Jesus among people experiencing extreme poverty and exploitation worldwide.


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: Support over 10 expatriate staff and 130 indigenous staff to effectively serve those who are extremely vulnerable through administration, advocacy, and physical, emotional, and spiritual care.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Two: Recruit and send individuals and teams that can become long-term staff and supporters.

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


Goal Three: Develop organizational structures that sustain and increase our capacity to fulfill our mission.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

We have supported the training of senior staff in resilient service with the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. We facilitate weekly discussions for all international staff and interns about our missional culture and objectives. We support senior staff in PhD coursework on international development.

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

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We establish collaboration agreements with institutions that share our objectives. We participate in a network of organizations with similar methodologies in recruiting, advocacy, and shared learning. We actively create awareness through social media, email, and a quarterly journal publication. We organize a quarterly event to raise awareness about poverty issues.

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.


Although many expat staff from other organizations left their countries of service, almost all of WMF's staff remained. Because of the long-term shutdowns, we could no longer continue our personal services. So, we quickly shifted to help meet the pressing needs of children who could no longer go to school and of families who could no longer earn daily income. In Brazil, we distributed PPE and visited vulnerable mothers in their homes. In Bolivia, we provided 1,000 biohazard suits and 700 facemasks (produced by our small confectionary business) to the local police department. In Peru, we provided essential food supplies to 730+ vulnerable children and adults and delivered 6,300+ cooked breakfasts to children and elderly for 3 months. In Malawi, we provided 30 students with radios for audio learning, while continuing care for 50 children in an orphanage. In Burundi, we installed handwashing stations, distributed soap, provided educational material on the virus to combat misinformation, and held a workshop on health and safety. In Sierra Leone, we provided 150+ people with 4 months of food, continued to support 100+ students with weekly meals and school fees, installed 50 handwashing stations in a slum, and provided 8+ sensitization sessions. In Rwanda, we provided 40+ households with 8 weeks of food relief and continued our work in developing a confectionary business. In Romania, we created outdoor tutoring programs, provided 200+ packages of food staples and hygiene products, and provided 12 new electronic tablets for pupils to do schoolwork at home. In Moldova, we provided one family suffering domestic abuse with a safe home, distributed 2 tons of dried goods and 1 ton of vegetables, helped 4 families to financially remain in their homes, and helped 2 women complete vocational training. On the Navajo Nation, we supported an indigenous project to provide water to the most vulnerable.

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

Not Currently Scored

Word Made Flesh Inc. is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is not collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


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

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

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

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

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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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