Mission: Desire Street Ministries began in 1990 in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans, LA. Today, Desire Street is using its 25+ years of experience to develop thriving and  ... (More)

Desire Street Ministries is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1992, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.desirestreet.org/

 PO Box 105603 PMB 82418
Atlanta GA 30348 

  PO Box 105603 PMB 82418
Atlanta GA 30348

  678-681-3979


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 94.59, 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 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

84.5%


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

8.6%


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

6.8%


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

6.6%


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

$0.11


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

0.83 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

48.50%


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)
Compensates Board ... (More)

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:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
Whistleblower ... (More)
Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

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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

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Danny Wuerffel, Executive Director

$135,743 (2.33% 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:

Evangelism (BMF activity code: 007)


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.


Desire Street Ministries reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


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

In adhering to social distancing guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, Desire Street's fundraising events were either cancelled or curtailed to allow proper precautions. We were unable to host a large 10th Annual Desire Cup as planned and this decreased funds normally received through sponsorships. As most organizations, Covid-19 forced Desire Street Ministries to conduct operations through remote work settings. Our office space lease expired during the pandemic, thus enabling us to decrease our administrative costs during this time which was a benefit.


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

The Covid-19 pandemic affected our ability to meet in person with the partners/leaders who we coach and mentor. We also regrettably had to cancel our annual leadership, family, and women's retreats due to social distancing guidelines. These three retreats provide valuable teaching, coaching, and care to each leader.


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

Desire Street Ministries adapted to changing conditions by transitioning to a remote work environment for each staff member. We began conducting all meetings by video or phone. We also transitioned our mail to a digital mail service to ensure efficient, timely processing of all donor contributions. Our coaching team shifted from in-person mentoring and site visits to video meetings and phone calls with our partners/leaders. During this time, Desire Street sought to assist, coach, and care for each leader based on their unique challenges in a quickly changing environment.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Desire Street Ministries will continue to primarily operate as a remote work environment with minimal office space requirements. This will aid us in our continued efforts to steward our finances efficiently. Adjusting to the changes of a worldwide pandemic showed us that we can function effectively and successfully as a remote team.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
2/1/20212019 94.59
9/3/20192018 94.60
3/1/20192017 94.46
8/1/20182017 92.57

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.

11/1/20172016 92.95
11/1/20162015 89.45
6/1/20162014 83.68
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 81.71
12/1/20142013 80.34
3/1/20142012 74.27
2/1/20142012 74.12
9/1/20122011 80.16
8/1/20122010 78.22
9/20/20112010 73.85
Rating Version: 1.0
6/1/20112010 70.27
7/1/20102008 92.60
2/1/20092007 87.69
12/15/20072006 93.13
5/1/20072005 94.87
11/1/20062004 81.72
12/1/20042003 90.53
2/1/20042002 90.28

...   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

Desire Street Ministries 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



Desire Street Ministries reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$836,709

Spent in most recent FY

76%

Percent of program expenses


COACHING AND CARING - DESIRE STREET STRATEGICALLY ENCOURAGES, EQUIPS AND CONNECTS LEADERS. THIS CREATES THE LONG-TERM IMPACT NECESSARY FOR NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION. THROUGH 3-5 YEAR PARTNERSHIPS, W ... (More)


$56,546

Spent in most recent FY

5%

Percent of program expenses


Stewarding and Supporting a restructuring of our former program of Investing and Revitalizing, in order to fit our ongoing mission. Having donated our New Orleans property to a local ministry in the p ... (More)


$200,437

Spent in most recent FY

18%

Percent of program expenses


EDUCATING AND ENGAGING - DESIRE STREET GATHERS AND DIRECTS RESOURCES TOWARD THE GOAL OF REVITALIZING UNDER-RESOURCED NEIGHBORHOODS. WE RAISE AWARENESS OF THE OVERWHELMING CHALLENGES, AND CELEBRATE SUC ... (More)


...   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 Desire Street Ministries 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


Our mission is to love our neighbor by revitalizing under-resourced neighborhoods through spiritual and community development.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our vision is to develop thriving and sustainable urban ministries.


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: We have a five year strategy of developing 20 leaders by 2025. We were able to onboard four new leaders this past summer. We were also excited to graduate four leaders to alumni status!

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


Goal Two: Each new leader we help develop represents an under-resourced neighborhood that is being revitalized. We focus on developing healthy leaders who impact children and families in their communities.

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


Goal Three: A strategic goal of Desire Street Ministries is to seek high return on investment programming to steward donor's contributions well. We allocate 80%+ of all funds directly to programming.

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

During the past 12-18 months, Desire Street Ministries has invested in advanced schooling for a key staff member. We have also invested in training and counseling as needed. One staff member was provided training via video for six months for a promotion into a new position. Each staff member has also participated in personality testing to help us work better as a team.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Desire Street Ministries is currently engaged in strategic partnerships with eleven leaders of other organizations. We promote community building and training through organizing cohorts, publishing manuals, and arranging retreats that promote relationships and growth. With over thirty years of expertise, Desire Street staff and board leaders are often requested as speakers at special events and conferences, and our team is grateful to have a published author who impacts many through his books and articles. Desire Street actively seeks to connect organizations and individuals with our partners through social capital, volunteering, and/or combining efforts for shared goals/projects. We raise awareness of our mission and cause through our quarterly newsletter entitled The Intersection, fundraising events, dinners that educate and engage donors, and social media posts highlighting our partners and events.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

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


Navigating a worldwide pandemic has been challenging and stressful the last year, especially for Desire Street's partners who serve in under-resourced communities. Logistically, Desire Street adapted to external changes by transitioning to a remote work environment for each staff member. We began conducting all meetings by video or phone. We also transitioned our mail to a digital mail service to ensure efficient, timely processing of all donor contributions. Our coaching team shifted from in-person mentoring and site visits to video meetings and phone calls with our partners/leaders. Due to social distancing guidelines, we were regrettably forced to cancel the retreats we organize that provide essential training, refreshing, and relationships for the ministry leaders we help develop. Some of these leaders run schools and after-school programs, but had to transition to ensuring their neighbors had daily meals during times of social distancing. Many families rely on schools and programs not only for education, but for meals to survive. This is just one example of how under-resourced community leaders that we support adapted to the changes brought by the pandemic. During this time, Desire Street sought to assist, coach, and care for each leader based on their unique challenges in a quickly changing environment.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Danny Wuerffel

Executive Director

Chris Dardaman

Chair

...   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

Desire Street Ministries 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

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


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Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

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Methodology


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've partnered with GuideStar by 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.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

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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