Mission: To provide free essential health care and preventative medical services to the disadvantaged and minority population of Broward County, Florida.

Light of the World Clinic Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1989, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.lightoftheworldclinic.org

  5333 N DIXIE HWY STE 201
Oakland Park FL 33334-3454


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Light of the World Clinic Inc. is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 80% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 10% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Light of the World Clinic Inc. 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 2020, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

87.38%

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

18/18 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

29.27%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

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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 do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



CARLOS REYES ESQ, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

$0


ELAINE MICELI-VASQUEZ, SECRETARY

$0


HY MONTERO, PRESIDENT

$0


DR RICARDO REYES, MEDICAL DIRECTOR

$0


LINDA STEPENOVITCH, DIRECTOR

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

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:

Unspecified (BMF activity code: 998)


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.


Light of the World Clinic Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • We need to obtain more free medications from pharma companies to provide patients with six months of medications during the county's mandatory stay-at-home order.


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

Donations to our organization declined by approximately 20%. We also applied and received the PPP loan and thus were able to employ a full staff. The annual Board of Directors' fundraising gala was postponed.


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

Due to mandatory stay-at-home orders in Broward County, we had to convert to telehealth and phone consults/services while providing patients with a free six-month supply of meds to keep them safe at home, and out of the local hospital emergency rooms. Some medical professionals had to self-quarantine (due to age and comorbidities), which decreased the amount of volunteer medical professionals that were working in the clinic. As a result of the pandemic, some medical doctors retired, and we increased our process to obtain additional volunteer health providers. Due to social distancing, we added new signage within the clinic and changed our scheduling procedures.


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

The Clinic quickly adapted and changed its medical service delivery model to continue providing services to our current patients and then addressing the steady influx of new patients. We adopted operational procedures with COVID-19 health safety sanitation standards. We distributed PPE to all medical professionals and masks to all patients. We added several programs - food distribution for those families and seniors in need, case management to families seeking financial relief for rent, mortgage, utilities, and household goods, and provided free lab tests to all patients. We registered in the Florida SHOTS (State Health Online Tracking System) to obtain vaccination records for patients. This helped us provide specific details to the patients. We participated and promoted Florida I DID IT! Campaign to increase vaccination rates in Broward County by providing COVID-19 questions, important COVID-19 vaccine, and facts with information, and building confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Programs, processes, and policies that we implemented during the pandemic and will continue are follows: • Telehealth/Telemedicine Services remain in place but are provided to those homebound or as needed. • Florida SHOTS program - ongoing. • I DID IT! Campaign - ongoing • Health safety sanitation and cleaning program ongoing. • PPE Distribution to Medical Providers - ongoing. • Increased medication distribution - ongoing. • Referring patients to local health departments or hospitals for COVID-19 testing.


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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

Light of the World Clinic 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.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Light of the World Clinic Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$659,045

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


The Clinic has a strong 31 year history of serving the uninsured and medically underserved families of Broward County by providing free essential primary and specialty health care services in 16 diffe ... (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 Light of the World Clinic 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


Light of the World Clinic is a volunteer community-based clinic founded in 1989 by the late Dr. Erwin Vasquez with a community vision of access to health care for all. Its mission is to provide free essential health care and preventative medical services to the indigent, uninsured, and at-risk children their families, seniors, or those unable to obtain government benefits in Broward County, Florida. For over 33 years, the Clinic stays true to its purpose and works to empower children and families to reach optimal health and be productive citizens.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our vision is to provide access to healthcare to the medically underserved, the uninsured and to eliminate disparities for the people we serve. To meet this vision the Clinic provides access and upgrades the health, education, and living standards of the underserved thereby eliminating the cycle of poverty through healthy individuals and families. Our Objectives are to: • be a leading organization providing compassionate healthcare to those in need by collaborating with volunteers and community agencies. • create a connected healthcare delivery system and provide primary healthcare services to the underserved (200% below Federal poverty level). • meet the needs of the uninsured, develop an appropriate specialty-care referral system and help patients navigate the complex healthcare system in Broward. • educate the underserved on the importance of regular healthcare, annual checkups, proper nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and use of meds thereby avoiding unnecessary medical emergencies.


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: Improved quality patient-centered health outcomes and meet community needs by adapting programs and services in response to changes in both external and internal environments.

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


Goal Two: Sustain and Strengthen LOTWC's volunteer model of care delivery. Secure adequate volunteer resources, identify and reach out to new sources of volunteer health professionals and interpreters.

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


Goal Three: Develop sufficient resources, increase individual donor solicitation, outreach stewardship, and communication to enhance long-term financial sustainability.

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

Provides networking opportunities locally and statewide. Participation in the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics annual conference that brings together executive directors, clinical coordinators, developmental staff, volunteer providers, and board members of member clinics across the state. Participates in breakout sessions on trending topics within the free and charitable clinic sector, interacts with healthcare vendors and partners. Participation in the Florida Blue and Health Foundation of South Florida's local and regional meetings and symposiums. Engagement with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Holy Cross Hospital Doctors in Residency Program - works with the Administrators and Educators to help build the next generation of safety-net providers and leaders who will sustain and strengthen the community health field in South Florida. Engagement and Training with the Community Foundation of Broward, Leadership Broward

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?

Provides community mobilization for both staff/board through individual and group advocacy via in-person and social media (Facebook), promotes community awareness through participating in local events, activities, interviews, and guest speaking at local universities and colleges, United Way of Broward County, 211 Broward, Community Foundation of Broward, Chambers of Commerce, and other social service and government agencies. Ongoing individual and group outreach to different sectors of the community and creating partnerships to support and engage others to take action and facilitate support and change for healthcare for the uninsured. From 2019-to 2021, even during COVID, the Clinic staff/board members help add new partners to serve the clinic's patients, including YMCA Community Health Workers, Walgreens for flu shot distribution, Barry University Social Worker volunteers, COVID-financial relief programs, and Food distribution.

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.


Since the start of the pandemic, the Light of the World Clinic made medical intervention adjustments to ensure that our patients and community are cared for and not left behind. Approximately 94% of the Clinic’s workforce is composed of volunteers, which led to a unique challenge during the pandemic as social distancing and stay-at-home orders were issued. In February 2020, the Clinic quickly adapted and changed its medical service delivery model to continue providing services to our current patients and to address the steady influx of new patients. We adopted operational procedures, COVID-19 health safety sanitation standards, and established telehealth with phone consults. We provided patients with a free six-month supply of meds needed to keep them safe at home and to keep them out of the local emergency departments. We also implemented a Food Distribution program to help those in need. The Clinic experienced many individuals and families that delayed their medical routine of care in fear of getting COVID, putting their current health risks in jeopardy and our patients are back on track with improved self-care. In June the Clinic resumed in-person patient visits with the caring group of volunteer physicians and ARNPs who are still willing to come in and see our clients in person. Unfortunately, many of our licensed volunteer staff had to self-quarantine (due to age and comorbidities). Some medical professionals, upon healthy-COVID-free health, rotate back in to provide service to the Clinic’s patients. As a result of the pandemic, we developed several new partners, received new board members, new individual donors, an increase in free meds from pharma companies for our patients, and free telehealth. Today we maintain health safety standards in Clinic and provide telehealth appointments to those homebound. The Clinic's Board of Directors recently added three new board members.

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

100

out of 100

Light of the World Clinic Inc. has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 14 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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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

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.


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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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