Mission:

The mission of Students Run LA (SRLA) is to challenge at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improve ... (More)

Students Run LA is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1993, and donations are tax-deductible.  Cause: Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services


Contact Information

  https://www.srla.org/

 5252 Crebs Avenue
Tarzana CA 91356 


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Exceptional

This charity's score is 97.46, 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

95.2%


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

2.8%


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

1.9%


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

4.3%


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

$0.02


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

0.55 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

7.91%


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

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 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



MARSHA CHARNEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$35,000


ERIC SPEARS, DIRECTOR

$25,000


JOHN MACALLISTER, PRESIDENT

$0


ROBERT KESSEL, CO-VICE PRESIDENT

$0


STEVEN MILLER, CO-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:

Other youth organization or activities (BMF activity code: 349)


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).

...   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

Students Run LA 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



Students Run LA reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$2,267,811

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


STUDENTS RUN LA (SRLA) CREATES A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY AT 185+ PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WELCOMING MORE THAN 3,200 STUDENTS TO TRAIN ALONGSIDE THEIR TEACHERS TO COMPLETE THE LOS ANGELES MARATHON. THROUGH T ... (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 Students Run LA 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


The mission of Students Run LA (SRLA) is to challenge underserved secondary students (most who live in low-income communities of color) to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with a truly life-changing experience: The training for and completion of the Los Angeles Marathon.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


SRLA is in the business of changing the trajectory of young people’s lives, especially those who’ve got the odds stacked against them. We do that by challenging them to do something less than 1% of the population will ever do – run a 26.2-mile marathon – and then helping them achieve it, giving students the opportunity to realize the rewards of such a singular accomplishment. Through this transformative experience, SRLA students discover their best selves, learn how to set and achieve personal and academic goals, adopt a healthy lifestyle, and develop the resiliency to overcome life’s obstacles.


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: Focus on core programs to achieve mission and scale back on programs not seen as core.

Goal One: Reaching students in low-income communities, SRLA strives to close the equity gap by providing students with the support to be mentally and physically successful in their academic and personal lives.


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

Goal Two: SRLA continually seeks to expand its development reach to ensure that it can raise the resources needed to fund its program every year. Annually, SRLA develops a comprehensive fund development plan.


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

Goal Three: SRLA has recently invested in efforts to build a robust, sustaining alumni network, designed to engage alumni and encourage them to give back to current students through their mentorship and giving.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

SRLA has encouraged staff to take multiple training courses online during this past year. These training courses include child abuse prevention, sexual harassment prevention training, concussion protocol training, as well as a number of professional development courses, too.

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

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

SRLA regularly partners with other organizations to strengthen its program and community awareness. Over the past several years, SRLA has had a deep, meaningful collaboration with the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC). Working together, SRLA and OIC conducted a long-term injury study on SRLA students that led to the development of a consensus statement on the safety of youth training for long-distance running in a supervised program. This partnership was also critical in allowing SRLA to keep its program running throughout the pandemic. Dr. Joshua T. Goldman, Associate Director for the Orthopedic Institute for Children's Center for Sports Medicine and Team Physician (and COVID-19 Taskforce Team Member) for UCLA Athletics, gave an informative presentation on how to train safely during COVID-19 times at our Annual Leader Conference. In addition to being watched by our Leaders at the virtual conference, Dr. Goldman’s presentation was viewed more than 1,000 times on YouTube.

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.


During this past year, SRLA, like many, had to adapt to the ever-changing conditions of the pandemic. Administratively, SRLA overhauled its online communications and data collection systems. Instead of collecting paper files, SRLA now collects documents online via uploaded .pdf files. These files include photos participants snapped on their run club apps to prove completion of their training runs. More than a verification tool, these photos told the story of how SRLA students stayed the course throughout a socially-distant season. Programmatically, SRLA modified its running and mentoring program to meet COVID-19 health restrictions and a virtual classroom environment. SRLA developed training, technology support, and an event series for a virtual world. Instead of SRLA Leaders physically training alongside their students, they met up with their students virtually at least once per week to help keep each other on track in their training. Following the safety measures detailed the Board-adopted COVID-19 Protocols (https://www.srla.org/covid19-protocols), SRLA students were encouraged to meet the increasing distance goals in their training each month. However, as COVID-19 wrecked havoc in SRLA communities during the winter months, these distance milestones were adjusted to focus on keeping students physically active and socially connected during these difficult times. In addition to keeping our marathon-training program running throughout the pandemic, SRLA also made the pivot to the virtual world for its community service program, SRLA Cares. For example, SRLA partnered with The Civics Center to encourage SRLA students to hold student-led voter registration drives at their schools and held a screening of The History of Plastics to encourage students to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic. Students were then encouraged to go “plogging” in their neighborhoods to pick up plastic to recycle on their runs. SRLA has demonstrated resiliency & flexibility this past year.

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

100

out of 100

The score earned by Students Run LA is a passing score.

Encompass Rating Beta V3 provides an evaluation of an organization's Culture and Community by measuring its Constituent Feedback practices (see report below). Constituent Feedback data provides 100% of the basis for the initial evaluation of the Culture & Community Beacon.


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Culture & Community Report

100

of 100 points (BETA)

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Full Credit


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Methodology


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've partnered with GuideStar by 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.


Charity Navigator awards full credit for this Beacon to every nonprofit that is eligible for an Encompass Rating that completes the survey, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. This data is not evaluated for quality at this time. Validation will be added in future iterations of this Beacon.

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.