Mission: Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of our  ... (More)

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1964, and donations are tax-deductible.  Note: This organization was not on the most recent list of organizations provided by the IRS, the Business Master File (BMF). It will be removed from our website if it is not listed in the BMF for three consecutive months.

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Contact Information

  http://www.imgh.org

  3303 Main Street
Houston TX 77002 

  713-533-4900


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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Exceptional

This charity's score is 96.23, 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

82.3%


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

9.4%


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

8.2%


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

11.3%


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

$0.08


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

1.05 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

7.96%


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)
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Policies


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Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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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.

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  • 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.


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Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are 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



Martin B. Cominsky, President & CEO

$296,036 (1.69% 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:

Other school related activities (BMF activity code: 059)

Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships) (BMF activity code: 561)


Foundation Status:

Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


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.


Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Staffing


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

We adapted to the pandemic by changing our delivery model in our main program Meals on Wheels from daily hot meals to a weekly delivery of frozen meals. This change resulted in increased meals cost and the need for additional freezer space and the need to purchase and supply microwaves for our clients who did not have them. We also invested in temporal scanners to screen our staff and volunteers for COVID to limit risk . Through increased Fundraising and PPP loans we were able to re-assign staff duties and keep our drivers employed.


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

We quickly adapted our programming to meet the needs of clients in the COVID-19 environment. A week’s worth of meals were delivered weekly rather than one meal daily. We tested a concept for a subset of our Meals on Wheels clients that placed an Alexa device in their homes that helped monitor their health and alleviate isolation. In Refugee services our women's program switched to virtual meetings and the same for our Interfaith Relations programming.


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

We switched to virtual meetings wherever possible and adapted to a work from home environment for all non-essential employees with a 1-4 schedule one day in the office four at home. This limited the numbers of staff on site and allowed for social distancing. A main benefit of Meals on Wheels is daily contact with seniors. Our drivers were re-assigned to make daily check in phone calls on non-meal delivery days and assigned additional projects and duties in different departments to keep them employed.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We have adapted a hybrid work schedule for most employees 3 and 2 Three days in the office and two from home. We are testing an expansion of our Alexa project to improve social determinants of health for our Meals on Wheels clients. We will integrate additional programming and access to healthcare professionals through the devices.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
8/3/20212020 96.23
6/1/20202019 92.34
6/1/20192018 91.45
12/1/20182017 96.13
6/1/20182017 95.21

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

4/1/20172016 95.53
12/21/20162015 94.00
6/1/20162015 93.37
Rating Version: 2.0
3/1/20162015 95.89
11/1/20152014 93.32
6/1/20142013 94.83
6/1/20132012 95.87
3/1/20122010 93.10
9/20/20112009 93.08
Rating Version: 1.0
4/1/20112009 93.16
5/1/20102008 91.23
2/1/20092007 90.67
2/1/20082006 90.66
2/1/20072005 80.36
3/1/20062004 91.06
1/5/20052003 85.98
5/1/20042002 90.27
4/15/20032001 88.20
10/15/20022000 86.39

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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

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston 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



Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$8,922,076

Spent in most recent FY

60%

Percent of program expenses


Senior Services


$2,821,938

Spent in most recent FY

19%

Percent of program expenses


The Refugee Services Program


$2,089,853

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


IM Support


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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 Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston 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


Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Interfaith Ministries envisions a community working and acting together in response to the needs of a Greater Houston to create a more respectful, connected, and caring society.


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 grow our Meals on Wheels operation in Harris and Galveston Counties.

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


Goal Two: Increase representation on relevant public and nonprofit committees. and boards that align with our mission.

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


Goal Three: Investment in technology for Senior clients by combining Alexa devices with meal delivery to enhance health outcomes by providing social connection & access to health related content & referrals

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

Interfaith Ministries encourages and pays for membership in professional associations in their field and for additional continuing education opportunities towards professional certifications.

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?

Interfaith Ministries is an active participant in relevant public public nonprofit committees, local and state government panels, and like -minded coalitions such as Refugee Council USA, Meals on Wheels Texas, Houston Afghan Resettlement Collaborative and the Mayor's office. We develop and implement an annual advocacy training for key IM stakeholders on current mission-centric issues as well as develop and implement a bi-annual legislative agenda for the Texas legislative Session.

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 the largest Meals on Wheels and Animeals provider in Texas, we knew early on that meal delivery in a pandemic would be a considerable challenge. Access to food and social support is essential for the over 4,900 homebound seniors we serve, and they are at high risk for contracting the virus. In mid- March, we expedited our annual Operation IMpact to distribute a supply of emergency, shelf-stable food to each senior in case COVID-19 disrupted our deliveries. This project generally occurs in late May or early June in preparation for hurricane season. In June 2020, we were able to make another delivery of emergency food specifically for hurricane season. By late March 2020, we had adapted our delivery model from a daily delivery of a hot meal to each senior, to a weekly delivery of a week’s worth of frozen meals. This model reduces personal contact and is augmented by phone calls between visits to check on our seniors and to offer them social support. In April 2021, we partnered with Houston Methodist to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to all our seniors who wanted it. Houston Methodist even provided transportation to and from the appointments. Thanks to overwhelming community support, we have not only been able to maintain Meals on Wheels services throughout the crisis, but to expand the program by moving seniors off our waiting list onto delivery routes. We were able to partner with the YMCA of Greater Houston to provide home-delivered meals to hundreds of their senior members for a six-week period. And we forged a collaboration to feed additional seniors in Southwest Houston on a short-term basis thanks to our work with Chinese Community Center and we helped seniors served by Catholic Charities as well. These additional services were made possible by our fundraising capacity and strong community ties.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Martin B. Cominsky

President and CEO

Franklin J. Harberg, Jr.

Chair of the Board

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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

95

out of 100

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston has earned a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

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

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

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 93/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

95

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

93/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 93 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 8 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.


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Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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