Mission: TO EMPOWER GIRLS FROM UNDERSERVED AREAS OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO BECOME THE NEXT GENERATION OF COLLEGE-EDUCATED WOMEN.

Moste Motivating Our Students Through Experience is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1991, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.moste.org

  C/O WEWORK 555 W 5TH ST 35TH FLOOR
Los Angeles CA 90013-0000


 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 As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Moste Motivating Our Students Through Experience is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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

91

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 90% Finance & Accountability and 10% Leadership & Adaptability


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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

90

out of 100

The score earned by Moste Motivating Our Students Through Experience 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

90

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

80.92%

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

11/12 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

No review needed due to small charity size

No 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

45.23%

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

Missing

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

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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



CHRISTINA BULL ARNDT, DIRECTOR

$0


SANDRA CACH, SECRETARY

$0


BONNIE DAVIDOFF, DIRECTOR

$0


KIMILOLUWA FAFOWORA, DIRECTOR

$0


LOUIS HAMEL, 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:

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. (BMF activity code: 320)


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.


Moste Motivating Our Students Through Experience reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing


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

During the pandemic MOSTe worked aggressively to raise funds and remain sustainable. We pivoted our annual Lanterns Awards Luncheon to the digital environment, holding successful online events in both 2020 and 2021 that exceeded their fundraising targets. We also added a new fall fundraiser, a virtual walkathon which raised $23,000 last year and helped grow our individual donor base. We plan to hold it again this fall, this time as a hybrid event.


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

When COVID-19 arrived, we quickly connected families with resources and students with the tech they needed to participate in school and programming. We took our college access and success workshops virtual, making them accessible and appealing to our students studying from home. We held several online events for mixed age groups across each month, addressing social-emotional learning & college knowledge as well as new needs arising during this unprecedented time, including self-care and mental wellness. We offered free yoga and dance classes with partners, created virtual social outlets, & reached out to individual students to check in. Mentoring, college guidance and one-on-one application support were offered virtually. We plan to conduct virtual programming again this fall, adding several in-person events as it becomes possible and advisable.


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

We paused our office lease and staff shifted to working remotely, staying in close contact via regular meetings on Zoom. In response to pandemic-related budget constrictions, we eliminated the position of College Counselor in June 2020, reassigning those responsibilities to our Program Directors and Executive Director. Given these challenges, we’re especially proud to report that our entire Class of 2020 enrolled directly in college last year, and that the entire Class of 2021 will matriculate at four-year institutions this fall.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We have found that individual college advising conferences work very well over Zoom, and make it easier for students to find time between school and work to meet with us. Staff have also instituted virtual office hours, where students can drop in via Zoom to share concerns, work on college applications, or ask questions. Our Scholars have also enjoyed meeting in mixed age groups to explore college and career possibilities.


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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

Moste Motivating Our Students Through Experience 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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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Moste Motivating Our Students Through Experience reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$302,225

Spent in most recent FY

90%

Percent of program expenses


THE MOSTE A-G REQUIREMENTS WERE DEVELOPED TO ENSURE A STANDARDIZED SYSTEM FOR PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND SCHOLAR PARTICIPATION IN MOSTE'S COLLEGE ACCESS PROGRAM. MODELED AFTER A TO G SUBJECT REQUIREME ... (More)


$32,175

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


THE MOSTE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INCLUDES TWO TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS. THE INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP IS AWARDED TO CULMINATING EIGHTH GRADE SCHOLARS, BASED ON THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE MOSTE A-G COLLEGE ACCES ... (More)


$0

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


THE MOSTE MENTORING PROGRAM CONNECTS MOSTE AND MORE MOSTE SCHOLARS WITH A COLLEGE-EDUCATED, PROFESSIONAL FEMALE IN THE GREATER LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY. MOSTE MENTORS ARE AVAILABLE AS A RESOURCE, ROLE MO ... (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 Moste Motivating Our Students Through Experience 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


MOSTe mentors and empowers girls from underserved areas of Los Angeles to become the next generation of college-educated women.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Our vision is for all our graduating high school seniors to earn their college degrees within six years, and develop into women who are confident, career-focused agents of social change.


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 more students to join our program in middle school.

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


Goal Two: Resume our in-person college tours and annual retreat, and strengthen our career exploration programming.

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


Goal Three: Advocate for systemic change through our work with the Southern California College Access Network and the Alliance for Girls in LA.

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


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

Our Executive Director and Program Directors have participated in training and knowledge-sharing sessions around the Summer Learning Initiative grants from the California Community Foundation. As recipients of the 2022 HALO Award, our Volunteer Coordinator and another staff member will participate in further training next year.

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

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We have partnered with two other girl-serving nonprofits, DIY Girls and Las Fotos Project, leading our college knowledge workshops in exchange for ones on STEM and photojournalism. MOSTe also sits on the steering committee of SoCalCAN, and will be on the founding Advisory Board of the Alliance For Girls/LA.

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.


In this unusual time, MOSTe has successfully offered our college access and success programming in an all-virtual format. Instead of our in-person schedule of monthly workshops, we have offered from four to six shorter workshops a month, primarily in late afternoon when students have finished their classes. Students are required to participate in a minimum of one workshop a month. The workshops still focus on college and career readiness, and developing soft skills such as organization and communication. Mentoring, college guidance and one-on-one application support were all also offered virtually. To help build community, we also offered monthly Movie Night hangouts over Zoom, and virtual dance and yoga classes led by allies from Critical Mass Dance Company and People’s Yoga. The girls express great relief and gratitude at learning these simple ways to reduce stress and become more mindful. Without the option of providing in-person college visits, we encouraged students to take part in the online tours and workshops increasingly offered by many colleges. We were particularly excited to host a panel of first-generation students from Trinity College last June, as hearing from students with similar experiences is the strongest encouragement for our scholars to consider venturing out of state themselves.

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

Not Currently Scored

Moste Motivating Our Students Through Experience 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.

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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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


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


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. 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.



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.


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Analysis and Research


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Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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