Mission: At Military Community Youth Ministries (MCYM), we believe that there is a great need to reach military youth, to build meaningful, no-strings-attached relationships  ... (More)

Military Community Youth Ministries is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1982, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.mcym.org

  540 North Cascade Avenue
Suite 300
Colorado Springs CO 80903 

  800-832-9098


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Good

This charity's score is 89.47, earning it a 3-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

67.9%


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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

25.8%


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

6.2%


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

2.1%


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

$0.06


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

0.58 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

14.16%


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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  • 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


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Transparency:
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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



Marty McCarty, Executive Director

$111,427 (6.18% 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 youth organization or activities (BMF activity code: 349)

Other religious activities (BMF activity code: 029)


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.


Military Community Youth Ministries reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


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

There were two primary, and related, impacts on the financial structure of the MCYM organization. The first primary impact was the inability to do in-person fundraising events at local MCYM program locations, which is a standard practice at all local locations, and this same inability also impacted two large-gathering annual fundraising events held in big urban settings, which have traditionally occurred. The second related impact to both local and large-event fundraising events were the need to conduct virtual fundraising activities, which is a new venture for MCYM, but one that has had good initial results at both the local level and in the two large urban settings.


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

Since COVID-19 began, the pandemic has had a major impact on MCYM’s program offerings. MCYM is a relationally-based program that centers around MCYM staff and volunteers spending time with Military Teens in structured and unstructured in-person settings. This normal activity was disrupted, and especially the normal large and small-group program meetings that occur at the local level. As shared in the answer to the next question, this disruption did not disrupt MCYM staff and volunteer leaders’ relational pursuit of Military Teens by all available and appropriate means. In addition to hampering local normal program operations, COVID-19 restrictions have negatively impacted the number of teens MCYM can serve annually, due to the restrictions that have occurred to weekly in-person events that are normally held, as well as negative impacts to MCYM’s summer camping program, which was cancelled in its entirety in 2020 and significantly diminished by COVID-19 impacts in 2021.


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

On the positive side, MCYM staff and volunteers were undaunted by this challenge and found appropriate virtual and other means to stay connected with Military Teens straight through all phases of the pandemic. This gained positive attention from military leadership and parents, as many programs for Military Teens were cancelled during strict lock-down periods, whereas MCYM programs continued unbroken by all available and appropriate means to stay connected with teens. One highlight was an all-Europe MCYM Virtual Club Beyond meeting that had 150 teens from 9 different military installations across Europe who all “gathered” via “Zoom”, during which a regular large-group “Club” meeting was conducted with inter-installation competitions and a keynote speaker. The teens enjoyed being together, even though it was virtually, and they appreciated all the work their leaders expended in making this large virtual event happen.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

One of the virtual-meeting venues that was particularly effective that is being evaluated for follow-on use after the pandemic subsides is the small-group meetings that took place, for Bible studies and small-group discussion of real-life struggles that Military Teens face and that they need a safe place to discuss. The Zoom virtual meeting space worked well for this purpose and is being evaluated for continued use after the pandemic.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
7/1/20202019 89.47
4/1/20192018 84.91
3/1/20192017 88.50
7/1/20182017 87.48

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.

8/1/20172016 89.39
4/1/20172015 89.21
10/1/20162015 88.13
6/1/20162014 88.42
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 84.16
9/1/20142013 92.03
8/1/20132012 87.68
6/1/20122011 80.66
9/20/20112010 77.95
Rating Version: 1.0
3/1/20112010 70.79
6/1/20102009 73.56
8/1/20092008 93.95
5/1/20082007 94.05
5/1/20072006 91.98
12/1/20062005 88.51
5/1/20052004 90.61
6/1/20042003 88.50
4/15/20032002 90.66
10/15/20022001 89.70

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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

Military Community Youth 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.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Military Community Youth Ministries reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$1,313,151

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


Club Beyond


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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 Military Community Youth 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


Celebrate life with military teens, Introduce them to the Life Giver, And help them become more like Him.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Let Every Military Brat Believe!


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: In coordination and collaboration with Military Chaplains, provide the U.S Military with: “Healthy subject matter experts providing effective military youth ministry.”

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


Goal Two: Open 20 new MCYM locations at military installation strategic locations worldwide in the next 5-years.

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


Goal Three: Create a “Worldwide Safety Net” for Military Teens, by opening new MCYM locations at as many military installations as possible in the next 10-years.

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

MCYM invests annually in leadership training of new staff members (recently hired) by a dedicated headquarters staff member who mentors these new staff in regular virtual training sessions, as these staff work through their structured Leadership I and Leadership II coursework, which they accomplish in-parallel with their ongoing direct-ministry work in the field. MCYM dedicates 1/3 of its bi-weekly Directors’ meetings to a Director-led (rotating basis) discussion of required reading in a leadership book, to strengthen leadership capability at Director level. Current Book is “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown. Entire organizational MCYM staff leadership engages in quarterly virtual “Town Hall” meetings, with outside professional facilitation, learning and growing together through Diversity, Equity, and Belonging ongoing training of all leaders.

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

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

MCYM collaborates with the Military Chaplaincies of all military Services; with “Warriors Journey” website platform hosting MCYM’s “RezLife” on-line resource for Military Teens with interactive content in 12 areas critical to Military Teens, with content for this resource developed in partnership with the American Bible Society (ABS). ABS also put this content into a Military Teen Bible, published and distributed by ABS to Military Teens and Chaplains at no cost. MCYM’s President/CEO participates in 4 major annual conferences, presenting in various forums at each of them: 1) Assoc. of the US Army; Nat’l Conf. on Ministry to the Armed Forces; Fellowship of Christian Mil. Ministries; and, Nat’l Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (as an official “Collaborating Member”). MCYM helps local military personnel build community at their installations, with the local MCYM program as a rallying point. MCYM actively markets through publish and on-line venues on a very active annual cycle.

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.


In the past year, MCYM has been continuously adapting its operations to the ever-changing operating environment that has been impacted significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially at MCYM’s numerous locations in Germany, which had one of the most restrictive policies regarding in-person gatherings of any western nation during the pandemic. MCYM staff and volunteers have used every available and appropriate means to stay connected to Military Teens and to continue running program activities on a regular basis. Large and small-group meetings were adapted to virtual platforms and in January of 2021, after many months of isolation, MCYM hosted a global virtual “Club” for all locations worldwide, which was months in the planning and preparation and which featured a national-level keynote speaker who gave the virtual “Club Talk” to American Military Teens stationed with their parents at U.S. Military Installations around the world. MCYM shifted its fundraising tactics for its large-group annual national-level fundraisers and leveraged its 40th Anniversary celebration to create a “40th Celebration in a Box”. 200 hundred boxes were shipped individually to guests who asked for a box and who met virtually with their “host” who celebrated and shared the MCYM story with their guests on Zoom calls. 75 of the 200 hundred boxes were sent to brand new donors, 1/3 of whom donated a total of $14,000, which qualified for a “challenge match” that doubled this amount resulting in $28,000 of new funding for MCYM in 2021. These stories attest to the innovation, creativity, and resiliency of MCYM staff, volunteers and Board of Directors, who will stop at nothing in order to pursue MCYM’s mission to America’s Military Families – our nations heroes!!

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Marty McCarty

Executive Director

Kay Curling

Chairman

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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

Military Community Youth Ministries 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: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 13 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.


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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


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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