Mission: Founded in 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama, Health Talents International is a non-profit Christian organization that works within the Churches of Christ to promote medic ... (More)

Health Talents International is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1978, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.healthtalents.org

 PO Box 8303
Searcy AR 72145 

  501-827-9778


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Good

This charity's score is 84.60, earning it a 3-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 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

91.3%


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

4.6%


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

4.0%


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

1.1%


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

$0.04


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

0.58 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

2.91%


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)
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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:
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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

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CYNTHIA ALLEN, DIRECTOR

$0


ALFRED ANDERSON, DIRECTOR

$0


MAX REIBOLDT CPA, DIRECTOR

$0


MARK WHITEFIELD DDS, DIRECTOR

$0


ROBERT LAMB DDS, DIRECTOR

$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:

Rural medical facility (BMF activity code: 155)


Foundation Status:

Hospital or medical research organization 170(b)(1)(A)(iii) (BMF foundation code: 12)


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.


Health Talents International reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Grants Sent


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

A key component of our medical evangelism ministry is the surgical care we provide by hosting twelve to thirteen surgical teams each year. The visiting teams contribute, and the trip fee they pay, support our Guatemalan team members (employees) salaries and benefits. Without those teams, we are missing the surgical team revenue, yet we chose not to lay off any of our Guatemala team members. The generosity of our donors, along with volunteer salary reductions and unpaid leaves of absence by US team members, has allowed us to continue providing primary medical and dental care and keep our Guatemala team together. While we grieve for the surgical patients we've not been able to treat, we rejoice over the sacrificial giving of so many.


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

The inability to deliver surgical care has been the greatest setback, followed closely by a reduction of the rural communities we are able to serve. As recently as July 15, 2021, Guatemala has vaccinated less than 2% of their population and many communities are closed. Hosting a mobile medical or dental clinic to provide care and evangelize is diminished due to government regulations limiting the size of gatherings and the social distance restrictions that remain in place.


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

We adapted to these challenges by delivering care at fixed locations, Clinica Caris and Clinica Ezell, versus our historical practice of traveling to rural communities. Telemedicine was used in the early days of the pandemic, then discontinued when we were again able to treat the patient in person. Protocols were put in place to triage patients and control the size of any single gathering. Patients waited in lines with proper distancing and were seated in similar fashion. PPE equipment and Hepa filtration units allowed for continued care, just not as intimate as in the past. Our evangelists have embraced Facebook Live as one venue to share the gospel. Worship assemblies were forbidden for many months and restrictions continue.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The use of Hepa filtration units will continue as they provide a service beyond removing Covid viruses from the air.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
5/1/20212019 84.60
2/1/20212018 89.84
12/23/20202018 87.38

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

7/1/20202018 82.13
3/1/20202018 77.38
4/1/20192017 77.30
4/1/20182016 77.93
4/1/20172015 69.25
6/1/20162014 78.00
Rating Version: 2.0
2/1/20162014 77.63
7/1/20152013 76.06
5/1/20142012 79.72
6/1/20132011 80.79
11/6/20122011 73.67

...   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

Health Talents International 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



Health Talents International reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$2,100,185

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


THE ORGANIZATION PROVIDES PRIMARY CARE AND SURGICAL CLINICS IN CENTRAL AMERICA. IT IS CHRISTIAN BASED WITH THE GOAL OF SPREADING CHRISTIANITY THROUGH MEDICAL EVANGELISM.


...   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 Health Talents International 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


Founded in 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama, Health Talents International is a non-profit Christian organization that works within the Churches of Christ to promote medical evangelism in developing countries. As Christians, we feel that God expects us to use our talents, medical and otherwise, in His service. (Matthew 25). Through medical evangelism in Central America, HTI will nurture self-supporting and self-replicating bodies of Christ. Our programs include: training and teaching programs, ABC and scholarship programs, medical, dental and surgical clinics, and the MET program.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Through medical evangelism in Central America, HTI will nurture self-supporting and self-replicating bodies of Christ.


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: Recruit, identify and prepare two students in 2022 that we can scholarship and send to dental school beginning in January of 2023.

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


Goal Two: Construct a hospital grade, environmentally safe sanitation treatment plant at Clinica Ezell and upgrade our clinic license to an accredited hospital license.

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


Goal Three: Expand our ministry reach, steadfastly following our core practice of providing primary medical and dental care to the under-served; going to new communities and identifying centralized locations

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Our Guatemala nurses and physicians attended and hosted a training program conducted by Faith in Practice in early August. The training included certification, recertification and extension classes for our staff that have been previously trained on VIA. GYN, Dr. Patti Baiza, FIP IVAA director and another GYN from Guatemala City provided the in-person training at Clinica Ezell and we scheduled more than three hundred patients, allowing an average of sixty patients per healthcare professional being certified, or recertified.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

In addition to the VIA training conducted by Faith in Practice, we host wheel chair clinics at Clinica Ezell and schedule appropriate patients. The care is not limited to wheel chairs as some patients are fitted for prosthetics and others receive customized crutches or walkers. In 2021, we have hosted two wheel chair clinics.

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.


2020/2021 Adaption Activities: Health Talents adapted to the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic at several levels. Financially, one team member took early retirement, one an unpaid leave of absence and one senior team member in leadership took a volunteer pay cut, resulting in salary reductions of $77,564. Several Guatemala team members were unable to continue working due to comorbidities and those positions were not filled, saving an additional $20,000+. Our mobile medical and dental team care to rural communities was suspended for much of 2021 and we transitioned to providing care from fixed locations, Clinica Caris and Clinica Ezell. Though this required many patients to travel further for care and limited our activities in most communities, we were able to reach 40-50% of our patients. Furthermore, by limiting care to these central locations, we were able to avoid large gatherings of patients who typically travel with their families, thus avoiding virus spreader events. Procedure were put in place that allowed us to triage patients, maintain safe social distancing and the necessary PPE precautions. Traditional evangelism in homes, i.e. one on one teaching, was not allowed at the onset of 2021 and our evangelists used Facebook Live to encourage and share the gospel. Some of those restrictions have abated and our evangelists, with masks and social distance care, are once again visiting patients in their home. Childcare ministries, such as our ABC Program and scholarship programs were enhanced by providing additional food supplies to help offset the loss of income with so many unable to work. Those food deliveries, in the past involving large gatherings were limited to smaller gatherings over a longer period time. As a result of local transportation options being reduced, and for a period not allowed, we provided transportation for employees to come to work using our four-wheel drive vehicles.

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

Health Talents International 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


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


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 award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

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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