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    Fish of Vancouver
    Impact & Measurement
    Accountability & Finance
    Culture & Community
    Leadership & Adaptability

    Fish of Vancouver

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    501(c)(3) organization
    Donations are tax-deductible
    906 Harney Street
    Vancouver WA 98660

    Vancouver WA | IRS ruling year: 1982 | EIN: 91-1166344  
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
     
    Organization Mission
    FISH OF VANCOUVER WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1969 TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY FOOD WITHOUT CHARGE TO ANYONE DECLARING THEIR NEED.
     

    Rating Information

    rating
    Great

    This charity's score is 90%, earning it a Four-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.

    This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores, weighted as follows: 29% Accountability & Finance, 52% Impact & Measurement, 8% Leadership & Adaptability, 11% Culture & Community. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

    Historical Ratings
    Charity Navigator's ratings previously did not consider Leadership & Adaptability, Culture & Community, or Impact & Measurement. The historic rating mainly reflects a version of today’s Accountability and Finance score. More information on our previous rating methodologies can be found on our rating methodology page.
     
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    Rating Report

    Impact & Measurement
    Score

    84

    This beacon estimates the actual impact a charity has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

    Assessments

    Impact

    80 out of 100 points

    75% of Impact & Measurement score
    Full Credit
    Partial Credit
    No Credit
    Impact Evaluation
    80 out of 100 points
     
    Impact Statement
    $1,936,352 total costs / 576,000 meals provided = roughly $3.36 provides a meal to a person in need. [2021 USD]
    Program Context
    Food Pantry: This program provides groceries to beneficiaries.
    Data Time Period
    10/1/20 to 9/30/21
    Benchmark for Scoring
    Impact 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 score of 100 if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a score of 80 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 65. This program's cost per meal is between 75% and 125% of the local meal cost.
    Methodology
    This impact score was determined through the Grocery Program methodology which is fully detailed in the Charity Navigator Guide to Ratings. Analysis conducted in 2023 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.
    Data Source
    The nonprofit submitted data on the amount of food it provides.

    Measurement

    96 out of 100 points

    25% of Impact & Measurement score
    Full Credit
    Partial Credit
    No Credit
    The Measuring Outcomes assessment evaluates how well a charity tracks progress towards its mission's outcomes.

    Displayed below are the responses provided by the charity for the Measuring Outcomes assessment. Each question is designed to address specific criteria, with responses eligible for full, partial, or no credit. Please refer to the scoring rubric for details on how responses are scored.

    Selected program: Shopping style food pantry
    Program Planning and Design
    28 out of 28 points
     
    This section assesses the use of crucial evaluation tools in program objective-setting and activities.
    Charity leadership uses information collected to make decisions regarding programs
    • Agree, uses information collected to improve programs
    Charity has shared understanding across staff of how programs lead to the goals a program achieves
    • Agree, has universal understanding of how programs achieve goals
    Charity has documents and reviews how program activities lead to change
    • Agree, documents and reviews
    Charity has researched program model before implementation in the following ways
    • Consulted other nonprofits
    • Referred to the practices of similar nonprofits
    • Surveyed target population
    • Assessed ethical and legal compliance
    Charity revisits how program activities lead to change
    • Agree, does revisit how program activities lead to change
    Charity tracks program progress in the following ways
    • Tracks activities
    • Tracks outcomes and impacts
    • Tracks using timelines and milestones
    • Aligns plan with mission
    Program Development
    25 out of 25 points
     
    This section assesses the consideration of stakeholders in program objectives and activities.
    Charity identifies program target population needs in the following ways
    • Discussions or surveys with target population on how program activities best serve their needs
    • Discussions with local community groups, including local government or other community leaders
    • Discussions with local nonprofits on their programs
    • Does not identify program target population
    Charity considers practical, cultural, and political needs and interests of those served by program
    • Agree, charity is responsive to practical, cultural, and political needs
    Charity uses SMART Goals
    • Agree, identified Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound (SMART) goals
    Data Collection and Analysis
    15 out of 19 points
     
    This section assesses the best practices used in collecting and analyzing program data.
    Charity tracks program information in the following ways
    • Collects data before a program is initiated
    • Collects data during program implementation
    Charity collects programmatic information on those served by the program in the following ways
    • Identifies the number of those served by program
    • Collects demographic data of those served by program
    • Collects information about the quality of service from the target population
    Charity assesses program effectiveness at multiple points in time
    • Agree, collects information before and after a program is implemented
    Reporting and Distribution of Results
    19 out of 19 points
     
    This section assesses reporting and disseminating program results.
    Charity reports program results to key stakeholders
    • Reports results to stakeholders
    • Does not report results to stakeholders
    Charity reports both favorable and unfavorable results
    • Yes, charity reports both favorable of unfavorable results
    Use of Results
    9 out of 9 points
     
    This section assesses the use of results to guide learning.
    Charity uses program results to inform future work for the following reasons
    • Sustain and secure funding
    • Inform strategic planning
    • Improve program operations
    • Understand the impact of their work
    • Inform how we create future programs
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