Mission: The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need to thrive. We're the leading independent nonprofit in children's mental health, operating three Mission Areas: Care, Education and Science.

-We've reached more than 50,000 children through clinical care, research evaluations and school-based programs.

-More than three-quarters of the children we have reached across all our programs received free or reduced-cost services.

-Through data sharing, our science team has made the equivalent of more than $1 billion in data available to all.

-More than 2,000,000 parents and educators visit childmind.org each month to access credible information about children's mental health and learning challenges.

-Our school programs have reached more than 30,000 students through mental health treatment, support groups workshops and classroom coaching.

Child Mind Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2009, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://childmind.org/

  101 E 56th St
New York NY 10022 

  212-308-3118


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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 As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Child Mind Institute is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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Good

This charity's score is 87.15, 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

65.2%


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

21.6%


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

13.0%


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

19.0%


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

$0.13


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

1.17 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

19.99%


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)
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.


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Policies:
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Donors can be reluctant to contribute to a charity when their name, address, or other basic information may become part of donor lists that are exchanged or sold, resulting in an influx of charitable solicitations from other organizations. Our analysts check the charity's website to see if the organization has a donor privacy policy in place and what it does and does not cover. 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.


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



Harold Koplewicz, President

$1,123,638 (4.66% of Total Expenses)


Elizabeth Planet, Executive Director

$349,433 (1.45% 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 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.


Child Mind Institute 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:

At the start of the pandemic, we experienced a significant drop in clinical revenue. Our fundraising events shifted from in-person to fully remote, resulting in decreased funds raised -- for our annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner in 2020, which was fully remote, we received only 49% of the donations we raised through that event in 2019. To meet our financial needs, we took measures including temporarily reducing compensation for employees earning $100,000 or more, suspending matches to 401k plans, freezing the hiring process, and furloughing some staff.


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

As the crisis forced much of the United States to shut down, the Child Mind Institute pivoted in all mission areas. Our clinics in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area converted patients to telehealth, our editorial staff produced new content on COVID-19 and mental health, our researchers developed tools and technologies to garner information that will lead to more effective interventions, and our school and community programs responded to increased anxiety, grief and loss in school communities.


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

As an immediate response to the pandemic, our team rose to the challenges of COVID-19 to serve the critical needs of our patients, the families in our network, and our school and community partners. We converted all our services to virtual models, updated our materials to address the specific concerns youth, families, and school communities were facing, introduced new service offerings tailored to 2020-22 challenges including Spanish language parent talks and learning support services, and partnered closely with the NYC Department of Education to develop and implement a holistic recovery action plan for school communities. We further embarked on initiatives to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion and introduced a Youth Advisory Council to incorporate the perspectives of the young people we serve.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

While we have reopened our doors to in-person patients, we continue to offer telehealth services. Now that we have digitally converted all of our trainings for educators and school mental health professionals, we will be able to offer these much more seamlessly to school communities across the country.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
2/1/20212019 87.15
11/1/20192018 86.14
9/3/20192018 85.85

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.

11/1/20182017 91.25

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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

Child Mind Institute 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



Child Mind Institute reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$11,240,467

Spent in most recent FY

68%

Percent of program expenses


Science and Innovation


$3,049,234

Spent in most recent FY

18%

Percent of program expenses


Public Education and Outreach


$2,022,018

Spent in most recent FY

12%

Percent of program expenses


Access to Clinical Care


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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 Child Mind Institute 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


The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need to thrive. We're the leading independent nonprofit in children's mental health, operating three Mission Areas: Care, Education and Science. We provide world-class clinical care in our offices in NYC and San Mateo, CA, and bring evidence-based mental health supports to underserved school communities in the surrounding areas. Our public education initiatives provide free, science-based resources on mental health and learning differences to end the misinformation and stigma that cause so many children to miss out on life-changing care. Our research is at the forefront of neuroscience efforts to identify biomarkers of mental illness and learning differences. Our landmark Healthy Brain Network study is collecting the largest dataset on the developing brain and sharing data freely with the scientific community.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Millions of children - as many as 1 in 5 - struggle with mental health or learning challenges. Fully 70% of U.S. counties do not have a single child and adolescent psychiatrist. Due to stigma, misinformation, and a lack of access to care, the average time between onset of symptoms and any treatment at all is over 8 years. Our children deserve better. That's why the Child Mind Institute was created. We're dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. We've become the leading independent nonprofit in children's mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow's breakthrough treatments. Together, we truly can transform children's lives.


