Mission: AN ECUMENICAL CHRISTIAN BASED VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO ELIMINATING POVERTY HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS BY CREATING DECENT AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR THOSE IN NEE ... (More)

Palouse Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1987, and donations may or may not be tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.palousehabitat.org

  306 N MAIN ST
MOSCOW ID 83843-2629


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

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 As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Palouse Habitat for Humanity is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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


Overall Score

92

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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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

91

out of 100

The score earned by Palouse Habitat for Humanity is a passing score

This V6 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 2020, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

91

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

82.20%

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
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

13/13 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
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

39.24%

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

Missing

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

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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



STEVE DUBLINSKI, DIRECTOR

$0


MICK NAZERALI, VICE PRESIDENT

$0


CONNIE HALL, SECRETARY

$0


JASON SMITH, TREASURER

$0


JASON NOBLE, DIRECTOR

$0


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:

Instruction and guidance on housing (BMF activity code: 398)

Low-income housing (BMF activity code: 380)


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:

Subordinate - the organization is a subordinate in a group ruling. (BMF affiliation code: 9)

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.


Palouse Habitat for Humanity 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:

Taking our annual fundraiser dinner and auction online two years in a row has cut our primary fundraising in half. Operations at our thrift store were closed for two months last year, and we are still not open fully, since many of our staff are retirees who are covid-concerned. We've managed to raise needed funds in other ways, and thankfully had reserves that have allowed us to continue building and repairing homes. But that is not a long-term solution.


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

Palouse HFH builds one new home each year, using primarily volunteer labor donated by the community. Our build site had to shut down operations for two months, two different times. In a normal year we would have engaged up to 250 volunteers. To continue building, a core group of regular volunteers, the "Codger Crew" took on the brunt of the labor, and built most of the home by themselves. The larger economic impact of rising cost of building materials and disrupted supply chains has delayed construction and increased building cost substantially. Pre Covid, a Palouse Habitat home cost $140,000. The homes under construction these past two years will cost $180,000. One program that was not as impacted was the Home Repair program, which makes exterior accessibility improvements for low income homeowners. Since that works takes place outside, and requires minimal


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

We adopted a "build as best we can" model - so long as we had volunteers, materials and funds, we continued building. Our fiscal year starts July 1, so our Board of Directors budgeted for high/normal/low options, and revisited the budget quarterly. We applied for grants specific to covid-relief, and applied for PPP funds from the federal government.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

1) Offering the alternative remote meeting option, Zoom. It enables us to meet more effectively if there are barriers to joining in person. 2) A streamlined printed newsletter. It is slightly more expensive, but much more efficient to produce. 3) The addition of Facebook Live and other video social media updates to engage our team and supporters 4) An online element for our annual fundraiser. We are still figuring out what our event next year will look like, but we expect to at least incorporate an online silent auction.


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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

Palouse Habitat for Humanity 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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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Palouse Habitat for Humanity reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$404,930

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


THE ORGANIZATION, THROUGH ITS MANY VOLUNTEERS, CONSTRUCTS AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THE PALOUSE AND TRANSFERS THE HOMES TO QUALIFIED FAMILIES AT APPROXIMATELY COST AND PROVIDES NON-INTEREST BEARING MORTGA ... (More)


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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 Palouse Habitat for Humanity 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


Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


A world in which every person has a decent place to live


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: Fundraising to complete renovation and repair of the building purchased to house our thrift store and administrative office in 2023.

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


Goal Two: Fundraising and building partnerships to double program capacity to build two or more homes a year.

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


Goal Three: Offer vouchers to allow most vulnerable community members to shop for basic housing needs at our thrift store, the Palouse Habitat Surplus Sale.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Habitat for Humanity International offers a strong support system of trainings, workshops and networking opportunities. Our affiliate, PHFH, includes funding in each budget for staff and key volunteers to travel for conferences and trainings. Most recently I just attended the Habitat for Humanity Washington State ED Retreat with two days of trainings. Last fall I participated in a multi-day grant writing workshop. Looking ahead, we will send our store and key volunteers to attend the HFHI international conference in Atlanta next April.

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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Most recently, we've opened discussions with the Moscow Affordable Housing Trust about ways to partner in the future, to bring our affordable homebuilding expertise to their long-term affordability model for home ownership. We've entered into a partnership with Washington State University to collaborate on research into home building materials and methods to make sure energy efficient homes are also affordable homes.

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.


Palouse HFH took most of our organization online. We committed to Zoom technology, and made better use of the Office 365 we'd just acquired. We launched our Facebook Buy and Sell group, in our first step to offer an online aspect to our thrift store.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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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

Palouse Habitat for Humanity 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.

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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Culture & Community Report

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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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