Mission: SafeSpace offers victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create an independent life, free from violence. We are the only Certified domestic violence Center saving lives 24/7 and preventing domestic violence throughout the Treasure Coast. We serve victims of domestic violence in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties in Florida. In addition to a 60-bed Emergency Shelter in Martin County, and a 19-bed Emergency Shelter in Indian River County projected open in 2022.
In addition to emergency shelters, we offer an extensive array of other programs and services, including legal assistance, financial literacy training, emotional and mental health counseling, advocacy, community outreach, and prevention education.

SafeSpace is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1980, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://safespacefl.org/

 612 SE Dixie Highway
Stuart FL 34994 

  772-223-2399


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Exceptional

This charity's score is 96.66, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

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

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

90.1%


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. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

3.5%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

6.2%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

16.1%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.08


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

1.20 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

13.25%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

None Reported


Key Persons salary data is currently unavailable for this organization.


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

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:

Rescue and emergency service (BMF activity code: 158)


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.


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

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue


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

Our efforts to meet the increased needs of DV survivors, while keeping COVID infections at bay have resulted in the acquiring of PPE, social distancing signage, and other COVID related items that were not one of our pre-pandemic budget line items. The increase in expenses has been coupled with reductions in award amounts from a number of funders. During the period of March-October 2020, funding reductions have reached as high as 67% from our fundraising efforts, and a staggering 74% reduction in donations, representing $251,374 in decreased revenues. The compound effect of these two challenges has impacted SafeSpace since early 2020, and has made the organization’s commercial leases an area of concern.


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

. In many cases, the response to the pandemic has been almost as crippling for businesses and non-profits as the illness has been to the general public. The clients SafeSpace services are being further distanced from their families, social circles, and support groups during the pandemic. COVID-19 has placed victims at increased risk for more abuse and mistreatment from their domestic partners, by creating sustained periods of surveillance due to their partner’s unemployment or virtual working environments from the home. These circumstances have contributed to the increased rate of incidences and a corresponding increase in the need for SafeSpace’s services.


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

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is having an ongoing adverse financial impact on the entire SafeSpace organization, and to-date we are continually working to navigate our COVID-19 related financial hardships, including implementing virtual and online strategies for fund raising initiatives, and expanding our grants procurement efforts.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a layered impact on SafeSpace and has created unexpected challenges in the areas of Finance and Operations. We have taken all the necessary steps and followed the recommended guidelines to keep our staff and clients safe. We have been met with social distancing requirements, the closure of businesses and schools, and an economic shutdown, which have all amplified the impact of COVID-19. We have maintained our grants procurement process since the COVID-19 Shut-Downs decreased our Fundraising initiatives. Grant-seeking has proven to be a fruitful endeavor.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
8/3/20212020 96.66
2/1/20212019 92.22
4/1/20202018 92.22

...   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

SafeSpace 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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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



SafeSpace reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,951,575

Spent in most recent FY

69%

Percent of program expenses


OPERATING AN EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THE SHELTERS PROVIDES ROOMS FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AND BABIES, KITCHENS, PLAYROOMS, MEETING ROOMS, AND FACILITIES FOR SAFEGUARDING  ... (More)


$403,222

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


OUTREACH AND ADVOACY FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. COURT ADVOCACY IS ALSO PROVIDED TO ASSIST WITH THE PROCESS OF OBTAINING AN INJUNCTION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY A BAR CERTIFIED ... (More)


$96,184

Spent in most recent FY

3%

Percent of program expenses


SUPPORTIVE LIVING IS A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES LONGER-TERM HOUSING FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SINGLE SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HAVE NOT HAD A SAFE PLACE TO GO TO IN OUR THREE-COUNTY AREA. WH ... (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 SafeSpace is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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


SafeSpace offers victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create an independent life, free from violence. We are the only Certified domestic violence Center saving lives 24/7 and preventing domestic violence throughout the Treasure Coast. We serve victims of domestic violence in Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties in Florida. In addition to a 60-bed Emergency Shelter in Martin County, and a 19-bed Emergency Shelter in Indian River County projected open in 2022.<br>In addition to emergency shelters, we offer an extensive array of other programs and services, including legal assistance, financial literacy training, emotional and mental health counseling, advocacy, community outreach, and prevention education.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


SafeSpace envisions communities unified in achieving freedom from domestic violence.


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 first goal is to begin presentations of our 8 week YOUR program in the community’s non-public schools. This could include private schools, co-op schools, and charter schools in our service area.

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


Goal Two: Develop and maintain a level of community awareness that fosters a climate of support for victims and survivors of abuse, enabling them to have alternatives to living with violence.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Three: Grow and develop our Pledge Programs to promote the sustainability of SafeSpace's future financial strength and continued service excellence to victims of domestic violence on the Treasure Coast.

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

Our CEO belongs to The Community Foundation CEO Alliance, our Development Coordinator just completed a 16-hour Fundamentals of Fundraising course through the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Collectively, our organization has memberships with the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, The Young Professionals of Martin County, the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce, and the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce.

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 organization keeps its finger on the pulse of issues and trends in the nonprofit development field. Our fundraising initiatives include major events, major gifts, annual campaigns, social media marketing, email marketing, and mail appeals. Collectively, our organization has memberships with the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Palm City Chamber of Commerce, The Young Professionals of Martin County, the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce, the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce, and the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce.

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.


SafeSpace employs a professional, compassionate and customized approach to the myriad aspects of intimate partner violence. Our intervention services include: 24-hour emergency hotline; safety planning, risk assessment and crisis intervention; emergency shelter; food and clothing; emotional and mental health counseling; injunction for protection (IFP) attorneys; child protective investigation (CPI) for cases in which domestic violence and child abuse co-occur; intimate violence enhanced services team (InVEST) for cases at high risk for domestic violence homicide; economic justice financial literacy; youth outreach understanding relationships (YOUR) program to prevent violence; rural outreach to victims of intimate partner violence from migrant, immigrant and farm-working communities. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has generated a perfect storm for a long-term crisis of intimate partner violence. Social isolation is a common tactic of perpetrators. Due to COVID-19, many victims of intimate partner violence have been unable to see family, friends, co-workers, teachers or healthcare professionals in person for more than a year. This exacerbates a cycle of abuse that can feel impossible to escape. On the Treasure Coast, more than 20,000 cases of domestic violence were reported from January to May 2020. Those are just the reported cases at the beginning of COVID-19; only 10 percent of survivors file a formal report with police. As schools, workplaces and community organizations become fully operational/in-person, we know victims of intimate partner violence will find their way to SafeSpace. These flood-gates are starting to open. We are doing everything within our power to be prepared, responsive and resilient as a nonprofit organization with skyrocketing demand and limited resources. We have hired additional janitors to keep our space sanitary, and we've adjusted our fundraising initiatives from large events to submitting more grant applications.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Dr. Teresa Albizu

Chief Executive Officer

Nancy Wong

President

...   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

SafeSpace 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.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Not Scored


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, Case management notes, 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 staff


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

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.


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

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.



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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