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Wasteless Solutions Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2018, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

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  999 E MURRAY HOLLADAY RD
Salt Lake Cty UT 84117-4901



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Impact & Results 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

Not currently scored

This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology because it does not e-file IRS Form 990


To ensure year-to-year consistency, the Encompass Rating System’s Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS Form 990.
Charity Navigator does not currently have the data required from e-filed IRS Forms 990 for Wasteless Solutions Inc. under the EIN: 83-0573953. 
This indicates that Wasteless Solutions Inc. may still be filing paper Forms 990.


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


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Additional Information

Unscored

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

No Data Available


Revenue and expense data is not available for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

Salary of Key Persons

No Data Available


Key Persons data is currently unavailable for this organization. This data is only available if this charity has at least one year of electronically-filed Form 990 data filed within the last six years.

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 that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2) (BMF foundation code: 16)


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.


Wasteless Solutions Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


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

Financially, our organization was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by experiencing a reduction in in-kind donations of surplus food.


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

The COVID-19 pandemic inhibited our ability to offer education opportunities in person, offer fundraising opportunities, and we couldn't offer as much surplus food to people in need. This was because caterers and cafeterias close down, which were two of our largest food donors.


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

As did other organizations around the world, Waste Less Solutions had to quickly and creatively adapt to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because social gatherings were limited, food donations from large events were no longer an item to count on. We had to find new ways to rescue food and get it to the people that needed it. We acquired another nonprofit that was rescuing from backyard gardens. Our Garden Share program expanded during the pandemic as more people spent time at home gardening and growing fresh produce. Waste Less Solutions rescued excess produce from residential and neighborhood gardens to deliver to partnering agencies. Additionally, volunteer numbers increased during the pandemic because people in the community wanted to help those around them. Lastly we start seeking out ethnic markets as food donors as they weren’t currently donating to anyone and this allows us to get culturally relevant food to people in need.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

There are a few innovations we plan to keep in place permanently, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To begin with, we are going to work on growing our Garden Share program. We also are going to increase our social media presence, which we found helped get our name out there even if people were staying home. We also are going to offer more virtual training opportunities. Additionally, our organization is going to continue to look at other types of food donors that in the past, we typically haven't looked at.


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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

100

out of 100

Wasteless Solutions Inc. is highly cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$2 provides a meal to a person in need.


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Impact & Results Report

100

of 100 points


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Food Rescue

Activities

The nonprofit collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens.

Program Type

Food Distribution

Beneficiaries Served

Program Geography

Time Period of Data

1/1/21 to 12/31/21


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Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

A meal provided to a person in need


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


Outcome data collected during the program. The nonprofit submitted data on the amount of food it provides.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We assume that the distribution of a meal from one nonprofit's food distribution program does not diminish the amount of food distributed by any other (neighboring) food distribution program. This “counterfactual” assumption about the amount of food distributed in the absence of the nonprofit’s food distribution program implies that the benefit of a meal to a beneficiary in need constitutes a net gain; the gain is not offset by reductions in food provided to other beneficiaries in need. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.


Cost Calculation

$16,000 program costs + $261,277 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $277,277 total costs


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$277,277 total costs / 132,200 meals provided = roughly $2 provides a meal to a person in need.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of food distribution programs are based on the cost of a meal relative to the cost that a food-secure person incurs to buy a meal in that county. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a score of 75 if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Highly cost-effective

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2022 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.

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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 Wasteless Solutions Inc. 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


Waste Less Solutions is dedicated to the education, prevention and diversion of food waste in Utah. We envision a community that works together to provide sustenance and promote a healthy planet by preventing edible food waste.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Waste Less Solutions is committed to making a significant reduction in food waste by educating consumers and food entities on the issue and solutions as well as by offering a food diversion program that engages our community to help rescue edible food and get it to the food insecure in our community.


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: Reduce food waste in Utah by 50% by 2030

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Goal Two: Build a food rescue program in all major counties in Utah by 2024

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


Goal Three: Innovate food rescue to get the right food to the right people at the right time to ensure we are truly reducing food waste and nutritiously feeding those in need

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

Waste Less Solutions has made several investments in leadership development over the past year. First, our executive director has attended multiple webinars on the food waste movement, offered by The World Resource Institute. Additionally, our leader has attended a nonprofit leadership series, offered by The Utah Nonprofit Association. Upcoming events include the American Express Leadership program "Unlocking Your Potential", starting in 2022.

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?

Our efforts to reduce food waste are shown in many different ways. Waste Less Solutions partners with other nonprofit, public, and private organizations to deliver rescued food to those in the community that need it most. Our staff and board actively seek out opportunities to educate the community by hosting speaking engagements at places such as schools, conferences, and farmers markets. Waste Less Solutions has a growing social media following that engages the community and works to educate them about food waste.

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 did other organizations around the world, Waste Less Solutions had to quickly and creatively adapt to the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because social gatherings were limited, food donations from large events were no longer an item to count on. We had to find new ways to rescue food and get it to the people that needed it. We acquired another nonprofit that was rescuing from backyard gardens. Our Garden Share program expanded during the pandemic as more people spent time at home gardening and growing fresh produce. Waste Less Solutions rescued excess produce from residential and neighborhood gardens to deliver to partnering agencies. Additionally, volunteer numbers increased during the pandemic because people in the community wanted to help those around them. Lastly we started seeking out ethnic markets as food donors as they weren’t currently donating to anyone and now, this allows us to get culturally relevant food to people in need.

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

Wasteless Solutions Inc. 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

Unscored

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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


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. 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.



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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