Mission: San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries, founded in 1983, is an interfaith ministry whose mission is to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain s ... (More)

SAMMinistries is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1985, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.samm.org

  1919 NW Loop 410
Suite 100
San Antonio TX 78213 

  210-340-0302


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The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for SAMMinistries is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 90.63, 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

87.9%


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

3.8%


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

8.1%


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

17.6%


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

$0.08


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

0.34 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

4.88%


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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Policies


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Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

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.

  • 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.


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Transparency:
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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

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



Navarra R. Williams, President, CEO

$203,223 (1.72% 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:

Association or convention of churches (BMF activity code: 002)

Church, synagogue, etc (BMF activity code: 001)


Foundation Status:

Church 170(b)(1)(A)(i) (BMF foundation code: 10)


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.


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

  • Fundraising Capacity


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

SAMMinistries: -Received an outpouring of financial support from the community through the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund to ensure that families and individuals did not go without, prevented people from becoming homeless, and ensured they had basic supplies during this difficult time. -Identified, applied for, and received COVID grants and a PPP loan and thus were able to maintain staffing levels. -Rescheduled our gala three times, causing staff rework and delaying receipt of funds. -Experienced a 42% decrease in volunteers which reduced our ability to provide extra engagement for clients and impactful service experiences to community members that help us deepen our relationships with them. During uncertain times, caring donors kept our clients safe and healthy. Donations also helped pay rent, late fees, and mortgages, making us a “one-stop shop” to address the housing needs of clients in financial crisis.


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

Staff: -Accepted some programs documents electronically. -Suspended some programs (medical clinic, Teen Center, and Empowerment Group) and later reopened them. -Limited face-to-face contact with clients and the public as needed and used safety equipment. -Saw increased requests for help from people in our community who have never needed help from nonprofits before. -Suspended some volunteer activities such as tutoring (when COVID rates were up) and later reopened them -Adapted programs to ensure the needs of clients were met while protecting the health and safety of clients and staff. -Opened the community's only non-congregate Shelter to assist the chronically homeless with complex physical and mental health needs, helping them address their health and wellness and prepare them for housing and avoid the spread of COVID-19 that comes with contact in congregate settings.


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

The people SAMMinistries serves struggle during normal circumstances to maintain stability. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified the vulnerabilities of our clients and issues such as food insecurity, access to hygiene, cleaning supplies, and transportation became even more of a concern than ever before. The pandemic created another level of struggle for many--especially those living in our transitional housing program for families who lost many outlets to socialize and for their kids to expend their energy. Several times, SAMMinistries provided convenient opportunities for staff and clients to get COVID-19 vaccines and testing. During the early months of the pandemic, SAMMinistries adjusted to new ways of doing work and underwent a significant organizational change. Our longtime president and CEO announced his retirement in April 2020. In early September 2020, the organization announced its new President and CEO, Nikisha J. Baker, who previously was the Chief Development Officer.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

While SAMMinistries added safety protocols and transitioned services to a virtual environment to ensure staff and client safety, the organization adjusted fairly quickly and moved forward with minimal disruption. With COVID-19's ups and downs, SAMMinistries continues to make adjustments based on community conditions. To communicate and collaborate with efficiency, SAMMinistries uses technology that allows us to work from home or office, keeping in touch with each other and our community. Being able to work virtually provides flexibility that will serve us and our clients well now and into the future.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
4/1/20212019 90.63
10/1/20192018 92.48
9/1/20182017 86.35
12/1/20172016 85.92
10/1/20162015 85.85
6/1/20162014 91.13
Rating Version: 2.0
8/1/20152014 86.28
7/1/20142013 93.11
5/1/20132012 97.37
7/1/20122011 97.39
10/1/20112010 97.36
9/20/20112010 94.39

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.

