Mission: GUARDIAN GROUP SERVICES TO ELIMINATE SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES.

Guardian Group is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2007, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.guardiangroup.org

  20830 HALFWAY RD STE 1
Bend OR 97702-0000


 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 As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Guardian Group is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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

57

out of 100

This charity's score is a failing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 85% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 5% 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

49

out of 100

The score earned by Guardian Group is a failing 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 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

49

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

74.60%

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

1/3 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

No 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

16.23%

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 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



JEFF KEITH, EXECUTIVE DI

$9,394


VICTOR MARX, BOARD MEMBER

$0


SAMUEL DONNELLY, SECRETARY

$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.


Guardian Group reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Balance Sheet

  • Increase in program requests


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

Donations to our organization declined immediately. There were a few donors who had pledged to give a larger End of Year donation were unable to fulfill those pledges. However, we continued to focus on our donor cultivation and made it our focus to stay in touch with donors conveying our concern for them as individuals. We were forced to cancel all in-person fundraisers.


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

As law enforcement and other public service agencies continue to be overextended in order to handle the impact of COVID-19, the need for and value of our support and services are amplified. Guardian Group is being asked to support law enforcement, hotels and community partners at a much higher capacity as a result of the crisis and the increased risk to sex trafficking victims. Guardian Group remains committed to protecting our most vulnerable and to looking for those who are lost and caught in exploitation. The main objective of this immediate support work is to enable law enforcement and other public service agencies to protect vulnerable youth who are being recruited and sexually exploited.


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

• Created our own Learning Management System (LMS) to allow for customization, timely adjustments and scalability • Built online Law Enforcement training • Moving into GSA Advantage (online shopping and ordering system that provides access to thousands of contractors) • Created a Podcast to reach more community members • Participated in 13 different webinars or podcast Training Awareness Events • Published a 4-part series examining the effects of COVID 19 on the Underground Commercial Sex Economy


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Due to the long-term ramifications of COVID-19 and in-person gatherings still unknown, Guardian Group had to pivot very quickly and bring its training materials to an online learning system. This move ensures that communities and industries have access to this crucial training. The need for online training is critical as the COVID-19 crisis is creating vulnerabilities in already vulnerable populations, as many children are out of school and home with unlimited online access, and as the normal safeguards for children (teachers, school systems, after-school programs) are not available.


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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

Guardian Group 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



Guardian Group reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$175,054

Spent in most recent FY

37%

Percent of program expenses


SECTOR SPECIFIC TRAINING TO RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO SEX TRAFFICKING- ENSURING OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE THE VITAL TOOLS THEY NEED TO PREVENT THE SCOURGE OF SEX TRAFFICKING HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.


$87,674

Spent in most recent FY

18%

Percent of program expenses


HOTEL TRAINING INITIATIVE/GUARDIAN SEAL HOTEL TRAINING - TRAINS AND EDUCATES HOSPITALITY STAFF ABOUT SEX TRAFFICKING.


$205,178

Spent in most recent FY

43%

Percent of program expenses


ENABLEMENT AND PURSUIT/PROVIDING SERVICES AND TRAINING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, ENABLING THEM TO PROACTIVELY PURSUE THE CRIME OF SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE UNITED STATES.


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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 Guardian Group 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


Guardian Group's mission is to prevent and disrupt the sex trafficking of women and children while enabling partners to identify victims and predators in the United States.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Guardian Group's vision is that every child in the United States would live free from this form of slavery and the threat of it, where the innocence of children is reclaimed and restored, and where Guardian Group is the most trusted and effective resource in the fight against human trafficking in the United States.


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: Increasing child sex trafficking victim identification to law enforcement.

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


Goal Two: Scaling Guardian Group’s sector-specific training for healthcare, law enforcement, and hospitality professionals to successfully identify victims nationwide.

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


Goal Three: Growing our team and improving our infrastructure are critical to expanding the innovative ways we bring the full fight to sex trafficking.

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

We invest in our team through an annual strategy and leadership retreat and through identifying with each team member during performance evaluations goals for and progress on professional and leadership development.

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?

Since our formation, we have valued the team of teams approach to proactively solving this problem. We have formed task forces and collaborations, assisted in the development of councils and sit on numerous advisory teams focused on the issue of human trafficking. Guardian Group is purpose-built to be a force multiplier for Law Enforcement agencies across the United States. We provide free training to law enforcement and first responders in order to ensure they have the most up to date techniques used by sex traffickers. Further, we provide training to the hospitality industry, the health care community, and other community venues in order to inoculate communities against sex trafficking. Our work with renowned higher education institutions, companies and thought leaders across the nation is proving to be an incomparable collaboration.

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.


The year of 2020 has been historical in countless ways and many of us were forced to pivot and adapt throughout the year. The fight against sex trafficking was no different. Predators ramped up the recruitment of victims the moment schools closed. Children were given the stay- at-home order and suddenly online at a much higher volume allowing traffickers to recruit from the safety of their own living room couches. Alongside the recruitment of children, many young adults lost jobs and fell into a state of vulnerability created by a lack of income making them prime targets for traffickers as well. Simultaneously, there was a drastic decline in law enforcement’s ability to interact with victims due to the pandemic and the events thereafter. Second only to friends and family, law enforcement is the most likely place for victims of sex trafficking to find help. This combination of events has only increased the complexities associated with combating domestic sex trafficking. Without the ability to travel and provide in-person training Guardian Group developed an online course exclusively for law enforcement. This course, along with our revamped hotel and community courses, have been a great avenue for providing training during the year despite the restrictions. As law enforcement and other public service agencies continue to be overextended in order to handle the impact of COVID-19, requests for Guardian Group's support did not slow down but, instead slightly increased. Throughout the year the PURSUIT™ team has been tirelessly fielding requests for support from law enforcement agencies and community members across the country, while simultaneously developing out new leads daily.

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

Guardian Group has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) (see report below).

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

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

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Not Scored


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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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.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

100% 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.


View this organization's Constituent Feedback Practices




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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