Mission:

San Francisco CASA transforms the lives of abused and neglected foster youth by providing one consistent, caring volunteer advocate, trained to address each child's needs in t ... (More)

San Francisco CASA is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1987, and donations are tax-deductible.  Cause: Children's and Family Services


Contact Information

  www.sfcasa.org

 2535 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94110 


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Star Rating System


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 90.46, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. View this organization's historical ratings on our legacy website.

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

72.8%


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

6.1%


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

21.0%


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

2.4%


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

$0.15


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

1.80 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

14.31%


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
No Material Diversion of Assets
Audited Financials Prepared by Independent Accountant
Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties
Documents Board Meeting Minutes
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing
Compensates Board

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:
Conflict of Interest
Whistleblower
Records Retention and Destruction
CEO Compensation Process
Donor Privacy

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
Board of Directors Listed on Website
Key Staff Listed on Website
Audited Financial Statements on Website
Form 990 Available on Website

Additional Information

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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



RENEE ESPINOZA, EXECUTIVE DIR.

$150,538


PAUL KNUDSEN, DIR DEVELOP & COMM

$118,630


LISA PEARSON, BOARD CHAIR

$0


AJI OLIYIDE, VICE CHAIR

$0


JEFFREY DAVIDSON, TREASURER

$0


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

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:

Prevention of cruelty to children (BMF activity code: 327)

Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code (BMF activity code: 994)


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

This organization was impacted by COVID-19 in a way that affected 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 for six months. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


San Francisco CASA reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery


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

While SFCASA had to cancel the 2020 Fostering Change Gala and transition to a virtual Gala in 2021, lost revenue was replaced by generous individuals, as well as two federal Payroll Protection Program loans that we expect to be fully forgiven.


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

The challenges of foster children and youth were exacerbated, particularly in the areas of education and healthcare, but also meeting basic needs. SFCASA created an emergency fund to ensure youth and families had access to basic necessities, while also supporting persistent educational advocacy. SFCASA also worked with partners to ensure youth had the tools to participate in online learning, and communicated with educators so foster children were not falling through the cracks.


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

In addition to addressing the urgent needs of youth in foster care, SFCASA implemented virtual volunteer info sessions and advocate training. We increased marketing efforts to recruit volunteers to address expanded needs, and trained a record number of new CASA volunteers. As a result, SFCASA supported a record number of youth in the program year, providing creative, consistent advocacy. We also supported youth in staying in touch with family and community, taking advantage of digital platforms and advocating for access, including in the courts and for parents in the justice system.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We expect to continue to offer virtual volunteer info sessions and at least partially virtual trainings, to continue to make the role more accessible to potential volunteers. We will also continue to use virtual tools to communicate with children placed outside the county (70% of our clients), in addition to visiting them in person.


...   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

San Francisco CASA 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



San Francisco CASA reported its two largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$1,549,769

Spent in most recent FY

99%

Percent of program expenses


SFCASAs 323 volunteers provided one-on-one mentoring and advocacy to 313 foster youth. CASA volunteers are sworn officers of the court, trained to mentor and advocate for the best interests of foster  ... (More)


$13,870

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


San Francisco CASAs Court Dog program provides a highly trained facility dog in the courtroom during Family Court proceedings involving foster youth and their families, helping to deescalate tensions  ... (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 San Francisco CASA 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 (BETA)

Mission

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


San Francisco CASA transforms the lives of abused and neglected foster youth by providing one consistent, caring volunteer advocate, trained to address each child's needs in the court and the community. SFCASA volunteers provide judges with the crucial information needed to make sound decisions that affect the lives of foster children. Volunteers help these children by: advocating for safe, permanent, and nurturing homes; addressing their educational, healthcare, and other urgent needs; and helping them to develop permanent connections in the community. All volunteers are screened, trained, and supervised by professional SFCASA staff.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our vision is that every child has a safe and loving home and is given the opportunity to thrive.


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

Goal One: Continue to grow to serve more of the 950 youth in San Francisco's foster care.


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

Goal Two: Deepen our impact in our 5 core advocacy areas; education, healthcare (physical, mental and behavioral), housing/placement, independent living and community connections


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

Goal Three: Address the racism inherent in the child welfare system, supporting family reunification and working to address the disproportionality of child removal.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

All staff participate in Clifton Strengths training and coaching and we have invested significant resources in diversity, equity and inclusion training for staff, board and volunteers.

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

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

SFCASA has significantly expanded marketing activities to increase awareness of the foster care system, and works with dozens of nonprofit and governmental partners to improve service and reduce duplication of efforts. Foster youth are not well served by the referral systems in the wealth of youth programs in the Bay Area and SFCASA works consistently to facilitate greater participation and access.

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.


SFCASA had to quickly transition our spring 2020 CASA training class to a virtual system to avoid losing any potential volunteers. We engaged our technology partners and the California CASA network to learn about the options and involved the majority of our staff in this critical transition. At the same time, when we saw that foster homes were suddenly expected to care for youth 24 hours a day, and support virtual learning, we created an emergency fund and developed a network of partners to address urgent and ongoing needs. Volunteers delivered groceries, toiletries and essential technology tools, while also facilitating online tutoring and other resources.

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
BETA

Not Currently Scored

San Francisco CASA is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


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 award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

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.