Mission: Good Tidings Foundation, founded in 1995, is a 501-(c)-3 children's charity that looks to equally support the growth of marginalized youth in Northern California and ... (More)

Good Tidings Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1995, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://goodtidings.org/

  1469 Rollins Road
Burlingame CA 94010 

  800-824-7366


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Financial and Accountability & Transparency score for Good Tidings Foundation is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Good

This charity's score is 84.15, earning it a 3-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

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

78.4%


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

14.3%


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

7.2%


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

2.7%


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

$0.08


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

7.25 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

-4.19%


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  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
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Policies


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Policies:
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  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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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.


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Transparency:
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Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

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Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are this organizations key compensated staff members as identified by our analysts. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



Larry Harper, Executive Director

$169,900 (13.35% of Total Expenses)


Current CEO and Board Chair can be found in the Leadership & Adaptability report below.

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:

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

Supplying money, goods or services to the poor (BMF activity code: 560)


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.


Good Tidings Foundation reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Fundraising Capacity


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

Back in 2007, we had the foresight to engage in an aggressive endowment campaign. We knew the endless cycle of fundraising is not sustainable for a small charity. We invested all the money, proceeds and dividends and did not touch it for 13 years. It is now nearly $12M which can spin off as much as $500K annually.


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

As previously stated, we knew the endless cycle of fundraising is not sustainable for a small charity. We invested all the money, proceeds and dividends and did not touch it for 13 years. It is now nearly $12M which can spin off as much as $500K annually. we were able to complete all our scheduled programs and projects as well as add GT Ventures in response to the social awakening our country was finally experiencing.


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

Since much of what we do is build athletic, arts and music spaces for marginalized youth and construction workers were considered essential, we were able to go forward as normal. For fundraising we held a Sweepstakes that did not require a gathering, that combined with our endowment left us in perfect financial position.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Our Winter Wonderland is an annual 9-day Toy Giveaway Program hosted by, the Good Tidings Foundation during the Holidays. This program serves low-income Bay Area families & youth. Upon arrival, they are given complimentary Good Tidings "dollars" to shop and pick out toys in our custom-designed, festive warehouse. To this day, we have gifted over 64,192 gifts to children and families in need. To keep this gifting number growing, we are going to expand our program to East Bay children and families in need. We will accomplish this by connecting with East Bay organizations serving those in need. In 2020, we introduced GT Ventures which will raise up and provide confidence and opportunity to young, talented black youth who are looking to start a non-profit or business with small one-time grants. This is part of our commitment to engage in community building with the hope that successful awardees will pay it forward by giving back to other young black entrepreneurs and philanthropists.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
2/1/20212019 84.15
9/1/20202018 84.02
3/1/20202018 81.58

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to its Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

11/1/20192017 82.42
3/1/20192017 75.05
2/1/20182016 85.50
6/1/20172015 73.70

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...   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

Good Tidings Foundation 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



Good Tidings Foundation reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$977,536

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


SEE SCHEDULE O


$0

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


EDUCATION - WE AWARD 10 SCHOLARSHIPS OF $10,000 EACH, TOTALING $100,000. WE HAVE AWARDED NEARLY 400 STUDENTS $1,517,000 IN SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING OVER THE YEARS.


$0

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


SEE SCHEDULE O


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...   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 Good Tidings Foundation is a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

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


Good Tidings encourages and supports the growth of marginalized children in Northern California by creating environments for athletics, the arts, education and wonder.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Driven by Dreams.


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: Good Tidings supports education with our Community Service Scholarship. We provide $10,000 to 10 high school seniors in need who have dedicated themselves to extraordinary community service projects.

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


Goal Two: GT Ventures will award one-time cash grants on a rolling application basis of $10,000 to young black individuals, for their non-profit or business venture, ages 7 to 24 who reside in California.

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


Goal Three: Good Tidings will continue building art and music studios in partnership with revered artists and musicians to provide children the ability to express themselves creatively without limits.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

One investment began in August 2021 when we hired a Manager and Donor Engagement and Events. We also hired another employee who will begin this upcoming April. We believe these two employees will continue to spread our Mission and represent us in the best way possible. We have also invested time in our board members. We want to inspire the younger generation to get involved with philanthropy. We have two of our Community Service Scholarship winners that are now on our board. We also have board legacy in which many of our older board members' children are on the path to obtain their parents position.

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

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Our first GT Ventures grant was awarded in December 2020 to Madison Wilson. Early on during the Pandemic, when then 8 year old Madison was home in Solvang, CA watching more children’s movies than normal, she noticed there were no characters that looked like her. She observed the same issue with all the books in her classroom. So in response, the following Juneteenth, she spoke in front of the town about the history of the holiday and importance of seeing every type of person represented in media and especially in our educational materials. Madi, along with her Mom Vashti, started the non-profit Madi’s Treasure Box to do just that. Since receiving the GT Ventures grant, Madi’s Treasure Box was able to expand her crayon line to include Spanish translations, has developed coloring books and t-shirts, and is in the midst of publishing her own joke book.

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.


One of our most proud programs is Winter Wonderland. Since 2018, we have hosted our annual toy giveaway program for Bay Area families and children in need. Good Tidings continues the season of giving in December by annually transforming our GT’s warehouse into a festive Winter Wonderland. When COVID came around, it was a change that we had to adapt to, but also figure out how we can help our community adapt to the change in best shape possible. We wanted to continue to make the holiday season special for our community and we did just that this past December. For our our Winter Wonderland we host toy drives with many of our top partners and donors. Since COVID effected the in-person toy drive, we decided to make it easier for our parters and donors by creating a online toy registry. This allowed toys to be delivered right to Good Tidings headquarters. The online toy registry was safe, effective, and generated 500 more toys donated from last year. We made sure to make our Winter Wonderland safe without having to limit the amount of families and children that were interested in coming. We did this by having time slots for families and different youth organizations. This allowed us to safely giveaway over 4,800 toys to over 1,400 families and children. Ultimately result in a huge increase of participation from our previous years of Winter Wonderland. Significantly allowing us to complete our holiday mission of making the holiday season special for children and families in need.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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Organization Leadership

Organization Leadership


Larry Harper

Founding Principal

Matthew King

President

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Good Tidings Foundation is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


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Methodology


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