Mission: COMMUNITY ACTION MARIN'S MISSION IS TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO ACHIEVE WELLBEING BY PROVIDING THE EDUCATION, MENTAL HEALTH, AND VITAL SERVICES THEY NEED. TOGE ... (More)

Community Action Marin is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1971, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.camarin.org

  555 NORTHGATE DR STE 201
San Rafael CA 94903-3696


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Community Action Marin is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

88

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 32% Finance & Accountability, 50% Impact & Results, 7% Leadership & Adaptability, and 10% 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

100

out of 100

The score earned by Community Action Marin is a passing score

This V6 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 2020, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

87.07%

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
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

Board Composition

12/12 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
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

39.33%

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

Listed

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 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



CHANDRA ALEXANDRE, CEO

$177,500


ROGER CRAWFORD AT- LARGE, ATTORNEY

$0


DANIELLE GEORGE, SECRETARY

$0


ELLIS G- JOE SIMMONS, PRESIDENT (RETIRED)

$0


MEREDITH PARNELL, VICE PRESIDENT

$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:

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.


Community Action Marin reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


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

Our agency became the county's fiscal administrator of rental assistance, working around the clock to help ensure people stayed housed. Many other changes in contracts and grants required us to stay nimble.


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

Program delivery for in-person services such as childcare and homeless outreach required investments in COVID-19 supplemental pay and safety equipment for staff. Community and staff got additional support with technology to ensure connections through remote operations.


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

We modified as needed to maintain support of our community, providing in-person and remote options across programs as warranted. We expanded provision of basic needs, including rental, utilities, cash, and food assistance. We included support of tele-health and disaster response in the county. We increased policy advocacy for rent freezes and eviction moritoria.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

Remote work and flexible scheduling for some staff will remain part of our operations.


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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

75

out of 100

Community Action Marin is cost-effective, earning a passing score.


Impact

$4 provides a meal to a person in need.


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Impact & Results Report

75

of 100 points


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Program

Childcare Nutrition

Activities

The nonprofit prepares and serves meals to beneficiaries.

Program Type

Food Distribution

Beneficiaries Served

Program Geography

Time Period of Data

1/1/21 to 12/31/21


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Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.


Outcome Metric

A meal provided to a person in need


Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.


Outcome data collected during the program. The nonprofit submitted data on the amount of food it provides.


Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).


We assume that the distribution of a meal from one nonprofit's food distribution program does not diminish the amount of food distributed by any other (neighboring) food distribution program. This “counterfactual” assumption about the amount of food distributed in the absence of the nonprofit’s food distribution program implies that the benefit of a meal to a beneficiary in need constitutes a net gain; the gain is not offset by reductions in food provided to other beneficiaries in need. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.


Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.


Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.


Cost Calculation

$450,000 program costs + $23,753 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $473,753 total costs


Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$473,753 total costs / 135,000 meals provided = roughly $4 provides a meal to a person in need.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results scores of food distribution programs are based on the cost of a meal relative to the cost that a food-secure person incurs to buy a meal in that county. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a score of 75 if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.

Determination

Cost-effective

Analysis Details


Analysis conducted in 2022 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.

Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Community Action Marin reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$5,873,539

Spent in most recent FY

36%

Percent of program expenses


CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMCOMMUNITY ACTION MARIN HAS PROVIDED HIGH-QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION TO THE FAMILIES OF MARIN FOR OVER 30 YEARS. WE ARE THE LARGEST PROVIDER OF SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE IN  ... (More)


$5,292,023

Spent in most recent FY

32%

Percent of program expenses


HEAD START & EARLY HEAD STARTWE ARE THE COUNTY'S HEAD START AGENCY, OPERATING THIS FEDERALLY-FUNDED PROGRAM DESIGNED TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN AGES 0-5 FROM INCOME-ELIGIBLE FAMILIES GET HIGH-QUALITY CHI ... (More)


$2,183,775

Spent in most recent FY

13%

Percent of program expenses


MENTAL HEALTH SERVICESTHE AGENCY'S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES INCLUDE HOMELESS OUTREACH, PEER EDUCATION AND TRAINING, FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS, AND PEER-LED SUPPORT. WE ARE COMMITTED TO TEACHING, EMPOWERING, A ... (More)


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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 Community Action Marin 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 make it possible for people to achieve well-being by providing the education, mental health, and vital services they need. Together, we break down the barriers that get in the way of fair and lasting change in service to better outcomes for all.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


All of us in Marin have an equal opportunity to live our lives with dignity and respect.


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: Each employee belongs - Establish an inclusive culture and create a warm and professional work environment.

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


Goal Two: Access to services/Whole family approach - Enhance impact through a focus on listening to needs and on leveraging community strengths; implement a multi-generational approach to help people thrive.

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


Goal Three: Continuous improvement - Increase effectiveness and excellence through a focus on planning, learning, data, and outcomes.

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

Examples of training opportunities provided to agency staff in past 12 months - Cultural humility; Trauma-informed practice and resilience; Leadership for Equity and Opportunity; People-Manager training series and coaching; Program-specific development opportunities.

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

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Strategic partnerships are a central component of how we advance racial and economic justice. We partner with other service providers to develop approaches that best respond to our common community/clients and to inform funders and public systems on ways to improve and advance equity. We are a founding partner of a local equitable recovery policy task force which has successfully advocated for the extension of a local eviction moratorium and equity as a central criteria for any recovery efforts or investments. Our external communication and marketing efforts, including periodic Op Eds, aim at raising awarenes and connecting stakeholders with action to advance our mission and vision. We engage clients and community in shared learning and leadership on the issues that connect us, including parent Policy Council leaders.

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.


Over the past year, people of color and those with low-income in our community have been largely left out of recovery efforts. We have adapted and expanded programs and services in response to community need and pursued new public/private partnerships to address systemic inequities and improve access to vital services. Our early childhood programs and homeless outreach services have continued to operate in-person throughout the pandemic, incorporating health and safety protocols to protect well-being of clients and employees while continuing these vital services. Other programs operated for extended periods online and now operate under a hybrid model of some in-person and some online. These adaptations have included providing devices, training and coaching for staff as well as clients on how to use various technologies. We have grown some programs significantly to address needs, including rent and cash assistance, and emergency food. Staff and clients alike have experienced increased need for mental health supports which we are incorporating across the agency and across programs. New partnerships in community have allowed us to align our approach with that of other service providers and work with local leaders to solve pressing issues. Our work has ensured that those most in need are receiving critical supports at this challenging time via the trusted relationships that are central to how we operate and support better outcomes tomorrow.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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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

100

out of 100

Community Action Marin has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 100/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

100/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 100 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 12 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


View this organization's DEI Strategies


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

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.


View this organization's Constituent Feedback Practices




Methodology


We've partnered with 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.


Learn more about the methodology.

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. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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