Mission: Since 1909, Childhaven has been a safe and caring place for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in King County. Today, our early learning, early intervention, and counseling programs support positive outcomes for all children and families in the communities we serve.

Our mission is to partner with parents and community to strengthen families, prevent childhood trauma and its damaging effects, and prepare children for a lifetime of well-being.

Childhaven is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1940, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  https://childhaven.org/

  316 Broadway
Seattle WA 98122 

  206-624-6477


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

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 As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Childhaven is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 90.67, 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

78.5%


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

11.8%


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

9.5%


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

15.6%


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

$0.18


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

1.40 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

4.29%


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.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

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.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
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



Jon Botten, Chief Executive Officer

$171,043 (1.56% 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:

Nursery school (BMF activity code: 032)


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.


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

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Balance Sheet


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

Like most non-profits, Childhaven’s finances have been challenged by COVID and the economic uncertainty that surrounded it. Fortunately, some of our investors have made above average undesignated contributions and most of our government funding has remained stable. We have seen the biggest drop in our fee for service revenue, which is largely dependent on billable service hours which have been dramatically reduced. Initially, we saw substantial reductions in referrals due to closures from the pandemic but those are starting to bounce back as things open up. We received numerous grants in support of our COVID-19 response as well as funding from the HRSA CARES Act and SBA Payment Protection Program. We currently have approximately five to six months of operating reserves and invest surplus in diversified assets that facilitate scale, including expansion of endowment, leverage of real estate, and mergers in order to better withstand future adverse trends and headwinds.


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

Like most organizations, COVID-19 presented tremendous challenges for our organization. We received numerous grants from generous donors toward our COVID-19 response – this funding was crucial in expanding our capacity to impact BIPOC communities and children and families most adversely affected by the pandemic. For numerous years, our legacy program, ECLIPSE, had been losing money and struggling to evolve to meet community needs. When the coronavirus emerged, this program could not withstand the additional challenges, so we made the difficult but essential decision to close down that version of the program. In partnership with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, we have rebuilt our ECLIPSE program in a more evidence-based, sustainable, and scalable manner. This exciting partnership has the potential to dramatically shift the way that young children who have experienced trauma and adversity are supported in community childcare and preschool environments.


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

Childhaven took immediate strategic action to provide our continuum of care services to children and families disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. We increased basic needs support and community outreach, implemented telehealth solutions, and upgraded our technology and network infrastructure. We established new partnerships with providers embedded in target communities who identify and refer families who need additional support. We have recently begun to serve more children and families in person in a safe and accessible manner. Childhaven is increasingly concentrating our outreach in hospitals, primary care providers, and other community-based nonprofits in predominantly BIPOC communities in the South King County areas of Renton, Burien, Auburn, and Skyway. We are strengthening partnerships with providers to better identify needs more quickly and improve access to direct relational health and essential services to those experiencing the greatest disparate health impacts.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We have seen additional demand and strain on our resources for mental health and early learning services and coordinated care due to the ongoing pandemic. Many aspects of the technological tools we have adopted will live on and help us more efficiently and effectively provide direct services in response. We anticipate that telehealth options will continue as we strive to meet families where they live, learn, and play in the most accessible and safest way possible. We have also expanded our capacity to impact BIPOC communities by increasing urgent needs support through direct service delivery of food and other essentials such as infant formula.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
12/23/20202019 90.67
12/1/20202019 88.18

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.

3/1/20202018 92.55
2/1/20192017 92.67
2/1/20182016 86.36
12/1/20162015 86.22
6/1/20162014 85.08
Rating Version: 2.0
11/1/20152014 83.08
12/1/20142013 87.72
10/1/20132012 87.25
12/1/20122011 82.11
9/20/20112010 90.29
Rating Version: 1.0
9/1/20102009 87.93
12/1/20092008 83.44
9/1/20082007 84.00
7/1/20072006 80.54
9/1/20062005 85.95
5/1/20052004 91.66
11/1/20042003 81.73

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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

Childhaven 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



Childhaven reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$6,338,828

Spent in most recent FY

74%

Percent of program expenses


Therapeutic Child Care


$808,471

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


Early Intervention


$764,698

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


Early Learning


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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 Childhaven 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


Childhaven partners with parents and community to strengthen families, prevent childhood trauma and its damaging effects, and prepare children for a lifetime of well-being.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


All children are safe and healthy; flourishing physically, socially, emotionally, and educationally; well-nurtured by family and 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: Strengthen and expand existing programs, data-driven decision making

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


Goal Two: Expand infrastructure required to increase work in partnership with community, and to provide indirect services with and through other organizations

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


Goal Three: Lead awareness and system change through public will campaign, multi-sector partnerships, and government relations and advocacy

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

There have been two significant investments in leadership development in the last year. First, the leadership team partnered with our Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Council (DIREC) to provide training cohorts for all staff members around the PBS documentary Race, the Power of an Illusion. Over the course of several months, each staff members will participate in a month-long, weekly cohort training around the documentary, facilitated by members of DIREC. Additionally, Childhaven has implemented a new Reflective Performance Management program (complete with in-depth training.) All managers of people went through a two day training, and then received additional supports as they implemented this program with direct reports across the organization. It involves quarterly reflective check-ins where supervisor and employee can reflect together on the employee’s demonstration of values, on the employee’s core performance functions, and on the employee and supervisor’s work together.

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

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

o Strategic partnerships – healthcare integration partnerships with Harborview Hospital, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, and Swedish Hospital Pediatrics o Networks or collective impact – participation in Renton Innovation Zone Partnership and Skyway Coalition o Thought leadership/presenting at conferences – Chief Program Officer presented at Northwest Children’s Foundation Forum 2021 o Raise awareness of mission through marketing and social media – utilizing board as “human social network” equipping them to share information about Childhaven via social media and through their networks o Local and State policy/advocacy – leadership and a few board members work on legislative agenda for each session, work with other orgs and our lobbyist to push legislation that benefits wellbeing of young kids and their families.

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.


- Due to strong leadership and planning, Childhaven was able to weather external changes in the last year extremely well. We were able to evaluate our financial position, make adjustments to our program offerings, and quickly shift to providing much needed mental health and developmental services in a remote environment, as well as offering early learning programs in a hybrid environment. In addition, we were able to adapt to emerging needs from the families who access our services, providing more basic needs and food in the early months of the pandemic when those items were harder to procure through our existing partner organizations. We have been grateful for the role individual donors and foundations played in releasing unrestricted funding to Childhaven, which allowed us to pivot as needed and to be more responsive to the emerging and changing needs of the kids and families who access our services.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Jon Botten

Chief Executive Officer

Curt Anderson

Board Chair

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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

Childhaven 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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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.


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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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