Mission: HANDS OF PEACE EMPOWERS AMERICAN, ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN YOUTH TO BECOME AGENTS OF CHANGE.

Hands of Peace is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2006, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.handsofpeace.org

  1000 ELM ST
Glenview IL 60025-2806



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

87

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 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

85

out of 100

The score earned by Hands of Peace 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 2021, 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

61.59%

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
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

11/11 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

Has Audit/Review

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
$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

23.89%

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

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

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

No Data Available


Key Persons data is currently unavailable for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

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 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.


Hands of Peace reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Grants Received


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

Fundraising revenue dropped almost 30% during COVID because we were not able to hold our Summer Program at all, which drives a lot of funding. In year two, we held a virtual version of the program. We were able, however, to save on staff and program costs, and pivot to a virtual Benefit, so we have actually added to our balance sheet in each of the last two years.


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

Because our programs involve face-to-face dialogue, we have had to drop or adapt many of our programs. Our core Summer Program in 2019 was cancelled, and alumni could not cross the Israel/Palestine border for alumni programs to take place in person. "Zoom fatigue" was a real factor in attracting young people to virtual programming, especially those who were studying online.


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

Just before COVID hit, we had already begun a year-long review of all of our programs. "Reimagining Hands of Peace" was designed by our Board, including alumni of the program, as a five-stage exploration including extensive focus groups, surveys and working groups with alumni all over the world, as well as donors and volunteers. This led to a focus on offering expanded virtual alumni programs and regular community circle events for education and networking. We were also able to take our two major fundraising and program sharing events online, and they exceeded our expectations.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

By giving us time without our usual programming, the pandemic allowed us to address with creativity and intention what we learned through the Reimagining process. We have hired staff with more experience in program design, created a long-term plan for alumni skill building, are building a mentoring program, and have included more alumni on all decision making bodies including the Board.


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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

Hands of Peace 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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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Hands of Peace reported its three largest programs on its FY 2021 Form 990 as:


$72,410

Spent in most recent FY

20%

Percent of program expenses


SUMMER PROGRAM - THE FLAGSHIP SUMMER PROGRAM IS A POWERFUL, UNIFYING EXPERIENCE THAT STARTS YOUNG "HANDS" AGES 14-16 ON THEIR JOURNEY TO BECOMING AGENTS OF CHANGE. FOR THREE WEEKS EACH SUMMER, HANDS O ... (More)


$261,429

Spent in most recent FY

72%

Percent of program expenses


ALUMNI PROGRAMS - FOLLOWING THE INITIAL SUMMER PROGRAM, HANDS OF PEACE NURTURES IMPACTFUL LEADERS BY DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING, CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACEBUILDING SKILLS IN OUR ALUMNI, WHO NOW N ... (More)


$2,939

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


RAISING YOUTH VOICES - RAISING YOUTH VOICES BRINGS THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP LESSONS OF THE SUMMER PROGRAM TO LOCAL YOUTH IN SAN DIEGO. RAISING YOUTH VOICES OFFERS FACILITATION TRAINING WORKSHOPS TO UNDERS ... (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 Hands of Peace 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


HANDS OF PEACE EMPOWERS YOUNG ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS, AND AMERICANS AS TO BECOME AGENTS OF CHANGE. THE FOUNDATION OF OUR PROGRAM IS A COMPREHENSIVE GROUP DIALOGUE PROCESS, STRUCTURED TO TAKE INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS ON A JOURNEY THAT INCLUDES: 1) EXPLORING THE CONFLICT TOGETHER, 2) EXPOSURE TO EACH OTHER'S NARRATIVES, 3) SHARING OF PERSONAL STORIES FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF OUR INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES AND COMMON HUMANITY, 4) IDENTIFYING INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP ACTIONS THAT CAN BE TAKEN AS ENGAGED LEADERS.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


WE ENVISION: An interconnected network of youth leaders who contribute to more peaceful communities through: 1) Dialogue across cultures, sides and nations provides the catalyst for individuals to change. Through dialogue, our youth challenge stereotypes, explore identities and confront complex conflicts while learning to listen and communicate to amplify their influence with compassion and understanding. 2) Education for young leaders to learn about diverse narratives, grow knowledge through role models and mentors, awaken what they care about and design their lives as agents of change. 3) Action to take initiative at the grassroots level with the skills to organize, strategize and cultivate resources for the most impact.


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: Post-COVID: Return to a full Summer Program running concurrently in Chicago and San Diego with for teens who have demonstrated their commitment to becoming agents of change.

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


Goal Two: Develop a sequence of alumni programs that provide skills and networks that support them as agents of change on the community, regional and international level.

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


Goal Three: Expand our fundraising capacity and outreach to diversify our fundraising base and grow giving from current donors.

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

Hands of Peace invested over 60 team hours to working with a Spark Team from San Diego Social Venture Partners (SVP) so that the Executive Director, Site Director and Development Director could define and refine our Theory of Change. Hands of Peace turned to SVP at a pivotal point in its organizational growth as it began the shift from an established summer peacebuilding program to a robust alumni action network of engaged global citizens advocating for social change. The close relationship between SVP and the organization enabled work to continue despite the disruptions caused by the resurgence of conflict in the Middle East this May. The Hands of Peace team learned a lot from the Partners, and they also learned a lot about working as a team, with several new staff learning about the organization's history, programs, past evaluations, and how to use these materials to develop a cohesive Theory of change.

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?

In order to "Grow a Thriving Network of Young Agents of Change," Hands of Peace relies on hundreds of host family and volunteers each year in the U.S., plus partnerships in the U.S. and Middle East. We also need to educate the American hosts and volunteers on the topics of youth leadership, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and dialogue processes so that they can support the youth. We accomplish this by "Serving as a hub for intercultural exchange and education, for a vibrant, international community." Monthly Community Circles include panels, readings, films, and interactive dialogue that reflects our youth programming. Alumni are featured in media and public events. Youth speak at faith congregations during the Summer Program. Staff and alumni speak at national and international conferences as well as to local groups and schools. We have an outstanding Marketing and Communications Specialist to spread our mission and stories through e-newsletters, media and social media, and events.

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 we realized that COVID was going to extend into a second year with continued travel restrictions, barriers to face-to-face meetings and reduced funding, we pivoted quickly to online programs by enhancing our tech capacity, staff training and partnerships. Instead of a three-week in person Summer Program with American, Israeli and Palestinian youth, we offered a four-week eight-session online program that allowed each delegation to meet separately (our research indicated that it could be harmful to connect them online for their first encounter). We conducted Resilience Training for our Middle East alumni to manage stress due to conflict, COVID and other factors. We partnered with another Middle East organization that already has a Negotiations Training program and interactive platform to offer a virtual training for alumni. Fundraising events went virtual with great success, reminding supporters that also it was less visible, their impact is continuing. Last, but perhaps most importantly, we managed to rebuild our staff from four back to 9 people living in 7 different cities in three countries, and create a strong cohesive team.

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

Not Currently Scored

Hands of Peace is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. 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.



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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