Mission:

SafeHouse Denver assists adults, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence..<br><br>SafeHouse Denver strives to:<br><br>intervene in  ... (More)

SafeHouse Denver is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1977, and donations are tax-deductible.  Cause: Social Services


Contact Information

  https://safehouse-denver.org/

 1649 Downing Street
Denver CO 80218 

  303-318-9959


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 93.90, 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

81.5%


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

7.6%


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

10.7%


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

3.9%


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

$0.09


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

1.99 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

4.88%


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
No Material Diversion of Assets
Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant
Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties
Documents Board Meeting Minutes
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing
Compensates Board

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
Whistleblower
Records Retention and Destruction
CEO Compensation Process
Donor Privacy

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
Board of Directors Listed on Website
Key Staff Listed on Website
Audited Financial Statements on Website
Form 990 Available on Website

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 include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



VICTORIA MCVICKER, CEO

$144,618


VALERIE CHILEWSKI, DEVELOPMENT

$112,323


ROGER SHERMAN, CHAIR

$0


NATE BARKER, SECRETARY

$0


JAMIE SLAVIN, TREASURER

$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:

Defense of human and civil rights (BMF activity code: 430)

Other housing activities (BMF activity code: 399)


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

This organization was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in a way that affected their financial health. 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.


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


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

We were fortunate enough to receive some COVID emergency support grants, and unfortunately also dealt with losses in funding. In 2020, our June fundraising event was cancelled, and the Hope Gala was virtual. A local government funding source cut their grant funding 60% for the remainder of 2020 and completely cut funding in 2021.


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

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused increased isolation, limited access to resources, and intensified physical violence for survivors of domestic violence, making it critical that we maintain services. Throughout the pandemic, our 24-Hour Crisis and Information Line has remained open; our non-residential Counseling and Advocacy Center staff continued to accept new clients and worked to provide advocacy-based counseling, resources, and support virtually and via phone; and our Extended Stay Program remained fully operational. Our Emergency Shelter provided housing, advocacy, and basic necessities in a limited capacity to maintain social distancing. Protocols were put in place at the Shelter internally and with our partners to avoid any outbreaks. Despite restrictions lifting in the Denver area and vaccination rates increasing, SafeHouse Denver continues to maintain these safety measures and provide services with the safety of our clients, residents, and staff in mind.


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

To support survivors while keeping clients and staff safe, we expanded remote options, implementing a virtual counseling platform for Counseling and Advocacy Center (CAC) Advocates to continue meeting with survivors. At the Emergency Shelter, we acquired tablets and other technology to allow survivors to safely meet virtually with referral agencies and providers. We also used the virtual counseling platform at the Shelter and Extended Stay Program to host support groups. These virtual offerings actually offered greater safety and convenience for survivors, and we plan to keep virtual sessions as an option throughout our programs after the pandemic is over.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The telehealth platform we use for all our programs is HIPAA compliant and allows SafeHouse Denver to provide advocacy, counseling, and resources to clients in a safe virtual environment. The service is encrypted and hacker-proof to ensure the safety of our clients, and does not require an app download that could potentially be viewed by an abuser. We discovered that virtual services have been very convenient for some clients, as they no longer have to find childcare or transportation when they have an appointment. For this reason, we plan to keep the telehealth option for our CAC clients going forward. Our teen programming also switched to a virtual format towards the end of the year, and has been very successful in engaging young people in services. We have provided survivors at our Shelter and ESP with devices to meet virtually with service providers, and plan to keep this option available after the pandemic as it offers extra security and convenience.


...   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
BETA

100

out of 100

SafeHouse Denver is , earning a passing score.


Impact

$10 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.



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Impact & Results Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Denver Safehouse Shelter

Activities

The nonprofit provides people experiencing homelessness with a temporary place to stay.

Program Type

Beneficiaries Served

Program Geography

Time Period of Data


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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


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.


We look for self-reported shelter nights. If we cannot find this information we estimate it using HIC data.


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 provision of shelter by one nonprofit does not diminish the provision of shelter by any other (neighboring) nonprofit. We also assume there is, in general, no slack capacity in the homeless shelter system. In the absence of a given shelter, beneficiaries would not be able to stay at another shelter because other shelters are assumed to have no beds to spare. 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.


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 Statement

$10 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of emergency shelters are based on the cost of providing a night of shelter relative to the Fair Market Rent in that county. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 200% the Fair Market Rent and a score of 75 if they are less than 400%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Nonprofit Comment

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This nonprofit did not provide a comment

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.

Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



SafeHouse Denver reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$663,718

Spent in most recent FY

44%

Percent of program expenses


THE SHELTER SERVICES PROGRAM PROVIDES SAFE TEMPORARY EMERGENCY SHELTER IN A SECURED 33-BED FACILITY FOR MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN VICTIMIZED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. ADDITIONALLY, THE PROGRAM PROVIDES EMOT ... (More)


$479,590

Spent in most recent FY

32%

Percent of program expenses


COUNSELING AND ADVOCACY PROGRAM OFFERS NON-RESIDENTIAL SERVICES OUTSIDE OF A SHELTER ENVIRONMENT TO ADULTS AND YOUTH VICTIMIZED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SERVICES INCLUDE INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY-BASED DOMESTI ... (More)


$215,502

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


THE ESP PROGRAM PROVIDES SAFE, INDEPENDENT HOUSING FOR SHELTER SERVICES RESIDENTS WHO ARE OUT OF ACUTE CRISIS BUT IN NEED OF ADDITIONAL TIME TO ACCESS LONG TERM HOUSING AND OTHER RESOURCES RELATED TO  ... (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

Not Currently Scored

SafeHouse Denver is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.


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...   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 SafeHouse Denver 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


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?

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.


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

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

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

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.


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

Some recent examples of changes we've made in response to client feedback include: creation of a tool for advocates to be able to welcome someone deaf or hard of hearing into the space and provide basic information prior to being able to access an interpreter; improvements to signage inside the Shelter to expand accessibility for survivors who are non-English speaking, non-Spanish speaking, or have limited literacy; and revision of the chore policy to positively impact the shelter environment, client’s experience in the space, and increase manageability of contributing to the cleanliness for clients in crisis/trauma.



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.