Mission: PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO THE NEEDY.

St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2006, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.svdp.us

 2890 CHAD DR
Eugene OR 97408-7336


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Moderate Concern Advisory for:
St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County Inc.

On October 29, 2019, The Register-Guard reported on the charges of improper conduct allegedly taking place at St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County in an article titled, "Junction City woman accuses St. Vincent De Paul of failing to prevent sewage from flooding her home." For this reason, we have issued a Moderate Concern CN Advisory as the allegations have yet to be confirmed. For more information regarding this matter, please see The Register-Guard article.


This charity has received a Moderate Concern Advisory due to an open or pending investigation regarding allegations of possible illegal activity, improper conduct, organizational mismanagement, or other matters of concern. Please note that this investigation has not concluded and that the allegations being investigated have not been confirmed by the U.S. legal system. Charity Navigator aims to provide donors and users with as much information as possible in order to make an informed giving decision. This advisory will be updated once we become aware that the investigation is completed. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors of sources used for the reported information, and not those of Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is not responsible for the nature or content of the information presented through such external sources and websites. For more information on how or when we decide to publish a CN Advisory, please review our methodology.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

97

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 95% Finance & Accountability and 5% 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

97

out of 100

The score earned by St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County Inc. is a passing score

This V4 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 2019, the latest year published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

97

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

92.64%

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
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense percentage AND Liabilities to Assets

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

14/15 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
$250,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $250,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

46.03%

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

Missing

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

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



TERRENCE MCDONALD, EXECUTIVE DI

$172,802


GLENN DEPRATER, CFO

$92,930


CHARLIE BURNHAM, CHAIR

$0


LOUISE WESTLING, VICE CHAIR

$0


BEN MONDRAGON, SECRETARY

$0


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:

Church, synagogue, etc (BMF activity code: 001)

School, college, trade school, etc. (BMF activity code: 030)

Hospital (BMF activity code: 150)


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.


St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


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

Our organization faced negative financial impacts as a result of both increased community need and reduced business activities. Typically, our lifesaving social services are funded in large part by our retail store operations. After shuttering retail operations temporarily, we began an aggressive fundraising campaign to mitigate funding shortfalls as a result of COVID-19’s impact on our traditional revenue streams. Contributions from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors brought in enough capital to maintain our operations during the crisis. SVdP anticipates continued stability due to the adaptations we made in response to the financial strain of the pandemic: we reduced expenses, have a variety of program-based grants that help sustain our organization’s social service operations, and have a regular influx of community giving from corporate and private donors. The pandemic has shifted our focus from relying on waste-based enterprises, to building a robust donor base.


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

SVdP has provided uninterrupted, in-person programming throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic caused a swift increase in demand for our services, as once-stable community members lost their ability to meet their needs and vulnerable populations experienced disproportionate health risks. Our services for unhoused individuals and families expanded capacity and modified service delivery models in alignment with public health recommendations. Concurrently, distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic led to increased educational attainment disparities among unhoused and low-income school-aged children. To mitigate exacerbated education attainment gaps, SVdP provided technology, high-speed internet and remote learning support to school-aged children.


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

We adapted service delivery models to respond to the crisis by expanding existing services and implementing new programs in conjunction with new safety protocols. Our shelter program for unhoused adults jumped from 12 to 24-hour occupancy so clients could shelter in place. We opened emergency respite centers to safely shelter youth and adults experiencing homelessness in collaboration with community partners. We identified emergency quarantine housing for veterans experiencing homelessness, while our Youth and Family Services modified programming so those experiencing homelessness could shelter in place. We facilitated distance learning so children could meet educational commitments while navigating homelessness, including: relevant technology, professional tutoring, and free childcare for young parent-students. We adapted to connect people experiencing homelessness with needed rental assistance and stimulus money. We have provided COVID-19 vaccination clinics at shelter sites.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

SVdP is dedicated to leveraging agency resources to provide the most progressive, trauma-informed programming possible. As such, we will keep those innovations in place that improve existing programming beyond the pandemic. To better serve families with children younger than 18 in need of temporary shelter, SVdP will maintain pandemic-era expanded capacity including 22 newly renovated, fully walled and private family rooms in its dormitory and newly installed outdoor Pallet shelter units reserved for medically vulnerable or symptomatic families as non-congregate and overflow shelter for the program. Additionally, we will sustain an onsite health clinic installed in 2020 at our emergency shelter site serving adults experiencing homelessness to ensure healthcare access for vulnerable community members — and, personal-sized Pallet shelters to provide enhanced case-managed programming in addition to our existing lifesaving shelter for unhoused adults through heated, heavy-duty tents.


