Mission: FOOD FORWARD FIGHTS HUNGER AND PREVENTS FOOD WASTE BY RESCUING FRESH SURPLUS PRODUCE, CONNECTING THIS ABUNDANCE WITH PEOPLE IN NEED AND INSPIRING OTHERS TO DO THE SA ... (More)

Food Forward Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2011, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.foodforward.org

  7412 FULTON AVE 3 NORTH HOLLYWOOD C
North Hollywood CA 91605-4126



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

99

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 80% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 10% 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

100

out of 100

The score earned by Food Forward Inc. 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

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

99.02%

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

12/13 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

Audited

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

1.71%

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

Listed

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

Listed

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

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 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.


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


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

At the start of 2021, Food Forward committed to adding $1 million to our operating budget to keep the space, new staff positions, and distributions that we created in response to the pandemic in 2020.


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

In April 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Food Forward pivoted operations to best serve our community during the health crisis. We launched an emergency expansion initiative that involved doubling the Produce Pit Stop warehouse footprint to 15,000 square feet, securing new equipment, hiring five new food rescue staff positions, and redeploying staff to meet the increased community need. As the result of our initial emergency expansion effort, Food Forward ultimately doubled program capacity in 2020. While this was initially intended to be a short-term, emergency expansion in 2020, the ongoing need for nutritious food in our community led to an extension of this essential work into 2021.


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

In 2021, Food Forward sustained all major aspects of its emergency expansion, maintaining additional program staff and equipment; managing a larger portfolio of produce donors and 340+ agency distribution partners; and increasing coordination and expenses related to third-party produce transporters. The Sprout – our expanded warehouse space – continues to supply 15 mid-size agencies each day with 500-5,000 pounds of produce each. Produce “hub” distribution partnerships with key agencies across the county each continue to supply 8-20 local agencies with 10,000-20,000 pounds of produce on a bi-weekly or weekly basis.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

In the next year, Food Forward will refine our operations in order to sustainably distribute a baseline of 60 million pounds of fresh produce a year and identify opportunities to expand our services into the future.


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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

Food Forward Inc. 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

Unscored

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Food Forward Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$109,249,373

Spent in most recent FY

97%

Percent of program expenses


THE WHOLESALE PRODUCE RECOVERY PROGRAM WAS LAUNCHED IN 2014. THE PROGRAM COLLECTS LARGE LOTS OF FRESH, SURPLUS PRODUCE FROM WHOLESALE PRODUCE VENDORS, DISTRIBUTORS, AND GROWERS AT THE DOWNTOWN LOS ANG ... (More)


$1,367,154

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


THE BACKYARD HARVEST PROGRAM BEGAN OVER A DECADE AGO IN 2009. AS FOOD FORWARD'S FLAGSHIP FOOD RECOVERY PROGRAM, BACKYARD HARVEST MOBILIZES COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS TO HARVEST SURPLUS, LOCAL PRODUCE FROM B ... (More)


$954,913

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


THE FARMERS MARKET RECOVERY PROGRAM WAS LAUNCHED IN 2012 AND BRINGS TOGETHER VOLUNTEERS TO RECOVER SURPLUS PRODUCE DIRECTLY FROM VENDORS AT LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS. THIS BOUNTY OF HIGH-QUALITY, UNSOLD P ... (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 Food Forward 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


Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people experiencing food insecurity, and inspiring others to do the same.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Food Forward envisions a future where all people have access to fresh produce and food waste is drastically reduced, resulting in nourished communities and a healthy environment.


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: Build programmatic depth to become more sustainable and efficient.

Goal Type: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.


Goal Two: Cultivate relationships and partnerships in the communities we serve.

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


Goal Three: Strengthen the organization with consideration to staff capacity and diversity, Board recruitment, succession planning, and technology solutions.

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

Food Forward has a budget for professional development and encourages all levels of staff to seek opportunities to grow in their individual skill sets. In addition, the organization is working with the Center for Nonprofit Management on teams training. The organization has also begun formal trainings on diversity, equity, and inclusion at both the staff and board levels, which will continue.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Core to our values is the belief that the advancement of society happens through community-based change. Food Forward forges strong relationships with more than 340 hunger relief agencies to distribute recovered produce to clients, completely free of charge. Rick Nahmias, Food Forward Founder/CEO, participates in networks of multiple organizations committed to food equity as a member of the Los Angeles County Food Equity Roundtable and a Leadership Circle member at the LA Food Policy Council. Additionally, Food Forward is proud to speak and write on our produce recovery and distribution efforts to build awareness of our mission to fight food insecurity and reduce 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.


Remaining nimble and regularly evaluating our workflow and impact is an enormous advantage for our programmatic work. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed Food Forward to increase the amount of produce distributed to our agency partners and their communities. As the need for fresh, healthy food remains great, the organization is now focused on continuing to strengthen its internal systems to ensure that this higher volume of work is a sustainable and permanent part of Food Forward’s operations. In 2022, Food Forward will rescue 60-70 million pounds of fresh produce from needless waste, maintaining historic levels of produce recovery and refining operations to better serve hunger relief organizations at scale into the future.

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

90

out of 100

Food Forward Inc. has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: Not Scored

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 90/100 (100% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

90

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

90/100 points

100% of beacon score


This organization's score of 90 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 7 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


View this organization's DEI Strategies


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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