Mission: Our vision at the Community Enrichment Center (CEC) is to break the cycle of poverty and family violence. For 30 years, the CEC has been a partner in change to our N ... (More)

CEC is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1994, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://cechope.org/

 6250 Northeast Loop 820
6250 NE. Loop 820
North Richland Hills TX 76180 

  817-281-1164


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Exceptional

This charity's score is 92.22, 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

89.2%


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

6.7%


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

3.9%


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

2.3%


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

$0.05


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

1.36 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

30.45%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant ... (More)

Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

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

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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 W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Charles R. Clinton, President

$114,700 (1.70% of Total Expenses)


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:

Community service organization (BMF activity code: 408)


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.


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

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


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

We designed our 2020 organizational budget before the onset of the pandemic. We responded early in the year by quickly developing strategies to utilize current funding, and sought to secure additional funding, to help us best address the needs our community was facing. We especially recognized needs in the employment and financial coaching area and job training. Another challenge we faced was the inability to host our annual fundraising event, the Love and Hope Gala. This event has typically resulted in raising a large amount of the annual support for programs our community has come to rely on. Yet another challenge is that many of our annual funders had to make the difficult decision to reduce charitable giving or withhold funding completely this year because of limited resources due to market shifts resulting from the pandemic.


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

As the pandemic began to spread, we experienced large scale shutdowns of area businesses, interruptions in supply chains and long periods of food scarcity. The consequences of these brought the CEC a sharp rise in the number of people seeking emergency food from our food pantry. Extensive job loss was also a contributor, increasing the number people who lacked the income necessary to buy enough food for their families. This tended to impact low-income families who were struggling pre-pandemic the hardest. In order to meet the significant increase in demand required we increase the quantity of food we obtain to assure adequate support for those of our community in need. We also saw an increase in need for providing employment and financial coaching in order to improve people’s financial capabilities and increase their skill sets to help them gain employment and improve their earning potential.


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

Our Food Pantry modified operations according to emergency restrictions to provide food for triple the number of families we typically serve. A drive-through process was developed to maintain social distancing with sanitation stations and PPE providing protection for the community and staff. All staff and volunteers were required to pass a temperature screening and report any possible symptoms prior to entering the building each day. Coaching staff, unable to meet clients in person, pivoted to Zoom sessions to meet the needs of their clients. Due to CDC restrictions on gatherings, we cancelled our fall fundraiser, leading to the loss of funding we have come to rely on from the annual event. We also modified our community events Refresh BISD in August and Breakfast with Santa in December. This resulted in designing a drive-through process to enable the distribution of 2,276 school supply kits and 2,900 Christmas gifts for low income families, with provisions of nutritious food as well.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Our experience from redesigning program processes to adhere to COVID-19 safety regulations resulted in us discovering a few unexpected benefits in continuing some of them. There were a number of staff that shifted to working remotely from home during periods of the State of Texas mandated health and safety restrictions. The ability for remote access for staff remains in place when circumstances make this option more beneficial. We also recognized a benefit to providing clients the flexibility to meet with their coaches remotely when in-person visits are not possible. This increases potential engagement opportunities to maximize program efficiency and effectiveness for our coaches and clients. We have also found advantages to offering Board members the flexibility to attend critical meetings via Zoom and other online platforms, to assure attendance and meet targeted requirement for agenda topics.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
7/1/20212019 92.22
6/1/20202018 97.17
11/1/20192017 93.90
6/1/20182016 92.46
7/1/20172015 91.36
10/1/20162014 92.92
6/1/20162014 92.38

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

Rating Version: 2.0
2/1/20162014 82.84
12/22/20152014 78.82
12/1/20142013 89.32

...   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

CEC 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



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


$251,973

Spent in most recent FY

4%

Percent of program expenses


IN 2019 THE HOUSING PROGRAM FOR HOMELESS AND FAMILY VIOLENCE FAMILIES HOUSED 203 ADULTS AND 309 CHILDREN. FAMILIES IN THE PROGRAM FOUND REFUGE AND HOPE THROUGH THE PROGRAM. INDIVIDUALS RECEIVED EMPLOY ... (More)


$93,842

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM GAVE DIRECT AID AND DISTRIBUTED FOOD THROUGH THE FOOD PANTRY WHICH EQUATED TO 1,019,590 MEALS THANKS TO HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUALS DONATING TO FOOD DRIVES, COMPANIES WHO CA ... (More)


$1,287,175

Spent in most recent FY

21%

Percent of program expenses


AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM: THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM PROVIDES HOUSING FOR PEOPLE WHO OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE TROUBLE LEASING A HOME IN TARRANT COUNTY. HOUSES AND APARTMENT UNITS, WHICH ARE OWNED BY ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by CEC 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


Our mission is to change lives by restoring hope and sharing God's love.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our vision at the Community Enrichment Center (CEC) is to break the cycle of poverty and family violence. For 30 years, the CEC has been a partner in change to our Northeast Tarrant County low-income neighbors. The CEC has continued to grow and expand our services to serve homeless and low-income families and victims of domestic violence across Tarrant County. Today, the CEC empowers families to improve their lives through immediate assistance and long-term career development focusing on employment coaching, training, education and life skills. Our mission is accomplished by empowering families to be self-sufficient through Christian compassion and encouragement that guides them toward a bright future which will end their cycle of poverty and/or family violence.


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: 1. Recruit an Employment Specialist to coordinate employment positions for participants in our programs and cultivate relationships with area businesses to align clients to an in-demand career path.

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


Goal Two: 2. Increase the number of families engaged in the Housing PLUS program, leading to an increased number of graduates moving from the program and into permanent, secure housing, independent of the CEC.

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


Goal Three: 3. Increase the number of participants actively engaged in bundled services, aligning each graduate with employment opportunities that align with the certification they achieved in the program.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Our second founding President and CEO of 25 years retired last year, resulting in the Board of Directors recruiting a new CEO with a fresh leadership approach. The decision was also made to bring in a leadership development coach to work with the entire leadership team. The coach worked with leadership as a group and one on one to explore strengths and create strategies to help the agency reach its highest potential. This training has already shown positive results agency wide, improving team cohesion and overall program efficiency and effectiveness.

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

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We engage with our community to share and demonstrate our mission through a number of community outreach events such as Refresh BISD and our Breakfast with Santa events. We also speak at local Chambers of Commerce and other community events. We are dedicated to providing outreach and educational presentations for local schools and area churches about the programs we offer as well, and identify ways we can engage and partner with our community to achieve our mission and provide stabilization services for people in need.

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 first challenge we faced came in identifying a plan to continue providing emergency food for people in need from our community through our food pantry, amidst periods of food scarcity during COVID-19. Our response was to design an alternate drive-through food distribution system that followed CDC guidelines to assure the health and safety of our community and staff. As we engaged with our food pantry visitors, we gained greater understanding of the most pressing needs our community was facing. This drove the design and development of a new program aimed to provide the support that would make quick and significant impacts for families negatively impacted by COVID-19. The Pathways program, a hybrid of our Housing PLUS program, specifically addresses the most critical needs faced by those who experienced a loss of income or loss of employment due to the pandemic. The program aligns them with short-term trainings and certifications to increase income potential and usher them into a new and in-demand career path.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

CEC is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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