...   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

St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County 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

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$21,639,139

Spent in most recent FY

56%

Percent of program expenses


THRIFT STORE OPERATIONS - TO PROVIDE LOW COST CLOTHING, HOUSEHOLD GOODS, FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES TO NEEDY INDIVIDUALS.


$11,338,024

Spent in most recent FY

29%

Percent of program expenses


SVDP'S SERVICE ENRICHED HOUSING PROGRAMS INCLUDE THREE PROGRAMS SERVING HOMELESS FAMILIES AND SINGLE INDIVIDUALS AND FOUR PROGRAMS SERVING VETERANS. PROGRAMS SERVING HOMELESS FAMILIES AND SINGLE INDIV ... (More)


$5,583,190

Spent in most recent FY

14%

Percent of program expenses


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL'S EMERGENCY SERVICES PROGRAM HELPS PEOPLE MEET THEIR BASIC NEED BY PROVIDING FOOD, CLOTHING, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, AND HELP WITH RENT, UTILITIES, AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION. MAJOR PROG ... (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

100

out of 100

The score earned by St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County 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


"We assist the poor and those in need of consolation, seeking out and utilizing every resource. Being mindful of the sanctity and dignity of all, we know that any charitable work that advances those goals is within the mission of St. Vincent de Paul."


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County will be the leader in providing a social safety net through development of innovative solutions, services, and partnerships: no work of charity will be foreign to the Society. We will achieve social justice incorporating entrepreneurial spirit and environmental stewardship. We will be self-sustaining by funding our own future through asset development and community involvement.


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: Recruit and maintain skilled, long-term management, staff, boards, and volunteers who grow in commitment to the values and mission of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County

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


Goal Two: Be a significant provider of quality housing and comprehensive social services to underserved populations

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


Goal Three: Continue the commitment to the entrepreneurial spirit

Goal Type: New program(s) based on observed changes in needs among our constituencies/communities served.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

We regularly seek to promote staff from within the organization and help set goals with incoming staff for their employement with us. When a staff member shows interest in a new position and has proven to be a responsible member of the team, we work with them to see if their new role would be a good fit. Often, there is more training required if a transition does happen, and we do our best to set our employees up for success with further training. We encourage staff to seek further education or certifications that would help them develop their own skills and support their teams. We regularly authorize staff to participate in conferences (mainly virtual due to COVID-19), networking events, and to engage with community organizations outside our own to build their connections and growth as an individual.

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?

For decades, we've been one of the leading non-profits the community and local government turn to when there is a dire need in the community. SVdP Lane County is a current member of the Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), and has staff serving on local committees like the City of Eugene Equity Panel, McKenzie Valley Long-Term Recovery Group, and actively collaborate with other service providers. We actively seek partnerships and collaborations with several local organizations and coordinate our strategies as to not duplicate services. We are often sharing publicly on social media, press releases, and letters to the editor with local news sources to share stories of impact, hope, and suggested viewpoints to consider.

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.


Our services remained un-interupted but did have to quickly shift occupancy rules and how we provided daily services to folks in crisis. We put public safety above our own revenue by shutting our thrift stores down until we could properly space the aisles and merchandise for folks to safely social distance. In a matter of hours, our Emergency Services team pulled together a respite shelter for unhoused folks to "shelter-in-place" in a safe and secured location with proper social distancing protocols in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. We proudly continue to adapt to the needs of the community by creating safe places for unhoused folks to exist beyond our regular services. This expansion happened because partner organizations and local government trust our program leads to be collaborative and compassionate. We took on a brand new project of Pallet shelters as transitional housing for folks seeking options outside congregate shelters. We molded policy and procedures to safely house unhoused folks with pre-existing conditions that categorized them as high-risk for COVID-19 in motels through a contract with our county and have watched those clients gain increased mental health and wellness just with a safe place to sleep every night. We will continue to creatively address the issues our community faces with an innovative and collaborative spirit that other organizations and government groups expect from us.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   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 St. Vincent De Paul Society of Lane County Inc. 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


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback.


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?

Paper surveys, Case management notes


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

To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations


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

Our staff, Our funders


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

Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from our clients


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

Note: The organization did not respond to this question.



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.

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