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Food For Thought

healing with food + love

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four stars

91.26

P.O. Box 1608 Forestville, CA 95436
tel: (707) 887-1647   Web Site
EIN: 68-0181095

Board Leadership
Diana Laczkowski
President

CEO
Ron Karp
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.26 four stars
  Financial 87.64 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Food For Thought's mission is to nourish and serve our community by providing healthy food and compassion to people living with HIV and other critical illnesses.

Food For Thought's mission is to nourish and serve our community by providing healthy food and compassion to people living with HIV and other critical illnesses.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of meals delivered
121,989
Number of meals served or provided
333,509
This impact information is current as of July 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.64

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
79.8%
  Administrative Expenses 5.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 15.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.18
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.52
  Program Expenses Growth 6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food For Thought on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food For Thought on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food For Thought (CA) 91.26 four stars
Meals On Wheels America (VA) 94.84 four stars
St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (CA) 86.11 three stars
Arlington Food Assistance Center (VA) 91.68 four stars
D.C. Central Kitchen (DC) 88.97 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,771,884
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $1,771,884
   Program Service Revenue $7,896
Total Primary Revenue $1,779,780
   Other Revenue $292,814
TOTAL REVENUE $2,072,594
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,828,854
   Administrative Expenses $123,630
   Fundraising Expenses $360,310
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,312,794
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-240,200
   
Net Assets $5,006,496

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Nutrition Services $1,813,854 99.2%
Service to MediCal Patients $15,000 0.8%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-12 06/01/2019 91.26 four stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 88.30 three stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 90.10 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 91.10 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 91.91 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 06/01/2015 91.68 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 91.02 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 88.41 three stars
2010-12 09/01/2012 86.53 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 68-0181095
Name in IRS Master File FOOD FOR THOUGHT
NTEE Code K31
NTEE Classification Food Banks, Food Pantries
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
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).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date May, 1994
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$107,813 4.66% Ron Karp Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food For Thought (CA) 91.26 four stars
Meals on Wheels People (OR) 91.27 four stars
LifeNet4Families | Cooperative Feeding Program (FL) 91.16 four stars
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (NJ) 97.46 four stars
Martha's Kitchen (CA) 90.21 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food For Thought
P.O. Box 1608
Forestville, CA 95436
tel: (707) 887-1647
fax: (707) 887-1440
EIN: 68-0181095

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Board Leadership

Diana Laczkowski
President

CEO

Ron Karp
Executive Director

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