Mission: TO PROVIDE CARE AND EDUCATION OF ABANDONED AND ORPHANED CHILDREN

Himalayan Childrens Charities Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2000, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.hccnepal.org

 865 LOS ANGELES AVE NE
Atlanta GA 30306-3601



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

94

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Finance & Accountability


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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

94

out of 100

The score earned by Himalayan Childrens Charities Inc. is a passing score

This V4 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 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

94

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

96.25%

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
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

8/8 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
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

0.00%

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

Missing

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

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 include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



BRUCE KEENAN, SECRETARY/TR

$0


SUSAN KEENAN, BOARD CHAIR

$0


BRIAN NASH, BOARD MEMBER

$0


JAMIE HILLEGASS, BOARD MEMBER

$0


JOY DIBENEDETTO, BOARD MEMBER

$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:

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.


Himalayan Childrens Charities Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


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

Fortunately, the pandemic has not affected us financially. Our donors and supporters have stepped up to ensure we can continue to provide care for our students in Nepal.


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

Lengthy school closures during much of the pandemic impacted many of our students ability to receive consistent education. Fortunately schools are now reopened across the country and our students are attending in-person classes again.


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

For our students in Kathmandu we organized online classes and increased our capacity to support virtual learning through more computer terminals and work stations. For our students in rural areas, many of which have no internet connection, we worked with teachers to provide private tutoring (when permitted by social distancing rules) and distributed at home study materials.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

During the pandemic rural Nepal experienced food shortages. To ensure our more vulnerable students in remote areas did not suffer, we provided food relief over 100 students and their families. We will continue to do this as long as these shortages continue.


...   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

Himalayan Childrens Charities 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.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Himalayan Childrens Charities Inc. reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$286,739

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


PLACEMENT AND SPONSORSHIP OF ORPHANED AND ABANDONED CHILDREN IN ENGLISH MEDIUM HOSTELS/BOARDING SCHOOLS FROM KINDERGARTEN TO GRADE 12


...   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 Himalayan Childrens Charities 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


Himalayan Children’s Charities creates paths out of poverty for vulnerable children and at-risk youth. Through investment in quality education, innovative mentorship and a loving family environment, we help build lives of leadership.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


We mentor orphaned and abandoned children in Nepal to achieve sustainable paths to success, creating the next generation of professionals, leaders, and changemakers.


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: To improve and expand benefits and services for students in our Rural Education Scholarship Program.

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


Goal Two: To increase capacity and add more students to our Higher Education Program in Kathmandu.

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


Goal Three: To improve outreach and communication with our donor base in the U.S. to ensure sustainability of funding.

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

HCC provides extensive leadership training and development for both our staff and students. Our students attend multiple leadership training and empowerment courses both conducted by internal staff and by external organizations. Our staff in Nepal also attend leadership courses, training them to be able to guide our students into successful futures. Our staff have attended the Women Leadership Summit (in Nepal in 2019), been panelists at Bahini Social Venture building multi-generational networks in Nepal, and most recently attended a Youth Career Development workshop in the Dang district of Nepal. (Note: External training courses were suspended during the 2020 pandemic lockdown due to social distancing and travel restrictions in Nepal, but resumed in March 2021.)

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

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

HCC collaborates with many organizations to help maximize our effectiveness, to enhance the quality of our services, and to create networks of support for our staff and students. HCC's leadership in Nepal forms long-term partnerships with local NGOs, governments and school officials to help identify children in need of support and to ensure the safety and success of students in our programs. Additionally, we work with other NGOs and INGOs to create educational materials and conduct community workshops on the topics of menstrual health and anti-trafficking awareness. These partnerships greatly expand the effectiveness and impact of our mission to keep children safe, healthy, and to improve the lives of marginalized communities.

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.


As in much of the world, the Covid pandemic forced country wide lockdowns and school closures in Nepal. HCC made quick and effective decisions to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. With boarding schools and universities closed, all of the students in our Kathmandu based programs spent lockdown at our youth home or nearby annex apartments. Students attended online classes, with the older students helping to tutor and guide the younger ones. We adapted communal spaces into expanded study rooms and installed more devices for virtual classes. We also encouraged our students to nurture their favorite hobbies and skills, and provided them with the materials to do so. For example, students learned new instruments, planted a vegetable garden, learned to knit and sow, and created a virtual play for our HCC community in the U.S. Students in our Rural Education Scholarship Program are spread in districts north of Kathmandu, and primarily live with family. These rural districts are remote and rarely have internet connection or stable electricity, making online classes not possible. For these students our focus shifted to keeping them safe and healthy during the worst of the pandemic. We stayed in continuous contact with them by phone and in-person, when lockdown rules permitted travel. We provided food relief and medical care when needed. We also provided students with at home educational materials and in some cases organized private lessons with local teachers. Our fundraising team in the U.S. also strategical adapted to ensure continuous funding and financial stability for the charity. We increased communication with donors, provided regular updates on the status of the lockdown in Nepal, and increased social media posting. Additionally, we held targeted fundraising campaigns for Covid food relief, and, in under a week, raised enough funding to feed 106 families for three months.

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

Himalayan Childrens Charities Inc. 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.

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

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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