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Human Services : Social Services

Food For Thought

Providing healthy food and compassion to people living with HIV and other serious illnesses in Sonoma County

four stars

90.10

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 90.10 four stars
  Financial 91.34 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Located in Forestville, California, Food For Thought is a grassroots organization dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of men, women, and children living with HIV and other serious illnesses in Sonoma County. The organization was founded in 1988. Our services are free for our clients and include weekly groceries, nutritional vitamins and supplements, frozen prepared meals, nutritional counseling, healthy cooking classes, and a congregate lunch program three times a week.

Located in Forestville, California, Food For Thought is a grassroots organization dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of men, women, and children living with HIV and other serious illnesses in Sonoma County. The organization was founded in 1988. Our services are free for our clients and include weekly groceries, nutritional vitamins and supplements, frozen prepared meals, nutritional counseling, healthy cooking classes, and a congregate lunch program three times a week.

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Financial

four stars

91.34

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 06/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
80.1%
  Administrative Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.56
  Program Expenses Growth 6.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.9%
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) 90.10 four stars
Arlington Food Assistance Center (VA) 96.40 four stars
CEAP (MN) 85.73 three stars
St. Mary's Dining Room (CA) 88.68 three stars
Meals on Wheels of Wake County (NC) 86.42 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,753,908
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $277,388
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $15,000
Total Contributions $2,046,296
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $2,046,296
   Other Revenue $94,496
TOTAL REVENUE $2,140,792
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $1,812,164
   Administrative Expenses $109,234
   Fundraising Expenses $337,344
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,258,742
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-117,950
   
Net Assets $4,891,267

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
Food and Nutrient Bank $1,763,819 97.3%
Project Africa Program $48,345 2.7%

Ratings History
Food For Thought has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,302 4.44% Ron Karp Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food For Thought (CA) 90.10 four stars
Meals On Wheels of San Francisco (CA) 90.34 four stars
Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County (TX) 98.79 four stars
Friendship Trays (NC) 95.60 four stars
Project Open Hand (CA) 85.66 three 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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