Mission: RED HEN PRESS SEEKS TO DISCOVER AND PUBLISH WORKS OF LITERARY EXCELLENCE, SUPPORT DIVERSITY IN ACREATIVE INDUSTRY, PROMOTE LITERACY IN OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS, AND SERVE A ... (More)

Red Hen Press Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2000, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.redhen.org

  1540 LINCOLN AVE
Pasadena CA 91103-2008


 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 As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Red Hen Press Inc. is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations.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

35

out of 100

This charity's score is a failing 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

28

out of 100

The score earned by Red Hen Press Inc. is a failing 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

28

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

43.27%

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.


Good financial stewardship goes beyond financial metrics, and includes effectively using funds in pursuit of the declared mission. Organizations that spend less than half of their budget on programs are probably not adequately pursuing their mission. For this reason, our methodology applies zero points to both financial metrics in cases where the Program Expense ratio is under 50%


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

No Audit/Review

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

99.28%

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

This organization is receiving zero points for both financial metrics (Liabilities to Assets Ratio and Program Expense Ratio) due to their Program Expense Ratio being under 50%.


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

Missing

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

Missing

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



KATE GALE, DIRECTOR

$85,000


MARK CULL, DIRECTOR

$85,000


BIANCA RICHARDS, SECRETARY

$0


NANCY BOUTIN, DIRECTOR

$0


ANDREW SEIPLE, DIRECTOR

$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:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


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.


Red Hen Press Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Balance Sheet


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

We had spent years gearing up for 2020 to be our best publication year yet, with 10 lead titles instead of the usual average of 4-5. This preparation served to keep our sales in 2020 on par with previous sales years, though sales dropped in 2021. Similarly, in 2020 our donors made extra efforts to support us but started to reach "donor burnout" in 2021 as the far-reaching effects of the pandemic tightened their finances as well.


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

With no in-person programming available, we pivoted quickly to virtual events and started a virtual poetry series with The Broad Stage within a month of the shutdown. We then hosted every author's book launch for all of 2020 and 2021 via Streamyard and streamed simultaneously on Facebook, Youtube, and Linked In. For our Writing in the Schools program, we worked with our participating schools to offer our poetry workshops via video chat, on whatever platform that school preferred.


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

We went full remote and invested in remote desktop software for ease of use for local staff as well as interns around the country. We have a staff call every morning at 9a to check in and discuss anything we need assistance with for that day. Every Tuesday we have a full-staff meeting to get a full department update and discuss upcoming priorities and deadlines. All staff now have webcams and speakers, and once vaccinations were available, staff were able to work in a hybrid capacity, coming into the office on their own schedules and according to their comfort levels.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

The virtual programs we created were amazing and highly attended, especially in 2020. We were pleased to have attendees from around the country, and some internationally as well. We will continue to do host events in a hybrid capacity, so as to serve both our local and national/international audiences.


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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

Red Hen Press Inc. 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.

Learn more about Impact & Results.


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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Red Hen Press Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$61,955

Spent in most recent FY

20%

Percent of program expenses


PUBLISHING WORKS OF LITERARY EXCELLENCE:DR. KATE GALE AND MARK E. CULL CO-FOUNDED RED HEN PRESS IN 1994 TO PUBLISH TALENTED WRITERSWHOSE WORK HAD BEEN OVERLOOKED BY LARGER PUBLISHERS. TODAY, THE PRESS ... (More)


$2,339

Spent in most recent FY

0%

Percent of program expenses


SPEAKING AND PERFORMING:RED HEN PRESS CONDUCTS AT LEAST 30 NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LITERARY EVENTS EACH YEAR,TYPICALLY AT 90%+ CAPACITY. THESE INCLUDE PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE ANNENBERG BEACH HOUSE, T ... (More)


$4,800

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


STUDENT POETRY WORKSHOPS:IN 2003, RED HEN PRESS FOUNDED THE WRITING IN THE SCHOOLS (WITS) PROGRAM TO GIVE STUDENTSACCESS TO LITERARY ARTS EDUCATION THAT HAD BEEN DISCONTINUED BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNI ... (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 Red Hen Press Inc. 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


RED HEN PRESS SEEKS TO DISCOVER AND PUBLISH WORKS OF LITERARY EXCELLENCE, SUPPORT DIVERSITY IN A CREATIVE INDUSTRY, PROMOTE LITERACY IN OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS, AND SERVE AS A HUB FOR LITERARY EVENTS AND ENRICHMENT. WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF READERS AND WRITERS, ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE ESSENTIAL HUMAN PRACTICE KNOWN AS LITERATURE.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


A world full of readers who see their own stories and lives represented in contemporary literature.


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: We have grown over the last few years and are now investing in our overall capacity through fundraising to establish a stable reserve, higher staff pay, and technological upgrades.

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


Goal Two: To expand our Writing in the Schools program to reach more schools and students, and to do so with upgraded textbooks of contemporary literature and poets.

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


Goal Three: To upgrade our event space to be a fully community-oriented resource for local theater productions, art gallery shows, and writing workshops.

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

Our leadership team receives at least yearly DEI Workshop training and attends webinars and workshops for professional development, as applicable and desired per department.

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 partner with other non-profits and government agencies for community event programs (such as The Broad Stage and the Annenberg Community Beach House) and for book publication awards and publishing series that uplift and champion marginalized authors (such as the Letras Latinas publishing series with the University of Notre Dame and the Ann Petry Award for Black authors with the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance). We also create peer study reviews every few years, in which we ask publishing industry questions from other presses and nonprofits and then share that info with all participating organizations. All of our work and the successes of our authors are promoted across all social media platforms.

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.


We have had to pull up publication timelines to match the delays in the book printing industry, and have found new printers with equal quality and shorter turnaround times. Throughout the last year, and since April 2020, we continue to address each policy and standard we created pre-pandemic, in order to better pivot to this new hybrid world. We did not furlough or lay off any staff members, and instead fundraised to increase staff pay to help match the increased cost for living in Los Angeles.

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

Red Hen Press Inc. 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.


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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