Mission: EDUCATION AND CHARITABLE SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

Innocent Justice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2008, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.innocentjustice.org

 2240 ENCINITAS BLVD D4
Encinitas CA 92024-4345



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

80

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 95% Finance & Accountability and 5% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

79

out of 100

The score earned by Innocent Justice Foundation is a passing score

This V4 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

79

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

94.94%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

4/5 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

82.07%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Missing

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



BETH MEDINA, CEO

$92,883


KATIE ALEXANDER, PRESIDENT

$0


STACEY LEVINSON, BOARD MEMBER

$0


CHRISTY LUNDY, TREASURER

$0


RAY VALENZUELA, BOARD MEMBER

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Innocent Justice Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Our organization brings together ICAC Commanders and Mental Health professionals working with our SHiFT program for an in-person curriculum development event every year. Due to COVID this could not happen, and has caused us to put the development of new curriculum for the program on hold. Other organizations we would provide speakers for had to cancel their events, causing our organization to not be able to provide programs to their attendees. We had a opportunity for volunteer professional film maker support for creating a training video and marketing video for the organization. Because in-person events or trainings could not be held this opportunity did not happen.


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

In our last quarter of the Combined Federal Campaign, the first quarter of receiving funds with this campaign during COVID, we saw this specific funding greatly reduced. We believe this was directly related to pledges being cancelled from paychecks and people not working during COVID.


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

SHiFT, our government grant funded program has always been provided as an in-person training. We had to create a virtual version to provide online, which was less robust in nature. We offered online Wellness rooms as a resource for Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commanders, who were having COVID changes to their teams. The COVID pandemic saw an increase in cyber-tips for all 61 ICAC Task Force teams and need for wellness support. A new partially grant funded program, called HART, could not be launched due to COVID restrictions. We had to create an online version. It was very hard to get law enforcement and first responder groups to participate in a new program during a pandemic due to increased work loads. We offered the program to allied professionals and those associated with law enforcement. This has allowed it to reach nationally in scope, and serve victim advocate groups in need of wellness support focusing on vicarious trauma mitigation through Zoom trainings.


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

Our employees went remote. We successfully learned how to host virtual meetings and trainings. Our Board meetings went remote. We altered programs to be offered remote for the first time, and we had to be flexible to make that happen.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

A virtual program, HART, Helping Advocates Rebound from Trauma has been successful in it's virtual format, so we see it being offered both in-person and virtually to meet the needs of those receiving the training as it grows.


...   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

Innocent Justice Foundation cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Innocent Justice Foundation reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$642,440

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


OFFICER MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS: WON A FEDERAL GRANT TO PROVIDE A MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROGRAM TO OFFICERS EXPOSED TO DISTURBING MATERIAL THROUGHOUT THE US.


...   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 Innocent Justice Foundation 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


The Innocent Justice Foundation is 501(c)(3) charitable organization working to help eradicate child sexual exploitation by offering mental health and wellness training and resources to support justice and other professionals exposed to child exploitation material in the work environment, and by educating the public about the epidemic of child exploitation in the United States. Our belief is that only through heightened public awareness and action, active policymakers and fully equipped law enforcement units can we meet the challenge of rescuing victims, stopping predators, and slowing the astronomical pace of the production of child exploitation material. We provide mental health and wellness programs focusing on vicarious trauma mitigation, helping to keep highly trained officers and other victim service professionals in their professions.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


TIJF believes when you support the heroes, they can save more children. To that end we work to: Provide state-of-the-art mental health and wellness training and support to all who serve in organizations that expose them to the risks of vicarious trauma. Assist the corporate culture of these organizations to understand the true nature and scope of vicarious trauma and help them build safe and healthy team cultures. Support families and friends of individuals serving in these fields to understand and improve relational support. Educate the general public on child exploitation prevention and the recovery of children who are being harmed. Create safe and connected communities that work to keep children and others safe online. Be a resilience resource for others.


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: TIJF has added HART, Helping Advocates Rebound from Trauma, a training to support victim service professionals, and Task Force Topics a program educating the public on child safety.

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


Goal Two: TIJF has been mostly funded by grants since 2009, so growing current efforts and creating additional funding streams is important and essential to sustainability and growth.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Three: The organization is looking at Board expansion to support growth. Increasing the size of the board with volunteers who have fundraising and other areas of expertise will support growth and mission.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

We do provide employees the ability to attend webinar or conferences to gain skills that support their roles and the growth of the organization, when funding is available to do so, or to attend the many free opportunities when available. In 2021, the organization joined the North County Philanthropy Council which offers networking and educational support through their activities in our community. We are also members of several nonprofit groups which offer virtual trainings on various topics, like Nonprofit Leadership Lab, Nonprofit Tech for Good, and Nonprofit Ready. The organization is also looking at providing leadership trainings to our Board to support Board development and Board leadership as part of our strategy in Board growth.

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?

TIJF was invited by the Office of Justice to participate in the 2021 National Strategy for Officer Wellness. In addition, the grants we have received since 2009 from the OJJDP allow us to work directly in supporting wellness policy for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Teams across the country. TIJF is often invited to present at conferences supporting mental health and wellness for those in law enforcement and affiliated professions. To date our SHIFT and HART programs have trained 23,588 people working in professions that expose them to the trauma of others, these are people who work in communities, in government both local and national, and are heroes in their roles to help people. Our social media provides Task Force Topics once a month, where we interview an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commander about current topics in the fight against child exploitation and abuse, to educate the public about the dangers children may be exposed to online.

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.


Since it's development our SHIFT program has always been an in-person training. Due to the COVID pandemic, we had to adjust to be able to support our ICAC teams in a different way. We had to adapt and provide virtual trainings, online wellness rooms, and postpone our attendance at conferences, many scheduled into 2022 now. In addition, we had to take a new program back to the drawing board and make it virtual. The end result was a training that could serve more people than originally expected, and we have a flexible program that into the future will be able to be provided both virtually and in-person depending on the needs of the organization and funding. We learned to onboard new employees virtually, trained our team to use Zoom and Webex for trainings, and expanded how we use social media to reach people. The new skills in remote work has given us the ability to bring on new trainers, and work with groups across the country in a meaningful and helpful way.

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

100

out of 100

The score earned by Innocent Justice Foundation is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:


How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email, Other means


How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve


With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?

Our staff, Our board, Our funders


What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?

It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.



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. We've partnered with GuideStar by 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.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

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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