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Bozeman MT | IRS ruling year: 1995 | EIN: 91-1632134
Red Feather partners with Indigenous communities to develop and implement lasting and impactful housing solutions.
This charity's score is 100%, earning it a Four-Star rating. If this organization aligns with your passions and values, you can give with confidence.
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Red Feather Development Group has earned a 100% for the Accountability & Finance beacon. See the metrics below for more information.
This beacon provides an assessment of a charity's financial health (financial efficiency, sustainability, and trustworthiness) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.
This Accountability & Finance score represents IRS Form 990 data up until FY 2021, which is the most recent Form 990 currently available to us.Learn more
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
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 higher||Expected to complete an audit|
|$500,000 - $1 million||Expected to complete an audit, review, or compilation|
|Less than $500,000||No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)|
Source: IRS Form 990
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
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
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
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
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
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 more||No Credit|
Source: IRS Form 990
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 higher||Full 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
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.
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.
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
Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code (BMF activity code: 994)
Housing for the aged (see also 153) (BMF activity code: 382)
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)
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)
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 search for this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available). Simply enter the organization's name (Red Feather Development Group) or EIN (911632134) in the 'Search Term' field.
This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that effected their financial health in 2020. This normally would have reduced their star rating. 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, and doing this pauses our revision of their rating. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.
Red Feather Development Group reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:
Red Feather's donations and grants went up as a result of the pandemic due to innovations in programming and the news media around COVID infection rates on the Navajo Nation.
How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:
Red Feather's primary programs were put on hold for approximately six months. All in person DIY education workshops had to be postponed. The organization was able to nimbly adapt to the needs on the Hopi and Navajo reservations, focusing on delivering essential items and handwashing stations to those without running water to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.
How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:
Red Feather pivoted our programs are started providing handwashing stations to families w/o running water. To date, we have helped over 700 families. We also started delivering firewood to families who could not obtain their own supply. To date we have helped over 500 families. Finally, we transition our in-person DIY home improvement classes to an on-line platform, which enables us to reach much broader audience.
Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:
Everything mentioned above.
Not Currently Scored
Red Feather Development Group cannot currently be evaluated by our 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.
No 990 Program Data Found
Red Feather Development Group has earned a 99% for the Culture & Community beacon. See the metrics below for more information.
This beacon provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves.Learn more
30% of beacon score
This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.
Who are the people you serve with your mission? Describe briefly.
The target population for this Red Feather programs are Hopi and Navajo families that live on their native homelands. There is a mountain of evidence that demonstrates how American Indian communities, are disproportionately impacted by poor housing conditions. 40% of Native families live in housing that is deemed "substandard" compared with 6% of the general US population. Further evidence demonstrates how poor housing conditions can have damaging impacts on occupant health and how interventions can decrease these risks.
How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings or town halls, Suggestion box/email
How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom does your organization share the feedback you got from the people you serve?
Our staff, Our board, Our community partners
How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship with them or shifted power - over decisions, resources, rules or in other ways - to them?
All of Red Feather's services have become increasingly client-led. The evolution of our Native Home Resource Network, which is the case-management portion of our services, has become central to accessing all other programs. This case-management model is client-directed, and the client's lived experience and their evaluation of their needs is what drives the prioritization of services provided. Red Feather also hosts Listening Sessions at the Villages and Chapter Houses, which are open sessions for community feedback and direction on our services. The information gathered from these sessions and from each case-management client is reviewed, as are all additional comments the organization receives about needs in the community, is what drives our program development and adaptation.
What challenges does your organization face in collecting feedback from the people you serve?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time
Briefly describe a recent change that your organization made in response to feedback from the people you serve.
Most Hopi and Navajo families are dependent upon coal and wood to heat their homes. Solid fuel burning in the home can release high levels of pollution resulting in poor indoor air quality and a host of health complications, including a high death rate from COVID-19. Families that choose not to use solid fuels, turn to dangerous and expensive heating alternatives like electric space heaters, and unvented propane and kerosene heaters. We received feedback that through our Case Management program that reliable, affordable heating options was a huge need. Red Feather adapted our heating program to include the installation of solar furnaces and mini-splits, while also providing HEPA filters to improve indoor air quality for those still reliant on burning solid fuels.