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: Secure long-term capacity to treat children from under-resourced communities, expanding our existing financial aid and travel assistance programs for patients seen in our offices and via telehealth

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


Goal Two: Scale up our school program to additional cities, build in a focus on learning disorders, and extend our trainings for teachers and school mental health professionals across the country

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


Goal Three: Extend the reach of our vast catalog of mental health resources, reaching families who are of low socioeconomic status, geographically isolated, and Spanish-speaking

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

We have begun to provide educational workshops for our leadership to support the development of a formalized diversity, equity, and inclusion plan. We launched a learning series, offered to all employees, on topics like Fostering Inclusion in the Workplace, How to Be an Inclusive Leader, and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Training. We hired coaches to support the growth and development of our leadership team and leaders’ capabilities managing a diverse group of individuals. On an individualized basis, the coaches help our leaders understand personal strengths and areas of growth, and they provide feedback to leaders as they try out new techniques and skills to effectively reach and motivate team members. The goal is for our leaders is to be able to create a learning environment in which individuals come together to solve problems and, ultimately, to create a responsive culture which advances the Child Mind Institute’s mission.

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:
  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

The Child Mind Institute is proud to be a member of the Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health alongside fellow nonprofits that help deliver positive, tangible impact on the critical challenges of stress, anxiety, and depression in children and adolescents. The Child Mind Institute is also part of the Mental Health Coalition, a group of passionate and influential organizations, brands, and individuals who have joined forces to end mental health stigma. Corporate partners and cause marketers have helped us expand our education and advocacy efforts, which include building out digital mental health guides for families and training educators to address students' mental health needs in the classroom. Our researchers regularly present at conferences around the world, and our teams are committed to freely sharing all datasets collected with the larger scientific community on a prepublication basis. Thousands of researchers have published more than 700 articles using our data.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


As the COVID-19 crisis forced much of the United States to shut down, the Child Mind Institute mobilized rapidly to pivot in all mission areas. Our clinics in NYC and the San Francisco Bay Area converted patients to telehealth, our editorial staff produced new content on COVID-19 and mental health, our researchers developed tools and technologies to garner information that will lead to more effective interventions, and our school and community programs responded to increased anxiety, grief and loss in school communities. Now, two years into the pandemic, not only has a “new normal” been adopted but the stigma around mental health has begun to recede. Open conversation is increasingly common. But receding stigma has revealed another problem. When families reach out for help, they often find that there is no one there to answer the call. We are meeting the need with far-reaching programs that scale solutions for societal impact. While we have since reopened our doors to in-person patients, we continue to offer telehealth services which allows us to reach more patients. In 2021, we delivered evidence-based care to nearly 4,500 children and adolescents from our clinical centers, completed 4,700 mental health and learning evaluations, and provided $580,000 in financial aid to families. We are providing services both in person and remotely to ensure our patients’ safety. The 2021-22 academic year has been one of transition, and the need for mental health support was great. Despite these challenges, our team reached over 5,200 students, parents, and educators through mental health supports and workshops this school year and trained more than 560 educators and school staff to deliver our mental health interventions independently. Because we digitally converted all of our trainings for educators and school mental health professionals at the start of the pandemic, we can seamlessly offer trainings remotely, as needed, to school communities across the country.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Harold Koplewicz

President

Ram Sundaram & Joseph Healey

Co-Chairs

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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

Child Mind Institute 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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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


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Methodology


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Constituent Feedback


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Methodology


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Analysis and Research


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