Using the value of democracy and diverse religious traditions, Faith In Action Bay Area helps create more affordable housing; increased access to health care; improved neighbo ... (More)

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Faith in Action Bay Area is headquartered in San Carlos, CA, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 94-2716470.  Donations are tax-deductible. It is classified by the IRS as a Educational Organization. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 1984.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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Finance & Accountability Score


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This Beta V1 of Finance 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 latest filing year 2018.

Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

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Board Composition

10/10 Independent

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

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Liabilities to Assets Ratio


Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

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Total Revenue


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Finance & Accountability Report


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The Finance and Accountability Score provides a basic measure for organizational health. At this time, it comprises 100% of a charity's Overall Score.

Program Expense Ratio


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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).

For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

10/10 Independent

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Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.

Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review/Financial Audit

No Review/Audit

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For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.

This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.

For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio


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The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed


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Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.

Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component

Source: IRS Form 990

Data Sources

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results

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  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Faith in Action Bay Area reported its largest program on its FY 2018 Form 990 as:


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Faith In Action Bay Area provides leadership training, staff development,consultation on community issues, technical assistance and organizational networking.

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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

FIABA develops leaders, builds teams, and unites people across differences to build the power necessary to change systems and transform communities. We believe that all people have the right and responsibility to make decisions about their own futures especially marginalized and low-income communities. We are a multi-lingual, multi-racial, multi-gender, cross-class, inter-generational organization of congregations with different faiths, with members from very different communities. We believe that those most affected by unjust systems and policies have the right to lead efforts to change them, and so we commit to supporting those communities who live closest to the pain.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

Objective 1: Facilitate collaborative processes for staff and board to set priorities, address challenges and lead the organization by utilizing an Organizational Dashboard to assess health and effectiveness quarterly. Objective 2: Expand fund-raising capacity and expertise through the adoption of an improved development database to ensure long term sustainability. Objective 3: Facilitate the involvement and capacity of community leaders and organizers to direct campaigns that improve the lives of Bay Area families.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

FIABA is a faith-based organizing network with an institutional partnership model; we have more than 30 years’ experience developing leadership capacities in low-income communities to address a variety of issues, including housing, health care, immigrant rights, community safety, education, and criminal justice reform. FIABA has been organizing in San Mateo County for over three decades, and is now deeply rooted in over 90 congregations, tenant groups, and schools with both immigrant and non-immigrant constituents. Each year, FIABA engages thousands of residents through organizing campaigns; 2,000-3,000 through action events; and 5,000-15,000 through listening campaigns, one-time know-your-rights workshops, and educational activities. As a member of the Faith In Action National Network, we also partner with other affiliates to work on statewide and federal policy issues that stand to impact families in the Bay Area. We have stable financial reserves and strive to operate with integrity and excellence in all aspects of our operation.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

If we establish clear objectives; identify in advance the desired metrics we seek; and define the tools for and frequency of evaluation; Then we will be able to monitor, track, and assess our progress towards our goals.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

For each area of focus, we have established clear objectives and our staff has defined metrics and the time frame for those metrics to be achieved. On a regular basis we assess progress and the strategies employed to achieve our goals. On a regular basis, our staff shares with each other their individual goals, progress, and challenges. This allows for group input and collective brainstorming to further progress.


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...   Leadership & Adaptability

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