Rating Version: 1.0
11/1/20102009 95.89
4/1/20102008 95.82
6/1/20082007 90.58
12/1/20072006 88.90
6/1/20062005 81.84
8/1/20052004 90.31
9/1/20042003 86.56
6/9/20032002 80.66
10/15/20022001 89.50

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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

SAMMinistries 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



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


$4,153,740

Spent in most recent FY

39%

Percent of program expenses


Permanent Supportive Housing


$3,212,621

Spent in most recent FY

30%

Percent of program expenses


Homeless Prevention Services


$2,876,370

Spent in most recent FY

27%

Percent of program expenses


Transitional Services


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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 SAMMinistries 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


SAMMinistries is an interfaith ministry whose mission is to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency by offering, with dignity and compassion, shelter, housing, and services. Since 1981, SAMMinistries has provided a range of homelessness prevention/intervention services, which together with the emergency shelter, have been the safety net for some of Bexar County's most vulnerable citizens. SAMMinistries' programs comprehensively encompass the entire continuum of care and include homeless prevention services, street outreach, emergency shelter and services, rapid re-housing, transitional living and learning, and permanent supportive housing. We serve the full spectrum of homeless populations including children and youth, families, veterans, adults, chronically homeless people, and people with disabilities. SAMMinistries is one of San Antonio’s most influential and impactful social service programs.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our vision is that all individuals in our community needing a home and supportive services have access to those resources. We are dedicated to reducing the rate of homelessness in the city, which is critical for a healthy, vibrant community. The organization was born from the compassion and ministry of 11 downtown church congregations, which began in 1981 to care for those experiencing homelessness. In 1983 it was incorporated as San Antonio Metropolitan Ministry, Inc. (dba SAMMinistries), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Today, SAMMinistries’ 100+ employees execute cutting-edge services rooted in evidence-based practices targeted at men, women, and children experiencing or at risk of homelessness.


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: Increase supportive housing for low-income in our community.

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


Goal Two: Expand/provide new programs to better serve all parts of the homeless population.

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


Goal Three: Increase staff capacity and ability of organization to serve community.

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

SAMMinistries invested in its senior leadership team by recruiting Holt Development Services, Inc. to conduct DiSC Assessments and facilitate workshops to help employees understand themselves, learn strategies to improve interactions with others, and achieve higher workplace satisfaction and results. Some managers recently participated in the C12 Leadership Series Presentation - Employee Engagement - Going beyond the KPIs. The organization also encourages employees to share their expertise on boards and committees, to join professional organizations, and to participate in conferences and professional development opportunities.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

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


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

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Our community approach builds partnerships and connects clients to existing resources to maximize assets, minimize duplication, and extend the resource network for each individual/family. SAMMinistries: -Is cited as a "major partner" by the City of San Antonio in offering services and housing to individuals experiencing homelessness (Strategic Plan to Respond to Homelessness in San Antonio and Bexar County, December 2020). -Collaborates with the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) on the Point-in-Time Count in San Antonio and on other issues affecting homeless people. SAMMinistries employees serve on SARAH committees. -Is one of five organizations becoming a Trauma-Informed Care Certified Agency through the Ecumenical Center, the Certifying Entity of the South Texas Trauma-Informed Care Consortium. -Is one of ten organizations selected to become "health literate" in partnership with UT Health's Confianza program. SAMMinistries is active on social media channels.

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.


A lack of affordable housing and low wages combine to make homelessness a persistent problem in Bexar County, as homelessness is inextricably tied to poverty, low education, lack of employment, poor mental and physical health, and history of trauma and victimization. SAMMinistries provides long-term solutions to families & individuals, meeting their needs 'wherever they are' & helping them achieve stable housing and resources that would enable them to live independently but there is still more that we can do. Currently there are more than 1,000 homeless households on the waitlist for a housing referral in San Antonio; disturbingly, only 80 or so will get placed in supportive housing due to a lack of supply of affordable housing in our community. In November 2021, SAMMinistries purchased the Hudson Apartments to increase the supply of supportive housing units available for people with complex mental and physical health needs or disabilities who are experiencing homelessness. Given the urgent community need for it, SAMMinistries plans to continue its efforts to expand supportive housing. In recognition of the limited supply of high-quality and affordable childcare for low-income parents, SAMMinistries is in the process of opening a new Children's Enrichment Center for school-aged children (projected to open in the summer of 2022). Given the rise in number of homeless youth, ages 18-24, SAMMinistries, in collaboration with two community partners, is in the process of opening a center that will offer a safe space and resources needed to help these young people reach their full potential.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Nikisha Baker

President, CEO

Rick Rosenblum

Chair

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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

Not Currently Scored

SAMMinistries is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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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

Not Scored


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. However, it did not respond to one or more survey questions, and therefore is not eligible for a score on this metric. (View our beacon 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.


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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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