Mission: Daystar Life Center provides the basic necessities of life on an emergency basis to our neighbors in need in order to stabilize their lives, to prevent hunger and ho ... (More)

Daystar Life Center is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1995, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://daystarlife.com/word/

  1055 28th Street South
St. Petersburg FL 33712 

  727-825-0442


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 100.00, 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

93.9%


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

1.8%


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

4.2%


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

1.2%


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

$0.02


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

3.19 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

17.27%


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 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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  • 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

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. 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



Jane Trocheck Walker, Executive Director

$67,828 (3.75% of Total Expenses)


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

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:

Supplying money, goods or services to the poor (BMF activity code: 560)


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.


Daystar Life Center reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • Volunteers are essential to all aspects of our organization. Many of our volunteers are in the high risk group because of age and medical issues and many of the others had vulnerable family members they did not want to expose. Our winter volunteers left earlier than usual at the beginning of the pandemic and did not return in the fall. We did not see a significant return until the vaccines were made available.


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

Fortunately, many donors recognize Daystar as a place where their contributions are guaranteed to directly assist neighbors who experience a loss of income due to a job hold or job loss. Request for help increased overall and especially for those who could not access or wait to receive government assistance. The impact of the COVID pandemic continues and the average amount of assistance per household increased by 30%. With donor support, Daystar provided $460,299 in assistance for rent and utilities – a 59% increase over the previous fiscal year. In-kind donations are included in our revenue. This is an area that was negatively impacted by the required shutdown of public gatherings in places of worship, civic and community groups, schools, and businesses that regularly provide donations of food and personal hygiene items. With donations from these groups reduced, there is a need to purchase these essential items.


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

The closure of our facility required major changes to service delivery of our services. Our food, personal hygiene, and clothing distribution was moved outdoors. A streamlined process but not individualized of providing food was developed because of volunteer shortages. We purchased laptop computers to have available for clients to apply for safety net benefits. We placed two telephones outdoors for clients to activate their debit cards provided for food assistance, Social Security monthly deposits, interviews for benefits eligibility and other services no longer accessible to them. Telephone interviews replaced in person assistance to help with past due rent and utility bills. We invited partners who did not have access to their own facilities to use ours to keep supplies and pre-pack their products for distribution to their clients and set up tables outside so they could continue to deliver their services.


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

Our goal is to continue service while adhering to safe health practices by limiting building access and requiring face coverings. Before COVID staff and volunteers met with clients in private offices to discuss their situation and assess their need and how we can provide help. With clients unable to use the building, we adapted our greeting and interview process and changed the way we distributed food and clothing. The interview process is currently completed by phone and in the outside green space areas. Face covering is required for staff, volunteers, and clients in outdoor areas too. Food and clothing are gathered by volunteers for clients waiting outside. Programs were also affected by the closure of many state and county buildings. Without in-person access to the Social Security office, Pinellas County Health and Human Services, and other clients were required to connect by phone or online. For a client base that has limited access to computers, WIFI, and phones it was impossible.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We intend to continue telephone assistance with past due rent and utilities as well as face to face. We will continue to make space available to our partners. WE will continue to train more volunteers to assist with on-line applications. We do intend to return to the one on one interviews and more personal response to our clients’ needs rather than a “cookie cutter” approach that was necessary during this time. We have already added electric outlets outside because of the number of people who needed this. We recognized this is essential if we have power outages due to storms or other disasters. This is possible because we received a grant for a generator needed in case of emergencies making it possible to provide our basic needs and emergency response. We also identified new volunteer opportunities to enhance our delivery services. As difficult as this has been we have looked at new ways to be responsive to those we serve.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
11/1/20212020 100.00
11/1/20202019 94.13
7/1/20192018 95.28
7/1/20182017 91.36
2/1/20182016 88.18
12/1/20162015 83.84

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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

Daystar Life Center 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



Daystar Life Center reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,098,258

Spent in most recent FY

64%

Percent of program expenses


Food Distribution


$422,080

Spent in most recent FY

24%

Percent of program expenses


Housing and Utility Bill Payments


$195,500

Spent in most recent FY

11%

Percent of program expenses


Clothing Distribution


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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 Daystar Life Center 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


Daystar Life Center provides the necessities of life to our neighbors in need in order to alleviate hunger, homelessness and hopelessness.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Daystar Life Center's vision statement: "No neighbor in need. Every neighbor has hope"


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: Expand outreach campaigns to the corporate/business community, additional faith based institutions, and government and social organizations. Create a strong base for grant development.

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


Goal Two: Build a strong outreach campaign to attract additional volunteers. Improve, implement and expand volunteer trainings and skill building. Develop and maintain a volunteer handbook.

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


Goal Three: Implement, develop and expand current services and opportunities to serve our neighbors in needs.

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

Daystar Life Center has a minimal staff and is primarily volunteer. Our board committed to personal coaching and support for the Executive Director. The past 12 - 18mths did not allow in person growing opportunities. All staff were involved in on-line opportunities to learn and grow.

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?

We have learned much this year as we were forced to adapt to unexpected barriers to our core service delivery operations. This created stress and confusion but also creative necessities. We were able to provide more services through onsite partnerships with other community services. 1. The Health Department is scheduled monthly to provide vaccines for COVID 19, Hepatitis A and B and annual Flu shots as well testing for Hepatitis C. The Veterans Assistance Homeless Veterans' Program is on site weekly for those needing housing assistance and guidance; a community mental health agency is on site weekly; Meals on Wheels 4 Kids and Meals on Wheels for Homebound Adults 18 year and over piloted these new programs out of our facility, All Kidney Patient Support Group has monthly Renal-Friendly supplemental food boxes provided, the County School Board Transitional Students 18-22 are involved 4 days a week to learn life skills and personal development

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


Although this last year was challenging and uncertain we were able to view our organization and service delivery from a different perspective. We are committed to "Providing the basic necessities of life to our neighbors in need" we were able to reevaluate and grow to become an even better version of ourselves. We gained more insight and understanding to the challenges of poverty and inequality. We have always tried to adapt and provide needed emergency assistance during hurricanes. (our new facility in a non-evacuation zone in a very high need area) is equipped with a generator to better respond to this type of crisis. We were not prepared for assisting with the health and safety guidelines associated with COVID 19. The people we are here for do not have the resources for their current needs. The recommendations for additional safety such as sanitizers, masks, heavy duty cleaning supplies, etc., although wanted, were not easy to acquire on a limited budget. Although we purchased and supplied personal hygiene items we realized we needed to expand to household cleaners. Until we do not have these necessities ourselves we do not realize the few choice those with limited incomes and low wages are not able to afford. This became a commodity that we began to purchase and ask for donations to provide.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Jane Trocheck Walker

Executive Director

Jay K. Ghosh

President

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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

Daystar Life Center 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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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.


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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


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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