70% of beacon score
This organization's score of 98 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 10 Equity Practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective equity policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.
Equity Practices (5/7)
We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and/or portfolios.
We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization/'s programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured
We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Equity Policies and Procedures (5/7)
We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Red Feather Development Group has earned a 100% for the Leadership & Adaptability beacon. See the metrics below for more information.
This beacon 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.Learn more
The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization's mission
RED FEATHER DEVELOPMENT GROUP PARTNERS WITH AMERICAN INDIAN NATIONS TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO THE HOUSING NEEDS WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES.
The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.
We envision a world where healthy and safe housing is available to all and we are all inspired to work collectively to create self-sustaining communities.
Source: Nonprofit submitted responses
The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.
Goal One: Hire new community-based positions that are permanently on the Hopi and Navajo reservations to extend the rapid-response to homeowners
Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.
Goal Two: Increase the direct work we can provide to homeowners outside of major structural repairs, including allocating money for each client household that can be flexible (i.e. for doors and windows)
Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.
Goal Three: Increase number of grants applied for annually, and scale up PR efforts including a quarterly newsletter sent to all donors and partners and develop a major donor program
Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).
The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development
Red Feather has allocated $800 per employee for continuing education, which ALL staff including management can use to for professional development trainings and workshops. In 2021 Red Feather hired a Fund Development Manager to oversee and grow the fund development, grants and donor relations departments. Red Feather also sought and received a major capacity building grant that allowed for the hiring of a Grants Management and Non-profit Management Consultant, that worked closely with the Fund Development Manager and Executive Director in the development of Logic Models for all program facets. The Board of Directors as expanded in the last years, with the new Board President Chrystel Cornelius bringing extensive knowledge and experience to the organization. As the CEO of the Oweesta Corporation, the only CDFI serving only Native populations, Chrystel's financial acumen has supported Red Feather's broader vision and goals.
The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.
Networks of Collective Impact Efforts
Red Feather collaborates in strategic partnerships with both non-profit and governmental organizations across Hopi and Navajo to deliver our services. We partner with the Chapter Houses and Villages (local tribal government) to provide emergency firewood, heating services, and handwashing stations to those without running water. We also partner with non-profits, such as Collective Medicine/ Water Warriors, to provide services. A major partner is the Hopi Foundation, which distributes emergency supplies on behalf of Red Feather, such as roof sealant and tarps following flooding events. Red Feather's Education initiatives work on a community building model, hosting DIY home repair workshops in local communities, training individuals to be able to carry out their own home repairs. Red Feather actively posts on Social Media and distributes flyers to tribal government houses, and develops PSA's on healthy home issues for local radio stations.
The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.
Responding to the extremely high rates of infection and devastation from Covid-19 in Indian country, Red Feather pivoted our program focus to deliver over 700 mobile handwashing stations to families without running water, making the hygiene access necessary to stop the spread of the virus a priority. Following the closure of a local coal mine that supplied whole communities with affordable heating, Red Feather implemented an emergency firewood program, delivering hundreds of cords of firewood to those at risk of freezing to death. Red Feather’s recent focus on safe heating and air purifying options is a prime example of this community based process. This work has revealed that most families are dependent upon coal and wood to heat their homes. Solid fuel burning in the home can release high levels of pollution resulting in poor indoor air quality and a host of health complications. Strong scientific evidence has linked poor indoor air quality to complications with COVID-19. The need for improved indoor air quality and low-cost, safe heating drew Red Feather's attention to solar furnaces, which can warm a small home, and supplement larger homes, with free heat throughout the numerous clear southwest winter days. Working with Northern Arizona University engineering students in the trialing of different designs has illuminated system effectiveness and potential cost savings and health benefits from using solar furnaces. To date, Red Feather has installed 8 solar heating systems on the Hopi and Navajo Nations. As a result of positive client feedback, we are now expanding this work more broadly.